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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mama Peep here getting back on her nest of eggs!

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

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

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

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

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

05.24.20 A quiet thought, By Bro. Bob Adams

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

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

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

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

It is a vain longing, an empty hope.

Tomorrow will not look like yesterday!

What shall we do in these changing days?

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

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

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

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

What a beautiful and freeing truth! Grace to you!

By Bro. Bob Adams

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

Have a great week!

05.20.20 Kindergarten First Day of Class in 2025

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

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

Yall have a Blessed Week!

05.18.20 Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday to my mama, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor!

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Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.

She would have been 100 today.

I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence. She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church. She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church. She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in the church. She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.

While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right. Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway! God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds. We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!

I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing. Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary. She was truly a hoot and quite a character, all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.3

I miss her all the time. When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been 13 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven. What a peace I find in that.

I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above. Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here. Thank you for indulging me when that happens.

Written today 2020: One last thing. We all know that what you write on Facebook or in your blog reaches those in Heaven. hahahahaha!  She would be so happy to know that Trinity’s Family Life Center is one inch from being complete. She always wanted that for our church and it’s now a reality. That would put a big big smile on her face! I love you my sweet little mama!

05.19.20 Were you alive during the pandemic, Grandpa? by Taylor Greene

I hope lots of young parents will get to read this. Please share with them if they are not my Facebook Friend or a follower of my blog. It really made me think of how important it is for parents to really make an effort to create memories with your young ones during this pandemic.  Spend more time with your child and make sure it’s quality time! Here we go!

Child – “How old are you, Grandpa?

Grandpa – “I’m 81, dear.”

Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”

Grandpa – “Yes, I was.”

Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.

They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.

They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.

They said that the summer holidays were canceled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.

They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.

That must have been so horrible, grandpa!”

Grandpa – “Well, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of BBQs.

I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.

I remember making forts and learning how to do handstands and backflips. I remember having quality time with my family.

I remember Mom’s favorite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’

Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.

I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right. But I remember it differently.”

Remember how our children will remember these times.

Be in control of the memories they are creating right now so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.”

– Author unknown 💕

Shared on Facebook by Taylor Greene

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!