12.15.13 If You Build It, They Will Come: The Magic of SLU Football 2013

BIG DISCLAIMER:  I DID NOT WRITE THIS BLOG.

A brilliant Louisiana lady, Sharon Yogini write the following about: The Magic of SLU Football 2013

Click here to access the blog post.

http://midlifemoments.me/2013/12/15/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-the-magic-of-slu-football-2013/

It has been a magical year for the Lions and it ended last night.  I could in no way describe it like she did yet I want my followers to read about the football team of the school I graduated from, worked at and am so proud of.

Ya’ll come back, ya’ hear!

12.13.13 Touring the Abita Springs Brewery and other recent stuff!

We’ve been at Abita Springs RV Park since this past Monday.  It’s very nice with very tall pine trees.  It is mostly Class A motor homes here which is odd because it’s usually about half and half Class A and Fifth wheelers.

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Christmas decorations are on and around the RVs.  Our RV is decorated for Christmas with a wreath out front and a few little decorations and decorated presents on the dashboard.  Madisyn and I hung several ornaments on a decorative string across part of the inside.  That’s about all we have room for but it looks nice and we’re happy!

Roy’s right knee surgery has been rescheduled for December 30th.  His  left ankle is healing well and he should be very good to go by the 30th.  He would have been ready the week before but the doctor isn’t doing any surgeries the week of Christmas.

Our ex-daughter in law’s brother’s funeral was today and we attended it at River Rock Church in Loranger, LA.  He was killed in an accidental gun shooting while he was hunting last week.  He was only 33 and was a really nice guy and a good father to his two children and brother to his sister Liz.  The service was made even more special today when they played a video of his recent baptism in a river near y.  His pastor spoke about what a changed man Joseph was after he gave his life to the Lord.  What a wonderful witness this was to all who heard the message. Please keep Liz and Madisyn in your prayers during this very hard time.

When we left the funeral in Loranger to return to Abita Springs I looked up information about touring Abita Springs Brewery.  It was 1:15 p.m. and the website said the next tour would start at 2:00 p.m.  Perfect timing for us to stop there just in time for the tour.  It’s not a big place but they produce a lot of different types of beer.  The tour starts by everyone getting a taste of any of the several flavors they produce.  We then watched a video about how the beers are made and the processes they use.  We all lined up outside the Brewery door and went in to learn more and see where the products are all manufactured.   We were there for about 45 minutes and it was good that it wasn’t a long tour because of Roy’s ankle but he made it and enjoyed himself.

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I have a temporary job now which I’ll start on Monday at Southeastern Louisiana University (where I retired from!) in Textbook Rentals where the students return their books to at the end of the semester and pick them up from when the new semester starts.  I’ll work this next week, be off for two weeks and then work for 3-4 weeks in January til the 31st.  Roy’s surgery will be while I”m off the two weeks so I’ll be able to stay home with him. We’ll be moving to Berryland Camping in Hammond for a week and then to Punkin Park Campground in Hammond for the duration of Roy’s recovery and my time working.

While we were staying at Calloway in Hammond we had a visit from Christina and Sue Picou and Sue’s grandsons Ricky (Amy’s son) and Nicholas (Christina’s son).  They are a little over a year old and walking.  We had a wonderful visit and the picture below is of me sitting with the two little guys! Also below are a couple of pictures from a visit with Kim, Chip, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley.  We’re going to visit with them tomorrow after church and I can’t wait to gobble them up.  They are so precious!

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Trinity’s Children’s Choir presented their Christmas music last Sunday night and it was such a blessing to hear their beautiful voices sing about Jesus.  I could see lots of proud parents smiling in the audience as their little one’s sang their hearts out.

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Our Adult Choir is performing it’s Christmas music this Sunday morning at 10:45.  These two events are two of my biggest reasons to be happy about being home for Christmas.  I don’t think I’ve ever missed either singing in or hearing the Adult Choir sing for Christmas.  What a blessing to have such strong music talent in our home church.

The weather here has been cold and hot and cold and hot  for the last couple of weeks and here’s a graphic that shows it perfectly!

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My physical therapy is on hold for now because of the temporary job and until I back to the doctor the week of Christmas.  Physical Therapy has helped but hasn’t made the pain go away all the time.   At least now I am not in constant pain and for that I’m very thankful.

We’ve discovered this wonderful local store here called Aquistapace’s.  I like cheese but usually am not nuts about cheese.  However, this place has a wonderful cheese section with more types of cheese than I’ve ever seen.  They have gouda cheese with blueberries in it and another with raspberries in it and many more different varieties of cheeses.  Even their regular white cheddar was delicious.  If you love cheeses I’d highly recommend this place.  It’s also has lots of local foods and we’re going back there today to see what we can find this time.  It is so neat to discover new places in your home state!

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Our fourth seeded Southeastern’s Lions are playing University of New Hampshire in the quarter-finals of  the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship this evening at our own Strawberry Stadium.  We’ll be listening on the radio to this as it’s only on ESPN3 and we do not get that, even if we pay.  I’m so proud of our team and wish them the best this evening!

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

12.07.13 Being home is a blessing!

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We don’t have to introduce ourselves to everyone we meet here – we hug them!

No using the GPS – we know where everything is!

Beads, doubloons and candy was thrown at the Hammond Christmas parade this morning  – that doesn’t happen elsewhere!

Our Southeastern Lion’s football team is winning right now in the playoffs at our own Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

We were able to buy merlitons (other states call them alligator pears and most can’t get them) to cook with pork sausage and bacon! And we were able to buy andouille sausage for our gumbo which we haven’t found anywhere else!

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There are fresh fruit markets and stands here unlike up north!  How refreshing is that!

People say ya’ll here with us instead of looking at us odd when we say it!

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This and lots lots more are of reasons to feel blessed to being spending the Christmas holidays here in Hammond, Louisiana.

It is so very cool to be here when the Southeastern Lion’s (the university I graduated from and where Roy and I both retired from) are playing in their first playoff game at home since football came back to Southeastern several ago.  We couldn’t get a ticket to this game but when they win tonight and if they play here next Saturday I plan on us being in the stands for that one!67975_10201647410079455_1716268670_n

Update on our medical things:  Roy’s right knee replacement surgery was scheduled for this coming Monday, but this week he was going down the steps on the RV in the dark and misjudged where the ground was and twisted his left ankle.  Since he needs a well left leg and foot to be able to put weight on it when the right one is operated on he cannot have the surgery Monday and will have to wait a few weeks until his ankle heels.  He’s in a knee high boot and using a walker right now while it heels.  He goes back to Dr. Chiasson two days after Christmas if it’s not better before then.  He’s doing well enough to not really need the walker right now which is (we are hoping) a good sign!

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This has changed all our plans about where we stay, when we leave, etc.  We are now staying here at Calloway RV until Monday and then going to Abita Springs to an RV park there for a week or two.  When we know he is having the surgery we’ll reschedule to go to Pass Christian during his recuperation. I’d like to find a temporary job while we’re still here so we’ll see how that goes!

My neck/shoulder physical therapy is going well.  About half the time I feel better and half not so good.  A couple of visits ago my PT, Debbie Starring, put this tape down the side of my neck, in a  V shape up my arm to the shoulder and then across my back.  Some of it is suppose to give the muscles support and others are suppose to inhibit something (I have real medical names for things) and it really does work.  When it’s on me I hardly hurt at all which is really weird but I’m thankful for it.  I go back to Dr. Chiasson next week to find out where to go from there.

We have been blessed to spend a good bit of time with sweet Madisyn;

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and with our son Chip;

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and with Chip’s girlfriend Kim and her little boy’s Braxton and Bentley! Braxton started crawling this week!

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I was blessed to be able to help with our home church’s garage sale today benefiting one of our youth member’s who is blind and in need of a braillex notebook to help in her school work.  I taught little Emily in Sunday School when she was younger and she’s now almost a young woman and I’m so proud of her achievements in life.  The best part was getting to visit with so many of our church members who helped out today.  Ya’ll know how much I love garage sales and it was really a great time.  We made over $2,000 and so many people contributed their possessions and time to make this possible.  Great job Trinity doing God’s work helping others.

We had Thanksgiving dinner with my sister’s family last Saturday which is always a blessing.  I haven’t seen my sister since we left Louisiana in April and it was wonderful to have time to catch up plus the food was delicious and I didn’t have to cook anything!  That’s a first and it was kind of nice! Madisyn had a wonderful time playing with her cousins and in the pictures below she’s playing with John (my niece’s son) in one and in the other she’s swinging with Sally (my nephew’s daughter).  We’ll be visiting around with family between now and Christmas and are looking forward to that.

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Roy and I were at our family doctor’s office getting his pre-op clearance and we got a call from the RV park that they had to shut off the water to our RV because there was water flooding out from underneath Dora.  As soon as we could we left and when we got back sure enough there was water everywhere outside. It turned out to be the hot water hose off the main line and had to be changed.  The carpet in our bedroom (which is all of 2 feet by 7 feet) was soaking wet.  Roy had to get on his back in the little space (AGAIN) and change the hose without being able to look at it with his arm over his head up in the little hole.  Picture below shows him doing this. Seems like something is always happening to the washer but they are extremely expensive to replace and he’s just about replaced everything that could break so we should be good for a while!

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Roy hasn’t just been twisting ankles and fixing washer/dryers she’s also been adding lights under the RV and under our overhead outside awning.  When our youngest son was growing up he and their dad were all into lights under their trucks.  Well Roy has reverted to that time but is now using modern day technology of LED lights.  It really is perfect for Christmas but it makes him happy and with all he’s got going on that’s a good thing!  The only color that photographed well was the red lights.  The lights on the bottom are from underneath the RV and the lights above are right up under the awning attached to the RV

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I’ll try to take more pictures of the lights at another time.  Even though I was against spending the money Roy knows I think they are pretty cool!

I’ll leave with this news flash:  Southeastern has won their first playoff game 30-29. Go Lion’s!!!!! We are sooooooo very proud to be Lions and so proud of the young football players who gave us this win  We play again in Strawberry Stadium for the next round!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll let you know how we’re doing next week when we move to Abita Springs.  Please remember why we really celebrate Christmas  and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

04.27.13 Saying goodbye to Southeastern Louisiana University ~~ GO LIONS!

goodbyeFriday was my last day at work at Southeastern Louisiana University where I’ve worked for almost 15 years.  I actually started working there 17 years ago but Roy and I took a two-year leave from full time work to test the waters on flipping houses.  We did quite well and then selling the houses became extremely difficult and we decided to go back to full-time realourtown_logo_withoutbevels_md work and both worked at Southeastern for the last 5 years.  When I came back I was employed in the same division but not as the Business Manager for the Office of Technologyy.  Instead I got to work for my dear friend Donna Methvien as the Telephone Billing and Work Order Coordinator in Telephone/Data Support which is a department under the Office of Technology umbrella. It was lots less stress and responsibility but a lot more work.  What made all the work okay was my boss Donna Methvien and the ladies I’ve worked closely with, Cindy LeBlanc, Jacquelyn Wagner, Sandy Miller and Pam Smith.   Saying goodbye to them was very hard yet I know we’ll stay in touch and I hope they know I’m just an email, ICQ or phone call away.  They have supported me through some very difficult times and cheered along with me through the mostly great times!

Southeastern has seen some really tough times these last 4-5 years with the budget reductions every six months.  I don’t even remember now how many people were laid off    fb_stadium_0910111000 strawberrystadium_turf_1_web campus wide but there have been several in our area alone.  In a recent email from our President he shared that there would be more cuts coming up.  At this time they don’t know how much but they estimate between $2 million and $22 million.  How the university is expected to continue providing excellent education is beyond me.  It’s been so depressing to watch more and more people leave and our budgets cut to where some departments cannot even afford ink for their printers or other basic office supplies.

I wish to say thank you to all the Southeastern family who have been such a huge part of my life for so long.  Thanks for putting up with my craziness and putting that to the side to be my friend.  Many of you called, emailed or stopped by wishing me well on our new adventure and that meant a lot to me. I wish all of you God’s blessings as you continue to strive to give excellent service amidst all the reductions and layoffs.

UCCornerPhotoI’ll miss hearing the crack of the bat during baseball season, the band practicing outside during football season, homecoming and the homecoming parade, student events in the Student Union right next door to our office,  hearing students practice their musical instruments when walking by an open window in the music building,  the convocation picnic each year when we got to see co-workers we didn’t get to see during the year, the beautiful hundred year old oak trees (with moss hanging from the branches) around campus,  especially the friendship circle oak, the President’s annual Christmas party, and the cultural events at the Columbia Theatre.

I graduated from Southeastern in 2000 at the age of 45 and am very proud to be a Southeastern Alumni.  The teachers were for the most part exceptional reaching out to each student if they needed the assistance.  My youngest son Chip is also a Southeastern alumni and we are both thankful for the education we received from this university.

To “the girls” and you know who you are.   Of course I did write yours names above so everyone else knows who you are.  I need to include Becki Starkey and Angelique McIntyre in “the girls group”. A special thanks for letting Roy be a part of the group when we’d go to the movies and when ya’ll would come to our house to watch Twilight movies and eat!  It was sweet of ya’ll to let him tag along!  We’ve enjoyed a lot of wonderful times together going out to dinner, lunch, and celebrating great moments in our lives.  We’ve also shared the intimate details of struggles each of us have been through personally and professionally.  You all have been a steady rock of support for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that support and love.  Saying goodbye to you all is very hard yet I know each of you knows more about why this is the best thing for us than anyone else could imagine.  We’re really looking forward to making new friends with our co-workers when we get to Minnesota but can’t imagine there ever being a group of women I could count on more than you all!

Thanks ladies for being the uniquely special women that you are!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!