Monday, July 21, 2014


We accept Marilyn's apology for accidentally deleting the comments.  Like my son said, she could have deleted the posts, too.  We all make mistakes.  We are all human.

This week has been an expensive week for Anna and myself.  First, we found out that the land we were going to build our farm and Hannah's farm on - we didn't own.  One day, the police showed up at our front door with the building inspector and the man that owned the property.  All the years we have been here, we have farmed that area and now we find we didn't own it.  It seems that a generation or two back part of the land was sold.  Somehow it wasn't changed in some of the records.  The people that own the property are Amish friends of ours.  They thought the whole thing was kind of funny.  It seems they forgot that they owned it until the building inspector found it.  So to make a long story short, we bought the land that we thought we owned.  We are having everything checked on our property before we sell it to our children.  Want to make sure they get what they own and know what it is.

John and I went to the auction as Marilyn said.  The section with the house, barns, ice house and land went really low.  As I said, if it had been closer to where I lived, I would have bid on it.  John thought of doing it too, but I told him it was to far from where we live and buying that would take money he needs to remodel the house, buy farm equipment, etc.  He agreed.  What was great to see is the look on the face of the fellow that bought it.  He was a fellow about John's age, and I am guessing it is his first farm.  He was so excited when he realized it was his.  It didn't bother him that he couldn't get possession for 12 weeks.

Then came buying farm equipment that John needed for his farm.  Everything he looked at, he found something wrong with even though there was nothing wrong.  Finally, after a fast discussion I found out he wanted everything new.  After another fast discussion, I explained unless he spent all his money, he wasn't going to get new. That would mean - he could not remodel his house, afford to buy seed, buy animals he wanted on and on.  He decided to buy used.  So he bought some equipment.

When it came to the household goods, we agreed to hold out for the sewing machine.  John also bought a bed and some other furniture for his house.  I hope his Sarah likes them when she sees them as they haven't discussed furniture.  We both agreed to hold out for that sewing machine.  John wanted it for Sarah as she sews on her Mother's sewing machine at home.  She doesn't have a machine she could have when they married.  Anna wanted to get any I see for our granddaughters.  I told John we would discuss it when we got home, but we had to win it first.  It didn't come with a cabinet.  We won it.

When we went to pay, John didn't have enough cash to pay all he bought. Of course, he didn't bring his check book or credit card.  So I ended up paying what he couldn't.  The good thing was as they were loading John's equipment in the truck, a lady came running from the house and wanted to know if we won the sewing machine.  When we said yes, she said they had a cabinet for the machine at the house.  So we went up to the house and got the cabinet.  We offered more money for it, but they wouldn't take it.  So the sewing machine and cabinet are over at Kevin's being gone over.  He laughed when we pulled up with the second one.

After John went to bed, Anna and I discussed the sewing machine from the auction. We decided that Sarah should get it.  She will need it before the rest of our granddaughters need one.  When we told John in the morning, he was very happy.  John wanted it delivered to their house, but Anna said with all the dust and moving during the remodeling it was not a good idea.  As Sarah and Bridget have become good friends, Bridget spoke with Sarah's Mother.  Somehow they have it worked out that when Kevin is done with the machine, Bridget will invite Sarah over while Kevin is delivering the sewing machine to her parent's house.  It will be a big surprise when she goes home.

So with the property I bought and what I paid for John's work and what I am paying Kevin to go over two sewing machines - this was an expensive week. I know that John will pay me back.  Hannah and her husband will pay me for their property so I will get some of it again.

Jean will be on next week.

Trust God's Wisdom,


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,
Hope you all enjoy Elmer's post this morning.


New York State Of Mind said...

Please feel free to leave comments. I don't plan on deleting again. It was an accident. I must have pushed the wrong button.


ga447 said...

Lots going on. I am glad about the sewing machine.

Vickie said...

I just knew they would come home with the sewing machine! ;) So happy to know Sarah will have it.

Evie said...

Sorry you ended up paying for land you thought you already owned Elmer but better to have it sorted now than cause problems later on


New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your comments. I will see that Elmer gets them. I know he will appreciate them.


Countryside Reflections said...

It was nice to hear that Elmer and John came home with the sewing machine. It's a good thing that the land ownership was settled before a house was built. Does Elmer and Anna have an idea of how the house will look? Does Hannah want a similar size house? How much land will Elmer own when everything is settled? When do they expect the house to be built? Can you tell I'm excited to hear all about it?


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Doreen,

Elmer and Anna have the plans for the house already. I don't know the answers to the rest of the questions so I will give them to Elmer and Anna to answer. Their house should be going up sometime this week. Instead of the barn going up first, the house is. They hope it doesn't rain so they can get it up. That's just the outside of the house, it will take longer to do the inside-walls, plumbing, kitchen, etc.


annie said...

Sounds like quite an adventure, so glad it all worked out! Would love to hear details on the new house as they go along. So great you got 2 machines, and a cabinet, how good the Lord is to bless you!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Annie,
It is quite an adventure. Will see if Elmer or Anna will tell all about it. It is a blessing they got both of those sewing machines.