11.24.15 Almost 43 years, Family Thankgiving and Updates!

royandrosalyndatingTuesday, November 24, 2015 –  On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Roy and I will celebrate 43 years of wedded bliss – well not exactly total bliss but mostly bliss!! We’ve been together as a couple for 45 years since granniepictures012revised  I was 16 and once I made 18 we got hitched!! My husband means the world to me.  He makes me laugh with his wicked humor and silliness.  He is the missing part to my brain and saves me more times than I can count when my brain hiccups and doesn’t want to work.  He can and does fix ANYTHING, be it a household repair, RV repair, automotive rosalynandroyrepair, toy repair, computer repair, any repair.  He has saved us millions in repair bills over the years with his technical abilities.  He’s grown old with me and sometimes we even like being old, since we get to do it together.  He loves the Lord and is a Godly man.  That may not be first in this list but it is absolutely first in my heart.  We are loving this RV life that we have together and getting to see so much of our amazing country together.  Happy Anniversary to my dear love Roy!

Our family and my sisters family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at Harriett’s house this past Sunday.  The only thing missing was our oldest son’s family. We hope that one day he will choose to be part of our family gatherings again. We all miss them.

Here’s a photo with the whole family (except me, picture taker) right after we thanked God for the food.  Chip’s girlfriend Misty and her daughter Kallie are the newest additions to our Chauvin/Roussel family.  We miss all of them when we are on the road. It was great to get to catch them all up on our travels and what we’ve been blessed to see and do. use 2 use

 

Our little slice of Heaven in Amite at night.  The green lights are shining under our RV.  It’s a Roy thing!

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Boots, our truck, got new brakes today and something else that was squeaking was replaced.  We are enjoying some beautiful weather here.  Highs have been in the 50s and 60s with plenty of sunshine!  This will be a quiet week for us and we are enjoying that!

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11.17.15 Home again in Amite!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – We’ve been home in Amite for almost 3 weeks and couldn’t be happier.  No, we won’t stop traveling, but yes we are loving being here! The cows have been visiting and our little buddy (dog) Jake has been spending time with us.

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We do not have any cows of our own but here’s a couple of pictures of our neighboring cows.  There are 50 to 100 cows but only a few cows and one horse came to visit for picture taking time!

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First and foremost of the things that are making us happy, Chip introduced two young ladies into our lives that we’ve loved from the first hug!  Misty and her teenage daughter Kallie are new to our family but we’re sure hoping they will be around for a very long time.  Chip, Misty, Kallie and Madisyn came to Amite Sunday afternoon and we had a great time.  We ate, fished and made s’mores around a campfire!  Check out the fish the girls caught on their new poles!

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We traveled to Tennessee last week to meet with Dr. Lawrence Schrader, an orthopedic surgeon who will be doing a full knee replacement on Roy in the near future.  His very advanced surgical technique makes him the perfect doctor for Roy.  Roy saw our primary care doctor in Hammond this week for pre op things and surgery clearance and so far all is well.  When the surgery is scheduled we’ll stay in Bartlett, Tennessee (outside of Memphis) for a couple of weeks while he recovers enough to drive Dora, our RV home.  You can see from the X Ray that his left knee still has a cushion between the bones but his right has none.  We hoped for a partial knee replacement but it is obvious he really needs a full knee replacement.

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Being home brings with it lots of activity for Roy fixing and replacing things on the RV.   We decided to upgrade from a modified sine wave inverter to a true sine wave inverter because it is better for our computer and electronics.  That probably makes no sense to most folks but Roy will be writing a blog post soon about what all this means and what it does for your RV.   The new one is pictured first, then Roy putting it in and lastly the old inverter.  20151111_104702 20151110_151204 20151110_130316Another thing that happens when we are home is Roy stays busy improving our property.  The picture below is the fence end of the culvert that we went through so much with last year.  Roy reinforced that end by building a concrete wall around the culvert to help with the flash flood waters that seem to come around here at least twice a year.  It is suppose to rain again like that this week so we’ll see how it stands up!

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As always we try to spend a lot of time with our grandaughter Madisyn when we are in town.  We didn’t know we’d be spending time at the Emergency Room with her but here she is with her dad and Misty. Her mom, Paw Paw and Grannie (me) were also there.  She had a bad ear infection (inside and out) and some other things going on.  She was quite pitiful when we got there but by the time we all left the strong antibiotics had kicked in and she was feeling much better!20151108_132006

Madisyn is now in gymnastics so of course a visit to the gymnastics studio was in order!  She’s new to this but I think she has the hang of it so far!20151105_190129

She spent the night with us and fished with Paw paw out by the pond.  She caught 17 fish – pretty small ones but I think we have a pro fisher in the making! She is so much like her dad, doing silly things.  It started sprinkling so she made a covering for her head with the lawn chair.  Then there is Madisyn and Paw Paw’s favorite spot, snuggling on the sofa!20151031_125534 20151031_122020 20151031_081844

Halloween was a fun night going round a neighborhood with Chip and Madisyn while she Trick or Treated!  Here she is at someone’s door asking for goodies!20151030_193014 The one non family, fix it or doctor related thing we’ve done is attend Worship at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church.  We have a new interim Pastor, Bob Adams and Minister of Music, Nicholas Varnado.  Bro. Bob and Bro. Nick are wonderful additions to our church staff.  Bro. Bob’s sermon was very clear, educational and inspirational.  Ya’ll know how I feel about a choir and Bro. Nick’s leading of the choir was perfect.  They responded to him so well and his leading of the music with the congregation put a smile on my face.  I’m not trying to say that I need a perfect Worship Service to Worship God.  He is worthy of our make time to do what makes your soul happy with autum themeWorship no matter how it is done.  I just really felt like we were “home” and left there Sunday feeling quite blessed to have been there.

We have so much to be thankful for right now.  All of the above are some of the things we are most thankful for!   Not the things we’ve purchased but the people who enrich our lives so much.

We’ll go to church with Madisyn this Sunday and then take her with us to my sister Harriett’s home for our family Thanksgiving dinner.  We eat a little unconventional in our family for holidays.  I don’t know what all we’re having but I am making my spinach casserole!  I love my amazing family which is growing so next blog will probably be about our family Thanksgiving.

1382199_646561998721400_1122776444_nI know I mentioned several things that Roy’s been working on but don’t think I’ve been resting.  I wish!  The gardens had very large tree bushes in them that had to be cleaned out and removed.  I did a good bit of that, raking up pine straw from around the pine trees and the rest of my time has been pretty consumed with RVillage work.  That is slacking up a bit just in time for the holidays and more time with family!  I am very thankful to RVillage for hiring little ole me to help with the online Village administration.

We collected many dozens of rocks in very large, large and small sizes as we traveled from state to state.  Here’s a couple of pictures of where we placed them around the garden.  Our bayleaf plants that you’ll see in the picture almost didn’t survive the transplant but they are making a good come back!  Most of the rocks are marked somewhere on them with the states they came from.  There is plenty of room for rocks from the Eastern states!

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I hope everyone will be with family sometime this season.  God’s bounty and blessings are overflowing! Happy Thanksgiving all!

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11.26.13 Here’s what’s been going on! Review of Jellystone Yogi Bear in Robert, LA

THANKSGIVINGDAY“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col. 2:6-7

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Hi folks, it’s me again!

I said I wouldn’t be writing much but my mind has become so use to writing about everything we did for the last year that it’s finding it hard to do things without writing about it! Here’s a summary of our last two weeks!

Updates on our medical issues:

Roy’s full knee replacement surgery is scheduled for Monday, December 9th in the early morning.  He’s had his pre-op testing done and will see his primary care physician this coming Monday for full clearance. We will leave Hammond Sunday December 8th and head over to TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian Mississippi for a 4-5 week stay while Roy recovers.  It’s the only place we could find to hook up for an extended period of time while he recovers so there is no moving the RV around while he’s healing. We will be working it out with the doctor next Thursday about rehab and all so we maybe driving back and forth to Hammond, or having rehab in Pass Christian.  We’ll see!

My x-ray showed there is no space between two of my lower neck vertebrae like all the others have so they know that’s where the problem is.  However my insurance won’t pay for an MRI on my neck until I have three weeks of conservative treatment (physical therapy) so this is my second week of PT.  I love the traction, heat with stimulators, and ultrasonic heat but some of the exercises really flared up the nerve in my neck so they changed the exercises to accommodate that.  I go back two days next week and I don’t know about after that. The ladies at Affiliated Therapy are great, as they’ve always been for previous PT.  Thanks to Debbie and the gang for your help with my pain in the neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REVIEW OF YOGI BEAR RESORT! We are currently staying at Jellystone Yogi Bear Resort in Robert, Louisiana.  It’s got everything a child could want for recreation and entertainment during the warm months (which are numerous) here in Louisiana.  The RV sites are concrete with trees around however where we’re parked Dora, the trees don’t  interfere with our satellite reception which is a huge plus. The campground staff has been very friendly and helpful during our stay. Since it’s cold weather right now the place isn’t as full as it would be during the summer.  More than half of the resort is year-round sites with cabins,  travel trailers, class A motor homes or 5th wheels parked with a little yard all set up.  I think that’s kind of neat.  We leave here on Thanksgiving, after a two week stay and are leaving two pleased campers!  Wish we could stay much much longer but  our free time here is up! They are part of our Coast to Coast membership so we stayed here at no cost which is a special plus!

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Madisyn and Grannie made peach jello with peach pieces in it and she’s enjoying some outside with Paw Paw!
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Their nightly ice cream “thing”!

We stopped by Southeastern our first day in and saw a lot of our Southeastern family.  So good to see their smiling faces and get to catch up some.  We’ve visited often with Madisyn, Chip, Kim, Braxton and Bentley.  Madisyn and I collected pine cones out here and painted the tips then sprinkled glitter over them.  She’s very creative and sat still for a long time focusing on the craft.  We’ve all enjoyed doing the things we use to do regularly together even if just for a little while now. She and Paw Paw enjoy special time having ice cream before bedtime and I get to snuggle with her and sing bedtime songs while she falls asleep.  There are dozens of other special times but not enough room to write them all!  We’ve enjoyed Saints games with Chip, Kim and the boys.  Getting to know the little boys and Kim has been a blessing! When the boys smile at us our hearts just melt!  They are adorable!

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Our home church the year it snowed!

We went to church last Sunday at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana for the first time in 7 months.  It was a great feeling to fellowship with and hug so many members of our church family.  Our pastor, Dr. Randy Davis, always preaches a Biblically true sermons and this Sunday didn’t disappoint! What a blessing to be in God’s house!  We’ve attended several different churches in our travels and it truly is nice to be back at our home church! Looking forward to hearing the choir sing some while we’re home too!

We’re having gumbo for our non-traditional Chauvin Thanksgiving and are headed to Calloway Campground in Hammond for 10 days!

Ya’ll enjoy your families today on Thanksgiving and ya’ll come back ya’ hear!