08.24.20 Little updates! Peep and Chickie, grass runners, and Rosalyn’s crafts

There are a few updates in our lives.

We’ve had a quiet week staying home and I am very thankful for that.

Peep and her new baby Chickie are doing well!ย  Chickie has grown so fast. Peep has laid a few more eggs and is nesting almost all day right now. We enjoy the hour that we let them out of their cage when they swim and dip in the pond, waddle around the yard eating little bugs and water in the grass as they go. I haven’t been able to get any new photos of them but this is Peep sitting down and Chickie standing up in the corner. He’s gone from pretty yellow fuzz to beige and white features and which fuzz. The 16 x 16 foot area where our main garden grew is now planted with St. Augustine grass runners. Every day for several days I pulled a bucket of runners from around the yard. The center area that you can see the grass the best is the area planted first.

I have been working on several decoupage wine bottles, glass decoupaged trivets and tile decoupaged coasters.

I am toying with the idea of selling my little creations.ย  We’ll see how that goes if I do it!

Roy’s three doctor appointments start Tuesday, August 25th with the cardiologist.ย  Please please be in prayer for him. Yesterday and today he took several naps during the day.ย  While he has been known to take a good nap once a day this is different.

I will update everyone on how the cardiologist visit goes tomorrow.

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

08.19.20 What a wild year 2020 has been so far!

I saw this on Facebook a while back and had to share it here. It’s a crazy little summary of all the wild and unusual happening so far in 2020.

I hope this shows up as a memory in future years to remind me what a wild year this year has been so far! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคช

๐Ÿ“Dear Diary 2020 Edition,

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn January, Australia caught on fire๐Ÿ”ฅ. I donโ€™t even know if that fire was put out, because we straight up almost went to war ๐Ÿ”ซ with Iran. We might actually still be almost at war with them๐Ÿคท. I donโ€™t know, because Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt spoke to one another at an awards show๐Ÿ† and everyone flipped๐Ÿ˜ฒ out, but then there was a thing happening in China ๐Ÿคท, then Prince Harry ๐Ÿคดand Megan ๐Ÿ‘ธ peaced out โ˜ฎ๏ธ of the Royal family๐Ÿฐ, and there was the whole impeachment trial โš–๏ธ, and then corona virus ๐Ÿ˜ทshowed up in the US๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€œofficially,โ€ but then Kobe died ๐Ÿ’€and UK peaced โ˜ฎ๏ธ out of the European Union.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn February, Iowa looked foolish with the caucus results and the president was acquitted โœ”๏ธ and the Speaker of the House took ten years to rip up a speech๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ, but then WHO decided to give this virus a name, COVID-19, ๐Ÿ˜ท which confused some really important people who are actually in charge of things…like our lives, into thinking ๐Ÿคฆthere were 18 other versions before it, but then Harvey Weinstein was found guiltyโŒ, and Americans started asking if Corona beer ๐Ÿบwas safe to drink, and everyone on Facebook became a doctor ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€โš•๏ธwho just knew the flu killed waaaaaaaay more people than COVID 1 through 18 EVER did….. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿคฆ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn March, you know what hit the fan. Warren๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ dropped out of the presidential race and Sanders was like Bernie๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป or bust, but then Italy ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ shut itself down, and then COVID Not 1 through 18 officially become what everyone already realized, a pandemic ๐Ÿ˜ท๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜ท and then a nationwide state of emergency ๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ›‘was declared in US, but it didnโ€™t really change anything๐Ÿคท, so everyone was confused or thought it was still just a flu, but then COVID Not 18 was like yaโ€™ll not taking me seriously๐Ÿ˜ค? Iโ€™m gonna infect the one celebrity everyone loves and totally infected Tom Hanks๐Ÿ˜ญ, but then the DOW took a plunge, and most of us still donโ€™t understand why the stock market is so important or even a thing ๐Ÿคท. Then we were all introduced to ๐Ÿ… Tiger King ๐Ÿ‘‘. From what I understand, Carol TOTALLY killed ๐Ÿ’€her husband, and Netflix was like youโ€™re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ We all realized there was ๐Ÿšซ no way we were washing our hands ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œenough in the first place because all of our hands are now dry and gross.๐Ÿคฎ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn April, Bernie ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿปfinally busted himself out of the presidential race, but then NYC ๐ŸŒ†became the set of The Walking Dead and we learned that no one ๐Ÿšซ has face masks๐Ÿ˜ท, ventilators๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ, or toilet paper๐Ÿšฝ, or quality meat ๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฅ“ at a reasonable price๐Ÿ’ธ! But then Kim Jong-Un ๐Ÿ’€died, but then he came back to lifeโ€ฆ or did he๐Ÿคท? Who knows, because then the Pentagon released videos of UFOs ๐Ÿ›ธ๐ŸŒŒand nobody cared๐Ÿ˜, and we were like man, itโ€™s only April๐Ÿคฏโ€ฆ.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn May, the biblical โ›ช end times kicked off historical locust ๐Ÿฆ—swarms and then we learned of murder hornets ๐Ÿand realized that 2020 was the start of the Hunger Games but people forgot to let us know, but then people legit protested ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ™… lockdown measures with ๐Ÿ”ซAR-15s, and then sports events were cancelled everywhere ๐Ÿšซ๐ŸŽณ๐ŸŽพโšพ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿˆโšฝ. But then people all over America finally reached a breaking ๐Ÿคฌpoint with race issues and violence. ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿค›๐Ÿพ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿป๐Ÿค›๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค›๐ŸผThere were protests in every city, but then people forgot about the pandemic called COVID Not One Through 18. ๐Ÿ“บMedia struggled with how to focus on two important things at once, but then people ๐Ÿ‘ฅin general struggle to focus on more than one important thing, and a dead ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿณ whale was found in the middle of the Amazon ๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒณrain forest after monkeys ๐Ÿ™Š stole ๐Ÿ˜ทCOVID 1 through 19 from a ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ lab and ran off with them. It was either in May or April (no one is keeping track of time now) that a giant asteroid โ˜„๏ธnarrowly missed Earth.๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธIn June, science and common sense just got thrown straight out the window and somehow wearing masks ๐Ÿ˜ทbecame a political ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธthing, but then a whole lot of people realized the south actually lost the Civil War, and there are large numbers of people who feel that statues๐Ÿ‘ค they donโ€™t even know the name of are needed for โ€ฆ ‘history’ reasons๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท….. but then everyone sort of remembered there was a pandemic๐Ÿ˜ท๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜ท, but then decided that not wearing a mask was somehow a God given right (๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ˜ท=๐Ÿ˜‡…still haven’t found that part in the bibleโ›ชor even in the constitution๐Ÿ“œ). Then scientists ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ”ฌannounced they found a mysterious undiscovered mass๐Ÿ‘พ at the center of the earth, and everyone was like DONโ€™T YOU DARE TOUCH IT ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ‘ˆ, but then everyone took a pause ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ to realize that people actually believed…… Gone With The Wind was like non-fiction (They think it’s a documentary y’all!!! ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ) but then it was also announced that there is a strange radio signal ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿคท coming from somewhere ๐ŸŒŒ in the universe that repeats itself every so many days, and everyone was like DONโ€™T YOU DARE ATTEMPT TO COMMUNICATE WITH IT ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ“ฒ, but then America reopened from the shut down that actually wasnโ€™t even a shut down, and so far, things have gone ๐ŸŒŸspectacularly……not that great ๐Ÿ˜ฃbut everyone is on Facebook arguing that masks kill because no one knows how breathing ๐Ÿ’จworks. Then Florida ๐Ÿ–๏ธwas like hold my beer ๐Ÿบ and let me show you how weโ€™re number one ๐Ÿฅ‡ in all things, including new Not Corona Beer Corona Virus๐Ÿ˜ท. Trump decides now is a good time to ask the Supreme Court โš–๏ธ to shut down Obama Care because what better time to do so than in the middle of a pandemic๐Ÿ˜ท๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜ท, but then we learned there was a massive dust cloud ๐ŸŒซ๏ธ๐ŸŒซ๏ธ๐ŸŒซ๏ธ๐ŸŒซ๏ธcoming straight at us from the Sahara Desert๐Ÿœ๏ธ, which is totally normal ๐Ÿง, but this is 2020, so the ghost ๐Ÿ‘ปโ˜ ๏ธ mummy thing is most likely in that dust cloud. Then I learned of meth-gators๐Ÿ’Š๐ŸŠ, and I’m like that is so not on my freaking 2020 Bingo card, but then we learned that the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿคง๐Ÿค• is over, and we were all like, ๐Ÿคทthere was an Ebola outbreak that was the worst ever๐Ÿคท?

๐Ÿ—“๏ธโฌ‡๏ธTODAY is July 2, 2020โ€ฆ. Aliens? Zeus? Asteroids? Artificial Intelligence becomes self aware? Anybody else got guesses??? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท

Thanks to whoever started this for the opportunity to copy and paste.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท๐ŸคทAlso, why didn’t I know about the whale ๐Ÿณ in the Amazon? I’m going to Google that right now!!!!โ€

I surely hope that the rest of 2020 goes a lot smoother and less wild and crazy!

If you know that God is in control, like I do, you will be less stressed no matter what comes your way! Give your worries over to God. He’s a big God and wants to handle it all. If you don’t have Him in your life, I’d love to share with you the peace and joy I have with Him!

Have a Blessed week!

 

08.17.20 Roy has Congestive Heart Failure and AFib

Roy said this morning he hasn’t felt this good in months. Here’s how that came about.

I started writing this a few days ago because so much was happening. I wanted it all to be documented for us to be able to look back on this post in the future to know what and when things happened. If you are not interested in learning about Roy’s health issue, please feel free to not read beyond here.

Roy’s Urologist, Dr. Kidd, performed some tests on Monday, August 10th at Cypress Pointe Hospital in Hammond. I could not stay with Roy or even wait in the waiting room because of their Covid rules. When I dropped him off I went to Chip’s house and had a wonderful visit with sweet Madisyn.

After the main procedure was done I received a phone call from the doctor. When I picked Roy up both the anesthesiologist and the nurse talked to me. They all made a big point of telling me Roy needs to see his cardiologist as soon as possible. I learned that Roy was put on oxygen before the procedure at Cypress Pointe because his heart rate was very erratic. They said they couldn’t emphasize enough about Roy getting to the cardiologist, Dr. Georges Khoueiry. Other than that Dr. Kidd’s tests showed Roy’s platelets are low, he had an abnormal CT scan. These last couple of concerns will be addressed by Dr. Kidd on August 26th when Roy sees him for his follow up.

I picked Roy up from Cypress Pointe Hospital and immediately made an appointment for Wednesday at 3:30 pm for Roy to see his cardiologist, Dr. Georges Khoueiry. At that appointment, Dr. Khoueiry found fluid around Roy’s lungs and heart (congestive heart failure) and sent him to the Emergency Room at North Oaks Hospital to do more testing.ย  Dr. Khoueiry called the Emergency Room so they knew Roy was on his way and told them the tests they wanted the hospital to get started on.ย  They took Roy back to Triage right away.ย  In the ER they started him on Lasix and he peed, and peed, and peed and peed.ย  Roy hadn’t eaten or drank anything that day yet lots of pee came out. They put him on oxygen now to help his labored breathing.

Before all of this, Roy had been having problems being out of breath and the morning of the procedures he said he felt like he was being suffocated. Recently when we went to the grocery Roy had to stop and rest a few times as we made our way throughout the store.ย  At home when he walked up our hill he was very out of breath.

After having tests in the ER Roy was admitted to the hospital at 10 pm and taken to his room. Because of Covid 19, all of the two-bed hospital rooms are now one bed private rooms so we had to wait a bit for a room because they have only half the capacity they usually do. When they were ready to take him to a room I was told that in the hospital rooms visitors are only allowed from 7 am to 5 pm. And only one visitor a day. If you leave the hospital you cannot come back in. While this sounds rough its a lot better than no visitors allowed at all like it has been.

While in the hospital he was on a 24 hr a day heart monitor and oxygen. They agreed with his cardiologist’s initial finding of congestive heart failure. They drained over 7 liters of fluid with Lasix that first day and more was drained after that. They did a lot of tests. His cardiologist and primary care doctor have been by to review everything. Roy had difficulty breathing even while on oxygen the first night. A nurse stayed with him until he was better.

Chip stayed with his dad one day which meant I stayed home and rested. Chip brought his dad donuts and a PJ’s coffee. I couldn’t top that! When the doctor came to see Roy that day Chip called me so I could hear what the Doctor said.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms

Roy came home Saturday with new medicines and lifestyle changes and having lost almost 20 pounds from all of the fluids they got out of him.ย  I am having a hard time understanding or retaining what the doctors and nurses tell me. I asked Dr. Khoueri if I could videotape him on my phone giving us his summary of what they found when they let him go on Saturday. While at home I tried to learn about congestive heart failure and afib. One thing I did learn when I picked him up was that the afib is what brought on the congestive heart failure due to it weakening his heart muscle by his heart muscle having to work hard to keep up with the irregular heartbeat.

There will be changes in our life from this but I know God will be with us through this journey as He always is. Roy was sprung from the hospital on Saturday! He was sent home adding Lasix and Xarelto to his daily medicines, increasing Metoprolol XL to two times a day, removing aspirin and Meloxicam. The new medicines along with Potassium pills and Magnesium pills were picked up at our local wonderful pharmacy.

He has appointments with the cardiologist, Dr. Khoueiry on August 25th, urologist Dr. Vincent Kidd, August 26th, and primary care doctor Dr. Valdes on August 27th. No appointments this week which I cannot thank God enough for.

This morning we had a wonderful phone call with Faith, the Peoples Health RN who helped us so much understand things and get appointments with Dr. Khoueiry and Dr. Kidd. We talked to her for over an hour and now have a clear idea of everything we need to do and more.

Roy still has to get back to using his CPAP which was prescribed 10 years ago and hasn’t used. That should definitely help. He needs the aortic aneurysm rechecked he was diagnosed with last year and treated if needed, and to learn more about his platelets being low.ย  I am hopeful Roy will be allowed to get back to the fitness center soon and I’ll join him in that.

I use to refer to our experiences while living on the road, as adventures and I find I still do that even if it is not a wonderful adventure. This health event is one of the not so good adventures that we plan to turn into a good healthier Roy. Even though Roy is back home his adventure in congestive heart failure (CHF) is ongoing. He is home because they were able to get him stabilized, not because it’s gone away. I have more to share but this has been a beast getting put together correctly. So many people have been praying for Roy and I want them to know how best to pray for him. We both appreciate the prayers so much.

I looked back through what I wrote to see where this should be included but I couldn’t tell. One of the things Dr. Khoueiry said they may do to get his irregular heartbeat back to being regular is by using shock. I thought the doctor was kidding but he wasn’t.ย  We’ll see if that really happens! If it does happen I ask for prayers that it will be successful in getting his heartbeat back to normal.

In the last few years, Roy has been my dementia caregiver. Now I am taking on the role of his CHF caregiver. Please add me to your prayer list that I will be able to be the best-focused caregiver he could have.ย  It’s also going to be rough for Roy to get used to a low sodium diet and any other restrictions that will be placed on him when we see the doctors. If any of our followers have CHF or AFib and would like to share any practical information that you have learned, please send us a message at rosalyn@selu.edu

We are off to the pharmacy to meet with our MedPak representative about the changes to Roy’s MedPaks.ย  Then on the grocery to pick up nonsodium filled food items!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

08.08.20 Bo and Peep update

This post does not have a happy ending.

Our sweet Peep has a precious healthy three-week old baby duck.ย  After the last four babies were killed we wanted to make sure this one was gonna last before proclaiming its existence to the world!ย  Roy thinks the baby is a boy. But since we don’t know definitely if it is a girl or boy we will be calling it baby. It has been so much fun watching it follow its mama around, learning how to swim at the pond’s edge and gobble up insects. Peep laid more eggs so when that 28 days is up we’ll see if she will have more!ย  Here are some pictures of mama Peep and Baby.

Today baby is much larger than in these photos. It runs around really awkwardly and gets better and more stable every day!

The not happy ending has to do with the Daddy duck, Bo. Several days ago he was gone, just gone. I hoped he ran off and would show back up one day. But that didn’t happen.ย  Now we have Peep and baby. I can’t imagine what Peep thinks happened to Bo. I don’t even know if ducks can think!

This is our last photo with Bo in it. He disappeared a few days after sweet Samson went home. I am sure that Samson would be so sad to know his Uncle Bo is gone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ.

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

 

08.05.20 Gone, gone, and…….!

Two of this year’s three vegetable gardens are gone, gone, gone!ย  We are letting the tomato bushes down by the pond just die out on their own. I picked about 10 tomatoes this week from down there. That is compared to over a hundred a week during the best part of the season. Those tomatoes should be gone by next week.

This picture below is the main garden. It is nice to be able to see more of the pond since all the vegetables from that garden are gone, gone, gone!

The blue circled area below is where the dog cage garden was. The green areas that are still there are creeping daisies. The flower garden to the right of that had some major redoing recently when I pulled out all of the creeping daisies around the azaleas and lantana. I left some there and will plant more in the dirt area in front of that. ย  My work outside whenever it is nice, shady and cool is to pull up St. Augustine grass runners from around our property and plant them in the two empty gardens above.ย  Then water, water, water them all the time so they live and take root. I have pulled and planted grass runners for a long period of time each time I did it in the past. I’m only doing it a short length of time each time now. If you want to know the best way I’ve found to pull, cut and plant runners here’s that information from a previous post when I wrote about it.

Weโ€™ve done a lot of runner transplanting over the years and since moving here.ย  Iโ€™ve learned the most successful transplant works when the runners are clipped into small segments and any dead blades removed before planting.ย  Itโ€™s so hot outside that I do the cleaning part with a big blanket over my lap, a container with the original runners, a pan to put the new small clean segments in and one for the parts cut off.ย  In the past, weโ€™ve planted the whole runners and theyโ€™ve had a difficult time getting established and survived.ย  All of these new clean smaller segments are rooting and surviving! Hereโ€™s my setup for cleaning and clipping the runners!

This was the first batch I planted yesterday and I have a good batch ready to be planted today.

We are trying to cut back the things that require our care in the heat of the summer. Vegetable and flower gardens are included in that. The creeping daisies grow like crazy in a flower circle in the front yard. They take over the rose bushes, bay leaf bushes, and lilies. I pulled up about 20 percent of the daisies and Roy pulled up the bricks. Hopefully, we’ll have some nice days or nice evenings soon so we can get that finished!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week!

07.31.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – July update and final wrap up

Well, this is probably our last Chauvin Produce Company update, ever…. It’s been mostly fun, mostly delicious and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and how to grow a garden! Next year we will have hopefully found a local produce grower that we can purchase our vegetables from.

All of the main garden vegetables have been pulled up.

The green bean produced really well until recently. They stopped producing and the small bushes just died. The fresh cooked green beans were delicious. I think I will be buying fresh green beans from now on instead of canned ones.

The cucumber vines produced pretty good at first but recently dried up and stopped producing. We enjoyed several delicious tomato and cucumber salads when they were producing well.

The bell pepper plants were eaten by something over time. Seemed like every day there was one getting pulled up with no leaves on them. Before that, we pulled several small bell pepper plants, chopped them and froze them for seasoning later.

The eggplant bushes produced several small tender eggplants at first. Then more grew on the bushes but they were very small and hard.

The 14 big tomato and cherry tomato bushes produced well at first but then the plant leaves withered and the tomatoes were real small before the plants were pulled up.

Only the okra plants produced really well the whole season. As I was writing this Roy was pulling the okra out of the ground.

The pictures below are of the main garden dismantling over time.

This last photo was this morning before Roy pulled up the okra plants.

Roy is leveling the garden getting it ready for healthy St. Augustine grass runners to be planted there. One thing that is nice about the garden being gone is that we can see all of the pond from our patio!

The beautiful tomato bushes down by the pond are so so pitiful looking now. They have almost no leaves and just a few small tomatoes on them. But hey the azaleas are blooming great! The tomatoes down there were watered well and fertilized as needed. We have gotten a lot of nice tomatoes from those bushes until now.

This picture of nothing is where our green beans were!

The dog cage garden is an interesting hod podge of vegetables. The green beans were long ago eaten up by some critter.

The carrots are what is doing well and I look forward to when we can dig them up. The two rows of carrots go down the middle of this picture. Some of the watermelon vines are on the right.

The potatoes produced about 4 small potatoes. The watermelon vines are very nice but have only produced two watermelons, both are small and who knows how they will do! In the first photo below you’ll see the pitiful potatoes and one of the watermelons. Yes, at a time when all around our area massive oblong watermelons are being sold on the side of the road, yet we have two small watermelons no larger than a golf ball and a small cucumber!

The turnips that looked like they might be okay just withered away. The watermelon vines got so big they overtook the turnips!

Lastly are updates on our fruit/nut plants.

The pecan tree has lots of new leaves on it. No pecans but those will come.

The plum tree is the same with new leaves and no fruit yet.

The two fig trees are growing well. First, the smaller tree has several new leaves and several small figs. A few have ripened.

This is the taller tree that has many many green figs. None have ripened.

So that pretty much brings our 2020 garden to a close. We are thinking about either planting four vegetables near the house or in large pots near the patio. The four vegetables will be creole tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans. This all may change before next year but we will both enjoy not having any gardening to do. I am looking forward to being able to relax on the new back porch without seeing something that needs to be done in one of the gardens!

We’ve had a lot of rain lately which filled up the pond. These two pictures are of the water coming from the surrounding land into our pond one morning. It stopped before going into the duck’s cage, thank goodness!

We are puppy sitting our precious grandpuppy Samson this week while his family is on vacation. I am working on a blog post about our time with that little man! Hope to publish that one soon! Samson thinks he is protecting the house from Bo and Peep here!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

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.ย  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!ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  He worked himself so hard I was always happy to see him in the rocker getting a bit of rest.

ย These are the insulated panels that are now all locked together creating the patio cover! ย  ย ย ย ย ย  ย  ย  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.

ย  ย  The two 72″ fans each have 8 blades.ย  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.

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

ย  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.ย  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.ย  Even when it’s been in the 90s we have enjoyed the cool breeze that the fans provide.ย  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.ย  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 Sย  I-12 Service Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 345-1772

07.20.20 HERE’S WHAT NO CASH ACTUALLY MEANS, by Dave Ramsey

Are you a bit concerned with the shift away from cash or does it seem like no big deal? This information from Dave Ramsey was very eye-opening for me. I hope you will read his article with an open mind. Itโ€™s a two-minute read and he does a nice job of explaining this.

A cashless society means no cash. Zero. It doesnโ€™t mean mostly cashless and you can still use a โ€˜wee bit of cash here & thereโ€™. Cashless means fully digital, fully traceable, fully controlled. I think those who support a cashless society arenโ€™t fully aware of what they are asking for. A cashless society means:

  • If you are struggling with your mortgage on a particular month, you canโ€™t do an odd job to get you through.

  • Your child canโ€™t go & help the local farmer to earn a bit of summer cash.

  • No more cash slipped into the hands of a child as a good luck charm or from their grandparent when going on holidays.

  • No more money in birthday cards.

  • No more piggy banks for your child to collect pocket money & to learn about the value of earning.

  • No more cash for a rainy day fund or for that something special you have been putting $20 a week away for.

  • No more little jobs on the side because your wages barely cover the bills or put food on the table.

  • No more charity collections.

  • No more selling bits & pieces from your home that you no longer want/need for a bit of cash in return.

  • No more cash gifts from relatives or loved ones.

What a cashless society does guarantee:

  • Banks have full control of every single penny you own.

  • Every transaction you make is recorded.

  • All your movements & actions are traceable.

  • Access to your money can be blocked at the click of a button when/if banks need โ€˜clarificationโ€™ from you which will take about 3 weeks, a thousand questions answered & five thousand passwords.

  • You will have no choice but to declare & be taxed on every dollar in your possession.

  • The government WILL decide what you can & cannot purchase.

  • If your transactions are deemed in any way questionable, by those who create the questions, your money will be frozen, โ€˜for your own goodโ€™.

Forget about cash being dirty. Stop being so easily led. Cash has been around for a very, very, very long time & it gives you control over how you trade with the world. It gives you independence. I heard a story where a man supposedly contracted Covid because of a $20 bill he had handled. There is the same chance of Covid being on a card as being on cash. If you cannot see how utterly ridiculous this assumption is then there is little hope.

If you are a customer, pay with cash. If you are a shop owner, remove those ridiculous signs that ask people to pay by card. Cash is a legal tender, it is our right to pay with cash. Banks are making it increasingly difficult to lodge cash & that has nothing to do with a virus, nor has this โ€˜dirty moneyโ€™ trend.

Pay with cash & please say no to a cashless society while you still have the choice.

This is one of my favorite scriptures. Ya’ll have a Blessed week!