Monday, March 3, 2014


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,


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone.

Hope you enjoy Elmer's post.

It is 8 degrees today. Where is Spring?


Vickie said...

Where is Spring indeed?! It is currently -2º here. It will be a loooooong time til the ice and snow disappear here.

Glad to hear you are having a great time Elmer.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,

Spring is a long time in a coming. You are worse than we are.

Hope Elmer is enjoying it while he and Anna are where it is warm.

Hugs to Mabel and Henry,
Marilyn and Pierre

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Countryside Reflections said...

It's nice to see that John isn't drawn to the more English way of life in Florida, and he was anxious to get back home (even if it was to see his special lady). While reading Elmer's posts I can feel the respect and love that he has for Anna, and it's nice that they'll be able to enjoy some time alone for a while.

Thank you for this post Elmer. I like hearing about the things you do while vacationing at Pinecraft. There certainly are a lot of activities that you can choose from. With so much happening, do you miss the quiet solitude of rural life back home?

I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. I always enjoy your posts.


annie said...

I enjoyed your post Elmer. So good you had time with John, and that your wife gets some vacation time in too. Also you can hear from the tone of your post, your great friendship with your Bishop. Sometimes the longest held friendships are the best. Wondering if the ladies hold their quilting bees and such while they are there, or if they take a break from all that too?

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Doreen,

I think Elmer and Anna are looking forward to that being alone for a while. I will see he gets your question.

He already gave me next week's post so he will have another one.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Annie,

Elmer want to see that Anna gets vacation, too. Good friends are great to have. I will see he gets your question.


Lynette Sowell said...

I enjoy hearing stories from Pinecraft. I've visited there the last two winters, but didn't get the opportunity this winter. Lord willing, next winter, and Lord willing, my husband will get to travel with me there and meet my friends who live in the village.
Stay warm!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Lynette,

Pinecraft is a place that I never been, but I would love to go. I hope that you can and your husband can get to go next year.


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