09.18.18 Final knee doctor visit and a wonderful 64th birthday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Last Wednesday Roy and I visited with Dr. Peter Blessey at Ochsner in Covington for my final post surgery visit.   He said my knee healing is going really well.  It will probably be another 6 weeks before everything inside my knee is completely healed.  My knee reminded me the other day that it is still healing.  I did too much work in our vegetable garden trying to get the row hills formed and some of the plants in the ground.  I needed the ice chest connected to the ice pad around my knee for a while that evening.  I am glad that is something we get to keep since Roy and I get crazy from time to time and way out do what we are physically capable of.  We will surely need it again in the future!

The pictures below were in the doctor’s office.  Since several people have asked me what a partial knee replacement is all about and these pictures describe it well I am sharing them here!

These below are up close photos of what’s above.  This first one is a normal knee that needs no surgery.

This one shows a knee eaten up with arthritis that is in great need of a partial knee replacement. 

This one shows from the front the knee with all the arthritis damage removed and the new partial knee put in.

So this chapter in my life is over! It’s been a breeze compared to others who have had this surgery. I am thankful to God and to Dr. Blessey that this all went so well.  I have absolutely no pain when I walk and am able to walk without limping or waddling now.

We’ve had some fun things going on in our life recently that I want to share next.  One is the completion of our vegetable garden with everything in place.  Another is being invited and going to Madisyn’s Family Dance at her new school.  The other was the wonderful restaurant in Amite we recently discovered, Boot Hill.

This last couple of weeks have become my birthday weeks and I have so enjoyed every second of it. My oldest son’s family took us to La Caretta in Amite for a wonderfully fun and delicious birthday dinner.  This was after an afternoon of having fun with them and the grandchildren and my sister Harriet and brother in law, George.  This son doesn’t like photos or names used so while I’d love to show you the adorable grandchildren painting with me and fishing by the pond, just imagine adorable children doing that! If not for that I would have written an entire blog post about that wonderful day and evening spent with our son, his wife, their children, my sister Harriett and her husband George.  This Grannie did not stop smiling the entire day!

Our youngest son Chip, his wife Misty, and daughter Kallie took us to dinner last Tuesday at the new restaurant I want to write about Boot Hill.  I think we were all delightfully surprised at how unique the place is and we all enjoyed getting to visit with each other.  Especially visiting with Kallie since her life is so busy right now with high school senior classes, college classes and working way to many hours each week at a local restaurant.  She’s adorable and we love hearing all of the updates on her busy life.  Having a teen age granddaughter certainly brings a different aspect of grandparenting to our lives and we love it!

Chip came to visit with us on his day off.  We had fun visiting and he got to see his dad flying his new drone and seeing the videos and pictures the drone sent to his ipad from way up high.  I’m hoping Roy will write soon about his new toy that isn’t a toy – far from it!

I received a phone call from Chip’s daughter Madisyn during the week inviting me to join her on my birthday day (the 14) at the family dance at her new school. One of the best phone calls of my life.  Yes I’ll be writing about the dance and she gave me permission to do so!  It was a perfect way to spend my birthday evening having fun with Roy, Chip, Misty, Kallie and Madisyn!

My sister Harriett, our oldest son’s sons family and Chip called on my birthday to wish me a Happy Birthday.  I lost count of all the birthday wishes on Facebook! For you non Facebook folks, you don’t know how wonderful it makes you feel to get all that love from friends and family.

Chip, Misty and Madisyn all came over Sunday after church with cake and ice cream and dinner got added.   I’ve never had such a long and wonderful birthday and it certainly made 64 a great age to be starting!

Thanks to all my friends and family who helped making this 64 year old feel very blessed and loved!

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09.14.18 Chauvin Produce Company

Friday, September 14, 1954 – Today is my 64th birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!  Lots of wonderful birthday wishes from my Facebook friends and family, my sister and my two sons.  My birthday celebration started a couple of weeks ago when our oldest son’s family took us out to dinner at LaCaretta – DELICIOUS!!! Our youngest son Chip, Misty and Kallie took us this week to a new restaurant in Amite called Boot Hill – new found DELICIOUS!! I truly think we’ve found our new favorite restaurant in Amite!  Iplan to rite about our meal at Boot Hill since it’s a new restaurant and the word needs to get out! We are celebrating yet again this evening at Madisyn’s school’s family dance. I will share about that later.  Sunday will be birthday cake at Chip and Misty’s house.  I feel so loved!

Here’s what was originally today’s blog post before I started on the birthday kick!

No, there is no such there as Chauvin Produce Company but as much effort as this garden is taking there should be.  My honey Roy is a beast and works as hard as he can to complete every project he undertakes.

We are moving lots of our flowering plants from over by the RV patio; moving our blueberry plants AND undertaking our first real vegetable garden in years.  Last year’s pitiful effort taught us we need to learn more and do things way different.

First on the plan was to make room next to the house to move the eight blueberry bushes to.  They will be in mostly full sun.  Where they are located now they are mostly shaded.  A little sun but not enough.  The last two years our crop from eight bushes we had two berries one year and three berries the next!

This 25 foot by 8 foot degrassed space will be the home of our future blueberry garden!

The 25 foot by 8 foot area of grass was transplanted to an area we’ve been trying to get grass to grow since we moved here. Peat Moss, Cow Manure and Compost along with Fruit bush fertilizer containing ground sulphur will be mixed in with the soil for our blueberries. Lots more than what this picture shows.

My sweet ex boss and dear friend Donna and her great hubby Chuck said we can use their tiller for our blueberry patch and our vegetable garden.  Next up will be photos of several days of work on Roy’s part digging up the grass.  Yes grass that we hand planted and lovingly helped to grow and spread.  That’s the grass Roy dug up!


The seeds planted two weeks ago are ready to be put into the ground!  And my rock row markers!  I added some different vegetables after we started so there was more rock painting for the onions, bell pepper and brussel sprouts!

Here’s Roy carrying the roll of grass down the hill in the wheel barrow.  

The boards Roy got to frame the vegetable garden.

Next time I’ll share all the tilling, adding layer after layer of nutrients, building the vegetable garden frame, digging rows and planting the vegetables I started from seeds.

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08.21.18 Post-op visit with Dr. Blessey

Monday, August 21, 2018 – Roy and I went to see Dr. Blessey in Covington for my post surgery visit last Friday and for Roy.

Roy has been experiencing some pain in the knee he had replaced almost three years ago and wanted to have Dr. Blessey check it out. They took an x-ray of Roy’s knees.  The one he had surgery one looks fine and you can see the surgical implants in the xrays below.  It’s not hurting Roy all the time, mostly in the morning or when he stands around for a while.  Dr. Blessey said it all looks okay right now.  Said something could be getting loose, or infected, or just nothing.  He said to come back if it consistently continues.

I got the last of the loose stitches from my knee surgery taken out by a young lady working in the office who allowed me to take pictures! I didn’t get her name but she was very  nice!

I was told by Dr. Blessey that I’m doing really well, better than others at this stage. The home health staff have told me that, but it was especially nice to hear it from my doctor.  He puts his patients on coumadin for three weeks starting the day before surgery.  Tuesday is my last day taking it.  I got checked on Monday by my nurse (Jana in the picture to the right) to make sure my coumadin level is not too high. I go back to see Dr. Blessey in four weeks.  I am so happy to be at this post surgery stage.

I have really liked having Jana and the Omni staff come to the house to work with me.  Jana and Brennan have been here the most.  If you ever get to choose what home health company to use, Omni is great!!

It will take months for me to be fully healed but my waddling and limping walk are pretty much history which helps my hip and everything feel better! Right now the only lingering thing is that my knee feels tired near the end of the day.  That’s great compared to the pain I had before the surgery.

The two photos below are a side view and a front view what was put in my knee for a partial knee replacement.

I just found these two graphics which I feel really show the difference between a full knee replacement which Roy had in early 2016 and a partial which I just had.


What will my total knee replacement look like



What will my partial knee replacement look like

Dr. Blessey does the same type of advanced technology full knee replacement surgery as Dr. Schraeder in Tennessee does.  We are thankful some friends told us about Dr. Schraeder and for how well he took care of Roy in 2016.  Since we know that Dr. Blessey does the same thing I would highly recommend him as he is a local doctor in the Ochsner system.  Here’s his contact information:

Ochsner Medical Center, 1000 Ochsner Blvd, Covington, LA 70433. Phone: (985) 875-2828

Roy had to park pretty far away from the building after he dropped me off at the door.  He saw this amazing’s cool Ochsner mini football field next to the building.  You can see it first through the physical therapy windows and then when we got outside.  The Fleur de Lis was beautiful and we learned it is a 60-yard training field for sports medicine.

After the doctor’s appointment we had a very nice visit with my sister Harriett and brother in law George at their house.  It’s always great to spend time with them!

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08.09.18 New Orleans Muffuletta

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The muffuletta sandwich was created in 1906 at Central Grocery Co. on Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, by its owner Salvatore Lupo. Sicilians, however, have been making various versions of the bread for centuries.

A muffuletta is a large, round, and somewhat flattened loaf with a sturdy texture, around 10 inches (25 cm) across. It is described as being somewhat similar to focaccia. Bread used for the muffuletta is different from focaccia, however, in that it is a very light bread, the outside is crispy, and the inside is soft. It has no additional seasonings baked into it, aside from the sesame seeds The bread is more like French bread, but slightly heavier. It is most akin to an Italian dough recipe. Italian dough includes flour, water, egg, olive oil, yeast, salt and sugar. French bread uses flour, water, yeast and salt.

A traditional-style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, salami, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, and mortadella. Quarter, half, and full-sized muffulettas are sold.

The signature olive salad consists of olives diced with the celery, cauliflower and carrot found in a jar of giardiniera, seasoned with oregano and garlic, covered in olive oil, and allowed to combine for at least 24 hours.

A muffuletta is usually served cold, but many vendors will toast it.

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In Greater New Orleans a seafood sandwich is made with muffuletta bread and fried seafood, often including oysters, shrimp, catfish and occasionally softshell crab. The seafood muffuletta omits the olive salad in favor of the traditional dressings of a seafood po’ boy, such as melted butter and pickle slices, or mayonnaise and lettuce.

Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter, located at 923 Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant. He operated it until 1946 when he retired and his son-in-law Frank Tusa took over the operation. Today it is owned by Salvador T. Tusa, Salvatore’s grandson, and two cousins, Frank Tusa and Larry Tusa. The store was one of many family-owned, neighborhood grocery stores during the early 20th century, when the French Quarter was still predominantly a residential area. Though tourists are more common in Central now, it has retained much of its old-world market feel.

The Central sells not only the sandwiches as take-out or eat-in, but also the ingredients of the muffuletta—including olive salad by the jar—for people who want to make the sandwich at home. Because of the muffuletta, Central Grocery was featured on national television, in the PBS special program Sandwiches That You Will Like

Central Grocery sells Italian, Greek, French, Spanish, and Creole table delicacies. They also carry less-mainstream selections, such as chocolate-covered grasshoppers and bumble bees in soy sauce, which are perennially displayed in the store’s front windows. Marie Lupo Tusa, Salvatore’s daughter, is author of the cookbook Marie’s Melting Pot, which has hundreds of Sicilian, French, and Creole-style recipes.


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08.07.18 This and that from recent days!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – My physical therapist buddy, Brennan,  comes everyday to put me through the exercises and to get me to walk around the house using my walker.  Here we are during one of our special times!  I’m doing better each day so God is healing me and the therapy is working! Omni is the Home Health company that sends their great folks out to us.  I’d highly recommend them when you have a need like this!

Roy put the first of our wall words up on the small wall over the kitchen counter where you can see it when you first walk in.

When he recovers from putting that one up I’ve got more for him to work on!

Several days ago, my sister Harriett and her husband George came to visit us and see our new home.  A couple of days later Chip brought his family to visit and for Kallie to see our new home. Though we are far far far from having the furniture we need and want, we were happy to get to show them how it all looks so far.

A couple of years ago Roy put down several railroad ties to give Dora a place to rest her feet (tires) on when she’s home.  Over time they have moved so Roy needed to dig them up and bolt them together.  This is not a project for the faint of heart especially in the recent heatwave.  He needed my valuable help at one point but of course there is no photo of my contribution!

Here’s our watermelon plants that we grew from seeds from a couple of large watermelons.  Can’t wait to see if they take off and do well!

We were not able to go in town to church last Sunday so we watched it on Facebook Live.  For the first time, Roy was able to get it to display on our living room television screen!  So cool!

I learned about a quirky form of rock painting that looks like M&Ms with a bite taken out of them.  Here’s a whole bunch of them about halfway through the painting process. Second picture includes two finished rocks from a previous batch. 

I created a new facebook group called Rosie Rocks.  On the back of the rocks I glue a label asking those who find the rock to share it on that group.  If you’d like to become part of that group so you can see when the rocks are found go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1707652262651874/

Join the group, I’ll approve it and then you’re in!  I’ve always asked the rock finders to post their pictures on the facebook group RVing Rocks! but as time has gone on I thought it might be cool to have a group of my one where only my rocks are shared.

We have two new bookings for Dora.  When she gets home from her adventure out west there are two, maybe three, couples coming to meet Dora and us before they make their final decision.

My partial knee replacement recovery is going well.  Roy and I walked down the hill to the pond to check on the watermelon plants, and walked back up the hill to the house. Roy had a foldable cane when he had his knee replacement so I’m using that now instead of the walker. I go to Dr. Blessey for my post op appointment on August 15 to get the stitches removed and everything checked out.  I haven’t had pain for a few days which is wonderful!

Well that’s all that’s new in our world!

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08.02.18 Rosalyn’s Partial Knee Replacement Recovery

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – Tuesday morning Roy and I went to Ochsner Medical Center in Covington for me to have partial right knee replacement surgery.  When we walked in we saw Carolyn and Marcel Lanoux (our brother in law George’s sister and husband) whom we havent seen in forever and forever.  We didn’t have much time to visit since I needed to check in but at least we got to hug!

Not long after signing in at 9:30 my name was called and off I went to the back where they did all the presurgery things.  These wonderful folks took care of me before the surgery, the pre op nurse and my anesthesiologist – GEAUX SAINTS!!  I gave them our cards with the Dora and the Explorers web address on it so I hope they are checking this out!  Thanks to all of you great and amazing folks1

My recovery nurse and my sweet hubby!  My sister Harriett stayed with Roy during the surgery.  I know he really appreciated that and I did too.  You are a great big sister Harriett!

Another nurse and one of the physcial therapy ladies who get me up and walking as soon as my legs woke up. 

I just looked back at the photos above and thought that no one should look this happy before and after having surgery! It was fun so why not smile!  Our home health nurse and physical therapist came on day two and day three.

The physical therapist just left from his second visit. He was really pleased by how I am doing.  It’s 3:30 pm right now and I haven’t needed a pain pill since 5:30 am.  I can get around for the most part a lot smoother than yesterday.

This ice chest thing (Polar Care Cube) is attached to a tube that runs within a blue thing that is wrapped around my knee.  It keeps my knee cooled and the swelling down.   I don’t have to wear it all the time but I’ve been wearing it alot. First pic is the company picture!

While we were enjoying  being outside for a little while I noticed that our rose bushes are just beautiful and I had to share!

Well that’s my knee surgery update!  I’m hoping it will be smooth sailing from here on.

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07.31.18 Rosalyn’s Partial Right Knee Replacement Surgery

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – At around 10:30 to 11:00 this morning I am having partial right knee replacement surgery at Ochsner Surgical Center Covington.  Dr. Peter Blessey is doing the surgery.  Roy and my sister will be there with me.

I’ll be able to come home this afternoone or evening and will have home health to care for the wound and check my blood since I’ll be taking Coumadin which I started this evening.  I’ll be getting around with a walker for a while and am right now thankful for our stained concrete floors which will  make it easier to get around.  Having a small house is another benefit!

According to Ochsner Roy is considered my “Recovery Coach”.  Iv’e been cooking  to make it easier on Roy while he’s caring for me.  I don’t know when I’ll be back out and around but I’m looking forward to the pain going away and the waddling walk I’ve developed to go away!

Your prayers are welcome and very much asked for.  My God is a big God and I know with him looking over me and the outcome will be exactly as He wants it to be.

I’m hopeful this will be my motto after the surgery!

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