Monday, November 11, 2018 – Yes, I knew what I’d be doing today! My little venture into gardening is probably over for the year but I’ve learned so many lessons that will help with our spring crops! Recommendations for what we should grow in the spring are welcome!
We picked lots of radishes before Monday but these were the last of the radish crop! I’ve been enjoying them in my salads made from lettuce, cucumber and radishes from the garden!!!
Somehow this photo makes my carrot crop look like the carrots are bigger than they are. The largest was no bigger than my little finger 🙂 but they will be perfect in a salad.
The little carrots and radishes after being cleaned up
I was growing the turnips for the bottoms. I think they didn’t have enough time in the ground to get nice and large. Roy however loves the turnip tops so that meant we spent some hubby wife time at the kitchen sink rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing then peeling the leaves off the stems, then rinsing and rinsing some more. The tiny bottoms will be cleaned up and cooked along with the tops. Here’s the little bottoms:
Here’s a few of the turnip green tops:
Here’s the two bags of turnip green leaves, and a picture with the tiny turnip bottoms in it, after all the washing and work. It’s amazing to me that we grew two rows of turnips and MAYBE we’ll get two meals of turnip greens.
We lived in Minnesota for five months our first year on the road. While there we grew tomatoes, some of which were still quite green when it was time for us to leave there. We picked them and eventually all turned red and were delicious. I am hopeful that’s what will happen with all of these tomatoes below. I did leave a few small ones on the bushes to see what would happen with a couple of nights with freezing temperatures. I went down the hill to where the watermelon’s are growing and said goodbye to the two little watermelons there. Aren’t they precious! Can’t wait to grow some next year at the right time of the year so they can be eaten!!!
The two peanut plants are doing well. Don’t know how the freeze will affect them, we’ll see!
I left a few green onions, a few small tomatoes, a few cucumbers and all of the new okra so I can see how they do in a slight freeze. Another thing I hope to learn from.
This is all of the cucumbers I picked today. Guess I’ll be pickling cucumbers this week!
The small turnip roots all cleaned up (before they were chopped up and in the bag a few photos above) and what’s left of the green onions. We’ve enjoyed going out to pick a fresh one to sprinkle on top when we’re having baked potatoes.
I’ll let ya’ll know if any of the vegetables we left on the bush, vine, etc. make it through the freeze and do anything. The weather experts now say that tonight will go down to 28 for four hours tomorrow night and the following night. We’ll see!
We all know men and women who have served or are serving now in our military.
I hope you all join me in saying a big
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETERANS!
Thank you soldier for your time spent away from your family serving our country and preserving our freedom.
Thank you soldier for laying your life on the line by serving our country and preserving our freedom.
Thank you to those who were able to share God’s love and saving grace with those in foreign countries while you served.
I especially thank those soldiers who served in the Vietnam War and were never thanked properly by those you were fighting to protect.
Thank you to my son, who served in Iraq. I am quite proud and thankful for his military service and desire to share the Word of God with the Iraqis.
To all the men and women I know that have serve, you are all Heroes in my eyes.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!
Below are a couple of videos I thought were especially appropriate to convey my appreciation for all Veteran’s service. Look at the faces of these young men and women as they train, as they prepare to leave their loved ones, as they serve and as they return. These are our true American Heroes. They are short videos so take a break and be reminded of their service and sacrifice.
The last video is not necessarily just for Veterans but when I stumbled across it I thought it was something that young and old parents might want to gather their children around the computer to watch and listen to. Too many of our American traditions are being compromised and Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance is important for our children to hear and learn from.
Click on each picture to connect to the video.
SO GOD MADE A SOLDIER
RED SKELTON’S PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
When I heard the last few sentences it gave me chills. We must always keep God in every part of our American life.
Friday, November 9, 2018 – Well, I know what I’ll be doing Monday. Starting possibly Monday but definitely Tuesday and Wednesday the temperature lows overnight in our area will be between 29 degrees and 31 degrees which is below freezing. We can’t leave the vegetables in the garden to freeze! Too much love and effort has gone into the garden to let that happen.
This is Louisiana so we may have 80 degree weather the following week until Christmas but next week there is a freeze so I have to deal with that.
Monday I’ll be picking all of the tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, turnips, radishes, okra, carrots, and lettuce. The okra may only be small but I’m going to try to pickle them. The cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts and bell peppers haven’t produced anything yet so they will get to freeze 😦 Our sweet little watermelons aren’t nearly big enough to pick so their life is over too! That doesn’t sound right but I am sure you know what I am saying.
Our blueberry bushes (in their current space next to the fence) just got pruned in this cold, windy, damp weather. They finally are dormant and now pruned. Roy will dig them up and transplant them in their new location by the house tomorrow. The ground in their current space and the new space is soggy, soggy, so it will make transplanting them much easier.
Before pruning – there are five in the back and three in the front. Four had no leaves and four still had some leaves. This picture was taken last week so they were minus a lot more leaves when I pruned them.
The cucumbers that I pickled (using a refrigerator method) are ready and we are really enjoying them. They taste just like kosher dills!
Even Roy loves these delicious pickles!!
I’d do them all that easy way but they will only stay good in the refrigerator for one to two month and I’d like to have some around longer. Since I have to pick them Monday a bunch of them will not be able to grow larger. I may try making small cucumbers into pickles. It’s worth a try.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com. Give her a holler, you’ll be glad you did!
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.
There were two options for parking: One was pay $20 (cash only) to park right outside the entrance to the airshow. Since we were running so late that’s what we chose. The second was to park at one of several parking lots around our city and ride a school bus to the airshow for free.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do and want to know more about this year’s show check out the website at: http://hammondairshow.com/.
I thought the attendance was pretty good for being the first year back in our area. I truly hope they will come back next year and make this again an annual event.
Here are some of the photos we took during our short time there.
This is the Hurricane Hunter airplane that is sent out to the eye of hurricanes to determine its strength and lots of other things. There were tours of the inside available.
The up close photos are of all the planes parked along the runway leading to the “action zone”. They are all of the planes that participated in the flying stunts, etc.
Some of the photos of the crowds
We crept up to the front and got a seat right on the front row to see the last couple of shows.
This was the F22 Raptor, the main event of the day. The Air Force’s newest fighter plane
Chip and Misty joined us
Chip and Roy as we were leaving
I have several videos and a couple a sweet new friend, Katrina, said I could use but is one of those weeks where my brain is not able to figure out all of that so I just included photos. The videos are very cool and I hope one day I’ll add them to this post for others to see.
I could use some prayers for the current situation with dementia. I have pushed myself to be involved in social activities recently that have been fun and I enjoyed. I just have to have a good bit of down time afterward because my brain is so tired and shuts down. It took several days to put this simple post together.
Thank you everyone who reads our blog. I write when my brain works well enough. As long as I can I will do this. I need to do this to push my brain to not slow down and to document my life so I can sometimes just know what I did the day before. Enough of all that!
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.
We’re not here to make an impression —- we’re here to make a difference.
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 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.