Monday, March 9, 2015


As Grandmother Olive said, Anna and I arrived safe and sound as did Eli and his wife.  Probably as you read this Eli and I are over at Albert and Olive's painting.  Olive went out and bought the paint she wanted, which is an off white or egg shell white.  You don't really notice the difference in color until you go from the egg shell into the white kitchen.

As most of the Amish and Mennonites have white throughout our homes up north, that is about what they are keeping in their cottage.  Except in the master bathroom.  Albert came with some mint green paint and said that Olive always wanted mint green in the house, but as that is against their ways up north, he was going to do it down here.  Olive has no idea this is coming.  Albert figured the master bathroom would be the place it wouldn't shock people.

Many of the cottages are painted all different colors inside that people wouldn't put in their houses up north.  We noticed that when we went through some other cottages when looking at cottages that were for sale.  There were blue, greens, pink, and more different colors.  I guess people were trying to color express themselves.  Another thing you can do here, but not up north.

Albert was going to paint the cottage by himself.  When Olive mentioned that, Eli and I decided he wasn't.  We told him, we would do the walls painting - he could do the trim.  He agreed.  Most people don't like to paint the trim as that is the hardest to do.

Another thing we ran into was the kitchen cupboards were beautiful.  They looked handmade.  The previous owner had them painted over.  When Albert was talking to the lady they bought the place from, he asked her about them.  She said that her husband's brother had hand made the cupboards and they had them shipped to Florida.  Her husband had put them up. Of course, that was many years ago.  When she remodeled she thought it would be easier to paint over the cupboards rather than sand them and restain them again.  Albert and Olive wish she hadn't done that and so do we.

We all talked of taking them down, striping them, restaining them and putting them back up, but decided it would take all our vacation to do that.  So we are going to let them go right now.  We made Albert promise that he wouldn't take that project upon himself.  Olive said she would make sure he didn't. If Olive says he won't - he won't - she will see to it.   They are going to check around and see what it would cost to have it done. Maybe next year, Eli and I can lengthen our vacations and do that for them. We also talked of Jean and David coming with their family.  With David, Michael, Edward and Thomas, they could do it faster than any of us could.  It would also give Jean, David and family a reason to come down.  Part of the family could stay at Albert and Olive's and part could stay at the cottage we are staying at.   So Jean and David, starting planning.

Albert and Olive wanted to pay us for doing the painting.  We told Olive, Eli and I each want one of her mince meat pies for payment.  That's it.  She home makes her mince meat.  She doesn't use store bought stuff.  Anna got a little upset and said she home makes her mince meat too.  I told Anna, Olive asked what we wanted for payment - so that is it.  Anna's is, of course, my favorite, but Olive's is top, also.   Got to keep peace between these women when it comes to cooking or baking.

All of our vacation has not been spent painting.  We did go deep sea fishing.  Anna was the only women that went with us.  The rest of ladies weren't interested.  Anna was a bit afraid that she would be the only woman on the boat, but when we got there, she was wrong.  Several women were on the boat.

We have eaten at Yoder's several times.  I have to teach John, as Eli and I paid the bill before Eli's step-father even saw it.  Eli's Mother and Step-Father and Olive and Albert have all seen we got some delicious meals - it was pay back time.  Anna has also cooked dinners for us all.  Women deserve a break from cooking all the time.

Also we have gone to the meals that are put on here for donations going to charity.  We enjoy listening to the music afterward.  Also got Anna and I three wheel bicycles so we can peddle around the place.  We also went into some of the shops near buy.  Ice cream is one of our favorites so we have walked or peddled to purchase ice cream cones.  Albert and I have played chess a few times.  Olive, Albert, Anna and myself have also played scrabble.  Sometimes we just go to Eli parents and sit to talk.   One thing about being down here - you can't say there isn't anything to do if you want.  Or just sit and relax.

John was not happy when he got home and all the snow was there.  He is now taking care of his farm and ours.  His friend is taking care of his farm and Eli's.  John is also helping at Sarah's Mother's farm.  Now he knows what we went through while they were gone.  He is a hard worker, we know all the jobs are getting done.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. Lovely story from Elmer this morning. I can understand about the cabinets, stripping them down is a hard, long job. When I read these stories, I am reminded of something that my pastor said a long time ago...God can move mountains, but it's your responsibility to go get a shovel and give a hand. Have a great day.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
Will see that Elmer gets your message. Cabinet stripping is hard work. I love what your Pastor said.

You Have a great day, too,

Vickie said...

Sounds like they are all enjoying a fine time down there. Good!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,

It sure does.

Hugs to Mable and Henry,
Marilyn and Pierre

Tom said...

Sounds like everyone is having a great time. Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
Sure does. The sun is out here and in the 30's.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marilyn, thank you, Elmer, for the great update! I'm so glad Grandmother Olive+Grandfather Albert bought the place, and that you two guys have pitched in to help freshen up the place. I'm also sure all of are being blessed beyond measure in coming together for vacation in Florida. What a treat! As for John, just another life experience which will help him to grow in the Lord. That goes for Eli's son, too. Can certainly understand their feelings coming back to all this snow and continued bitter cold. But, do all things as unto the Lord with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. That surely makes burdens lighter. Blessings to all, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Carol,
I will see that everyone gets your message. Sure they will appreciate it.

Blessings to you and yours,

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
The weather is so beautiful today, I had to get out and take some pictures. Have pictures of farms owned by Weaverland Mennonite that have moved in close to my area. I used a Weaverland Conference map, but the may is a 2012 and lots more have moved in here than are on my map. So I do have some more farms to put on that still have snow around them. If the weather is this good tomorrow, I will go somewhere else to get more pictures. John, Elmer and Anna's son said the roads are cleared for cars over their way so maybe I will go there. We'll see.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

It sounds like everyone is having a great time! It's nice that they are all together and getting a break from all the snow!

Sounds like the house is well on it's way to having all the painting done! The cupboards will be lovely once all the paint gets taken off! But, I'm glad it can wait until later so the rest of the vacation can be a bit more relaxing!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Willow's Quiet Corner,
Sure sounds like everyone is having a great time. So nice they can get away from the snow.

The house is getting painted. I think the cupboards will wait until next year.

Will see they get your message.