Today, we saw John off on the bus back home. He says he was to get back home because he has jobs to do, which he does. But Anna and I think he really has to get back because he is missing the lady he is courting back there.
A few days ago, I asked him to take a load of dirty clothes to the laundry and put them in the washer. He told me that was "women's work". That just hit me the wrong way. I strongly explained to John, that his Mother, my wife was not a servant or slave. We are here enjoying our vacation. We are not milking cows, plowing any land, or even working on our farm equipment for plowing season. We are enjoying ourselves. His Mother is also here on vacation which means she shouldn't be cooking meals all the time, cleaning, sewing, or running to the laundry all the time. The clothes were John's and mine - none of Anna's clothes were in there. Sadly, there are some men that treat their wives like slaves, but we don't. He went to the laundry and did the wash.
Anna and I are here alone. We love our family, friends, church members and more, but it is so nice to have time alone together. We haven't had that in a long time. Of course there are a lot of people here. We are not locking ourselves away. It will take us a couple of days to get use to this.
Yes, have been deep sea fishing. Anna and I made it through just fine, but we thought that John might feed the fish, his breakfast. The waves didn't set to well with him, but they weren't really that high. I told him, he had better keep fishing from the dock and not on moving boats. We did get some fish, which Anna cooked and we ate. Unfortunately, we didn't catch any tunas or big fish like that. Anna and I had a good time, but I don't think John did.
There were several young folks here, John's age, but many of them are working at Yoder's Restaurant or other places of business. John, at first, thought it might be nice for him to come down here all winter and get a job next year. But, I think his heart won out and he had to get home.
Someone asked what kind of activities are here at Pinecraft. Of course there are the usual shuffleboard, chess, checkers, throwing horse shoes or bean bags, fishing, rook, volley ball, basket ball and alike. We also have Farmers Markets, auctions, and yard sales. Some more activities are benefit meals, music, Pinecraft meetings, riding bicycles and just chatting. There are activities we can go to outside of Pinecraft like shopping, site seeing, going to Siesta Key and alike. Some even went on a cruise. Anna and I are thinking of signing up for that next year. These are just some of the activities I can think of. You never know what activities they are going to come up with. Here you can be as active as you want or just sit and watch the others.
No, we did not have to get permission from our Bishop to come here or how long we stay. The only reason, I contacted our Bishop about coming here is he owns the place we rent. I go to my Bishop more than some others because he is also my best friend. We went to school together, played together as kids and still go fishing together and hunting together. Many things I ask or discuss with him is not because he is Bishop, but because he is my closest friend - aside from Anna, of course. When he became Bishop, he thought that might make a difference between us, but it never did. We are still great friends.
Keep those questions coming in so I know what to answer.
Trust God's Wisdom,