10.15.18 Update on the Chauvin Produce Company

Monday, October 15, 2018 – I am really pleased at how well our fall vegetable garden is doing.  Some of what I planted are not fall vegetable/fruits, like the watermelons and cantaloupes, but it was seeds from giant watermelons and delicious cantaloupe so why not, they didn’t cost us anything!  The cantaloupe vines have several flowers.  The watermelons have dozens of flowers on long 10 foot plus vines with four little bitty watermelons forming!  The biggest watermelon was like a marble yesterday and today it is the shape it will eventually be like a pecan.  I planted a couple of peanuts down by those plants just to see what would happen.  They have sprouted and have several leaves already!

The marble size watermelon

The regular garden has grown and grown.  I’ve already harvested a dozen nice size radishes and several green onions.  Where I pulled those vegetables out, I planted new seeds and in the case of the green onions new onion sets.  One vegetable that did absolutely very very little was green onion seeds.  I cleared those out and planted additional bell peppers.

The cucumber vines, okra plants and tomato plants are doing fabulous!

These were taken about three weeks ago.

These were from yesterday. The cucumber vines are at the bottom of the picture.  They are growing up multi colored ribbons leading to a wire thing where the cucumbers can grab on to as they grow. The three Big Boy tomatoes are on the right and the okra are to the left near the other end.

The okra are well over a foot high and needed some support so we located what we had around the house (tall sticks) to put next to each plant.  A couple of our medal hangers for the hummingbird feeders are holding two of the plants up.  It’s an odd collection but it works!

I am also growing bell peppers, lettuce, green onions, carrots, turnips, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. The only plant that wasn’t started from seeds are the tomato plants. 

I know that it might have been too late to start some of these vegetables from seed but it’s been a wonderful learning experience so far.  My brain has had to work really hard researching all of what’s involved in growing each of these plants and that’s a really good thing! I am happy to be able to still do that, for now!  If the lessons I am learning now make me better prepared to plant them next year at the right time, that’s a good thing.  If they do grow and produce this year before our first frost that’s a great thing!  I read a lot about tips for growing the different vegetables.

One thing I thought was cool but I ended up doing wrong was with the bell peppers.  I read that they need additional sulphur in the soil and that you can put a match stick upside down with the sulfur end in the group near the plant.  My plants were tiny and I put the match stick too close to the tiny plant and the little bell pepper plants withered, from I guess too much sulfur too close.

I have been surprised at how much effort it takes to keep this little garden going well.  Just pulling weeds is a daily job.  The compost and manure in the soil make the weeds go wild with growing!  I have everything growing on hills and am not sure they all should be.  That’s another matter to be researched.

Anyone with tips to help our little produce do as best they can, please share! Next year I am planning on planting peanuts, potatoes, egg plants and some of the ones we are growing now.  Any recommendations on what to plant in the spring in the south, let us know!!!

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10.14.18 Trinity Baptist Church’s 65th Anniversary Old Fashioned Sing Along

Sunday, October 14, 2018 – Last evening we were blessed to attend Trinity Baptist Church’s 65th Anniversary Old Fashioned Sing Along. I don’t have pictures of everyone who sang but I have a bunch.  I got so caught up in the music that I forgot to click that “take the picture” button on some of the singers.  The congregation sang several old hymns throughout the evening.  I love the old hymns and they made my heart smile to sing them again!

After the singing, young Gracyn Willoughby shared with me that she found my blog while searching the internet.  Seems I wrote about her cousin, Caroline doing something at our church and my blog popped up in the search. She thought that was neat so I told her I’d write about the singing event and she liked that!.

Here’s the photos of most of those who shared their love for our Lord through song.

Our choir sang two beautiful songs, led by Teddy Forrest!

Juanita Watts, such a pure clear voice singing Praises to our Lord

Wilson Watts sang two beautiful songs, while photos of Trinity members over the decades, were shown on the big screens

Mia Dixon accompanied by her dad Pastor Avery Dixon and brother Aiden Dixon

George Martin singing one of my favorites “I Can Only Imagine”  George sang that at my mama’s funeral.

Gracyn Willoughby, beautiful young voice

Raylea Willoughby – Our Ole Miss soon to be graduate and future Supreme Court Justice!!

Ms. Louise Traylor, one of our two remaining original charter members from 1953 when Trinity was formed.

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11.24.17 What I’m THANKFUL for!

In past Novembers I posted on Facebook something I was thankful for each day of the month. I tried to work on this earlier in the month and it just didn’t happen.  Doesn’t mean I am not thankful for a lot so I’m going to share some of the things I’m most thankful for here!

Today we are having Thanksgiving dinner at our son Chip’s home with his wife Misty.  I am thankful that this young family is willing to take over this family tradition, giving Grannie a day to enjoy instead of being responsible for hosting!  Before I went to sleep last night I thanked God for all the work and cooking I knew they are doing before we all arrive there today!  Thank you Chip and Misty!

I am most thankful to God for all the blessings he has bestowed on me, and his mercy. I am terribly thankful for His Grace that I don’t deserve

I am more thankful than ever for God’s unconditional love.  God loves me even though I am a sinner, a dumb blonde, don’t deserve it and make it extremely difficult for him to love me. But he consistently and overwhelmingly loves me. I’m very thankful for the secure feeling of knowing he’s walking with me every day as a child of His.  I long for the day when I begin my eternal life in Heaven with Him and others who have given their lives to Him.

I am thankful for my husband of almost 45 years (November 25, 1972). He looks past my fat old self and  treats me like the young chick he fell in love with. He puts up with my mind slipping away with love and kindness. The saying that some things get better with age was meant for my honey Roy!

I am thankful for my church family at Trinity that has been an amazing support for my family the past 30 years since moving to Hammond.  So many of them have been my rock through really horrible times and been there to rejoice with me through the wonderful times. I thank God for the musical abilities He has given to many at our church.  Worshiping God through music and His Word at Trinity is a blessing.

I’m thankful for my oldest son who doesn’t want his name included and for our youngest son Chip. They opened the big world of motherhood to me and I thank God for them every day.

Our sons are both married to very special ladies. They have children which makes me a Grannie to six little darlings!  We’ve gone from the two of us to twelve of us including us, our sons, their wives and the grandchildren.  So much to be thankful for in those sweet wonderful faces of our grandchildren.

I’m thankful for my mama Josie Blum Traylor who went to live with God in 2007.  Her deep love and pride in her family, the family traditions she passed on, the care giving she provided my children when I couldn’t be there, her love for God and living a devoted Christian life. God gave me the mother that I needed and I miss her presence and support in my life each and every day.

I am especially thankful for my sister Harriett. Even though she is several years older than me we are very close. We are very different types of people being raised in two different generations but we were both raised by our mama and that makes us very similar in many ways. She is a giving, compassionate person who is always doing for others and I admire her a lot.

I am thankful for the pain and suffering I’ve experienced in life. It’s done many positive things for me. Once I pulled up my big girl panties and stopped whining about whatever it was, it has always drawn me closer to God. He is the one that I know I absolutely can always count on being there. Having a relationship with God has given me grounding and a strong rock to always be able to turn to.

I am thankful I have a husband who can do anything!  He can build, repair, create, figure out and fix anything!  He’s tired of doing all that now and doesn’t let his brilliance in these areas be seen too often lately but when he does I can say he’s still got it!

I am thankful that I am an American.  I have become disheartened in recent years with the direction in which our country is going and the lack of Christian values becoming more prevalent.  I see this changing with President Trump’s administration. Big thankful there!  I am thankful for our ability to freely vote and being able to freely worship without the fear of harm.

I am thankful for the Word of God, his Holy Bible.  I read it, learn from it, try to  live my life by it and as the years go by I realize how very much it is the only instruction manual a Christian needs.  I was blessed to have the privilege of teaching the Books of the Bible to 3rd and 4th graders for many years and teaching them to cherish the Word of God.  They knew this was just the first step to learning the wonders and mysteries of God’s Word.  There is nothing like hearing a sermon from The Word.  It helps me understand how to look in His Word for the answer to my life questions and to draw me closer to Him.

I am so thankful that God has allowed us to change our lifestyle and enjoy our time on the road these last five years.  The travels we’ve enjoyed and our discovery of the beautiful elements of nature around this country is indescribable.  The lack of stress, responsibility and freedom experienced living in an RV on the road is something everyone (retired or not) should get to do.

This list of things I’m thankful for has opened my eyes to the abundance of blessings God has given me, the special people in my life, my dear family members, true friends and most of all God.

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11.22.17 Gratitude and Thanksgiving by Debbie McDaniel

Gratitude and Thanksgiving
By Debbie McDaniel

“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”  Psalm 95:1-3

We have so much to be grateful for in this life. Each and every day. But reality is that sometimes constant life demands, struggles, and worries give more room to defeat than to a heart of thanks. Or we forget, in the midst of busyness and pressures, just to pause and give thanks, for all that God has done, and continues to do in our lives.

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Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We’re weary. Or maybe, we feel like He let us down. We think God seems distant, like he’s far away, or doesn’t really care about what’s troubling us. Painful life blows and losses might have recently sent us spiraling.

But here’s what can make a lasting difference. We have a choice, every day, to give him thanks. And with a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems. He does more. He changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us.

We’re strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Chauvin’s home to your home!

 

11.21.17 Who Dats Saints, Found Rocks

Our New Orleans Saints are on an eight game winning streak.  Last time I can remember this happening was the year they won the Super Bowl! Everywhere we’d go stores, homes, and workplace had signs up announcing how many wins they were at in the streak.  After losing the first two games this year it was like a winning switch was turned on and they are barreling down everyone they play against, until this Sunday.  They pulled out the win but  it was heart attack city until the last second!

 

Here’s excerpts from an article Mike Triplett, an ESPN Staff Writer wrote.

Saints so hot that a 15-point deficit in final minutes doesn’t stand a chance

NEW ORLEANS — If this winds up being a special season for the New Orleans Saints, they will point back to Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins for years.

Just like 2009 all over again.

The Saints (8-2) had no business winning their eighth straight game Sunday after trailing by 15 points with less than three minutes remaining — just like those ’09 Super Bowl Saints had no business coming back from a 10-point deficit at Washington in the fourth quarter. Fittingly, the hero of that game — receiver Robert Meachem — served as the honorary captain on Sunday.

Drew Brees also had his finest moment of the year, completing 11 of 11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns on the Saints’ two quick touchdown drives at the end of regulation. The Saints haven’t asked Brees to be Superman during their win streak because the defense and run game have been so good, but he sure played the role when needed on Sunday. Tight end Coby Fleener also came up huge, among others, on those drives. And Kamara’s bobbling 18-yard TD catch went from a possible disaster to a thrilling moment.

It was far from the Saints’ prettiest or cleanest victory. But sure enough, two quick touchdowns, three defensive stops and a field goal in overtime led them to a 34-31 victory and kept them flying as the hottest team in the NFL (even on their worst day).

The Saint’s new running back Alvin Kamara #41 is so much fun to watch.  He’s everywhere!  Unless you are in Louisiana you may not know how spectacular our Saints are doing so little old me is broadcasting it here!

We plan to spend Thanksgiving Day with our son’s families this week at Chip and Misty’s home. They told me last night all they are making and it sounds like a massive feast!  I am bringing some things including a sweet potato casserole that they said I made last year and I don’t remember making.

I learned this week that the EEG Dr. Patricia Morgan (neurologist) ordered for me is a three day thing.  Not a 30 minute EEG in the office. The little I’ve learned about it was from the EEG company calling and telling me about it and looking it up on the internet.  They wire you up all over your head, like a regular in the office EEG.  All the leads go to a machine that records bursts and seizure events in the brain, 24 hours a day for three days.  They also put video cameras in your bedroom and living room to record any physical signs of seizures.  I won’t be able to bathe or wash my hair, and am suppose to try to not do anything strenuous, just rest for the three days.  This type of EEG captures much more than a 30 minutes or so EEG in the office would catch.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have it next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I’ll share more about it while I’m doing it!

Roy is busy down at the pond this morning cutting down some of the smaller pine trees that have died (we think they died from the water in the pond being so high). I’ve started making Christmas themed rocks so there is red and green everywhere now!

Roy had his OCT test this week at Dr. Greiners.  While we were there I got to meet a staff member named Bailey.  Last time we were there we hid rocks and she found some and loved it.  When I called to make an appointment for Roy the receptionist told me how they loved the rocks we hid.  This visit I found that Bailey has two rocks from our last visit sitting on her desk!  I told them we hid more outside and Bailey got one while we were seeing the doctor.  I offered more to her so she could hide them were she’d like to.  She came out to the car with us and said it was okay to take her picture.  Here she is!

When we made Roy’s next appointment they were happy because that means we’ll be back with more rocks!!!

This young man, Mr. Butler, found one of our rocks at Ponchatoula High School the day of the play Annie.  We got to talking about the rock project and since he doesn’t have a computer to post that he found it, he said I could take his photo!  His wife Kay Butler has dementia and it turns out she was my Theater professor at Southeastern several years ago.  I really enjoyed visiting with Mr. Butler.  God puts great people in our lives when we least expect it!

We went into town in Amite this evening and hid about 20 Thanksgiving love rocks all over the town!  Tomorrow morning lots of businesses will be greeted with one that I hope makes them smile!

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11.13.17 This past week in Chauvin world!

Monday, November 13, 2017 – We’ve had a good week!

My sister Harriett and brother in law George came to visit us and we had fun catching up.  She even took some of my rocks back for her garden!  Chip came to visit this past week also.  Visiting in person is always nicer than on the phone.  I feel very loved when Chip gives up some of his day off to visit with us!  I don’t expect it, it’s just nice.

Last Thursday we started out by going to Madisyn’s school, and attending the Veterans Day service honoring those in the military that were related to the 3rd grade students.    Paw Paw Roy was in the Navy as a young man and got to sit on the stage with the other veterans. When it was his turn he told of his time in the military and Madisyn got to stand up while he spoke. I was so impressed with how well done today’s presentation was. Madisyn sang America the Beautiful with the 3rd grade chorus. It was beautiful hearing those young children’s voices. We all pledged allegiance to the flag and I was so happy to hear all of the children knew it and spoke it proudly! At the flag raising ceremony afterwards there was even a prayer offered by one of the children. Their principal served in the military for many years and wore his uniform today. In this day of some showing such disrespect it made my old heart very happy to be a part of today’s very patriotic event.   First are two of Madisyn’s proud parents, Chip and Misty! 

The military men and women related to a 3rd grade student were seated on the stage with all of the 3rd grade sitting quietly on the floor!

The D. C. Reeves 3rd grade chorus. 

This video is of the children singing.  The little girl in the back row with her face almost covered by her sheet of music is Madisyn!  Roy is almost right behind her on the second row.

A few Ponchatoula High School band members played the songs of each of the branches of our military.  When they played Anchors Aweigh. Roy and another man stood representing the Navy.

This is Roy behind the podium telling about his years in the Navy on board the USS Lawe and the USS Putnam.

Madisyn’s principal and the other military men and women saluting the students.  Before this he taught the children how to salute.

Flag Raising Ceremony presented for the Veterans. 

Daily Star newspaper in Hammond published this picture that they are both in.  Roy’s on the second row of Veterans and Madisyn is on the last row of singers.

After the school event we went to see a new neurologist, Dr. Patricia Morgan.  The jury is still out on whether I will continue with her.  Her assistant ran me through a common neurologist dementia testing which I didn’t do great on.  When she asked what the date was I said October 9th.  Roy told me it was really November 9th when she left the room.  She told me to remember three common words and after asking a bunch of non related questions she asked me to tell her what the three words are and I got one of them.  I brought the doctor my previous brain medical records so she went through them before coming in.  She asked me a lot of questions and then asked me to walk across the room.  My balance hasn’t been good for the last couple of years and when asked to put one foot in front of the other (like they do at a DUI stop) I swerved and looked very drunk.  She said that an abnormal EEG concerned her and that I have a lot of white matter.  She ordered a new EEG to see if I’m having seizures which is adding to the other brain issues.  This is a different approach than Dr. Shamsnia took. She said that there are no other medicines that I can try for dementia so as of now I’m off medicine.  I have a return appointment to see Dr. Morgan on December 4th to get the test results.  I thought I’d be going to the hospital for the EEG but was told that the company doing it comes to our house to do it, even though we live in Amite.  I’m waiting now to get that scheduled.  I left there a little confused but hopefully at the next appointment we’ll know more.

Saturday morning at 9 am I joined Chip’s family at the Harbor Church’s Thanksgiving Servolution team to assemble 1200 meals for delivery to needy people in the Hammond area.  Last time I did this with Chip’s church I was responsible for putting the aluminum foil between the hot food at the bottom and the desert and bread on top.  This time I did the same.  I must look like I’m good at aluminum foil placement! 

This first photo I found that someone else took.  This was early on when we were wrapping forks in napkins.  They all have their red SERVE team shirts and that’s me in pink!

 

Two huge pots of jambalaya were cooked and served.

Some of the meals ready for delivery.

Our precious granddaughter Kallie helping with the assembly.

When the deliveries started, our time in the assembly line ended.  We met up with Roy and went to Ponchatoula High School to watch Kaylon and Gracyn Willoughby in the play “Annie”.  They are both naturals on stage.  It was very well done and we loved seeing those girls in action!

After the play we brought Madisyn home with us to spend the night and go to church with us on Sunday. This was the first time we’ve had her overnight in many months and we all just loved it! Sunday was a very special day at Trinity.  George Martin was ordained as a Deacon at Trinity.  We’ve known George for most of his life and are very proud of the young man he is with his wife and two sons.  This is our pastor Rev. Avery Dixon as we prepared to pray for George and our other active Deacons at the end of the service.

Madisyn and her friend Randi Beth haven’t seen each other in a long time and were happy to see each other today when church was over.

I’ve created a Chauvin family rock.  I am working on one for Chip’s family and a different one for our oldest son’s family.

We have several days now of rest not having to go anywhere until this coming Thursday when Roy goes to the eye doctor and we go to Gretna, Louisiana to visit our friends Sally and John Vlosich.

It’s such a beautiful day today, we have all our windows open and are enjoying the slight cooling breeze that’s coming in!  On our way home after church we drove down General Ott Road.  When we got near Hinson Road, where we use to live, we saw acres and acres of what use to be woods, and is now all cleared out.  The yellow house you see through the clearing was our home on Hinson Road.  We always loved the woods being there so this was a big shock to see.

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