06.05.19 Incorrect video shown in “How to Paint and Hide Rocks!” OOps!!

In my recent post about How to Paint and Hide Rocks I inserted a video.  I thought it was the video of some of my rock painting supplies.  It was not!  It was a video from Kallie’s Graduation Party, oops!!

Here is the correct video!

Ya’ll come back now!

 

 

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06.05.19 Chauvin Produce Company Update

This produce update we’re starting with the bad news and then will go on to all of the good news.

Well, it was just not time for us to grow broccoli and cauliflower.  The plants got big, but bugs got the leaves.  We treated them all three different times using Sevin Dust, then Insecticidal Soap and then some stronger solution. After pulling them all up and putting them in a big bag the contents of the bag were sprayed and the dirt where they were planted was sprayed really well. The picture doesn’t in any way show how eaten up and almost leafless a lot of the broccoli and cauliflower were.

The healthy bushes to the right of the eaten up plants are our sweet potato plants.

Here’s a picture from the internet which much better shows what the broccoli and cauliflower plants look like.

The row is now empty after digging up the plants!  I’m not sure exactly what we’ll plant in their place or if we will plant anything.  I’ve been researching what to do about the soil I pulled the diseased plants out of.   As always, we’ll see!

Now on to all of the good garden news! The vines are doing well and producing really large cucumbers.

These cucumbers were picked this week.  We’ve eaten two and they were delicious!  I have saved some of these cucumber’s seeds for our next crop!

Tomato bushes – ours are really tall and thin but they are loaded with tomatoes!

 Big tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Bell Peppers plants and baby Bell Peppers

Okra plants and baby okra

Fig Trees

Peanuts, finally are growing down by the pond!

Watermelon vine finally growing down by the pond

Watermelon vines in a pot between the middle two blueberry bushes They are doing really well!

Cantaloupe growing well also with several blossoms

Blueberry bushes – still only three blueberries total!! 

Garlic and Yellow Onions – these won’t be ready for a while, it’s what they do! 

Cornstalks all have one ear of corn and some have two

Sweet potatoes are now growing up a little fence that isn’t really showing up in the picture.  It will be a while before these are ready

We have two lettuce plants.  Both are doing well!  They had a hard time at first but they look great now!  Eggplant plants, with flowers and with a baby eggplant.  Potatoes, the five bushes to the right of these are dead and gone, not a bad thing, that’s what they do.  This means it is two to three weeks until we can dig up those potatoes.  These were planted later than those. ArtichokeOur first corn harvest.  We may have picked them too soon because the cob was not full of kernels.  We ate these three corns this evening though and they were delicious!  Our first corn with not many kernels and the kernels we have are small!

We went to the grocery just now and saw that we could buy corn in the husks for 25 cents each!

Then Roy brought me over to see he already husked corn and said: “See honey this is what corn is suppose to look like!”  Good thing I love that man!

The whole main garden

The heat these last two weeks is not good at all for the vegetable gardens.  We water every evening, a really saturated kind of watering.  I’m hoping we can put up some kind of shade covering for the afternoon extreme sun.

Today it stormed and when looking at the weather the next week it will rain every day so that takes care of the heat problem for a while!

Ya’ll come back and have a Blessed Week!

 

05.29.19 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019

This is not about Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure but it comes close.  Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019 is in the books and I think it went well!.

Harriett and Rosalyn – two old gals loving life!

In years past we’ve gathered as a family two times a year, at Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did this either at my house or my sister’s house.  Before that we did it at our mama’s house, Jo Traylor. This was always a time where we enjoyed some delicious food, played fun games and had a memorable fellowship.  Several years ago we stopped doing that.  We were living on the road in our motorhome and were seldom here to do this.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my husband and sons after this dementia thing takes me to Heaven to be with God.  It’s become very important that my sons and my sister’s son and daughter have a renewed relationship. And that it be a relationship that lasts even after I am gone.  We’ve lived in our tiny house for a year now and I decided it was time to renew that event by having Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion.  A once a year gathering that I am hopeful will go from our house this year to one of the cousin’s house next year, and so on.

Watermelon and Blueberries

One thing I’ve always loved about these gatherings when they were at our house was the deep cleaning and sprucing up our house and gardens got.  This time was no different. We have more gardens now but the house is smaller!  I always start three weeks ahead of time doing a little each evening or day until the big day.  It saves me from losing my mind trying to do everything in the last few days.

Roy’s broken body parts this year did put a crimp in the planning but God is always looking out for us.  A dear friend who asked to remain nameless showed up to cut our grass and weed eat a couple of days before the event.  This brother/sister in Christ will always be remembered for this awesome gesture and hard work.  God Bless You dear nameless friend!

Our son Chip, his wife Misty and daughter Madisyn showed up early the day of the event and helped with setting up everything.  They also did a lot of the takedown and put away afterward with help from some of their cousins! I won’t ever clean this much again but it feels good to have even the tops of the door frames spotless for once!

The reunion turned out to be such a blessing to me and I’m hoping to all the 20 something others. For the most part, we gathered in a big circle down by the pond or around the tables near the house.

 The kids love rock painting and hiding.  I gave each of them several rocks that I painted that were ready for hiding.  They took them home to hide at places around where they live.  Then they painted several rocks that I’m working on finishing up by spraying with clear spray after gluing on one of my labels.

After we ate we played games. The first was tossing water balloons from one person to another backing up a step after each successful toss.  What we were surprised with was the toughness of the balloons that didn’t seem to want to burst which is where the big fun is! It was a hot day so a busted water balloon felt good!

The water balloon toss game!

After that, we played the MInute to Win it game trying to get a cookie from your forehead down to in your mouth not using your hands, just the muscles in your face.  First, we had the four adult cousins try this, looking quite funny with their contorted facial expressions.

Then several of the children cousins played and were just downright precious! I was very happy that since it was at our house and I was the host that I didn’t have to play and look totally silly!

 

Roy got his drone out and took an aerial video of some of us in our gathering circle! He took several other aerial photos.

More photos from the 2019 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion

That wraps it up folks!  I have an extremely wonderful family and I love each and everyone of them bigger than the moon.  Three were not able to come, Annie, Sally and Nancy.  We missed you guys a lot!  Can’t wait for the 2020 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion!!

Have a Blessed Week!

 

 

 

05.28.19 Honey I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

You know when everything is just strolling along in your life and suddenly you fall over a large flower planter that your darling wife left in the middle of the walkway that goes from the house to the driveway? Well, that’s Roy’s story from last Monday night and he’s sure sticking to it!

That is what happened and the poor darling laid out in the yard in pain hollering for me.  Since I sleep with two great earplugs and my CPAP machine on I don’t hear anything happening inside my bedroom much less outside the house in the front yard.  He pulled himself inside and took a hot bath.

The next morning he headed for our local Urgent Care center where he had X-rays on his wrist and rib.  Don’t know why but the x-rays didn’t come out really clear. He was told the wrist looks broken and recommended he see our orthopedic doctor.  They put on a wrist brace to keep his wrist stable and prescribed some pain medicine. We called Dr. Blessey that did my knee replacement.  He had an opening for 10:45 the next morning Wednesday at Ochsner in Covington.

Off to Covington we went the next morning.  They did a wrist and ribs x-ray because the pictures on the disk the urgent care gave us of the x-rays done there had nothing on it! Isn’t that special!

They mistakenly took two full body x-rays of Roy dancing!

Wrist x-ray showed a fracture. A ribs x-ray doesn’t show everything because the lungs are in the way but Dr. Blessey said it was broken.  It seems they treat a broken rib just like a bruised rib which is to do nothing.  They don’t even prescribe pain medicine for bone fractures because he says pain medicines slow down bone repair.  Not exactly something we were pleased to hear but there ya’ go!

He’s been taking the pain medicine that urgent care gave him for the first few days.   On Saturday we had our family reunion at our home and he didn’t take pain medicine then, yesterday and today. He is still in a good bit of pain and prayers for that to go away are appreciated.

This little wife of his is very sorry she left the large flower planter where he wouldn’t see it in the dark which hurt him badly. Lots of people prayed for my honey and he seems to be on the mend now.  Old folks mend slowly but please join us in praying that he heals faster than expected!

Like I said above our family reunion was Saturday. I’ll be writing next about all the fun we had then!

I mean no disrespect for the pain Roy’s been in with the two funny graphics.  I just had no photos and that made me a bit crazy so I googled and found some!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.27.19 Memorial Day Tribute to the fallen Heroes of the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry of the Mississippi National Guard

The soldiers who serve in our United States Military are the bravest, most giving, honorable, strong, and best men and women I know. Not that we need any other reason to honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, but Congress has given us one anyway. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill created the National Moment of Remembrance to be observed every Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time. It’s one minute we should all take to pay tribute to those who have given their lives to protect and defend our nation.

I’d like to specifically honor today the young men who gave their lives in the Iraq war in 2005 at FOB Iskandariyah with the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th. The information below comes from the Mississippi Rifles web page. Our oldest son served with these men and I can still remember the grief we felt when he told us about each of them when they died.

Freedom Is Not Free

…in memory of our fallen comrades

Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers

Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry

Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs

Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry

1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry

One of the displays after two of these soldiers were killed in Iraq.

05.09.19 Rain, Rain, Flood in the pond

The rain is far from over here in Tangipahoa Parish in Southern Louisiana.  Right now our pond is way over its banks and for the first time, I’m seeing the flow of rain waters from our neighbor’s lands completely cover the land from the fence line to the pond.  The pictures should explain this better than words can.  I took several photos just now and will share them all below.  I usually try to reduce the number of photos but these all are needed to show what it looks like.  There is a video as well that starts from the neighbor’s land and ends at our pond.

What it looks like coming down the hill from the house.

There is a white bench that is completely underwater and cannot be seen.

The neighbor’s property fence line where our culvert starts. The water is completely over the ditch and flowing into the right-hand side of the picture below on their side of the fence and ours.

The property between the fence line and the pond.  The pine trees in both photos should be completely off the shoreline. The video below shows the water going from the neighbor’s property over the culvert and into the pond.  If the rain stopped now it would drain into the pond and off the grassy areas fairly quickly But the rain continues and is forecast to continue for the next few days.  If the scene out there changes drastically I’ll share again!

On my way back to the house I snapped a photo of the main vegetable garden.  It’s looking great!

Ya’ll have a Blessed day even if it is rainy.  I am enjoying the rest that the rain is causing me to get!!

 

05.08.19 Precious Visits, Dentist, Talent Show, Crawfish Boil, Doctor and Trinity Life Center

Last week started with a great visit from my sister and brother in law. On Wednesday we went to Louisiana Dental Center in Hammond. We saw Dr. Eugene Graff and really liked him. He explained everything thoroughly and we appreciated that.

Then we had a visit from our son Chip on Thursday.  Just getting to sit around an hour or so with him makes this mama so happy! He gives the best bear hugs just like the photo to the left.

After Chip’s visit, a couple who use to go to our church in Hammond many years ago came to visit us.  Betsy and Wiley Traylor are in town visiting their family. They and I have been Facebook friends for a long time.  One memory I have of them when they came to Hammond to live after serving as missionaries in India was very special.  They would cook homemade biscuits every Sunday night for the choir to enjoy after we practiced.  Isn’t that special?  Roy and I enjoyed visiting with them with them down by the pond and showing them our gardens. The picture below was taken with Roy’s drone while he was showing it to Wiley. They got to visit lots of their family on this trip and I’m thankful they made time to come visit us!

Saturday night our son Chip and his wife Misty treated us to seeing Ponchatoula’s Got Talent.  It’s been going on for seven years but this is the first year we attended.  The top 13 contestants sang, danced, and played music.

This young lady that we know, Mia Dixon, was one of the performers. Not only is she cute as a button, she made everyone who knows her proud.  She sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. She is only 10 years and sings like a polished 20-year-old! The judges had the highest of praise for her. It doesn’t hurt that we know she has a heart for the Lord! Roy videoed her singing and I’m so happy he did so we could share it with you. God Bless You Mia for sharing the talent God has obviously gifted you with.

Yes, we did say she’s only 10.  Mia is our pastor’s daughter so we’ve heard her sing in church a few times and are always blessed by her God given talent every time she sings.  This was the first time we heard her outside the church and were so proud of the poise and strong vocals she showed that night.

Sunday afternoon we went to Chip’s church, The Harbor, where a massive crawfish boil was enjoyed!  Delicious crawfish, corn, potatoes, and mushrooms!  Hot dogs for the noncrawfish eaters and children. Fruit popsicles for all of us young and old children! Thank you Pastor Poole for having such a welcoming group of church members and allowing us to join ya’ll!

A few tents were set up for those who needed to sit down while eating crawfish.

That’s Chip in the center with the black hat and shirt that says Welcome to Church! This tent was way bigger than you see here and it was full of people!

Roy and Ryan filled this box top up twice with the heads and tail shells!

Stephanie and TravisThe kids had a great time sliding down the water slide!

Tuesday we went to Benson Dermatology in Amite to have some skin problems checked out and treated.  We met Susan Smith, a Nurse Practitioner who treated us very well.  We are happy to find some of the doctor’s practices we used to see in Hammond have opened offices in Amite.  After a fun grocery visit to Walmart where I hid some rocks and we bought meats and some fun things we came home and plan to stay here until Friday evening when we attend Kallie, our oldest granddaughter’s Ponchatoula High School graduation! We are expecting several days of rain so

I don’t remember which day this occurred last week but the construction on our church’s Trinity Life Center has begun!  Here’s a link to the photos of the beginning of construction!  There are several photos so be sure to look at them all!  https://www.facebook.com/241862645845904/photos/pcb.2372349732797174/2372345926130888/?type=3&theater

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

 

05.07.19 Chauvin family is expecting a new baby!

Our tallest stalk of corn is expecting its first baby corn!!!  It’s not time for a full vegetable garden update but this new development is too wonderful to wait!

This is the stalk that was started from seed inside and was the only one that lived long enough to be planted outside!  The rest of the stalks were seeds planted directly outside so they are a bit behind that one.

Roy and I are very proud grandparents and cannot wait for the arrival of our newest grand baby, even if it is a corn!

The proud mama corn stalk

Baby Corn, due date unknown!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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05.04.19 Our One Year Anniversary!

One year ago today we began moving into the home we built three years before.  We rented it out for three years and this time last year we were moving the few things we had into our home. Since our motorhome was furnished with built in furniture there was only one small table to move into the house! Personal items and kitchen utensils made up the rest of what we had to move!

We’ve come a long way this year! We have a furnished living room.  An almost furnished bedroom (just missing the Grand Canyon canvas art) and cream colored short shag area rug for under the bed.  The other two bedrooms are as furnished as we need them to be for now.  We’ve moved around a lot of the flowers, blueberries and other bushes from where Dora use to live to around the house. We’ve established our main vegetable garden and that’s going really well!

More of the canvas prints from special places we traveled to and bunk beds in my rock room for grandchildren vists are planned for the future. We’d love to have a nice big deck outside the back door. More grass growing down the side hill would be nice.

Roy and I don’t need much to be happy and I can say we are very happy here! Occasionally I’ll miss the adventure of traveling and seeing our beautiful country. But when I sit outside and watch the hummingbirds play, and all the other birds and squirrels play around outside, hear the birds chirp and sing all day long, watch the cows with their baby cows following them, pick the wonderful blackberries down the road, sit by the pond to enjoy the fish, and feel the breeze there I realize we have it pretty good here.

All that doesn’t include our wonderful small home that is just perfect for us. I have a room dedicated to my rock painting and Roy has his computer, tinkering, building, fixing room! Three bedrooms in all and two full baths.  We love showing our place to friends and family so if you haven’t visited yet please do! Leave a comment below and we’ll set up a visit. I may even bake a cake and have some hot coffee for our visit!

God has taken care of us as a couple in so many ways and we are both thankful to be where we are at this time in our lives. Yes, we are old, I have dementia and both have health issues but we are blessed in so many ways and are happy we made the decision to move out of Dora and into our little home!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!