Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Went around taking pictures of flowers.  Some of them are where I live.  Some from a couple friends yards and some just driving down a street.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I have been by this farm for a couple of years.  Originally, they lived in the building in the last picture.  Finally, they are living in the new large house.  Elmer was with me when we went by this house and said it would never have taken us that long to build a house - and it isn't completely done.  Oh, these pictures were taken in February.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Keep send those questions in, so we know what you are interested and it gives us something to write about.

What kind of business do the Amish or Mennonite run in our area?  Most of both Amish and Mennonite is farming.  We plant and harvest crops.  Most of us have cows.  Of course we have horses.  Most have other animals like pigs, chickens, lambs, too.

Most of us have a second business that we do especially during the winter.  Like, I put siding on houses.  David, Jean's husband, is a carpenter, and painter.  He and his son, Thomas, also make items out of wood like toys, and furniture.

Jean's Michael and Bishop Joseph's Kevin both have repair businesses where they repair just about anything from farm machinery, washers, dryers, refinish furniture, etc.  I also have a son that makes wood furniture.  He made some of the furniture for our house and replaced the coffee table that the ladder fell on when Anna broke her leg.

Edward, Jean's son does bookkeeping, and taxes in addition to farming.  There are some Amish and Mennonite that do roofing.  I know there are more different shops that Amish and Mennonite do, that I am just not thinking of right now.

Are there Amish carpenters who do work for Englishers?   Carpentry is a job and I am sure an Amish person would do it in an Englishers house as well as an Amish house.  I am not a carpenter, but I have done siding work for Amish, Mennonite and Englishers.

Another question is: are the business at their home or in separate locations.  I believe most Amish have their "office" in their home.  My "office" is a desk where Anna keeps all the records, purchases, installations, appointments, payment, etc.  Obviously, I put on siding at their homes.  David does his carpentry at other peoples home, but he and Thomas make their wood items in their wood work barn at home.

Michael, has a building on Jean and David's farm to do his repair work.  Kevin, also has a special building on his farm to do repair work. I have a special area of the barn for my siding equipment, but I take what I need with me to the job.

If we have a job to do, we sometimes do more than one thing.  Like I have but siding on a house and someone has wanted a room painted.  So I have done both jobs while I was there.  Sometimes we inter work - like I need a hand doing doing a job, I got Bishop Eli to help.  I have also asked David, Jean's husband, for a hand when I needed one and I have helped him when he needed a hand.  Edward has helped David with carpentry jobs, although Michael would rather be working on someones accounts than doing carpentry.

I guess I have answered here some questions you had for Bishop Eli, Jean and myself.  Another time Eli and I switched questions.  Please keep those questions coming in.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Saturday, May 21, 2016


These were in my yard.  The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is 8" (20 cm).  Heavy pinkish-white bill.  Male black and white with a conspicuous rose-red patch on breast and underwings.  Female white above and below with heavy brown streaking; prominent white eyebrow. Breeds from northeastern British Columbia, southern Manitoba, and Nova Scotia south to southern Alberta central North Dakota, central Oklahoma, and New Jersey, and in mountains as far south as northern Georgia.(They are in New York, too)  Winters in tropics.  The handsome grosbeak is one of the most conspicuous birds before the foliage comes into full leaf in early May.  It is beneficial to farmers, consuming many potato beetles and larvae as well as week seeds, wild fruits, and buds. Took these pictures on May 3rd.

Our robin that I took the pictures of in her nest, earlier this month has moved.  The nest was in a tree next to our walk.  Everyone could see it as they came by.  Guess the robin decided to take residence elsewhere.

Friday, May 20, 2016


On the way back from doctor's yesterday, I took pictures.  So glad to see that season is coming so we get the Roadside Stands back, again.  One sign I took picture of yesterday.  The rest I took a while ago, but just never got them on.


Thursday, May 19, 2016


 Whenever I took pictures before, I always saw cows in one pasture and horses in another.  This is the first time I have seen them together on an Amish Farm or any farm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



1 16 oz Red Kidney Beans, drained
1 16 oz Lima Beans, drained
1/2 Cup (4 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 small onion chopped
1 Cup or 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
4 - 6 hot dogs

Mix all except hot dogs in ungreased 1 1/2 qt. casserole.
Arrange hot dogs on top and take 30 - 40 minutes at 375 degrees until mixture is bubbly and hot dogs are brown.

4 - 6 servings

NOTE: Great Northern Beans, White Kidney Beans or Pinto beans may be used instead of Red Kidneys.  Fresh grown beans may be used instead of canned.