03.02.2015 Thanks to all of you – AND – The dam broke again!

First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reads our blog.  Our stats are soaring through the roof!  Golly gee whilickers! Don’t know exactly what you’re liking, just that lots of people are reading it!

sorrow and despairMonday, March 2, 2015 – My husband Roy is currently in a state of devastation over the severe flooding around the culvert this morning. I didn’t do all the work he did but I’m coming up a close second. The video below says it all.


You probably won’t see this as Sorrow and Despair but we are feeling that way right now. The 40 loads of dirt and 26 additional cement bags Roy put at the opening of the culvert nearest the pond went washing away this morning from the force of this morning’s rain.  The water is going in the culvert and ALL AROUND THE RIGHT SIDE OF IT.

Bags of concrete, chunks of concrete, sheet rock, nails and everything else that was shoved along the right side of the culvert are gone.  Most everything on the left side is still there since the heavy flow didn’t break through on the left side.  It is about the saddest sight we could see this morning.

So much work and so much effort gone.  Lots of pictures following from later in the day when things slowed down. You can see a huge difference between the rush of water earlier and what’s going through it now:


A ball near the top left, a cup and paper from somewhere after the storm. Can’t see our sheet rock, nails, cement bags, etc. They must have sunk or are at the other end of the pond.
Beautiful pines with water droplets!
Much later after Roy transferred the six remaining cement bags from the right end to the left end whee the water goes into the cement.

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Roy’s brilliant mind is probably formulating a Plan B for the culvert issue but I don’t dare ask him about it now.  We have to get through this mourning stage before I dare do that!  He has already moved the remaining cement bags from the pond end to the woods end to create a larger barrier.  We’re anticipating rain most of the week so hopefully this will take care of that or at least reduce the possible damage.

Our wonderful painters, Toxey Koehn, and his crew are finished up all the painting the can do for now.  Now I get to go in there and clean up the floors real good and set out all the lighting fixtures so the electrician, Jerry Joiner, can install them early Wednesday.  Some of our budget overage is due to us picking out the light fixtures we wanted instead of the ones in the budget…… Once he has the lights installed the Washington St Tammany Electric Cooperative will come out and connect permanent electricity to the house.

Later in the week the cabinets, counter tops and air conditioning unit will be installed.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!


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03.01.15 Birthday Happy to Madisyn!

west2Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Grannie and Paw Paw were called in to keep Madisyn over night so her mom, dad and Kim could decorate and get everything ready for her 6th birthday party.  So we played, snuggled, slept and took her to church with us.

We played outside while there was still light on Saturday.  I also took pictures of the newly cleared area on our land next to the pond. Now that Roy’s built a partial bridge over the culvert he was able to ride the lawnmower over there and cut back a lot of brush.

b1 b2 b4This is a close up of one of our medicine cabinets.  It has beveled glass on the front, a beautiful black frame and mirrored insides with glass shelves.

b7A look at the fresh paint job from the living room into the kitchen.  They will be back Monday to finish things up. b6 Here Madisyn is with several other children during the special children’s time in the worship service with our pastor Dr. Randy Davis.

20150301_110833Next are pictures of her “Under the Sea” Ariel birthday party at our son Chip, her daddy’s, home.  There were a lot of wonderful under the sea decorations and delicious food outside but I somehow didn’t take one picture of that. 20150301_133300 20150301_133310 20150301_134704  20150301_134849 20150301_151140   20150301_152035This ends our Birthday Happy celebration for sweet Madisyn!  This has probably been the first day we did not go into the house once.  When we returned this evening both of us crashed for at least two hours.  We’re watching our favorite show “Once Upon A Time” and then going to crash again.  Take a lot for two old folks to recover from a 6 year old’s birthday party!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear

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