02.19.20 Our day in New Orleans

Tuesday Roy and I drove the 90-minute ride to visit his parent’s graves at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery #1 in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans is where we grew up and lived the first 10 years of our married life.

It’s been a long time since we visited their graves. We set out from home at 9 am and stopped along the way to see the house and neighborhood that Roy grew up in on White Street in Metairie (the city next to New Orleans.) The street looks pretty much the same and the houses too. Other than some updates to houses and yards it could have been back when Roy and I were dating. Although it was totally renovated when it was sold after his parent’s death, we saw today that it wasn’t in the best of shape and needs a lot of maintenance.

Roy’s best friend growing up, Mike Brauninger, lived next door at this house.Looking down White Street from in front of the church next door.   Roy and I both lived in the same home all our lives.  His on White Street in Metairie and mine on Milne Street in New Orleans. When we left White Street in Metairie we went to uptown New Orleans near Soniat and Loyola. That is where Roy’s mom and dad’s graves are at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery #1 in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana.

Roy’s parents are the last two names on the marble stone.

His father, Theodore Chauvin 1915 – 1987

His mother, Vivian F. Chauvin 1914 – 2003  

We didn’t know if anyone brought flowers recently so we brought some pretty silk flowers for the grave. They look like something Roy’s parents would like. They are both really missed.Our morning in New Orleans included going by the home I was raised in on Milne Street. This is the I-10 exit to our home.

This is the tiny, 700 square foot home I was raised in! The empty lot to the left of our tiny home was where the house my grandmother, Mimi, lived. After Hurricane Katrina her house was torn down and our house was gutted and remodeled after being under water for two weeks.

My best friend growing up, Brenda Ellis lived in this house a block away.

Roy and I both noticed that the streets were still in deplorable condition, just like they have always been.

We ended the day shopping and enjoying some time at our favorite place, Sam’s Wholesale Club.

I took several photos while walking around the cemetery today and will share them in a separate post. New Orleans cemeteries are interesting, to say the least, so I hope you’ll check it out next!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

02.16.20 Chauvin Produce Company – The Seeds are Planted!

Saturday was a beautiful sunny 60-degree day at our home in Amite, Louisiana!  It was spent outside planting this year’s vegetable garden seeds in small pots.

Roy planted his creole tomato seeds a few weeks ago and they are doing very well. He planted those seeds differently than we did last year.

In past seasons I planted several seeds per pot and transplanted the healthiest plant into the garden. This year Roy planted only one seed per pot. All but two of his 18 potted seeds started growing well. He planted a fresh seed in each of those two pots and they are both doing well now.

This year he packed each pot also soaked each pot in water after packing down the potting soil. He then poked a hole about half an inch down and placed one seed in the pot covering it with dirt.

Since this seemed to work so well for his 18 tomato plants I did the same today for my 100+ plant seeds. From last year’s crop, I dried seeds for bell peppers, okra, eggplant, and cucumbers.    I might plant some of the watermelon seeds later on.

I purchased seeds for cherry tomatoes, carrots, spinach, and green beans. I did not grow spinach and green beans last year. I’ve never grown either of them so this is really new for me.  The carrots were grown last year in the garden near the pond. That location is not going to be a garden this year as it is the home of our precious Bo and Peep Ducks. The carrots are going to grow in the main garden this year.

I wrote the name of each plant on a popsicle stick.  I’m working on new rocks to identify the plant for each row in the garden. It takes the plant a few weeks of growth before I can tell them apart so the rocks serve a very important purpose.

We have four large white potatoes sprouting inside. Roy’s brother Paul brought us two mirliton plants that have nice vines already growing on them.

So the vegetable garden season has begun. At least inside it has.  The shelves and plant grow lights we purchased last year will be their home for a while now. Roy will till the soil before they begin their hardening process so they can survive outside.

So they are all lined up on the shelves and the germination process has begun!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

02.13.20 Our exercise class!

This was our exercise class today at the fitness center.

Ha ha! That really wasn’t our exercise class but it was too cute not to share!

Roy and I survived day two at the fitness center!  We tried out different equipment and worked out for about an hour! Afterward, we even walked all around Walmart. We’ll count shopping as part of our exercise time!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

02.10.20 When you realize Summer is coming and your winter body has gotten out of control!

I wrote somewhere recently that we are the proud new members of Anytime Fitness in Amite, our home town now. It wasn’t like we got this awesome benefit from our insurance company and we rushed right out to use it. We got the benefit effective January 2019 and thought it was nice but didn’t do anything about it. We are two old folks who have grown quite lazy and fat so it took us a year to take the big step to join! Roy says it’s 9 miles from our house and possibly best of all it is right next to LaCaretta Mexican Restaurant.

After we joined, it took us over a week to make our way into the fitness center for our first workout.

Look at me in the picture below, I am ashamed and shouldn’t show this to anyone but instead, I am showing it to all ya’ll! I am hopeful that you’ll be able to see me thinning down in the weeks to come. Why I can’t get skinny after the first workout I don’t know!Roy has been having Physical Therapy for the last couple of months for his back. He’s been doing exercises like this so he’s got a leg up on me – get it, leg up on me, see his legs!

Yesterday morning before we left to go work out, things weren’t looking good for us. No need to share the gory details but let’s say once we got there it went really well and we were very pleased. We worked out for about an hour and a half which really surprised me. We rode the bicycles, the elliptical, used machines for arms, legs, abdomen (you can tell that neither of us need the abdomen machine!).  We did a couple of machines for each body part. I started off today at the very minimum weights, Roy could handle more than I could.

Before we left the fitness center we both weighed which reinforced why we are working out! Then I got on a machine that shakes your whole body for 50 or 60 second. On high it shook my brain so I jumped off and turned it to low which was not really low but it was really cool! It is a great way to end a workout!

We are planning to go back this Wednesday and Friday and will share our progress here from time to time! When we went yesterday we left home at 1 pm and that will probably be our time to leave for future workouts. There were a few older folks there which made us feel much more comfortable about being there.

When I got up this morning, Tuesday some body parts ached a bit but not really bad. That is encouraging! I actually would like to go back again today instead of waiting for tomorrow but I think a day in between for our bodies to recover is wise at least at the beginning!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – 02.07.20 New Field of Dreams

MLB announcedlast week that the White Sox will host the Yankees in a “Field of Dreams” game in August of 2020. The game will take place in the new stadium built next to the iconic field from the movie. There will be 8,000 seats and fans will get to the new park through the cornfields around the original field where the movie was filmed. It seems like this is going to be one game only between the Yankees and the White Sox. I can’t wait to hear more information on this.

Roy and I were there in October of 2013 and LOVED IT!!  We recently ordered two canvas arts showing two great moments we had there. They are now on our living room wall next to our TV. I love that we are decorating the walls of our home with reminders of the precious memories we have from our six years living on the road. We just ordered three canvas arts with pictures we took at the Grand Canyon for our bedroom wall! I’m really looking forward to receiving those!

Back in October of 2013 when we visited Iowa I wrote the blog post below.

The original blog post from 10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – Both of our sons played baseball and softball growing up,  We had a baseball field in our side yard on Hinson Road, and we loved the movie Field of Dreams.

Betcha can’t guess where we went today!!!! That’s right, to the site of the Field of Dreams movie in Dyersville, Iowa. Roy played some ball with others including an older man dressed in an old-timey baseball uniform like they wore in the movie.

We went into the cornfields and out and in and out. I’m sure we looked like silly children and maybe we were today! It’s all still exactly like it was in the movie with the exception of a souvenir stand they added.

The family who has owned the property for years just sold it and we understand the new owners plan to add more ball fields so I’m glad we got to see it in its original form. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze.

Anyone who loves baseball or the movie should try to make it here to see it. The admission is free!

This was a very cool moment for us walking out of the corn!

fod7 (2)Roy absolutely loved having the opportunity to play ball on that field!

fod2fod 11fod 112 fod 13  fod 15 Some of the photos from when the movie was filmed therefod sign 2 fod sign

Dora was able to pull right up to the field. I loved this part!fod1  fod3 fod5 fod6

Looking out from inside the rows of corn!fod8 fod9 fod10 fod11We’re on our way to Chicago now. We really loved the beauty and farmland of Iowa. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between Iowa and Illinois. After as much flat land as we saw on the Iowa side, it immediately became hilly and even mountainous on the Illinois side of the river. The Mississippi River here was way bigger than it was at the headwaters up in Itasca, MN but not nearly like it is in New Orleans. There was a pretty beach with a boat launch on the Illinois side of the river. At first, we saw no cornfields but now that we’re further into the state they are everywhere here too. We hope to pull into Chicago before dark. We couldn’t find an RV park that we could afford within 2 hours of Chicago so we’re heading to our old tried but true Wal-Mart. We’ve pulled off the road at a rest stop for Roy to take a little nap since we’re going pretty far today and he did play baseball earlier!  We have some tentative plans for what we’ll do in Chicago so stay tuned for the next installment of our travels!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

Currently, it was one of those times when we were both as happy as two little kids can be. Of all the places I’d love to go back to this is at the top of the list.  I’d want both of our sons’ families to join us. I can just imagine how much fun that would be seeing both boys hitting home runs out into the cornfield! Oh, how much fun our youth baseball time was! If you have a love for baseball this Field of Dreams is a definite on any bucket list!

 

 

02.04.20 My child wouldn’t do that!!!???

These priceless photos of kiddos getting into mischief or just plain having fun exploring made me laugh.

My own two sons were perfectly behaved and never got into such mischief. A Pinocchio like nose grows longer as I write.

I hope these make you smile, giggle, laugh, shake your head in amazement, whatever!

    

I hope ya’ll enjoyed these little funnies!

Have a Blessed Week!

02.02.20 Meeting our Lord in Heaven

This is my VERY favorite picture of what it might possibly be like seeing God for the first time in Heaven!

Most pics of God are sweet and humbling. I get it. But this!

This is exactly how I want to run into His arms and say “It’s YOU! It’s really YOU! Oh how I LOVE YOU!”

It totally captures how I picture my first few moments in Heaven! Whoo hoo!!


Knowing this is what will happen when I die, helps me cope with the knowledge that this life will end. When that moment comes I will get to experience all this picture conveys. Eternity is a long time, like “an eternity!” I’ll get to live eternally with my God and I just had to share this picture with ya’ll.

Oh how I want this very thing for all of you! My life here on earth is not perfect, mostly my doing, but some of it is God teaching me through trials and hard times. After this earthly life is over, I know I will spend eternity in Heaven and that makes my heart so happy with smiles!

Do you have that assurance?

I hope ya’ll 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!

 

 

01.28.20 Hallelujah – Veterans Version

I recently heard this Veterans Version of the song Halleluja. Watching the pictures in the video got me to thinking about all the young men and women who right now are laying their life on the line for us to be a free country. We owe them so much and this version is a great tribute to all Veterans.

Sailor Jerri, as the musician goes by, is a veteran of the United States Navy who worked as an Aviation Mechanic on F/A-18 Hornets. Now out of the military, Jerri is pursuing her music career. Recently she wrote her own version of lyrics to create the Veterans Version of “Hallelujah” — and already it is becoming a huge hit with tons of support from veterans, military families, and patriotic listeners.

The lyrics reflect a veteran’s story and heartfelt emotions at the price too many have seen from war. Those lyrics, mixed with Sailor Jerri’s beautiful voice, is something incredible that I hope you will enjoy!

 

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!