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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12.11.16 Social Security Disability

13036I’ve always heard, and I’m sure that ya’ll have also, that applying and getting Social Security Disability is a difficult road to go on and almost impossible to get on the first try.  In a nutshell, yep that’s how it was for me. I’ve been saying I’d write this for over a year but now I think I need to because I’m forgetting so much of this.  Thankfully I kept copies of all the documentation I sent to them and the correspondence from them.  That helped me a lot with writing this.

When I retired from Southeastern I chose regular retirement.  Didn’t know at that point that I truly was disabled and didn’t know there was an option to take disability retirement.  Maybe I didn’t do all my research but no one ever mentioned it so I didn’t go that route.  I prepared an appeal to LASERS (the Louisiana Retirement plan I’m in.)  It required a letter from my supervisor which she prepared.  It then went to Southeastern’s Human Resources department for approval prior to going on the the state LASERS office.  I was told by HR that I could not apply because I didn’t select disability retirement when I retired.  This info will be important later in this story.

I originally was diagnosed with brain issues back in 2011, however at that time it didn’t seem to be a disability that would stop me from 14993201-social-security-word-cloud-concept-in-red-and-black-letters-with-great-terms-such-as-fica-age-65-retworking and I kept working a couple of years until 2013.

Between 2013 and 2014 my brain issues seemed to get worse and I looked into Social Security Disability because I worked most of my work life under Social Security.

In December of 2014 I had a through blood test to determine if I had some vitamin deficiency that would be causing my deficiencies) but for once all was good.

In January of 2015 my neurologist wrote a letter to the Social Security Administration stating that he believed that I am totally disabled due to my significant brain atrophy (shrinkage) in the frontal lob to temporal lobe as well as the posterior fossa and cerebellum.

aaca_braininjury_2I applied for Social Security Disability online in March of 2015.

I submitted the letter from my neurologist and so many other documents I can’t count them.  Several of them were lost and I resubmitted them.  I called each month to find out the status and learned that the determination of disability is handled by several different departments within Social Security.  Each time it went to a new department it had to wait for its turn to be reviewed.  Each department would request various documents from me and I’d send them.  Nothing is done electronically once you apply so tacking on US Mail time each time added to the process.

In May of 2015 I received a determine that I was not disabled enough and didn’t meet their guidelines.images

In June of 2015, the appeal re-submission process began.  Another form to fill out.

In July of 2015 they acknowledged receipt of the re-submission.  Requests from them for more documentation were received.

The documentation submitted included a new neuropsych assessment report from Dr. Melissa Aubert in Metairie. The neuropsych assessment involved almost a whole day in her office taking tests. I also submitted a letter from my last boss at Southeastern who saw the deterioration of my abilities on a daily basis prior to retiring.

In August of 2015  they sent a 10 page report for Roy to fill out titled Function Report – Adult – Third Party.  Lots of questions.  It was painful to read the honest answers.

After reading these three documents it sunk in that this disability is real.

130529-social-securityFinally in January of 2016 I received a notification that approved my Social Security Disability request, but there would be no monthly disability payment.  Here’s where Southeastern retirement is important.  Social Security said that because I worked the last 15 years for a State of Louisiana agency that Louisiana retirement should pay me disability.   The State of Louisiana says its not their responsibility and Social Security says it’s not their responsibility.

The thing that was actually awarded to me was that at 62 I was eligible for Medicare instead of at 65.  This began in February.  They do not pay for my Medicare but between Roy and I both being on Medicare and our reduced Southeastern Blue Cross insurance rates we are saving around $100 per month in premiums and every doctor visit we’ve had required no co-payment because the combination of Medicare and Blue Cross take care of the co-payment.  Prescription coverage is amazing now with Medicare.

They also covered something quite amazing.  Social Security sent a notice to my student loan folks, Nelnet, saying I am totally disabled and that they should discharge my debt to them – make it go away!  That’s several thousand dollars we don’t have to pay back.

Because of all we’ve gone through with the Social Security Disability in this process, and the fact that I would turn 62 in September when I could start receiving regular Social Security, I chose not to pursue it any further with the State of Louisiana.

To summarize, it took almost 12 months and one rejection to get the final determination of approved.  The paperwork and number of phone calls is enormous and seemingly never ending.  I’m sharing all this to help someone who may be deciding to pursue this.  My conclusion is that it is worth pursuing but be prepared from the beginning to stay on top of it and don’t let it overwhelm you.  Having a brain disability added a different aspect to this since everything I had to do relied on my brain cooperating.  Oh, and we did not use an attorney for the appeal.

I’m hopeful this information will help someone.  Please feel free to share this with someone you know that is disabled and wants to apply for Social Security.  If you are not positive you are disabled, apply anyway and let them determine if you are. Also a note to State of Louisiana employees who think they may be disabled, choose that option for retirement and provide whatever documentation the state asks for.  I absolutely believe the State of Louisiana should have allowed me to change my retirement option at the time I learned I was disabled.  Don’t put yourself in the same situation I did.

I don’t mean to badmouth Southeastern, they have been wonderful to our family over the years.  This retirement issue is one of the only bad spots in my time there.

I plan to write here and in my dementia blog next about what the neuropsych assessment is all about and what to expect if you have or need one. If you or a loved one is showing signs of memory loss or other cognitive deficiencies make an appointment, find out if it is a concern or feel the relief that is is not.  If they determine that there is something to medically look into they will send you to a neurologist for medical testing.  I encourage you to take that step.

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12.02.16 Life upheaval in our work lives

I laughed so much seeing this video below, I had to share it!

Friday, December 2, 2016 – weekend-is-hereI recently wrote that I would share soon about big changes in our life and today I will. Life upheaval sounds like bad things and sometimes it is.  Some of it can be a good thing.  All depends on how we look at it.

Throughout our RV life I’ve worked part time and Roy hasn’t worked.  All of that has changed, causing a life upheaval that turns out fine but while going through the first couple of weeks has been weird to say the least.  Old folks are slow to adjusting to change, and we surely were!

Recently my hours with RVillage have been cut pretty drastically, from 25 hours a week, 7 days a week, now down to 6-8 hours on two days a week.   When the business changes direction these things happen.  It may go back to what it was eventually, we don’t know.  Still love the company and my bosses though I do miss communicating with them often as I did when working more.  While it was an upheaval at first I’m getting into a daily routine that gives me time to read, cook, and enjoy being outside at our home in Amite.

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Now about Roy’s new working adventure. When we were planning on coming home  part of the reason we decided to stay home longer this year. This was mostly so Roy could get a full time or part time job so we could pay for the very expensive tires that Dora our RV needs and to build our savings up for future travels!  As God always does

He listened to prayers a great young man we know asked God to give him someone with construction skills to work for him doing Project Management.  Near the same time, Roy and I talked about Roy getting in touch with this young man, his name is Henry, about a possible position with his construction company.  As soon as they got together to talk it seemed meant to be, so Roy has been working for Henry for the last two weeks.

The houses they are restoring are flooded homes around the Baton Rouge areas.  The flooding back in August affected our hometown of Amite, our old hometowns of Ponchatoula and surrounding Albany.  The cities around Baton Rouge were flooded as well.  Some homeowners have been able to get their work done already but hundreds, perhaps thousands are just now in the process of restoring their home to a livable state.

1477879_10151989765786704_1116182477_nThe upheaval part of Roy’s new job is partly that all of the homes are 90 miles from our home and including the time of the drive to and from work he works long, long hours.  He gets up at 4 am and at first didn’t get home until 7 or 8 pm.  That has changed a lot since then which is a wonderful thing.  He’s finding he doesn’t need to so much do the work but to manage others doing the work.  I believe he’s liking it more and more each day.  Putting new tires on Dora is looking more possible with this additional income which will make up also for my loss of income.

Do you see God in this??  I do!!

We only have one vehicle which is all we need for the traveling part of our life.  When Roy was working very long hours at first it was hard for me to be alone at home all day with no way to go anywhere.  It’s gotten much easier now that he is home more and I can get out.

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That’s about it for our life upheaval update.  Other things are happening in our life creating different upheavals, but that’s all for another day. I’ve been wanting to share my Social Security Disability update with ya’ll and will probably do that soon!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!  This is one of my favorite scriptures to read and think about at times like these!  Though our human lives may experience upheavals, our Lord is always the same and always walks us through every valley.  Praise God!

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11.28.16 The RVillage Phone App is Finally Available

The “Very Excited” RVillage Team Announces our Phone App!

Ya’ll know how proud I am of this company I work for.  They have created this amazing platform for RVers that has improved our RVing life so much.  My role here is tiny but this phone app is the biggest thing yet!  If you’re an RVer, or not!, and love apps here’s the one for you!

Get the RVillage App

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You’ve asked and we listened. Download the RVillage App for iPhone or Android and Travel. Park. Connect with ease!
…. and yes, it’s free! (Happy Dance)

This is a first version, so it has a few little bugs that we are quite aware of, and they WILL be fixed and new features and designs will be updated over time. Download on the App StoreThis is a work in progress and will be iterated over time; thank you for your patience.

Download on the Google Play StoreLike the app? Pleased to have easy access to RVillage from your phone? Leaving a positive review will help RVillage become even more successful, which means more potential friends and more opportunities for improvement.

Tablet version coming soon!

 “As younger, full-timers who are still working from our RV while we travel, it can be tricky finding and meeting other people like us. RVillage bridges that gap and we’re now making new friends along the way and staying in touch as we continue down the road.”

– MARC & JULIE BENNETT, RVLOVE.COM

“A realization of something we had wished for all our years on the road – with RVillage, an RV Park full of strangers becomes a village of full time friends.”

– CHERIE Ve ARD, TECHNOMADIA.COM

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11.22.16 Scriptures of Thanksgiving

SOME THANKSGIVING SCRIPTURES AND FEW PHOTOS OF OUR TRAVELS WE’VE BEEN THANKFUL FOR.

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

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“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7

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“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

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“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

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“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelation 11:17

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“I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; …” Psalm 136:1-5 (*)

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“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Revelation 7:12

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“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1 (*)

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“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20

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“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” Psalm 28:7

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“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

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I may do this another day if time permits.  A lot of change and upheaval are going on in our life right now.  We’re use to a pretty regular daily life and that just isn’t happening right now a long with turmoil and things I’d prefer to not make public.  Please keep Roy and I in your prayers.  God is our Lord and that we know to be true.

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11.17.16 We’ve been busy since we’ve been home

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Roy and I have been busy working on our property since we got back to Amite, Louisiana.  Digging up weeds, planting flowers (mostly pansies and mexican heather), pruning rose bushes, painting some things, pressure washing the house, storage building, and Dora our motor home. My hands are full of scratches, scrapes and look atrocious but I’ve enjoyed the digging, clipping and cutting and the finished product.

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All of the large and medium rocks we brought home with us from each state we visited have found their home in the gardens.

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Our fig trees are still small but they have about a dozen figs ripening.  The satsuma trees have about 6 nice satsumas.  Madisyn enjoyed picking and eating one on Sunday! The blueberry bushes finished producing months ago so now we’ve covered them with piles of leaves protecting them till next years crop starts.

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Some of last year’s bulbs are beginning to sprout.  They are now covered with pine straw to protect them from winter freezes.  You know that one hour per month overnight when the weather goes below freezing here in Louisiana!

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Our pond water is way way low now.  Way different than the photos our renters sent us after the August flooding when it was 3 feet over the culvert.  It’s been so dry here I’m surprised anything has lived but it’s getting a good daily watering now so things are starting to recover and bloom.  I’m quite thankful to our renters for the watering of our fruit trees and rose bushes that kept them healthy through the drought.

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We’re planning to stay home well into the summer next year.  We’ll hopefully have more family time together, more time to enjoy our beautiful property while still getting two to three months of traveling away from the South during the hottest of the summer months.

One day last week I visited one of my doctors and had a wonderful lunch with some of my favorite ladies from work at Southeastern Louisiana University.  We ate at La Caretta in Hammond which is one of my favorite lunch places.  Three of the four of them (Jacqueline, Cindy and Donna) had their homes destroyed in the August flooding.  They shared the progress they are making and while all three have not been able to live in their homes since the flood, they should all be by Christmas!  The fourth lady, is my buddy Sandy.  For years she and I have planned to live together after our husbands are no longer with us.  I had a wonderfully heartwarming experience being with these wonderful ladies again.  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures, I know right??!!

Madisyn and Chip came to visit us Sunday which put a major smile on my face and in my heart.  She has always been able to do that and hasn’t lost her touch! The love that flows through that little girls arms as she wraps them around me is the best medicine anyone could get!

First two are she and Roy’s favorite position!  When we lived in our house she use to tuck up under his arm on the sofa recliner.

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My great nephew Joseph got married to Brooke the first weekend we were home.  The wedding and reception were beautiful and best of all we had a grand ole time visiting with family. When I was a child I grew up having family gatherings with my sister’s husband George’s family.  That included his brother Bobby and his absolutely wonderful top notch wife Marilyn.  We got to visit with them at the wedding!

George and his daughter Dana’s daughter Annie!

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Our nephew (Harriett’s son) Greg and his simply beautiful daughter Sally!  Greg is wearing the flowers Sally wore in the wedding.  Marilyn’s husband Bobby is on the left!20161105_210828

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The groom Joseph’s little brother John and beautiful cousin Sally!

14947438_10211151238839997_1109619519907414931_nChip came to visit us in Amite on Wednesday.  He and Roy installed new headlights on Boots our truck.  Chip and Misty gave them to Roy for his birthday earlier this year.  They make such a big difference to the look of the truck but it will make a huge difference when we’re driving at night.

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Our lawn mower needed some maintenance which included Roy and I pushing it up the hill from down by the pond to near the compressor is so Roy could fill the tires and begin some of the maintenance.  We made a pretty good team on the not at all easy project of pushing!  What a picture that would have made.  Roy’s outside working on the maintenance part now.  That man never stops working.  20161117_114522

Things are changing for Roy and I work wise (income producing work) and when it all works itself out I’ll share what I can!

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This scripture shouted out at me because of some recent trials.  God loves me and with Him in my life there is always JOY in my heart and life.

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11.15.16 Judge Jeanine: ‘This Wasn’t an Election, It Was a Revolution’

A lot of these news reporters are new to us but since starting to watch Fox News during the election (the only non biased station) I’ve come to like the thinking of Judge Jeanine.  When I heard her give this report this week I knew I wanted to share it with you all. I’ve had so many thoughts since last Tuesday reflecting back on the campaign and when I heard this I heard alot of my thoughts.

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Judge Jeanine: ‘This Wasn’t an Election, It Was a Revolution’


Judge Jeanine Pirro gave an emotional Opening Statement last night on Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the 2016 election.”They told you you didn’t matter, that if you supported him you were probably uneducated, small-minded and irrelevant, you were beneath them,” Judge Jeanine said.

“Even though we felt forgotten, alone and beaten down, we all came home, because this wasn’t an election, it was a revolution.”


At 10:32 a.m. today I received a phone call from President-elect Donald j. Trump who has known me since my time as a county court judge and elected district attorney. He stated that he looks forward to beginning the process of making America great again and thanks justice and all its viewers for their support.

I am honored to have had the privilege to speak with both the president-elect and his beautiful wife, future first lady Melania, as America embarks on this special journey.

And it’s been one amazing, wild, unpredictable ride.

You’ve been with me the whole time – thank you for that.

Now I told you from the beginning to strap in, that it would be a revolution – indeed it was.

Within the first moment of President-elect Donald trump’s victory speech he showed how elegant he was by congratulating Hillary Clinton.

And not surprisingly he reached out to Mitt Romney, and spoke with Jeb Bush and John Kasich… Republicans who worked hard against him… As well as offering to be a president to all– even those who violently opposed him.

And as for the campaign itself… They told you you didn’t matter, that if you supported him you were probably uneducated, small-minded and irrelevant, you were beneath them.

That if you wanted closed borders – a nation state – you weren’t Christian enough, not American enough, not big hearted enough.

That if you didn’t see racism in every cop who walked the beat you probably were a racist yourself.

That if you used the term Muslim jihadist instead of terrorist you were an anti-religious bigot.

Truth and honesty had no place in their politically correct society.

If you opposed sanctuary cities where the protection of illegal criminal immigrants was the law you were a hateful bigoted xenophobe. They simply knew better than you.

They tried to convince you that ObamaCare was great when all the while your deductible and premiums were sky rocketing.

That the economy wasn’t that bad, yet you had to work two and three jobs to get along. Jobs that shipped overseas didn’t matter to them because they were part of the global economy.

She even called you deplorable, irredeemable and not America. If you didn’t support her, you probably hated women and were backward. They tried to convince you a lie wasn’t a lie if it came from her mouth.

The media– so corrupt that they shared debate questions with her to give her the edge– tried to beat you down by repeatedly telling you it was useless to even show up at the polls.

And even though the president of the United States did his best on the eve of the election to trash him and mock him as a joke and unfit, bringing out out Jay-Z, Springsteen, Beyoncé, Gaga… It didn’t matter.

In spite of it all we all, even though we felt forgotten, alone and beaten down, we all came home because this wasn’t an election– it was a revolution. We came home to where our forefathers in their genius had always planned back to America…

Back to who we are… Back to the constitution…

And yes Mr. soon to be ex-president Obama we can now proudly cling to our guns, our religion…

And now our new President-elect Donald J Trump.

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11.10.2016 The God Factor

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham whom I admire as a Godly man, wrote the four paragraphs below.  When President Elect Donald Trump won the Presidency on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning I knew the power of Prayer and God was all over this but he says this so much better than I could.  Here’s Mr. Graham’s statement.

Did God show up? In watching the news after the election, the secular media keep asking “How did this happen?” “What went wrong?” “How did we miss this?” Some are in shock. Political pundits are stunned. Many thought the Trump/Pence ticket didn’t have a chance. None of them understand the God-factor.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up.

While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened, I believe that God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country.

President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are going to need a lot of help and they will continue to need a lot of prayer. I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation. My prayer is that God will bless America again!

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10.29b.16 Mississippi Gulf Coast – Week Two 03.28.16 to 04.03.16

Published originally on Monday, April 4, 2016 – Our last week on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was great!

Last week started with news of our granddaughter Kallie being in a serious ATV accident on Sunday evening. She was thrown from the ATV after it hit a telephone pole, was in the hospital for the evening and has been recovering since. Nothing broken but lots of bruises and she was on crutches for a few days. We went back to Ponchatoula and visited her on Wednesday. She was doing really well by then and could get around without the crutches mostly. Her daddy plays the drums so we asked her to show us her skills on the drums which is what you’ll see in the picture.

20160330_170829 (Medium) While we were in town we ate at our favorite Hammond Chinese buffet, China Palace.

Roy doesn’t like to get out and about as much as I do so there are times he stays home and I go!

On Monday I spent some time shopping on the Beach where I found a wonderful Goodwill, Sears and Dillards! Edgewater Mall is an old, but newly renovated Mall that I remember shopping at as a child with my sister and brother-in-law! I came back refreshed from my shopping with a new summer wardrobe, most of it from Goodwill so it was very low in cost!!

On Tuesday I went to the beach to read and enjoy the sun, water, waves, birds and the sounds of children playing and families laughing together! It was a beautiful sunny day even if the winds were pretty strong on the beach. I tucked everything in, sat in my lawn chair, put my hat on with lots of suntan lotion on my skin and read taking a break from time to time to enjoy watching the birds and the families playing! Here’s some photos of the beach and the birds.

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Thursday evening was the Bomb Diggity Best!!! We were told about the All You Can Eat Dungeness crabs on the buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino. After having experienced the disappointment and high cost of eating one Dungeness crab in San Francisco we said yes sir, that is for us! Here’s a link to the San Francisco crab eating experience so you’ll know what I’m talking about! The picture of the one crab we ate there is pretty far down that day’s blog post but check it out and read about that experience! San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

We paid $42.95 plus tax for one very lite (we call them kites in Louisiana, they are only partially full) that we split between us in California. Here on the Gulf Coast we ate 5 overly full crabs (Dungeness are bigger than most blue crabs), a few pounds of boiled crawfish, lots of fried fish and fried shrimp and delicious deserts for $47.00 for both of us at the All You Can Eat Buffet. Treasure Bay is not the most upscale, thrilling place we’ve visited but the food more than makes up for it and the place is quite clean. They give a 15 percent Senior discount so if that applies to you be sure to ask for it.

We ate for TWO HOURS and made ourselves stop before we couldn’t walk out! Here’s some pictures of our dinner at this newly discovered favorite eating place on the coast.

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Saturday, see the Iron Magnolia Antiques Post

This Sunday we went to church at First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis, MS. We do not normally go to Bay St. Louis but it is a really lovely area. Here is a picture of the wonderful choir at the church and some of the beautiful homes along the water there!

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20160403_125206 (Medium)20160403_142524 (Medium)20160403_142922 (Medium) 20160403_142752 (Medium) 20160403_142649 (Medium) 20160403_142606 (Medium) We left the Mississippi Gulf Coast this morning after taking some final Mississippi photos of Dora and Boots on the beach! We are at Wilderness RV Resort in Robertsdale, Alabama for the next two weeks. This is an okay park where we only pay $2 per night because we want 50 amp electricity. We are about 35 miles from both Mobile and Pensacola so we’ll be visiting both while we’re here!

20160404_123606 20160404_123511Here are links to previous blogs about stays in this area, They are in date order:

https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/04/13/first-weekend-camping-experience/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2013/04/14/tlc-wolf-river-resort-pass-christian-ms/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/16/you-never-know-what-youll-find-if-you-just-stop-and-look/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/16/hot-roding-down-the-coast-on-a-beautiful-sunny-day/

https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/01/18/3873/

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