05.15.20 Our sons’ old rocker comes back home!

In 1979 before our oldest son was born my parents bought a big heavy sturdy rocker to rock our little man at night and when needed. It was such a thoughtful gift from my parents who really could not afford something like that.

That rocker is over 41 years old. It left our family for a spell and is now back in our family!

Oddly enough I haven’t found any photos of me holding the babies in my arms. Of the hundreds of times, day and night that happened no photos.

Over the years, when we had the rocker, I’ve sanded, stained and varnished it about every 5 years. Nothing like what Roy is going to do in this major refurbish!

The first photos below are of our sons sitting in the rocker as they grew up.

This one of me very pregnant sitting with lots of shower gifts also has the rocker when it was first received.

Later in the rocker’s life, we used it in the living room of our house on Hinson Road in Hammond. This is my mama and our oldest son.  In 2012 when we decided to live in our RV on the road we sold almost all our possessions including the rocker. It was sold to a young couple, Angela and Russell, we worked with at Southeastern. After living on our back porch for several years it had pretty much worn out when they bought it.

Last month I received a message from Angela that they were going to sell the rocker and wanted to know if we were interested in buying it back. I just wanted to cry I was so happy while reading her message and seeing the picture she sent of the old rocker. The thought of having the rocker back that I rocked my babies in was an overwhelmingly emotional feeling.

After checking with Roy I wrote Angela back and said: “The answer is YES!” That Friday we picked it up from their house while being virus responsible and social distancing the exchange!

I imagined sanding it down really well, staining it and putting some shiny stuff on it.

That’s not Roy’s way so the following are some of the photos of the initial work Roy’s done on bringing the rocker back to its former life!

Here’s the rocker when we got it home and Roy started working on it.  Several layers of various parts of the rocker were separating so Roy started by gluing XXXX and clamping them together. The headrest was first.

Off to Lowe’s we went last week to get epoxy putty, stain, polyurethane, wood plugs, pre-stain wood conditioner, and two grades of sand paper.

The headrest was removed and the rocker has moved back to Roy’s office.

These are photos of the backrest slats that have separated over time.  Roy calls it delamination.

Since Roy only has a few clamps he’s doing one of the slats at a time.   He really doesn’t have enough to do each slat properly. Another one of those things he used to have lots of that we sold!

This is where the repair work stands right now. One slat down and three more to go!

There are cracks in the bigger pieces, mostly the seat that will be fixed after the slats. It is not quite the quick and easy project I thought it would be!  I’ll update here as progress is made on bringing this beautiful old rocker back to life! Thanks, Angela for thinking of us first before you sold it to someone else! You made this old mama a happy lady!

05.13.20 Hey God, I am falling apart….

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Me: Hey God.
God: Hello….

Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?
God: I would rather not.

Me: Why?
God: Because you aren’t a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?
God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!
God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains.
You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back.
You aren’t falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax.
Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don’t need anymore to fall off of you.
Quit holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?
God: Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I’m scared of changing.
God: I keep telling you – YOU AREN’T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?
God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion.
I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear.
Let those things fall off of you. I love you!
Don’t change! … Become! Become!
Become who I made you to be. I’m going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.
God: Yep. Let it be.

Me: So … I’m not broken?
God: Of course Not! – but you are breaking like the dawn. It’s a new day. Become!! Become!!

~Author, John Roedel From Hey God. Hey John.

I like this young man’s writing and encourage you to click that link and go check him out. He even has a book called Hey God. Hey John!

05.11.20 Social Distancing EXTREMES!

These are the twelve finalists in a non-existent contest. This non-existent context was for the best social distancing clothing counting down from number 12!

I don’t think their number represents which one is better than the next.

I found them all to be quite funny! I hope you enjoy them as well!

        

The very best ones are of Roy and me! While our protective gear isn’t as outlandish it still felt like it wearing a mask and gloves out in public!

That’s enough of the protective equipment finalists and us!

05.08.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 – April Update

Every vegetable/fruit plant has been in the ground at least one month now. Roy’s tomato plants were started inside a month before everything else so they are ahead of other plants.

Our blueberries are producing an amazing amount of berries. A couple each day are beginning to turn deep purple. I ate the ones that were ripe yesterday so there are none to be seen.

It is interesting that while they start out as pale purple (in the picture above they look green but they are pale purple) they are inside very green and red until they turn completely pretty purple and ripe.

Since it took me till several days into May to publish this blog post I’m going to include this update on the blueberries. At lease 30 blueberries were ripe this morning, 05.08.20. I enjoyed eating them in my oatmeal for breakfast!

Our bigger fig tree has figs starting to grow all over!

The smaller fig tree also has figs starting to grow on it!

DOWN BY THE POND GARDEN

All the green beans we planted down by the pond are producing green beans. The green beans I just pulled are laying on the ground in front of the bushes. I have six more inside that I pulled first. We have green beans planted in three gardens but this is the one that is producing green beans well. This is our first year growing green beans and I like it!

Two okra seeds were planted next to the green beans and they have sprouted and starting to grow!

Bo always wants to get out when he sees us. They have plenty of time out of their cage every day! They started eating on our tomato bush’s bottom leaves when they were out all day so they have to stay in the cage more now. Peep is nesting again on 13 more eggs so she’s in the small cage most all of the day anyway!

Tomatoes growing on a couple of Roy’s tomato bushes down there by the pond along the fence. There are many tomatoes on each bush.

The eleven bushes along the fence line are doing exceptionally well. This is a new location for growing tomatoes this year. So far so good. The azaleas originally planted along the fence line seem to be doing well with the tomatoes all around them!

THE MAIN GARDEN

The seven Creole tomato bushes in our main garden are LOADED with tomatoes.

These tomatoes are growing on one of the tomato plants in the main garden

Turnips are new this year and are doing well. Spinach seeds were planted at the other end of this row but after 6 weeks nothing has sprouted. This week I planted more turnip seeds so at least we’ll have two different timed crops of turnips!!

Okra plants are mostly doing well. Some have barely sprouted but most are around this size now.

Bell Peppers did so well last year but this year there are four that are doing well and the REST are still much smaller. I bought more seeds and have planted them at the other end.

These pictures are of the cucumbers and green beans at the end of the garden. They are doing well! Cucumbers on the right half of the row and green beans on the left!

Cucumbers have yellow flowers and some tiny cucumbers already!

Green beans are filling out and growing up!

My cherry tomato plants were started a month behind Roys but are doing really well with several buds. These are bigger size cherry tomatoes than we previously grew.

Pecan tree is growing well!

We have not started growing wine bottles. I’ll be writing more about them on a future blog post!

You can see from this picture that the middle of the garden (eggplants, okra, bell peppers) have smaller plants than last year. I’m hoping they wind up doing well. As far as I can tell I didn’t do anything different this year than last.

NEXT TO THE DOG CAGE GARDEN

The lattice arbor has a good bit of grapevine growing on it. No grapes yet but I think they produce grapes later in the summer.

In the dog cage garden potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, and watermelons (both yellow and red meat) are planted This is a new location for us to grow vegetables and I’m finding the ground there is holding a lot of water causing my feet to sink when walking through the area along the fence. But the plants are growing well.

Here is a picture of the whole garden. In the back are green beans, then in front of that potatoes, nearer the front is red and yellow meat watermelon vines. On both sides in the red cages and one on the fence line are the same cherry tomato seeds planted a couple of months ago. The ones in the main garden are a few feet tall but these in this garden were only planted in the ground last week so they are way behind the others.

Here are two of the tomato plants. See how much smaller they are than the ones in the main garden. They stayed in their little seedling cup a lot longer than their brothers and sisters!

Two groups of green beans

Potato plant. Only one is doing this well. Others are just starting to sprout. I take potatoes from the grocery that sprout and use them for my potato seeds. I planted two more sprouting potato pieces in the potato row yesterday.

Red meat watermelon vines. I forgot to take a picture of the yellow meat vines.

This is not a vegetable or fruit but… Our little cactus garden is near the dog cage garden and this cactus, which is our biggest, has three beautiful blooms on it. They don’t last long so I am glad I got these photos! I think the cacti in the blue pot next to these gorgeous blooms are getting ready to bloom their yellow blooms. I’ll grab a picture of those to share when that happens!

So that is our end of April garden update!

04.26.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 6

Sunday morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website.

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is.

https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music!

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.19.20 Let us join together in Worshiping our Lord – Week 5

Sunday morning at 10:45 am, and every future Sunday until we can all gather together again in person, Trinity Baptist Church will broadcast our worship services on Facebook and on the church’s website.

Trinity’s website’s broadcast address is. http://https://trinitybaptistla.com/live

The actual sermon will not start until 10:45.  The live stream will begin 10 minutes before that to bring you information about our church and some wonderful music! To see the scripture and sermon outline click on the blue SERMON OUTLINE link at the bottom of that page on the church’s website.

I will keep this abbreviated form of this Sunday blog post coming so ya’ll can easily get to the Worship Service online! We look forward to Worshiping together again with you all next Sunday! May God Bless all of you!

04.15.20 Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

GOD’S PROVISION IN TIMES OF NEED, By Debbie McDaniel

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Sometimes the needs in our lives seem to mount up high. Maybe you’re waiting, or have been praying, for help, for a breakthrough. Maybe you feel like it’s been slow in coming, or that you can’t see a way out of your current situation. Maybe the needs seem to far outweigh the reality you’re living in. You’ve lost hope, feel alone in the struggle, and the weight of stress seems too hard to keep shouldering.

Whatever the need – physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, relational – His Truth reminds us that He’s got “this thing,” whatever it is, that concerns you.

He is able.

Fully.

To provide what you need.

–  “And my God will meet (supply, provide for, accomplish, complete)

–  all your needs (necessities, tasks)

–  according to his glorious (bright, majestic, splendor)

–  riches (wealth, abundance) in Christ Jesus.”

Our God who created the entire world and designed you and I with such purpose and intent can provide, will provide, out of His richness, fullness, wealth and treasure, for every single need we have. He gives favor. He lines up our pathways to be in the right place at the right time. He miraculously accomplishes so many things for us every day that we may not even be aware of. And He will bend over backwards just to give to you out of His riches. Whether we realize it or not.

Because He loves us.

We will never out give the richness of God for us. Because His provision is really not based on us. It’s based on His character, and He is Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides.

Resting there today. Right smack in the middle of His abundance.

Hope you are too.

Grace.

EATING IN THE FIFTIES

Pasta had not been invented.  It was macaroni or spaghetti.

A take-away was a mathematical problem.

Pizza?  Sound like a leaning tower somewhere.

Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn’t have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible.

Cooking outside was called camping.

‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal.

Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap.  If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties… was elbows, hats and cell phones.

Welcome to the life of an old guy!

 

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04.14.20 Let’s gather at the Grand Canyon North Rim for a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins!

Just writing the words Grand Canyon puts a smile on my heart!

What an unbelievably beautiful handiwork of God.

I still remember seeing it for the first time and it took my breath away.

This was what we saw when we walked up to it for the first time.

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I could go on and on and would never be able to explain how special this place is so I’ll let the photos and videos speak for themselves.

See both rims if you can!

The North and South Rim are only about 20 miles apart but the drive goes way around the side of the mountains and through some mountains to get to the other side about 200 miles away. We drove about halfway and parked for the night in the Marble Canyon – A M A Z I N G!!!

This video is taken from where we parked and spent the night in the Marble Canyon!

I took several videos of the North Rim and narrowed it down to eight for the original blog. These are two of them.

The North Rim and the South Rim are two totally different places in most all aspects.

The North Rim is much cooler, more beautiful tall trees along the roads, not any visible animals that we saw, and can be seen in 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace and for some reason it is not at all crowded.

The South Rim is still cool but not as cool as the North Rim, not nearly as many trees but lots of bushes with flowers, several elks were seen and we only saw a portion of it in about 5 hours at a brisk pace and it is crazy crowded! Several big shuttle buses travel several different routes to all the spots where you can see different parts of the canyon.

Photos from the North Rim

 

20151002_153101 (Medium)This next one may look like the first view we had but it is not. It’s far away from where we started!

20151002_152556 (Medium)Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim was absolutely beautiful inside and out 20151002_153233 (Medium)

The lodge had a wonderful outside sitting area where you could enjoy a comfortable viewing of the canyon!

20151002_155322 (Medium)There are several cabins there for those who want to stay in a cabin on the North Rim.

I loved how the view kept going on and on and on into the distance!20151002_154358 (Medium)Oh to be young and able to climb atop this rock area. We felt blessed to see what we could but that had to be super wonderful!

20151002_154407 (Medium)That was just a peek, a very very small peek at the magnificence of the North Rim. Here are links to our original posts when we visited Grand Canyon North Rim in 2015. Yes, I wrote four blog posts about the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. It is that amazing!

From Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon – I included this post because it gives lots of Grand Canyon info that would be helpful to someone planning to visit there.

The Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part One

The Grand Canyon North Rim Photos – Part Two

On our next Virtual Vacation, we will visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim which is very different than the North Rim!

Have a wonderfully blessed week!

04.13.20 Free Kindle books from the Library – oh my goodness!!!

I learned from my friend Donna Mollere that I was missing out on free books on my Kindle.  Thinking that others may not know about this either, I have to share how to do it here!

Local libraries have many ebooks available. Not every book is available in ebook form but a lot are. What amazes me is that there are books available from famous authors such as John Grisham, and others. Books that sell for $20 and higher are and are available for download to your Kindle. Isn’t that amazing!!

I don’t pay for any of the books that I’ve been getting through BookBub BUT they are not books from famous authors like you can get from the library! I have a Kindle so that’s the only platform I know about.  If you have a different eBook reader ask the Libray about that!

Go to your local library and get a library card.  At Tangipahoa libraries, you get to pick which design you want on your library card. I haven’t had a library card in decades. We have a really nice library in Amite where we live. When you get the library card tell them you want to be able to access the digital library.  They will set you up with that and tell you what your password would be. Don’t worry about remembering the password, it’s pretty easy to remember.

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If you already have a library card you probably need to go in to get set up for the digital service. I just realized that right now the library may be closed but when they open I recommend doing this!

They will give you the web address for your library. When you go into the website you’ll be amazed at how many books are available.

To find books from authors I like I use the Search (circled below.) I have also selected a couple of books from the list of Kindle Books they tell you about circled in the screen below.  I absolutely recommend reading Where the Crawdads Sing (circled below) which is the first book in the screen capture below.  No explanation for the x over one of the books, don’t know how that happened!

If a book is not currently available you can select putting a hold on it until it is available. They automatically notify you when it is available! You are able to keep a book for 2 weeks before it has to go back which is plenty of time to read a book!

That’s just a little information to get you started working your way around the library’s eBook webpages. I’m sure other parishes or counties library’s sites are similar to this.

I said above how nice our Amite Tangipahoa library is. I found some pictures to share with ya’ll. You know how I am about pictures!!!

Thanks Donna for sharing with me about this wonderful source for reading goodies! I’ve already read 28 books from our Tangi Library eBooks! I’m currently reading Steven King’s famous book “The Stand.”  It is just as wonderful as I remembered from 30 or so years ago when I read the hardback version! Oddly enough it is about a pandemic with similarities to what we’re seeing now with the Coronavirus.

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!