11.05.18 Early Voting – Vote Republican, Painted Rocks, Cucumbers, Baseball Cards!

Monday, November 5, 2018 – Early voting for the mid-term elections is over.  In our first voting as new (again) Louisiana voters we went to the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse and voted at the Registrar of Voters office last Monday.  Seems that gone are the days of stepping inside the big voting pole and having the curtain closed behind you.  Now there is a fairly open to everyone small electronic voting booth.  Every one of these small booths was occupied which confirms what I’ve heard of high percentages of people choosing to vote early rather than waiting for voting day.

America has been becoming Great again since the day President Donald J. Trump was elected.  It is over the top important that every one gets out to vote on November 6th and more important that just voting is to

I do not like all the tacky, untasteful, etc. words that sometimes come out of our President’s mouth.  I do LOVE all the progress our country has made under his Presidency. He is, regardless of the fake news, Making America Great Again. I firmly believe we need more REPUBLICANS in the Senate and House so that the President’s agenda can continue to move forward.  Please get out on voting day, November 6th and vote intelligently, vote REPUBLICAN.

After we met with Elisa from People’s Health, Roy and Chip went on a guy’s road trip.  When our sons were young they collected baseball cards and have a huge collection.  Chip remembers when he’d go to work with his dad, Roy, they would buy a box of baseball cards and open all the packs. He loved that.  Someone posted on Facebook that they had a wrapped box of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards (the good ones) for sale in Pearl River.  They drove there, bought the cards and came home to open them!  It was fun for even me watching them open the packs and reminisce about pro ball players we’ve followed in years past.

Our vegetable garden is doing well. The cucumbers, okra, tomatoes, lettuce, green onions, turnips and radishes are doing great.  We pick lettuce every day and have harvested the radishes and planted more lettuce and radishes in their place.  The lettuce is reproducing itself each time we pull some leaves! The carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are doing well but I don’t know if they will produce before it gets too cold.  We’ll see!  All of the lessons we are learning with this crop will help us with the spring garden.

The cucumbers in the photo below are just a tiny portion of the crop we have growing!  There must be 100 cucumbers on the vines! I’m going to learn how to pickle cucumbers and would love anyone’s tried and true pickling recipe and instructions for how to do it!

The little watermelons, cantaloupe and peanut garden that is located down the hill near the pond are another learning experience.  When the time is right next year we’ll do this again in the same place.  Here’s how the watermelons are doing right now.  I think they are adorable, just too little to eat yet!

I love the view out of our living room windows.  When the cows are in the picture it is even better!  We have squirrels scampering around now and I love it!  The sun setting view is exceptional! The colors in the picture are just a smidgen of the beautiful colors we actually see.

I am still loving my rock painting and took pictures when I finally got it straightened up and back to being organized!

My view of the back yard, pond and garden out the rock painting room window is very special!

We had bad weather come through a couple of days ago and we woke up to the garden being in bad shape.  Everything is now standing back up and I am hopefully the emergency care will help the plants do well again.

We delivered Dora yesterday evening to LSU’s campus for a weekend of tailgating.  It is such an amazing campus, we really enjoyed this delivery to a really great lady and her family!

That’s the goings on in Chauvin world last week! Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

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10.31.18 Wacky Wonderful Halloween

October 31, 2018 – I haven’t created or published one of these Wacky Wonderful Wednesday posts in four months.  It doesn’t draw that much activity yet it is the blog I enjoy collecting things for and putting together the most. I think I’ll begin making one for big holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

So here we are for Halloween! Hope you enjoy this one!

 

 

CUTESY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!

 

10.30.18 People’s Health, People’s Health

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Today we signed up with People’s Health (PH) through the Office of Group Benefits (OGB), State of Louisiana.  For many decades I’ve been able to compare insurance offerings and decide what was best for our family.  I tried really, really hard for several hours over the course of a few days and just couldn’t get it.

We currently  have Medicare and a Blue Cross supplement through OGB.  We liked all the benefits the commercials from People’s Health made look so desirable and with no premium!  I did understand at least that the People’s Health benefits in the commercials was  probably different than PH with OGB.  So with the little bit I did understand it was enough to know we needed help with understanding the choices.

Office of Group Benefits with the State of Louisiana has several meetings state wide for employees and retirees to learn the difference between the many plans offered.  I knew that having dementia it would be best for a one on one visit.

I reached out to People’s Health and a really nice young lady, Elisa Rosales, a sales representative with PH, contacted me.  We talked a bit on the phone and I sent her a list of questions, a list of our medicines and doctors.  Our son Chip previously sold Medicare supplements, in his before car selling life.  We asked him to join us for the meeting and he came an hour early so we could discuss everything before Elisa arrived at our house.

We were all very impressed with how prepared she was. She took us through one health benefit at a time comparing the normal PH’s plan advertised on television, to the PH’s plan through OGB, State of Louisiana.

Once we realized that for us the PH with OGB was the better plan for our needs we then compared it to what Blue Cross through OGB was offering for 2019.   With so many things changing with the Blue Cross plan for 2019 it was easy to see that the PH’s plan coverage was far better. We will save a bit on the premiums, save a lot on hospital stays and a lot on our prescription costs and we have dental and vision coverage with People’s Health. Kinda sad to be leaving Blue Cross on January 1, 2019 but becoming People’s Health members is the right thing for us.

If you need help like we did, whether you are with the OGB or not, here’s her contact information:  Cell 504-756-0800, Office 504-681-8429 and her email address is elisa.rosales@peopleshealth.com.  Give her a holler, you’ll be glad you did!

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10.28.18 Leave Everything In God’s Hands, from I LOVE PSALMS

How amazing to know and feel when we cast all our burdens and anxious thoughts to God? No matter what you face in life, never let go of God’s hands.

He is your provider! He is your Redeemer! He is your all in all!

Whatever life throws at you, it don’t matter, if we have taken and laid it to the Lord in prayer.

How wonderful we can bring all matters of life to our Creator! Only He can sustain you in all situations.

When all else fails, God doesn’t fail us! He will come to us and we can take comfort and rest in Him.

When you can’t see his plans and when you can’t trace his hand, Trust His heart!

He will never leave you lonely and empty. He will replace everything you lost. He will make peace with all the broken relationships!

If He asks you to put something down, it’s because He wants you to pick something greater and reveal His glory through you! His plans and ways are perfect!

Everything that God allows to come your way is always with a purpose. He uses even the greatest mistake and deepest pain to mold you into a better person!

He’s got you like He always do! Keep praying! Don’t quit.

Miracles happens every day!

So never stop believing and God can quickly make the biggest come back in your life! Trust Him!

All the puzzle pieces will fall in its place in His time! His hands are not too short to deliver you!

Don’t look back keep focusing and fixing your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our Faith! Amen! God bless!

Psalm 16:8 – I have set the Lord Always before me because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved!

from I LOVE PSALMS.COM

 

 

10.26.18 Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Roy and I, Chip and Misty and a couple of their friends from church went to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow on Sunday afternoon, October 21st.  We made the mistake of not going on Saturday and only going late on Sunday (had to stay home until the weekend renter brought Dora back) so we missed most of it!  What we saw was fabulous and we will definitely correct our mistake at next year’s show!  The following is information I gathered from various sources along with photos we and others took this weekend.

Coming off of a 26 year hiatus, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow was back on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. The theme of ‘Freedom, Then and Now’ honored the Hammond Airport’s heritage as a WW2 fighter pilot training base. Here’s how everything was laid out.

The show featured Skip Stewart, one of the most entertaining pilots in the world and his Prometheus BiPlane.  The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been performing for over twenty-five years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America. Also performing were the world record holding Shockwave Jet Truck, the all female Misty Blues Jump Team, comedy act by Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys and Big Air Insanity FMX Motocross Team.

Shockwave Jet Truck

Skip Stewart Air Shows

Helicopter rides were available at $45 a person and for all the kiddos there was a Kids’ Zone with flight-themed bounce houses and slides.

The Grand Finale each evening was the F-22 Raptor which is rare to see. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in war fighting capabilities. Although over 300 airshows requested the F-22’s presence, the Raptor is only making 23 appearances nationwide this year and Louisiana is one of them.

10.21.18 when life gets a bit dark, try this secret, by Ann Voskamp

Yes, our New Orleans Saints have won 5 in a row and beat the Baltimore Ravens today.

Our quarterback, DREW BREES, threw his 500th and 501st passing touchdowns joining quarterback royalty. He’s also now had a win against every team in the league including the Saints (when he was with San Diego). We’ve got the best and we love that guy!

Now for today’s post!

When life gets a bit dark, try this secret, by Ann Voskamp

For thirty spins around the sun, these nine old nanas kept a secret from their men.

They did it in the middle of the night.

When that old ball of sun sunk down low and pulled a cover of dark up over the backside of the world, those nine nanas creaked open their back doors and made a their way through the cracked dark.

They called them Drive-Bys.

They did it because of MaMaw Ruth. I had my own Grandma Ruth; I knew about women named Ruth who make clandestine meetings with grace.

“MaMaw Ruth would read in the paper that someone had died and she didn’t have to know the family,” is what one of the Nine Nanas, Mary Ellen said. “She’d send off one of her special pound cakes. She just wanted to put a little smile on their faces.”

It was a girl’s night for Mary Ellen and her four sisters and their three girlfriends, sitting around a table reminiscing and laughing loud over old times.

“We started thinking about what we could do to make a difference like that. What if we had a million dollars? How would we spend it?’ she said.

Those nine women knew it:

We’re not here to make an impression —- we’re here to make a difference.

All from the new Thanksgiving Collection

The size of our houses, our wallets, our closets, our trophy case and our cheerleading squad doesn’t make any difference compared to the size of our hearts.

And frankly: The positions that we take don’t make a difference like the love that we give.

The positions that we take don’t make a difference like the love that we give.

We may be known for many things but we will be remembered only by one thing: our giving love.

Anyone can have any size of heart they want.

Those Nine Nanas began brainstorming around a kitchen table, and it was one of the sisters who came up with the idea: start doing their own laundry instead of using the dry cleaner. They sat there and came up with a list of scrimping and saving and shaving their lives clean.

“So among the nine of us, we’d put aside about $400 a month.” 

Then came part two of the Nine Nana Plan: How do you make a difference? You make a difference — by doing things different.

You can’t make a difference by climbing the exact same ladder everyone else, by living exactly the same as everyone else, by consuming the same, buying the same, striving the same, dreaming the same. 

You can’t make a difference until you listen to the world differently than everyone else does.

You can’t make a difference until you listen to the world differently than everyone else does.

That’s what those Nine Nanas did — they started leaning in and listening at the local beauty shop or where they picked up their groceries.

And when they heard about a widow or a single mother who was in need, guess who would anonymously pay a utility bill or buy new clothes for the children?

Those Nanas would ferret out where that hurting person lived and send a package with a note that simply read, ‘Somebody loves you’ —- and the love they sent always had to come with one of MaMaw Ruth’s special pound cakes.

In the middle of the darkest night, love is always coming for you.

In the middle of the pitch black night, those Nine Nanas drove slow through neighbourhoods looking for fans stuck in windows.

“That told us that the people who live there? Don’t have air-conditioning,” Mary Ellen said.

‘Or we see that there are no lights on at night, which means there is a good chance their utilities have been turned off. Then we return before the sun came up, like cat burglars, and drop off a little care package.’

For 35 years, these love stealthers have been breaking the dark.

35 years. 9 women. 4 am pitch black. Whipping up MaMaw Ruth’s pound cakes. Sending pound cakes all across the country to people making a difference in their community. Opening up the phone book and sending pound cakes to complete strangers.

35 years of hundreds of pound cakes delivered in the dead of night — and no one being none the wiser.

There are women who do not need to be noticed out on the street corners to have their backs patted — because there are women who know those who work in the dark are the ones shattering the dark in ways those in the spotlights never can.

There are women who work in secret because they know you always make real and giving love in secret.

There are women who don’t let the right hand know what the left hand is doing because hands that move unbeknownst are most known by the Beloved.

That which is done in secret, that which is broken and given in secret, is a practicing communion.

That which is done in secret, that which is broken and given in secret, is a practicing communion.

Live eucharist. Practice communion. Taste koinonia.

Mary Ellen didn’t know when her husband started puzzling over the extra mileage on the car. Didn’t know when he started scratching his head over withdrawals from their savings account of not small amounts of cash. Pulled out his highlighter and started charting a path through their confounding bank statements.

Mary Ellen and those Nine Nanas just knew they had to gather their men and ‘fess up’ to what was suspected: an affair of the heart.

It could start a revolution and change the way this world revolves: What if the world focused on affairs of the heart instead of spending our one life on business affairs?

Kiss open wounds. Caress the bruised back of the broken. Embrace suffering because this is how you embrace the broken-hearted Christ.

Frankly, though, the husbands had had it — they wanted in on the eavesdropping and the drive-bys and the night gift-blitzing the town.

They wanted in on writing down addresses and anonymously paying utility bills.

They wanted to deliver a pound cake and press beauty out of the world.

They wanted in on the giving and the getting joy, they wanted in on breaking a thread or two of themselves to weave strength and hope into where the fabric of society was weak and torn, they wanted in on breaking out of the emptiness of themselves and breaking into the fullness of koinonia and community.

Those 9 husbands looked at how their wives were breaking and giving themselves away — and they wanted to break into the happy abundance of all that.

Small gifts of kindness are contagious. Start a joy epidemic.

Sometimes….

Sometimes you just want to break out of yourself and break into the sacred space of the other. And that Sacred Space of the Other you seek is found when you give to the Other.

The Nine Nanas said that:

“This is our way of giving forward.” Mary Ellen nodded. “We want to make sure that happiness happens.”

The way forward —- is always to give forward.

The way forward —- is always to give forward.

Life happens. And grace happens. Gifts happen. Happiness can happen. Love gives. Live given.

I do this: bake pound cake.

Bake a pound cake and pound out of hopelessness.

Bake a pound cake made in any old kitchen — and bring it out into the dark and pound out of your pitch black and out of yourself and break the isolation.

Taste Koinonia in the middle of the dark.

The sun will rise.

This and so many inspirational articles can be found on Ann’s website at https://annvoskamp.com/

10.19.18 PAINT NIGHT PARTY at Trinity Baptist Church

The ladies at Trinity Baptist Church gathered for a PAINT NIGHT PARTY as part of our Women’s Ministry!  All the supplies, snacks and sandwiches were supplied!  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Our amazing professional artist and church member, Rebecca Bankston Willoughby giving us detailed instructions on how to paint our canvas, cross and angel.

Here’s the ladies who enjoyed this evening together creating cross and angel paintings, even without power for part of the evening!  That’s me in the red shirt at the table.

Here’s the young ladies that joined us.  Madisyn (my granddaughter), Mia, Gracyn and Ryleigh painted crosses and angels right along side us!

We had two choices. Either to paint a cross and angel for free and donate it to the Family Fall Festival next week where they will be sold in the “Country Store” to raise money for our kids camp.  Or we could buy our own work for $10.  Mine was so amazing (not) that I bought mine.  My angel actually looks like Cousin It from the Addams Family!

These are the ones that will be available for purchase at the Festival.

Yall come to our Family Fall Festival at Trinity Baptist Church 42062 Pumpkin Center Road, Hammond, LA and purchase a painting to benefit our kids program!

Come and join us October 28 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. We will have games, inflatables, climbing wall, cupcake walk, country store, selfie photo booth, hot dogs, face painting, trunk or treat (7:00-7:30pm) and many other fun things. There will also be a chili cook off benefiting the kids camp fund. Come and join us for this amazing event!

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10.17.18 Tangipahoa Parish Fair 2018

Click to enlarge. These words of wisdom are great!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – The Tangipahoa Parish Fair 2018 was last weekend.  The school children were allowed off of school the Friday of that weekend.  We’ve lived in Tangipahoa Parish (that’s like a county in other states) for over 30 years and have never been to the fair.  We went this year and took our granddaughter Madisyn to it.

The day started with the Tangipahoa Parish Fair Parade.  We have parades for everything in Louisiana and each fair has a parade.  We live in Amite, Louisiana which is the parish seat for Tangipahoa.  The parade went through the downtown of our small town.  All of the schools in the parish were represented by their cheerleaders, dance teams, flag teams and bands marching in the parade.  There was a lot of candy and lots of beads thrown and we caught a bunch of it! Here are some photos of the groups that marched.

I thought this tractor with the umbrella and flags we just adorable! 

I love horses in any parade.  This is all there was in this parade but they were very pretty.

We love this little munchkin so much and love taking photos of her with us!  She’s growing up so much I’ll have to stop with the “little munchkin” thing I guess.  Probably won’t though!

Madisyn is in 4H at her new school and this was their display in the 4H building.

That wraps up this exciting event in our lives! Probably not the most exciting event ever but any time we spend with our grandchildren is very special! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

10.15.18 Update on the Chauvin Produce Company

Monday, October 15, 2018 – I am really pleased at how well our fall vegetable garden is doing.  Some of what I planted are not fall vegetable/fruits, like the watermelons and cantaloupes, but it was seeds from giant watermelons and delicious cantaloupe so why not, they didn’t cost us anything!  The cantaloupe vines have several flowers.  The watermelons have dozens of flowers on long 10 foot plus vines with four little bitty watermelons forming!  The biggest watermelon was like a marble yesterday and today it is the shape it will eventually be like a pecan.  I planted a couple of peanuts down by those plants just to see what would happen.  They have sprouted and have several leaves already!

The marble size watermelon

The regular garden has grown and grown.  I’ve already harvested a dozen nice size radishes and several green onions.  Where I pulled those vegetables out, I planted new seeds and in the case of the green onions new onion sets.  One vegetable that did absolutely very very little was green onion seeds.  I cleared those out and planted additional bell peppers.

The cucumber vines, okra plants and tomato plants are doing fabulous!

These were taken about three weeks ago.

These were from yesterday. The cucumber vines are at the bottom of the picture.  They are growing up multi colored ribbons leading to a wire thing where the cucumbers can grab on to as they grow. The three Big Boy tomatoes are on the right and the okra are to the left near the other end.

The okra are well over a foot high and needed some support so we located what we had around the house (tall sticks) to put next to each plant.  A couple of our medal hangers for the hummingbird feeders are holding two of the plants up.  It’s an odd collection but it works!

I am also growing bell peppers, lettuce, green onions, carrots, turnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. The only plant that wasn’t started from seeds are the tomato plants. 

I know that it might have been too late to start some of these vegetables from seed but it’s been a wonderful learning experience so far.  My brain has had to work really hard researching all of what’s involved in growing each of these plants and that’s a really good thing! I am happy to be able to still do that, for now!  If the lessons I am learning now make me better prepared to plant them next year at the right time, that’s a good thing.  If they do grow and produce this year before our first frost that’s a great thing!  I read a lot about tips for growing the different vegetables.

One thing I thought was cool but I ended up doing wrong was with the bell peppers.  I read that they need additional sulphur in the soil and that you can put a match stick upside down with the sulfur end in the group near the plant.  My plants were tiny and I put the match stick too close to the tiny plant and the little bell pepper plants withered, from I guess too much sulfur too close.

I have been surprised at how much effort it takes to keep this little garden going well.  Just pulling weeds is a daily job.  The compost and manure in the soil make the weeds go wild with growing!  I have everything growing on hills and am not sure they all should be.  That’s another matter to be researched.

Anyone with tips to help our little produce do as best they can, please share! Next year I am planning on planting peanuts, potatoes, egg plants and some of the ones we are growing now.  Any recommendations on what to plant in the spring in the south, let us know!!!

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