Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Neither my Mother, Grandmother, Anna or myself ever made a pie crust without rolling it out, so to find this recipe was a challenge.  Finally, Marilyn turned to the computer and got the recipe.  When she gave it to me, I tried the first one and it was easy to make and delicious.  Then I asked Susan and Katie to make it.  They enjoyed making the crust and in fact had so much fun - they made a couple of more pies.  Men didn't know we changed the pie crust we usually make and said they enjoyed it.  Then we explained what we did.  So this passes at our house and hope it will at yours.  Jean


1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons milk

In a 9 inch pie plate, sift flour sugar and salt, make a well in the center and pour in oil and milk.  Mix with fork. then press into the bottom and sides of pie plate.

To bake preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe came from

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I thought I would answer some of your questions today.

One of the questions asked was: Do the Old Order Mennonite read English and Deitsch?  Yes, we do.  Most of what we read from the world are in English.  We have Bibles in our home in Deitsch and in English.  Some material that is published by Amish or Mennonite is in Deitsch.  Also, when we write letters to other Old Order Mennonite, we do that in Deitsch.

It was that the children learned Deitsch and when they went to school learned to speak English.  Now, it is more common that children learn to speak both languages at home.  It is because we use both languages and the children hear and learn them.

Do the children go to private Mennonite Schools,  Yes, we have one room schools where our children go to school.  When the Amish first moved into our area, their children first went to our school.  But now, they have enough people moved in that they have built their own schools.

How many teachers do we have in our school?  We have one regular teacher.  If she needs help with some project, some of the students mothers will come in  and help.  Some of the schools have a teachers assistant.  She is a girl that has graduated from school and would like to be a teacher.  The assistant helps the teacher with teaching and projects at school.  At this time, we do not have an teacher's assistant, but the school board is considering it as the number of children has grown.

That is all the questions that I have right now.  If you have questions, please ask them.  Sometimes we don't what to talk about.

Thank you, again, for reading all the posts I have put on.

Be With God,

I had a long thank you on here, but Jean made me take it off.  Says she doesn't want any to do.  So, I will just say thank you, Jean, for the last five years.  I thank you for posts and being a great friend.


Monday, May 2, 2016


Barn picture I have taken here and there.  Picture 5 is really a garage not a barn, but I am for the New York Yankees.  There is a reason that pictures are first this week - I am changing some things around this week.

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Osprey pictures that I took last weekend.  You have to look real hard to see her in the nest in pictures 4 and 5.  My favorite is the landing in the last picture.  I think I will have osprey on Saturday, as long as they are here and I can get pictures.  I said that yesterday.  Next weekend will be Mother's Day posts on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, April 29, 2016


The schoolhouse was built in 1876, was a landmark in this rural hamlet and served the area children until in closed in 1947.

During those intervening years, hundreds of children from Grades 1 through 8, were taught by one teacher, in one room.  When the Newark - Arcadia Schools were centralized students were bused to the village, and the rural one room schools were closed.  Marbletown Schoolhouse is a classic example of a simpler life, one slower paced and perhaps offering a more friendly and personal way of learning.  The wood stove is still operational, as is the school bell and most of the desks found up in the attic recesses, are original to the building.

Marbletown Schoolhouse has been lovingly restored by the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Members to reflect the 1940's - the time of the last class, the final goodbye !

The people that live across the street haven't been given the key to the schoolhouse for this year.  I left my name and phone number with them as I want to go inside and take pictures.


Thursday, April 28, 2016


The first five flowers are from dynnamae n and she said about the first flowers: I discovered my MIL daffodils are in bloom.  I have never seen this variety anywhere else, but I imagine they are older than us.  They smell so good, too.  I'm clueless what the rest of the flowers are but enjoy the fact that they spread on their own in my yard.

The last four, I took in our local park.  These are just blooming.  I, too, am clueless what the flowers are.  The only ones I am sure of are the last picture - dandelions.  Couldn't leave them out.

Could anyone tell us what the rest of the flowers are?

On my calendar today: A girl joining an exercise class was told to wear loose clothing.  She said, "If I had any loose clothing, I wouldn't be joining the class."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Hello, my name is John and my wife is Dot.  You often hear about how the Amish or Old Order Mennonites move in our area, we did reverse - we moved into their area.  My wife and I met while working for a company in Rochester.  We married, lived in the city subburbs, and raised our children there.  After our children grew up, went to college - they moved out of the area.

It looked for a while, the place we worked was going to close, at least in Rochester.  Rather than transfer, Dot and I took early retirement.  We also decided that seeing our children had moved, we were going to move where we wanted - out in the country.  So we sold out house and rented one in Gorham, right into the Old Order Mennonite area.  We weren't planning on moving into Old Order Mennonite area, it just happened where the house we rented was.

We met both Englishers and Old Order Mennonite in our area.  Our neighbors were Old Order Mennonite and we got to know them.  They were very nice people.  We enjoyed sitting on our porch in the morning, drinking coffee and watching the buggies go by.

Dot and I were looking for part time jobs.  But, out in the country, jobs are hard to find.  Also, being in our 50's, people would rather hire younger people than us.  It's either they think we would want to much pay or we are to old to do the job.  We never thought of becoming a driver for Old Order Mennonites or for the Amish, who later moved into our area.

The first Old Order Mennonites we drove were our neighbors.  They had come to use our phone, on occasion to call their driver, but never asked us to drive.  This day, the ladies Mother came to call the driver and they weren't home.  She called another and another.  None home.  Dot asked her where she wanted to go and she said her daughter had to go to the hospital.  We said, we would take them. So we drove to their house - took Mother and daughter to the hospital.  Once we made it to the hospital, the Mother asked if we could go get her son, the ladies husband.  He was at another Old Order Mennonite Farm.  So off we went and got him.  We had to break the news that his child was coming - NOW.
Instead of just dropping him off, we went up to the delivery section - we wanted to know if it was boy or girl, too.  We found when we arrived, their baby girl had been born.  We took Grandmother home on the way to our  home.  The next day the babies Father came and offered us money.  We told him, we were neighbors, that's what we did for one another.  Still never thought of being drivers.

Once in a while, we would get people that would come to our door asking if we could take them here or take them there.  If we could, we would.  They knew we would not accept payment, so we found money in our car after we left them off - sometimes stuck in the seat.

One day, their Bishop, came to our house - it was the Bishop before Bishop Joseph and said he heard we wanted to make some extra money.  Would we consider being drivers for the Old Order Mennonite?  We thought about it for a minute and said sure.  He said if we had our plans when someone asked, that was understanding - but they would appreciate it we would when we could.  Also, he said, we were to take money.  He understood we are neighbors, but we had to pay for gas, our time, etc. We agreed we would take money.

Dot and I were trying to figure out how to set up rates to charge people, but we never had to.  They paid us what they paid their other drivers and we took it.  When gas went up, the other drivers went up, our passengers started paying us more.  So we really never set a rate - they pay us what they pay the others.

We started with just our car.  Old Order Mennonites and the Amish have large families.  They don't fit into a four door sedan.  Finally, we bought a van and kept our car. So we have two vehicles.

Someone asked if we make a living doing this?  Not really, but it is a nice addition to our retirement.  It allows us to have some of the extras in life like eating out once or twice a week. going on a weekend vacation a couple times a year, etc.  It also helps cushion the money in the bank a little bit.

Some of the people we are close to them and their families - we have built a relationship.  I know Elmer has told you that people are different and different groups of the Amish and Old Order Mennonites are more open than others.  Some of them are very close friends of ours.  Some of them, we are just their drivers and our customers.  I would say most of them are our friends and we are theirs.

I was going to tell about driving the Amish and the Old Order Mennonite, but I guess maybe I getting long.  So I will do another post. Feel free to ask questions.

How Elmer bribed me to do this is that our landlords want to sell the house we are renting and offered it to us.  After praying, looking around, we decided we wanted to build a new one.  We also decided the best place to build it is the farm area next to Elmer.  Dot and I wanted to ask him, as he is particular who buys that property.  We didn't know if he would want Englishers next to him.  So, we decided to ask except Anna broke her leg, they went to Pinecraft, and were busy when they came back. Finally we asked.  We told them we WOULD have electric.  We would have phone.  Still Elmer and Anna agreed.  He said they would sign the papers, if we would put a post on here.  So here is the post, so we can own the property and start building our new house.

I told Elmer, the only reason he wants us next door, is so he wouldn't have to go so far for his driver when he needed us.  With a grin on his face he replied : "Darn right."

John and Dot

On my calendar today is: Sorry looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.