Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I thought that I had given Marilyn a post for this week and I hadn't.  So on Monday, I am coming up with the post you are reading today.

Thought I would tell you about Kevin's Shop. I think you will note in a previous post a while back that he wanted a shop.  He did repairs, but didn't have a place for all he tools or where he could bring things to be repaired into.  While he and his wife Bridget were gone to help folks, I think in Oklahoma, a group of Old Order Mennonite and Amish got together and built the shop for him.  Was he ever surprised when he got back.

Now he and Jean's son, Michael work there.  They do all sorts of repairs there.  Michael is in training, but Kevin says he has done great jobs and learned fast, that he is now on his payroll.  Kevin feels in another year or so, Michael will be able to open his own shop.  In this area, there is a lot of work to be done and they don't feel that it will be one against the other.

Inside of Kevin's shop are all sorts of tools hung on the walls.   He and Michael know what each tool is and what it is for.  They work on all sorts of repair.  They work on washers, dryers, wood burn stoves, gas stoves, farm equipment, sewing machines and even a car, once in a while. The are jacks of all trades.  On big equipment, they go to owners homes.  They have a wagon if they have to bring something back to the shop, but they prefer to repair the big items in homes or barns.  Sometimes they have had to work on farm equipment in the field.

Sometimes Kevin goes to auctions, junk yards, peoples homes and buys items that people want to get rid of .  He repairs them and resells them to make extra money.

David has taught Michael how to do wood work, so sometimes he makes items that are needed.  Like Michael is making two chairs, one for each of the sewing machines and stands we bought.  Kevin says he can do refinishing but when it comes to building something - that's Michael's job.

In addition to the shop Kevin also has a farm.  I asked him if he gets behind in farming working in the shop.  Kevin smiled - he said he has nine brothers and sisters to call if he needs farming help.  Michael also works on Jean and David's farm plus the land that Edward and he farm.  Michael said Edward and David usually give him a hand in farming if he gets behind.

All the time at the shop was not work.  Kevin and Bridget held a picnic for their customers.  It was sort of a thank you for all the work that they had given him and Michael.  Elmer and I were invited and went - it was a great picnic.  Also, one day Elmer took something to the shop and came home laughing.  When he got to Kevin's shop, the door had a sign: "Gone Fishing".  It seems that Kevin and Michael had all the shop and farming work caught up and they couldn't resist taking time off for fishing.

Trust God's Wisdom,


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Wish I could go fishing today. It's a beautiful day today. Suppose to be in the high 80's or 90's. Hope you enjoy Anna's post.


Evie said...

I just love how everyone helps each other it is always so heartening to read
Glad the shop is a success


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Evie,
The Amish and Old Order Mennonite are known for helping others. I am so glad the shop is doing so well, myself. Will see that they get your message.


Vickie said...

How fantastic to know all the young men are coming along great in their work!
It may reach 100º here today.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,

It is great that they are doing so well. I will see they get your message. Might hit 100, WOW !!

Give hugs to Mabel and Henry from us,
Marilyn and Pierre

Bonnie said...

You always need to take the time to go fishing as the work will still be there when you get back again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna+Marilyn, Great post! So glad to hear how everything is doing so well for Kevin+Michael. Those who have such expertise in repairing diverse things is quite a blessing+very much needed always. My husband, John, is blessed in this way also.
Everyone be careful with this heat+humidity. Blessings, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Bonnie,
Thank you. I haven't been fishing in years. Would really like to go sometime.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
It is nice to know someone that can fix this and that. My Dad could do that, too. I will see that Anna, Kevin and Michael get your message.


Countryside Reflections said...

It's great that Kevin and Michael are working together and the shop is doing well. It will be so nice for Michael to have a shop of his own some day. I love the "gone fishing" sign.