08.13.15 Our Football Teams!

footballThursday, August 13, 2015 – Last year, while we were parked in Louisiana, I wrote this blog post.  Since we have a lot of new followers this year I thought I’d prepare you for the football crazed couple we are!    The New Orleans Saints take on the Baltimore Ravens tonight!

Here we go, from August, 2014

If you’re new to our blog we want to catch you up on where we stand with our favorite teams now that it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! You’ll see them below and a little about why they are our favorites.

saints girlThe New Orleans Saints have been in my life since Junior High when the whole city voted on the name of the team. We watched as the team grew in power and as they plummeted to being the Aints when everyone wore bags on their heads in shame at their horrible performance. We got past that and the team started making us proud again. There is a saying something to the effect of that the mood of the City of New Orleans is directly connected to whether the Saints win or lose. Something happened over the years that made Saints fans be loyal whether they lost or won or what happened. The year they went to the Super Bowl was the happiest season in the history of the Saints. Saints fans are ferocious, deeply loyal and over the top with our Game Day apparel. I’ll collect some pics of this and share later in the season.

slu our team The Southeastern Louisiana University Lion’s are our hometown University team. Chip and I graduated from Southeastern. Roy and I worked at Southeastern for ages. Southeastern football didn’t exist for many years when the state went through a budget deficit and was brought back several years ago. it’s taken a while for the team to break out and make themselves known but last year they did. And they did it big time. Fall on Southeastern’s campus is now filled with the sounds of a band playing, people cheering, green and gold pride banners everywhere and a deep love for our school. When football first came back to Southeastern the spirit level was low, it took time to grow and man has it. School apparel and pom poms fly off the store shelves and they are starting to receive the respect they deserve. Some of their games are starting to be shown on television which is a major treat!! The team has earned all this love and accolades by being the 2014 Southland Champions and are No. 3 in the FCS coaches poll for the current season. I hope we can attend a game while we’re here in Hammond and show our Lion’s Pride!! Lion Up Ya’ll!

lsu fanaticOkay what do you say about LSU Tigers football. I grew up an LSU fan, my oldest son graduated from LSU and one of my favorite memories in life was going to a home game with him and his friend Greg Blanchard. We sat in the student section and while you may have to put up with some crazed, possibly tipsy students it’s the best place to sit. The atmosphere is electric and rarely does anyone sit down the whole game. We try to watch all LSU games but never again have I been to one in person. That one experience will last a life time. They are a powerhouse that teams cringe when they see on their schedule and fans are devoted to.

Football season in the South is one bright light in our extended stay in Hammond. Sure we can watch them (not always) on TV from elsewhere but the atmosphere here is very much a part of the experience.

New Orleans Saints, Southeastern Louisiana University Lions and the Louisiana State University Tigers! Our Teams!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

1465287_1116564078415280_9022467953859195410_n

Advertisements

08.29.14 Our Football Teams – Saints, Lions, and Tigers


If you’re new to our blog we want to catch you up on where we stand with our favorite teams now that it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!!  You’ll see them below and a little about why they are our favorites.

saints girlThe New Orleans Saints have been in my life since Junior High when the whole city voted on the name of the team.  We watched as the team grew in power and as they plummeted to being the Aints when everyone wore bags on their heads in shame at their horrible performance.   We got past that and the team started making us proud again.  There is a saying something to the effect of that the mood of the City of New Orleans is directly connected to whether the Saints win or lose. Something happened over the years that made Saints fans be loyal whether they lost or won or what happened.  The year they went to the Super Bowl was the happiest season in the history of the Saints.  Saints fans are ferocious, deeply loyal and over the top with our Game Day apparel.  I’ll collect some pics of this and share later in the season.

slu our team The Southeastern Louisiana University Lion’s are our hometown University team.  Chip and I graduated from Southeastern.  Roy and I worked at Southeastern for ages.  Southeastern football didn’t exist for many years when the state went through a budget deficit and was brought back several years ago.  it’s taken a while for the team to break out and make themselves known but last year they did.  And they did it big time.  Fall on Southeastern’s campus is now filled with the sounds of a band playing, people cheering, green and gold pride banners everywhere and a deep love for our school.  When football first came back to Southeastern the spirit level was low, it took time to grow and man has it.  School apparel and pom poms fly off the store shelves and they are starting to receive the respect they deserve.  Some of their games are starting to be shown on television which is a major treat!! The team has earned all this love and accolades by being the 2014 Southland Champions and are No. 3 in the FCS coaches poll for the current season.  I hope we can attend a game while we’re here in Hammond and show our Lion’s Pride!!  Lion Up Ya’ll!

lsu fanaticOkay what do you say about LSU Tigers football. I grew up an LSU fan, my oldest son graduated from LSU and one of my favorite memories in life was going to a home game with my oldest son and his friend Greg Blanchard.  We sat in the student section and while you may have to put up with some crazed, possibly tipsy students it’s the best place to sit.  The atmosphere is electric and rarely does anyone sit down the whole game.  We try to watch all LSU games but never again have I been to one in person.  That one experience will last a life time.  They are a powerhouse that teams cringe when they see on their schedule and fans are devoted to.

Football season in the South is one bright light in our extended stay in Hammond.  Sure we can watch them (not always) on TV from elsewhere but the atmosphere here is very much a part of the experience.

New Orleans Saints, Southeastern Louisiana University Lions and the Louisiana State University Tigers!  Our Teams!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

08.13.14 First day of school, victorious Saints, and beautiful butterflies!

10592924_888246874536144_3531076100874874366_nSaints fever is spreading throughout the South in these weeks leading up to the regular season.  Time to get the plastic bag and tub containing all our Saints paraphenalia, clothes, signs, etc. out from under Dora.  Near the end of last season we bought our Sproley Oley tin can man to hang outside.  Since Sproles is no longer a Saint (can I say what a sad day that was!) we’re going to convert him to another Saint before the regular season gets here.  Gotta see who rises to the top during the pre-season before making that decision though!

The long awaited first Saints game of the pre-season was victoriously won last week and the second was also a victory by our Boys in Black and Gold!  We’ll be more properly attired for the game next week since Roy, me, Chip, Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley now have new Saints Socks!!!  I believe we must be Saints outfitted for every game so now we’re complete! 

Madisyn came to stay with us one day last week. After dinner we went to Baskin Robbins which Madisyn use to call the special place that Paw Paw takes her to. It’s still a special place but she definitely knows the name of the place now. They allowed me to go with them this time and what a treat it was.

She and I spent the evening on the floor making homemade Christmas gift cards for her to give some of her family this year. I’ve always loved making them for our family and friends and now that she’s old enough and getting quite crafty we can do them together!

She spent the night with us and in the morning we went shopping for Saints clothes for her (she’s now wearing a precious Saints cheer leading outfit with pompoms) and grocery shopping with Grannie (half of the things I needed are still at the store).

madisyn roses cheerleading saints

We picked up fried fish dinners at Marcus’ fund raiser and came home where Chip (her daddy, our son) was waiting for us with a bouquet of roses! While we were shopping I even got my first “Oh Grannie you embarrassed me” comment (which she properly told me in private) from something silly I did. When she left I napped for two hours which I never do. I think it’s the Madisyn after effect!

Madisyn starts Kindergarten on Thursday and it’s so terribly hard to believe it’s been 5 years since she was just a tiny baby.  I’m sure she will take the school by storm and pray that Chip doesn’t get those calls from her school I use to get about him!!! Here’s some pictures of this very special event!

10599351_824321034259392_7900065225115363511_n madisyn kindergarten madisyn kindergarten2I sure hope her school is ready for this one!!!

No house showings this week but our real estate agent posted two pictures of a butterfly visiting our lantana bushes today.  I’m looking out the RV window right now watching this very butterfly and it is so beautiful. 10440714_10152611242207486_517008494434595231_n10455320_10152458433278903_387111309761223217_n

Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

08.02.14 Oddities in looking for an online jobs – not your normal job search!

10372772_10152428449723903_4041537508783919441_nI found that the best type of work for me is work I can do online from wherever we travel.  The work I do with RVillage is perfect since it’s only 15 hours a week and can be done mostly any time of the day.  I usually tried to work 3.75 hours a day 4 days a week but if I needed other days off I’d just increase the per day hours.  I still feel blessed to have this job even though right now the number of hours I work each week is very little.  It should pick back up soon so between now and then I decided to see what else is out there as far as a “virtual” job is concerned.

Two websites that I know of featuring these types of jobs are oDesk.com and Elance.com.  I’veelance odesksigned up with both, completed my profile and searched for jobs.  There are some things that I’ve learned during this process that I’m going to share.

First is that at least half the jobs online pay as little as $1-2 per hour.  This may sound odd to us until you consider that the jobs are open to people around the world.  In the Philippines $2 an hour is top pay and most of these jobs go to people in countries like that.  Americans can’t live on that low rate of pay.  On these websites you see feedback from people who have worked for the company and what they thought about working for them.  it also shows their total pay and how many hours they worked.  Most of them show a days work for $8.  After having applied for some of these jobs and finally figuring it all out, I stopped pursuing those.  People from other countries can apply for any job, even the higher paying jobs.  Because of this there are not a whole lot of jobs paying more than $8-$10 per hour. Most of the jobs require that you state how much you are willing to do the job for so there’s always a mixture of $1-2 per hour bidders for any job.

Since I originally heard about RVillage through Workamper.com and Workamper.com is an extremely reputable RVer employment company I never had any doubts about the interview process with RVillage.  Other companies on these sites are totally unknown and there is much to be leery about.  They have a wide range of ways they use to see if you qualify for their open position.  One very unique process I went through asked the applicant to do the following:

-Download a zipped file with directions.

-First direction was to go to a specific web address which they provided to the Gettysburg address.  Find the word brave and using that as word 1 and the following word men as word 2 go to what would be word 10.  Go to the 7th letter in word 10.  Assign a number value to that letter as it would be where A=1, B=2 and so on.  My letter was R so it was = 18.

-Next go to a video on a different web page where several actors read parts of the Declaration of Independence.  You were to first Google the actor Edward Nelson and familiarize yourself with him so that when you see him in the video you will know it.  Of course I thought two of the actors was him so I had to work a little harder to narrow it down!  Once I came to him I was to skip the first time he talked by himself.  The second time he talked I was to find the 18th word (because my R equaled 18.  This required me listening a couple of time and then writing down each word he said and figuring out that the word was “the”.

-Next you went to a different website and after the web address:xxx.xxxxxxx.xx/ you were to insert your word.  If and only if you had done each part of it perfectly would you access the webpage with the next step in the process.  I did it an was terribly proud of myself!

=The next step was to post a youtube video of myself talking for 30-60 minutes about what wonderful things I could do for his company.  Once you post it on youtube and send him the url to it he’ll let you know if he wants to interview you. I didn’t create a video and that’s where I am now, not really sure I want to go that far. This is the only job process I’ve come across like this one.

It looks like these weird processes are used to see how detail oriented you are and how willing you are to stick something out.

The other, not so wild, process I did was to download a zipped file containing a Word document and a photograph.  I had to take those and put them in to a WordPress blog.  What you are reading is a WordPress blog and of course I know how to use Word and work with photographs. I did what they asked which was to copy and paste the words from document into the blog, formatting the words by bolding specific ones and making sure spacing was correct, add the photo resized to 500 x 200 from a much larger size and center it.  That sounded easy enough as this is exactly how I do a lot of my blogs, so I did it.

Only problem was that the grammar and a lot of things about the document wording were quite, quite bad.  One thing you always have to keep in mind on these virtual job websites is that since foreigners are sometimes writing the job posting their English writing is very odd so what we might immediately think as suspicious here may possibly be the translation to English so I’ve had to overlook some of that.  I don’t think this was the case with this document, however. I actually think the article needed to be taken apart and put back together in a way that provided some continuity and having a lot of spellings and grammar corrected.  I did what I could without totally redoing the article even though that was never mentioned in the instructions.  I’m thinking they may want to see if you’d catch that.

I submitted my proposal for this one (that’s what they call your application which also includes you telling them the lowest price you will do the work for – another oddity) and explained that I corrected as much as I comfortably could change in the document without totally redoing it.  Haven’t heard back from them yet!

The next blog will be about a job application process I’m in that I truly believe is an employment scam.  I haven’t found another job yet but my days are filled with going through the many different processes these people put you through and it’s opening my employment seeking eyes quite a bit.

We had a family tour our house earlier this week week and it rained before they came for the first time in two weeks.  I water every other day but can’t reach many plants who have been pitifully sagging so we just knew the rain was God’s gift so the flowers would all be perky!!  The family stayed an hour and a half and we were so hopeful we’d get an offer right away from them.  We got good feedback but were also told they are still looking at other houses.

1239032_546365438761884_387325034_n

Our Saints play their first pre-sesason game this Friday night!  I saw this picture/quote below today.  It’s me all the way and I want you to share with ya’ll!  Roy said many times he could hear me through our outside walls in our sticks and bricks house when he was outside during a game.  Can you imagine what people must think when we’re in our RV.  Roy’s right up there with me these days cheering and doing what he can to encourage and fuss at our boys too!

1907411_680426235381367_3581704568408064532_n

 

Last year we were in Minnesota for preseason games with very little coverage of Saints games that far north. We even watched one of the games last year over Skype watching the game on my son’s TV in Louisiana.  We’re quite pleased to have such good TV coverage here and be in Black and Gold land right now, if just for three hours this Friday night and weekly until the house sells!!!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week  – REMEMBER – God loves you!

16

12.07.13 Here Kitty and Hammond Christmas Parade

This post was written back in December when we were home in Louisiana for Christmas.  I didn’t realize until now that it was never published so I’m doing that today.  It may not make sense time wise in our travels but here it is!!!


I said I wasn’t going to write until next week but I got to thinking (Roy always says uh oh when I say that!).  I’ve posted so many pictures about things that we saw in other states so I think it’s only fair for folks that follow us from around the US to see what happens in our little corner of the country!

This is what the New Orleans Superdome looks like welcoming  (or perhaps it’s warning) the Carolina Panthers.  Had to show this, I love it! There is nothing like the spirit surrounding football in Louisiana!

1471316_624109450986689_458909198_n

We went to the Hammond Christmas parade Saturday with Madisyn, our son Chip, his girlfriend Kim and Kim’s little boy’s Braxton and Bentley.

chip roy kimWe had a wonderful time and it was between 38 to 40 degrees which for you northerners is quite, quite cold for Louisiana.  The little boys were bundled, covered and covered more to keep the cold out! We all had many multiple layers on and still managed to catch tons of doubloons, beads, candy and cups.  How nice it felt to go to a Louisiana parade again! There is nothing like it and to get to go to it with our family was the best!  Here are some pictures from the parade.

hcp hcp1 hcp2 hcp3 hcp4 hcp5 hcp6 hcp7 hcp8 hcp10 hcp11 hcp12 hcp15  hcp17

We are looking forward to attending our church Children’s Choir Christmas presentation this evening followed by the Saints in the Dome (on TV) to top off the weekend! This is a great time of year to be home. Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

08.10.13 Ladies in Pink, the Saints come marching in to Minnesota, Skyping with Madisyn and a dug flower garden!

IMG_20130810_175047
GIRLS IN PINK! Beth, Hazel and Rosalyn at our Saturday evening Meet and Greet

Three of us came to the Saturday evening Meet and Greet wearing our pink Northern Lights Resort t-shirts so I asked one of the guys to take our picture and here we are. Worn out and frazzled but we’ve got that smile on our faces!

 

The Saints played Friday evening and surprise, surprise we can’t get Saints games here in Minnesota. I was sitting outside Friday evening wrapped up in a blanket because it was so cold and our son Chip Skyped us on the computer. If you’re not familiar with Skype it is a free way to talk to and see someone on your computer or smart phone using a web camera. Our laptop has a web cam built in and Chip purchased one for his desktop computer. Chip mentioned that the Saints were on his TV and a very wonderful idea came to him. He unplugged his TV from where it was and moved it across the room to where the computer is and faced the TV towards the computer so I could see the TV screen. He found the Saints game and I got to sit outside and enjoy the game on his TV in Hammond thanks to Skype. It was a lot of fun seeing our guys in Black and Gold but as the temperature dropped outside I had to come inside. One of the highlights of the game was our entertainment during commercials provided by Chip’s girlfriend Kimberly’s little boy Braxton. He’s four months old and popped up on the screen giving us some precious entertainment!! You can see Braxton in one of the pictures below.

IMG_20130809_195639 IMG_20130809_195629

IMG_20130809_195444

Roy taped the game off a satellite feed that came through around noon today so we’re watching it tonight and are quite proud to say The Saints Won!!! I know it’s only preseason but Sean Payton is back and it was wonderful to see the Saints in the Superdome with their Slap Ya Mama red zone or something like that image which was very New Orleans and we loved it!

We were able to Skype with Madisyn twice this weekend since she was staying with her daddy Chip in Hammond.  We enjoyed the face to face visits with her and even took her around the resort by way of the computer and let her meet people and watch kids get launched off the big Rave tower.  She loved that part.  Since it doesn’t look like she’ll get to come here to visit with us we wanted her to see where Grannie and Paw Paw now live.  Found out that she cut her hair recently which is exactly what her daddy Chip did when he was about her age.  He got a buzz cut and she got her hair shortened to fix it!madisyn black and white madisyn in pigtails

The guys are outside working on the septic pump right outside our RV.  It has a problem and along with not smelling so great outside right now unfortunately all of my plants and tomato plants were planted on top.  It’s a new pump so we figured we were safe but now that all the plants have filled out and the tomato bushes are huge and producing tomatoes we had to start digging.  We’ve been able to leave the tomato plants there since they were off to the side of the pump but are not sure they will be able to stay there.

dug up garden
The garden after all the plants were dug up and the dirt and rocks were removed to get to the septic pump.
dug up plants
The plants that were dug up and are now waiting for a new home.

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

06.30.13 Our Saturday evening surprise!

After a long hard Saturday work day which ended at 8 pm we were settling down in our RV and heard a little knock, knock, knock at the door.  It was Tom, the resort’s owner, with a present for us.  He previously told us he was going to try to get this for us, but we didn’t know if it would actually happen.  When I came walking into the living room and Roy showed me “a picture of Drew Brees signed by Drew Brees” I wanted to scream, but settled for  being very excited and hugging Tom thanking him.   There is one for Roy and one for me and Drew addressed one to each of us.

drew brees autographed picture

Now about the man who got them for Tom. Jeff is one of our neighbor’s down the road here.  His family use to be guests each year at the resort, decided he loved the area and purchased a summer home within a few hundred feet of our RV Dora.  He works for a credit card company and they do promotional autograph signings with famous people.   Tom told him we were from Louisiana and were big Saints fans and asked him to get us an autographed picture from Drew.  Being so far away from Louisiana, and missing what I know is all the excitement of the upcoming Saints season, this was such a wonderfully emotional present.  Roy met Jeff recently and I got to meet him and thank him this morning at church.  His two daughters and wife sang Amazing Grace.  One of the daughters accompanied on the guitar and one daughter on saxophone.   Beautiful voices and music lifting up praises to God!

Well, a Drew Brees autographed photo seemed to me to deserve it’s own blog so here it is!

Ya’ll come back now. ya’ hear

01.13.13 Changing Dora’s Oil, God is Great and Atlanta Dirty Birds!

Roy changed the oil in Dora our RV last weekend.  It should be changed every 11,000 miles if you use standard oil.  He used Mobile 1 Full Synthetic Oil so it’s good for up to 75,000 miles.  They say a good rule of thumb is to change it once a year, Roy says he hopes to never change it again!  He also replaced the oil filter which was about a foot tall!  Everything Dora uses is supersized!

When we picked up the RV from Berryland Campers they walked us through everything and told us about all that was replaced and changed, etc.  One of the questions Roy specifically asked was if the oil was changed.  Tim, the technician assigned to us, told him yes.  Roy believed him so he didn’t check the oil.  We were very happy about that and took it home.  Before we left for Disneyworld Roy happened to check the oil.  What he found was very dark unchanged oil and the oil filter was rusted with the paint coming off.  We called Berryland three times and our salesman wasn’t available so we left a message each time.  He’s never called us back.  There were a few other things we were told by the technician had been taken care of, but weren’t.   The same attention we were given before the sale does not seem to be carrying over to after the sale.

Lesson learned: When you buy an RV don’t just trust everything the technician tells you, check it out yourself.  There is so much unfamiliar stuff in an RV, that taking someone very familiar with RVs along with you is an extremely good idea.

Roy decided to change the oil himself.   He priced the oil at Wal-Mart, AutoZone and online.  Wal-Mart has the best price on Mobile 1 Full Synthetic 10W40 Oil and it comes in 5 quart containers.  Each Wal-mart only has 2 of these 10W40 containers in stock at any time.  The Amite store wound up having 3 of the containers so he went to the Walker store since our Hammond Wal-Mart store didn’t have any.  He couldn’t find the oil filter locally so he ordered it off the internet.  He could find substitute brands but he wanted the Caterpillar brand filter since we have a Caterpillar motor.

He had no trouble getting the oil out but finding out where to put the clean oil in was quite a task.  No where could we find documentation about it.  Not in any of the manuals and not on the internet.  He looked inside, he looked outside and finally found what he hoped was the oil fill hole!  Roy’s a smart man and figured it out right.  He had to get the oil funnel higher than the oil fill tube so he needed to stand on a ladder.  Since we’ve sold all our ladders he had to make do with an old table.  The legs on the table broke and he crashed down to the ground.  I didn’t hear him hollering for me, so he says he was laying there “writhing in pain” for a while and nobody came to help him.  😦  He’s got a bad chest bruise and his back has hurting him really bad since then.  He must have made it worse this weekend because he had to take a pain pill and is now snoring on the sofa.

After the table fell apart and he got injured, Roy used a milk crate on top of the table with no legs.  The step-ladder was yet another item we shouldn’t have sold too quickly! Poor Roy working so hard to take care of Dora and me.  Two hours after he started he finally had the oil changed.  No 15 minute speedy oil change for our Dora!  She’s all smiles now and ready to get on the road.  Please someone buy our house!

Roy changing Dora's oil on the broken table and milk crate!
Roy changing Dora’s oil on the broken table and milk crate!

Previously I wrote that we were going to try a tank cleaning method called the GEO method.  Roy bought the necessary ingredients (Calgon water softener and Dawn original blue dishwashing liquid) at Wal-Mart and we put them in the gray tank and black tank.  The combination of these things stops “things” from sticking to the sensors and the bottom of the tank. Keeping “things” off the sensors gives us proper tank level readings.  If you don’t know your tank levels you don’t know when to dump! Keeping things off the bottom of the tanks makes it smell better!  Knowing when to dump and smelling better are important in RV life.   Here’s a link to a webpage about the GEO method if anyone wants to try it also.  https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/.  This website explains better than I did about why you need to do this and what these products do.  This particular website doesn’t say to use Dawn dishwashing liquid but other blogs did.  If you can’t find Calgon water softener you can use Borax.  Roy got multiple bottles/boxes of all of them.  That’s my honey, he likes to be prepared even in an RV with limited storage!

Church this morning was what my heart needed.  Our new Baptist Hymnal is great.  It has some modern contemporary songs in hymn form, some songs our choir has sung as specials, as well as many of the traditional hymns we all love. Our choir also sang a beautiful song Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation.  It’s one of my favorite choir specials and I know every word of it!  Christian music has such a strong message to me. Our pastor’s sermon was about Grace and Love going together.

One thing he said was about church being like a little slice of Heaven.  At work, shopping, anywhere else, I never am with a group of believers like at church.  They know my faults, I don’t seem to be able to hide them, and they still accept me and love me!  None of them and myself are perfect, but we love each other in a deeper way than we love other friends.  Knowing that these are the people I’m going to spend eternity with makes our feelings different.  We know each of our church members stumbles in our human lives and are there to support us when that happens so we can get back up and live for God like we are supposed to.

Being at church is very different from being out in the world.  At church, no one is cursing (which cuts me to the core as I listen to many people at work just curse away every day), no one is talking about how much they drank or how hung over they were (I’m certainly not saying none of our church members drink) and their love for the Lord guides their attitudes and how they relate to others.  Churches are not perfect, as none of us is perfect, but it is as close to being a little slice of Heaven as I’ve found on earth.

If you would like to learn about church love and church family, please come visit us at Trinity Baptist Church 42062 Pumpkin Center Road.  If you’re RV traveling and want a place to worship God we’re off of Exit 35 on I-12.  Pumpkintrinity oval Center/Baptist is the exit name.  The church is about a mile down on the left hand side.   The website for more information is: http://pumpkincenter.org. To sum it all up God is so Great!  I will miss these folks dearly as we travel, but we know that Trinity will always be our “home church”.

We are sitting in Dora this rainy Sunday afternoon.  I love the sound of rain but it’s gone on day after day for over a week now.  Sunday afternoons are perfect for the rain since we can nap.  We’re also watching the Atlanta Falcons pound away on the Seattle Seahawks.  The Atlanta Dirty Birds are the least favorite team to loyal Saints fans.   Since the Saints are not in the playoffs I’m watching the Falcons today with a different mindset.  I can see that they are a great team with strong talented players.  I will put that out of my mind when the new season starts later this year and they’ll go back to being our bitter division rivals, the Dirty Birds from Atlanta!