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Monday, March 2, 2015

JEAN HAS STARTED SPRING CLEANING

We have started Spring cleaning on our farm.  Susan keeps telling me that Spring doesn't begin until March 20th, but as far as I am concerned now is the time to begin.  I have all the children - big children and little children- going through their clothes, toys, game equipment and what ever else they have.  What they don't wear or use, it is time to get rid of.  Also, I am seeing who needs new clothes for the coming season.  Some of their clothes need mending, but some need new clothes as they have grown so fast this past fall and winter especially Susan, Katie and David Jr.

The older boys and David Sr. have worn clothes out working.  Susan is learning how to sew, so she can help me make some of the new clothes.  I don't want spring to come and then have to rush making new clothes.  Now is the time to work on them.

We are cleaning the house from top to bottom.  Moving all the furniture to clean over it, under it and around it.  All the windows, walls and floors are being cleaned.  The drapes are coming down to be washed and put back up.  We are also washing all the sheets, blankets and quilts on the bed.  I know Grandmother Olive said not to use the washer on quilts and she's right, but it's faster.  Also, we wash all the blinds.

All the items we find that we don't need anymore or clothes that don't fit are set aside for those that can use them.  Clothes will be passed on to someone.  The games, etc. will either be passed on to someone or donated to a rummage sale or second hand store.

Susan, Katie and I went through the kitchen, too.  We cleaned the stove, refrigerator, and the wood stove.  Went through all the cupboards cleaning them and see what items need to be replaced.  Windows were cleaned and the floor washed and polished.  Went through the towels, dish towels, table cloths and more to see if they need replaced or repaired.

Susan and I went to the basement to check on canned goods to see how many of what we have left.  Had David Sr.with Thomas, Michael and Edward come down and clean their items up down there.  Also they washed the whole cellar.  Oh, Susan and I cleaned out the freezer down there.

The men are also working in the barn.  They are checking all the equipment to make sure it is ready to go this spring.  Making sure everything is there and if they need anything for spring planting.

We all sat down with the men deciding what they are going to plant where - when the weather is ready.  Susan, Katie and I were planning where our garden and flowers around the outside of our house would go.  Also, both the men and us ladies figured what seeds to order.  The men said they would wash the windows on the green houses, when weather got warmer.  Also trying to decide what I want to add to the green houses.

With their permission we also cleaned Grandfather Albert and Grandmother Olive's part of the house.  We did the same there as we did here.  Of course, we didn't go through their closets or anything like that.  We did clean the kitchen from top to bottom, moved all the furniture to clean there.  Washed all the windows and floors.  We did not wash her quilts in the washer.

So we have been really doing a lot of cleaning.  It is better that we do it now that when spring comes.  Once planting season starts, we will be busy planting and taking care of the plants.  Susan and Katie are happy as when we get done, we won't do this again until the fall.  They forget that we do clean all year round.

Be With God,
Jean


Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMISH, MENNONITE AND ENGLISHER FARM HOUSES

You folks give me ideas of what to put on here sometimes.  Someone mentioned they liked the barn pictures and also farm houses.  So here is a post of farm houses.  Some are Amish, Mennonite and Englishers.  We even have a couple of yellow houses on here.

Friday, February 27, 2015

TOWPATH VOLUNTEER FIFE & DRUM BAND, MACEDON, NY

Thought we needed a winter break so here is the Towpath Volunteer Fife and Drum Band who are out of Macedon, New York.  They are know the world over.  Band is made up of volunteers of all ages from school children to senior citizens and everyone in between.  You don't have to know how to play an instrument to join.  If someone is interested they provide the instrument and teach you how to play it.  They have traveled to play at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Savannah, Georgia St. Patrick's Day Parade, Disney World, England, Greece, France and more.  Each person must provide their own finances when the band travels although they do have dinners, etc. to help. Most of the band members are from Palmyra and Macedon.  The above pictures were taken during the Canal Town Parade in Palmyra last September.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MENNONITE FARM AND NORTHERN EDGE LUMBER

Here is a Mennonite farm and lumber business that I found.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

JEAN'S TUNA CASSEROLE WITH MACARONI

JEAN'S TUNA CASSEROLE WITH MACARONI

1 8 oz pkg macaroni (elbow or shell)
3 eggs, chopped
1 can tuna, flaked
1 cup cooked peas (or canned)
1 4 oz can mushroom pieces (or fresh)
2 Tbsp pimento, minced
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
buttered bread crumbs for topping

Cook macaroni, rinse and drain.  Combine with eggs, tuna, peas, mushrooms and pimento.  Mix well.  Place mixture in buttered casserole.  Make white sauce with butter, flour, salt, and milk.  Add white sauce to casserole; top with buttered bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Serves 6.




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GRANDMOTHER OLIVE TELLS OF THE COTTAGE THEY ARE STAYING IN

Thought I would tell of the little cottage we are staying in.  It is a nice one.  I couldn't have picked out a better one myself and that made Albert very happy.

As you walk up there is a small front porch.  It is big enough for two chairs, a little table and the front door.  It is nice to sit out there with ice tea watching the others go by.

When you walk in the door on the right is the living room.  As you turn right when you enter there is a large window straight ahead and another on the right (which is the front).  In the living room is a sofa, coffee table and three chairs.  Nice cushion chairs. Also, there is a table underneath the front window with a television on it.  In the corner, on the left is a small bathroom.  I guess Elmer calls in a powder room.  It has a toilet and sink with a mirror.

Back to the door and straight ahead is the kitchen.  It is a lot smaller kitchen than Jean has in her house.  As you walk in on the left is the kitchen counter with a window over the kitchen sink.  There is a stove, refrigerator, and on the counter is a microwave.  On the right is a kitchen table with chairs that could sit four people.  There are a few cupboards on around the kitchen there.

Past the kitchen table is the hall for the two bedrooms.  There is one bedroom on the right, next a full bathroom in the center and on the left is the master bedroom with it's own bathroom.  The bedroom on the right is smaller and has two single beds, one night stand and a small dresser There is a small clothes closet. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, with a night stand on either side, one large dresser and of course a full bathroom.  There is also a good size closet in there.  In each bedroom is a television.

If you walk straight through the kitchen as you come in, there is a sliding glass door that opens on to the backyard.  There are a couple of trees back there and a flower garden around the edge of the house.  It is very nice back there.

The whole place is very nice.  Only thing I don't like is the place is all painted white.  Told Albert it looks like hospital white.  Albert says that is a Florida color.  I said even an off white would be better. The floors are hardwood floors in all the rooms but the kitchen which is a nice tile.

The house also has central heat and air, which takes a little getting use too, but I think with Bishop Eli's parents help, we have it down now.  Also in the cupboards were pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware, etc.  Eli's parents had also gone and purchased some food for us before we got there.  \

Albert and I went to an auction of one of the cottages at Pinecraft.  I guess when people at Pinecraft want to sell their place, they don't all go to real estate people.  They auction it off.  Place was packed. A lot of people were, like us, just curious.  Some were interested in buying.  The cottage sold.

The cottage we are in, is up going to go up for sale or maybe it won't.  The evening after the auction, Albert asked me what I would think of buying the cottage we are in.  At first, I thought he was kidding, but when I got a look at him, he was serious.  He doesn't want to spend anymore winters in the snow and ice.  This is a place not only for us, but the whole family could come to in shifts.  Albert did something that he very seldom does to me - he shocked me.

At first, I thought it was a bad idea.  A waste of money.  I think I hurt Albert's feelings.  Albert said all our lives we had worked. I was 15 years old when we got married almost 65 years ago.  We worked together and now it was time to relax together.  After I thought about what he said, he was right.

We called a couple of our children to get their thoughts.  The one that surprised me the most was Jean's Father.  I love him and he loves me, but we have the same personality.  He thinks and acts like I do.  That's why we live at Jean's.  Two bosses don't work out.  He said we should pray about it and if we feel that it is what the Lord wants - buy it.  We deserve it.  It shocked me because I thought he would give us a hundred and one reasons not to buy it like I do.  He also said to make sure we were getting a good deal.

Jean and David were shocked.  They thought we were going to move down here full time.  Albert said maybe at sometime, but we want it now just for the winters.   Michael, Edward and Thomas were wondering how they would fit all eight of them in here if they came.  We said they would have to come when we weren't here.  We would put two sets of bunk beds in the front bedroom.  David and Jean in the master bedroom..  Get a pull out couch and or chair for the living room.  That would hold eight people.

We also felt that when our time comes to go to the Lord, we would leave it to the family.  We would have to figure out who to leave it too.  Kind of thinking of leaving it to Jean and David as they have taken care of us the most, but they would have to allow all to use it - in shifts.  We talked with Bishop Eli's parents as they have the same thing.  They said they are leaving there's to Bishop Eli because he is the one that bought it - they didn't.  They just have the right to live there.  He also owns the cottage that is next door to them which John and Sarah are living in right now and Elmer and Anna will when they get here. Eli is trying to get Elmer and Anna to buy that one from him.

I told Albert if we buy this, some of the walls have to change color.  He said they would, he would see to it.  He has spoken to the lady that wants to sell it.  She was delighted that we are considering it. Albert said he was told that her and her husband had many great years there.  The only reason she is selling it is that her husband passed and she was going to stay north near her children.  After all the years they had been there she felt it needed remodeling and she had it done.  She had a beautiful job done.

She would like to handle this matter through the mail as she doesn't want to have to come down and see the place again.  Too many memories here she said.  We told her we would be great owners and it would be passed down in our family.

So right now, we are at a thinking, praying.  Albert checked around to see what cottages like ours are going for and she is offering a fair price.  Maybe she would come down a little.  At least we don't have to do any remodeling except painting and getting rid of those televisions.  Albert said maybe we should keep one of the televisions in the master bedroom in case of hurricane coming or alike.

Be with God,
Olive