04.30.16 Three Years Living On The Road!

dora sign on rvSaturday, April 30, 2016 –  Wow, it’s almost May already!

Roy and I have been full timing on the road for three years now!  And we’re still married!!!  I actually think our marriage is better than ever since we started this “Thinking Outside the Box” lifestyle. I’m going to try to summarize the last three years in one blog today.

If you’ve been following this blog you will know everything I’m going to say, in great detail!  If you’re new to following our blog this will kinda, sorta catch you up to date on what’s been going on in the Chauvin’s life the last three years.

The heroic Conroe, TX police department!
The heroic Conroe, TX police department!

After a hair raising experience trying to purchase a motor home in Conroe, TX,, in October 2012 we purchased Dora our Motorhome in Louisiana in November of 2012.  We lived in it in the driveway of our sticks and bricks, waiting for the house to sell.  Roy retired from Southeastern in January of 2013.

When the house stubbornly didn’t sell we rented it out, I retired, and we headed north in April of 2013, three years ago.  We traveled through and saw lots of beauty in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota before landing in Minnesota.  While in South Dakota we became South Dakota residents which helped us reduce our automobile insurance by almost half.

We lived in Minnesota for several months right on the Canadian border at Northern Lights Resort as workampers.  Workampers are people who live in any type of RV and want to work a bit rickspic4while in a specific area.  We chose Minnesota because it was as far away as we could get from the summer heat in Louisiana.  Summers in Minnesota are blissfully wonderful! It was still snowing there when we arrived in early May – weird for two Louisiana kids!

We left Minnesota in October of 2013 headed south towards Louisiana for Christmas.  We traveled through and saw a lot of wonderful things in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 with our families.  We decided that future visits home needed to include a more permanent place for us to park Dora, our motorhome than hopping from local RV resort to another local RV resort.

http _99designs.com_attachments_32835390~7f1482ef84aa335d9d2430b0efa8abf95d3ff21b_viewI started an online administration job with a company called RVillage.com where I still work.  It allows me to work while on the road, on my own schedule for much less than full time hours.

2014-01-18_11-01-31_397We spent January and February 2014 traveling along the Gulf Coast and through Florida seeing Disneyworld, St. Augustine where we visited some great friends and had our windows redone so we could see clearly through them!

In March we headed to San Diego, Texas where we took care of a Ranch there for two months while the owners were in Europe.   We returned home in May where we learned our sticks and bricks house renters were going to move out since their lease was up.

We worked hard getting the sticks and bricks ready to put back on the market and we finally did that.  During summer 2014 Roy took a temporary job at Southeastern (where he retired from) doing computer hardware work, just like he did before retiring.

In December 2014 our house finally sold!  We found a beautiful piece of land in Amite, Louisiana about 30 miles from Hammond.  We bought it, did lots of work on the property, built a small 20150325_130951house and created a parking pad with adjoining cement patio for Dora’s new home!  We have full hookups and a beautiful garden here to enjoy while we’re home.  We rented out the house to a wonderful couple who take care of it like it’s their own.  God’s blessing abound!

In May 2015 we headed west and saw the majestic beautify of the west, north west and south west.  We traveled through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado (oh wow!), Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, 20151002_150710 (Medium)Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  We saw so many amazing sights during this 6 months of travel!  I’ve uploaded thousands of photos to this blog site so if you want to see them check out May 2015 to October 2015 blog posts.

By the time we got to Texas in October 2015, we were fairly homesick and drove straight through Texas to get home to Louisiana in late December.  We will make a trip just through Texas sometime in the future.

We stayed home for a few months this time since there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, our son Chip’s wedding in January 2016, and 20160116_174808two granddaughter’s birthdays in March as well as a family gathering for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Metairie. Living in an RV we can travel when we want, so staying home for these important events was a no brainer!  In between the family events Roy had full knee replacement surgery near Memphis Tennessee in January where we stayed for two weeks after so he could recover.

Before leaving home Roy designed and ordered online transparent signs to adhere to Dora’s back side and to Boot’s (our truck) tailgate.   People ask us about them while we’re on the road and it’s turned out to be a great way for folks to learn about our blog since they both have rosalynandroy.com at the bottom!

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We left Louisiana in late March  2016 traveling along the Gulf Coast headed for several months traveling up the East Coast.  Well,  after one month on the road we learned that Madisyn (our 7 year old granddaughter) was going to play softball.  After loving seeing her dad and his brother play ball for so many years, we just couldn’t miss this opportunity to have fun seeing Madisyn play.  This meant packing up and heading back to Louisiana about 3 weeks ago.  We’ll be here until after her last game, end of May.

That wraps up our last three years, quite summarized.  I’ve written over 500 blog posts during this time so you can see that this is truly just a summary!

We’ve been blessed to have a family and church family back home that makes returning a joy .  We make an effort to spend quality time with Chip and his family while we’re home.  Lots of memories for us to look back on!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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01.01.14 Reflecting on God’s Blessings in 2013

new yers 2014Happy New Years to everyone!  My New Years resolution is to travel more – I think this is one we’ll keep!

What a year of blessings 2013 has been.  It hasn’t all been blessings but I am choosing to write off the bad things. I’ve forgiven those who have hurt me, prayed for them and now it’s time to put them in the past. The blessings below are just some of what God has provided for us this year but I do want to share these.

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  1. Living in Northern Minnesota for the summer with its magnificent beauty, perfect weather and a new culture for us to learn about.  Living with the loons, chipmunks, lots of wild blueberries and raspberries all near the beautiful lake that is Lake Kabetogama.

  2. Making friends with Russ and Annie Johnson in Minnesota.  We worked together, shared fun times and we plan to visit them in Florida very soon!

  3. Making friends with Nichole and  Ron Aschliman’s family in Indiana.  They blessed us so much by inviting us to their home and farm for dinner and fellowship.

  4. Seeing so many of God’s creations around the USA this year.

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  1. Being able for the first time in my life to read and read and read whenever I wanted to

  2. Being able to spend countless happy moments with my husband Roy in our adventures.

  3. Being able to come back to Louisiana for Thanksgiving and Christmas and re-connect with those who matter most to us.

  4. Seeing my son in a wonderful relationship with his girlfriend Kimberly. We are looking forward to seeing what their future holds knowing they are both dedicated to following God’s will in their lives.

  5. Meeting and getting to know Kimberly’s twin sons, Braxton and Bentley and cuddle and kiss on them.

  6. Reconnecting with our precious granddaughter Madisyn. Spending time getting to enjoy the growing young lady she is puts a smile in both our hearts.

  7. Being able to attend different churches throughout the United States and learn about their beliefs, experiencing different worship styles and fellowshiping with other Christians from those different churches.

  8. Establishing a new hometown in Madison, SD which oddly enough is similar to our real hometown of Hammond, LA

  9. Receiving personally autographed pictures of Drew Brees!

15, Being able to help at Kabetogama Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School

  1. Finding our wonderful real estate agent Jamie and her getting a contract to sell our rental house before it ever went on the market – full price and a cash sale too!

  2. Our son Chip taking care of emptying the rental house, doing repairs inside and outside, going to the Act of Sale for us and much more!

  3. Jamie also finding a renter for our own sticks and bricks house and finding them to be wonderful renters since then.

  4. Living in an area for several weeks where the Amish live and getting to see them up close, even doing laundry with them.  Learning about their lives and developing a respect for them.

  5. Worshiping God again in our home church.  Hearing our choir sing for Christmas was a highlight of our return to Louisiana.

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Each of the places below were blessings as we discovered parts of our beautiful country.

Vince Schute Bear Sanctuary in Minnesota where we watched bears in their natural habit quite up close

Soudan Ore mine a mile below the surface in Minnesota

The headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park in Minnesota

The Corvette assembly plant and national museum in Kentucky

Eating Chicago deep dish style pizza for the first time in Chicago

Seeing pro MLB Louisville Slugger baseball bats being made in Kentucky

Learning about cheesecake making at Eli’s Cheesecake Company and winning our own whole cheesecake in Chicago

Saw a Minnesota Twins game in Minneapolis

Visiting Soldier Field in Chicago

Visiting Wrigley Field in Chicago

Visiting a bank that Jesse James robbed decades ago in Indiana

Attending our first ever Callithumpian parade in Decatur, Indiana and a 4th of July parade in International Falls, MN

Seeing hundreds of miles of corn fields along all of the highways and in any available planting space throughout 3 states

Floating down an underground river in Lost River Cave in Kentucky

Touring both the Winnebago RV and Fleetwood RV manufacturing plants learning more about how these huge moving homes are put together.

Touring the South Bend Chocolate company in Indiana and sampling some of their goodies

Walking the 500 stairs in Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and surviving!

Experiencing a great deal of awe at the Field of Dreams in Iowa

Met Dr. Schnell who treated Roy’s hurting knee in Minnesota

Getting to experience the glorious changing of leaf colors while the new cold weather traveled south with us!

Toured Lake Superior from the water on the Vista Cruise Fleet in Duluth, Minnesota

Toured Duluth, Minnesota by land on the North Scenic Railroad

Toured the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota

Took an amazing pontoon boat adventure in the freezing cold in Voyageurs National Park to the Kettle Falls Hotel and Restaurant and the Ellsworth Rock Garden

Ate at the amazing Lambert’s Restaurant in Branson

Saw the production of  Joseph (from the Bible) at Sights and Sounds Theatre in Branson

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I am exhausted just listing all that and yet we did that all since May of 2013.  This change of lifestyle has been a huge leap of faith for both of us but looking back on all we’ve seen, done and experienced this year makes me certain it’s the right thing for us to be doing. We’ve learne and done so much and experienced so many adventures that I love writing my blog about and hope to continue to do so!

We’ve stayed in town for the holidays long enough to be here during Mardi Gras king cake season and are enjoying one right now.  We hope to leave Louisiana next week sometime and are starting to make plans for seeing and doing more adventurous things as we continue our travels.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

12.29.13 I am a Southern girl no matter where we travel!

a southern by grace of godI am a Southern girl, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matter where our travels take us I will always be a Southern girl. I feel truly blessed to be Southern by the Grace of God!   Traveling has emphasized our  southern uniqueness to me and the graphic quotes below share some of our uniqueness so I’d like to share them with you.

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a louisiana pride

Everything about this short piece encompasses most of what is near and dear to our Southern hearts.

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a cajun food

This is soooooo very true. Cajun food is not hot spicy food, it’s cooked with a lot of love, cooked slow, most always a ROUX and perfect full bodied seasonings. Cajun food cooked elsewhere is usually just so spicy hot you can’t breathe, but not true southern cajun food!

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a cajun hot tub

Crawfish in Louisiana is the best comfort food you can imagine. A wonderful afternoon spent eating (and yes I mean all afternoon) around a big table with either a hole in the middle or a big can nearby for your crawfish shells. Tables piled high with crawfish, ears of corn, potatoes, mushrooms and whatever else your family likes to boil with the crawfish. Nothing tops this!

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a cajun ten

No this is now how we learn our ten commandments. Those are learned from the Bible but this is certainly a perfect cajun way to describe them.

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a dinner plate

Us Southerners are big people because of this. If someone is sick, you feed them. if someone dies, you feed the family. If a friends relationship breaks up, you bring them food or take them out to eat. If someone does something great, you have a party with food. If nothing is happening you create something by cooking and inviting family or friends over. Every aspect of our lives involves delicious home cooked food. I’m a firm believer that Southern Baptists are the best at pot luck dinners that there is. If you really love someone you bring them banana pudding!

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a fairy tale

What can I say about this one, except it’s true!

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a fix

I believe I could write all day about this one but I’ll try to be brief. Southerners don’t realize that fixin is not a term that other folks use and certainly can’t imagine why they don’t understand it. I’ve been fixin food, fixin to leave, fixin to go to bed, fixin to go to work, fixin to go to church and fixin to dozens and dozens of other things all my life and never ever thought it was odd. Fixin means either “getting ready to” or “I am cooking”. And why we say it, I don’t know. Southern language can be a lazy language and somewhere back when someone must have started to say that one word instead of the three words and it stuck.

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a redneck tips

My hometown is New Orleans Louisiana but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Hammond, Louisiana. I’m very proud of both places and they are each definitely part of what makes me the woman I am!

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a southern belle

Mama always taught me to say “Yes, Mam” and “No Mam” and the same for men except for saying Sir. She explained to me that regardless of someone’s age I must always say those things to show respect. Sometimes others tell me I don’t need to tell them that, especially younger folks, but I still do cause my southern Mama told me to!

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a saints

The New Orleans Saints are the heart of the City of New Orleans and all of the State of Louisiana. I’ve unfortunately wanted to beat folks as we’ve traveled if they had something negative to say about the Saints. Being the southern lady I am I held back!

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a southern ladies

No I’ve never ever worn one of these beautiful Southern dresses but when I see this I’d sure like to pour myself a cold glass of iced tea and sit on a porch somewhere rocking for a spell!

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a southernersI see nothing odd about any of this.  Doesn’t everyone do this!

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I will take this thought with me as we get back on the road. We’ll still be in the Deep South for a while in Florida, the gulf coast and out into the southern west. I look forward to seeing how truly Southern those other places are compared to my hometowns!
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12.27.13 Waiting and waiting and getting back on the road soon!

Waiting seems to be our theme lately.

Roy’s been waiting and waiting and waiting to have his knee surgery.

I’ve been waiting and waiting to have the MRI to determine the proper treatment for my neck and shoulder pain.

Last Sunday Roy started running fever and got a lot of congestion in his chest.  The fever stopped after Sunday but came back Christmas evening.  The day after Christmas we had his pre-op visit with his orthopedic doctor.  Roy had several questions about the surgery and the doctor explained everything to him.  I could tell Roy wasn’t real pleased or sold on the answers he got.  The doctor prescribed Roy a strong antibiotic for Roy’s chest congestion and fever and said they could do the surgery if he was well by Saturday with no fever.  After leaving his office Roy expressed his reluctance to have his doctor do the surgery because of the older methods he uses.  When we got back home Roy shared some of his research with me on newer more minimally invasive techniques available.  We agreed he wouldn’t have the surgery done here and would check out doctors in our travel who did the surgery like he wants.

Again this means a whole revamping of our immediate plans.  No surgery means no reason to stay in town and move to Punkin Park on Saturday for the month.  Our new plan (and there are always new and revised plans in RV living – which is something we are slowly getting use to, me being a plan driven person) is to stay at Berryland Campers until at least next Thursday when they open up again after the holidays.  Roy has several computers to set up software on which he was going to do week after next, but now he’ll be doing it next Monday and Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.  Once that work is complete we can move out for Florida where we will have some windows on our RV replaced.  We’re also going to Disneyworld to apply for future jobs.  It’s highly recommended that you go there to apply instead of doing it on line so we’ll go there and of course play a day or two at Disney while we’re there!!

We’ve been getting hitch itch more and more lately so it’s great for us to have the opportunity to get back on the road.  We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with family and friends over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and are thankful for this time to reconnect with our roots and enjoy being truly Southern again for a while. The extended stay has been difficult because everyone is at work, school or whatever all the time and there aren’t many places for us to visit like there is on the road.

Christmas  morning was spent with my sister Harriett’s family (Roy was home sick though) and that was quite a special treat.  She and my brother in law George have her children and grandchildren over for Christmas breakfast after the kids open their presents at their own homes.  She served quite a spread and I enjoyed the food tremendously but nothing compared to the joy of watching her children and grandchildren open all their presents as they exchanged gifts.  I even got some nice gifts including a hand painted bird house my sister Harriett painted for me.  It will have a prominent place on our passenger side side mirror when we are parked. These precious memories, along with spending time with our son Chip and his family will hold us for a while once we get on the road.

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Once I get the MRI results next Monday or Tuesday I’ll know what the next step for me is.  My orthopedic doctor said that probably it will involve a shot in my neck to calm down the spasms and inflammation caused by the bone on bone in my vertebrae.  This shouldn’t delay us getting back on the road by more than a few days so by the second week in January we should be heading out on our adventures.   We both miss the traveling and seeing new things.  I’ve applied for several state park and federal park jobs in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nevada so hopefully by the time we’re finished in Florida one of those jobs will become a reality so we’ll know where we’re headed then!

I don’t think I said in previous posts that I only made it through one week of working at Textbook Rentals.  The work involved a lot of lifting heavy books over my head or down below and after only three days my neck and shoulders were so inflamed I went to the physical therapist on Thursday for some relief.  Realizing that I couldn’t continue doing this type of work with my neck in the condition it was in, I told the manager I wouldn’t be back after Christmas.  I’m finding out that my mind thinks my body is much younger and in better shape than it really is.  I enjoyed being with the people there and making some new friends and I really loved just being back on Southeastern’s campus even if just for a wee bit!

In a previous post I said we went to Acquistapace’s Grocery and how I loved their cheese section.  The next time we went they were having a cheese tasting with a long table filled with different cheeses to try out.  Below are pictures of that event and an up close of the blueberry cheese that was delicious!

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I’ll leave you with some pictures of my family Christmas with my sister’s kids and grandchildren. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family who loves me even though they know me well!   Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

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12.13.13 Touring the Abita Springs Brewery and other recent stuff!

We’ve been at Abita Springs RV Park since this past Monday.  It’s very nice with very tall pine trees.  It is mostly Class A motor homes here which is odd because it’s usually about half and half Class A and Fifth wheelers.

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Christmas decorations are on and around the RVs.  Our RV is decorated for Christmas with a wreath out front and a few little decorations and decorated presents on the dashboard.  Madisyn and I hung several ornaments on a decorative string across part of the inside.  That’s about all we have room for but it looks nice and we’re happy!

Roy’s right knee surgery has been rescheduled for December 30th.  His  left ankle is healing well and he should be very good to go by the 30th.  He would have been ready the week before but the doctor isn’t doing any surgeries the week of Christmas.

Our ex-daughter in law’s brother’s funeral was today and we attended it at River Rock Church in Loranger, LA.  He was killed in an accidental gun shooting while he was hunting last week.  He was only 33 and was a really nice guy and a good father to his two children and brother to his sister Liz.  The service was made even more special today when they played a video of his recent baptism in a river near y.  His pastor spoke about what a changed man Joseph was after he gave his life to the Lord.  What a wonderful witness this was to all who heard the message. Please keep Liz and Madisyn in your prayers during this very hard time.

When we left the funeral in Loranger to return to Abita Springs I looked up information about touring Abita Springs Brewery.  It was 1:15 p.m. and the website said the next tour would start at 2:00 p.m.  Perfect timing for us to stop there just in time for the tour.  It’s not a big place but they produce a lot of different types of beer.  The tour starts by everyone getting a taste of any of the several flavors they produce.  We then watched a video about how the beers are made and the processes they use.  We all lined up outside the Brewery door and went in to learn more and see where the products are all manufactured.   We were there for about 45 minutes and it was good that it wasn’t a long tour because of Roy’s ankle but he made it and enjoyed himself.

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I have a temporary job now which I’ll start on Monday at Southeastern Louisiana University (where I retired from!) in Textbook Rentals where the students return their books to at the end of the semester and pick them up from when the new semester starts.  I’ll work this next week, be off for two weeks and then work for 3-4 weeks in January til the 31st.  Roy’s surgery will be while I”m off the two weeks so I’ll be able to stay home with him. We’ll be moving to Berryland Camping in Hammond for a week and then to Punkin Park Campground in Hammond for the duration of Roy’s recovery and my time working.

While we were staying at Calloway in Hammond we had a visit from Christina and Sue Picou and Sue’s grandsons Ricky (Amy’s son) and Nicholas (Christina’s son).  They are a little over a year old and walking.  We had a wonderful visit and the picture below is of me sitting with the two little guys! Also below are a couple of pictures from a visit with Kim, Chip, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley.  We’re going to visit with them tomorrow after church and I can’t wait to gobble them up.  They are so precious!

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Trinity’s Children’s Choir presented their Christmas music last Sunday night and it was such a blessing to hear their beautiful voices sing about Jesus.  I could see lots of proud parents smiling in the audience as their little one’s sang their hearts out.

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Our Adult Choir is performing it’s Christmas music this Sunday morning at 10:45.  These two events are two of my biggest reasons to be happy about being home for Christmas.  I don’t think I’ve ever missed either singing in or hearing the Adult Choir sing for Christmas.  What a blessing to have such strong music talent in our home church.

The weather here has been cold and hot and cold and hot  for the last couple of weeks and here’s a graphic that shows it perfectly!

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My physical therapy is on hold for now because of the temporary job and until I back to the doctor the week of Christmas.  Physical Therapy has helped but hasn’t made the pain go away all the time.   At least now I am not in constant pain and for that I’m very thankful.

We’ve discovered this wonderful local store here called Aquistapace’s.  I like cheese but usually am not nuts about cheese.  However, this place has a wonderful cheese section with more types of cheese than I’ve ever seen.  They have gouda cheese with blueberries in it and another with raspberries in it and many more different varieties of cheeses.  Even their regular white cheddar was delicious.  If you love cheeses I’d highly recommend this place.  It’s also has lots of local foods and we’re going back there today to see what we can find this time.  It is so neat to discover new places in your home state!

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Our fourth seeded Southeastern’s Lions are playing University of New Hampshire in the quarter-finals of  the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship this evening at our own Strawberry Stadium.  We’ll be listening on the radio to this as it’s only on ESPN3 and we do not get that, even if we pay.  I’m so proud of our team and wish them the best this evening!

Ya’ll have a great weekend and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

12.07.13 Here Kitty and Hammond Christmas Parade

This post was written back in December when we were home in Louisiana for Christmas.  I didn’t realize until now that it was never published so I’m doing that today.  It may not make sense time wise in our travels but here it is!!!


I said I wasn’t going to write until next week but I got to thinking (Roy always says uh oh when I say that!).  I’ve posted so many pictures about things that we saw in other states so I think it’s only fair for folks that follow us from around the US to see what happens in our little corner of the country!

This is what the New Orleans Superdome looks like welcoming  (or perhaps it’s warning) the Carolina Panthers.  Had to show this, I love it! There is nothing like the spirit surrounding football in Louisiana!

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We went to the Hammond Christmas parade Saturday with Madisyn, our son Chip, his girlfriend Kim and Kim’s little boy’s Braxton and Bentley.

chip roy kimWe had a wonderful time and it was between 38 to 40 degrees which for you northerners is quite, quite cold for Louisiana.  The little boys were bundled, covered and covered more to keep the cold out! We all had many multiple layers on and still managed to catch tons of doubloons, beads, candy and cups.  How nice it felt to go to a Louisiana parade again! There is nothing like it and to get to go to it with our family was the best!  Here are some pictures from the parade.

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We are looking forward to attending our church Children’s Choir Christmas presentation this evening followed by the Saints in the Dome (on TV) to top off the weekend! This is a great time of year to be home. Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

11.26.13 Here’s what’s been going on! Review of Jellystone Yogi Bear in Robert, LA

THANKSGIVINGDAY“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col. 2:6-7

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Hi folks, it’s me again!

I said I wouldn’t be writing much but my mind has become so use to writing about everything we did for the last year that it’s finding it hard to do things without writing about it! Here’s a summary of our last two weeks!

Updates on our medical issues:

Roy’s full knee replacement surgery is scheduled for Monday, December 9th in the early morning.  He’s had his pre-op testing done and will see his primary care physician this coming Monday for full clearance. We will leave Hammond Sunday December 8th and head over to TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian Mississippi for a 4-5 week stay while Roy recovers.  It’s the only place we could find to hook up for an extended period of time while he recovers so there is no moving the RV around while he’s healing. We will be working it out with the doctor next Thursday about rehab and all so we maybe driving back and forth to Hammond, or having rehab in Pass Christian.  We’ll see!

My x-ray showed there is no space between two of my lower neck vertebrae like all the others have so they know that’s where the problem is.  However my insurance won’t pay for an MRI on my neck until I have three weeks of conservative treatment (physical therapy) so this is my second week of PT.  I love the traction, heat with stimulators, and ultrasonic heat but some of the exercises really flared up the nerve in my neck so they changed the exercises to accommodate that.  I go back two days next week and I don’t know about after that. The ladies at Affiliated Therapy are great, as they’ve always been for previous PT.  Thanks to Debbie and the gang for your help with my pain in the neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REVIEW OF YOGI BEAR RESORT! We are currently staying at Jellystone Yogi Bear Resort in Robert, Louisiana.  It’s got everything a child could want for recreation and entertainment during the warm months (which are numerous) here in Louisiana.  The RV sites are concrete with trees around however where we’re parked Dora, the trees don’t  interfere with our satellite reception which is a huge plus. The campground staff has been very friendly and helpful during our stay. Since it’s cold weather right now the place isn’t as full as it would be during the summer.  More than half of the resort is year-round sites with cabins,  travel trailers, class A motor homes or 5th wheels parked with a little yard all set up.  I think that’s kind of neat.  We leave here on Thanksgiving, after a two week stay and are leaving two pleased campers!  Wish we could stay much much longer but  our free time here is up! They are part of our Coast to Coast membership so we stayed here at no cost which is a special plus!

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Madisyn and Grannie made peach jello with peach pieces in it and she’s enjoying some outside with Paw Paw!
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Their nightly ice cream “thing”!

We stopped by Southeastern our first day in and saw a lot of our Southeastern family.  So good to see their smiling faces and get to catch up some.  We’ve visited often with Madisyn, Chip, Kim, Braxton and Bentley.  Madisyn and I collected pine cones out here and painted the tips then sprinkled glitter over them.  She’s very creative and sat still for a long time focusing on the craft.  We’ve all enjoyed doing the things we use to do regularly together even if just for a little while now. She and Paw Paw enjoy special time having ice cream before bedtime and I get to snuggle with her and sing bedtime songs while she falls asleep.  There are dozens of other special times but not enough room to write them all!  We’ve enjoyed Saints games with Chip, Kim and the boys.  Getting to know the little boys and Kim has been a blessing! When the boys smile at us our hearts just melt!  They are adorable!

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Our home church the year it snowed!

We went to church last Sunday at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana for the first time in 7 months.  It was a great feeling to fellowship with and hug so many members of our church family.  Our pastor, Dr. Randy Davis, always preaches a Biblically true sermons and this Sunday didn’t disappoint! What a blessing to be in God’s house!  We’ve attended several different churches in our travels and it truly is nice to be back at our home church! Looking forward to hearing the choir sing some while we’re home too!

We’re having gumbo for our non-traditional Chauvin Thanksgiving and are headed to Calloway Campground in Hammond for 10 days!

Ya’ll enjoy your families today on Thanksgiving and ya’ll come back ya’ hear!

11.18.13 Bye Bye Kentucky, Hello Louisiana!!!

The last of our touring ended with the Lost River Cave when we decided to head straight back home to Louisiana. We decided home was where we wanted to be instead of seeing more in other states right now.

We left a snowy Kentucky last Tuesday morning and spend Tuesday night at the Mississippi Welcome Center parking lot.  When we arrived in Mississippi we noticed a lot of water coming out from under Dora.  Roy tried to find out what he could there in the parking lot but had no success then.  He did determine it was probably coming from our fresh water tank so we felt we were okay to make the rest of the trip to Hammond. IMG_20131112_061441_589 IMG_20131112_061459_953 IMG_20131112_061534_471 IMG_20131112_062612_146 IMG_20131112_062616_863 IMG_20131112_062634_568

Wednesday morning we headed to Hammond and arrived at Berryland Camper before noon.  We made an appointment for them to check out the water leak and stayed in their RV parking area overnight since our reservations were not until Thursday at Jellystone Yogi Bear Campground in Robert.

Wednesday after lunch we surprised our son Chip at his work at Bill Hood Ford.  He was very very surprised since we didn’t tell anyone we were heading home before we originally planned to.  We went with him over to Madisyn’s new home nearby and had a wonderful reunion with her.  When she saw us pull up she spotted her Paw Paw and clung to him crying such sweet tears of happiness.  I got my turn with her too and didn’t want to let go.  She was so happy wanting to show us everything around her new home.  We brought her home with us to see Dora and later we all went over to Chip’s apartment for dinner and to meet Chip’s girlfriend Kimberly and her two little boys Braxton and Bentley.  We really like Kimberly and the boys and had a marvelous evening getting to visit and have fun together.  Roy took a video of us that we thought was only a delayed snapshot.  We kept saying cheese and you can see how happy we all were!  This is a link to it on facebook.

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Madisyn went home with us to spend the night. When we were going to sleep she asked me if I’d sing her the hush a bye song I always sang her (I sang it to her daddy Chip and his brother, our oldest son, every evening when they were little) so I sang it through a couple of times and she was sound asleep.  I slept so soundly with that little one snuggled on my shoulder!  When we woke up in the morning I told her I was so happy she came to spend the night and she said “I’m just so happy to see you!” A child’s love is so healing and such a blessing! We took Madisyn to her pre-k school and got to see her class, teachers, and the playground (very important).

On Thursday morning before we left Berryland Campers, Roy got under Dora and figured out what the water leak problem was, replaced the part and Dora’s all fixed.  He’s pretty amazing like that! We cancelled the appointment to have her fixed and headed over to Yogi Bear and found our spot here where we’ll stay for a week or two.  We really like it here and look forward to a fun time with Madisyn on Saturday enjoying some of the recreation at the campground.

Madisyn came to stay with us Saturday and Sunday.  Paw Paw planned a tea party for us, we took her all around the campground playing putt putt and other things.

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After the tea party and playing, Paw Paw and Madisyn had their special ice cream time.  She even licked the bottom of the bowl! Within 15 minutes of finishing the ice cream she was sound asleep

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We went to Chip and Kimberly’s church with them Sunday morning  and they came over for BBQ after and then to watch the Saints win!!!  We got to play with Madisyn, Bentley and Braxton and we were absolutely dead when they all left but oh so happy. In the picture of Bentley (left) and Braxton (right), Bentley does look like that but this must be Braxton’s wicked smile we captured!

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Roy saw the orthopedic doctor yesterday and is scheduled to have knee replacement surgery on December 9th.  I’ve been having neck and shoulder pain since we left Minnesota and am going to have physical therapy for the next three weeks and then possibly have an MRI  to find out what’s causing it and what to do! I don’t plan to write very much about our time at home with family and friends (I will let you know how Roy’s knee surgery goes)  but if you are followers of our blog you’ll know when we begin posting again since WordPress sends you an email.

If I don’t write before then ya’ll have a very Blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Dora, Boots and the Chauvi’s

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

11.18.13 Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY

The last of our field trips in Kentucky was to the Lost River Cave in Bowling Green.  After the excessive walking of the last three tours we chose an underground river boat tour which was a very different and welcome cave experience.

There are four blue holes outside around the cave which use to be underground water that the ground on top of it wore out and the water came to the surface and it’s blue in color.  We walked along a trail to get to the cave.

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To the left of where you get in the boat there is a big open air ballroom that people in old times would dance on to the music of a big band.  The original rock stairway that guests would come down to the dance floor has crumbled and was replaced by a metal staircase which you’ll see in the photo.

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We climbed aboard the boat and were treated to a short but very interesting tour of the cave.  Right after taking off we all had to lean forward so our heads would make it under the very low hanging rock formation that was fairly long.  When we were stooping down, we could reach up and touch the roof which was very smooth.  Once we were past that we could see many formations and a couple of times the boat bumped up against an underground rock which sounded like thunder when it hit.  The temperature in the cave was around 58 and the water temperature was 50.

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Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!