07.28.20 Who remembers using or doing this…..?

I will be 66 soon and Roy will be 70 in January. Our growing up lives were very different than the lives of those growing up now. We have memories of odd things in our past. Odd to those growing up now but very natural to us. I saw these photos recently and they brought back lots of memories.

There are 50 photos. I was familiar with 48 of them. I’ll let you know which two I don’t remember or didn’t experience.

Count the ones you used or were familiar with growing up.  Let me know in the comments how you did!

These are the two I don’t remember. The nurse’s station in the photo near the end. I also never rode on a banana seat on a bicycle.

How many did you know? Let me know!!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

07.25.20 The new addition to our home and Roy’s new techy toys!

This blog post has been in the making for quite a while. I am so thankful that the project and this blog post is completed!  I believe that adding a patio with a patio cover was one of the best things we’ve done. Yes, we (meaning Roy, not me) built a 27 x 16 patio cover over the cement slab we had poured in March.

Both Roy and I contributed to the writing of this post. I am sure that there are more details in this blog post than you need to know about, but all those details will help us remember something about the patio cover at some point in the future!

We saved a lot of money doing the installation ourselves (again Roy, not me). We purchased the materials at Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.  Darren at Short’s helped Roy figure out what material and supplies Roy would need to do the job. I don’t think I will ever let Roy undertake something like this no matter how much money it would save us.

Short’s delivered all the materials to our home in Amite.

I can definitely say that this was one of the most strenuous and difficult things Roy has ever tackled.  I’ve always been Roy’s little helper if that is needed. I tried to help Roy on this one and just couldn’t do it. My balance and lack of strength are stopping me from doing as much as I would have.

Our son Chip came to help a few times and was a tremendous help. Thank you Chipper for giving us your time to get this done!

We even asked our UPS driver to help put up one of the long panels. I’ll bet that was a first for him! Our neighbor Daniel came over to help put up another of the long panels. The insulated panels aren’t that heavy but their size and having to put them up above our heads made it really difficult. Roy learned on this project that taking it slow, drinking Powerade, and taking breaks often was a wise way to appreciate this project.

The columns in the back are 4″ fluted columns just like the ones on our front porch, they are just smaller!

He used 4 columns to support the 2″ x 7″ x 27′ one-piece beam to give the cover more support against strong winds. The columns are bolted to the slab with long heavy duty 1/2″ anchor bolts. Darrel from Shorts let Roy use his power hammer drill to drill the anchor holes in the slab.  When Roy got the first panel installed he set up a portable fan so that he could begin to enjoy a bit of shade and cool breeze.  He worked himself so hard I was always happy to see him in the rocker getting a bit of rest.

 These are the insulated panels that are now all locked together creating the patio cover!             Two of the panels have special beams placed inside them as to Roy’s specifications to allow the fans and outlets to be installed. Roy ran the wires through the panels and into the attic for the fans and outlets as the panels were being installed. He used metal armor cable to prevent the wires from chafing.

    The two 72″ fans each have 8 blades.  We really love them!

Us elderly Chauvins have ventured into the world of Alexa. Chip has them and we decided they were a good thing for us to as well!

We put two under the patio, two in our living room and one in our bedroom. The two under the patio and the two in the living room are set up to play in stereo and works really well. You can tell Alexa to play in the area you are in or to play everywhere. This feature is nice as you can go from room to room and not miss a beat.

The two fans are remotely controlled. By adding what is called a Bond Bridge, we can also control the fans and lights through Alexa eliminating the need for the remotes. While running the wires, Roy also installed a coax cable. He is planning on installing a 50″ outdoor TV to one of the columns in the near future. He glued a piece of treated 2 x 4 inside the column where the TV is to be mounted for extra support.

 This is Roy’s foot hanging over the edge while he was working on top of the patio cover sealing the seams.

  He still has more sealing to do but that will wait for a cooler time! He says it’s well sealed for now.

Here I am doing what little I could do. I helped Roy by holding the end cap in place while he made it permanent!

The finished patio!! We will be using our RV rockers and reclining lawn chairs, and other chairs we have on the patio for now.  The rockers suit us well and the reclining lawn chairs are perfect for an afternoon of reading under the fan’s cool breeze and shade from the sun listening to Alexa’s spa channel! We are using the big outdoor mat we used with Dora when we were traveling. When we find something more colorful in the right size we will replace the Dora mat with the new one.

This is the beautiful view of the pond from our new patio! Isn’t God’s creation amazing! The garden that is in the picture is mostly gone now and we can see much more of the pond now! I should be planting grass runners next week where the garden is now.

All my decoupaged plant pots with flowers from our property and a couple I purchased. We put them all on the bakers rack we bought at last year’s 15 Mile yard sale in our area.

We are enjoying sitting outside on this new patio and listening to a variety of music in stereo.  Even when it’s been in the 90s we have enjoyed the cool breeze that the fans provide.  You can see in some of the pictures that our garden is slowly being disassembled. We will be planting St. August runners where the main garden is very soon!

It’s always something! And this something has made us both very happy. If you come to visit us and we don’t answer the doorbell feel free to wander around to the back of the house.  You may catch us napping or just enjoying the view from our rockers!

If you are interested in having a patio cover like this one here is their contact information:

Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.

20456 S  I-12 Service Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 345-1772

07.01.20 Beautiful reverse decoupaged glass decoration or trivet – my favorite

If you’ve never decoupaged before you need to know the basics that go before the actual creation of a project.  Here’s a link to that information:  DECOUPAGING BASICS

While I was exploring what all can be decoupaged I learned about “reverse decoupaging.” I found a wonderful video that taught me so much about a technique called “decoupage iron on.” When I first started I didn’t know about that technique and had really wrinkly, bubbly tiles that needed 10 layers of polyurethane to look even halfway decent. Then I found the polyurethane turned yellow very quickly. So you can see why I was very happy to learn about doing it the way she explains in the video.

I’ve realized that throughout this blog post I call the glass several different things. Just know that each name for this glass means the same thing.

That video shows you pretty much exactly how to do reverse decoupaging on a Dollar Tree “cutting board.” I am going to share some of the ones I’ve made so you can get some ideas! These are what the glass trivets look like before transforming them into something beautiful!

You can adjust the steps and what you use to suit your budget, and just how you feel like doing it. The following are ways that I do this that are different than the video.

  • I found the small cricuit iron at Walmart for $50 and said woooooo  noooooo! I found a different one for $12 also at Walmart. This is it and it sits on a small ceramic tile that’s covered with a regular napkin’s top layer and a few coats of polycrylic.

This is the Polycrylic that I now use instead of polyurethane. It isn’t as shiny a finish but for reverse decoupaging, that doesn’t matter.

  • I use parchment paper but not above and below the napkin/glass trivet. In the picture below you can see that I use a square piece of parchment paper an inch or two wider than glass trivet just laid on top. I can use that same square of parchment over and over and over. I also

  • I try to do nice things cheaply so I use Mod Podge regular that is available at Dollar Tree or the larger size at Walmart. The custom glitters ones are more expensive.  I made one with glitter for my granddaughter but used glitter glue which is cheap instead of the more expensive products she uses.

Like she does, I use nail files to rub off the extra napkins. I found them at Dollar Tree, four for $1.

  • Before even thinking of painting it,  which is covered next —always and I mean always seal it with either two coats of mod podge or two coasts of polycrylic sealer before putting any paint on it. This is so important I put it in bold to draw your attention. The three trivets in the photo below were mistakes of mine where I painted before it was completely sealed, letting each coat of mod podge or polycrylic to dry completely. Paint soaked through the napkin causing white spots on the finished project. I prefer to use polycrylic for my sealer but the video says to use mod podge. Both probably work just as well.
  • In the video, she shows two options, one with white paint and one without.  After doing a couple without paint, I decided I didn’t like how they came out without the paint.  They are so very much more vibrant with the paint. So I always apply two layers of paint on each one. I use either white or cream-colored paint depending on the napkin. I finish it off with two coats of polycrylic allowing the first to dry before applying the second coat.
  • I reuse the four little tabs I remove from the glass board backside, putting them back on the glass trivets. Haven’t had one come off yet and I’ve made a dozen or so of these glass boards. If you really want to be sure they don’t come off put a dab of glue under each.
  • Joan Marie wasn’t sure of the ability for the finished glass board to handle hot pots. I’ve had three in my kitchen that I use as test ones by putting hot pots on them. 
  • They work fine with every hot pot I’ve put on them. My husband Roy said that using glass as a cutting board would ruin the sharpness of a cutting knife so I do not use them as cutting boards like she and Dollar Tree do.

I recommend using the finished product in one of two ways

1) a decorative item sitting up on the small display easels also available at Dollar Tree. When they have them they are on a small shelf in front of photo frames. They are not easy to find but they look great and are just $1!!  I bought 10 when I found them.  I use an easel with decorative glass in our bedroom and living room. I will swap out the usual ones I use when there is a holiday like Christmas that I decorate for.

These are the ones I use as decoration. I plan to make one for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2) The other use is as either a spoon rest or trivet.

Do not cover them in water or every layer will peel off. I clean the front with soapy water and just wipe off the back which isn’t really dirty anyway.

One last thing is to scrape off the paint, mod podge and clear spray or polycrylic that has accumulated on the four edges on the square ones and all around the edge on the round ones. It gives a crisp finish to the project.

Here are some more of my little glass creations. This obviously is my favorite of the different types of decoupaging.  The first photo below is a square glass with the same napkin seen above on a round glass.

This one is tissue paper

This one is from a napkin from my friend Cindy LeBlanc’s (who got me into this in the first place!!!) retirement party.

I’ve used pieces of this napkin on rocks and here on a round glass trivet.

This is from wrapping paper. I have this design in green and red. I plan to make those two to use at Christmas time!

One of my new favorites is a napkin from Tuesday Morning in the photo below.

I hope you can see how wonderful these creations are. For $1 you get the glass, another $1 for the easel and a few cents for the napkin, mod podge, polycrylic and paint. I can’t imagine anything else that I am capable of creating that is this beautiful for so cheap!

I’ve attempted doing reverse decoupaging with fabric and was only partially successful. Joan Marie did a video on how she does it so I’m including the link to that here if you are interested!

This is one of the only successful attempts at reverse decoupaging with fabric. It was from a scarf I got from Dollar Tree. That’s as much info as I have to share about this! Next time I’m going to combine reverse decoupaging on glass dinner/luncheon plates with Health Care Hero rocks and flower rocks.

It’s taking me longer than usual to create blog posts. If something doesn’t sound right, I’m sorry! I’ll publish next our monthly Chauvin Produce Company update!

Ya’ll have a great weekend!


06.01.20 Our precious little ones are gone

Roy went down to check on Bo and Peep and their four little ducklings a couple of days ago. He found these four precious little ducklings dead. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened Roy and I were.We were warned that male ducks are known to sometimes do harm to the babies. Because of that we kept Bo from the others at night for several days and watched them carefully when they were all together during the day.  After several nights apart Bo spent his first night with Peep and the babies and that is when it happened. We are really sad about this.   We’d fallen in love with the little ones.

Before this happened, Roy spent a lot of the day nursing a newborn duckling that wasn’t doing well after it hatched.  He named the precious little one Pip and kept him warm and fed with sugar water. Pip was just not strong enough to make it even with all the loving care Roy gave him.

We hope that if Peep lays more eggs that there is a much better outcome.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

05.30.20 Seeing through the bedroom window! and a little pressure!

This is one of those blog posts that is written to help us know when Roy did a couple of projects and what it looked like!  The first project is the replacement of the glass in one of our bedroom windows.  The second is pressure washing all of the exterior and touch up painting those places that need it.

Roy’s been on a roll taking care of projects around the house and I want to acknowledge his hard work that I greatly appreciate!

First is a window replacement project. One of the windows in our bedroom has had a broken seal from what we think was a rock hitting it while the grass was being cut a few years ago. It’s the top half of the window below.


When we moved into the house I wanted the view from that window to include blueberries, lantanas, azaleas, crawling daisies and more. It will take a couple of years for the view to be what I want it to be. Before it can get there the ugly window from the broken seal had to be replaced.

Roy went to Gabriel Building Supply in Amite where we purchased all the house windows back in 2015. They looked back in their records and ordered the glass for us. A couple of weeks later the glass came in and Roy began the process of changing out the glass. After a long way into the process, Roy realized that the glass was too big. Grrrrr…..

He thought about it for a while and remembered that when we originally purchased the windows they sent out several wrong size windows. That’s the ordering info they looked at when ordering this glass, not the reordering information of the correct size windows. Roy went through putting the original broken glass back in. Once that was done Roy brought back the wrong size which was a Covid experience because Gabriel’s was really closed except to commercial customers. They helped Roy anyway and got the right size ordered!

Alas, two weeks later Roy picked up the new correct size glass and when through the whole process again to replace the glass.  Look at how nice and clear the top part of the window is!Now I can easily open the window and most important can see the growing flowers and blueberries through the beautifully clear window glass! It will take a while for the flower plants to grow big enough to see easily but I look forward to how beautiful it will be!

Roy does not do anything halfway.  The bottom portion of that bedroom window has always been difficult to raise to open. The window in Roy’s office is easy to open but we never open it because it’s behind the desk. I open my bedroom window as often as I can to let in cool breezes. So, he removed the bottom portion of the bedroom window and swapped it with the bottom portion of the office window!

The second project was the annual and sometimes semi-annual pressure washing of our home’s exterior.  We have a large pond in the back and a gravel road in the front where dust is kicked up whenever someone drives a bit to fast down our road.  Those two things cause a layer of dirt to collect on the outside of the house making it look nasty. Some may never notice it but we do!

It’s unbelievable that I failed to take any pictures of Roy working so hard to clean the exterior but I did. I know, right?!!  This is the only one I took and Roy was taking a short break in it!I did take some photos of the house after it was washed and here they are. Here’s our small little home all shiny and pretty! Roy touched up any place that needed it on all the white trim.

Roy worked hard on each of those projects as he always does. I’m not sure what project he will be taking on next, maybe finishing the old rocker restoration. Maybe he will get some rest now!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!


04.27.20 We have a new patio!

Roy and I recently had a patio poured outside our back door. We’ve wanted to do this since we first built the house. So many other things took priority over doing this so we patiently put it off!

The new patio is 26 x 15 and goes from a couple of feet on the right side of the back door to the other end of the house which is the 26 feet. The 15 feet is 15 feet from the back of the house toward the pond.  It is completed and we’ve been enjoying it for about a month now.

This was the part of our property closest to the back of our home before the patio was poured.These photos are of the form being built and the concrete being formed and finished on March 11th. John and Arby are the two great guys that did all the work. They were really nice guys and did a great job! Thanks guys for all your hard work, it turned out great!They drilled and pegged the existing slab with rebar. Those are Roy’s words. I called it those metal sticks put in the slab!The cement truck took a while to show up but when it did John and Arby worked very hard at using their special skills to get it all spread out and pretty! John and Arby work for A. G. Concrete the company we contracted with to do the forming and concrete work.  Bass Concrete was the company that A. G. Concrete used to provide concrete. When this moment arrived, the huge smile it put on my face wouldn’t leave! Here’s the patio a little over a month later. We have really enjoyed sitting out there in our rockers especially in the evening when the sun starts to go down and we have plenty of shade!  The view of our property and the pond from the patio is amazing! After this virus is over and our state reopens please come visit us and see that beautiful view!!

I loved the photos of the patio from each of the different angles so here they are! Bo and Peep have given their approval to the patio.  They have inspected it well!We were very pleased with all the work they did creating the patio.  After all the work was done they came to pick up all the boards, wrapping, etc.  However, after several contacts with them by both Roy and I to ask them to pick up the concrete pieces they did not pick it up. Roy even put all of the concrete pieces in one place to make it easier on them picking it up. We were not happy that they left it to us to dispose of.

I took a couple of photos of the pile of concrete for the purpose of sharing it here. Can’t find that picture so use your imagination!

We found this wind chime at Tractor Supply in Amite. It has a solar-powered candle in the top part. Looks very nice in the evenings when it starts to glow after capturing the sun’s power during the day!

If we can find four patio chairs for around the table at a really cheap price we will get those for the patio. If you or someone you know has those let us know. I’d prefer to buy my own cushions so just 4 chair frames are what I’m looking for.

We are planning a covered awning with fans and lights later this year. Roy’s been doing research and is getting quotes from various companies.

I pray that God blesses each one of you and keeps you safe!

04.11.20 UPDATED!! Cindy Lou’s Retirement Extravaganza and her She Shed!! New pictures and video added!


My sweet wonderful friend Cindy LeBlanc retired from Southeastern at the end of last year. She made it through having cancer, surgery, and radiation recently and was given a wonderful retirement reception when all that was over.

Below are a few pictures of that special event held at McClimans Hall on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus. It was all very much Cindy like with flowers and butterflies on the wall and in the other decorations.

Donna Methvien, who was Cindy and my boss baked this beautiful three layers cake.

Cindy had a time of sharing about her time at Southeastern which was 33 years long. Most of her time at Southeastern was in her position in the Office of Technology. Cindy’s was the sweet face and personality that everybody first saw when they walked into the office door that is behind her.  Her beautiful daughter and husband are to the left of Cindy helping us celebrate her retirement.Cindy and I worked together for 15 years and have experienced a lot together. I thank God that she’s made it through having cancer and is now going to enjoy her retirement years.

Donna put together this awesome PowerPoint presentation about all the wonderful times we had with Cindy through the years.

I was just able to add this presentation to her retirement blog post so here it is!


Cindy is the friend that turned me on to using napkins to decoupage and gave me several ceramic tiles and so many beautiful napkins to get me started with decoupaging! Just remembered that I took a couple of pictures a while back of Cindy’s “She Shed” and thought I’d share them here!

Can I say how my mouth drools when I walk in there! And what you see here is only a small part of what she has.  The rest is stored elsewhere!  I am so happy Cindy is retired and hope we get to do crafts together often!

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04.06.20 Rosie’s Flowers of Spring

God gives us this beautiful time called Spring. He allows us to be blessed by seeing the tiny blooms of flowers that were hiding all Winter.

Those vivid bursts of color will bring me joy all summer, especially when hummingbirds and butterflies zoom in for a taste of nectar.

When we moved to Amite our property was like an empty slate waiting for us to dig, plant and pretty up! We wanted to make the front of our property where people pull into our driveway as welcoming as possible. The guy wires already there presented a bit of a challenge but we’ve tried to fancy it up with our metal art, a big rock from Arkansas and pretty daffodil bulbs.

This was taken a month ago when the daffodils were blooming for the first time in a couple of years. Since then there are no more flowers and the metal flower has been repainted. I am so happy I got this picture when I did. This and the next two photos are what you see when you come to visit us and we really hope you will come visit at some time in the future!

A lily near the top on the right, small ground cover sneaking out and a new spider plant greet our visitors we do not have lately!Both mailboxes are surrounded by some of the lilies that were planted last year. I hope our mail lady likes them!

The following photos are not grouped by location like they probably should be. They are from the front and the back and each side and the middle of our property in no certain order!

Looking up from our hammock at the sprouting oak tree leaves. Two of my favorite things to do. One is swinging in the hammock and the second is watching the big oak trees every day from the time they start sprouting new leaves until they are filled and everything is beautiful!The little groundcovers were hidden under the pine needles to protect them from freezes. They been uncovered and are growing really nicely!The azalea bushes we planted last year are happily sprouting new leaves and flowers!These lilies were the original ones that I separated and planted all around our property last year. They are all starting to bloom now! These are some of the creeping daisy groundcovers that were protected over the winter by pine needles.  A couple of weeks ago all you would see here was pine needles, now the green vines of creeping daisies are bursting with growth! In about a month there will be little yellow flowers all over there.Lantanas get cut down to the ground at our house so it takes a while for them to make it back to a nice busy plant. Plus we divided them this year. There was nothing here but short branches not too long ago and now the bushes are back!  A much smaller version of their soon to be giant bush selves but they are already starting to bloom a bit!One of the new lantana bushes with its first bloom!

Our cacti sit there all year looking prickly and strange for this area of the country. Every now and then a beautiful flower will bloom and I happened to catch it on the day it bloomed!The white daisy gift from our friend Ellen last Easter was planted and is coming back nicely this year!  Anyone coming to visit that brings me a daisy plant will be a friend for life!Three years ago we bought two mums in the fall. They have rebloomed every spring and fall since then! One is purple and the other is yellow. The purple is full of tiny blooms getting ready to burst open but not quite yet!Our grass plants that Roy cut all the way down a few months ago are now sending new shoots out all over the place.  They will get much larger but they are starting to grow real nice! Our refurbished Billy the Cow now lives next to them greeting everyone who comes to visit, well when people actually visited!

These red knockout roses just burst out with buds and flowers this past week. The spider looking plants were tiny when we planted them last year after dividing a few into many!

Last fall we planted small pieces of plants around one big oak tree and other places around what we call our picnic area. Most survived the winter and are sprouting out now. This picture doesn’t pick up a lot of them but they are there!  As are our new Happy Spring Ya’ll rocks!

.Look at all the lilies around the other big oak tree in our picnic area. From the time they were planted in the fall they multiplied a lot and there are a couple starting to bloom!

This azalea bush was the only one that we transplanted from our son Chip’s home to our home last fall when they planted all new bushes. It was just a bunch of branches until a couple of weeks ago but now it’s got leaves coming out all over it!

More of the tiny plants coming back to life and the pansies that regrew after the ducks or other creatures enjoyed eating them last fall!

We name each of our garden areas and for a while, this one was our Jesus Circle because our wooden cross was in that garden. The cross was moved elsewhere but the garden still keeps that name! This is one of my favorite gardens. It holds two of the small bay leaf plants that were originally Roy’s mama’s plant. It also contains different flowers that we love.  It also covers the concrete covers to our septic tank!!!

More of the transplanted lilies. This group was planted there to help hide the utilities pole that we used for Dora and our renter uses for his RV.

The water in our much-loved pond has begun to go down some which is always something that begins in the spring. I know that blueberries are not flower plants but I am so overly excited that they are producing I just had to share again here!  They won’t be edible for a while but this sure looks promising!

I hope your Tuesday is a blessed one!


03.24.20 Kids LOVE painting and hiding rocks! All the skinny on how to do it!

I absolutely LOVE rock painting! If you know me you know this is a passion of mine! Sitting in my rock room painting rocks and listening to Christian gospel music puts me in my absolute best “Happy Place!”

If you have kiddos at home while schools are closed and throughout the summer rock painting is a great way to help them pass the time! Even my 5 year old granddaughter makes some really nice rocks! Since no one should be hiding rocks right now, the kids and you can hide them in your yard! They will enjoy it all from painting to hiding! If they don’t hide them, they can let them collect and hide them in the community when we all get back to our normal lives!

Some of the rocks I got recently at Smith’s Landscaping in Ponchatoula!

Rock painting awakens creativity in my brain. It’s simple to do and I love that I can reach out to others about God’s love and saving grace, and put a smile on someone’s face, spreading joy, and possibly brightening their day.

My friend Nancy sent me a picture like this in case of these adorable “chicks” I’d like to do these. I loved the idea and these little guys are my creations!

I’ve stopped hiding rocks until the virus spreading is over so please do the same with your children. No rocking hiding, just lots of painting and creating!

Lately I’ve gotten into decoupaging by applying napkins and wrapping paper to glass plates and trivets. I’ll write about that soon.

It’s a whole different thing than rock painting although I do a bunch of rock decoupaging as well.

Click on the word graphics below to get to each of the four parts of my blog about Rock Painting





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