Friday, October 24, 2014


I got the interior pictures a long time ago from a Real Estate advertisement for a piece of property for sale.  The rules were I could not put them on until the property was sold and I was not to tell the location of the property.  So I held them umtil the real estate was sold.  Some of the house and barn exteriors are mine.  The interior pictures of the barn, house and basement are theirs.  Hope you enjoy the interior pictures.  Now I have a real Amish stove picture to use on the top of some of the posts.

There is a funny place between Elmer and I regarding this house.  I took Elmer out to an address that wanted Elmer to do some work on the outside of their house.  We thought the address of this house was it.  Elmer went inside while Anna and I stayed in the car chatting.  About a half hour later Elmer comes out and I asked him if he had all the business taken care of.  Elmer said no - this is the wrong house. My question was what was he doing in there for a half hour if it was the wrong house.  Oh, we were just talking, Elmer said.  The correct house is the one next door on the corner.  So we went to the correct house and Anna went in with him that time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


If you build it, they will come.  Well it was built and they did come.  I don't think the owners had any idea that they would get the crowd they did so fast.  When I got there, I asked if I could take pictures and Mr. Zimmerman said I could as long as I didn't take pictures of his employees and I didn't.  This is just a general run through of the store.  I have over 160 pictures, which I will show some now and again.  Dutchland is like a small Sauder's.  You will note there are spaces on many of the shelves, but that is do to the amount people are buying.  When anyone asked him for something the reply was the trucks will be here Monday.  They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 to 6, Friday 9 - 8 and  on Saturday 9 to 4.  They are not open on Monday because that is the day the trucks come in and it gives them time to reload the shelves. In the second picture you note some flowers and pumpkins to the right - that was loaded up on Monday, but they are low now.  I believe these hours will be made longer when he gets going and can afford more employees.  I also, don't think, he thought of the apartment complex that is down the side street from the store.  That will bring in business, too.   If you wish to come and I encourage you, I would suggest Tuesday or Wednesday, if you could.  I went on Saturday.  It is a great store, in a very needed location and I hope it is a great success.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014



1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups Kellogg Raisin Bran Cereal
1 1/4 cup fat-free milk
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Spray 12 count muffin pan with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Set aside,

Measure cereal and milk into a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.  Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cereal softens.  Add egg and oil.

Add flour mixture to cereal mixture, stirring only until combined.

Portion batter into the muffin pan.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve 12

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This is the second time Marilyn and I have done this.  She did it the first time and some how she deleted it.  When making herb jelly you use metal pots and pans.  You can use different herbs or herb combinations to make different custom favors.


2 cups loosely packed coarsely chopped herbs
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice or dry white wine
1 cup water
1 cup white wine vinegar
6 Tbsp Real Fruit Classic Pectin
5 1/4 cups sugar
5 8 oz half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Mix herbs, apple juice, water and vinegar in a large metal saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium heat.  Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.  Stir well, pressing herbs  to extract flavor.

Put herb mixture in a dampened jelly bag, or a couple clean coffee filter, or a strainer lined with several layers of dampened cheese cloth over a deep bowl.  For 30 minutes let drip undisturbed. There should 3 1/4 cups herbed juice.

While waiting prepare water canner.  In simmering  water heat jars until ready to use.  Also wash the lids in hot soapy water and set the bands aside.

Pit herb juice in a large, deep, clean metal sauce pan.Mix in pectin until dissolved.   Over high heat, bring to a boil, stirring often.  Add sugar all at once, and bring to full boiling, stirring constantly for one minute,  Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam.

Dip hot jelly into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch from the top. Make sure you wipe rim and center lid on jar.  Then apply band and adjust until fit it fingertip tight.

Now you process full jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.  Then remove jars and let cool.  After 24 hours, check lids for seal.  These lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

So that is the way I make herb jelly.  This can be used to glaze meat, or with cheese and crackers.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Monday, October 20, 2014


Last October, I told everyone that it was Dwarf Month, which it is again this year.  Well, this year, I want to say a word about breast cancer month - which this also is.  Ladies should go and be checked for breast cancer, but do you men know that you can get breast cancer too?  I never knew until the first time Anna went for breast x-rays.  She wouldn't go in alone, so I went in with  her.  The lady in there told me that men could get breast cancer too and should be checked when their wives do.  I thought she was kidding or just trying to get some money from me.  Wouldn't you know it, the lady after Anna had cancelled.  When I refused to have mine taken after Anna's - Anna said she wouldn't get hers either. So I promised.  After Anna got hers done, I had mine done.

When I got talking to the men after church one Sunday, I brought that up.  I was surprised for two men in the group say they had had breast cancer and had to have surgery.  One even showed his scars.  So when Anna schedules her appointment, she schedules one for me, too.  We go together.  So men, your wives aren't the only ones that get it.  Be on the safe side and you be checked out, too.  Don't think that it would never happen to you.  It is better to be safe than sorry for both you and your wife.

This coming Sunday Bishop Eli will announce John's and Sarah's wedding.  Sarah will not attend service that Sunday.  After the announcement is made John will try to leave the house and go to where Sarah is.  Of course if any of his fellow friends have an idea what is happening, they will try to stop him.  Oh, his friends might take his horse off the buggy, or put someone else's horse on the buggy or maybe take a wheel off the buggy or whatever else they can think up.  John is hoping that he can get to the buggy before someone else does.

When he gets to Sarah's parents, he will sit and talk with her about the wedding or they may go for a ride in the buggy depending on the weather.  They may come over to our house.   Anna and I will leave  the house right after church - we will not stay for the dinner.  So will Sarah's parents.  It has already been decided that Anna and I will have dinner for Sarah's parents, Sarah, John and us.

Then the hectic starts.  It is a great time, but there is lots to do.  John will go deliver all the invitations except to friends and family out of town - they get mailed.  The ladies will start on who does what and who makes what for the wedding afternoon and evening dinners.  Sarah's parents house must be cleaned spotless.  The barn must be cleaned.  I am to help by checking the house and barn inside and out to see if it needs any work.  They have to make arrangements for the dishes buggy and the seats buggy.  Of course, make sure Sarah's dress is done and John's suit.

It is easier on us than it is on Sarah's parents.  It is all happening at their house.  We are just helping out.  Sarah's Father has some handicaps that slow him down a bit.  It also causes that there are some jobs he can't do.  Although he still has two son's home, there is so much to do at this time.  So I told him that John and I would give him a hand to get ready for the wedding. Of course, I asked John first before offering him to work.

Sarah was not to happy with the furniture that John bought at the auction.  She thinks one of the bedroom sets is going in their room - but it's not. One is being handmade for them.  They are also getting a new handmade dining room set.   New handmade living room set is coming, too. Even John doesn't know it, but it doesn't both him as much as Sarah.  The furniture he bought is going into the guest bedrooms.  Anna and Sarah's Mother have been over there working on the place to fix it up nice.  They are even going to buy groceries so the house will be ready.

John and Sarah are not allowed to go into their house now.  All the shades are drawn and the doors have paper taped on the windows.  They will be allowed to go into their house, the day after their wedding.  When they marry, they will spend the first night at her parents house so they can help get the house back in order. As they are getting married on Friday, they will have to get the whole house back together on Saturday as Sunday is the Lord's Day.

Anna and I are very happy that they chose to be married on our anniversary.  We feel very special for that.

Next week is Jean' s week.  So Lord willing, I will be back November 3rd.  Where has this year gone?

Trust God's Wisdom,

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I know the history of this church as Pastor Dick Watson and his wife are friends of mine.  At the age most people think of retirement, Dick became a Minister.  He started preaching on Sunday's at a Mobile Home Park.  Eventually, he rented a building and held services in there for a few years.  All the time he kept looking either for a church or to buy land to build one. To build would be very expensive.   Eventually, he came across this church that another religion wanted to sell.  It took well over a year of going back and forth before a deal was reached and Dick purchased this church. When Dick first got the church it needed a lot of work done to it, which he and members of the church did. to bring it to the beautiful little church it is today. It is a Bible teaching church. This is a very warm and friendly church.  It's one of those if you didn't know anyone when you went in, you will when you come out.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


It may surprise you to know, that what we call the Erie Canal today is a combination of the original Erie Canal and the Barge Canal.  I am not going to go into a complete history of both canals, but just touch on some information that might interest you.

Built in New York State, the original Erie Canal was 363 miles and ran from Albany, New York (on the Hudson River) to Buffalo, New York (on Lake Erie).  It was built to have a navigable route from Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.

The Erie Canal was first proposed in 1807, but construction did not begin until 1817.  Today the canal contains 36 locks and a total elevation difference of about 565 feet.  The Erie opened October 26, 1825.

At that time goods were limited to pack animals as there were no steamship lines, or railways.  Water was the most cost-effective way for products, at that time.  The Erie Canal was the first transportation system from New York City to the Great Lakes that did not have to go over land.  This system was faster than over land and cut transportation costs by 95 per cent.  Erie Canal was enlarged between 1834 and 1862.  In 1918, the western part of the Erie Canal was enlarged to become a part of the New York State Barge Canal, which ran parallel to the eastern half and extended to the Hudson.

On the walk way behind where I live you can see spots of where the original Erie Canal was.

I will be doing more on the Erie Canal.  There will be pictures of our local lock on the canal.  Also, I will show pictures of our Erie Canal Museum and I will show pictures of my cruise on the Erie Canal.  I thank the Palmyra Historical Society Museum for sending me a copy of the top picture.  It was so very kind of them.