05.07.16 Some things

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 – It’s quiet this Saturday.  Roy’s gone to fly his remote control plane in Hammond.  Just got off the phone from a wonderful long conversation with my sister.  And I’m working on making potato salad for our family Mother’s Day tomorrow.

It seems like a lot of people like to have potato salad with their gumbo here in Louisiana.  We’ve never done that.  Just gumbo and rice, garlic bread and salad.  Roy cooked gumbo a month ago and we froze two gallon size bags of it.  We’ll have that tomorrow with rice, garlic bread and the potato salad.  Maybe some left over BBQ chicken he fixed yesterday.  Chauvins enjoy eating so perhaps we’ll have a mini feast!

Our home in Amite is on a gravel road.  It’s a pretty long distance from the main road, E. Bell Road, to the last house on the road.  The folks who live back there at the end of the road speed ridiculously down the road kicking up dust and gravel.  After much though and personally asking them to slow down, which they ignored, we ordered a sign for our front yard to “encourage” them to slow down.  Some have slowed down, others are just ugly and won’t.   The big school bus that use to zoom by here has slowed down!!  Here’s our sign:

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Chip says we’ve become the old folks because of the sign!

Roy spent a good bit of time yesterday removing all of the compartment opening handles, spraying them black again and reinstalling them.  They were quite weathered looking before with lots of grey and little black, now they are all nice and black! The first picture below shows the worn out look from before.

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This is one for every compartment we have under our motorhome, all black and pretty!20160506_131526

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The hole in each compartment where the handle was and will be!20160506_131553

My sweet husband Roy bought me two large plant pots for Mother’s Day.  Chip’s family gave me the two plants in the pots!  Roy potted them for me and they look beautiful on our patio!

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This week we went to the ENT doctor about Roy’s hearing and the ringing in his ears.  This is the big chamber they put you in for the hearing test.

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This sign was in the doctor’s office in the room we were in.  I thought it was great!

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This lantana is one that was transplanted from our house on Wardline in Hammond.  We transplanted three tiny bushes and they are all blooming beautifully!  20160504_181545

We added some new Cacti to our front flower garden and with what we had and the new Mother’s Day plants it is such a pretty place to sit outside now and relax!

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Yesterday, I got to do some Grannie time with Madisyn.  Picked her up from school, went to the doctor, got some yogurt with a slew of toppings, and ate dinner with Misty, Kallie and Madisyn afterwards.  Roy stayed home so I could have some quality time with Madisyn which was wonderful.  She’s an amazing little girl and is growing up by leaps and bounds.

We’ve enjoyed watching her play softball and being with the family for each game.  Some of the little girls have been playing for three years and it shows.  Even at 8 they are quite good.  Madisyn likes to twirl and sit down in the outfield but a lot of the time you can tell she knows what to do and how to stand ready to catch the ball.  Her monogrammed personal helmet is just the cutest!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day!  One of our sons, Chip and his family, and hopefully Misty’s mom Vicki will be joining us for a time of eating, playing and perhaps some good old fellowship! First we’ll gather together with out church family at Trinity!

This poem saddened me when I read it today.  When a child, grown or not, doesn’t acknowledge the life and care their mother gave them, this is how we feel. 296142_602985553052729_401577565_n

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend, may you be surrounded by those who love you tomorrow!

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04.30.16 Three Years Living On The Road!

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

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

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

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The heroic Conroe, TX police department!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04.26.16 Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone), Traylor Trio singing, Crawfish $1.99 a pound, Eating crawfish while watching TV outside!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016,  That is probably the longest title I’ve ever given a blog post, but it will be a shorter than usual blog posts!!

We attended church at our home church Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday and were treated to three special things.  First the choir sang Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) amazingly, here is a link to Christ Tomlin singing it.

Chris Tomlin is the writer of the song and while his version is great I absolutely loved the Choir singing it this morning.  Such a true and mighty witness!   Chris, in his version, provides a lot of the backstory to the song Amazing Grace as well as some extra verses.  I highly recommend listening to the You Tube video!  It’s long but so worth it!

Then the Traylor Trio (better known by Trinity folks as Spot, Ashley and Leanna) sang “There is a Fountain” and that made me so thankful that we were home to hear it.

Third, our Youth Minister, Derek Wall preached a wonderful sermon in the absence of our pastor, Bro. Bob Adams.  We’ve listened to Derek preach many times and have enjoyed seeing him grow in his ability to preach God’s word.

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After church we went to our favorite seafood store, B & J Seafood, in Hammond where we got 10 pound of crawfish and boiled potatoes.  This is the time of year when it’s really nice to be in Louisiana because seafood, especially crawfish, is a great price.  $1.99 a pound when you get 10 or more pounds and we did!

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Roy spent yesterday (before and after the fishing fun) connecting a television outside to the bedroom inside television and a television mount for the outside television so we can enjoy TV outside.  We really think that watching Saints games outside with family might be a thing in our future!

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The television mount outside in the compartment it will live in

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Side view of the television on its mount.

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The finished product!!

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He finished it yesterday Saturday evening late and we took good advantage of it after church today while enjoying our boiled crawfish sitting in front of it!

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Ya’ll have a wonderful week!  We have Monday and Tuesday which will peaceful and we will go no where.  Then Madisyn’s softball games on Wednesday at 5:45 and Thursday at 7:15!!!  Here’s a better video of Madisyn’s base hit on Thursday, couldn’t not share this with ya’ll!

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04.25.16 Chauvin Family Fun!

13083290_10153612372207029_1035924775327657336_nMonday, April 25, 2016 – Madisyn played two games this week, won one and lost one!  She thinks they win them all and for now that’s a good thing!

One of the teams they played against wore red long baseball pants with red and white striped socks.  Sort of looked like they should be in a Christmas movie!!  Madisyn has been playing right behind first base these last two games and is doing a really good job backing up first.

Madisyn is the center girl

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Daddy Coach Chip by the dugout gate and Madisyn getting ready to bat20160421_180212One of the players on the other team with their cute red and white outfits!20160421_180423

Madisyn on first base!20160421_181231 That’s the softball fun we had as a family this week.  On Saturday Chip, Kallie and Madisyn (Misty had to work) came to visit us in Amite and we went fishing down at the pond.  Here’s some photos and videos of our fun! Chip and I got to visit which was great while the others fished!

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The weather right now is sooooooo perfect, beautiful clear skies, light breeze, highs in the 70s and the humidity is low! We are enjoying spending every minute we can out on our RV patio under the awning!  Roy just finished putting in an outdoor television in one of our outside compartments and I’ll share that soon.  I just saw one of the fig trees has little figs starting to form!!!!

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04.24.16 Flowers, fruit trees and bushes – updates!!

13062186_865388300239011_7653678677924921637_nSunday, April 24, 2016 –  We were gone a month and the plants at our house have grown well!  First are the beautiful Iris planted next to our RV’s patio.  We haven’t been home when they bloom to enjoy them before now!  They were planted about a year ago and have already doubled themselves.   20160415_141750 (Medium)

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The blueberry bushes we recently planted already have a bunch of blueberries starting on them!  I do hope they get ripe before we leave again!

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Next the figs were leafless when we planted them and are both full of leaves, no figs yet but maybe that’s a next year thing!20160415_144330 (Medium) 20160415_144338 (Medium)

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Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for free food and almost free things.  We were in Lowe’s getting the two big bags of garden soil you see in our truck bed.  Two of our friends, Teddy and Wanda, came out with a cart loaded with plants and said they got it all for $6.  I thought I heard them wrong but I didn’t.  Everything on several rack was reduced to $1 or $3 but it was all really reduced to 25 cents a pot.  Even plants that were originally $6 were 25 cents.  I bought and bought and only spent $4.25.  Here’s whee a few were planted and some of the ones yet to find a home.

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The bags of garden soil was to replant Roy’s mama’s bay leaf plants that have followed us wherever we’ve lived.  When we moved her they were large and full.  When we came back in November they were very sad looking.  We pulled off all the dead leaves and some new growth started but never kept going.  Roy dug all the existing soil creating a hole a couple of feet deep and 4 feet wide and 8 feet long.  He mixed the new soil in with a little of the old and replanted the bay leaf plants cutting them down to about only 6 inches high.  20160421_114713 (Medium) 20160421_114725 (Medium)

After Roy replanted the bay leaf plants, he re-positioned the rocks we brought from out west and I put some of my potted plants back out!  20160421_132327 (Medium)

I planted some of the quarter plants (coleus, petunias, marigolds and liriope) in the bed with the bay leaf, some (geranium, zinnia, marigolds) are planted elsewhere and a few (milkweed and something else!) are awaiting their new home.

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That’s it for the flowers, bushes and fruit plants!  Do ya’ll see that Roy is constantly working while we’re home.  I’ve made him promise he will not work tomorrow so we can go to church.   Today he spent most of the day installing outside the television that I use to have in the bedroom.  We’ve always wanted to be able to watch TV outside and now we can!!  Pictures, etc. on that will be coming soon!

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04.23.16 We have a lot of holes in the ground!

Saturday, April 23, 2016 –  Within 24 hours of us arriving home last Thursday Roy was digging holes in the ground!  He has a list of projects he wants to take care of while we’re home.  This was number one on the list!

When we are home, Dora is parked on the gravel pad we created for her.  Her heaviness causes the tires to sink down in the gravel which isn’t a good thing for Dora’s tires to sit on for any length of time.  Roy felt that by burying railroad ties a couple of inches inches into the dirt the tires would have a better base, for while we’re in town.

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Roy started first by pulling Dora up to the front of our property and hole after hole was dug.  The holes actually looked like we were planning to bury someone!  But instead Roy planted railroad ties he bought from Abita Springs Lumber yard.  He bought four at first and then went back for five more a couple of days later.

The original railroad ties he buried several months ago around our RV parking pad started to move out an inch or so from the weight of the rocks being pushed against them when Dora is parked there.  I would have ignored an inch of movement but Roy saw it as a potential future disaster, so fix it he must!  I never mean to sound like I’m making fun of him but a wife finds humor in some things her husband does and I, of course, share them!

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After digging out dirt and burying one tie next to the original ties he proceeded to pull Dora forward and dig two holes, one twice as wide as the other.  The two wide railroad ties were to hold the back set of four tires on and the single railroad ties are for the jacks that are lowered when we park to level us.

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Our neighbor Kevin graciously offered to help Roy dig which was a lifesaver!  Not only did digging out gravel and dirt need to be done but then wheelbarrows of dirt needed to be dumped in the rear of our property where there is a hole that needed filling.  Pushing a wheelbarrow is one thing but when you have to go down a slope like we have makes it especially hard.   Thanks so much Kevin for giving of yourself to help us out!  You and Shannon are the best neighbors and renters we could ever ask for!

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I’ll pause here before sharing with you the thrilling conclusion of this amazing tale to show you how brilliant my hubby is about moving these extremely heavy railroad ties around!  He said his dad taught him that.  Misty says our son Chip moves things around on the desk chair that has swivel legs.  Must be a Chauvin man thing!

Okay on to the good stuff!

Back to the lumber place he went, coming back with the last five (I’m really hoping it’s the last ones)!  Dora gets moved way back on the pad till her tail is hanging over the end.  This happened with all the slides out and me still in bed one morning!  I knew when I didn’t roll off the bed on the side that he didn’t go over the edge and went peacefully back to sleep!

Another large hole and one half that size was dug for the front tires and jack.

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One of the railroad ties was sawed into two pieces.  One piece was put at the end of the first tie that was buried so it would match the original ties length.  Same on the opposite side.

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THEN…….  Roy realized that the spacing of the two ties and the one tie in the back was off by enough that the jack didn’t sit correctly on the single tie.  Digging began and it got moved!

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That’s one project Roy could scratch off his list.  Next he goes onto several more projects which I’ll entertain you with as I find time to write!

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04.18.16 Madisyn’s softball scrimmage last Thursday!

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Monday, April 18, 2016 – On Thursday we arrived back home in Amite and almost immediately headed straight to Ponchatoula to see Madisyn play softball!

We use to be pros at this ballgame watching business! We will have to work some to get back to that. We always sat in comfortable lawn chairs and were prepared with everything possible to wear. This game we sat on in the bleachers and suffered through cold and wind with nothing correct to put on! But we were there and were soooooo happy we came home for this! I had shorts on and Roy went to the car and brought me back a big beach towel which I was not too proud to wear!!

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20160414_174702 (Large) 20160414_183403 (Large)20160414_180712 (Large)20160414_180621 (Large)Liz’s family (Liz is Madisyn’s mom) were there to cheer Madisyn on! She’s so new at this playing the game, has so much energy and just loves to have fun doing it! Her daddy Chip use to pick clovers in the outfield when he was little and Madisyn did her own version of being antsy and wanting to do something when she was on defense in the field!

Rarely is the ball hit out of the infield so all the little girls playing the outfield are brought in to right behind the baseline. No one is out in the true outfield. It’s a very crowded and busy field with all those little girls in their fuchsia (deep hot pink) uniforms.

Okay now for Madisyn’s apparel! First she has a hot pink Easton bat, a hot pink glove and best of all, wait for it………………………. Her very own Monogrammed hot pink batting helmet. No one wears it but her and I honestly have to say I’ve never seen a monogrammed on before in my life. They team is sponsored by C & W Dozer Service and I have to say their team having fuchsia as their color is sooooo very Madisyn!

The first two games were actually scrimmages so winning or losing didn’t matter. It was all just a good learning experience for the girls. One little girl on the other team ran into the dug out after she rounded third instead of going to home plate so it was apparent that these scrimmages were needed! Some of the girls played previously but this is Madisyn’s first year so she has a lot to still learn. Her hitting is quite good already since Daddy Chip worked with her on that for some time now. He says she swings with her hips which seems to be a good thing. Roy and Chip both are trying to help her realize that in order to hit the ball you need to see the ball. Chip use to have that written in his ball cap “See ball, hit ball” and it served him well!

No one is putting any pressure on Madisyn because this just needs to be fun and man is she having fun! They just want her to be educated in how to do it right.

Her second at bat she hit one so hard that it went straight to the pitcher who threw it well to the first baseman and she was out! That happens! Seeing how much fun she is having makes us terribly happy we came home to be a part of it. When she comes off the field with her arms a swinging and just so happy we know this is great for her and it is certainly great for us!

indexDaddy Chip got us all matching shirts with our names on the back!  Madisyn’s first real game is this week on Wednesday at 5:45.  If any of you locals want to come see her play and we can visit, we’ll be at the Ponchatoula  Area Recreation Park on Hoover Road.  She plays Wednesday and Thursday this week at the field named Wadesboro.  Here’s the map to where the fields are within the park.

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