04.13.16 Roy’s Pot of Gumbo and We’re Heading Home!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 –  Remember a few days ago I shared our travel plan for the next few weeks.  Well scratch all of it!!!  I’ll tell you why we are scratching it, after I share what my amazing husband has done!

I’ve been the gumbo cooker our whole married life.  I’ve downsized the recipe to fit into our RV lifestyle but it still had most of the same flavor.  Roy decided recently he was going to make a pot of gumbo himself, for the very first time, EVER!!!

After he researched his mom’s recipe which is what I follow and some ideas from the internet, he put together a list of ingredients we needed to purchase.  We did that Sunday after church.

This morning I woke up around 8 am and the aroma of cooking gumbo filled all my senses!  He had all the chopping done before I got up.  If you’ve been the gumbo cook forever you can imagine what a wonderful experience that was to me!!

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He did things a little different than I do but what I am now smelling at 2 pm is magnificent!!!  I think we now have a Chauvin household King of Gumbo making!!!!  Roy loves gumbo, as do I, and we like to have it often. It is not a quick, simple, nor cheap thing to make.  If he’s willing to take this over I’m more than happy to relinquish that honor!!!

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Here’s the old and the new pots!

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Here’s a photo of the finished gumbo in the 16 quart pot!  He’s already thinking of things he’ll tweek for next time.  Yes, I’m one happy lady!!

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Okay for why we are scratching the travel plan for the next few weeks.  See this precious, adorable young girl?  Yes, Madisyn Ann Chauvin.  She played in her first ever softball game last night.  These are photos her dad and Misty sent to us along with a videos of her two at bats. Also some photos I grabbed from her mom’s Facebook page.

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Madisyn’s first at bat video

Madisyn’s second at bat video

About halfway through the game it hit me.  We have no business being away from home while she’s playing ball.  We loved so much the many years our sons played ball and have always hoped she would follow in her daddy’s footsteps and play ball.  Now she is and we’re going to be many states away.  My Grannie heart just broke and I went into the living room and told Roy,  “We have to go home.  This is just not right.”  If you’re a grandparent you can certainly understand.  We discussed it an are planning to leave here early Thursday morning so we can be home before her 5:45 game on Thursday evening!

Yes we have shirts being printed with Madisyn’s Grannie and Madisyn’s Paw Paw on them!  Gotta do this right!!

We’ve cancelled our RV park reservations except for the one at Myrtle Beach.  That one we moved to end of the first week in June for two weeks.  We can still travel the east coast but we just can’t miss her first softball season!

That’s it for a while folks about our travels.  I’ll of course be writing about Madisyn’s games so if 7 year old coach pitch ball appeals to you, stay tuned!!

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04.12.16 Dora’s blowing cold air, Liquidation, RV and Fireworks browsing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 –  5 am is not a time I normally choose to wake up.  Since that time was when I use to wake up on workdays, I choose to not wake up then in my retirement.

Monday morningbandd.banner Roy woke up at 4 and I woke up at 5 so we could take Dora to B&D Truck and RV Repair Service.  Her dashboard air conditioner has been 20160411_104946putting out only coolish/warmish air since we got back on the road.  Roy added freon before leaving Louisiana but it didn’t do any good.  We found B&D in the Marketplace in RVillage where someone else previously recommended them.

Dora arrived there a little before 7 and we picked her up around 11 am, all fixed and blowing cold air!! Yay for a wonderful RV service business!!! We have an extended care RV warranty which we’ve used a few times and covered most of this expense!

We  couldn’t stay in Dora while she was being checked out and worked on so we went roaming!  Almost 20160411_104942nothing is open at 7 am so we went to Waffle House where we enjoyed Pecan Waffles for me and a whole plate of breakfast foods for Roy!

20160411_081942We checked out the Foley Flea Market where all we found was an awesome three wheel motorcycle Roy’s drooled over!

Roy has decided he is going to make his first pot of gumbo so we went to Walmart and bought everything he’d need to do that.  I’ll be snapping photos and taking notes for a blog post devoted to this major event  in our married life!!  We think Wednesday will be “Gumbo Day”!

We had all sorts of things planned to do to occupy ourselves but we were told we could come pick Dora up much earlier than we thought so we’ll have to do those great things another day!

Monday’s night sleep time was over 12 hours for me trying to catch up for the previous night!

We went out for a while on Tuesday to check out Liquidator Outlet in Foley which we visited last time we were here.  It’s just a huge building with discounted new stuff laying on tables.

Next on our outing was Camping World where we did some shopping and then went outside to check out some brand new small and large motor homes (Class A and Class C).  Even though they were new we’re still in love with our Dora, she’s the best!

We wrapped up this fun exciting outing by checking out this monster fireworks store, Shelton Fireworks, we pass every time we go in and out of our RV park.  We found out that in Alabama you can buy fireworks seven days of the week which is very different from in Louisiana.  We enjoyed browsing all the different types of fireworks they offered.  Check out this place!

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04.04.16 to 04.10.16 Alabama Gulf Coast – Week One

alabama-welcome-signMonday, April 11, 2016 – Alabama Gulf Coast – Week One

We arrived here on Monday, April 4th in the late afternoon. We settled in and stayed around the park our first two days. We like to just stay put when we first get somewhere if we can. Check the park and the area out a bit before we go exploring.

On Wednesday we went to Orange Beach and Flora Bama which I wrote about in other blog posts. Here’s links to those:

Orange Beach, Alabama

Flora Bama on the Florida Alabama state line

Thursday and Friday we stayed home. Roy worked on cleaning up the headlights on our truck and I worked. I cooked a big pot of gumbo which we enjoyed for dinner for a couple of days!

Saturday we went to the strawberry festival. This happens to be the same weekend as our Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival back home! Here’s a link to that blog post: Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

Sunday we went into Mobile to church at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. This church has an interesting history, part of which I saw when I attended church there with my son several Dauphin_Way_Baptist_Churchyears ago. The church split that day with the Reformed members going with their Reformed pastor to a new church. The traditional Baptists remained and make up the church membership today.

I truly love the simplicity of the interior (no matter what the size) dwbc3751of all of the Southern Baptist Churches we’ve visited. Some may be grand in size but the interior has no statues, paintings and other decorations which is what I mean by simplicity. Dauphin Way is the absolute largest church I’ve ever been in.

We were treated to hearing a young man from University of Mobile sing The Holy City Jerusalem. I don’t even know how to classify his voice, just that it was strong in both bass and tenor. I wouldn’t have known the song by the name but as soon as I heard him sing I knew I’d heard it many times. The lyrics are as follows:

Last night I lay a-sleeping,
There came a dream so fair,
I stood in old Jerusalem,
Beside the Temple there.
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav’n in answer rang.
Methought the voice of angels
From Heav’n in answer rang.
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Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Lift up your gates and sing;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna to your King.
And then methought my dream was changed,
The streets no longer rang.
But with a glad Hosanna
The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
But the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.
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Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Hark, how the angels sing
Hosanna through the ages,
Hosanna to your King.
Then once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City
Beside the timeless sea.
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide;
And all who would might enter
And no one was denied.
No need of moon nor stars by night
Or sun to shine by day,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
Sing for the night is o’er;
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna for ever more.
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna for ever more.

That wraps up our first week in Alabama. I have to say that it is quite hard being here with all the Alabama sports stuff everywhere so we just look away when we pass it!!!

If you want to learn more about this part of the Alabama Gulf Coast you can read the blog post I wrote back in 2014 of our first stay here: 2014 Visit To Alabama

We’ve planned out our travels through the end of May and made our reservations at the parks along the way.robertsdale to myrtle beach

Sometimes the planning is my least favorite part of this as it requires a lot of research and time. For those times I call in Roy’s great thinking through things skills!

One week in Fountain, Florida (near Panama City, Florida) April 18 – 25
Two weeks in Unadilla, Georgia April 25 – May 9
One week in Hinesville, Georgia (near Savannah, Georgia) May 9 – May 16
11 days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina May 16 – May 27
We do not usually make reservations this far out. We did this because we really want to stay at Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach and we couldn’t get reservations there until May 16th so we worked backwards from there. We also want to spend time in the Savannah area so this travel plan takes care of both of those. We’ve also driven through the Florida panhandle dozens of times before we are choosing to skip that route and go through the middle of Georgia then to the Georgia coast, skipping going through Jacksonville.
So that’s our first week in Alabama. We’ve already started the second week with a trip to the RV service shop, but more on that later!
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04.10.16 Baldwin County Strawberry Festival in Loxley, Alabama

strawberry festivalSunday, April 10, 2016 –  The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival really surprised me with its size and attendance.   Being from the Ponchatoula area which boasts the title of Strawberry Capital of the World or something like that I didn’t expect a Strawberry Festival elsewhere to be very much.  But it really was!

We first had to make our way through a huge traffic jam from cars heading to the festival on Saturday.  ponchatoulaSomeone pulled out of their spot on the highway and we were able to jump right in it after waiting in line at least 30 minutes.

The location of the festival is at the Loxley, Alabama Municipal Park, several acres  of beautiful southern pines with a 1/2 mile walking trail.  The craft and food vendors lined both sides of the walking trail.   It was quite similar to Ponchatoula’s Festival in regards to what was there, just how it was laid out and the setting was different!

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What was missing was the dozen or so tents or booth that local clubs, churches and school groups have at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.  The food vendors were businesses and there were no chocolate covered strawberries or other strawberry delights except for strawberry shortcake.  I missed that aspect of the festival.  Here’s a few photos I took while we were making our way through the festival.

FIRST THE STRAWBERRIES

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THE RIDES

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04.07.16 Flora Bama on the Florida Alabama state line

maxresdefaultThursday April 7, 2016 – After playing on the beach we went as far as the Alabama and Florida border where we enjoyed dinner at Flora Bama Restaurant.  We enjoyed  eating our chicken tenders and fried shrimp on the second floor overlooking the beach!  Amazing scenery! The photo on the left was taken from the internet because I think it shows more of the large size of this place than my photo down below from the front. The interior seems to be built mostly of sheets of plywood.

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20160406_17435120160406_17490220160406_17513520160406_174330After eating we walked through some of it and came across a couple of guys playing music and several clothes lines crisscrossing the room with women’s bras on them, piled on top of each other.  Never have I seen anything like that in my life!  We listened to the music (which was really good) and stared at the bras for a while before moving on! We did not see anyone adding theirs to it while we were there, whew!!

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After working our way through the maze of rooms we browsed the gift shop and headed home.  Lots of our friends have visited these Alabama beaches and now we have also!  I am so glad we are here on Orange Beach and at Flora Bama to see what all the fuss is about.  The sand is beautiful and I even scooped up some seashells to put in our gardens when we get home! The restaurant is such a laid back, beach bum kind of place.  If I was younger I’d probably see it a little differently but

We’ve been through this area before so we are trying to do and see different things this time.  We’ve eaten at Lambert’s Cafe where they throw the rolls to you so this time we chose to eat at Flora Bama!

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4.06.16 Orange Beach, Alabama

Thursday, April 7, 2016 –  Happy 37th Birthday to our oldest son!

20160406_180635Roy and I went to B & D Auto Service yesterday to schedule an appointment with them to work on our motor home’s dashboard air conditioner.  After taken care of that we headed towards Orange Beach.  It is a beautiful, beautiful beach where we played a bit and scooped up on a bunch of seashells! There are huge condominiums all over the place!  Here some photos of the condos and us on the beach!

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Next we went to the Florida Alabama State Line on the beach where we enjoyed dinner and an amazing view at Flora Bama!

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01.01.11 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2014

2014 GRAPHHIC2014 wasn’t the travel filled year we would have liked.  We did travel to Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas but that’s the extent of our 2014 RV travels.  We stayed longer in our home state than we originally planned because of selling our sticks and bricks house, which finally happened December 3rd, 2014.  Probably near the top of our list of God’s blessings this year was the house sale.

I’ll break down the highlights by month starting with,

vector-color-dot-background_134330483January 2014 – Spent time in Mississippi at TLC Resort in Pass Christian.  Kim and Chip came to visit us there and Chip and Madisyn came to visit us.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We discovered the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoyed touring it which included a visit to the pottery buildings,

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In mid January we traveled to Florida.  Our first stop was at Suncoast Designs in Hudson, Florida to have most of our windows removed, refinished/resealed, and reinstalled.   A lot of “fog” had built up inside those windows and when they reinstalled the windows they looked new.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483With the window refinishing complete we headed to Bee’s RV Resort in Clermont, Florida.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Three highlights of our stay there included

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483 Attending our first RV Park Worship Service and found we really like that concept, and

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Taking our first wine factory tour and having a blast.  It was at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard where after the tour we enjoyed their wine tastings.  We ventured outside, where we discovered a sprawling lawn with a bandstand on one side, a food court on the other and people sitting on the lawn enjoying the food and the music.  Roy got a gyro and I got a vegetable plate, sat on the grass enjoyed the music and had a good time!

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483While in Florida we made a trip to Universal Orlando and had a wonderful time there as always.  We walked, rode and played as much as two old folks with aching bones can do and enjoyed every minute of it.  Here are pictures from that adventure:

Universal Day One

Universal Day Two

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483February, 2014 – Visited our friends Russ and Annie in St. Augustine where we parked Dora in the yard next to their sticks and bricks house which is just a couple of blocks off the Atlantic Ocean.  We heard the beautiful ocean sounds from our RV and enjoyed some beautiful times on and around the ocean beach. Russ took us one afternoon for a ride in their car on the beach.  What a fun experience that was! We enjoyed some good quality visiting time with our friends and even attended Annie’s yoga class for cancer patients.  A first for Roy and I. We spent two days touring St. Augustine.  Some of the things we saw were the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, The Fountain of Youth Park which is a big place with lots of exhibits and beautiful peacocks, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos, St. George Street (a walking shopping street), and San Sebastian Winery where we took a tour and enjoyed our first ever class on wine tasting, St. Augustine is an amazing old town steeped in history and we enjoyed every minute of touring it.sa beach roy and russ2014-02-01_15-27-37_481vector-color-dot-background_134330483From St. Augustine we headed to Arrowhead Campgrounds in Marianna, Florida where we enjoyed seeing these beautiful bald cypress trees.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent Valentines there and enjoyed a Valentine’s Dinner with a nice group at Arrowhead.

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We had Dora weighed for the first time and found she is well below the maximum weight limits!

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483In February I posted a blog post about Things I Deeply Believe in.  You can read this post at https://rosalynandroy.com/2014/02/12/what-i-believe/

 

vector-color-dot-background_134330483Around this time in early 2014 we joined the RVillage family as followers and as part-time occasional employees.  We love RVillage and encourage any  RVer or  hope to be RVers to join – FREE – RVillage.com. Check it out!RVillage_Logo_YouTube-300x113

vector-color-dot-background_134330483On to Robertsdale, Alabama for two weeks at Wilderness RV Park.  We enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade in nearby Mobile with Amy, Richard and Ricky Geist. Very different from a New Orleans parade but still lots of fun!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy revised our Dora and the Explorers logo and this is the result – cool right!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in February we came back westward and stayed at TLC Wolf River Resort for three weeks. One of those weeks we were blessed to have Madisyn stay with us.
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horizontal linevector-color-dot-background_134330483March and April, 2014 – Once the excitement of Madisyn’s birthday was over we spent some time in our own sticks and bricks driveway.  It was the time of year that I usually did gardening pruning and preparing them for their glorious blooming in the spring so we did that this year to get the gardens ready for putting the house up for sale in early summer.

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We moved over to Jellystone Yogi Bear for a while and of course got some good visiting time in with Chip’s family.  yogi2

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made our way to San Diego, TX at the end of March where we stayed for 6 weeks tending a ranch for a couple visiting Europe.  We fed peacocks, chickens, guineas, dogs, cats and watered flowers and vegetable plants and mowed the grass.  In between we explored the ranch on the ATV and were amazed at the flowers and beauty we found in that dry place.  We disliked greatly the heat (one day in April it was 106 degrees), strong winds and sand storms that seemed constant.  We did like the solitude and being in a totally different place than we were use to.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went to Corpus Christi and toured the USS Lexington, a naval flight carrier that is now a museum in the water there.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483May, 2014 – As we left the ranch I drove Dora for the farthest I have so far! 2014-05-12_16-39-09_396

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Bishop’s Landing in Willis Texas – beautiful wonderful resort.  We enjoyed some peaceful time there feeding squirrels, enjoying the cool breeze off the lake and exploring the area.  Seeing a crawfish festival nearby captured our attention.  It was interesting and big (like all of Texas is) and we paid $6.50 a pound with a small piece of corn and half a small potato. I’m pretty sure they cook it quite differently than we do.  They put red pepper on it after it’s cooked and it didn’t taste like it was cooked in salted water.2014-05-17_13-35-32_28

vector-color-dot-background_134330483We arrived back in Louisiana to end May.  We found the most delightful place at Quiet Oaks RV Park in Kinder, LA.  This is by far the quietest, most restful, well-maintained, yet quaint and pretty RV resort we’ve stayed at.

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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent the months of early June through early December with our RV parked in our side yard in Hammond Louisiana while our sticks and bricks house was on the market.  The first month and sporadically throughout the rest of the months we spent time doing work on and in the house and gardens.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy took a full-time temporary job at Southeastern Louisiana University repairing computer hardware for which I am most grateful!  This is what he looked like by the end of most days after working at Southeastern all day and then working at the house all evening.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483In his off time, in addition to the mountains of work done on the house, we did the following:
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We traveled to Mississippi to visit Walter’s Peach Farm and stock up on peaches and nectarines.  My first time freezing peaches was really successful and we’re still enjoying eating them!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I helped with our church, Trinity Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School, and as always received a blessing from being with these amazing children.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy pressure washed Dora’s RV engine.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent time with Madisyn doing all sorts of things.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Later in the summer I helped with Trinity’s “His Kids Special Needs Day Camp”.  These children are exceptional bright lights and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned about getting greatly discounted pricing on brand name prescriptions which made my year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I learned a lot about online job searches and even got involved (knowingly, so I could document it) in a job scam.  Was kinda fun seeing how it unfolded!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn’s first day of big school (kindergarten) made us realize how very fast she is growing up. madisyn kindergarten
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We started our search for our new home.  We looked in all the surrounding towns at houses on land and land alone where we might build, or put a modular home on to rent out.  Our wonderful real estate agent Jamie Johnson guided us well!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We were reminded why living in Louisiana during the summer is NOT FOR US!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483August brought football season and we just knew it was going to be “the big year” for our teams; Southeastern Lions, New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. More on that later in the year!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483I wrote more blogs about topics close to my heart than I did about our travels.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In September I started a new blog post called Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays to bring some smiles, giggles and a warm heart to those in need of it. Check it out at: wackywonderfulwednesdays.wordpress.com  It is published every Wednesday.  At first it was part of our Dora and the Explorer blog, but later in the year it moved to its current location.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We saw Madisyn practice in her cheering class and attended her Open House night at big school.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kim, Braxton and Bentley better.  They have blessed our lives immensely!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Showed support for our New Orleans Saints with our new family socks!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Went with Chip’s family (Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley) to Ms. Heather’s Pumpkin patch where we played with the children and enjoyed the time together.  This little family brought so much joy to our lives this year.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We became RVillage Ambassadors which is a new role we’ve accepted to spread the RVillage word as we travel – when we get to travel again!!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483One of the air conditioning units had an electrical fire and stopped working totally, and the other stopped working properly.  Roy diagnosed the problem and replaced the needed parts again proving his brilliance once again!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We made the decision to replace our old Splendide Washer/Dryer unit with this brand new beauty!  Larger capacity and it works great!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483I attended a concert by William Carey University Chorale at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church. AMAZING!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483My eye specialist diagnosed my left eye with having macular degeneration but thankfully it’s not bad enough to  need treatment.  It causes the vision in my left eye to be slightly wavy, but the right eye is fine and helps that from being too big of a vision problem.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We received two stinky offers on the house which we rejected.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Late in October we received a good offer FINALLLLLLLLY on our house from a nice young couple and WE ACCEPTED!!!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483After an extensive property search and a couple of near misses we found our little slice of Heaven here on earth on Rohner Road in Amite, Louisiana abound 15 minutes up I-55 and another 15 minutes down Highway 16 !  Almost an acre, on a pond, cows as neighbors, rolling hills, babbling brook.  What else could we ask for!
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Decidevector-color-dot-background_134330483d upon a set of house plans for our new small house and decided to hire Ronnie Glover as our Construction Project Manager for the house we’ll build on the property we found in Amite.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483In November I started a third blog about “Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s”.  It started out on Dora’s site, like the Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays one, but moved to its own site at :   rosalynsalzheimersblog.wordpress.com .  I hope to share our experience caring for Mama with Alzheimer’s and other people’s information that was shared with me plus helpful info I find on the internet.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We purchased a Onan Generator Auto Start control for when we are boon docking.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483At Thanksgiving I helped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn and their church Soul’s Harbor, serve over 2000 boxed lunches to people in the Hammond area at Thanksgiving Servolution.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended several worship services with Chip and Kim at Soul’s Harbor.  Amazing church growing fast and moving into the building above this month!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy especially, and me a little, spent extensive time checking off the items on the home inspectors nit picky list.  These new buyers wanted and got a perfect house!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We enjoyed hosting our last family gathering at the house in Hammond.  My sister’s children and grandchildren joined our family at our very empty house.  Our large back patio was fine for all of us to fellowship and enjoy each others company which digging into banana splits!
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December, 2014  was indeed a busy month.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We said goodbye to our sticks and bricks house in Hammond, turning it over to the new owners in early December. A bitter sweet moment leaving behind good and not so good memories at this beautiful place we called home for several years. This is the best move Roy and I as a couple could make and we thank God for His constant presence with us through out this process.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We parked at Berryland Campers in Hammond for a few days and enjoyed a wonderful visit from our RV friends Russ and Annie.  We showed them around our hometown and took them to church with us which we all enjoyed.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Russ and Annie went with us to see Trinity’s Children’s Choir Christmas music presentation.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We  signed the documents making us the legal owners of one beautiful piece of property in Amite, Louisiana where we will build a new house along with a pad with hookups for our RV.  With all our permits obtained, the slab form built and the well completed, we sat for a couple of weeks without any construction because of the hard rains and holidays when the workers wanted to be home with their families.
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We spent our time wisely chopping, sawing, mowing and finally manicuring (not finished with that yet) the bushes, weeds, small trees to create a beautiful setting for our new home.  Roy spent almost every day for two weeks on this and I helped!  My main job was clearing out the massive amounts of heavily thorned bushes and vines around the pine trees.  The picture below is before I started!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483View of the pond from under the pine trees after I cleaned out all the brush from that area. I’m about 2/3 way finished now!
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Our son Chip was in “One Night in Bethlehem” a scene by scene drama of the events surrounding the birth of Christ.
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We went with Chip’s family to see the “One Night in Bethlehem” presentation and recommend it highly for future years in Hammond.
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We received a blessing when hearing our church, Trinity’s Adult Choir Christmas music.  Such a glorious thing seeing these people I love so much lifting their hearts in praise of their Lord!  And they got new choir robes – whoot whoot!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Southeastern Lion’s didn’t make it to the playoffs, LSU’s Tigers played in only a very minor bowl game and unfortunately our New Orleans Saints will not play in a playoff game this year.  Very disappointing season for the Saints, but like we use to say for years, There’s always next year!
Madisyn was in her first parade in Ponchatoula, LA for Christmas with her dance class, so of course we went and enjoyed the time there with Chip’s family.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483We experienced three weeks of boon docking at our new property before we got utilities hooked up (weather, holidays) and learned a lot from it to prepare us for the future when we go out to the deserts!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483Dirt was spread all around and the forms built for our house and for the patio next to our RV!!  Gravel for the RV pad and for the houses driveway was spread.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483My Facebook account was hacked (from my phone, left unattended!) for the first by these goofy people!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our well pump was completed giving us water, though only in theory, since we didn’t have electricity to get it to the RV for a while.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Attended the Loranger Christmas Parade with Madisyn, her mom and family.  Enjoyed jambalaya and hot chocolate afterwards at their church River Rock. Madisyn sat on Santa’s lap afterwards and whispered into his ear her Christmas wish list!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Madisyn was in her first ever Christmas play at River Rock Church which we throughly enjoyed watching, then eating with their church family afterwards.  She’s the only one in green (with a white jacket) in the picture!
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Our Chauvin family Christmas gathering was at Chip’s house this year (way larger than our RV) with plenty of space for the kiddos to enjoy their new toys.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483RVillage.com went from brand new to over 12,000 followers this year!  RVers are loving it! I’m thinking they will go  over 13,000 by early 2015. 12688
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We went through variations of digging out the ditch by the pond and putting a culvert in.  A sudden flood of water from nearby properties draining into our pond caused a emergency situation with Roy in the middle of it trying to save our culverts from floating into the pond.
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vector-color-dot-background_134330483Roy had to remove the culvert (after the storm passed) and hand dug (with a shovel of course) the ditch deeper, wider and more level, put the culvert (which is actually two culverts put together to get the length we needed) in and secured it in a way only his brillance could come up with!!!  This man’s abilities know no end!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We obtained a 911 address for Dora which is now 60124 Rohner Road, Amite, LA 70422.  Here’s our new mailbox!
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Ovector-color-dot-background_134330483ur year ended with us getting power and water to the RV and not soon enough end to our boon docking experience here.!
vector-color-dot-background_134330483We ate dinner with our church family on New Year’s Eve – yum, yum!
That’s our year in review for 2014.  When I started this post I thought it would be short because we spent so much time parked in our sticks and bricks yard but I was wrong.  A lot has happened this year.
We’re moving in the right direction with our home and our lives.
I am most thankful for the addition of Kim, Braxton, and Bentley to our family (not they aren’t married yet but they will be).  They have returned a joy to our lives that’s been missing for a while.  We have a family again and it is a good one.  I know God will bless us all as the years continue.
I made a New Years Resolution, first in many years, to let go of trying to fix a situation that has caused great heartache and stress in recent years.  Not saying I love the people in the situation any less, just that trying to fix the situation is a thing of the past.
After spending three days working on this year in review blog, I’m making another one.  That is to work on the 2015 year end post a little each month, so it’s not overwhelming early next year!
Links to our Reflections on God’s blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 are below.

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2015

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2012

The plans we’ve made so far for 2015 are only two – build the house and rent it out, then travel out west for many months!
Happy New Years everyone from Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin!  We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in 2015!
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Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays published on Wednesdays

Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s published on Fridays