06.27.19 Chauvin Produce Update – It is Harvest Time!

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The vegetable plants are as big as they need to get and they re all producing.  We are now harvesting daily!

Instead of showing the garden itself, I’ll share some photos of the harvest and a couple of the garden! We’ve been dealing with hungry little insects and bugs and spraying and spraying the plants

Every morning I go out to the garden and harvest whatever is ready.  Maintaining the garden and picking the vegetables have turned out to be difficult because my back gets inflamed within a minute of starting to bend over.  The rows seemed to be well spaced before the vegetable bushes grew to full size.  Now we feel they are too close together which is something we’ll change in future gardens.

 

 

Our corn has produced 12 corn on the cobs. They are so delicious!!! As time has passed the quality of the corn has gotten better and better.

When each corn stalk produced one and sometimes two corn cobs they started naturally withering and dying.  We’ve pulled up around 10 stalks so far.  There are around 5 stalks remaining.  New corn seeds were planted where there is available space and the next crop of corn has sprouted.  The picture below looks pitiful but they are doing what they are supposed to.  I cut the top half off when they need to come up out of the ground so Roy knows which ones to pull up.

These are where there were originally beautiful potato bushes.

Now, most are gone which is what they are supposed to do.  The potatoes growing under the ground take what they need from the plants above ground until there is nothing left of the bush.  The almost nothing you see below means things are going right!  They need to be in the ground a while longer before they can be harvested.  

Cucumbers are being harvested every day and they are big cucumbers.

I pickled four jars full a couple of weeks ago. Once we started eating them we realized I shouldn’t have pickled these really big ones since their skin is tougher.  I’ll be pickling the cucumbers while they are smaller from now on.  

We’ve been enjoying garden fresh tomato and cucumber salads every day. The lettuce in this picture also came from the garden!  I think this is the part of our vegetable garden adventure we are enjoying the most! We grew these from seeds, isn’t that cool!

At least a dozen usable bell peppers have been picked.  A few nonusable bell peppers were picked, the bad spots cut out and then the remainder chopped up to use for seasoning in my cooking. Three nice eggplants were picked so far.  Several eggplants are hanging on their bushes getting bigger every day.

I stuffed 12 bell peppers with ground meat, rice, garlic, onions, bell pepper, etc.  They were frozen in groups of three. 

This is the pot of eggplant that is being smothered with ground meat and seasoning.  We were able to make two large casseroles of smothered eggplant.  One casserole we’ve already eaten and it was delicious! The other is in the freezer. It looks totally different when the eggplant is cooked and smothered down!

The number of tomatoes in the bowl below are being picked every day.  We’ve either popped them in our mouth to enjoy or put them in a salad.

We pick about the amount of okra shown below every day.  We’ve picked around 40 okras so far. They are all being chopped up and frozen.  When we get a big enough bag we will fix smothered okra.

Our bigger tomatoes are just now starting to turn red.  Some of the bigger tomatoes have developed “blossom rot” which comes from a deficiency of calcium in the soil.  Roy researched it and found that lime needed to be added to the soil so he bought a 40 pound bag and treated the soil of the tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants since those last two can be affected by blossom rot.

The okra plant makes this beautiful flower as it is growing.  You can see behind the flower in the picture are several budding okras.

Our one and only artichoke plant is doing well.  No artichokes yet but it’s a neat plant to watch it grow! 

The first of our green onion crop has been harvested and chopped using it in our cooking.

Now for the fruit

Our eight blueberry bushes were moved this year so we didn’t anticipate much of a crop and that’s what we got.  We let Madisyn pick the three blueberries and she shared them with me!

Our watermelon vines have one watermelon that is growing every day.  First is a close up of the 4-inch watermelon and second is the vine the watermelon is growing on.

In the garden down by the pond the watermelon vine is finally growing and flowering.

The cantaloupe in that same area is blooming really.  I am hopeful there will be fruit growing on each within the next week.

The fig trees are growing really well and figs are all over the trees.

The garlic and yellow onions are still growing and aren’t ready yet to harvest.

Our militon vines are having an issue with yellowing and dying leaves.  While those yellowing leaves dry up and fall off, lots of new green growth is blooming all over the vines. We researched this whil the yellowing occured and learned that the new green leaves may start growing so we are happy to see that happen/ Militon plants don’t start blooming and producing until around August or September so we’ll see how they do then!

The sweet potatoes are still a big bunch of vines that haven’t shown any sign of being ready to go away so we can dig up the sweet potatoes.  If these sweet potatoes do well and we decide to do it again we will NOT plant it in the middle of a garden.  The vines are so long and even though we let them go up and down a fine, they still take over a lot of area in the garden.  The big bunch of leaves on the right are the sweet potato vines.

Different types of inspects and bugs have attacked the plants in different ways. We’ve purchased three different types of insect sprays to wipe out these bugs that love the plants.  With the vegetable plants close together it is difficult to spray the whole plant. Lots of lessons are being learned so that’s good!

After I finished writing this yesterday I was in the garden and found 3 eggplants on the ground that had fallen off the bushes and had a bad spot on them.  Between that and the spots on a few bell peppers recently I decided to pick all the eggplants and bell peppers that were almost the right size to pick to avoid the possibility of a bad spot on them.  This morning I did that and here’s what I picked.  This mornings harvest included picking some smaller cucumbers that are better suited for pickling than the larger ones were. It only takes a couple of days for these cucumbers to grow from the small size to the large!

That’s it for now on our Spring 2019 gardening adventure!

 

02.18.18 Trip to Tennessee to see knee doctor, our precious grandchildren and local doctor visits

Sunday, February 18, 2018 – Monday we left very early in the morning and drove  over 7 hours to get to Cordova, Tennessee and 7 hours to come back to Louisiana in the same day.  Roy’s idea, not mine!  He handles driving that much really well.  That’s my man!  Our orthopedic doctor here in Louisiana told me I need a full knee replacement.  I wanted to see what the doctor in Tennessee who did Roy’s full knee replacement had to say about what I need.  After xrays and a bone density scan he came in and said my bone density was great (yay! yay!) and showed me where I only need a partial knee replacement because only one side of my knee is bone on bone, the other still has some cushion.  He explained that a lot of doctors do not want to do partials but he does.  With a partial knee replacement I don’t have to stay over night in the hospital and should require no rehab.  Dr. Schrader is absolutely worth driving to Tennessee for.

When we sat down with the scheduling lady, Darla, we went over a lot of things.  When she asked me what my last A1C was I had to tell her it was 10 and there we ran into a stumbling block.  If you don’t know what Hemoglobin A1C is, it is a blood test that indicates the average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months.  5 is really great, 7 is the highest it can be for the doctor to do the knee surgery.  10 is pretty unacceptable even without it affecting me having the surgery. 

I made an appointment to see my Family Doctor, Dr. Hugo Valdes today, Friday, to get orders for my A1C.  Darla, at Dr. Schraders office, recommended just having the A1C test done now so I can see how much I have to work on bringing it down to 7.  This is a really huge obstacle made even more difficult because I should be exercising to get it down and exercising or walking makes my knee hurt a lot.  So Yes I need a partial knee replacement, Yes Dr. Schrader will do it and No can’t have it done until I get my A1C at or below 7.

We’ve been wanting to see our oldest son’s family and have been waiting for the weather to improve and for our grandchildren to be well.  We met them at a public park in Baton Rouge and enjoyed seeing them run around and playing with children.  We had some time to visit with them and their mom.  Their precious hugs and how they like to share things with us is priceless.  Their parents don’t like us sharing photos so you will have to imagine four adorable loving, well behaved and kind children.  All four cute as a button!! Our son’s oldest daughter loves reading and now writes.  She’s 9 and has written her first book which is a mystery.  We read it and are so proud of someone that young taking to writing like she has.

Roy’s been working on replacing the plumbing pipes between the house and the septic tank.  I’ve written about it but haven’t gotten it published yet.  He finished today and I know he’s very delight to have that over with!  Photos will be in the blog about the plumbing.

Friday morning we went to Dr. Valdes who tested my blood there to get my A1C.  I was a little happy that its 9 and not 10.  There is still a good ways to go to get it to 7 but not as far as if I was started at 10.   He’s greatly increased the Toujeo (insulin injection) I am taking to help bring it down.  He said for me to contact my insurance company to see if they will cover Soliqua which is insulin.  That call will be made first thing Monday.  I had some other health concerns we talked about. Dr. Valdes is such an amazing doctor. He covers everything in detail and really listens. He remembers us from visit to visit and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.  He’s taken care of us wherever we’ve been throughout the USA. He gave me blood test orders for some of the health concerns we talked about and we went across the street to Quest to have that done.  Oh and I lost another pound!!!

After Dr. Valdes we stopped at Chip’s work to get some hugs and lovin!!  Next was the appointment with Dr. Morgan, Neurologist.  She’s still not the neurologist I want forever but the new dementia medicine she put me on, galantamine, is helping a little so she increased it from 8 mg a day to 24 mg a day for the next month.  I had a really bad dementia day this week so I am really hoping the increased dosage of galantamine helps.  I know that having a really bad dementia day is pretty vague.  I’ll be writing more about what that means.

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03.21.13 Spring has sprung, house for sale OR RENT, He is Risen!!

555136_169970859819963_1514941800_nWe are having such beautiful springtime weather and I’ve been enjoying sitting in my rocker outside under our RV’s awning reading in the evenings and weekends.  Even though we are parked in our driveway, the view is beautiful and very peaceful.  All of our azalea bushes are blooming in varying shades of pink and white.   I sometimes imagine what it will feel like when we’re at different RV locations, sitting out under the awning in our rockers.  I picture looking out over a body of water, or sitting in a forest and wonder how azaleasit will compare with our little driveway spot!  When we’re finally on the road, wherever Roy and I are together will be our home.

I didn’t realize how many books I owned until I started selling them.  A few years ago I thought I downsized my book collection but it seems to have multiplied while on the bookshelves and when transferred to boxes, one box became two and then three and then four.  Of course we cannot take all those with us so I sold them and am now increasing my Kindle library of books.  What a space saver and it fits in my purse and for many more reasons I love it!  Even my Bible is on my Kindle, in three translations!  Gotta love technology in cases like this.

I went to Sam’s Club after work today(Friday) and bought lots of fresh fruit.  Madisyn and I are feasting out on nectarines and plums. She’s never had them before and is loving their wonderful flavors.  Best way to describe her eating them is that she actually gobbled them! She’s spending the night tonight so all’s well in Grannie and Paw Paw’s world!!

We just had a visit from our nephew Greg and his precious daughter Sally.  They haven’t seen Dora before and Sally was quite curious about the little house where Rosie and Roy are living.  With the computer he dropped off for Roy to work on, Roy officially has a full week of computers to keep him busy and out of trouble.  There are computers all over this place!

Roy’s made great progress on clearing out the computer room.  Madisyn and I chipped in some help and it’s now completely empty!  His computer sale is set for April 6th.  Some of the things he’ll be selling are: 10 computers with monitors and keyboards, hard drives, CD drives, some Linksys wireless products, document scanners, a printer, some ink cartridges, computer fans, lots of little computer parts, cables, dozens of computer programs, PrintMaster software and lots more including desks, bookshelf and salt water fishing rods/reels.  My own personal computer is for sale with two 19″ monitors and super dupper UPS, keyboard and lots of great programs, video card and more!  It’s a Roy Chauvin built computer which only has the best!  At that point we’ll be 100 percent finished clearing out the entire house and selling everything we’re going to sell!  FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since the house’s computer room has been disassembled and Roy is 2013-03-18_17-18-29_695still repairing computers he seems to have expanded his allotted computer space in Dora.  In the middle of Dora’s kitchen floor is a folding table with computer “stuff” all over it.  Here’s a picture of him repairing someone’s computer in the middle of the kitchen.  What a weird life we now live!

The housing market in our area is about as down as it gets.  There are so many houses for sale and so very few buyers.  Of those few buyers only a few of them have the down payment and good credit to make it happen.  Of course we pick now to try to sell our house!  It’s believed that the market should be better in a year or two or three, just not now.  Having realized this and gotten some good advice from realtors we’ve decided to rent our house for the next year or two or three.  When and if the housing market gets better we’ll try again to sell the house and hopefully then not lose money on the sale.  Now, we just to find some really good renters! Otherwise we’ll have to start a blog about how to live in an RV in your driveway for FOREVER!

As always we sang some beautiful songs in church this morning.  And as always, they were about God, go figure yes in a church we do sing about God.  If you haven’t been lately you should try it!  Even though said jokingly, I’m quite serious about that. This Sunday was Palm Sunday which in the Christian faith is the observance of the day Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The people, recognizing his significance, placed palm leaves in the streets ahead of him. This coming Friday is our day of observance of when Christ as killed on the cross to save Christians from our sins.  Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord have had our sins washed away by the very act of Christ dying in agony and pain.  He chose to do that for us and we, mostly me, are so unworthy of that.  My absolute favorite part of Easter is Resurrection Sunday when those at Calvary realized that “He is Risen”.   Jesus’ death, without his resurrection, would have meant nothing.  Yet, because of the Resurrection, it means everything!

This is not the time of year where you need to be inside on your computer, so now that you know what the Chauvin’s have been up to, get outside, enjoy the sunshine and beauty of God’s world! Have a blessed Easter and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!