05.09.21 An open letter to my Mama, sweet Josie Traylor, on Mother’s Day

I wrote this back in 2013, eight Mother’s Days ago. I started to write something this year and looked at older posts for pictures. I came across this and it is all so true and dear to me that I’m publishing it once again. I miss that little lady just as much today as I did when I first wrote this.

Happy Mother’s Day Mama…

It’s been five years (now thirteen years) since I was able to look into your beautiful shining eyes and hold your fragile little hands to say I love you.

It was probably two years before that time when you still knew it was your daughter Rosalyn saying those words to you.  The erosion of your mind and memories taken by that horrible disease known as Alzheimer’s was something we didn’t like to see happen but most importantly we didn’t want it happening to you.

You were one of the strongest women I’ve ever known loving your children and grandchildren unconditionally, caring for us with the last drop of strength and love you had.

So many memories flood my mind, examples of the Christian wife, mother, and friend that you were.

Your life touched so many yet you were no famous person, just little ole Josie Mae Cochran from small-town Mississippi.

Your brothers and sisters all share your same strength and love for family which is probably why I love each of them dearly.

How I miss the many visits to your home where you’d sit in your chair and I in mine where I knew I could share my innermost thoughts, desires, wishes, problems, and plans and you would always understand.

How I Granny Hen Rosieregret the times I pushed to the side your wise words of advice, determined to do things my way.

With age comes much wisdom and it can be used for good or not.  You chose to use yours for good, for the good of God’s work and His children.

I learned so much from you mama.  How to cook, how to clean the house, oh the many years I spent growing up cleaning the bottoms of the furniture so maybe one day I’d be big enough to clean the tops!

You taught me to love okra by allowing me to have one for each year I was old which made me feel it was a special treat!  You taught me about loving and caring for others with your many visits to the sick or just bringing a small gift to someone in need.

I never realized when growing up that we were not wealthy like others, my clothes were always clean and you managed to give me the things I needed.  My friends and I always knew that when we entered our house we were entering a house full of love and caring and that came from you, Mama.

I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you are in Heaven watching over us.  Not because of the good person that you were or the good things you did for others.  None of that made you a Christian.  Your love for Jesus Christ and you obviously serving him as your Lord and Savior even unto your death are what makes me know securely that you will meet me in Heaven when my time here on Earth is done.

You taught us the importance of family and created family traditions we will always cherish.  Of all the things I am thankful for it’s that you were always there for my children, Chad and Chip, being there when I couldn’t because of work.

You convinced them that they needed to wear undershirts and even as grown men they still do.

You taught them about Jesus’ love and the importance of Him in our lives.  Chip still tells me things that you taught him and remembers so many ways you affected his life.

As you drew your dying breath our oldest son Chad and his wife was there in our family circle of prayer.

You made it possible for me to work and still know my children were taken care of by the best grandmother around.

Your life wasn’t an easy one especially when you were younger but you never gave up and taught us not to.

I owe you my strength, my sense of humor, my smile, my love for my children and grandchildren, my stubbornness, my intelligence, my determination, and my love for God.

I could write volumes about your simple specialness but I’ve shed many tears while writing this so far and know I need to stop.

Mama, I give you all the thanks in my heart for loving me, my husband and my children like only you could.  The values, morals, family traditions, love, support, and how you spent your time are what make you my precious mama and why I know there will never be another one like you.

Please continue to watch over us and give us a swift kick when you see we’re needing it and a supportive hug when that’s needed as well.

I know that your daughter Harriett, your sons-in-law Roy and George, and all your beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren join me in wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. You are now joined in Heaven by my dear husband Roy who loved you so. I hope ya’ll are both aware of how much you are missed.

We love you mama.

10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – 02.07.20 New Field of Dreams

MLB announcedlast week that the White Sox will host the Yankees in a “Field of Dreams” game in August of 2020. The game will take place in the new stadium built next to the iconic field from the movie. There will be 8,000 seats and fans will get to the new park through the cornfields around the original field where the movie was filmed. It seems like this is going to be one game only between the Yankees and the White Sox. I can’t wait to hear more information on this.

Roy and I were there in October of 2013 and LOVED IT!!  We recently ordered two canvas arts showing two great moments we had there. They are now on our living room wall next to our TV. I love that we are decorating the walls of our home with reminders of the precious memories we have from our six years living on the road. We just ordered three canvas arts with pictures we took at the Grand Canyon for our bedroom wall! I’m really looking forward to receiving those!

Back in October of 2013 when we visited Iowa I wrote the blog post below.

The original blog post from 10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – Both of our sons played baseball and softball growing up,  We had a baseball field in our side yard on Hinson Road, and we loved the movie Field of Dreams.

Betcha can’t guess where we went today!!!! That’s right, to the site of the Field of Dreams movie in Dyersville, Iowa. Roy played some ball with others including an older man dressed in an old-timey baseball uniform like they wore in the movie.

We went into the cornfields and out and in and out. I’m sure we looked like silly children and maybe we were today! It’s all still exactly like it was in the movie with the exception of a souvenir stand they added.

The family who has owned the property for years just sold it and we understand the new owners plan to add more ball fields so I’m glad we got to see it in its original form. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze.

Anyone who loves baseball or the movie should try to make it here to see it. The admission is free!

This was a very cool moment for us walking out of the corn!

fod7 (2)Roy absolutely loved having the opportunity to play ball on that field!

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Dora was able to pull right up to the field. I loved this part!fod1  fod3 fod5 fod6

Looking out from inside the rows of corn!fod8 fod9 fod10 fod11We’re on our way to Chicago now. We really loved the beauty and farmland of Iowa. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between Iowa and Illinois. After as much flat land as we saw on the Iowa side, it immediately became hilly and even mountainous on the Illinois side of the river. The Mississippi River here was way bigger than it was at the headwaters up in Itasca, MN but not nearly like it is in New Orleans. There was a pretty beach with a boat launch on the Illinois side of the river. At first, we saw no cornfields but now that we’re further into the state they are everywhere here too. We hope to pull into Chicago before dark. We couldn’t find an RV park that we could afford within 2 hours of Chicago so we’re heading to our old tried but true Wal-Mart. We’ve pulled off the road at a rest stop for Roy to take a little nap since we’re going pretty far today and he did play baseball earlier!  We have some tentative plans for what we’ll do in Chicago so stay tuned for the next installment of our travels!

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Currently, it was one of those times when we were both as happy as two little kids can be. Of all the places I’d love to go back to this is at the top of the list.  I’d want both of our sons’ families to join us. I can just imagine how much fun that would be seeing both boys hitting home runs out into the cornfield! Oh, how much fun our youth baseball time was! If you have a love for baseball this Field of Dreams is a definite on any bucket list!



11.09.18 I know what I’ll be doing on Monday!

Friday, November 9, 2018 – Well, I know what I’ll be doing Monday.  Starting possibly Monday but definitely Tuesday and Wednesday the temperature lows overnight in our area will be between 29 degrees and 31 degrees which is below freezing.  We can’t leave the vegetables in the garden to freeze!  Too much love and effort has gone into the garden to let that happen.

This is Louisiana so we may have 80 degree weather the following week until Christmas but next week there is a freeze so I have to deal with that.

Monday I’ll be picking all of the tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, turnips, radishes, okra, carrots, and lettuce.  The okra may only be small but I’m going to try to pickle them.  The cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts and bell peppers haven’t produced anything yet so they will get to freeze 😦   Our sweet little watermelons aren’t nearly big enough to pick so their life is over too! That doesn’t sound right but I am sure you know what I am saying.

Our blueberry bushes (in their current space next to the fence) just got pruned in this cold, windy, damp weather.  They finally are dormant and now pruned.  Roy will dig them up and transplant them in their new location by the house tomorrow.  The ground in their current space and the new space is soggy, soggy, so it will make transplanting them much easier.

Before pruning – there are five in the back and three in the front.  Four had no leaves and four still had some leaves.  This picture was taken last week so they were minus a lot more leaves when I pruned them.

After pruning

The cucumbers that I pickled (using a refrigerator method) are ready and we are really enjoying them.  They taste just like kosher dills!

Even Roy loves these delicious pickles!!

I’d do them all that easy way but they will only stay good in the refrigerator for one to two month and I’d like to have some around longer.  Since I have to pick them Monday a bunch of them will not be able to grow larger.  I may try making small cucumbers into pickles.  It’s worth a try.

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07.16.18 What’s Dora Been Up To???

Monday, June 16, 2018 – Our sweet girl, Dora (our motor home) went out on her first vacation without us in Mid June.  A sweet family from New Orleans took her to Tennessee and Arkansas where she enjoyed a week with them.

When they came back they left us with Haagen Dazs Mango Sorbet, Blue Bell Peaches and Cream, Blueberry Eggos, two white nectarines and two bags of river rocks for me to paint!!!! I’m kind of looking forwards to the renters returning from now on! The bar has been set high!!

I’ve painted rocks for each family of renters and gave them theirs when they brought Dora home.  I hope to have many painted rocks give to renters over the next months and years!

We had a 24 hour turn around before Dora left with the next renters on a trip all the way up to lobster country in Maine and New York before coming back through Texas and arrived back home on Thursday evening.  Theirs was a 17 day trip.  When leaving for home at the end of their reservation, these renters said how much they will miss Dora and that she was a big flirt with the big rigs!!  They too brought me some rocks that they collected along their vacation for me to paint.  These renters own a successful business and were kind enough to give us some very useful suggestions of things we can add to our free list to make future vacations even better for upcoming families.

Dora leaves our home here in Amite Monday morning for the beauty parlor at Dixie RV in Hammond. Here she is with Boots hooked up to her once again.

We have almost two weeks before the next renters arrive to take Dora out west for 14 days.  We’ll probably show before and after photos when she’s finished with her appointment.  They kept her today at Dixie RV to do what work they can get done before she’s needed back on the road.  When we left I asked them to please take good care of our girl!

We are learning so much about this RV rental business with each reservation.  One thing we’ve learned is that we are making some lifelong friends with the renters who are getting to live in Dora during their travels.  We have gotten to know them well enough that we know what their prayer needs are.  They are prayed for everyday now.

We’ve added to what we provide our renters, a small ironing board and iron; bath towels, wash clothes and hand towels for six; a big trash can for the kitchen with bags; and shampoos for the dispensers (salon quality, kids no tears and head and shoulders).  I’d like for it to be very easy to take a trip with our Dora.  The less they have to bring the easier it will be on them.  Bring your clothes, your camera and some food!  That’s where we’re going with this.  We learned that while we thought the price we started out asking per day was a lot, Dora is worth much more than that per day, so her price has gone up.  There is an RV Owners Facebook group page for both companies we have Dora listed with.  That’s where a wealth of information is available and someplace I check out each day.  All of our rentals except one have been through RVShare and that one exception is a three day weekend rental with Outdoorsy.  This three day weekend rental include our first delivery to their home and pick up from their home so we’ll learn from that first.  If the three day weekend thing (she’s going to an LSU game) turns out well we may put together a three day football game package to attract rentals for those.

That’s what Dora’s been up to and what her near future plans are.  The video below has nothing to do with RVing but I found it so fascinating I had to share!

While we were in Hammond today I saw my family doctor, Dr. Hugo Valdes for a knee surgery preop and also to have my a1C checked one more time.  I T   I S   6.9  W H I C H  I S  A M A Z I N G  T O  M E!!!  I give God all the glory for working this very amazing miracle in me!!

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02.11.15 Concrete is stained!

saints good morningThe concrete stainers just left and the floor is stained! They re-cleaned the floor and taped spaces where the spray might land on that it shouldn’t   Our process does not use acid but uses acetone.  Our color is a mixture of warm walnut and cowboy something to bring out the golds we want.

I’m sure we don’t need to explain why we want a Fleur de Lis in our stained concrete floor!  But just in case someone slept through the many posts where we mentioned our love for the New Orleans Saints.  That design is their logo and it’s on the front of the coffee cup in the graphic to the left.  The Fleur de Lis that Roy has (not Roy Chauvin but Roy Bankston) is too large for our small living room, so he’s getting a smaller one to fit in the diamond as you enter the door.  This means he couldn’t put the first coat of sealer on today.  They will be coming back later today to cover the floor with two layers of paper protection.  He said they will put 3 or 4 layers of sealer on when they uncover the floor nearer to house completion.

Roy is a really nice guy and answered all my questions and allowed me to video some of his work.  He also sprayed a coat of sealer under where the cabinets will be so I could see what it will look with some sealer on.  He said it will lighten up as it dries so I’ll take another picture of that area tomorrow to get a better idea.

It’s taking the internet forever to download the pictures and videos, so I may not be able to post this until Thursday morning.

These pictures do not do the floor justice.  Also without the sealer you cannot tell what it will really look like since the sealer really brings out a lot of highlights.

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Roy Chauvin worked on the water well shed doors all day.  Never will there be a more perfect pair of doors anywhere!!

20150210_162016 20150210_170747 20150210_170759 20150210_17425720150211_144900 20150211_144909 20150211_161201 20150211_161213It’s ready for a roof tomorrow and the walls to finish getting painted!

Thursday there will be no construction other than Roy working on the water well shed.  I’m going to buy bushes nearby in Amite, for the front of the house tomorrow. Friday the wall insulation man will be here and the vinyl siding guys will make more progress on the siding.  Next week – the many phases of sheet rock which takes a few days.  The sheet rock man came today to measure everything so we got to meet him.

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02.01.15 Family Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Our Sunday was full of family!  Sunday morning we worshiped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn.  Chip is a “Connect Group” leader.  Their connect groups are small groups based around a common interest of that group.  Chip’s is Softball.  The picture below is of all the Connect Group leaders in front of the church.   The church moved into it’s new building (the old Schwegmann’s building) in Hammond.  It is huge and very nicely done.

a1On Saturday Chip’s church created a video of three of their family members (Chip was one of them) sharing their testimonies of turning to God from their addictions, and how their lives have been changed forever. They showed the video during Sunday morning worship.  I’m so proud of Chip being willing to share his darkest times so that others can see the amazing work God has done in his life.  The video was great and if I can get a copy of it, I will share with ya’ll.

Chip treated us all to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Eating out with two little ones under two years old and a five year old is quite eventful.  It sure makes Roy and I eating out alone seem quite boring!  We loved it!

a2They all followed us to Amite where we showed them the progress we made on the house and in clearing out all the brush and trees.  Here’s some pics of the little ones and big ones checking it all out!

Chip, Braxton and Madisyn checking out the path along the pond.
Chip, Braxton, Kim, Bentley and Madisyn making their way across the temporary path to the other side of the culvert.
Madisyn, Kim, Bentley, Chip, Braxton and Roy making their way down the hill.
Chip and his little buddy, Braxton
Chip and Bentley checking out the view from the rear guest bedroom window.
Madisyn crawled inside the return air space after seeing her daddy crawl in there.
Bentley and Braxton with their “Superman” rain boots Grannie Rosalyn bought them!

Braxton and Bentley are very active little guys now.  After hours of play and activity we put on the TV “Bubble Guppies”.  This is the stillest you will ever see these little ones.  They and Madisyn made themselves comfortable on the floor and for 30 minutes there was calmness and quiet in the Chauvin household!  As soon as it went off they were ready for a nap and then more fun!

a9We all watched some of the Super Bowl together which was eventful with three little ones playing around.  It rained for most of the day so we spent a lot of time inside.  They left in time to get Madisyn home for bedtime so she’d get a good night sleep and be ready for school tomorrow.

It was so wonderful to have this time today to spend with all of them.  We hope to leave here by early to mid March so time for this is growing short.  I’m certain we’re off to a good start making the most of this time.

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01.26.15 “You are my All in All” and more house framing!

i am a child of godSunday, January 25, 2015 – During our Worship Service this morning one of the songs we sang was You are my All in All.  The lyrics for the verses are below (without the chorus)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

prayTaking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all

When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

This was originally a choir special, so we sang it often while practicing it.  When I first heard the words that I bolded above, I felt as though those words said exactly how I look at God as my Heavenly Father.  When all in life is void of meaning and I am running totally on fumes, only God can lift me up, fill my cup and give me strength, just like the song says.  Those few small words say so simply what God means to me.  I am never so low or so dry that he is not my all in all.  No one else can do that, only God. It means so much to me that I had to pass the words of this amazing song along to you.

After we got back to Amite from church we had a wonderful visit from my sister, Harriett and brother-in-law George.  This was their first visit and they loved it out here which made Roy and I very happy!  It was a beautiful sunny day perfect for showing them all around and sitting outside visiting and eating King Cake!

Monday, January 26, 2015 –  Roy started early cutting in half the wood stakes used in the slab forming so we can use them for firewood in our new campfire pit. He got a lot cut up.


#60122 -kitchenThe cabinetry and counter top company, D L Cabinetry, sent us a picture this morning of what our kitchen will look like.  Yes it is small but it has everything and since we enlarged the pantry to much larger size we will have all the storage we need.  The only change will be to the end cabinet on the bottom which will go from a 12″ to a 21″ cabinet because we found some more room!!!

The framers arrived again at 7 am this morning. All the interior walls were framed by lunch.

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A friend of ours said he couldn’t tell there was a fence between our property and the property next door where the cows are.  That’s because Roy cleared off the property line so well!  I took a new picture today from a different angle where you can see the fence.

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I made two more batches of the haystack snacks to go in the Thank You tins for the construction workers. I wanted more in the tins but I had to replace those I nibbled on the last couple of weeks. They are very good and addicting. Plus peanuts and peanut butter are very healthy for my brain!

Roy built a big mound of trees, bushes, and thorny vines on our land just past the culverts and set it on fire. We are sitting out here by the fire right now, enjoying watching it burn and watching the construction workers work on the house.   There are several men working on the house and hearing them shout measurements to each other and discussing their work just warms my heart!

b4 a2a1 a4When the framers stopped working for the day at 3 pm they had sheets of boards (plywood?) around most of the exterior and the ceiling joists are going up also. Here’s pictures from their work today.  Great progress made and they say they will start on the roof tomorrow!!  With the interior walls studded and the exterior walls closed in you can get a better idea of the room sizes and they are not as small as I thought they may be!  It will be a  house before we know it!

a3 a5 a6 a7Brain Note: North Oaks Hospital called this morning to say they dug deep into their storage and found my brain MRIs from 25+ years ago so I’ll be picking them up and bringing them to Dr. Shamsnia (brain doctor) for him to use as comparison to the more recent two!

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09.11.14 So what’s new??

dont try to face the day untilSoutheastern and LSU won their games Saturday by huge amounts.  They are both powerhouses in their conferences.  The bad news is that the Saints lost (oh how it hurts to say that word) to the Dirty Birds of Atlanta by a field goal in overtime in their first regular season game.  Our defense was rotten. They face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and, as a loyal Saints fan, I know a 1 in the Win column is on the way for us!

We are still at zero offers on our house.  The volume of traffic through the house indicates a lot of interest yet no offers.  After much consideration, prayer and talks with our agent we’ve decided to lower the price $10,000 from the original asking price.  We’re hoping to reach a different group of home shoppers with this lower price, hoping someone will snap it up.

Roy is still working at Southeastern in his temporary position and can stay a few more weeks, Thank God!

Church softball games are one of those things for me that make me very happy!  We were treated to a church softball game this week.  My son’s church, Soul’s Harbor, has a new team and Chip is the coach.  They lost the first game but put several runs on the board so it’s a promising start!  What an amazing evangelistic outreach church softball is and I’m thankful Soul’s Harbor has started this at their church.  I miss the good old days at Trinity when we had a softball league and we all cheered and fellowshiped at the ball field together.  Here’s a picture of the new team!  Chip’s the guy with the full beard .

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My 60th birthday is coming up this Sunday, September 14th.  Wow the big 60!  I didn’t dread 50 because I never thought10501705_719614951418386_5147329040968202366_n of that as old.  Now I don’t really dread 60 but I do think of 60 as on my way to old (like my sister who was probably expecting that comment!!).  My sister and brother in law are taking us out to dinner Saturday for my birthday.  Hoping to spend some time with Madisyn on my birthday when we gather after church to celebrate.  Madisyn now in school full time, dance class, cheerleading class, AWANA on Wednesday nights and has very little spare time to sleep and breathe much less spend time with us. They grow up way to fast!

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We’re not traveling right now so all I can do is dream about that and look forward to future times on the road when we can share our adventures with ya’ll again.

Today being September 11th is the 13th anniversary of the day terror struck the United States on our own soil.  The saying “We Must Never Forget” means so much to me.  Every year I try to watch videos of that day because I feel it is extremely important that we relive the impact of that day so we don’t forget the sacrifices so many Americans made that day and in the days afterward.  I don’t dwell on it except for on this day.  My mind can’t wrap itself around what horrible people would do this to our country.  The multitudes of young men who joined the military after that to give us renewed protection are due all our gratitude and prayers.  We are a resilient country with tremendous pride for what these folks did on September 11th and afterwards.   I worry so much about the path our country is on and pray daily to God for his continued mercy and grace on our country.

10612686_531043637041702_2658707136413585927_nAs much as many people want to remove our Christian faith from America, I for one will hold on to it with all my might.


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08.02.14 Oddities in looking for an online jobs – not your normal job search!

10372772_10152428449723903_4041537508783919441_nI found that the best type of work for me is work I can do online from wherever we travel.  The work I do with RVillage is perfect since it’s only 15 hours a week and can be done mostly any time of the day.  I usually tried to work 3.75 hours a day 4 days a week but if I needed other days off I’d just increase the per day hours.  I still feel blessed to have this job even though right now the number of hours I work each week is very little.  It should pick back up soon so between now and then I decided to see what else is out there as far as a “virtual” job is concerned.

Two websites that I know of featuring these types of jobs are oDesk.com and Elance.com.  I’veelance odesksigned up with both, completed my profile and searched for jobs.  There are some things that I’ve learned during this process that I’m going to share.

First is that at least half the jobs online pay as little as $1-2 per hour.  This may sound odd to us until you consider that the jobs are open to people around the world.  In the Philippines $2 an hour is top pay and most of these jobs go to people in countries like that.  Americans can’t live on that low rate of pay.  On these websites you see feedback from people who have worked for the company and what they thought about working for them.  it also shows their total pay and how many hours they worked.  Most of them show a days work for $8.  After having applied for some of these jobs and finally figuring it all out, I stopped pursuing those.  People from other countries can apply for any job, even the higher paying jobs.  Because of this there are not a whole lot of jobs paying more than $8-$10 per hour. Most of the jobs require that you state how much you are willing to do the job for so there’s always a mixture of $1-2 per hour bidders for any job.

Since I originally heard about RVillage through Workamper.com and Workamper.com is an extremely reputable RVer employment company I never had any doubts about the interview process with RVillage.  Other companies on these sites are totally unknown and there is much to be leery about.  They have a wide range of ways they use to see if you qualify for their open position.  One very unique process I went through asked the applicant to do the following:

-Download a zipped file with directions.

-First direction was to go to a specific web address which they provided to the Gettysburg address.  Find the word brave and using that as word 1 and the following word men as word 2 go to what would be word 10.  Go to the 7th letter in word 10.  Assign a number value to that letter as it would be where A=1, B=2 and so on.  My letter was R so it was = 18.

-Next go to a video on a different web page where several actors read parts of the Declaration of Independence.  You were to first Google the actor Edward Nelson and familiarize yourself with him so that when you see him in the video you will know it.  Of course I thought two of the actors was him so I had to work a little harder to narrow it down!  Once I came to him I was to skip the first time he talked by himself.  The second time he talked I was to find the 18th word (because my R equaled 18.  This required me listening a couple of time and then writing down each word he said and figuring out that the word was “the”.

-Next you went to a different website and after the web address:xxx.xxxxxxx.xx/ you were to insert your word.  If and only if you had done each part of it perfectly would you access the webpage with the next step in the process.  I did it an was terribly proud of myself!

=The next step was to post a youtube video of myself talking for 30-60 minutes about what wonderful things I could do for his company.  Once you post it on youtube and send him the url to it he’ll let you know if he wants to interview you. I didn’t create a video and that’s where I am now, not really sure I want to go that far. This is the only job process I’ve come across like this one.

It looks like these weird processes are used to see how detail oriented you are and how willing you are to stick something out.

The other, not so wild, process I did was to download a zipped file containing a Word document and a photograph.  I had to take those and put them in to a WordPress blog.  What you are reading is a WordPress blog and of course I know how to use Word and work with photographs. I did what they asked which was to copy and paste the words from document into the blog, formatting the words by bolding specific ones and making sure spacing was correct, add the photo resized to 500 x 200 from a much larger size and center it.  That sounded easy enough as this is exactly how I do a lot of my blogs, so I did it.

Only problem was that the grammar and a lot of things about the document wording were quite, quite bad.  One thing you always have to keep in mind on these virtual job websites is that since foreigners are sometimes writing the job posting their English writing is very odd so what we might immediately think as suspicious here may possibly be the translation to English so I’ve had to overlook some of that.  I don’t think this was the case with this document, however. I actually think the article needed to be taken apart and put back together in a way that provided some continuity and having a lot of spellings and grammar corrected.  I did what I could without totally redoing the article even though that was never mentioned in the instructions.  I’m thinking they may want to see if you’d catch that.

I submitted my proposal for this one (that’s what they call your application which also includes you telling them the lowest price you will do the work for – another oddity) and explained that I corrected as much as I comfortably could change in the document without totally redoing it.  Haven’t heard back from them yet!

The next blog will be about a job application process I’m in that I truly believe is an employment scam.  I haven’t found another job yet but my days are filled with going through the many different processes these people put you through and it’s opening my employment seeking eyes quite a bit.

We had a family tour our house earlier this week week and it rained before they came for the first time in two weeks.  I water every other day but can’t reach many plants who have been pitifully sagging so we just knew the rain was God’s gift so the flowers would all be perky!!  The family stayed an hour and a half and we were so hopeful we’d get an offer right away from them.  We got good feedback but were also told they are still looking at other houses.


Our Saints play their first pre-sesason game this Friday night!  I saw this picture/quote below today.  It’s me all the way and I want you to share with ya’ll!  Roy said many times he could hear me through our outside walls in our sticks and bricks house when he was outside during a game.  Can you imagine what people must think when we’re in our RV.  Roy’s right up there with me these days cheering and doing what he can to encourage and fuss at our boys too!



Last year we were in Minnesota for preseason games with very little coverage of Saints games that far north. We even watched one of the games last year over Skype watching the game on my son’s TV in Louisiana.  We’re quite pleased to have such good TV coverage here and be in Black and Gold land right now, if just for three hours this Friday night and weekly until the house sells!!!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week  – REMEMBER – God loves you!