04.30.18 The neurologist in Metairie and Teepa Snow videos

Monday, April 30, 2018 – Here goes with something you probably won’t believe. Remember the neurologist that I stopped going to a couple of years ago?? Well I have an appointment to see him May 22nd.  I know,  The neurologist in Hammond knew so very little that I won’t go to her any longer.  Dr. Shamsnia was hard to handle (I know that’s saying it mildly) when I left, but while he is so arrogant, he IS brilliant.  He also now has a 3T MRI machine in his new building.  The 3T MRI will give the latest and greatest pictures of what’s going on in my brain (or what isn’t going on!).  So I’m hoping he won’t remember who I am and I can have the 3T MRI and get those results without talking to him too much. We’ll see where we go from there!

These videos are by Teepa Snow. Teepa Snow is one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it, in the US and Canada.

How Dementia Affects Language Skills – 30 minutes

What is Dementia starts at the beginning of this video. At 12:30 she goes on to Vascular Dementia. This is what I have from having multiple TIAs. 21 minutes

“I Am Sorry, This is Hard” plus 5 More Care Phrases – Under 3 minutes

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03.13.18 St. Patrick’s Parade in Metairie, Louisiana

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Two years ago we brought our motor home to Metairie, Louisiana (where Roy was raised) to watch the St. Patrick’s Parade.  We had such a good time we decided to go back this year.  Roy and I left Amite Saturday morning headed to Metairie.  We parked our motor home at what use to be a funeral home on the corner of Metairie Road and Ridgelake.  We enjoyed a beautiful after noon there painting rocks and visiting with others who brought their vehicles to get a good spot for the parade the next day.

Chip’s family and one of Madisyn’s friends arrived in the evening and spent the night with us in our motor home. A few days ago when we planned to go to the parade the rain chance Sunday was very low.  Before the parade start time it started raining  Madisyn and her friend took my basket of St. Patrick’s Day rocks and hid them all over for me!

 

And then the rain started and it poured and poured for a while.  Everyone ran for cover and when it was over the parade started rolling by us.

The sun came out and we all had a great day! Roy and I alone caught two big black trash bags of cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, lemons, apples, bananas, a ton of beads and toys, moon pies, bags of chips, bouncy balls plus a couple of cardboard boxes of all that.

 

After the parade Madisyn went through her goodies and we found out she got a Build A Bear.  They really threw some unique things this year but I think a Build A Bear was quite unusual!

Once all the floats were past we were able to see what a mess the street and sidewalks were.  Beads, cups, bags, vegetables and fruit.  This is someone’s property across the street from where we were that had lemons, oranges, potatoes and more all around the yard.

This is a look at the area from before the cleanup started.  We were so amazed at this process that I had to share it!

The clean up crew of dozens of men with blowers and a couple dozen trucks, bulldozers and street sprayers made quick work of sanitizing the street and sidewalks.

By the time we left Metairie on Monday the whole property and street were spotless.  Years and years of cleaning up after parades and big events has got street cleanup down to a science!

We went from the city near where Roy was raised, back to our country road leading to home.  Three days away was a nice little trip but being back home was even better!

Now hold on for this.  What you are about to see is two views of all the things we caught.  This is not typical of any parade other than the St. Patrick’s parade.  The little bags on the right side of the pic are around 200 bags of tiny carrots.  The little carrots all been blanched and frozen.  Some of the cabbage was cooked and we made cabbage rolls.  Roy grated some of the giant carrots, chopped apples and made carrot, raisin, apple salad.  We feasted on that for dinner.  We are going to make a big pot of vegetable beef soup, a big mess of potato salad, some lemonade and whatever else we can think of!!!  The toys we caught will go to some children and the beads are going to be made into some sort of crafts by Madisyn and I.

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03.12.16 RVillage’s new video and we’re ready for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Metairie!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I recently read the following:

To encourage people to travel more, British Airways released data from two somewhat sad studies, which revealed two of the biggest regrets of 2,000 U.S. baby boomers — that they worked too much and didn’t travel enough.

How about all ya’ll out there start making plans to live on the road full time so you won’t have this regret!  When you make that change be sure to join RVillage.  Check out our new video! You may start seeing some of it on a television commercial soon!!!

We have arrived in Metairie on the corner of Metairie Road and Ridgelake where we will be joined this evening by Chip’s family and tomorrow by the rest of the Chauvin family.  All those who can make it.  The torrential rains have trapped a lot of folks in but Dora is such a big girl she got us out of Amite and into Metairie quite easily!

Here we are all set up in the big empty lot all ready for the parade to come by tomorrow!

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This is one of the most unusual parades you’ve ever seen.  We will almost definitely leave here tomorrow with a huge bag of cabbage heads, carrots, onions and whatever else they throw to us including of course beads and doubloons!  I’ll be sharing photos with ya’ll as soon as I can after the parade.  Since we’ve arrived we’ve watched a car here and a truck there pull in and folks get out their wooden stakes and ropes to mark their area.  One other RV is parked a good distance from us but they are here.

I couldn’t wait to share the RVillage video with ya’ll, hope you like it and want to join RVillage now!  It’s free and even if you’re in the RV dreaming stage come on and join, you’ll learn a lot fro other RVers!

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