03.05.19 Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2016 reposted and updated

I love sharing some of what makes New Orleans’s Mardi Gras so unique.  Below you will see how New Orleanians mark their spots on the parade routes; a group of folks parading in Lazy Boy recliners; Endymion (one of the largest parades) ends its parade by going into the Superdome (2 videos of this); a documentary about Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  Last but certainly not least are the actual floats built by Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the major floats are made.  This is New Orleans Mardi Gras. Because of the horrific NO ALL by the blind referees in the Saints vs. Rams playoff game I’ve included a video of a float and paraders keeping that event alive.

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How New Orleanians mark their spots on St. Charles Avenue for parades!

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Lazy Boy parading!

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Endymion Parade ending in the Superdome

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Police motorcycle units entering the Superdome for ‪Endymion‬ parade.

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Mardi Gras & New Orleans – A Documentary

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Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the floats are created.

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We wouldn’t be true loyal Saints fans without showing you the additions to this year’s Mardi Gras because of the horrific NO CALL by the blind referees in the Saint vs. Rams game this year that kept them out of the Super Bowl.

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Happy Mardi Gras Everyone, from our little home in Amite where the Chauvins are watching Mardi Gras on television like we’ve done for the last couple of decades.

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06.02.16 Amite, Louisiana to Savannah, Georgia

We left Amite on Sunday morning May 29th and arrived in Savannah, GA on Wednesday June 1st. Here’s some of the things we saw along the way.

First, us leaving our home in Amite! Had to take one last photo of some of our flowers, and of course of Dora and Boots getting ready to travel.

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As we traveled, we were able to watch our church, Trinity Baptist Church’s Live Stream Sunday morning!!!!!!!

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We’ve taken so many Welcome to Mississippi signs that I just couldn’t do it again! We stopped at a rest stop in Mississippi where we of course took a picture of Dora and Boots!

20160529_162251 (Medium) Our first time in Georgia in our RV so a Welcome to Georgia sign is shared here!

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We spent the first night in Walmart’s parking lot in Columbus, GA. Here’s Dora and Boots feeling right at home!

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The Georgia highways are very nice and beautifully landscaped. Their pine trees are somewhere between our skinny tall pines and the Minnesota jumbo Christmas like pines. The grass along the highway is perfectly manicured and just beautiful.

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A massively huge solar farm stretched down both sides of the highway for miles.

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Honeysuckle Farm RV park is a very small RV park with a capacity of only 15! They have a large field in the back. Roy couldn’t stand it until we went back there for him to fly his plane. This was his first time ever flying on his own without someone close by to help if needed. He did really well, flying it three times without crashing it to pieces!!

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We took a drive through Dublin, GA which is a very nice medium size city. They have an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet which we explored. This frog statue below is actually a pot stand but I could see it as a fishing stool down by our pond back home. We almost bought it but carrying that for thousands of miles didn’t make a whole lot of sense. There were several others I’d love to have including the strawberry stool!20160531_174434

After two days at Honeysuckle Farm RV park where we enjoyed cool nights sleep (due to having electricity), we headed to Savannah, GA where we will live for 7 days! Here’s what we saw along the way there!

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We’re settled at Hardeeville RV park now in spot 336!

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After getting settled we set out to drive around the park and see it all. Instead we wandered off the grounds and made our way to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. More on that next time!

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06.01.16 The Bible in Three Minutes

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – If you haven’t read the Bible cover to cover, here’s a little enticement so you’ll know what to expect when you do read it!

THE BIBLE IN THREE MINUTES

In no way should this be a substitute for reading and studying the Bible, just a little preview of what you’ll find in God’s Holy Word!

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05.30.16 Memorial Day 2016

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My friend M’Lou Thompson wrote the following on Facebook this morning and graciously said I could share it with you.

Recently, we were on a military base for a reunion of Vietnam pilots. At the formal dinner, a lone table was set, apart from all the other tables. Next to the table were caps from each branch of service. Before the dinner began, there was a ceremony to explain the significance of this table, a table set aside to memorialize the missing. The solemn and reverent words of this ceremony–listed below–detail each layer of those soldiers’ commitment, valor and sacrifice.

As Memorial Day is the time we remember our fallen, please take a moment to read and think about each of the statements below, recognizing and appreciating the real cost of our freedom.

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(From the Military Chapel Organization.)
Moderator:
Please be seated ……. I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.
The table is round — to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.
The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.
The chairs are empty — they are missing.

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When doing research on this I found another description of the items at the table that I thought added some to the original.

The listed symbolic items are considered traditional. Some commands and units may place head covers or other items at the place setting as well.

  • Table: set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner or lost soldier. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict . Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.
  • Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
  • Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.
  • Yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight.
  • Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of those missing or lost in battle.
  • Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait or mourn their loss.
  • Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
  • Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
  • Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren’t present.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

THANK YOU TO THE FAMILIES OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR LOVED ONCE HAVE OUR HIGHEST RESPECT AND APPRECIATION. Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin

05.27.16 Madisyn’s last two softball games

Friday, May 27, 2016 –  This week Madisyn played her last two softball games.  Before Thursday I think they only won one game.  Thursday they won their last game and they won it big.  All the girls played good, some played great, they scored, they stopped the other team from scoring, lots of fun!

Whether Madisyn plays softball again next year we don’t know.  Right now she says no, but time will tell.  She’s on to cheerleading from here.  This was her first year playing softball.  Some of the girls have played 3 years and some are older than she is.  She learned as the season went along and did really well for a first timer!

Here are some pictures of their last two games and pictures of them receiving their medals and awards. A couple of videos at the end will wrap it all up!

WEDNESDAY’S GAME – LOST (A LOT TO 3)

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Paw Paw, Grannie and Madisyn

We love you little girl!

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This  brings to an end our time spent back in Louisiana while Madisyn played softball.  They may not have won a lot of games but they had fun, she learned a lot and we all created memories!

Friday and Saturday are being spent picking the last blackberries, soaking our fruit trees and bushes with water, picking up from outside all our decorations and plants that travel with us.   Roy cut down a couple of pine trees that aren’t doing well living in the water since the water level is so high constantly lately.   Roy’s been working on a small pink computer for Madisyn.  It will be ready Saturday so we’ll take it to Ponchatoula and will tell Chip, Misty and Kallie good bye then.  We’ll put away the BBQ pit, all our lawn chairs and tables, and say good bye to the cows.  We will head out on Sunday morning early going east.

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05.26.16 Madisyn, Grannie and Paw Paw fun times!

Happy Wacky Wednesday! – Nope it’s not Wednesday and this is not that blog.  This was Madisyn’s contribution to today’s blog.  She posed for all the photos as her other contribution!

thursday 10Sunday May 22nd to Wednesday May 25th, 2016 – We got to spend Sunday evening to Wednesday evening with that little spitfire which we lovingly call Hurricane Madisyn!

We crawled under the fence and picked blackberries, went fishing, fed the fish, did lots of crafts, went girlie shopping, to the movies, watched Daddy Chip play softball, ate pancakes topped with bananas every morning, ice cream topped with strawberries and served over sliced bananas every night, and lots more fun stuff!  FamilyFun

We even had a wonderful visit from my sister Harriett and brother in law George.  They brought Madisyn an art project which she created while they were here.

The following photos depict quite well the wonderful time we had with our little pixie!!

I want it known that I do a ton of things with Madisyn that no one ever takes pictures of so therefore Paw Paw is in most pictures, not sweet Grannie.

Ice cream with strawberries and bananas.  That makes it healthy, right??

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Madisyn and I tried our hand at Oragami and on step 2 of 16 we could go no further.  When Madisyn went on to doing some cross stitch, Paw Paw conquered the Alice in Wonderland Oragami figure. The rest of the Oragami figures are stored till we all grow older!

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Checking out the pond, planning a day of fishing!

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Madisyn and Paw Paw fishing

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Chip is playing first base at the game we took Madisyn to.  It was wonderful getting to see him play ball again!  We have promises from Misty that she’ll send videos while we travel!

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One of Chip’s hits,  I know Madisyn will want to watch this one again!

One our way back to Ponchatoula to give this precious one back to her parents.  Sad but we had some great times these past few days!

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We returned Madisyn to her parents at her softball game yesterday evening after enjoying a yummy dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Hammond.  She got a great hit in the game, and made it to second base.  Now our little darlin’ is back home and our home is so quiet.  We’ve cleaned up so there isn’t pink and glittery everywhere now.  We will miss her as we travel but are so happy to have been blessed by having her snuggle and love with us for a few days!

Tonight is her last softball game and we’ll have front row seats for that!

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05.21.16 This past week in Chauvinland!

Week of May 16 to May 21, 2016 9 Tuesday morning we attended Madisyn’s awards celebration at Tucker Elementary in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  A room full of first graders and lots of parents, grandparents, etc.  Madisyn had a total of eight of us there for her.  Chip, Misty, Roy, me, Liz, Artie, Ms. Jackie, Mr. Danny!  That little girl is really loved!  They sang songs with hand motions, a nice year in review video was shown and they all handed out a rose to their mamas!  Each child was given the awards they earned and a special one from the teacher.  Madisyn received the Taylor Swift Award for demonstrating creativity by thinking of new ideas and solutions.

Here are some of the photos we took.

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This short video is just a small portion of the song the children did hand motions to.  This song always makes me cry and Tuesday was no exception.  This little one is growing up and maturing into a beautiful young lady and we are so blessed to have both she and Kallie in our lives!

Wednesday morning we attended Kallie’s Junior High awards and graduation from Ponchatoula Junior High.  Kallie too was quite well represented for this event.  She received two awards.  One for having a B average in Louisiana Studies.  One for Outstanding Academic Performance in Science.  And she is just cute as a button!!

Here are some of the photos we took. First is a panoramic photo.

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After Kallie’s graduation, we stopped at the Hammond Hobby shop for Roy to do some remote control plane shopping and he found the one he wants.  It’s much smaller and will help him learn better.

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We then headed to Sam’s to load up for getting back on the road on the 27th.  Sam’s is always fun for us!

Thursday we went to the Hammond remote control flying field where Roy tried out his new plane.  After some lessons from Mr. Bill and his cousin Chris, he flew the plane himself for quite a while and did really well!  He’s going to go back on Saturday to the flying field. I will rest up at home getting ready for Hurricane Madisyn to land at our house Sunday evening for a few days!

Chris’ dad Junior Fox and Roy’s mother Vivian Fox Chauvin were brother and sister!  Chris is one of thirteen children of Rosemary and Junior Fox.  Two wonderful people whom we loved dearly.

Bill with Roy flying and Wayne watching

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After the flying we went to Madisyn’s softball game.  I’m pretty sure they’ve still only won one game but they have fun.  Madisyn got a good hit and scored a run so she was quite happy.  We got to visit with Misty and Chip during the game so it was a good day and evening!

Roy and Madisyn after the game.  Chip trying to get in on the photo with his fingers!

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Our little leftie Madisyn at bat with that pink bat and monogrammed helmet!!!  If nothing else, she makes a fashion statement!

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Friday we rested and Roy drove in the late afternoon to Baton Rouge to pick up our drivers side outside rear view mirror that we had re-chromed. More on that another day.

I took photos of some of our 25 cent flower bushes and our fruit trees.  All are flourishing and producing well!

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That’s it for this fun filled week in Chauvinland!

We have several full days planned for this weekend and next week.  When we settle down a bit I’ll write again.

amite to gettysburgOur travel plans are firming up now!  Since I discovered that RV parks on the East Coast fill up quickly I decided to make reservations along the route through the end of July.  We do not usually make reservations too far in advance but we had to so we did!  We start out in Savannah, GA; then on to Myrtle Beach, SC; then on to Williamburg, VA; then on to Washington DC and finally middle of July to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  These are where the parks we’ll be staying at are located.  Not necessarily all the locations we’ll visit.  I’m still missing someplace to stay July 1, 2, 3 between D.C. and Gettysburg, but other than that, we’re reserved up!  As always I appreciate recommendations on what to see around these areas.  We’ve received some already and they are now in our travel plan but can always use more!!

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05.17.16 A day at the flying field!

img0017Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Roy went earlier this week with our brother in law, George to the Tangi RC Flyers Association flying field in Hammond, where George is a member. George has been building and flying remote control planes since I was a little girl so I estimate he has about 60 years of experience. He has several planes, they are all magnificent and perfect in detail.

This is George and one of his planes from the day they went together.

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When Roy was younger he built and flew his own for several years. His niece’s husband, David, brought them home to do some repairs on them years ago and we’ve never seen them since. I don’t remember any of this but unfortunately Roy does and it still hurts.

He bought a new one a couple of years ago which has traveled with us several thousand miles, boxed up in our closet!! He finally put it together but after so many years of not flying, and wise advice from George and Roy’s cousin Chris Fox, he’s going to put it back in the box for now. He’s asked for a smaller one for Father’s Day so we’ll be smaller plane shopping soon! Once he learns to fly a smaller one well he can start moving back up to the size he really wants to fly.

Here’s the bigger one that lives in our closet!!!

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On Saturday the flying association had a WWII flying show which Roy and I went to. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed seeing all the planes fly. There is a nice large covered area with tables for people to sit out of the sun. They sold BBQ burgers, chips and soft drinks. I, of course, snapped picture after picture, way more than I am sharing. If you’re a remote control plane enthusiast you will enjoy all the pictures, if not just look at what you want!

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If you are interested in learning more about their club the web address is: http://tangirc.com

A link to the map showing the flying area is at http://tangirc.com/map.html

We’ll be looking for flying fields when we get back on the road so Roy can practice with his new plane often! I enjoyed watching so it will be something we can do together while traveling!

When we got home, I started feeling terrible, went to bed and have almost been in bed ever since. Slept 15 hours Saturday night and 14 hours Sunday night. I am mostly just worn out and really tired.

Hoping to get better by tomorrow morning when Madisyn’s school Award Celebration will be held, and of course we’ll be attending! Kallie has Jr. High graduation on Wednesday so it’s up early and out two days in a row so Grannie needs her energy!!

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05.14.16 Madisyn’s first blog post

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – This was originally posted yesterday on my Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog but I thought that more than those followers may enjoy seeing this!  Here it is for those who follow Dora and the Explorers!

Today’s Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog was created by and published on Friday by Madisyn Ann, our precious granddaughter! Grannie got to stay with her today since she was sick and we got very creative!

First her creative nails!

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First, what she really wants you to know!

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And now all the amazing photos she found and loved and wanted to share with everyone!
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And finishing it all off with a scripture from God’s Holy Word!

Daily Bible Verse in English - 407 - QuotesAdda.comShe wanted to close with this picture of bananas! She is 7 of course!!

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So long from Madisyn and Rosalyn wrapping up a wonderful day of staying home with her trying to keep her resting so she could get well and we had fun also!

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She’s thinking about what she can write for my Dora and the Explorers blog so you may not have seen the last of this dynamic duo!!