Monday, October 13, 2014


Last week, Anna,and I , along with the rest of our family,  attended the marriage of Bishop Eli's son.  Bishop Eli thought this one special as this is the first marriage he has performed on a member of his family.  He has performed several marriages, but his other children that are married, got married before he became Bishop.  So this is the first time for him to marry a member of his family.

It was a very nice wedding, dinner and visiting.  At weddings, you sometimes get to see relatives you haven't seen in a long time.  We all enjoyed the wedding very much.

A couple of nights later I got a call on my cell phone from Eli.  Eli never called me on my cell phone, so I knew it had to be an emergency.  He explained that his newly married son said that his roof was leaking pretty bad.  I asked if he had a new roof put on when he renovated the house.  Eli said he thought he had, but his son told him no, he wanted to save money and thought the roof would hold for a couple of years.  Obviously, it wouldn't.

I got John out of bed, told Anna where we were going and went to the house.  Sure enough it was leaking.  Even with flashlights, it is hard to see the leak at night, but John and I went up to take a look.  From somewhere Eli or his son got a tarp that we put over the whole and hooked it over the leak.

The next day, Eli, got a group over to take the old roof off and put a new one on -John and I included.  It took the better part of the day, but it's on.  After the ceiling dries, Eli's son, will have to paint the ceiling in the house.

When it was all over, I told Eli, he talked about John with the insulation - I think his son has John topped.  Eli just laughed.

Hannah and her husband's house is up.  The inside still has to be done.  When we get a chance, people go over and help them get the inside done.  We have someone that wants to buy the third lot.  They are the people that lived next to us in the old house.  The Christian people that took care of the children when our daughter had the baby.  They would be nice neighbors.  Their house has to be sold first.  They are about ten years older than Anna and myself and they want a smaller house.  They don't care about farming, they just want to build a house. So we are trying to decide to keep part of the land for us to farm or wait until someone comes that wants the whole thing.

Someone asked if we use any heat in our barn.  No, we don't .  We have special jackets for the horses and the cows, when they are in the barn, are warm.  Even though it snows real bad and gets real cold, the horses and cows are fine.  As humans it seems so cold, but not the animals.

Another questions is what is my favorite tool?  My favorite farm equipment is the plow.  There is something about sitting out there with the horses pulling the plow, the soil turning over - especially in the spring and fall.  Fall is putting it to sleep for the winter.  Summer is bringing it to life again.

Now tool, I guess my favorite tool is the hammer.  One side you call pull nails out and the other side you can hammer nails in.  I wear one hanging from my belt.  I never know when I will need it.

Do I know someone who works on wind up mantle clocks or wind up watches?  Most of our clocks and our watches are wind up.  When we have trouble with one of them, we take it to Kevin.  He says he isn't too good at that job, but they have all come back working just fine.  So I think he does great work.  But, we don't have anyone that works just on watches or clocks.

Well, I guess I answered most of your questions.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Tom said...

Travel down to South Dayton (Conewango Amish area) to Mahlon Shetler's watch shop on Route 62, he can fix you right up. Have a great week. Tom

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you enjoy Elmer's post this morning.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Tom,
Thank you for the information. Really appreciate it.


Vickie said...

So very interesting. Love to read the updates on everyone. :)

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,

So glad you like it. Will pass your message on.

Hugs to Mabel and Henry from,
Marilyn and Pierre

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,

So glad you like it. Will pass your message on.

Hugs to Mabel and Henry from,
Marilyn and Pierre

Countryside Reflections said...

I laughed when Elmer said he got a cell phone call from Bishop Eli. That's a switch.

I love getting these updates and a little glimpse into their daily lives. Thank you for answering our questions Elmer.


Anonymous said...

Elmer said Bishop Eli's son's roof problem "topped" John's insulation problem. I laughed-no pun intended?LOL. I also found it of interest when he said Bishop Eli called him on his cell- my mind thought before going further that there must have been an emergency, and lo+behold! it was an emergency. Hopefully nothing got ruined+ he just needs to fix the ceiling. Welcome to married life and home ownership!
When do you think Hannah+her husband will be able to move up to NY?
Take care+many blessings to you and the family. In Christ, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Doreen,
That is a switch for Bishop Eli to call on the cell phone. I made Elmer repeat it when he told me, I thought maybe I got it wrong.

I will see that Elmer gets your message.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
Oh, the joys of owning a new house. I thought it was unusual that Bishop Eli called Elmer on the phone. Wasn't quite sure I heard Elmer right.

I will have to ask Elmer when Hannah and her family are moving in . They are at her parents house right now.

Will see that Elmer gets your message.