07.06.20 Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin!

This was originally published last year. We love this big baby boy of ours so ! Happy 39th birthday Chip Chauvin! Happy Birthday to our son Chip Matthew Chauvin who was born on this day in 1981 at 8:56 pm a healthy boy of 8 pounds born to a young dad of 30 and mother of 26.. Today is Chip’s 38th birthday.

Chip, you’ve made us proud, you’ve made us quite crazy😉, and we love you now more than ever! We celebrated his birthday on July 4th complete with fireworks!

Here’s some pictures of Chip throughout the years.

 

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Have a great and special day Chip! Love you, Mom and Dad!

07.05.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 June Update

I looked back at last year’s Chauvin Produce Company blog post for the end of June and wow what a difference. Hardly anything that we are growing this year is nearly as big or healthy-looking like last year’s was.  We are using seeds from a different company so since we are doing everything the same as last year I think it’s that.

We will most likely not going to be growing much, if anything next year. I am 65 and Roy is 69 which isn’t terribly old but our bodies just aint what they use to be!  I just spent several hours one day this week pulling and digging up weeds out of the garden and pulling dead leaves off of plants.  Our tomato bushes have black shriveled leaves that look like the plant was grown in the Addams Family garden (graveyard). It’s rather creepy!

Here’s some pictures that kinda look like all is well but it aint! Last year each row in the main garden were filled with plants one after another.  There are big gaps this year in the rows of bell peppers, okra, eggplant. The turnips produced nicely a few weeks ago in the first half of a row. I then planted the same seeds in the second half of the row and not one seed produced.

Bell Pepper Plants have produced very small bell peppers. Not nearly big enough to stuff so I’ve just gutted and sliced them and put them in the freezer.

 

Roy’s Creole Tomatoes  – like I said previously some of these bushes are not big tomatoes they are cherry tomatoes. At least half have been rotten once they ripened. We’ve picked them a few days early and allowed them to ripen inside. When they started growing strong and ripening quickly I put up 4 gallon freezer bags of tomatoes to use in spaghetti, chili, etc.

 

The Main Garden  from left to right – Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplants/Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Bell Pepper, Empty Row where Turnips grew and Spinach tried to grow, last row on the right is Creole Tomatoes.  In the back on the left are green beans and on the right are cucumbers.

 

Okra – This years Okra plants are not as tall as last year but the okras are much bigger.

 

Black Beauty Eggplant Bushes – Much shorter than last year but there are several eggplants on the bushes. Hoping more will be ready soon.

 

In the middle of the eggplant bushes, there is one sweet potato vine that came up on it’s own!

 

Bush Green Beans

 

Cucumbers, what’s left of them! I pulled up long dead vines and I planted several more seeds this week.

 

These are my delicious cherry tomatoes. This bush got so heavy when the wind blew hard it knocked it over. I pulled up one bush that was just pitiful.

Roy and I have decided that because of how poorly they have all done this year that when the weeds get bad again like they were this week that the main garden will be dug under so the grass can start growing there.

The garden down by the pond has a row of pitiful (mostly nibbled on by some animals) green beans and a few really nice creole tomato bushes next to some okay tomatoes!

The puny bush green beans that the critters eat on! I leave them there just so it keeps the critters from looking for other food sources!

 

These creole tomatoes are doing the best. They are growing up along the fence on our property boundary. The first few are doing great. The ones to the right of that are okay.

 

The two fig trees are full of figs and have grown well this past year.

The smaller fig tree

 

The bigger fig tree

 

Our plum tree, probably no fruit this year

The garden area known as the dog cage garden is growing right along! Since it’s not the tidy orderly garden like the main garden it is kind hard to tell what’s what so I labeled the photo so you can tell what’s where. It’s a big area where the plants can take off and grow.

 

Two rows of carrots in the front

 

Behind the carrots are the red meat watermelons on the left and the yellow meat watermelons. No decent size watermelons yet.

 

Turnip seeds were planted here behind the watermelons and between the two side cherry tomato bushes.

 

Potato bushes. We learned from last year’s crop that as the bush deteriorates above the ground the potatoes are growing below the ground so a ugly potato bush is a good sign!

 

Cherry tomato bush which was growing as much outside the cage as inside the cage. I cut all three tomatoes back after taking these photos. They all have tomatoes but none have ripened yet.

 

Cherry tomato bush on the left side of the garden

 

The cherry tomato bush at the back of the garden. It was growing up and down!

Our pecan tree continues to grow but doesn’t have any pecans yet.  The blueberry bushes produced several hundred berries and are finished for the year. They were delicious and are safe in our freezer!

I would like to grow our vegetables in one place next year. One creole tomato bush, one cherry tomato bush, a few green bean bushes, and some turnip plants. We loved the flavor of the turnip plants and the green beans were so good compared to store-bought turnips and green beans.  No more growing things in three places, two down the hill and one at the top of the hill.  Too much climbing in that and too much body pain pulling weeds and maintaining the plants! Next year we will find a good local produce farm and get the vegetables we want that way!

That’s our end of June update! Not published until July 5th but I’m glad to share it when we could.

So much is crazy in our country right now. I hope that reading about our little homegrown garden has given you a little remembrance of the America that we love. Homegrown gardens represent that to me especially this year. I hope you will join me in praying to God to unite our country and stop all the angry mobs trying to trample our freedom and pull down our statutes.  Our God is mighty and strong! Thankfully He chooses to love us and we must ask him to get us through this and come out on the other side even stronger.

May you have a Blessed week!

 

06.06.20 Brain update

I don’t think I have written about the wicked disease that is living in my brain in a while. I do really well for a few days and then the good times go away. Today I am able to write about it, so I will give an update.

Lately, I’ve been experiencing a lot of lightheadedness (seriously lightheaded, not just little oops dizzy) and passed out one day a couple of weeks ago. Last time I was experiencing being lightheaded like that it turned out to be the dementia medicine I was taking was causing it. Over the last several years I’ve been on Namenda, Aricept, and Exelon Patch. My doctor prescribed Galantamine a couple of years ago.  Galantamine has worked really well until lately when the lightheadedness started again.

Right now I am slowly getting off of Galantamine. I am in the second week of reducing slowly the amount of Galantamine I take.  Next week will be my first week without any Galantamine.  Already the dizziness has stopped!  Yay! Yay! It will take a while for all of the Galantamine to be out of my system. I will know then if the Galantamine was still helping my dementia or if it is time to stay off of it if it is not helping me.

That’s my brain update. I always appreciate your prayers. Mostly need them for me to be able to handle this and for Roy to be able to handle what is happening to his wife. God’s got this and we know He will be beside us all the way. Thanks guys for following our blog!

 

 

 

 

06.04.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – May Update

I truly had forgotten how much time and effort is needed to grow vegetables. And just when some are starting to ripen, the temperatures soar to the 90s which makes being out there really difficult.

The only fruit that has required anything has been our blueberries. Since those are necessary for my brain health plus I love them, picking them is a joy. Except for the pain in my back that picking them cause. Oh well!

Starting with the main garden. Each of the vegetables growing in the main garden is labeled below and above plants. Click on that picture and any of them to enlarge it.

Roy’s tomatoes on the right in the photo above are ripening and are delicious! However, only half of the tomatoes that ripen are good, without bad spots. The other half either have a worm in them which he has sprayed for but a few got through. The other problem is the blossom rot. Roy has just added some lime to the soil to help prevent that. The tomatoes below were picked in one day. We are having to pick them early in their ripening process so they avoid the bad spots. They are delicious also!

We have enjoyed a tomato and cucumber salad with our meal every day this week and love that!

My cucumbers are producing a couple of nice ones each day which are being added to the tomato and cucumber salad. These young cucumbers are nice and tender! I love seeing new baby cucumbers like in these pictures.

.The cucumbers at bottom of the vines have an odd shape since they hit the ground in their growth and curve around upward. Those growing further up on the vine have a perfect cucumber shape.  Either shape is delicious!

Green beans are closest to the bottom of the picture and cucumbers at the other end.

Green bean bushes on the left and cucumber vines on the right.

I haven’t grown green beans before. It was quite a surprise to me how quickly they produced and how many! The beans growing in the main garden produce the most. They produce enough every day to have a meal of them. I’ve fixed them with potatoes and bacon and also with bacon wrapped around the beans. The rest have been blanched and frozen for future meals.

The turnips are another surprise for me. They grow quickly and are delicious. I had too many planted together in a few spaces which crowded the size of the bottom. We are only growing them for the bottoms which is a good thing because the green part had a lot of bug holes thought I never could find a bug on them.  I just picked another batch of turnips today to cook.

 I planted more turnip seeds in two other locations and they are slowly starting to sprout but just barely. Our first turnip side dish was served in butter salt and pepper. It was delicious. I buy turnip bottoms from the grocery sometimes and these tasted so much better! Several of my Facebook friends shared their turnip cooking recipes so I think I’m set for more turnip growth.

Okra plants are strong and growing well. I’ve picked four so far. I took these photos late last week. When I went out there this morning to pick they were already much bigger.

The bell pepper plants have flowers and some have tiny tiny bell peppers growing on them. The plants in the upper right corner of the photo above are some of the bell pepper bushes.

Eggplants are in varying sizes and the biggest two have purple flowers which precede the tiny eggplants themselves. Nothing to harvest yet but the plant looks great!

My seven cherry tomato bushes are loaded with tomatoes and are starting to ripen a few at a time! Mine were planted a month after Roys so they are maturing later.

The garden down by the pond:

The green bean plants produce a few green beans each day though they appear to have been enjoyed by some animal from time to time.

Roy’s second set of 11 creole tomato bushes are doing extremely well. He picked the first one this week and we can see hundreds more

The “dog cage garden”

Several turnip seeds were added this week in the middle of this garden. They are already sprouting! Three of my cherry tomato plants were also added to this garden.  From the time they were taken out of their pots until now (being in the ground), they have at least quadrupled their size. They are not as big or as far along as their brothers and sisters in the main garden but where they are planted is an experiment to see how that area does for tomatoes.

The potatoes have several bushes growing which is really all you see until it’s time to dig up the potatoes that are underground!

The green bean plants down there are doing about the same as the ones in the garden down by the pond. They are producing, just not as much as the main garden.

Carrot seeds were planted early this month and the green leaves that come out of the ground are doing well. There are two rows of them. In the photo below the watermelons are at the top and the two rows of carrots are at the bottom.

The red meat watermelon vines are growing really well and have flowers on them which will eventually become watermelons. The yellow meat watermelon vines are not doing as well but they are growing and look healthy. Watermelons are something we didn’t do outstanding with last year so this new place to grow them is so far promising. In the photo below the watermelon, vines are on the right and the carrots are on the left.

Fruit trees

Pecan tree is growing well but no pecans yet, too young.

The two fig trees are loaded with green figs which will probably give us around a hundred figs.

The plum tree is pretty but not bearing fruit yet, too young.

Like I said at first, the blueberries are just going to town and I am enjoying them every day.  A lot of them were put in the freezer and I get to put them in my oatmeal or yogurt every day fresh from the garden! We are over half way into them all ripening. A few more days and they will all be gone.

It has been fascinating to see a bunch of little green one a branch one day and the next one of them has exploded into this beautiful deep blue plump ripe blueberry.   The in-between stages going from small green to ripe plumb blue is a bluish pink stage.The bluish pink stage will be the ripe ones the next day. Of the eight bushes, one does not have any berries on it and I am going to figure out why before next year’s crop!

I love enjoying fresh blueberries right off the vine in my breakfast yogurt or oatmeal!

https://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/20200525_105015.jpg Roy’s grape vines are growing. No grapes on those vines yet!

I think that’s about it for the month of May. Some observations want to note.

Each row is not full of that row’s vegetable.

The turnip seeds I planted at this end of that row came up very well and quickly. The ones I planted at the other end of the row aren’t hardly doing anything. Not sure why!

Even though this years rows are further apart than last yer it is still difficult to get down the aisles as the plants get bigger.

Most important is that we purchased most all of our seeds from the Seed Plant online company. Thiswas a change from previous years.

 

06.01.20 Our precious little ones are gone

Roy went down to check on Bo and Peep and their four little ducklings a couple of days ago. He found these four precious little ducklings dead. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened Roy and I were.We were warned that male ducks are known to sometimes do harm to the babies. Because of that we kept Bo from the others at night for several days and watched them carefully when they were all together during the day.  After several nights apart Bo spent his first night with Peep and the babies and that is when it happened. We are really sad about this.   We’d fallen in love with the little ones.

Before this happened, Roy spent a lot of the day nursing a newborn duckling that wasn’t doing well after it hatched.  He named the precious little one Pip and kept him warm and fed with sugar water. Pip was just not strong enough to make it even with all the loving care Roy gave him.

We hope that if Peep lays more eggs that there is a much better outcome.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

05.30.20 Seeing through the bedroom window! and a little pressure!

This is one of those blog posts that is written to help us know when Roy did a couple of projects and what it looked like!  The first project is the replacement of the glass in one of our bedroom windows.  The second is pressure washing all of the exterior and touch up painting those places that need it.

Roy’s been on a roll taking care of projects around the house and I want to acknowledge his hard work that I greatly appreciate!

First is a window replacement project. One of the windows in our bedroom has had a broken seal from what we think was a rock hitting it while the grass was being cut a few years ago. It’s the top half of the window below.

 

When we moved into the house I wanted the view from that window to include blueberries, lantanas, azaleas, crawling daisies and more. It will take a couple of years for the view to be what I want it to be. Before it can get there the ugly window from the broken seal had to be replaced.

Roy went to Gabriel Building Supply in Amite where we purchased all the house windows back in 2015. They looked back in their records and ordered the glass for us. A couple of weeks later the glass came in and Roy began the process of changing out the glass. After a long way into the process, Roy realized that the glass was too big. Grrrrr…..

He thought about it for a while and remembered that when we originally purchased the windows they sent out several wrong size windows. That’s the ordering info they looked at when ordering this glass, not the reordering information of the correct size windows. Roy went through putting the original broken glass back in. Once that was done Roy brought back the wrong size which was a Covid experience because Gabriel’s was really closed except to commercial customers. They helped Roy anyway and got the right size ordered!

Alas, two weeks later Roy picked up the new correct size glass and when through the whole process again to replace the glass.  Look at how nice and clear the top part of the window is!Now I can easily open the window and most important can see the growing flowers and blueberries through the beautifully clear window glass! It will take a while for the flower plants to grow big enough to see easily but I look forward to how beautiful it will be!

Roy does not do anything halfway.  The bottom portion of that bedroom window has always been difficult to raise to open. The window in Roy’s office is easy to open but we never open it because it’s behind the desk. I open my bedroom window as often as I can to let in cool breezes. So, he removed the bottom portion of the bedroom window and swapped it with the bottom portion of the office window!

The second project was the annual and sometimes semi-annual pressure washing of our home’s exterior.  We have a large pond in the back and a gravel road in the front where dust is kicked up whenever someone drives a bit to fast down our road.  Those two things cause a layer of dirt to collect on the outside of the house making it look nasty. Some may never notice it but we do!

It’s unbelievable that I failed to take any pictures of Roy working so hard to clean the exterior but I did. I know, right?!!  This is the only one I took and Roy was taking a short break in it!I did take some photos of the house after it was washed and here they are. Here’s our small little home all shiny and pretty! Roy touched up any place that needed it on all the white trim.

Roy worked hard on each of those projects as he always does. I’m not sure what project he will be taking on next, maybe finishing the old rocker restoration. Maybe he will get some rest now!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

05.27.20 The most amazing thing happened at our house this week!

I was in my craft room painting rocks and Roy walked up outside to the window. He said “Come outside now and bring your camera!” He had a big smile on his face!

I knew (or hoped I knew) right away what happened.

Bo and Peep are now proud new parents and we are very proud grandparents of a new baby duck!

Our first photo of the precious little one in the yellow circle. There are several eggs in there with him that will hopefully hatch soon!

Isn’t he adorable! Tiny little new creation of God!

After about 30 eggs that Peep laid over two nesting times this year, with none hatching, this batch has at least produced one and he is adorable! Look at him following

I took several videos and my phone died before getting any more still pictures but these are two of the best videos I was able to get. Roy opened their cage and let them all out. I was worried about how a newborn baby duck would handle our pond but that little thing did great. Mama and Daddy protected him when he took a tiny tumble and it was precious to see him swimming near the shore in the pond!

I was very worried about them leaving the cage and following their parents down by the pond. I just read something that I wish I had read before that. Buff Orpington baby ducks are “capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.”

And now we are proud to announce baby chick number 2 that Roy discovered when checking on them this morning! Another little miracle!

They were let out and quickly began following mama and daddy around!

Mama Peep here getting back on her nest of eggs!

Peep thought they would follow her inside but the babies discovered the small space below the cage where only they could fit in! Here’s Roy down on his knees being the wonderful grandfather that he is, working on getting them out!

Before we left them down there Roy put Peep and the babies back in the cage with the nest. Bo is staying outside in the bigger cage just to make sure he doesn’t harm the babies since that is something the males sometimes do. While all of that was going on Peep was just a squawking away. When it was over Peep was nesting inside and was very quiet!

These three videos are the best of all the ones I took. I couldn’t narrow it down to one so here’s the three best!

Baby found a way to escape the cage through a hole. More protection will be added so that doesn’t happen in the future!

Baby following parents to the pond

Baby swimming with parents

Baby’s brothers and sisters in law were notified of the birth! The ex parents (who still love them) were also notified of the birth!

I don’t plan to introduce each and every one of the newborns but we are discussing a gender reveal party when that information is known!!! You will be invited to that event!

Right before I was going to publish this the third baby duck was born!!

05.24.20 A quiet thought, By Bro. Bob Adams

A quiet thought from Sunday, May 17th, By Bro. Bob Adams

Church is not like it used to be! Neither is shopping, sports, business, travel, medicine . . . the list is endless.

The ground beneath our feet has convulsed and turned the old paths into rubble. Everything has an odd feel to it.

It is tempting to long for yesterday to come again with its familiar routines and predictable ways.

It is a vain longing, an empty hope.

Tomorrow will not look like yesterday!

What shall we do in these changing days?

Let us not spend the time longing for the way it used to be, singing the screeching songs of a frightened world, looking for someone to blame, justifying arrogance and pride.

Rather, let us clear our throats and sing . . .

“In my church, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my home, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my work, Lord, be glorified! Be glorified!”
“In my travel . . . buying . . . resting . . . playing . . .!”

The goal of the Christian life is not to have things as we like them but to be transformed into the image of Jesus and bring Him joy – regardless of what life is like on the outside.

What a beautiful and freeing truth! Grace to you!

By Bro. Bob Adams

Thank you so much Bro. Adams for your weekly Godly words that you share with us. Each week they speak deeply to me. I hope you never stop!

Have a great week!

05.20.20 Kindergarten First Day of Class in 2025

Since I have dementia it sometimes takes a while for me to “get it.” Like this video. It’s a teacher in the year 2025 teaching all the kiddos born this year 2020 during the pandemic

.  Okay, so I am sharing what I “got” after watching it a couple of times. Now, if you are brain challenged like me, you will also “get it!”

Yall have a Blessed Week!