03.05.19 Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2016 reposted and updated

I love sharing some of what makes New Orleans’s Mardi Gras so unique.  Below you will see how New Orleanians mark their spots on the parade routes; a group of folks parading in Lazy Boy recliners; Endymion (one of the largest parades) ends its parade by going into the Superdome (2 videos of this); a documentary about Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  Last but certainly not least are the actual floats built by Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the major floats are made.  This is New Orleans Mardi Gras. Because of the horrific NO ALL by the blind referees in the Saints vs. Rams playoff game I’ve included a video of a float and paraders keeping that event alive.

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How New Orleanians mark their spots on St. Charles Avenue for parades!

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Lazy Boy parading!

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Endymion Parade ending in the Superdome

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Police motorcycle units entering the Superdome for ‪Endymion‬ parade.

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Mardi Gras & New Orleans – A Documentary

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Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the floats are created.

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We wouldn’t be true loyal Saints fans without showing you the additions to this year’s Mardi Gras because of the horrific NO CALL by the blind referees in the Saint vs. Rams game this year that kept them out of the Super Bowl.

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Happy Mardi Gras Everyone, from our little home in Amite where the Chauvins are watching Mardi Gras on television like we’ve done for the last couple of decades.

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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

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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.

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03.08.16 Chick Fil A Daddy Daughter Date Night, starring Chip and Madisyn Chauvin!!

daddy daughterWednesday, March 8, 2016 – For two days last week Chick Fil A closed its business in Hammond Louisiana during its evening hours so lots of young ladies and their daddies could have a date night!

Our son Chip brought his little girl Madisyn to this wonderful event and I wanted to share this wonderful businesses great idea! The evening started out at a local hotel where all the daughters were given the opportunity to have some lipstick and eyeshadow applied. They were then picked up in a stretch limousine for a special ride to Chick Fil A.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves since I was not there. I do know how much it meant to Chip and Madisyn and if Kallie could have gone I know she would have felt very special. There are a lot of photos but spend some time seeing the smiles and all the business did to make the night special for the dads and daughters. What a great Christian company Chick Fil A is providing this special event!

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Here’s the photo of Chip and Madisyn in case you’ve missed one of the hundreds of photos of the two of them we’ve posted and don’t know what they look like!

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Here’s a couple of photos that are not in the picture show!

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Chip and I had a wonderful conversation today in which he shared with me some things he’s trying to teach her about not only her daddy’s love and commitment to her but her Heavenly Father’s love and commitment to her. What a wonderful dad he’s grown into and Madisyn is one blessed little girl to have him for her dad!  And she knows it too!

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03.09.16 Family fun, Fruit Trees and Bushes, Turtles, Funny faces and more Family Fun!!

10609531_725296917519717_2835040610141353746_nThursday, March 9, 2016 – What a fun afternoon we had with our family this past Sunday!  Family times are meaning more and more to me as I grow older and this was a great one!

On Saturday Roy and I picked up the fruit trees and bushes we ordered and four beautiful knockout rose bushes! Getting them home was one thing but deep, wide holes needed to be dug to put them in……….. Two old folks, one with a healing knee and the other not strong enough just didn’t cut it! So our wonderful son Chip and his family came to the rescue!!! While everything has now been in the ground a few days we are expecting strong winds and heavy storms the next two days so we’re waiting until after that to dress them up with mulch and take photos of that.

We stopped at Lowe’s after church to pick up mulch, peat moss, fruit tree fertilizer spikes, some pretty cactus and whatever else we could find.  What we found was our new Turtle!  A concrete turtle  which is now proudly walking out of the pond in his new home!

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Here’s Chip and his new daughter Kallie!

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After the holes were dug and they went home I crawled around on the ground filling in the holes around the plants with peat moss and dirt.  The bushes in these two pictures are the blueberry bushes. We should have a great crop of blueberries, satsumas and figs as the trees and bushes mature.  We have 8 blueberry bushes, 2 fig trees and 3 satsuma trees.  Our own little orchard!! I suggested we get a sign that says Chauvin Orchard, Roy just rolled his eyes!!20160306_165410 (Medium)

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These are the knockout roses that will replace the azaleas we originally planted that didn’t make it!  They are now surrounded by all the tulips that are starting to shoot up tall and will be blooming soon!

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After all the hard work we all had some fun time with SnapChat a phone app that adds disguises to your photo.  I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a long time.  We took many photos but in honor of the Easter bunny the first ones I’m sharing are us as bunnies!  Chip was working hard while we played around with this so the only one of him is a bit odd to say the least!

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Yesterday we had a wonderful visit with my friend Susan Taylor. Roy’s working on her computer and we were due for a good visit. She is one of the most amazing women I know. Her heart is so big and she is so giving. All while having cancer. My daily prayers is that God will give Susan a miracle.  I am confident that many many people are praying for her to continue being with us as long as possible. I’ve asked for prayers for Susan before and they are still needed. I only wish you could know her too! Here’s she and I yesterday before she left. 20160308_161253 (Medium)

Our plans for the first month of our travels are shaping up. We have our reservations made at TLC Wolf River in Pass Christian, MS for two weeks March 21 to April 4th. Then on to Robertsdale, Alabama (near Mobile) for two more weeks from April 4th to April 18th. Chip’s family is planning to visit with us while in Pass Christian and if any of ya’ll would like to make the short drive there we’d love to have you join us for a visit!

We’re gearing up for Roy’s family’s gathering at the St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday in Old Metairie.  On Monday Roy and I went by  the location we will meet at for the parade.  Old Metairie is full of older homes and several new homes since Katrina.  The area look great!  This is the home Roy grew up in and his buddy Mike’s home next door.

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The location we usually meet use to be in front of Muhleisen’s Funeral Home.  They’ve torn down the funeral home and it is one huge empty lot now.  We are going to drive our RV down there on Saturday so we’re set up and ready for Sunday.  If you’re in the area and want to meet up with us, we’ll be on the corner of Metairie Road and Ridgelake!  Picked up some St. Patrick’s Day tee shirts at Walmart today and some other goofy things to wear!

Across the road and the big lot where we’ll enjoy the parade! Metairie Road is a semi major road in what is considered Old Metairie.

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That’s all that’s happening in our life right now!  Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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03.03.16 Flowers blooming, Roy’s knee (and other parts), and grass growing!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Last weekend on Sunday we traveled in our truck to Roy’s knee doctor, Dr. Lawrence Schrader in Cordova, Tennessee.  We again stayed in the Hyatt there, enjoying their amazing breakfast buffet trying to eat some of everything they offered!

After the much bigger than normal breakfast buffet we headed over to Dr. Schrader’s office to find out how Roy’s knee was doing.

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All we could see was the outside of his knee but Dr. Schrader could look inside!  They took x-rays and we met with Dr. Schrader to hear that Roy’s recovering well, great bending of his knee and overall great!  He is still slightly swollen which is normal at that stage.  Roy got a cortisone shot to help with that swelling and cut back on the residual slight pain he’s having. Here’s Dr. Schrader with Roy’s new xrays and those from before the surgery.  We again highly recommend him if you need knee surgery, whether partial or whole!

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Roy said the shot worked great and he’s in little to no pain now!!!  When we got home he also passed the kidney stone we’ve been waiting on for over a week!  Yay for Roy finally feeling himself again!

Our 1,000 plus flower bulbs I planted a couple of weeks ago are now starting to bloom.  Most of them have made their way up out of the ground and are on the verge of blooming.  One little white one bloomed today!!!  So happy to know we will get to see the blooms before we get back on the road again on the 21st of this month. I love checking on them everyday to see how they are doing.  Just a tiny example of why God’s world is so amazing!

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So now we have flowers shooting up all over.  Roy moved on to spreading lime and then fertilizer all over the property so the grass will grow well this year.  He was feeling so good when we got back from Tennessee that he bought a spreader (yes we had one and sold it when we sold everything) and spread lime and fertilizer everywhere!

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Hopefully by the time we come home in several months the grass will be covering more of the property than it is now!

As I sat down by the pond this afternoon feeding the fish I was amazed watching them eat the feed.  Here’s a little clip of video I shot.  This is one of my favorite things about living here, the pond!

Our church’s adult choir will present their Easter music two Sundays, the first is Palm Sunday, the 20th of March.  We will wait until after that to get out of Dodge!  EC

Our plan for traveling this year will start March 21st when we will leave Amite for TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian, Mississippi for a two week stay there.  That is our home park in the Coast to Coast system and we love staying there.  We’ll travel along the Gulf Coast after that and when we hit Jacksonville will turn northward along the east coast all the way to Maine.  No specific plans for that yet but it will all be new to us so we are really looking forward to it.  As always, we are open to ya’ll sharing things to see.  We’ve had several recommendations already but would always love more!

March 11, 2012, Float in the annual Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day parade with riders throwing cabbage, toys and Mardi Gras bead. St. Patrick's Day celebrations kick off early in Metairie Louisiana, with the annual Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day Parade.We have a few family gatherings before we leave so you know what future blog posts will be about.  Madisyn’s 7th birthday, a Chauvin family gathering at Metairie’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and then Kallie’s 15th birthday!!

If you are a Chauvin family member and didn’t get invited through Facebook please know you are invited and welcome.  We’re meeting on the corner of Ridgelake and Metairie Road on Sunday, March 13th at 11:30.  Bring your chairs, food, drinks and join the fun!  We use to do this every year since Roy’s parents lived two blocks off Metairie Road so this will be a reunion of sorts!

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02.23.16 Kidney stones, tornadoes and work changes

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – Most of last night was spent in the emergency room at our local hospital, Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. We’ve never been therezuon5lwq before but a couple of weeks ago we looked for it so we’d know where to go in an emergency! And Monday night we had an emergency!

Roy was in pain, nauseous and throwing up throughout the day on Monday. Just as I was falling asleep last night he came in and said he needs to go to the hospital. We gave it another hour before we headed there. He had kidney stones around 3 years ago so he thought that’s what it might be but we needed to go to the hospital to be sure. He hasn’t fully recovered from the knee surgery pain so this is a little of a double whammy pain wise for him.

Emergency-Room-Inner-EntranceHood Memorial Hospital is a small 40 bed hospital in our new hometown of Amite, Louisiana. We were quite happy that it has an emergency room and a helicopter landing pad outside if needed. We were one of two people there last night, so way different than the bigger hospitals in surrounding areas. Roy was taken in immediately, someone even came out to meet him at the car and triaged him immediately. They gave him a strong pain shot and nausea shot which helped stop the awful pain quickly and he slept soundly from then on. A CT scan was done and they diagnosed him for sure with kidney stones. A 5 centimeter kidney stone needs to pass out of him still but the pain medicine is helping him a lot. Around 5 am we arrived back at home and he’s pretty much slept since.

After that eventful night we woke up this morning to a huge strong thunderstorm, lightening, hail and tornadoes moving through our area starting after lunch time and as I’m writing this it still continues to dump lots of rain and spin of several tornadoes.  It will be going on for some time still as the bad weather rises out of the Gulf of Mexico moving north. It’s coming in band after band kind of like a hurricane does. Our local weather staff on all channels have been on air all day as the storm moves through.

My work responsibilities are no longer what they were thanks to two wonderful bosses! I will no longer be as tied to my computer as I have been recently and that’s music to an old semi retired lady’s ears!  Thank you Curtis and Deborah!!

That’s all the excitement here these last couple of days.  Since we don’t know when Roy will finally pass the last kidney stone we rescheduled our trip to Tennessee for Roy’s knee surgery follow up appointment in Tennessee.  It’s next Monday morning now.  We’ll leave here Sunday morning, spend the night at the local Hyatt and see the doctor early Monday heading back home after that.

Thanks so much for the prayers already said for Roy and for future ones I know ya’ll will be saying!

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02.15.16 This week’s updates and a new Dentist!!

valentineMonday, February 15, 2016 – As I sit outside our RV at our little slice of heaven in Amite, Louisiana I am so thankful for all God has done for us!  Specifically right now I’m thankful for the cows that roam by in the neighboring properties, the birds that fly from tree to tree chirping their beautiful sounds, and the beautiful winters we get to enjoy in Southern Louisiana.  What can top clear skies, a light breeze and 60 degree temperatures!!! (I wrote most of this Sunday when it was beautiful, now today it’s soggy!!)

Our next door neighbors gave us a ton (yes, a little over 1000) flower bulbs.  Lots of tulips, daffodils, lillies, crocus, paper-whites and others.  Most of those have been planted around our little slice of heaven in Amite in the flower gardens, around the mailboxes, around trees and anywhere else I could think of!!  The last of them left with my niece Dana when she and my sister visited on Thursday. It’s a little later in the year than they should have been planted but I’m very hopeful that next year, if not this year, they will be in full bloom!  I will definitely share photos of them when they are in bloom!

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This is a saying we use to tell our sons often when they were young. It was even taped to their bathroom mirror so they would see it every day!This popped up on Facebook recently and I knew I had to share it with ya’ll. God does not make any junk, we turn ourselves in to junk by separating ourselves from Him.

On Thursday Roy and I went our separate ways, him to Hammond and me staying here to visit with family!  Chip needed his dad’s assistance working on his wounded Jeep’s motor.  My sister Harriett, niece Dana and her children John and Annie came to visit!  Dana and her children haven’t been to our new home before and I really enjoyed showing them around!  We had a beautiful day, nice temperatures and enjoyed visiting under the shade of the pine trees by the pond!  I truly have the best family in the whole wide world and love it when they come to visit!

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John feeding the fish, they loved him!
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Annie petting Jake, he loved her!

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My sister Harriett and I!

Here’s a brief follow up to the horrible attack on our neighbor’s dog from last Friday.  The huge Great Dane is now being kept in a large fenced in (top, bottom, sides) chain link cage.  Our neighbors purchased a 9 week old dachshund that is Snookie’s sister from a different litter.  It is a teeny tiny little thing!  I love looking at it outside our RV window.  I got to pick her up the other day and she just shivered and was precious!!  Thanks to those of you who shared with me that you’d be praying for Kevin and Shannon.  If you’ve ever had a dog you love  and lose it you know what they are going through.

things you want to do go do themWe went to church this morning with our son and daughter in law (Chip and Misty) at their church, The Harbor Church in Hammond.  Yay for having a family that we can Worship God with!!

We’re making plans to leave Amite the last week in March, spend some time in the lower southern states and then head up the east coast as far as we can get before feeling the need to go back to Louisiana!  I love it when ya’ll send us recommendations for things to see along the way.  Any place in the southeast and eastern US is what we’re focusing on for now.

Another of my teeth has chipped off, this time one closer the back.  This one has some ragged edges which make eating, talking and drinking hurt.  Not sure what’s going on with my teeth right now but I’ll be back at the dentist one day this week. I found a great dentist in Amite, Dr. Christina Givens!!!!!  Had my appointment there today.  Everyone in the office was quite nice.  Dr. Givens was very gentle and even the Novocaine shot did not hurt one bit.  That is my idea of a great dentist!!  She even gave me suggestions of things to see as we travel up northeast!! And the price was extremely reasonable.  While sitting in the chair being worked on I got to look out of the huge glass window where I could see downtown Amite.  Of course today was black and story with huge downpours but I can imagine it would be quite nice on a clear blue day like we have so many of! Here’s a picture I took of the staff and one I found on the internet of their office.

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Roy’s knee is doing better every day.  He’s still experiencing pain but we’re hopeful that by the time he sees the doctor for his 6 week check up things will have improved 20160210_104727to where we’ll feel comfortable getting back on the road again.

I am officially cutting back on my RVillage work responsibilities in the next few weeks.  That will give us more family time when home and more play time when on the road.  I’ll continue working for them and loving every minute of it, just not as many responsibilities and hours.  We have over 41,000 members now.  You remember when I use to post how big RVillage was getting, well we’re even bigger now! My boss (company owner) Curtis and my immediate boss Deborah are a joy to work for and I love being part of the RVillage family!  If you spend any time in an RV of any type and are not a member (it’s free) of RVillage, check it out and join up today!  http://www.rvillage.com

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02.09.16 Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – I love sharinghappy mardi gras some of what makes New Orleans’s Mardi Gras so unique.  Below you will see how New Orleanians mark their spots on the parade routes; a group of folks parading in Lazy Boy recliners; Endymion (one of the largest parades) ends its parade by going into the Superdome (2 videos of this); a documentary about Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  Last but certainly not least are the actual floats built by Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the major floats are made.  This is New Orleans Mardi Gras.  I think next year I’ll focus on the much more family friendly Metairie Mardi Gras.  Metairie is a city connected to New Orleans that has many parades during the season as well as a large parade and several “truck” parades on Mardi Gras Day!

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How New Orleanians mark their spots on St. Charles Avenue for parades!

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Lazy Boy parading!

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Endymion Parade ending in the Superdome

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Police motorcycle units entering the Superdome for ‪Endymion‬ parade.

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Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the floats are created.

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We wouldn’t be true loyal Saints fans without showing you the additions to this year’s Mardi Gras because of the horrific NO CALL by the blind referees in the Saint vs. Rams game this year that kept them out of the Super Bowl.

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Happy Mardi Gras Everyone, from our little home in Amite where the Chauvin’s are watching Mardi Gras on television like we’ve done for the last couple of decades.

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02.07.16 A little this and a little that!

Sunday, February 7, 2016 –  Roy’s knee replacement update:  We’re almost to 3 weeks after surgery and Roy’s knee is healing well.  The significant bruising has paled, the pain level is a lot better, incision is healing buildingwell and Roy’s getting around better every day.   He does his rehab exercises every couple of days and no longer needs a cane or walker.  Here’s contact information for his Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Schrader with Midsouth Orthopedic.  His office is located at:  927 Cordova Station Ave, Cordova, TN 38018.

His phone number is http://www.midsouthorthopedics.com/  There is a huge amount of information on the website.  Read all the articles, learn what you can about the techniques he uses.  You will not know until you see him in the office what type of surgery he can do for you.  It’s well worth the 7 hour drive to Cordova, right outside of Memphis, to see him.  The nearby Hyatt is a perfect place to stay the night before and/or after the doctor’s visit.  Dr. Schrader’s office has a deal with Hyatt to get you a discount on your stay at the Hyatt.  It’s $99 which isn’t cheap but we loved the hotel and their breakfast buffet.  Definitely not

A lot of patients seen by other Orthopedic doctors who recommend a full knee replacement, are able to have just a partial knee replacement with Dr. Schrader.  Roy, unfortunately, was in great need of a full knee replacement, even with Dr. Schrader doing it.  The downtime with a partial is much less than for a full and the partial can be done mostly outpatient.  Yes, really!!!   

We’ve decided to drive to Cordova in Boots, our truck, for Roy’s follow-up appointment  on February 25th and stay in the Hyatt for a couple of nights.  I’ll let you know how that goes!

Dinner with the family:  We ate dinner last evening with Chip, Misty, Kallie and Madisyn at La Caretta in Amite, Chip and Misty’s treat!!!  When I was thanking Chip after dinner he said “Well Mom, Ya’ll fed me every day of my life!”  True for 18 plus years!  The Mariachi band played throughout the evening and even serenaded us at our table for one song!

geaux denver broncosSuper Bowl:  We went out shopping earlier in the day yesterday and picked up lots of stuff to make snacks and desserts with for the Super Bowl.  Yes, just Roy and I but it just doesn’t seem right not to have special foods for the special game.  We will be cheering for the Denver Broncos this year.  Peyton Manning is a New Orleans boy just like we are, I’d love to see him end his career with a Super Bowl win.  As long as he’s not playing against the Saints we want him to win.  We toured the Denver Broncos field, Sports Authority field at Mile High when we were there last summer and it is an amazing place.  So only for one day, and one day only, we will be Denver Broncos fans!

A horrible event: Our neighbors down the street have two extremely large Great Danes (150 plus pounds and it’s head comes up to my shoulder).  Our neighbors who rent from us have several little chihuahuas and one tiny miniature dachshund (maybe under 5 pounds). Snookie, the dachshund recently gave birth to babies fathered by our shared adopted black mut dog from down the street that we call Jake.  The babies are all gone now so it was back to just Shookie and Jake.

Yesterday evening before going to meet Chip’s family the female Great Dane attacked and mauled the tiny dachshund.  We saw it happening out our RV windows in our front side yard.  I screamed at the dog to let go since usually when they get hollered at they stop whatever they are doing.  This time it did not stop.  I also screamed to our renters who I thought were inside their house.  It attacked over and over the little dog and then picked it up by the collar swinging it back and forth.  I took off out of the RV thinking I’d stop it (yes you don’t think clearly when something like that happens.)  As I got around the front of the RV I saw that our renters had started up their motorcycle and were getting ready to head out for a ride which is why they didn’t hear either my screams or the awful noise the dogs were making.  The great dane’s name is Nola and the chihuahuas’ name was Snookie.  Once I got their attention they set out to find where Snookie was.  Roy says he saw the great dane drop the dog and take off for his yard about 150 feet away.  Snookie somehow made its way back to the front porch which is where she was found.

After spending all evening and into the night at the vet where they found Snookie had a punctured lung, the bill to repair everything would be over $4,000 which was something they couldn’t afford and the owner of the great dane said he couldn’t afford.  Snookie was put to sleep yesterday evening.   Our renters love their puppies (I’m sure they are all grown dogs but they are so tiny I call them puppies) and this was so heartbreaking to have happen.  Seeing this happen before my very eyes changed something in me.  I’ve loved those big dogs down the street yet never liking the loads of poop they liked to leave in our yard when they got out.  They have an electric fence which mostly keeps them in but the owner admitted that Nola is afraid of the electricity in the fence and does what she can to remove her collar which is what she did yesterday.  After finding out that Nola already attacked one of their other dogs Mia in the past and then seeing what she is capable of today I believe she should be put to sleep.  That’s a decision the owners or the law will have to make.  Roy and I aren’t Snookie’s owners but we both grieved this morning wanting to do something we couldn’t for our friends, bring their little Snookie back.

Dog owners, if your dog has shown any signs of aggressiveness please do what you can to protect others from it.  A loving pet is one thing but a vicious large dog is not a pet I want around anyone in my family.  I can only imagine what it would have been like had the dog turned on a tiny child.  Please be in prayer that Kevin and Shannon can come to terms with this loss and can continue handling the situation with the other neighbors in the way they are.  They are great folks and are so good and kind to us that we hated seeing this happen to them.

20160206_162204Beautiful flowers: Shannon gave us over 1000 flower bulbs (crocus, tulips, daffodils, paperwhites and a couple of other names I don’t know) that I’ve started planting around the property and giving to some friends.  That’s 1000 tiny holes that need to be dug to plant them.  I planted about 500 and there is at least that many remaining!  It’s past their prime planting time in the South but if they don’t bloom this year they should next year.

Toothless: I lost part of one of my front teeth the other day and dug deep in our pockets to get that fixed.  I have loved my normal dentist Dr. Annette Theriot but I learned she retired recently.  She’s way younger than me so I was quite shocked that she retired.  The dentist who took her place Dr. Jake Paige was just wonderful, very kind and did not hurt me at all.  They don’t give laughing gas at this dentist but something about how they do the work makes it not make any difference.  I now have a better looking tooth than I had before!!!  Let money in my pocketbook but a lovely tooth!

I’ve wanted to update ya’ll on my social security disability process.  I finally have a determination from them (over a year waiting on this) and will share it with you in my next blog post.  It’s Saturday evening and we’re hopefully going to get out tomorrow to go to church!  Yay!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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