Tuesday, January 19, 2016


People asked how we made out in the tornado on late Saturday night or Sunday morning.  Albert and I slept right through it. It did not hit in our area, although it wasn't too far away. This morning, we heard about the passings and damage in church.  We offer our prayers for the families of those that passed (died) in the tornado and those that suffered losing their homes, cars, etc.

On a lighter note, Albert and I are so glad we bought our cottage.  We really enjoy it down here during the winter, although it hasn't been to bad up north.  Let me see what I can tell you has been happening.

This last Friday and Saturday, was the Haiti Auction.  Amos, Fanny, Albert and I went there.  There were auctions, breakfast, lunch and dinner, baked foods,  children rides, and more.  I think Fanny and I spent our most money at the baked foods.  Albert spent the most money on tools that he doesn't have here - for our cottage or so he said.  Amos didn't try to stop Albert from buying, in fact, he bought a few tools himself.  Oh, I almost forgot, I did buy some flowers to plant around the outside of our cottage.

Next week is the pie contest.  Fanny has entered before, this will be my first time.  I am still trying to decide what kind of pie I will enter.  Fanny and I agree, it's not if we win or not, it's just the fun doing it. You make two pies - one for judging and one for desert.  After the the pies are judged, and prizes given out, there is a lunch.

Ever week we have a dinner for charity.  Fanny, Amos, Albert and I attend most of them.  It gets us ladies out of cooking and we get a delicious meal.  We also have music, religious singing groups come and we enjoy listening to the music.

Jean mentioned in a previous post about coming down here.  Albert and I have it all worked out, if they chose to come.  Thomas and Ruth want them to come when they come.  Jean and David could have our master bedroom.  The three boys could stay in the second bedroom. as we have bunk beds there.  Susan and Katie could sleep in the pull out couch in the living room.  Thomas and Ruth would stay at Bishop Eli's second cottage.  Fanny and Amos invited Albert and I to stay with them, in their cottage while Jean and David are here.   In their cottage Fanny and Amos also have two bedrooms.  That fits everyone in here.

David says it would cost a lot for all of them to come on Amtrak or bus.  We called Porter and he said there is one bedroom on the Amtrak that could take seven people.  Knowing me, he said yes it has it's own enclosed bathroom and shower before I even asked.  So we are encouraging them in taking that.  Thomas and Ruth will have their own bedroom, so that will be no problem.

Albert and I would rather they took the Amtrak with the two small children, Katie and David Jr., than on the bus.  The children can walk around on the Amtrak, with their parents.  They can also do more things in their bedroom on the train than they can sitting on a bus. I guess, we will see.

So we are enjoying our stay here.  Jean and David would be our first northern visitors, if they come.

Be With God,

When I first heard of a tornado near Sarasota, Florida and saw the pictures on television, I called Grandmother Olive.  I was so happy to find out they were safe.  Seeing I had her on the phone, I asked her if she would do a post, which she did.  Thank you Grandmother Olive and so glad you, Albert, Fanny and Amos, along with all  the others at Pinecraft are safe and sound.


Vickie said...

So nice to hear of Grandmother Olive and Grandfather Albert's lives down there. It sounds as thought they like it very much.

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. Glad that everyone is safe and it sounds like they are busy, busy, busy down there! I love to hear about the Pinecraft "goin' ons". LOL Have a great day.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,
They do like it there very much. It was nice of them to give a post.

Hugs to Mable, Henry and Murphy,
Pierre and Marilyn

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
I am glad that everyone is safe and sound, too. They are busy,, busy. It is fun to hear about their activities at Pinecraft. Hope you have a great day, too,

littlemancat said...

Thanks to Grandmother Olive and Marilyn for this nice update. It's always fun to hear about Pinecraft! I do so hope that Jean's family comes - and is able to travel on Amtrak!
Good luck in the pie contest! Let us know what kind of pie Grandmother Olive entered, please.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Mary,
I will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message. I hope Jean comes, too. Will let you know what kind of pie she enters.


Tom said...

you can never have too many bake goods and tools!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
You are right there !!!!


Anonymous said...

Thank God all are safe in Pinecraft, and thank you Grandmother Olive for the post! Hope the family will be able to come visit you. Sounds like you have everything in order for that highly anticipated event!😊. Enjoy your time there and blessings to all! Carol

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Grandma Olive for her news. Would she be willing to tell us more about the pie contest and more about life in Pinecraft?
Reading about Jean and David's trip to Pinecraft would be also be nice...especially with our NYS weather right now!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
Will see that Grandmother Olive gets your message. Thank God, they are safe.

I am sure Grandmother will tell us more about the pie contest.


dynnamae n said...

Thank you to Grandmother Olive for sharing this news with us. I hope Jean and David will go for a visit since all the sleeping arrangements are figured out. Very nice that between all of them there, they can accommodate Jeans family. The auction, dinners and pie contest all sound wonderful. So happy for them to be there and escape the winter weather.