05.30.21 May 22 – 29, 2021 Church, plants, planting grass, pulling weeds, moving bulbs, Roy’s truck, squirrel sightings, DISC in Covington, low blood sugar, white trellis cleaning, Bennie joins the family, neurologist visit, BUNN tea urns, and floating in the pond!

This week started on Sunday when we went to Sunday School and Worship Service at our church, Trinity Baptist. I’d love to have ya’ll join us there on Sundays to learn more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Find out what all the fuss is about and how much we love being Christians.

I usually spend a lot of time making my blogs make sense, in good order and as cleaned up as can be. I will still try to do that somewhat but it’s getting harder so please forgive whatever errors or mistakes I make!

Sunday – I did not feel well before we left for church last Sunday. This not feeling well was having trouble breathing, feeling bloated and something else I don’t remember. Chip recommended that I take a sip of water and then burp. I did that several times and started feeling well enough to get on the road to church.

My Sunday School class moved to a bigger classroom and we almost filled up this bigger room. Isn’t that great!

I had to sit down during a couple of hymns that were sung during our worship service but felt fine otherwise.

After church, we went to Lowe’s for me to do some browsing and I came out having purchased a few flower plants and some new cucumber seeds. Two plants that I’ve never bought before.  The first plant is a pink guara and the second is a lavender plant.

This one I’ve had before and loved it.  It is a Mandevilla vine-like plant. Buddy likes getting in as many pictures as he can!

I think these new plants will mostly be planted in the garden I can see from my bedroom window. That’s always been the plan to be able to view lots of flowering plants from that window where I hope to eventually have a comfy chair facing that window where I can relax and enjoy the beauty.  Right now my blueberry bushes that are right outside that window are starting to pop some big beautiful blueberries. I love it and love this aspect of our beautiful property.

I don’t know if you noticed but I am having a difficult time remembering to say “my” this or that instead of “our” this or that. Roy was the other part of “our” and I am trying to get used to just “me” so I type whatever comes to mind when that happens. That’s hard to do when I was part of an “our” for 47 years.

Several daffodil bulbs were stuck under a large boulder by the road so Chip moved the boulder and I dug up the 8 bulbs there. I replanted them between the knock-out rose bushes by the front porch.  Next year we will have daffodils growing between the rose bushes in the early spring! I crawl around on the ground getting from place to place while doing all the work.

Monday – I went to my friend Cindy Vernon’s home to play in her yard some more pulling up weeds. I forgot to mention in the last blog that she worked on her herb bed while I pulled weeds last week. She gave me a bag of fresh clipped oregano and a bag of fresh clipped rosemary. She also gave me some oregano plants that I planted in one of my pots outside. The bags and plants she gave me smell sooooo good! I can’t wait to use them in my cooking!

Cindy’s home is quite unique. You can see it in the photo below of me and the garden I finished weeding today. Three sides of the house are underground. Only the front is above ground. It’s a very large house and when you’re inside you don’t realize you are underground. I love it!

Tuesday – The man who bought Roy’s truck was going to come here for us to go to a notary for something having to do with the truck’s title. They got hit with a tire that blew off an 18 wheeler so they had to turn around and go home and will come to do that on Friday.

I decided to clean the white trellis that the grapevines grow up. I also planted some new cucumber seeds there to have more since the seeds I planted by the house didn’t do well and the only one that is growing is pretty pitiful looking.

I placed the flowers I bought where I think they should go to see how they do before planting them.

When we were living in Dora our motorhome, I always enjoyed watching the squirrels around here gather and eat in the middle of the front yard where the birdhouse is.  A couple of weeks ago Chip put up on the birdhouse pole a white swing that I ordered. We are putting bird feed in it and corn on the cobs to attract squirrels. We don’t see them but they are eating the corn and some pretty birds are eating the seed..

Chip went over to Cindy V’s house to cut her grass today so she wouldn’t have to do it since she recently had surgery.

Wednesday – Look what I saw out my bedroom window when I got up this morning. There were two of them and when this one was finished his snack they scurried up the big pine tree. Absolutely what I wanted this feeder for!

My blood sugar went down to 55 today and thanks to my Dexcom I was notified of that. I was busy doing little things around the house and started to feel weak at the same time the monitor told me it was low. I ate/drank some maple syrup and some cinnamon sugar. Right now it is back up to 86.  I know this is not good but it was really nice to get to drink something so sweet and it be okay!!

Our neighbors asked us today if we would like to have their Maltese dog, one year old Bennie. I was quite shocked and delighted. He’s such a sweet dog and is already Buddy’s friend. They are not home enough to give him the attention he needs.  They love him and since he will right next door when he lives here he can go visit whenever he wants to. Having had Samson, Misty’s teacup Maltese living here for a while and loving that cute little ball of white hair so much we are very excited about expanding our Chauvin household to welcome Bennie Chauvin!  I actually think one of Roy’s uncles name was Bennie Chauvin!

Not quite sure how this is going to turn out with Benny. He slipped out of his harness/leash a couple of times Friday and we couldn’t get him to come back. I tried a few times and Chip tried many dozens of times to get him to come back. As soon as he sees us he takes off running for his life. We didn’t torture him or anything but he runs away from us like we did!. He will not come back. We’ve seen him several times so we know he’s okay, but cannot catch him. His family, our neighbors, are away for the weekend so we’re hoping we can figure out some way to keep him here so he can start being our precious Bennie.

A little update: Benny is now home with us! Both he and Buddy got a bath and are happy little men!

Thursday – Chip took me to my neurologist Dr. Zapata in Hammond to get the result of the Neuropsych testing I had about a month ago. You may remember that was done in Baton Rouge and I only learned from the Neuropsychologist that I’ve had a significant decline from the last testing in 2015. Here’s a link to what we learned at today’s visit. Neuropsych testing results

Friday – Cindy V picked me up and we went to Dirt Cheap for a big shopping spree! I bought a 5 cent USA necklace in red and blue! I am quite the big spender!  After that Chip and I went with the man who bought Roy’s truck to have my signature notarized for the title and some other paperwork about the truck. I was kinda concerned about the fact that the truck was in Roy’s name but he’s not here to sign the title over to the buyer.  It wasn’t a problem at all since the Notary said that as long as the “next of kin” can sign for it that is legal. The man who bought it put a new engine in it and already has it sold! I did some shopping at Walmart after that and got some red, white, and blue flowers for my Patriotic summer decorations.

Saturday was a great day. Spent time in the yard pulling up dead grass runners and planting healthy grass runners where the dead ones were.

These two stainless steel BUNN tea urns were given to us by the couple that previously rented our house from us. I’ve been using them for plants down by the fence line. I decided to move them up to the patio a few days ago and today new plants were planted in them as well as plants from other pots.  I like them better where they are now!

Chip, Buddy, and I went tubing around our pond today and really enjoyed it. This may have been my biggest adventure since we lived on the road and had an adventure every other day then! Chip bought a tube a few days ago and ventured out to discover what all could be seen from the water. I bought a tube yesterday and got in for my maiden voyage today going from almost one end of the pond to our end just relaxing and enjoying the views from the pond. There was no breeze today so we had to paddle using our hands/arms to go forward or just stop and enjoy the beauty in one place. Buddy doesn’t have any work today and enjoys it too!

This is Chip and Buddy floating around yesterday.

We just enjoyed a good old springtime rain soaking! That’s the end of this week!

From previous weeks that I forgot to include then:

I forgot to include in my last post that a lot of what contributed to me working too much included that on Saturday I spent 6 hours straight picking rocks out of the front yard, pulling up weeds and grass runners, and replanting the runners after cleaning and snipping them into a place where the runners were needed in the side yard and replanting several daffodil bulbs. Something killed two areas of grass in an area around 3 feet across in both the left side yard and the right side yard. The dead grass had strong roots and took me twice as long to dig up as the new runners took the plant. If I didn’t pull up the dead grass it would affect the new ones trying to establish themselves. We have no idea why the grass died that was there. All around it in both places are healthy thick grass.

I forgot to share in my last blog that Cindy Vernon took me with her to her surgery follow-up appointment in Covington.  How I could forget that when I wrote about last week I don’t know. Well, I do know how, I have dementia but it is those big chunks of forgotten events that are very irritating. There were statues in the waiting room that were so cool I’m going to share them all in another post.

Here’s one of the statues just to tempt you to want to see more! Two different views of the same statute.

Cindy V and I ate a delicious lunch at Cracker Barrell and enjoyed shopping there! Thanks, Cindy for inviting me to tag along and for buying me lunch!

I’ve got to find some way to not feel like I need to share every single thought that comes to find about each day’s events.  I hope I do!

03.22.21 My heart hurts so bad saying “Goodbye Boots”

One of the last things that was “Roy’s” just pulled out of the driveway headed to a new home in Mississippi.

Boots, our Dodge Dakota, traveled with us all around the USA.

When we moved back home Roy drove Boots all around this area even when the truck wasn’t Boots any longer.

I drove Boots for a short while after Roy died until I found the Nissan Maxima that I then drove. I’m sure I’ve shared here that both vehicles stopped working even after some of the measures Chip took to revive them.

The car sold a few days ago and I think I shared that. I liked the car but it didnt hold nearly the deep memories that the truck held.

The truck, Roy’s truck, just left here with its new owner. I took pictures and a video. As soon as they were out of sight my heart started hurting so bad. I just cried and cried. Chip joined me in crying and I am so thankful he is here to walk through each of these sad moments with me.

We’ve sold several cars in our life but none meant as much to Roy and me as this truck did. This may be another step in the grieving process but not one I care for at all.

I did get my asking price on both vehicles and will be looking for something I can drive. I will have the next car checked out thoroughly before I buy it.

In my last post I shared that I had some good news to share. Since good news would be a nice way to end this post I want ya’ll to know that my son Chip rejoined Trinity Baptist Church (my church) after being an active member of a different church for several years. I loved having him sit next to me in church yesterday and couldn’t stop smiling when he walked down the aisle to join. Chip had a long visit with our Pastor last week and made the decision to rejoin Trinity. Another young lady joined Trinity Sunday as well. She is in the picture below.

I’m drowning my truck going bye-bye sorrows eating a box of moon pies so I’m going to wrap this up and head out to work off some of this sugar!

Have a Blessed week! Rosalyn