6.30.20 An update or two or three or maybe more things!

It is only June and we have at least two more months of this RIDICULOUS Louisiana Heat!!  I’m hiding in the house today where it’s cool so I thought I’d give an update on some things in our life.

I now have partial dentures. Isn’t that too special for words!  I’ve been snaggle-toothed for a while now but this quarantining has kept most people from seeing that. I got them last Friday and I pretty much like them. Mostly for how much better I look and a little bit not for having to get used to them. Most of the time I don’t even realize they are in and I understand that is a good thing. It’s been odd going to the dentist because of this COVID mess. I have to call them when I get there. They come and get me from my car. Roy is not allowed inside. I have to sign a paper answering all sorts of questions and get my temperature taken. I always pass. I read and sign the paper in the waiting room that has chairs six feet apart. The wonderful magazines I usually enjoy have been hidden from the COVID germs.

Vegetable Garden Update: We still have vegetables growing and will publish a complete update in early July. I just want to let you know that we have decided not to grow so much next year.  The amount of work involved in maintaining the garden is just too much for us.  Preparing the vegetables for the freezer and the amount that it takes up in the freezer is almost all of it. Squatting, crawling around, weed pulling, watering and other muscle aching work wasn’t bad when we were young but not now! I spent the entire day yesterday pulling weeds and dead leaves off of the plants. I can’t bend over to pull all the weeds so I crawl around in the garden in the mud. My body yelled at me last night really loud! The vegetables in the picture below were two days worth of picking which we are enjoying.

Update on Bo and Peep:  Peep started laying more eggs within a week of her four ducklings dying. A sweet couple at our church, Marie and Charles Robbins gave us a pet carrier we will keep Bo in when these new babies start hatching.  Also, Roy felt sorry for Bo and Peep being in the sun getting hot during the day. He bought a cage cover for them where they are now happy little cooler ducks. It also serves as a way to stop Bo from flying out of or into the cage which he’d gotten pretty good at. It’s a 6-foot high cage but when Bo gave it his all he could get out! The photo below of Roy and the insulated panels for our patio cover has a picture of the duck’s penthouse right behind the yellow storage building. If Bo and Peep could speak English I’m pretty sure they would be quacking “thank you!” to their daddy Roy!

Patio cover: Yes we now have a wonderful insulated cover over our patio. I’ll write more about that later but just wanted to mention it here! I have always admired my husband Roy’s abilities but this latest project gave me a whole new larger appreciation for what he does for us using his brains, and muscles. I’ve also realized that I have become fairly useless as a helper which makes me appreciate Roy even more. He’s had help from our youngest son Chip, our neighbor Daniel and our UPS driver, name unknown but he’s done 9* percent of the project all by himself.

Decoupaging: I’m still writing about decoupaging and am almost finished with one about Rock Decoupaging. (my half brain forgot that I had completed and published the rock decoupaging post.) I’ll do one on decoupaging glass trivets (my favorite) and dinner/lunch glass plates (my least favorite.) Also about decoupaging ceramic tiles!!Two things that I am working on writing about that have nothing to do with decoupaging is about the Healthcare Heros rocks and a new favorite of mine that Bro. Randy got me interested in, rock flowers!! I can’t wait to show ya’ll the ones I’ve created!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week!

 

 

06.04.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – May Update

I truly had forgotten how much time and effort is needed to grow vegetables. And just when some are starting to ripen, the temperatures soar to the 90s which makes being out there really difficult.

The only fruit that has required anything has been our blueberries. Since those are necessary for my brain health plus I love them, picking them is a joy. Except for the pain in my back that picking them cause. Oh well!

Starting with the main garden. Each of the vegetables growing in the main garden is labeled below and above plants. Click on that picture and any of them to enlarge it.

Roy’s tomatoes on the right in the photo above are ripening and are delicious! However, only half of the tomatoes that ripen are good, without bad spots. The other half either have a worm in them which he has sprayed for but a few got through. The other problem is the blossom rot. Roy has just added some lime to the soil to help prevent that. The tomatoes below were picked in one day. We are having to pick them early in their ripening process so they avoid the bad spots. They are delicious also!

We have enjoyed a tomato and cucumber salad with our meal every day this week and love that!

My cucumbers are producing a couple of nice ones each day which are being added to the tomato and cucumber salad. These young cucumbers are nice and tender! I love seeing new baby cucumbers like in these pictures.

.The cucumbers at bottom of the vines have an odd shape since they hit the ground in their growth and curve around upward. Those growing further up on the vine have a perfect cucumber shape.  Either shape is delicious!

Green beans are closest to the bottom of the picture and cucumbers at the other end.

Green bean bushes on the left and cucumber vines on the right.

I haven’t grown green beans before. It was quite a surprise to me how quickly they produced and how many! The beans growing in the main garden produce the most. They produce enough every day to have a meal of them. I’ve fixed them with potatoes and bacon and also with bacon wrapped around the beans. The rest have been blanched and frozen for future meals.

The turnips are another surprise for me. They grow quickly and are delicious. I had too many planted together in a few spaces which crowded the size of the bottom. We are only growing them for the bottoms which is a good thing because the green part had a lot of bug holes thought I never could find a bug on them.  I just picked another batch of turnips today to cook.

 I planted more turnip seeds in two other locations and they are slowly starting to sprout but just barely. Our first turnip side dish was served in butter salt and pepper. It was delicious. I buy turnip bottoms from the grocery sometimes and these tasted so much better! Several of my Facebook friends shared their turnip cooking recipes so I think I’m set for more turnip growth.

Okra plants are strong and growing well. I’ve picked four so far. I took these photos late last week. When I went out there this morning to pick they were already much bigger.

The bell pepper plants have flowers and some have tiny tiny bell peppers growing on them. The plants in the upper right corner of the photo above are some of the bell pepper bushes.

Eggplants are in varying sizes and the biggest two have purple flowers which precede the tiny eggplants themselves. Nothing to harvest yet but the plant looks great!

My seven cherry tomato bushes are loaded with tomatoes and are starting to ripen a few at a time! Mine were planted a month after Roys so they are maturing later.

The garden down by the pond:

The green bean plants produce a few green beans each day though they appear to have been enjoyed by some animal from time to time.

Roy’s second set of 11 creole tomato bushes are doing extremely well. He picked the first one this week and we can see hundreds more

The “dog cage garden”

Several turnip seeds were added this week in the middle of this garden. They are already sprouting! Three of my cherry tomato plants were also added to this garden.  From the time they were taken out of their pots until now (being in the ground), they have at least quadrupled their size. They are not as big or as far along as their brothers and sisters in the main garden but where they are planted is an experiment to see how that area does for tomatoes.

The potatoes have several bushes growing which is really all you see until it’s time to dig up the potatoes that are underground!

The green bean plants down there are doing about the same as the ones in the garden down by the pond. They are producing, just not as much as the main garden.

Carrot seeds were planted early this month and the green leaves that come out of the ground are doing well. There are two rows of them. In the photo below the watermelons are at the top and the two rows of carrots are at the bottom.

The red meat watermelon vines are growing really well and have flowers on them which will eventually become watermelons. The yellow meat watermelon vines are not doing as well but they are growing and look healthy. Watermelons are something we didn’t do outstanding with last year so this new place to grow them is so far promising. In the photo below the watermelon, vines are on the right and the carrots are on the left.

Fruit trees

Pecan tree is growing well but no pecans yet, too young.

The two fig trees are loaded with green figs which will probably give us around a hundred figs.

The plum tree is pretty but not bearing fruit yet, too young.

Like I said at first, the blueberries are just going to town and I am enjoying them every day.  A lot of them were put in the freezer and I get to put them in my oatmeal or yogurt every day fresh from the garden! We are over half way into them all ripening. A few more days and they will all be gone.

It has been fascinating to see a bunch of little green one a branch one day and the next one of them has exploded into this beautiful deep blue plump ripe blueberry.   The in-between stages going from small green to ripe plumb blue is a bluish pink stage.The bluish pink stage will be the ripe ones the next day. Of the eight bushes, one does not have any berries on it and I am going to figure out why before next year’s crop!

I love enjoying fresh blueberries right off the vine in my breakfast yogurt or oatmeal!

https://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/20200525_105015.jpg Roy’s grape vines are growing. No grapes on those vines yet!

I think that’s about it for the month of May. Some observations want to note.

Each row is not full of that row’s vegetable.

The turnip seeds I planted at this end of that row came up very well and quickly. The ones I planted at the other end of the row aren’t hardly doing anything. Not sure why!

Even though this years rows are further apart than last yer it is still difficult to get down the aisles as the plants get bigger.

Most important is that we purchased most all of our seeds from the Seed Plant online company. Thiswas a change from previous years.

 

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!

05.27.20 The most amazing thing happened at our house this week!

I was in my craft room painting rocks and Roy walked up outside to the window. He said “Come outside now and bring your camera!” He had a big smile on his face!

I knew (or hoped I knew) right away what happened.

Bo and Peep are now proud new parents and we are very proud grandparents of a new baby duck!

Our first photo of the precious little one in the yellow circle. There are several eggs in there with him that will hopefully hatch soon!

Isn’t he adorable! Tiny little new creation of God!

After about 30 eggs that Peep laid over two nesting times this year, with none hatching, this batch has at least produced one and he is adorable! Look at him following

I took several videos and my phone died before getting any more still pictures but these are two of the best videos I was able to get. Roy opened their cage and let them all out. I was worried about how a newborn baby duck would handle our pond but that little thing did great. Mama and Daddy protected him when he took a tiny tumble and it was precious to see him swimming near the shore in the pond!

I was very worried about them leaving the cage and following their parents down by the pond. I just read something that I wish I had read before that. Buff Orpington baby ducks are “capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.”

And now we are proud to announce baby chick number 2 that Roy discovered when checking on them this morning! Another little miracle!

They were let out and quickly began following mama and daddy around!

Mama Peep here getting back on her nest of eggs!

Peep thought they would follow her inside but the babies discovered the small space below the cage where only they could fit in! Here’s Roy down on his knees being the wonderful grandfather that he is, working on getting them out!

Before we left them down there Roy put Peep and the babies back in the cage with the nest. Bo is staying outside in the bigger cage just to make sure he doesn’t harm the babies since that is something the males sometimes do. While all of that was going on Peep was just a squawking away. When it was over Peep was nesting inside and was very quiet!

These three videos are the best of all the ones I took. I couldn’t narrow it down to one so here’s the three best!

Baby found a way to escape the cage through a hole. More protection will be added so that doesn’t happen in the future!

Baby following parents to the pond

Baby swimming with parents

Baby’s brothers and sisters in law were notified of the birth! The ex parents (who still love them) were also notified of the birth!

I don’t plan to introduce each and every one of the newborns but we are discussing a gender reveal party when that information is known!!! You will be invited to that event!

Right before I was going to publish this the third baby duck was born!!

03.30.20 Take a gander at these little gems!

For Christmas last year I gave our six grandchildren a gift for them to create and give back to me.

My rock room gives me so much happiness painting my little creations. Even with all that happiness I still have nothing on the walls.

I bought six 8×10 canvases for the grandchildren to paint something for me. I didn’t tell them what to paint, just to paint something for my walls and to put their name in the bottom right-hand corner.

I got the canvases at Hobby Lobby for $1.50 each and the paints/markers at Dollar Tree for $1 each. I share that with you in case this is something you’d like to do with your grandchildren. I included a letter to them in the package so they would understand what I am asking them to do. Our littlest is 5 so I figured their mama would need to know what it’s all about.

They’ve all finished their works of art and given them to me. They are so precious that I want to share them with you below. They will be in age order with our oldest granddaughter being 19 and the youngest being 5 (almost 6 she will tell you!) Our oldest has a best friend Madelyn that worked on her canvas art with her.

Our oldest non teenager granddaughter created this. It’s the three older children standing together and the little one flying off the swing! This is so perfect for them!!!

Our granddaughter Madisyn created this heart one with the words Love, Hope, Joy and Faith going all around the edges!

Our only grandson isn’t too much into painting! This is a swamp and the green thing in the water is a crocodile and the big brown animal on the land is a deer. The rest are trees around the swampy area!

Our next youngest granddaughter painted Grannie a bunny and her playing outside on a beautiful sunshiny day.

Our youngest granddaughter who is almost six painted a picture of herself and her two sisters!

Here’s all of them on our sofa before going up on the wall!

Roy is going to put them up on the wall in my rock room and I will add butterflies to finish off my beautiful wall of art! This Grannie will love getting to look up at a wall in my rock room filled with the creations my young grandchildren created for me! This also might be something you could get your children or grandchildren do for you!

 

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Our faith in God is getting us through this.  We know that He is in control and whatever comes our way He will be beside us all the way. Do you have this assurance that comes through salvation making God your Lord and Savior of your life?  I hope so, if not ask me.  I’d love to share what God has done in our lives and how he’s walked with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences.

Have a Blessed week!

01.30.20 Everyone should have a Chip

From time to time our youngest son Chip comes to visit on his day off. Today was one of those special days! He dropped precious Madisyn off at school and was at our house around 9 am.

Most of the day was spent down by our pond. Chip and Roy fished, I cheerleaded and several fish were caught. It took a while to catch the 7 small perch and one catfish but they got them!

Here they are fishing

Here’s the fish they caught All seven fish!

It’s been years since Chip cleaned fish so Roy gave him a refresher course and he did great! 

Chip brought some french fries and cooked those and our big mess of fish! He did all the cooking and it was quite a treat for both Roy and I.

There might not have been a lot of fish but they were delicious!  After eating we all rested on the sofa and wrapped up the wonderful visiting we were able to do today.

About the title above “Everyone should have a Chip.” Chip is always helping me remember things that happened in my past. And you know we have ducks. We were talking on the phone when I told him about all of the eggs our Peep has laid. He reminded me of the time we had several ducks when we lived on Hinson Road (the house the boys grew up in). He remembered that some baby ducks were laid and hatched in between the walls in our barn. That was a sweet cool memory. But then he reminded me of the so sad event when several of the baby ducks tried to get water out of our hot tub. They fell in and the covering over the water kept them down below the water. When Chip went to check on them the next day he found them there.

It was a terrible experience for a little boy to have. But his recollection of it included the fact that the ducks that died were “all of the New Kids on the Block” and ducks named after their friends Ronnie and Lauren. Somehow Duck Chip and Duck Chad weren’t in the drowning group.  Somehow remembering we had ducks named Duck Joey, Duck Danny and the other New Kids and the whole event just made me burst out laughing. Chip remembers the details of everything in his life and I always enjoy them when he shares them in the special way he does it! I laughed and laughed and laughed remembering all that! When I hung up from talking to him about this my first thought was “Everyone should have a Chip!”

I absolutely love how he remembers all the details of things that I’ve long forgotten. He’s good for an old lady that doesn’t have access to a lot of things my brain once contained.  I’m thankful he continues to help me fill in the blanks and makes me laugh!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

 

01.26.20 Roy’s back door project

Roy started this “back door project” sometime in October of last year because the bottom of both sides of our back door had rotted and the baseboard next to it was rotted as well. There is no covering over the back door so rain hits the door and was somehow getting in. This blog post about the “back door project” has been a work in progress since October also. After the project got started Roy’s back started hurting and everything stopped.

He dug out the rot on both sides of the door and replaced it with epoxy that was thick like vaseline and would not rot. He replaced the entire door frame with a non-rot PVC composition frame. Replacing the door itself would have cost around the same but the wooden part of the door would have rot again so this helps us have a non-rot back door.  Roy is so smart and so diligent. He purchased a router to create a mortise for the hinges and door latch faceplate and then fit them into the new frame. 

The interior and exterior wood frames are all new. Roy added an aluminum drip cap on the exterior bottom of the door to help keep the rain away from the bottom of the door.

Finalizing this blog post this evening has taken every bit of brain that Roy and I both have to write this. Neither of us could remember what things are called. At one point just now it came down to either me killing Roy or me laughing till I cried because it’s so frustrating and something that should be so simple has become a horribly hard thing to do. I put my computer down and started working on it again Sunday afternoon.

Here are pictures taken during the process.

Day one – the door was removed!

The door side bottom before Roy dug out the rotten wood

The door side bottoms after Roy dug out the rotten wood 

Roy filled up the hole where the rot was with the special epoxy.

The epoxy before sanding

The epoxy after sanding, before painting

After painting, looks just like brand new! 

Roy using his router to dig out PVC to create one of the mortises for the faceplate.

It’s been so long since I put these pictures in this blog post that I don’t really know why they are here but Roy’s working on the door in the pictures so here they are!

The original door frame was removed and replaced with a new  PVC composite door frame that won’t rot!

After a “slight pause” in work before getting done on the back door, Roy completed the “back door project” this week.

This is the only help I provided, other than staying out of Roy’s way and asking him to please get it finished! I touched up the paint around where the old door frame was.

The top of the door frame is nailed down here in this photo. The refrigerator was moved out of its little home for this part. 

The new baseboard and interior door trim are complete! Halleluja! 

And alas the project is complete. Roy got a couple of new tools to use in this project and we have a very solid weather proofed back door that will last for many years to come! Thank the Lord! A happy Chauvin home has a finished reconstructed back door in it!

Now on to the next thing on my “honey do” list!

 

01.21.20 Peep is expecting!

Our sweet girl duck, Peep, started laying baby duck eggs, one a day for the last four days!  Yay baby ducks!! Here is egg number 1!

I guess she’s actually not expecting like we think of it but she’ll have babies sometime in February! I contacted the wonderful couple that gave us Bo and Peep to learn more about this baby duck process.

Peep is the smaller of the two in the photo below. Bo is the daddy with the grey head.

We don’t know how many eggs she will lay but I just found out that Mama Peep’s mom laid over 20!  Mama Peep will start sitting on the nest of eggs full time when the last egg is laid except for taking eating breaks.

We will start counting the number of days from when the last egg is laid so we will know when 28 days from the last egg being laid is. 28 days is approximately when they will start hatching.

28 days after the last egg is laid we need to separate Bo, the daddy, from Peep and the babies. He may get aggressive and hurt or kill them. That’s kinda weird but I guess ducks aren’t like human daddies who love and protect their young.

I’ll let ya’ll know as things progress with this new adventure!

01.19.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020

Chauvin Produce Company’s start to its 2020 season is small but it has started!

Roy can be seen below filling up his little seed cups with dirt and planting one Creole Tomato seed in each pot. His young assistants, Bo and Peep stand ready to assist if needed!

The seeds have sprouted proudly under their grow light in the rock room.

This is the artichoke plant that started as a seed last year. It grew some last year and survived the short freezes we’ve had here in Louisiana. I left it in the ground and it’s continued to grow, oh so slightly but it is growing!

You can see that there is nothing else is in the garden. When Roy’s tomato plants get big enough to plant in the ground the garden will get tilled. We’ll see what happens to the artichoke plant then!

In early February I will be planting cucumber, eggplant, bell pepper and okra seeds I saved from last year’s crop. I think that is very cool! Potatoes will definitely be grown but not sure what else I’ll plant but these are for sure crops!

Well, that was short, but I think it was kinda sweet!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Sunday!

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