01.26.20 Roy’s back door project

Roy started this “back door project” sometime in October of last year because the bottom of both sides of our back door had rotted and the baseboard next to it was rotted as well. There is no covering over the back door so rain hits the door and was somehow getting in. This blog post about the “back door project” has been a work in progress since October also. After the project got started Roy’s back started hurting and everything stopped.

He dug out the rot on both sides of the door and replaced it with epoxy that was thick like vaseline and would not rot. He replaced the entire door frame with a non-rot PVC composition frame. Replacing the door itself would have cost around the same but the wooden part of the door would have rot again so this helps us have a non-rot back door.  Roy is so smart and so diligent. He purchased a router to create a mortise for the hinges and door latch faceplate and then fit them into the new frame. 

The interior and exterior wood frames are all new. Roy added an aluminum drip cap on the exterior bottom of the door to help keep the rain away from the bottom of the door.

Finalizing this blog post this evening has taken every bit of brain that Roy and I both have to write this. Neither of us could remember what things are called. At one point just now it came down to either me killing Roy or me laughing till I cried because it’s so frustrating and something that should be so simple has become a horribly hard thing to do. I put my computer down and started working on it again Sunday afternoon.

Here are pictures taken during the process.

Day one – the door was removed!

The door side bottom before Roy dug out the rotten wood

The door side bottoms after Roy dug out the rotten wood 

Roy filled up the hole where the rot was with the special epoxy.

The epoxy before sanding

The epoxy after sanding, before painting

After painting, looks just like brand new! 

Roy using his router to dig out PVC to create one of the mortises for the faceplate.

It’s been so long since I put these pictures in this blog post that I don’t really know why they are here but Roy’s working on the door in the pictures so here they are!

The original door frame was removed and replaced with a new  PVC composite door frame that won’t rot!

After a “slight pause” in work before getting done on the back door, Roy completed the “back door project” this week.

This is the only help I provided, other than staying out of Roy’s way and asking him to please get it finished! I touched up the paint around where the old door frame was.

The top of the door frame is nailed down here in this photo. The refrigerator was moved out of its little home for this part. 

The new baseboard and interior door trim are complete! Halleluja! 

And alas the project is complete. Roy got a couple of new tools to use in this project and we have a very solid weather proofed back door that will last for many years to come! Thank the Lord! A happy Chauvin home has a finished reconstructed back door in it!

Now on to the next thing on my “honey do” list!

 

01.21.20 Peep is expecting!

Our sweet girl duck, Peep, started laying baby duck eggs, one a day for the last four days!  Yay baby ducks!! Here is egg number 1!

I guess she’s actually not expecting like we think of it but she’ll have babies sometime in February! I contacted the wonderful couple that gave us Bo and Peep to learn more about this baby duck process.

Peep is the smaller of the two in the photo below. Bo is the daddy with the grey head.

We don’t know how many eggs she will lay but I just found out that Mama Peep’s mom laid over 20!  Mama Peep will start sitting on the nest of eggs full time when the last egg is laid except for taking eating breaks.

We will start counting the number of days from when the last egg is laid so we will know when 28 days from the last egg being laid is. 28 days is approximately when they will start hatching.

28 days after the last egg is laid we need to separate Bo, the daddy, from Peep and the babies. He may get aggressive and hurt or kill them. That’s kinda weird but I guess ducks aren’t like human daddies who love and protect their young.

I’ll let ya’ll know as things progress with this new adventure!

01.19.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020

Chauvin Produce Company’s start to its 2020 season is small but it has started!

Roy can be seen below filling up his little seed cups with dirt and planting one Creole Tomato seed in each pot. His young assistants, Bo and Peep stand ready to assist if needed!

The seeds have sprouted proudly under their grow light in the rock room.

This is the artichoke plant that started as a seed last year. It grew some last year and survived the short freezes we’ve had here in Louisiana. I left it in the ground and it’s continued to grow, oh so slightly but it is growing!

You can see that there is nothing else is in the garden. When Roy’s tomato plants get big enough to plant in the ground the garden will get tilled. We’ll see what happens to the artichoke plant then!

In early February I will be planting cucumber, eggplant, bell pepper and okra seeds I saved from last year’s crop. I think that is very cool! Potatoes will definitely be grown but not sure what else I’ll plant but these are for sure crops!

Well, that was short, but I think it was kinda sweet!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Sunday!

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01.14.20 LSU NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2019 – GEAUX TIGERS!

Last night OUR Louisiana State University TIGERS won the National College Football Championship!

The final score was 42 to 25.

The team they beat was the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson’s record this year was 14-0 and LSU’s record this year was 14-0. They both deserved to be in this game.

LSU won last night and their record for the 2019 is now 15-0!

Congratulations LSU Tigers!

You unquestionably earned this trophy. Enjoy being better than the best

Nothing bad to say about Clemson. They played hard, gave it their all and should walk away with their heads held high.

My Facebook Wall this morning blew up with nothing but LSU winning pictures. I am sharing a few here for those few people who did not spend all yesterday evening cheering, yelling, panicking, and cheering even more.

The LSU Band is known as ” The Golden Band from Tigerland.” Here they are creating the outline of Louisiana and our Fleur de Lis!

LSU Cheerleaders and Mascot singing our national anthem on the sidelines.  

A young man we know, the handsome blonde in the front row, was at the game with his dad and got on ESPN in this picture!  

This may be my favorite with all the confetti on the ground after the game and our Tiger mascot creating a snow angel in it! Our President, Donald J. Trump and his amazing wife Melania Trump were on the field before the game and enjoyed it in one of the box suites! The applause they received showed how Americans truly love our President and his wife!

The National Championship game was held this year in New Orleans in the Mercedez Benz Superdome.

Our dear friend Henry at the game. Oh, how I would have loved to be there. It was however, perfect getting to watch it from the comfort of our living room couch!

The beautiful purple and gold confetti let loose after LSU won the game.

LSU’s coach Ed Orgeron is fabulous and perfect for a Louisiana team.

He was born and raised in Larose, Louisiana and always wanted to be the LSU football team coach.  His talking is so thick with cajun accent that there is no doubt where that man came from. We all couldn’t have been happier for him last night. He was an unlikely choice as LSU’s coach and man did he prove those who hired him right! Congratulations Coach O!

And certainly deserving of major credit is our Heisman winning Quarterback, Joe Burrow! He earned that title again last night with his determination and accuracy throughout the whole game.

Thank you LSU for the wonderful education you provided our oldest son that he uses to very well support his family. His wife is also an LSU graduate so we have a lot to be thankful for from LSU. Yes, it is an excellent educational institution, they don’t just play football!

Last night winning the National Championship put the cherry on top of a year that made LSU fans happy! Families all around Louisiana and beyond gathered together to watch the game and eat some gumbo or crawfish or just plain eat. We do that every week when the Tigers are playing! Louisiana is so unique in our culture, language and more but we are loyal and proud people. I’m proud today to be from this wonderful state where our flagship university brings home the National Championship trophy!

I am very thankful that my brain came out of its downward spiral and I was able to really enjoy this win! For those who have been concerned, I have been doing much better and really enjoyed the sunshiny day outside here in Louisiana today!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

 

 

01.11.20 Bits and pieces of dementia writings over the last two years

Since I laid it all out there in my last blog post about recent events in this dementia journey I want to share that I am coming out of the bad spell. It’s not at all back to “my normal” but it is better. Better for me may not be what you think of as better but for now I can’t describe it.

The “nice” thing about not remembering is that I don’t remember the things from last week. I had to look up the blog and read it to know what happened.  Weird.

Over time I’ve started writing blog posts about what’s happening in my life with dementia.  I write a bit and then don’t publish it. They are just pieces I’ve written and are not connected but all relate to dementia so I’m putting them here with dividers and hopefully something in one of them will help someone out there. Happy Saturday ya’ll!

2018 How I live my life is determined pretty much by how this dementia monster is behaving in my life! It’s been 7 years since I first had neuropsychological testing in November 2011 and was sent on to see Dr. Shamsniam a neurologist in Metairie, who did several medical brain tests. His medical conclusion supported the neuropsychological testing done by Dr. Susan Andrews.  They diagnosed Vascular dementia from having several TIAs (Transient Ischemic Attach – Mini Strokes) that damaged various parts of my brain. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) from having a shrunken brain in the Frontal Lobe and Temporal Lobes. Other lobes are also shrunk but the majority of the shrinking is in the Frontal and Temporal lobes.

I honestly still have a lot of times that I think “This is all garbage. I am as okay as the next person.” I am able to think that way from time to time because of the life Roy and I live. I am very thankful that my dementia journey has gone slowly and that I am not what most people think of looking like when you have dementia.

I am thankful that God has given me this time as still being mostly Rosalyn. I know  God is in control of everything and my journey is in His hands.

When an older person is diagnosed with dementia they probably had it for years before then. Their pathway from diagnosis to death is typically short.

This has taken a while to write because I change from time to time.  Some days I am really mean, mostly to Roy. I was mean and rude recently to our new RV space renter and I had to apologize later when I realized what I had done.

2019 I just listened to a video by the writer of Still Alice. in it she points out that the more knowledge and experiences someone with dementia has the lesser degree dementia will affect you leaving your abilities in tact longer.  the information there helps explain why i am still able to function as well as I can.  she mentioned that cross word puzzles don’t help because youa re retrieving existing knowledge.  learning something new is what help.  our travels and also living in the RV definitely helped me learn more. this is exciting to me  because it explains a lot.

This is the video:

http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2017/04/alzheimers-isnt-destiny.html

2019 I haven’t written a lot recently about my shrinking brain filled with holes.  In the past when I had a day or even a few hours of conversation, activity, socializing and simple interaction with others, the rate my brain had to run to keep up just wore me out.  A good night’s sleep or several hours of trying to not think helped me recover to a better place.

The last couple of weeks have involved repeated conversation, activity, socializing and lots of thinking. No longer has getting a good nights sleep helped and I certainly have not had several hours of not thinking.  It just didn’t stop. Things outside of our control, good things, bad things.  I am not complaining, it’s just life but I’ve been waking up with brain mush.

I hear it from others and read it as well. You need to keep your mind working, get out, see people, socialize, keep busy. Really??!!  That might be accurate at some time down the dementia road and it was true for me before recently.  Now any one of those things tires my brain out so much.  You can’t imagine how much I wish I could be the social person I use to be.  If someone asked me to do something I’d say yes and I’d be dependable about it.  Let me spend an afternoon visiting with just about anyone or any group of people and I thrived.

While I still can I continue to try to be an advocate for dementia awareness.  Today I want to share some of the things that go on sometime in my daily life, living with dementia.

Sometimes, now, I am in a situation where I don’t remember the name of someone I am talking to.  I’ve gotten quite good at this now and can hold a conversation without ever saying a name, but it has taken practice.   I can also hold a conversation that is more chit chat than substance which tends to mask what’s going on inside my brain.  I noticed that in mama when she would smile and give a seemingly normal response which was actually just a cover-up response when she didn’t really know what we meant.  When people ask how I am doing I always say fine, who really wants to know that can’t remember one thing that happened that morning or the day before????

I spend some time of the day on the computer on Facebook, writing my blog, googling information for caring for my garden. This is getting harder and harder each day.

When I get ready for bed. I take my night time medication, so many tablets to take in the course of a day… I crawl into bed and am at last in my “happy zone.”  Not that my day is not filled with happy moments, just that when I’m in my room alone there is nothing required of me, no one is talking to me wanting a response.  I read both some portion of a book and also my Bible.  I love that our church is reading the Bible together in our own time.  I find that when I read in that quiet time (that may last hours) I retain a bit more of it than when I read during the day when there is activity or just someone else around.

One day during 2018 This week on Thursday when I woke up I felt like my brain was in a fog.

I usually check my phone for emails, Fox News, Facebook before I get out of bed.  None of it was making sense to me.

When I got up and tried to write one of my blogs my brain didn’t know how to do certain parts of putting it together.  My writing didn’t make any sense.  I went from one blog to the other trying to get something started.  It didn’t work.  I started crying because even though these things have happened before they all haven’t happened before on the same day.

I tried to paint rocks and couldn’t come up with anything about how to do that.  I couldn’t remember how to make my oatmeal breakfast.  I knew what to use but not how to put it together.  That was a brief maybe 5 minutes and then it came to me.

My balance isn’t good occasionally but Thursday it was difficult to walk straight a lot of the time.

Roy asked me a question that I should know the answer and the answer was nowhere to be found.

Late in the day things got better and I went to sleep really early hoping that would help. I typically now sleep at least 12 hours every night.  When I’m in bed reading and then going to sleep is the time I am at peace.  There is nothing to figure out or remember. No one to try to say the right words to. When I got up this morning I felt much better.

I know that those of us with some form of dementia sharing on here and on Facebook groups help those who are the caregivers understand. It is very saddening to me when I read someone who is a caregiver wanting their loved one to change back to how they were, or they think their loved one is being stubborn, or honery. They may just be expressing feelings which are fine but when they actually think their loved one has any control over how they are or that their loved one doesn’t wake up every day and throughout every day wish they could be normal again, please please try to approach every obstacle knowing that your loved one would do anything to be normal again. Being mad at their loved ones doesn’t help anything.

Two things that have happened in the last few months are 1) losing my memory of the order of the New Testament and Old Testament books. That really might not seem like a big deal to most of you but I taught 3rd and 4th graders the Books of the Bible every Sunday for years.  I could say the books backward after all those years but when our pastor says “Turn in your Bible to XXXXX” unless it is a super easy one I have no idea where it is.  Super easy is like Genesis, Matthew, and Mark.  Our pastor preached through some of Romans for several weeks so I marked it with the page ribbon and that helps. He’s in Genesis now and I’m thankful since that’s an easy one!
The other thing is 2) I’ve sung hymns from Baptist Hymnals all my life and know all the words to all the songs.  I could sing without looking at the hymnal.  I can’t always do that now – knowing the words.  I’m thankful we have the words for the hymns or other Christian songs up on the screen.  There is something about knowing the words and being able to freely sing praises to God without reading the words that I treasured.

Well, that’s it for pieces of blogs that I started but never posted. I am dealing with an abscessed tooth and a possible dry socket along with the brain fun! I’ve been on amoxicillin for two weeks and Tylenol/ibuprofen for the pain. If not better by Tuesday I have an appointment to go back to the dentist and have a root canal. Imagine being crazy and in pain plus an abscess!

Life is Good! God Good! All the time God is Good!

It might not seem like it should be, but this was difficult to put together. It’s done and it makes me relieved to finally get these little pieces all in one place and out there!  I really do have to be doing better to put this together. I will blog as long as I can, I will share my love for our Lord and what he’s done in my life while I still can, I will read and learn as long as I can, paint rocks as long as I can and garden as long as I can. I love these things and they bring me joy! I thank God for that joy and all the joy He allows me to have in my life!

Ya’ll have a great weekend.

 

01.09.20 Dementia is an awful little disease

Dementia is an awful little disease.

There’s really nothing little about it.

You get a diagnosis and only share it with your closest friends and family. You do see a few deficiencies you haven’t had before but you work around it and go on.

Then you can’t read words well, sometimes. You don’t remember things that you just did or that just happened, more often. Other signs come more often and you share with others around you so they understand when you are “weird.” It starts to become frustrating but again you work around it and go on.

The people in your little world get used to you not knowing some or most of the words you want to use. You scale back your life to a simpler way and life goes on. Being mostly “with it” enough to see what is happening becomes much more frustrating and scary.

Then one day, years into this dementia journey the “sometimes” fog visits more often. There starts to be more reminders or signs that your brain functioning has declined. Little things like being mentally worn out after talking to others for a while. Frustrations become common when trying to make organizational plans for things like traveling, writing blogs, or keeping a house running well.

You lull yourself into enjoying that time of doing well even if it wasn’t perfect. Those days become the good old days when out of the blue a big strong downward dip starts.

I’m having a difficult time knowing how to describe what this downward dip in dementia looks like but I’ll try.

Since last week I’ve been in a deep fog. I had a big brain block while I was trying to remember that we went to the pharmacy last week to pick up some medicine. Soliqua. That morning I wondered about what happened to the soliqua (diabetes injection med.)  I called Roy who had gone into town for his physical therapy to see what he knew about it. He told me we did go to the pharmacy the day before and I was with him. He said we went after our dentist appointment.  He told me he was able to get the pain/antibiotic medicine filled the day before but they didn’t have the soliqua ready.  I didn’t even remember going to the pharmacy and didn’t remember anything about the soliqua. Once he told me this I was able to remember him handing me the pain/antibiotic medicine but nothing else.

Several times recently Roy has had to tell me something like the “going to the pharmacy event” that happened that I don’t remember. I question him and question him and still no memory of the event happening.

Earlier this week, I woke up when Roy came into the bedroom at 12:15 (right after noon) and picked up my arm. He thought I looked dead and said it scared the mess out of him:(  I went to bed at around 8 the night before and while I do tend to sleep until 9 or 10 am a lot of the time not awake at 12:15 is not normal. When I wake up every morning my routine is to check everything on my phone, weather, Facebook, emails, text messages.The day I woke up after noon while doing that, my nerves caused my hand to jerk several times so bad I dropped my phone over and over

This has happened before just a little bit this morning was the worse. I could have easily gone back to sleep then I was so tired but I stopped myself. When the jerking stopped I got up. I was way off balance for a long time after getting up. Later I was dizzy like I use to be a couple of years ago.

Right now my thinking of what I am going to say has just stopped. This is taking me hours to put together but my typing is good, my ability to put a sentence together is okay. I just can’t think through it.

Yesterday was been difficult but different than the day before.  We went to the urgent care here to get help for my cough. Since it was my first visit there, there I had to fill out forms. I’ve done this dozens of times, know all the answers but I could not remember a lot of the answers. I had to get Roy to help me. I never need help with those. He had to help me answer questions when I was in the room being checked out.

After that, we went to North Oaks Diagnostic Center for a medical test. I hid some rocks at the building next door before heading inside.  I got lost and scared trying to figure out how to inside. We agreed Roy won’t let me go off by myself in the future.

Wednesday was different but equally frustrating. When I got up to walk my legs and arms felt like they each had a heavy weight attached to them. The weight pulled my legs down into a crouch and I had to walk like that. It was so exhausting I couldn’t walk more than a few feet. While moving laundry from the washer to the dryer I was wiped out and had to hang on to the washing machine by putting my arms inside and hanging on.  I called Roy to help me and of course, he did. That weird weighted down feeling lasted all day. Cooking dinner was only accomplished by me sitting in a chair and Roy helping me. This was just a crazy day.

I only had a little bit of the weighted down feeling when waking up on Thursday. This and several other things left me and Roy frustrated and exhausted today.

This latest strong downward dip is a big unwanted step in my dementia journey. It hasn’t happened in a long time and pretty much overwhelmed me and Roy.

I really appreciate your prayers. Thank you all. I am looking forward to the next few days where we can stay home and get some things addressed while I am hopefully less confused.

It is 7:00  pm on Thursday night. The deep bad fog and confusion are mostly gone. Praise God! It will take a while to know what level my thinking and abilities are at now. Life is always interesting and God is always on His throne! And He is my God and I am His child. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

01.04.20 A little girl at peace

There is a story about a train traveling through the night in a very violent rainstorm.

The lightning flashes were almost blinding, the rain hitting the windows was deafening and the strong gust winds rocked the train from side to side.

When the lightning flashed and lighted up the darkness, the passengers could see the rising water along the tracks.

This created terror in the minds of the passengers.

Several passengers noted that through all the noise, lightning and wind, one of the passengers, a little girl, seemed to be at perfect peace.

The adult passengers couldn’t figure out why the little girl was so calm during all this excitement.

Finally, one passenger asked her, “How is that you can be so calm when all the rest of us are so worried about what might or could happen?”

The little passenger smiled and said, “My Father is the engineer.”

End of story.

That’s the beauty of knowing that God, our Father, is in control of everything. Like the little girl in our story, she’s at peace and calm, despite people around her are panicking, because her father is in control.

Trouble is,…the world is full of sins that feed our mind unconsciously or subconsciously. That’s why we should be more active and aggressive in meditating in God’s Word whenever and wherever.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

01.01.20 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2019

Since we began publishing our blog in 2012 we’ve posted a Reflections on God’s Blessings each year. This year we did not travel at all. What we’ve done during this year is nothing remarkable but it is our life and I’ll share while I still can.

It’s all here but in no date order and there are no links to individual posts. There are links to the annual Reflections on God’s Blessings blog posts. I just can’t do the organization to put it in date order or doing the individual post links any longer. My brain cannot now think through the process of doing all that.

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We said goodbye to our sweet motorhome, Dora, turning her over to Patrick and Michelle Atherton in California where Dora now lives. It was a good move for us financially and I’m pretty sure Dora is loving living in California!

I don’t think there can be any doubt in our blog’s followers’ minds that WE ARE DIE HARD NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANS. During the 2019 playoffs, our team, the New Orleans Saints was robbed when referees missed a critical call in the NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Because that missed call kept our Saints from the Super Bowl the Saints fans from the amazing city of New Orleans participated in many different events instead of watching the Super Bowl.  We’ve had an entire year to live with that stab in our Saints hearts.  In this year’s 2019 playing season, our Saints clinched the NFC South’s title with a few games to go in the season.

We cultivated and harvest a pretty good vegetable garden. This year we grew okra, tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, sweet potato, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  Not all did well but we learned a lot and will plant fewer types of vegetables next year.

I froze a lot of stuffed bell peppers, stuffed eggplant, smothered okra, sliced okra for gumbo and canned pickles

STUFFED EGGPLANTS BEFORE THE EGGPLANTS COOKED DOWN

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

SMOTHERED OKRA

We’ve added one plum and one pecan tree to our fruit trees/bushes which include our 8 blueberry bushes and two fig trees.

We welcomed to our family a new grandpuppy, Samson. His mommy and daddy are Misty and Chip Chauvin.  He’s about as tiny as they get but he holds a big hold of our hearts.

We celebrated our first anniversary of moving out of Dora and beginning to live in our Amite home. We are enjoying slowly, very slowly, furnishing our little home!

We went to the Metairie Road St. Patricks Day, this time without Dora. It was a beautiful day and Chip’s family and we had a wonderful time!

We attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party at the Big Red Barn! Yes, that is Grannie in the back corner!

We took care of making Roy and my final arrangements at Brandon Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond. So very happy that is taken care of!

We pulled up thousands of grass runners this year. I cleaned them up and broke them into small pieces with a root. They were mostly planted in the new picnic area but also in various places around our property. 

We enjoy a multitude of hummingbirds visiting throughout the year. We have four shepherds hooks and feeders. At times they all have several hummingbirds eating from each one! We love spending the morning and evening times on our front porch watching these tiny birds!

We had our first Harriett and Rosalyn’s family reunion with my sister, her children and grandchildren; and my children and grandchildren. It was wonderful having all of Mama’s family together!

We created a picnic area in the back part of our property. The picnic area includes a four-sided picnic table with four benches, a hammock and lots of landscaping around the area. Our hope is that this spring all the planting will be blooming and pay off all the hard work!

Part of the Create A Picnic Area involved Roy digging a long long trench for water pipe going from the RV space in the front of our property back to near the picnic area is.

Roy cut down a bunch of pine tree branches. I pulled the pine needles off all those branches to use around the garden. Madisyn helped me with them!

We became the proud parents of two Buff Orpingtons, medium-size domesticated ducks, with lovely fawn buff feathers, a brownish-orange bill, and sweet personalities.

Their names are Bo and Peep and I share their adventures from time to time. They even have their own graphic that I include when we sharing their adventures on our blog. We have our first renter of the RV spot where Dora use to live. He has two beagles that we enjoy helping him take care of them while he’s away at work

We purchased our first canvas pictures of cherished places we saw while traveling the United States, living in our motorhome. We got a three-panel picture of a picture I took when we were at Niagara Falls and one paneled picture of Roy and I sitting in the Coors Field dugout.

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie, graduated from Ponchatoula High School.

.Roy and I spend a lot of time outside in the spring and summer caring for all the flowers, bushes and vegetables. We like improving the looks of our property and really enjoy everything starting to bloom every spring!

We got to spend some Saturdays watching two of our grand children play baseball. Loved, loved, loved it!

I am always trying to improve the quality of my rock painting art.  This year I purchased a set of fine point POSCA PENS and a set of medium point POSCA PENS.

Our church, Trinity Baptist, broke ground and got a lot of the initial construction done on our new Family Life Center. Roy took the aerial picture when the building frame was in progress.

Over the summer Madisyn attended cheerleading camp. On Fridays, the parents and grandparents were invited to attend and see a cheer they learned during the week. Madisyn loved the camp and we loved getting to see her perform.

We sold our Coast to Coast membership to a wonderful family. If we are not RVing we can’t use it and someone else can now.

Roy developed a back problem which at this time is still being addressed. He also developed an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He has seen three doctors and had several tests for both of those problems. We are hoping early 2020 will bring a resolution to that. This is a slide from one of the tests, MRI, that shows no constriction in the upper portion of his spine but considerable constriction near the bottom.

We went to the city where our four young grandchildren live to celebrate each of their birthdays.  Those were very special visits with us getting to spend some quality time with them!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family at our house. We all got to enjoy the new picnic area.

We had Christmas with our family at Chip and Misty’s home. After eating and opening presents we all went together to Christmas Eve Worship Service at our church! My heart was so happy! One of our grandchildren was sick and had to stay home with her mom, our daughter in law.

We changed the name of our blog because our Dora no longer lives with us nor do we travel with her.  We chose the name “Because He Lives” because the words of that hymn mean so much to me.

Rosie Rocks Facebook group has over 200 members which represent the number of people who found my hidden rocks and posted a photo in the group!

My love for rock painting still continues. I am venturing into the world of decoupaging rocks and tiles. I think that the number of rocks I paint and hide each year is around 500. I plan to actually count them this year so I will know for sure.

I switched from clear spray for my rocks to polyurethane that I paint on at my rock table. Saves me from having to go outside for the spraying.

That brings our life in 2019 to an end. Gotta get us to 2020 now!

Below are links to our Reflections on God’s Blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are below.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

It turned out we had more happening in 2019 than I originally thought. I think every family should sit down and write the events in their past year, at the end of every year. It really opens your eyes to how full your life is and all that God blessed you with that year.

Hang on we’re roaring into the beginning of a new decade!  

01.01.20 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2019

Since we began publishing our blog in 2012 we’ve posted a Reflections on God’s Blessings each year. This year we did not travel at all. What we’ve done during this year is nothing remarkable but it is our life and I’ll share while I still can.

It’s all here but in no date order and there are no links to individual posts. There are links to the annual Reflections on God’s Blessings blog posts. I just can’t do the organization to put it in date honor or doing the individual post links any longer. My brain cannot now think through the process of doing all that.

We said goodbye to our sweet motorhome, Dora, turning her over to Patrick and Michelle Atherton in California where Dora now lives. It was a good move for us financially and I’m pretty sure Dora is loving living in California!

I don’t think there can be any doubt in our blog’s followers’ minds that WE ARE DIE HARD NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANS. During the 2019 playoffs, our team, the New Orleans Saints was robbed when referees missed a critical call in the NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Because that missed call kept our Saints from the Super Bowl the Saints fans from the amazing city of New Orleans participated in many different events instead of watching the Super Bowl.  We’ve had an entire year to live with that stab in our Saints hearts.  In this year’s 2019 playing season, our Saints clinched the NFC South’s title with a few games to go in the season.

We cultivated and harvest a pretty good vegetable garden. This year we grew okra, tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, sweet potato, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  Not all did well but we learned a lot and will plant fewer types of vegetables next year.

I froze a lot of stuffed bell peppers, stuffed eggplant, smothered okra, sliced okra for gumbo and canned pickles

STUFFED EGGPLANTS BEFORE THE EGGPLANTS COOKED DOWN

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

SMOTHERED OKRA

We’ve added one plum and one pecan tree to our fruit trees/bushes which include our 8 blueberry bushes and two fig trees.

We welcomed to our family a new grandpuppy, Samson. His mommy and daddy are Misty and Chip Chauvin.  He’s about as tiny as they get but he holds a big hold of our hearts.

We celebrated our first anniversary of moving out of Dora and beginning to live in our Amite home. We are enjoying slowly, very slowly, furnishing our little home!

We went to the Metairie Road St. Patricks Day, this time without Dora. It was a beautiful day and Chip’s family and we had a wonderful time!

We attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party at the Big Red Barn! Yes, that is Grannie in the back corner!

We took care of making Roy and my final arrangements at Brandon Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond. So very happy that is taken care of!

We pulled up thousands of grass runners this year. I cleaned them up and broke them into small pieces with a root. They were mostly planted in the new picnic area but also in various places around our property. 

We enjoy a multitude of hummingbirds visiting throughout the year. We have four shepherds hooks and feeders. At times they all have several hummingbirds eating from each one! We love spending the morning and evening times on our front porch watching these tiny birds!

We had our first Harriett and Rosalyn’s family reunion with my sister, her children and grandchildren; and my children and grandchildren. It was wonderful having all of Mama’s family together!

We created a picnic area in the back part of our property. The picnic area includes a four-sided picnic table with four benches, a hammock and lots of landscaping around the area. Our hope is that this spring all the planting will be blooming and pay off all the hard work!

Part of the Create A Picnic Area involved Roy digging a long long trench for water pipe going from the RV space in the front of our property back to near the picnic area is.

Roy cut down a bunch of pine tree branches. I pulled the pine needles off all those branches to use around the garden. Madisyn helped me with them!

We became the proud parents of two Buff Orpingtons, medium-size domesticated ducks, with lovely fawn buff feathers, a brownish-orange bill, and sweet personalities.

Their names are Bo and Peep and I share their adventures from time to time. They even have their own graphic that I include when we sharing their adventures on our blog. We have our first renter of the RV spot where Dora use to live. He has two beagles that we enjoy helping him take care of them while he’s away at work

We purchased our first canvas pictures of cherished places we saw while traveling the United States, living in our motorhome. We got a three-panel picture of a picture I took when we were at Niagara Falls and one paneled picture of Roy and I sitting in the Coors Field dugout.

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie, graduated from Ponchatoula High School.

.Roy and I spend a lot of time outside in the spring and summer caring for all the flowers, bushes and vegetables. We like improving the looks of our property and really enjoy everything starting to bloom every spring!

We got to spend some Saturdays watching two of our grand children play baseball. Loved, loved, loved it!

I am always trying to improve the quality of my rock painting art.  This year I purchased a set of fine point POSCA PENS and a set of medium point POSCA PENS.

Our church, Trinity Baptist, broke ground and got a lot of the initial construction done on our new Family Life Center. Roy took the aerial picture when the building frame was in progress.

Over the summer Madisyn attended cheerleading camp. On Fridays, the parents and grandparents were invited to attend and see a cheer they learned during the week. Madisyn loved the camp and we loved getting to see her perform.

We sold our Coast to Coast membership to a wonderful family. If we are not RVing we can’t use it and someone else can now.

Roy developed a back problem which at this time is still being addressed. He also developed an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He has seen three doctors and had several tests for both of those problems. We are hoping early 2020 will bring a resolution to that. This is a slide from one of the tests, MRI, that shows no constriction in the upper portion of his spine but considerable constriction near the bottom.

We went to the city where our four young grandchildren live to celebrate each of their birthdays.  Those were very special visits with us getting to spend some quality time with them!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family at our house. We all got to enjoy the new picnic area.

We had Christmas with our family at Chip and Misty’s home. After eating and opening presents we all went together to Christmas Eve Worship Service at our church! My heart was so happy! One of our grandchildren was sick and had to stay home with her mom, our daughter in law.

We changed the name of our blog because our Dora no longer lives with us nor do we travel with her.  We chose the name “Because He Lives” because the words of that hymn mean so much to me.

Rosie Rocks Facebook group has over 200 members which represent the number of people who found my hidden rocks and posted a photo in the group!

My love for rock painting still continues. I am venturing into the world of decoupaging rocks and tiles. I think that the number of rocks I paint and hide each year is around 500. I plan to actually count them this year so I will know for sure.

I switched from clear spray for my rocks to polyurethane that I paint on at my rock table. Saves me from having to go outside for the spraying.

That brings our life in 2019 to an end. Gotta get us to 2020 now!

Below are links to our Reflections on God’s Blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are below.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

It turned out we had more happening in 2019 than I originally thought. I think every family should sit down and write the events in their past year, at the end of every year. It really opens your eyes to how full your life is and all that God blessed you with that year.

Hang on we’re roaring into the beginning of a new decade!