Monday, July 24, 2017


Looked to see if I had any pictures and I do have a few.  These pictures are of an Amish lamb farm that I took last May.   Will probably have pictures now and them when I can until I get better and get out to take pictures.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Just want you to know that I have been in the hospital for the last month and a half.  Just got home from the hospital today.  That is why I haven't been on New York State of Mind.

Put the above picture on, just because I like that picture.  Hope to be having more pictures on soon.


Thursday, June 8, 2017


Went to get groceries during Memorial Day Weekend and found this antique car show in a section of the parking lot.  These are just some of the cars.  Will have more on later.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017



1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar
1/4 head lettuce
1/4 head Romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped celery
2 green onions with tops, chopped
11 oz drained mandarin oranges
Sweet-Sour Dressing

Cook almonds and sugar over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted and almonds are coated.  Cool and break apart, store at room temperature.  Place all lettuce, celery and onions in plastic bag.  Pour Sweet Sout Dressing into bag, add oranges.  Close bag and shake until salad greens and orange segments are well coated.  Add almonds and shake.


1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp snipped parsley
1/2 tsp salt (opt)
Dash pepper and red pepper

Shake all ingredients in lightly covered jar.  Refrigerate.  Use with Mandarin Salad.

NOTE: Do Ahead Tip: Before dressing is added, bag of salad greens can be closed tightly and refrigerated up to 24 hours.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Did some driving around in Amish and Old Order Mennonite areas and got a few pictures of barns.

Sorry, I set the timing wrong this morning.

Monday, June 5, 2017


These last minute posts are hard as I can't think as fast as I use to anymore.  The older I get the worse the memory.  Someone else, who shall remain nameless, was going to do this, but either something came up or they forgot, so you are stuck with me.

I guess, I will make Marilyn part of this post.  She said she is glad that May is over.  During that month, she had two friends, pass away.  Her last aunt passed. That month marked her brother's passing, two years ago.  Also, a friend's wife passed away.  They were close friends of hers - like second parents.

The man whose wife passed, had given posts to Amish Stories about driving an Amish Bishop to Pennsylvania after the school shoting back in October 2006.  I asked Marilyn why she never asked him to do more posts.  It's been 11 years since those posts and he has never had one on New York State of Mind.  She never thought of him.  He is not Amish or Old Order Mennonite, but a Englisher Minister.

I have met him and his wife as have David, Jean's husband, and old Order Mennonite Bishop Joseph.  His house is on a lake, and our fire department was called to pump the basement during a storm several years ago.  During conversation, we discovered we all knew Marilyn.  We also found out he knows the Amish Bishop of another area close by.  So manybe Marilyn can talk him into putting a post on here, sometime.

Anna and Marilyn are going to the doctor again this coming Friday, she has a three month appointment.  At this time, Marilyn is losing weight and not dieting. Also, she is very weak at times.  Anna has some questions to ask that doctor, too.  I told them both to take notes, so they will know what to ask when they get there.

Now is plowing and planting season is here.  I think I have most of it done.  Anna is planing her garden.  Also, she is planting flowers.  We are keeping busy.  It is nice to see all the fields that have been at rest this winter, come to life with the plowing.  To plant and start to plant life and food.

Also, now that I stop to think, I think Pierre should do another post.  He hasn't been on in a long time.
I haven't got much to say, so I am going to end it here.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Marilyn, being so ill ignored watering her poor African Violet plants and they became in almost as bad condition as she was.  She thought that she would have to throw those out and get new ones.  I wished she had taken pictures of them, but she felt so bad of their condition, she couldn't.

When I was at her apartment and she showed them to me, I told her they would come back.  I don't think she believed me.  I want to pass this on to you in case this happens to you or a friend.  I removed the larger dead leaves.  I did not remove them all.  I put some fertilizer in them and then watered them.  Explained to Marilyn to water them every two weeks if needed.  All three of them are coming back to life.

I know you are going to ask what kind of fertilizer I used.  She had Miracle-Gro and that is what I used.  There are no flowers yet, but they will come.  I told her to bring them to my house next time she comes because, now that they are coming to life, I want to remove some more of the dead leaves not that new ones are blooming.  I am very careful about what I remove.  Don't want to over remove.

Questions people ask me if I put African Violets in new soil twice a year?  Not unless they need it.  If they are starting to out grow the pot they are in, I change the soil when I move them into a bigger pot. Also, I change the soil, if the plant doesn't seem to be doing what I think it should.  I use regular African Violet soil that we get at Walmart.

Do I water African Violets from the bottom or the top?  I usually water them from the bottom.  In Marilyn's case, those African Violets needed water fast - so I watered from the bottom and lifted the leaves and put a little water on the top.  I didn't want to drown them.  You can go from extreme to the other if you water too much.

Do I know that I am not doing what some of the African Violet say people should do?  Yes.  I know they say to change their soil twice a year.  I also know they said you should use special fertilizer.  Most say you should always water from the bottom.  I am telling you what I do.  No way am I telling others to change their ways.

Have I ever owned African Violets with variegated leaves?  Yes, I have.  When I get them, people buy them as fast as I get them in.  What is funny is that originaly variegated African Violets were considered damaged African Violets.  Now, we are going back many, many years.  Today people can't wait to get them.

Variegated African Violets don't need as much water as regular and not as much light. African Violets variegated look beautiful and when they bloom they are stunning.  They can be shown in shows like other African Violets.

Is there a difference if you buy African Violets from the grocery store or nurseries?  I have bought both.  Sometimes grocery stories put too much water in them because who ever handles the plants doesn't realize that you only water African Violets when they need it not every week.  If fact, I went into a grocery store that was selling African Violets really low priced because the plants were dying is what they told me.  I bought them all.  Elmer thought I was wasting money.  He told me he would take me to another store and buy some in better condition.  I told him we would pay triple the price and there is nothing wrong with these.  Got them home, took them out of the plastic containers and put them in regular African Violet pots.  Fertilized them and watered them just when they needed them.  Put them in the light.  It took a month before they were really in great condition and longer before they bloomed.  When they were blooming I took them in the house and showed Elmer.  First, he couldn't believe that those were the ones we bought in the grocery store.  Then he told me to leave them in the house so he could look at them.  Some of them are still in our house.  Some of them got sold.

Elmer likes African Violets because they look pretty and don't stink as he says of other flowers.  He doesn't like the smell of flowers - they make him sneeze.  So African Violets are perfect in our house.

Trust God's Wisdom,