Tuesday, May 31, 2016


I was at my computer, looked out my door and there was this squirrel.  I called her Mama because she usually has her little ones with her.  She is the only one that will walk up on my porch .  Hadn't seen her in a while and thought something happened to her, but am glad to see her back.  Took these pictures though by glass door and my screen door.

Mary sent me the below picture to show how she prevents squirrels from getting into her bird feeders.  Thank you Mary.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


A drive through our cemetery.  Tomorrow's post will come on later than they usually do.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


                                           FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Friday, May 27, 2016


The first barn, I had showed before, but I thought it would nice because of the cross plus it just recently got painted.  There was also a For Sale sign in front of the farm when I went buy.  Would the next owner leave the cross on the barn?  Hope you enjoy the barns.

NOTE: I plan on having posts all this weekend.  Also, Monday being Memorial Day, things may change around next week.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


The children are out of school now, in fact, have been out for a couple of weeks.  Susan has two jobs this summer.  One is helping the lady across the street with her housekeeping, gardens, etc. and a part time job babysitting for another family.

Katie would like to have a job of her own, but she is still too young.  I still keep telling her that I need her to help me around the house.

David will be starting school in August, when the school goes back.  He is the last of our little ones to go to school.  In a way he is looking forward to it - recess time to play ball.  Education wise, he thinks is a waste.  He feels that David and I could teach him all he needs to know.

Someone asked if the teachers ever get together for information or training sessions?  I wouldn't call them training sessions, exactly.  The teachers from the Old Order Mennonite and Amish schools from our area get together to discuss new state rules, if someone has a problem with a child, activities, education information, any problems a teacher might have, etc.

Also our local Old Order Mennonite teachers have a meeting with our school board, two or three times a year.  They discuss any problems at school, questions the teacher might have, changes that have to be made, etc.

At the end of the school year, either our Old Order Mennonite group or the Amish get together and have a dinner for the teachers.  It is sort of to thank the teachers for all they have done during the school year.  We usually have a gift for each teacher, dinner, and have some of the children come and sing.  We want our teachers to know they are appreciated.  Not all Old Order Mennonite and Amish do this, but we do.  One year we hold it and the next year the Amish hold it.

Are there ever new requirements as to what they must teach?  We have to meet the rules of the State of New York, which does mean changes sometimes.  Our children must take certain tests that the children in the public school, also must take.  So, if the State changes, so do our schools have to change.

If my Bible in Deitsch or German?  It is in German.  Either Marilyn or I had made a mistake when we wrote about it last time.  We made a slip up.

I, too, could use questions.  Think, I have answered all the questions you asked.  Could always use more.

Be With God,

On my calendar this morning:

You have to look for the joy.  Look for the light of God that is hitting your life, and you will find sparkles you didn't know were there.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Went around taking pictures of flowers.  Some of them are where I live.  Some from a couple friends yards and some just driving down a street.