Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thought I would tell you about Kevin's Shop. I think you will note in a previous post a while back that he wanted a shop. He did repairs, but didn't have a place for all he tools or where he could bring things to be repaired into. While he and his wife Bridget were gone to help folks, I think in Oklahoma, a group of Old Order Mennonite and Amish got together and built the shop for him. Was he ever surprised when he got back.
Now he and Jean's son, Michael work there. They do all sorts of repairs there. Michael is in training, but Kevin says he has done great jobs and learned fast, that he is now on his payroll. Kevin feels in another year or so, Michael will be able to open his own shop. In this area, there is a lot of work to be done and they don't feel that it will be one against the other.
Inside of Kevin's shop are all sorts of tools hung on the walls. He and Michael know what each tool is and what it is for. They work on all sorts of repair. They work on washers, dryers, wood burn stoves, gas stoves, farm equipment, sewing machines and even a car, once in a while. The are jacks of all trades. On big equipment, they go to owners homes. They have a wagon if they have to bring something back to the shop, but they prefer to repair the big items in homes or barns. Sometimes they have had to work on farm equipment in the field.
Sometimes Kevin goes to auctions, junk yards, peoples homes and buys items that people want to get rid of . He repairs them and resells them to make extra money.
David has taught Michael how to do wood work, so sometimes he makes items that are needed. Like Michael is making two chairs, one for each of the sewing machines and stands we bought. Kevin says he can do refinishing but when it comes to building something - that's Michael's job.
In addition to the shop Kevin also has a farm. I asked him if he gets behind in farming working in the shop. Kevin smiled - he said he has nine brothers and sisters to call if he needs farming help. Michael also works on Jean and David's farm plus the land that Edward and he farm. Michael said Edward and David usually give him a hand in farming if he gets behind.
All the time at the shop was not work. Kevin and Bridget held a picnic for their customers. It was sort of a thank you for all the work that they had given him and Michael. Elmer and I were invited and went - it was a great picnic. Also, one day Elmer took something to the shop and came home laughing. When he got to Kevin's shop, the door had a sign: "Gone Fishing". It seems that Kevin and Michael had all the shop and farming work caught up and they couldn't resist taking time off for fishing.
Trust God's Wisdom,
Monday, July 21, 2014
This week has been an expensive week for Anna and myself. First, we found out that the land we were going to build our farm and Hannah's farm on - we didn't own. One day, the police showed up at our front door with the building inspector and the man that owned the property. All the years we have been here, we have farmed that area and now we find we didn't own it. It seems that a generation or two back part of the land was sold. Somehow it wasn't changed in some of the records. The people that own the property are Amish friends of ours. They thought the whole thing was kind of funny. It seems they forgot that they owned it until the building inspector found it. So to make a long story short, we bought the land that we thought we owned. We are having everything checked on our property before we sell it to our children. Want to make sure they get what they own and know what it is.
John and I went to the auction as Marilyn said. The section with the house, barns, ice house and land went really low. As I said, if it had been closer to where I lived, I would have bid on it. John thought of doing it too, but I told him it was to far from where we live and buying that would take money he needs to remodel the house, buy farm equipment, etc. He agreed. What was great to see is the look on the face of the fellow that bought it. He was a fellow about John's age, and I am guessing it is his first farm. He was so excited when he realized it was his. It didn't bother him that he couldn't get possession for 12 weeks.
Then came buying farm equipment that John needed for his farm. Everything he looked at, he found something wrong with even though there was nothing wrong. Finally, after a fast discussion I found out he wanted everything new. After another fast discussion, I explained unless he spent all his money, he wasn't going to get new. That would mean - he could not remodel his house, afford to buy seed, buy animals he wanted on and on. He decided to buy used. So he bought some equipment.
When it came to the household goods, we agreed to hold out for the sewing machine. John also bought a bed and some other furniture for his house. I hope his Sarah likes them when she sees them as they haven't discussed furniture. We both agreed to hold out for that sewing machine. John wanted it for Sarah as she sews on her Mother's sewing machine at home. She doesn't have a machine she could have when they married. Anna wanted to get any I see for our granddaughters. I told John we would discuss it when we got home, but we had to win it first. It didn't come with a cabinet. We won it.
When we went to pay, John didn't have enough cash to pay all he bought. Of course, he didn't bring his check book or credit card. So I ended up paying what he couldn't. The good thing was as they were loading John's equipment in the truck, a lady came running from the house and wanted to know if we won the sewing machine. When we said yes, she said they had a cabinet for the machine at the house. So we went up to the house and got the cabinet. We offered more money for it, but they wouldn't take it. So the sewing machine and cabinet are over at Kevin's being gone over. He laughed when we pulled up with the second one.
After John went to bed, Anna and I discussed the sewing machine from the auction. We decided that Sarah should get it. She will need it before the rest of our granddaughters need one. When we told John in the morning, he was very happy. John wanted it delivered to their house, but Anna said with all the dust and moving during the remodeling it was not a good idea. As Sarah and Bridget have become good friends, Bridget spoke with Sarah's Mother. Somehow they have it worked out that when Kevin is done with the machine, Bridget will invite Sarah over while Kevin is delivering the sewing machine to her parent's house. It will be a big surprise when she goes home.
So with the property I bought and what I paid for John's work and what I am paying Kevin to go over two sewing machines - this was an expensive week. I know that John will pay me back. Hannah and her husband will pay me for their property so I will get some of it again.
Jean will be on next week.
Trust God's Wisdom,
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
If anyone else was there and took pictures, please let me know as I would like to put them on here.
Friday, July 18, 2014
PICTURES FROM THE AMISH AUCTION ARE TOMORROW'S POST.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I am adding to this on Sunday before it goes on. There was an article on this grocery store in the Times of Wayne County paper. Dutchland is given the name because of the Dutch heritage of the area. This is a privately owned grocery stored owned by Neal and Darlene Zimmerman - not part of a chain. None of the cakes they will sell will be made from a box. They plan on opening in August of this year.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
ANNA'S BOB ANDY PIE RECIPE
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon crushed clove
3 large eggs (separated)
3 heaping Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Separate the eggs and yokes of the three eggs in separate bowls. Mix together sugar, flour cloves and cinnamon. Beat egg yokes. To dry ingredients add butter, beaten egg yokes and milk. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into previous mixture. Pour into two pie shells and bake at 350 degrees until set.
IF SOMEONE MAKES THESE, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE A PICTURE TO PUT ON HERE. THANK YOU, MARILYN