04.23.17 Easter crawfish, MedPaks, Taxes, Blackberries, Orthopedic visit and shots, my wonderful sister Harriett!

Sunday, April 23, 2016 – This is one of those blog posts that is mostly to help me remember things we did but you’re welcome to follow along on our week of fun!

We’ve had a very busy week, Roy and I. Last Friday we spent the day on Roy’s job site in Baton Rouge. Sunday was Easter and church followed by spending a long time at B & J Seafood Market eating 15 pounds of boiled crawfish and shrimp.

Roy ordered and received a motorbike rack with a ramp to attach to our truck for carrying the new mini motorbike with us. It was a little bigger than the width of the truck so Roy cut it down to fit the bike and the truck perfectly. He’s pretty cool like that.  Thanks Chip and Misty Chauvin for the wonderful gift of a motorbike for your parents!  You two are great to us!

I forgot to get my brain memory medicine refilled so several days went by without any. During that time I bought some pretty nectarines at the grocery that turned out to be apples! A few other strange things I’d rather not share, but I was reminded how much the medicine does help me!

We got our first boxes of MedPaks from Thrift Town Pharmacy mid week so I’m back on my medicines. We’re already liking the benefits of having the Med Paks. The individual packets come out in a roll. Each packet is labeled with the date, day of the week, Morning or Evening, and our name. Each medicine in each pack is listed as well as what the medicine is for. I think Roy’s feels a little safer taking these and I know I do!

For anyone who is interested in doing the MedPaks, something I learned is that you give them all the medicines that you have on hand, and any that need to be filled they handle it all. It was a little weird walking into the pharmacy with a basket of pills but it was really nice walking out with boxes of rolls of medicine paks! They do not charge for this service which I find outstanding! I got to meet the nice lady Cheri who handles that. Thanks Cheri for making the Chauvin’s very happy!

Filed our federal taxes on Wednesday. Since we owe this year last minute filing worked for us.

Wednesday, Roy and I both went down E. Bell where we had spotted a ton of blackberries growing along the fences. We put on long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and gloves and picked for about 30 minutes filling up an 8 quart pot. I froze half and the rest is in our refrigerator for making goodies. The one thing bad about blackberry pickin’ is that something about reaching and bending over that inflames a nerve in both my hips. I can only pick for so long but that day Roy picked with me so we got lots! He’s not usually a berry picker but my guy sure came through that day! Even stepping in a large pile of ants which resulted in several dozen ant bites didn’t dampen our fun!

Thursday we spent the day with our darling Granddaughter Madisyn! She needed a little encouragement to clear out some of her “stuff” so her room could be managed better. Grannie and Paw Paw assisted in the effort and while not as much “stuff” left the room as I thought would, you could see the floor when we left and that was a major accomplishment. We took her to lunch at McDonald’s, went to the flying field to watch Paw Paw fly his plane, visited Verizon to find out how astronomically expensive a new phone would be and back to her house to finish up the room cleaning!

Friday we went to our local orthopedic doctor, Dr. Chiasson, for Roy’s back/hip/leg pain and for my knee and back pain. After several xrays we met with Dr. Chiasson. Roy has arthritis in his back which is causing his pain. His working aggravated all of it but he got a cortisone shot in his hip and some other medicine to take while he rests the next few days. My knee xray shows the inside portion of my right knee is almost bone on bone so knee replacement may be in my future. The knee on the left in the xray below is actually my right knee. The left knee has sufficient cushion but the inside of my right one does not.

I too got a cortisone shot in my knee (ouch, ouch – look at my expression) and it is making a huge difference already. He said that my knee wouldn’t cause the pain in my back. The opposite could happen but not that, and since my knee is the problem, I seem to be also having a flare up of my previous back injury where my pelvic bone went out of alignment and pinches the nerve. Guess I’ve done a bit too much blackberry picking lately!

We headed to Baton Rouge after the doctor’s appointment to wrap up Roy’s work there. I’ll be sharing photos and info about that in my next blog.

After our very busy Friday we ended the day dining at La Caretta in Hammond celebrating Roy’s re-retirement! The spanish musicians were just delightful going from table to table entertaining everyone and the food was, as always, delicious!!

Sunday afternoon I made some blackberry bread/cake. I have so many blackberries I’ll be making lots of goodies!

Today, Monday, my sister Harriett and brother in law George came to visit Roy and I. Even though it was almost 80 degrees outside we were able to sit in the cool of the shade outside our RV on the patio under the trees. Its always fun having them come visit and today was really great!

We are ready for a couple of quiet days now. My hope is that we leave town one day next week but our very latest we can leave is mid May since our son’s seminary graduation is in Kentucky on May 19th and his very proud parents will be there!

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04.16.17 Resurrection Sunday

Easter Sunday. To many it means the Easter bunny, a day of food and celebration. For some it is an obligatory church-attending holiday, after which life goes on as usual.

How sad that we have so quickly forgotten the true meaning of Easter. Our God reigns! Jesus Christ died, yes. But even more importantly, He rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, as we say in the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus Christ literally defied death. But He did more than just a Houdini move. We “ooo” and “ahhh” over the narrow escapes by magicians like David Copperfield and others, but eventually even those daredevils will face death. Their power is limited.

But Jesus Christ was greater — He defied death FOREVER. Jesus Christ lives and reigns for eternity, whether you or I believe that fact or not.

And He has reclaimed life for all those who believe in Him. This is the second miracle of Easter. Through God’s work on the cross, we have access to eternal life as well:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘ The righteous will live by faith’ (Romans 1:16-17).

If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).

Whosoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matt. 10:32-33).

Please consider today the wonder of God’s power and His love for you. He knows you. He knows what you have done. He knows what you are going to do. But He is waiting for your response, my friend. God doesn’t need your praise or your service to Him; He desires it. It is not what we do for God that gets us into heaven and gives us a right relationship with God. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ. Look at these Scriptures:

Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified (Galatians 2:16).

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

By Laura Bagby.

This Easter Version of Hallelujah is exceptional.  Kelley explains why she wrote it at the beginning of the recording.  Take a few moments and listen to this.  I hope you’ll love it like I did!

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04.22.17 Chauvin Family Fun

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Last week both of our sons and their whole families gathered for a picnic with Roy and I at a nearby park.  This was the first time all 12 of us have been together in a very long time and what a fun time it was!

We all brought food and our oldest son did some awesome barbecuing!  We celebrated our oldest son’s and Gracie’s birthdays that are in April with a delicious cookie cake that her mother made.

Madisyn got to run around and play with our oldest son’s children.  Kallie and Misty got to meet and visit with our oldest son’s family.

It was a wonderful time and I truly loved hearing Grannie come see this, or Grannie come play with me!  Grannie doesn’t have the spunk she use to but those sweet voices gave me lots of reason to want to play!!

Roy and his boys!

our oldest son and Chip!

We were having such a wonderful time that I couldn’t bring myself to leave even though it got so dark we couldn’t hardly see each other.  This picture is Grannie, me, and most of the grandchildren roasting marshmallows!  What cuties they are!

I thank God for the memories we made and look forward to all of us getting together again!

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04.08.17 Vroommmmmm Vroommmmmmm!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Roy got a shiny new mini motor bike and is already going vrooommmmm vrooommmmm up and down our road with it!  My old hubby can still be a little boy sometimes!!

Camping World in Hammond is attached to Dixie RV Superstore.  Their buildings and around 100 of the RVs flooded last year when the area flooded for several days.  It’s a very much renovated store now with a new cool front desk and store lay out. 

The renovated store has lots more cool things to pick from and Roy found his shiny new mini motor bike there.  We’ve named him Diego after Dora’s friend on the show.  Had to keep the naming in that vein!

To introduce you to this newest member of our traveling family I share the following photos!

Rosalyn tried out a Grannie mobile, some wishful thinking goung on here! Since we live in the country. there are miles and miles of backroads he can roam around in.   He tried the bike out out this morning by riding up and down Rohner Road.  I rode on it with him for a little bit and it went pretty well.  I don’t intend to ride it other than within an RV park just to look around.

On our way home we stopped for Roy to get a hair cut at Max’s.  If you’re from the Ponchatoula, Springfield, Albany area you know of Max’s Barber Shop and Notary!  This is a many decades old location where Roy loves to go.  They give him the true old fashioned hair cut treatment and it is fun to watch.

We then took a slight detour down Highway 90 to check out how our old sticks and bricks home is doing.  The great folks that bought it from us have redesigned some of the gardens and cut down some of the oak trees.  It looks wonderful!  After bringing Diego home we drove back to Ponchatoula to see Chip’s family at the unadvertised evening before the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival opens on Friday.  Thursday night is rides only and is all local folks.  No alcohol, no huge crowds, but also no delicious food!  Madisyn had a great time riding the rides and we enjoyed watching her and visiting with Misty and Pam Armstrong. All the booths were being finished up and it was kind of fun to see that!

Misty’s such a sweet step mom to Madisyn she even rode with her so she didn’t have to ride alone!

While we were out and about, Roy dropped off some of his Modern Aviation magazines to our doctor’s office.  This giant, very cool, blown up crawfish was spotted across the street.  Gotta love Louisiana in Crawfish season!One of the messiest and least attractive, but absolutely delicious, of my chocolate creations is the peppermint creme balls rolled in chocolate!  What I tried to do was to roll them in my hands to make a small ball – epic fail!  Today I’m working on strawberry creme filled eggs! I love looking back on our blog when we’re on the road to see the things we enjoyed at home.  By the same token I enjoy when we’re at home, looking back at all the things we’ve seen and done while traveling.  I may include more than anyone else is interested in but it helps me so I hope you’ll bear with me as I include little details to remember!  One of the things I miss when we’re on the road is our flowers so now that the lillies are starting to bloom nicely here’s some lillie photos!

Our tomato plant is loaded with blooms and three small tomatoes!  I’m trying to figure out how I can take that with me if we get to leave soon!  Roy will be finished with his last house hopefully in a week so traveling time is approaching!!!

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04.06.17 Birthdays, Seafood, Blooming plants, Chocolate, Hammock and Lawnmower

Celebrating his 26th birthday while serving in the Army in Iraq!

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Our  oldest son (who requested we do not use his name), was born on April 7, 1979 which means that tomorrow he will be 38 years old!  Wow do I feel old!  Happy Happy Birthday to our first born!

My sister, who is now ageless, will be whatever age she is on Saturday!  Happy Birthday Harriett!

Our oldest son and Harriett sharing a birthday cake several years ago!

Earlier this week we visited B&J Seafood, our favorite seafood market in Hammond.  Their boiled crawfish was priced perfectly at only $1.99 a pound.  They were delicious and we went through 10 pounds easily!  They’ve added tables and chairs to the market for folks to eat there, so we quite happily sat down and ate through all of them.  Nice to leave the mess behind!

I did some shopping while there.  They have a wonderful variety of seafoods and things made with seafood.  We bought 4 lbs. of large shrimp to BBQ, redfish which we had filleted leaving the skin and scales on (they were BBQ Monday, basted with a special sauce!), crawfish and pork sausage, cajun country smoked sausage and a whole deboned chicken stuffed with crawfish etouffee.   All of my Louisiana girl desires were filled!

B&J Seafood Market

Roy cooked this amazing redfish on the grill

Sunday evening I got to spend some quality time with my daughter in law Misty, Kallie and Madisyn.  Chip and his dad, Roy, went to a Men’s night at Chip’s church.  Misty made us girls a delicious shredded BBQ chicken on bun.  It was quite delicious so I got the recipe to fix for Roy and I some time.

Progress continues on my Easter chocolates.  Here’s some peanut butter cups after the bottom chocolate and center peanut butter mixture but before it’s sealed up with a chocolate bottom.  Yes I am quite messy and yes they are far from the perfect ones you purchase!

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Some of the cherry and marshmallow creme filled eggs!

Bunny and Cross suckers all ready to goThe flowers are blooming slowly but surely outside.  One of our cacti had beautiful red buds on top yesterday.  We learned to love blooming cactus during our time in Texas a couple of years ago so we bought some and now our garden is blooming with new life! When they opened this morning they were a beautiful pink!

The blueberry bushes were just sticks a month ago and now they are loaded with leaves and tiny berries!

These lillies always make me smile when they bloom, they are so pretty! There are maybe 70 of them along the patio that will bloom in the next couple of weeks! Years ago we had a hammock at our house on Hinson Road in Hammond.  I’ve been wanting a new one since that one was taken down.  After the fiasco of the hammock Roy ordered not fitting the metal stand Roy decided to hang it between two trees on our property.  Oh I am in Heaven!!! I got to help a little and am definitely the happy user of an amazing hammock right next to some wind chimes close to the pond!

It’s a little difficult to see in this picture but this is the shady setting the hammock is in.

Roy has been working on the wonderful zero turn radius one of his customers gave us.  Everything it needed has been done and it’s even sporting a new seat! My Mickie and Minnie garden decorations bit the dust this year so new ones were brought in!My honey just came home and told me he’s off till Monday!  Yay for the possibility of fun times together!  I may see the dentist Thursday or Friday so it won’t all be fun times!

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