09.22.19 “Surprise Honey, I did something really bad……”

I have to say how thankful I am that God opened the skies for us and gave us two good rain showers on Saturday. It’s been over 20 days with no rain in our area and we really need it. We had to water everything at least 2 hours a day to keep plants, crops, and grass from dying.

This started out to be a blog post on an entirely different topic but since Saturday turned out to be something other than a wonderful rain day it’s changing course now!

Roy summarized on Facebook this morning what happened yesterday.

I haven’t been able to fly my Remote Control planes lately as I’ve been very busy doing a lot of landscape work around the house. I got everything finished today around 1:30 pm and decided that I would meet the guys at the flying field in Hammond and do a little flying.Image may contain: phone

Rosalyn, bless her heart, stayed at home and planted grass runners in some of the areas that I spread fresh dirt on. It started raining and she decided to continue working since she was under big oak trees. She constantly misplaces her phone so we recently got her a case with a lanyard. She was wearing it today when it started raining and decided to tuck it into her blouse.

She has a Galaxy S7 which is supposed to be water resistant and a non removable battery. She said that the screen started flashing so she decided to surprise me by fixing it herself.

Instead of turning off the power and waiting until I got home, armed with a razor blade she proceeded to remove the battery not knowing that it wasn’t supposed to be removed by the end user. This picture is the result of her work.

Now I have been known to be able to fix many things but I have never heard of anyone who was able to revive the dead especially after a mutilation.  When I walked in the door at home after flying she said “Surprise Honey, I did something really bad.”

Thank you and now you can laugh but before laughing too hard, remember that she has dementia.

Isn’t he the sweetest!

Fast forward to today. All my text messages and phone numbers are G O N E. Roy said that my photos are still on the Sim Card. Ya’ll know how I love to take photos and share them.  I take pictures like other people breathe!  The blog post I was preparing originally needs photos so it will get published when I get a new phone.

Roy found a used phone like mine in Ponchatoula on Facebook Marketplace.  We are meeting the lady with the phone in Ponchatoula after the Saints game to buy it so there may be a good ending to what really was, for me, a very sad phone story.  I’ll hopefully be back in business by nightfall!

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09.18.19 Creating a Picnic Area – Part Two

I didn’t say this in part one but this series of blogs is mostly so we can remember what we did while creating the picnic area on our property. If you want to read it we appreciate your interest! Once it’s finished and you want to come to visit us there

Part of the project we are calling “Creating a Picnic Area” included bringing water to the new area for cleaning and plant watering, balloon filing and other fun things!

We priced renting a ditch witch to make the 160-foot long trench for the water line and it was $165.  My hard-working husband being the beast that he is decided he should dig the trench himself. For four days in the early morning and late evening he dug 20 foot long segments of trench each time.  Sometimes when I didn’t catch him doing it he dug more than 20 foot at a time.

We got the 160 foot of pipe from Coburns in Hammond.  My ingenious hubby tied it all to the side of our truck to get it from Hammond to Amite.

 This is the PVC pipe that the pipe and faucet are mounted in.  This is located on the fence betweem the two fig trees.

And the digging began! Smartie Roy watered the pathway where he would be digging to make the digging a bit easier. He also brought his outside fan there to help with the overwhelming heat we are having. The trench pathway at the top of the hill leading to the origination of the water source.

This is where Roy tied into the water source.

The pedestal is where Dora use to connect for electricity and water.  

We’ve seen lots of This Old House episodes about putting expanding foam insulation in the walls and other spaces.  Roy wanted to do this using the liquid form in the PVC tubes at the beginning and the end of the new water pipe.  He mixed part A and part B of polymerplanet together and it was so cool watching the foam work its way up to the top of the tube.  It overflowed a little big making a mushroom shape on top.  Roy sliced that off and put the cap on! Both end pipes are well protected against freezing. These are pictures of Roy mixing the parts together and the foam insullation filling the pipe.

  All of this was done so we could have water close to the new picnic area.   

This put a big smile on my face!

In Creating a Picnic Area Part Three I’ll share photos of the new picnic area and the view from that area!

Ya’ll have a blessed week!

09.13.19 Creating a Picnic Area! – Part One

Bridging the Gap – post three

The side of the end of our pond didn’t have a lot of improvements until recently. It was on our list but money and other issues kept us from working over there.

This photo is from Google satellite. I’m sharing it so you can get a good understanding of where “side of the end of our pond” actually is.

A little back story of how we got to the point where we can Create a Picnic Area is needed. When we first purchased our property we had a ditch going from our neighbor’s land to the pond. It was difficult to cross and made it difficult getting access to our property on the side of the end of our pond. As many will remember that was a huge project all in itself.

Here are some photos of the area back in December 2015 of the culvert installation area and the area on the side of the pond I will be writing about.

The ditch was difficult to navigate so we (of course I mean Roy) and a big piece of equipment dug deeper in the ditch to install a massive (massive to me) culvert.

Once the culvert was laid in place we had an unexpected monster monsoon rain and the culvert kept trying to float into the pond.

Roy worked out in the rain for hours rescuing the culvert from floating into the pond. Once the area dried he created a very secure means of anchoring the culvert.

You can see in the video below that the water continued to wash around and through the culvert making it very insecure.

We’ve come a long way since getting the culvert secured and covered with dirt. We spent many hours planting small patches of grass to cover all of the areas shown in the picture above.

In case you’re really interested in the issues and what all went into getting the two culverts together and fighting to get the culvert finished here are three posts from back then. I know most of ya’ll don’t care but there is that really curious group who weren’t with us back then so here they are.

Bridging the Gap – post one

Bridging the Gap – post two

Bridging the Gap – post three

This year our project is to “Create a Picnic Area” surrounded by plants, a hammock and lots of visiting space. This started when we found a square picnic table with four benches on sale at Tractor Supply Store. Being Roy, he doesn’t do anything halfway so the picnic table became a project all in itself! When planting bushes and plants that far away from our house we had no way to water the plants and clean the paddle boat and picnic table. Part two of “Creating a Picnic Area” will be about how that need was achieved.

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September 11, 2001 Attacks That Americans WILL NEVER FORGET

I will always remember where I was on September 11, 2001, when the world as America knew it changed forever.  I was at work in my office in McGehee Hall.  My friend Donna called and said we needed to turn on CNN right now.  We did and you know the rest.  I’m sure each of you knows where you were that day.  I found these 24 powerful and moving photos from the September 11 attacks that Americans WILL NEVER FORGET.  Sometimes I am afraid we have forgotten and I hope these photos will help us all remember that fateful day in New York City.
These photos were compiled by Matthew DeBorn last year.  He also tells his story of that day.
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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, in New York City.
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  • It’s been 18 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • But for millions of Americans, haunting memories of that day are still fresh, and many lives were changed forever.

On 9/11, terrorists hijacked four planes and were able to crash two of them into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York and one into the Pentagon.

The remaining jet crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers overpowered the hijackers.

A day that started out with clear blue skies ended with a mass of twisted, smoldering metal where the Twin Towers once stood, leaving 2,977 people dead in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, along with the 19 hijackers.

September 11 happened almost two decades ago. One-quarter of Americans are too young to remember it. I have three kids who have no memory of it at all — they weren’t born yet. But as they’ve grown older, they’ve started to ask questions.

We certainly don’t want to forget about 9/11, even as we get on with our lives and confront new challenges. So in memory of that day, here are 24 images that capture what no American should forget. And as someone living in New York City at the time, I can tell you what it was like to witness the tragedy as it unfolded.

Brittany Fowler contributed to a previous version of this story.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were a familiar sight to New Yorkers. For decades, you looked up, and they were there. It was a reassuring sight. I visited the towers many times and gazed upon them many more times.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were a familiar sight to New Yorkers. For decades, you looked up, and they were there. It was a reassuring sight. I visited the towers many times and gazed upon them many more times. AP

On the morning of September 11, I had just finished voting in Brooklyn when I looked up and saw that one of the towers was on fire. Just a few minutes later, a second plane crashed into the other tower. Something was very wrong.

On the morning of September 11, I had just finished voting in Brooklyn when I looked up and saw that one of the towers was on fire. Just a few minutes later, a second plane crashed into the other tower. Something was very wrong. Carmen Taylor/AP

President George W. Bush was at a school event when he was informed. The expression on his face says it all. No one in the government knew how serious the threat was.

President George W. Bush was at a school event when he was informed. The expression on his face says it all. No one in the government knew how serious the threat was. Reuters

The impact of the two jets was devastating, smashing through the steel structure of the towers and igniting fires that eventually brought the buildings down. Warplanes took to the skies. Every nonmilitary flight in US airspace was ordered to land.

The impact of the two jets was devastating, smashing through the steel structure of the towers and igniting fires that eventually brought the buildings down. Warplanes took to the skies. Every nonmilitary flight in US airspace was ordered to land. REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek

Thousands of people were trapped in the upper floors of the towers. Many died when the planes hit, and more perished as the fires raged and when the towers collapsed. Some jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration and the smoke. In all, 2,606 people died in the towers.

Thousands of people were trapped in the upper floors of the towers. Many died when the planes hit, and more perished as the fires raged and when the towers collapsed. Some jumped to their deaths to escape the conflagration and the smoke. In all, 2,606 people died in the towers. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

The sky was blue and clear on 9/11. The winds carried a massive plume of smoke out over the city and New York’s harbor. “Manhattan looked as though it had taken 10 megatons,” the British novelist Martin Amis later wrote.

The sky was blue and clear on 9/11. The winds carried a massive plume of smoke out over the city and New York's harbor. Marty Lederhandler/AP

The towers were so badly damaged structurally that collapse was inevitable. At the time, however, no one expected this. People on the streets around the World Trade Center fled in terror when the buildings went down, one after the other, and filled the streets with rubble and dust.

The towers were so badly damaged structurally that collapse was inevitable. At the time, however, no one expected this. People on the streets around the World Trade Center fled in terror when the buildings went down, one after the other, and filled the streets with rubble and dust. AP Photo/Suzanne Plunket

Fires raged for hours and smoldered for days in the mass of twisted steel and rubble. Lower Manhattan below 14th Street would be closed to traffic not involved in the rescue effort.

Fires raged for hours and smoldered for days in the mass of twisted steel and rubble. Lower Manhattan below 14th Street would be closed to traffic not involved in the rescue effort. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The area around the World Trade Center was a scene of utter devastation. Smoke and dust hung in the air. Countless cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles were destroyed.

The area around the World Trade Center was a scene of utter devastation. Smoke and dust hung in the air. Countless cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles were destroyed. Shawn Baldwin/AP

Tragedy was everywhere. The New York City Fire Department lost its chaplain, Rev. Mychal Judge, who was killed by falling rubble while giving last rites to a victim of the attack.

Tragedy was everywhere. The New York City Fire Department lost its chaplain, Rev. Mychal Judge, who was killed by falling rubble while giving last rites to a victim of the attack. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Very little remained of the Twin Towers’ elegant facades, which architect Minoru Yamasaki has designed with narrow window openings and soaring archwork.

Very little remained of the Twin Towers' elegant facades, which architect Minoru Yamasaki has designed with narrow window openings and soaring archwork. Peter Morgan/Reuters

Two 110-story soaring towers were reduced to a contorted mass of smoking metal. Welders spent months cutting the steel apart so that it could be carted away.

Two 110-story soaring towers were reduced to a contorted mass of smoking metal. Welders spent months cutting the steel apart so that it could be carted away. REUTERS/Ryan Remiorz

The New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene and suffered incredible losses of life as it tried to save people from the burning towers — 343 members were killed.

The New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene and suffered incredible losses of life as it tried to save people from the burning towers — 343 members were killed. REUTERS/Anthony Correia

Strong men were reduced to tears.

Strong men were reduced to tears. Mario Tama/Getty Images

In the days that followed, rescue workers streamed into New York for neighboring cities and states. Scenes of horror as bodies were lifted from the rubble contrasted with signs of defiance as American flags were raised above the carnage.

In the days that followed, rescue workers streamed into New York for neighboring cities and states. Scenes of horror as bodies were lifted from the rubble contrasted with signs of defiance as American flags were raised above the carnage. Bill Farrington/AP

Loved ones posted photos of missing friends and family members in the desperate hope that they might turn up alive.

Loved ones posted photos of missing friends and family members in the desperate hope that they might turn up alive. Russell Boyce/Reuters

The city pulled together is a way that I had never witnessed before. We lined the streets to cheer on National Guard and rescue workers as they made their way into Manhattan and down to what became known as “Ground Zero.”

The city pulled together is a way that I had never witnessed before. We lined the streets to cheer on National Guard and rescue workers as they made their way into Manhattan and down to what became known as Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Soon, the nation would go to war in Afghanistan.

We also indulged our vengeful attitudes. Soon, the nation would go to war in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Russell Boyce-Files

The attacks weren’t limited to New York. The Pentagon also took a hit — 125 people were killed.

The attacks weren't limited to New York. The Pentagon also took a hit — 125 people were killed. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The scene at the Pentagon was equally horrifying, but the building itself remained standing.

The scene at the Pentagon was equally horrifying, but the building itself remained standing. Greg Whitesell/Getty Images

A new tower has risen at Ground Zero, along with a memorial. This has provided a lot of people with a welcome sense of closure. But it’s not enough to make me forget that terrible day; the lives that were lost, and how America was changed.

But the new architecture of lower Manhattan is uplifting. Here’s the now famous Oculus.

But the new architecture of lower Manhattan is uplifting. Here's the now famous Oculus. Courtney Verrill

And once again, it’s possible to look at over the vast expanse of the city from high above.

And once again, it's possible to look at over the vast expanse of the city from high above. Reuters

But the annual “Tribute in Lights” continues to remind New Yorkers and world of the buildings that once stood in Manhattan, and the lives that were lost on 9/11.

The still photos above say a lot about that day but this video shows so much more.

Roy and I visited Ground Zero in our travels with Dora.  Everything we’d seen and heard on television was made much more real by that experience. If you’d like to read our blog post about that visit click on the photo below.

A friend posted this graphic this morning…. I MISS 9/12 TOO…

I hope you have a Blessed week!

 

 

09.07.19 Because Jesus is there! by Megan Breeland Woodham

Take your kids to church.

Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like a mad woman gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time.

Hop to the car with a shoe in one hand and your make-up bag in the other. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If it’s raining, get wet. If it’s cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to church. You know why?

Because Jesus is there.

He’s there. And He’ll meet them there. And you too, Mama.

He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as she greets them into their room. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their little bellies and hearts.

He’ll be there in the hug from a sweet friend and the encouraging smile that assures you that they “just barely made it” too. He’ll be there in the sacred words read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.

So take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations.

Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t.

Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – his power – his faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them withImage may contain: cloud, sky, tree, outdoor and nature your life. Tell them what he’s done for you and how you’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.

Take your kids to church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves.

They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement.

They just get to go and hear how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re valued. Wanted. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. It’s not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and a few less demands.

Take them to church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the dance studio or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play.

Take them to church. Let them know its a priority. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extra curricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void.

Take them to church.

I promise it’s worth it.

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14.

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09.05.19 “Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

I’ve seen this a few times on Facebook lately. As I was reading it I could hear their little voices saying it.  I loved going back into the Winnie the Pooh world, even for just a few minutes.  Hope you enjoy this today!
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Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.

“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.

I found a short two minute video of Pooh and Piglet that made me smile so here it is below!

I hope this left you with a smile today!

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09.04.19 Chauvin Family Weekend Fun!

When Paw Paw and Grannie get to spend the weekend with Madisyn, Chip and his lovely wife Misty, we are very heart happy! Extremely exhausted and brain dead grandparents heaven, but very heart happy!

Friday evening we picked up Madisyn and headed to Olive Garden for dinner with Misty and Chip.  I have to admit that Roy and I made HOGS of ourselves with the delicious food there.  Roy ordered the Shrimp Scampi and I ordered Shrimp Alfredo.  I can still taste the deliciousness of their alfredo sauce covering the delicious shrimp.  We didn’t stop there though.  We both ordered Zeppoli (see the picture below0 which they describe as soft, traditional Italian doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar, served with chocolate sauce for dipping.

Somehow my not perfect eyes thought there would be four of these on the plate.  Wrong! There were 8 to 10.  Roy and I should have split an order but being the HOGS that we are we wanted our own.

This is me and my sweet son Chip who treated us to that fabulous dinner.

Saturday started with a stop at Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.  I never go out for breakfast so this was a treat for me! Then it was on to Mississippi to see our granddaughter Kallie at her new apartment.  She goes to college there. I’ve never seen a college student’s apartment like this one.  Very nice! No pictures there but I got to meet her new roommate and visit with the one I already knew.

Sweet Madisyn getting ready to get in the water!

The swimming pool at the apartments was fabulous.  Misty and Madisyn swam and Grannie sat on the edge and put my legs in.  It was a very unusual pool.  The first ten feet were very shallow, then a few steps down into the 3-foot pool. We were the only people

Next, we ate lunch at Wendy’s.  My favorite fast food is their Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and that’s what I got. We came back to Ponchatoula for some girl time pampering at Polish Nail Bar and Boutique.  I got my nails polished a blue to match the blouse I planned to wear to church Sunday.  I am a traditional pink or red polish girl but it seems the fashion now is any old color, so I’m in style!  Things have changed, shaking head!

After a delicious dinner cooked by my son, Chip and Misty we all ate around the dinner table enjoying some quiet family time.  Dinner around the table with all the family was something we always did with our sons growing up and it makes my heart happy to enjoy that time with Chip’s family.

The day was full of activity and fun ending with time at the local roller skating rink.  This brought back old family memories of us all at the roller rink.  Chip, Misty, and Madisyn skated away! Misty is a GREAT skater, Chip is a work in progress and Madisyn needed the plastic pipe thing to skate.  They all had a great time going round and round and round the rink!

Chip and Misty!

Madisyn whirling around the rink!

Here’s the skaters with I think, Madisyn on her tippy toes!

After all this fun and activity Grannie fell into the bed and didn’t move all night! Sunday morning we headed to Hammond for church.  We stopped at the local fabulous Doughlicious Donut shop for a sugar start to the day.  I loved the bench with the sprinkles donut pillow! Sprinkle donuts are my favorite!

Chip and Misty handle the Information Desk at their church, The Harbor in Hammond.  Madisyn was getting a big hug from Misty, Chip was his silly self in the background!

We are looking forward to going back to our church next week. We’ve been spending time at their church which was great but it will be wonderful to get back to our Trinity family!

We wound up our weekend activities at El Agave in Hammond.  D E L I C I O U S Mexican food.  We were in Mexican food paradise!  This is one of their favorite places to eat and I now think it is Roy and mine! Aren’t these people below just precious!

My sweet hubby and his adorable wife!

We went back to their home and rested a while before bringing Madisyn to her mom’s home.  What a blessing this weekend was.  We see them from time to time but being able to be with all three of them all weekend was a BIG blessing to Roy and I.  Seeing the bond that Madisyn has with her dad and her stepmom makes my heart so happy.

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09.01.19 Please, please, please read this one, take your time and think

When I read this story, written by someone else who is unknown, it brought back so many memories of my own childhood and teen years. Even the years that Roy and I were raising our two sons. Life wasn’t all sunshine and roses back then but it was so very different than what I see in many families these days. My heart grows sad when seeing how far families and some of our country have grown away from the life we enjoyed growing up.

I was raised during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, and not a basic food group. We drank Kool-Aid or iced Tea made from water that came from our kitchen tap. We ate bologna sandwiches and peanut butter sandwiches, but mostly we ate homemade meals consisting of meat, potatoes, beans, & vegetables.

We ate breakfast at the table before going to school.

We had no cable TV or remote control, Dad used Me as the remote. We had just a few channels that you had to manually turn a large knob on the TV to switch channels, no microwave, or cell phones. and no computers. We watched TV as a family. Gunsmoke, Gilligan’s Island, Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Little House on the Prairie and Love Boat.

After school, we came home and did homework and watched the Brady Bunch, did some chores and watched some cartoons, American Bandstand on Saturday morning, or listened to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 on the radio.

Our fun was finishing chores and dinner so we could go outside to go to play with the neighborhood kids. We were inside at dark for bath and bedtime!

If we were bad in school, you got in trouble first there. When we got home, we got in trouble again (because your parents already knew). Paddling was allowed in school and you behaved yourself or else.

We LEARNED FROM our parents and grandparents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew nothing. What they said was the gospel. We were told to go play and we stayed out of our parent’s hair as we were told that children should be seen and not heard.

If someone had a fight, that’s what it was – a fistfight and you were back to being friends a few days later and the bullying pretty much ceased. Kids that were around guns were taught how to properly use them and to respect them and never thought of taking a life.

We ate around the dinner table and talked to each other as a family unit. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood for the National Anthem and we listened to our teachers.

We watched what we said around our elders because we knew If we DISRESPECTED any grown-up we would get our butts whipped. It wasn’t called abuse, it was called discipline!

We held open doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat without being asked. “Please, Thank you, Yes M’am and Yes, Sir” were part of our daily vocabulary!

We didn’t hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth and had to stand in the corner for quite some time.

We grew up with good, God-loving families.

Life seemed easier with less stress when we were kids. It seems that we complicate life when we become adults.

Thank You to our parents for showing us how to adapt to change and take responsibility seriously.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? If this brought back cherished memories you are Blesssed!

Can I get an Amen? Getting back to these things with our families and friend can be part of what “Making American Great Again” is about.

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08.26.19 Chauvin Produce Company – In Transition to the Fall Garden

Gardening is difficult when the weather is as hot has it has been.  The high today was in the high 70s so right after church today I spent several hours crawling around and working in our main vegetable garden. Pulling weeds has been difficult because the garden was so full. All weeds and dead leaves are now gone!  They will come back though! 😦  Many of the vegetables really needed tying up higher to the tall stakes and that was done today. Dirt gets washed away exposing the roots as time goes on so each plant got a fresh mound of dirt over the roots.

A lot has changed since I wrote last and we are transitioning to the Fall garden now.

While I worked in the garden Roy spent the whole afternoon assembling a square picnic table for family and friend gatherings.

My husband doesn’t do anything half way.  He could have assembled the picnic table and bench and walked away.  But these concrete squares are to go under each corners legs so it doesn’t sink into the ground and get uneven.  I’m already planning how to make that area down by the pond into something pretty where we’ll like to visit! It’s pretty far from the house but has a beautiful view of the pond!

Now to the garden. One thing we’ve learned is that we are either really not good at growing watermelons or the locations we’ve planted them in is no good.  We’ve had at least a dozen watermelons start to grow on the vines.  All but three withered up and died.   Two of the three are little and round, about two week old watermelons.  One got fairly large before we discovered it had been either eaten into or somehow went bad.  We’ve both agreed this may not be something we grow again next year.  After cutting off the bad part of the fairly large one, it was quite delicious.  I think we’ll get about three bowls full of watermelon from that one. I’ll leave the vines growing just in case a miracle happens and we get another nice size one!

We are proud that we grow okra really well.  Every day I cut at least one nice size okra from each plant.  Now that new branches are growing from near the bottom and okra are growing from there we have maybe 3 okra pods to pick from each plant.  I’ve shared okra, frozen sliced okra, cooked smothered okra, pickled okra, and boiled okra.  Every way I’ve fixed them has turned out great. The top of the okra plants are now around 7 feet tall.  I have to bend them over a lot to reach the top to snip off the okra pods!  Two of the plants have grown all the okra they are going to grow so I’ve cut them down to just above where the new bottom branches are growing. My smothered okra recipe will be included in the next blog post.

These tall scrawney okra plants are great producers.  You can see the yellow flower at the top and a flower near the bottom on the same plant where the new crop have started.

This one small okra plant is a different variety I tried this year from seed.  It’s the only seed of that variety that actually turned into a plant. It took longer to start producing but about a month ago it started producing an okra pod each day. These are some of the lower branches that are now producing okra.A pot of smothered okra and a pot of fresh potatoes

Bell peppers are another vegetable we grow well.  I’ve stuffed dozens of bell peppers. I also chopped up a lot of bell peppers and froze them.   I don’t know if it is our soil or the type of bell pepper seeds we grew we’ve grown but they don’t seem to get as big as the ones in the grocery.  They are however very tender and quite delicious! They are still producing quite a few in what I call their second season. This is a vegetable we will grow again. My stuffed bell pepper recipe will be included in the next blog post.

All of the sweet potatoes have been dug up.  The first batch stayed in the house for two weeks and then the storage shed for two weeks after digging them up.  They are now ready to cook.  Their shape is not always like the ones in the grocery. However, I’ve watched several videos about growing sweet potatoes and have found that other people have funky shaped sweet potatoes in their home gardens just like mine are. The second batch lived inside for a couple of weeks and have just been placed in the storage shed for the next two weeks.  I’ll let ya’ll know how the first batch of sweet potatoes tastes when they are cooked.  We’ve agreed we won’t be growing sweet potatoes anymore.  A lot of work and a lot of space for not many results.

This is the first batch that are ready to cook.

The second batch that will be ready after spending a couple of weeks in the warmth of the storage shed.  Aren’t they the weirdest shape things!?Our cucumbers are still producing. We’ve picked around 60 decent sized cucumbers so far. About a dozen cucumbers were yellowish in color as they grew.  They were delicious even though the cucumbers were yellow-skinned.  I’ve planted seeds three times since this planting season started.  The vines are sometimes strong and sometimes weak.  I learned I’m not great at pickling the cucumbers.  They get very soft though they taste okay.  I’ve fixed them a couple of different ways.  It’s a lot of work for something that doesn’t turn out great.

Roy’s new creole tomato plants are all producing at least one, some more.  Can’t wait for one to get ripe and taste it!

The original two rows of tomatoes are down to one plant! That one plant has one tomato on it and when that ripens we’ll pull it up.

The two rows above where those tomatoes grew will be planted with the cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprout plants that are almost ready to go in the garden.

The corn seeds planted about a month ago are growing well and most all have corn on them.

+The mirliton vines have been difficult to grow.  They do not make millions until August but so far we have no militon vegetables on the vines.  While the vines right now look okay and strong, during their growth they’ve been weak and then strong and then weak looking.  We were really hoping this would go well since we both love stuffed mirlitons and have such fond memories of Roy’s mom growing them in their garden.

Our fig trees are really weird.  These are a few of the figs still on the tree.  They are all still green.  Sometimes one will ripen and something eats part of it right away.  Most of them haven’t gotten anywhere near ripe. They have received a good soaking every day so we don’t know if something is wrong or if they are just late producers! 

The yellow onion crop was pretty small and the onions themselves were small.  I planted 100 yellow onion sets (tiny onions) and this is about half of what it produced. The largest ones are about tennis ball size.

We’re using the green tops of the onions on our baked potatoes tonight!

Our eggplants have done well.  The first group produced nice sized eggplants.  The second group produced mostly small ones.  Once they got about baseball size they fell off the bush.  If I didn’t get them off the ground the same day they rotted quickly.  The smothered eggplant casseroles turned out very tasty.  My smothered eggplant recipe will be included in the next blog post.

I love mangos and want to try growing them.  I found a video showing how to do that and am trying it!  The picture below shows the bottom half of a 2 liter bottle. The two baggies contain two different mango seeds.  I’ve always thought the seed was what was inside the mango that had lots of hair on it.  Come to find out that the actual seed is inside of that hairy thing.  The video said to gently dig out the seed and wrap it in a wet towel, then put it inside a zip lock bag for ten days.  At the end of the ten days you remove the papertowel wrapped seed from the baggy.  It is suppose to have a nice root growing on it.  You then add rocks and dirt to the empty bottle and plant the seed in it.  As the plant grows you put it in a larger container about every year.  Who knows if this will go well but it is too easy not to try!

The photo below shows the seeds wrapped up and the bottle cut in half. Here is a link to the video that taught me how to do this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV_J1ihtia8

The artichoke plant has not produced an artichoke but is still living so we’ll see how that does! If it’s not dead, it still has potential!

We’ve had so much rain, that continues this week that the garden has often been overflowing with water.  The seedlings are ready to plant but I’m waiting until the flood is over!

The fall garden will include cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, bell pepper, eggplants and okra. We’ll get a break in our gardening once we have our first freeze here.  I don’t know which vegetables can withstand the freeze but we have very few hours each year where the temperature is below freezing.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

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