Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I had this on before and didn't know what it was.  Well yesterday, I decided I was going to find out what it was.  It was the Trolley Station.  To get to it now you drive on Cole Road but in it's day, you would get there off of Route 31.  In front of it was all grass.

The front half of the building was the Trolley Station.  The back half of the building was for repairing Trolley Cars.  If a trolley car needed repair, that is where it went.

When Trolley's went out, the property was sold to Agway who still owns the building and a couple of buildings next to this one.

I was told that it is really something to see on the inside, but I didn't want to go in there alone.  Maybe some day I will get in there.

Anyway, I solved the mystery.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Pierre came through the operation fine.  The day after the operation, I took him back to the vet to have him checked out again.  The vet said he was healing and everything was great.

Then she asked me if Pierre slept.  I said yes.  She asked if I slept.  I said no.  I was worried about Pierre.  The vet told me to get some sleep.  Well, I still worried about Pierre.  Yesterday and today, I was exhausted.

So I decided to take some time off. I called Nutrition where I volunteer and told them I wasn't coming in this week.  I am still walking Bella, the dog across the street.  But, I want to take off for a few days to get caught up on some rest.

I hope you understand.

Marilyn and Pierre

Friday, August 26, 2016



National Dog Day is to celebrate all breeds of dogs, pure and mixed and serves to help the public realize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, from public shelters rescues, and pure breed rescues.  Dog Day also honors family dogs, and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep people safe and bring comfort.  Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their police partner, for the blind, for the disabled, for our freedom, and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from accidents.

This day is also to encourage people to help prevent dog abuse, killing dogs, puppy mills and to prevent certain "Breed Band."  Also to encourage people to adopt their dog from a dog rescue,

How can you celebrate DOG DAY:

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue group.

2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it is safe for your dog.

3. Donate blankets,  food or toys to your local animal shelter.

4. Write your Congressman asking he/or she support the ban of Puppy Mills.

5. Have a dog party and invite all her friends and their dogs.

6. Spend the day taking photos of your dog.

7. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

8. Have a portrait painted of your dog.

9. Buy your dog a new dog toy ,,. or two ... or five.

10. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.

11. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

12. Give your dog a massage.

13. Teach your dog a new trick.

14. Buy your dog a new collar or leash.

15.  Take your dog to the beach.

Today is Pierre's operation day. Poor guy doesn't know what's going to happen.  He is taking everything calm.  Mom is the one that is so nervous.  Will let you know how everything goes.
Again, thank you for your prayers.

Pierre is at the vets.  I am also having a chip put in him in case he gets lost or stolen. Never did that before.  I trust the vet.  Have been going to her for a long time.  I feel better that she is going the surgery than someone else. I am also praying.  Was told to call her at 1:00, but I don't know if I can wait that long.

Just called vet at 11:30 AM and they have not operated on him yet.  They had others they had to operate on today, too.  Told me to call back after 1:00.

It is 12:34 and the vet's office just called.  Pierre  came through his surgery well. Praise God.  I am to call back at 2:00 and they will tell me when I can pick him up.

I laid down and fell asleep and didn't wake until 3:00.  Called vet.  Pierre is ready to come home.

Pierre is home.  I walked him a very short walk and he did his duties.  Fed him a little bit - will feed him more later.  He is a bit groggy right now.  Has a good size suture where the vet cut.  Am so glad he is here.  Hope he heals well.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Again, I come with more barn pictures.  The last one may have been before, but I can't remember. I like the design on the front.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I can't remember if I had this salad on before or not.  The recipe says canned beans, but most of the time I use fresh beans from our garden.    Jean


1 can kidney beans
1 can wax beans
1 can green beans
1/2 cup celery
1 cup green pepper
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar

Drain and rinse beans.  Chop celery, green pepper and onion.  Combine all in bowl and add sugar, oil and vinegar.  Mix well.  Refrigerate several hours before serving.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pierre's Operation

Took Pierre to the vet this afternoon. His surgery will be on Friday, August 26th which happens to be Dog Day.  He has to be there between 8:15 and 8:30 in the morning.  Doctor will call me when the operation is done and tell me when to pick him up.

I don't like operations on a Friday, because if something happens over the weekend, you are in a mess.  The vet told me that she will be home this weekend.  Having gone to her for years I have her office phone number, house phone number and her cell phone number.  I am not planning on anything happening, but you never know and I would rather be prepared.

Pierre can not eat or drink after 9:00 PM on Thursday.  He isn't going to be happy.  Will have to ask doctor when he can eat and what he can eat when he gets home.

For those that pray for pets, I would appreciate prayers for Pierre.  Thank you so much.

Blessings to you and yours,


Anna and I are back from our trip to Pennsylvania.  What started as just a trip with Hannah and Moses to see a store and house they are thinking of buying there.  They wanted to know what we thought of it.  Well, our opinion is not really a honest one as we wish they wouldn't move, but we also understand that they must do what they feel the Lord wants them to do.

Anyway, Eli and his wife went along, and John and Sarah with little John, so we had a bigger group than we first started our with.  All of us wanted to also visit family and friends.  So went spent a lot of time visiting folks, sitting around talking and eating.  Anna and I think we put some weight on from this trip.

We had to agree that the place Hannah and Moses are thinking of buying is nice.  The store already is established and has a large local business plus tourists during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.  Most of the business is Amish and Mennonite, but like I said there are also tourists.

Next door is the house which is two stories.  There are more than enough bedrooms and alike for their family.  The only thing they would want to do is put in bathrooms with indoor plumbing.  There are outhouses at this house.  The only time you have indoor plumbing is when you run outside, pump the water and run it inside.  Moses got a rough estimate from a plumber to see what it would cost to put it in and it was a lot.  The Amish couple, they are thinking of buying the house from, said that some of the local Amish would help, which would bring down the bill.

It is a hard decision for Hannah and Moses to make.  I wouldn't want to have to make it.  It is a nice place, I have to admit that.  It is an established business.  But on the other hand, they would be leaving family and friends.  When you consider the cost of putting plumbing in the house and the cost of moving - that adds on to the cost.  Moses said they wish they could move that store to New York and they would happy, but they can't.

We also discussed what it would cost to establish a store like that in New York State.  What it would cost to purchase a building, stock it, hire employees and get established.  Eli led us in a lot of prayers when we discussed all this.

While there, as I said, we also visited friends and relatives - even stayed in their homes.  Also, went to some of the local flea markets.  On Sunday, we went to church in one of their's home.  Some of them tried to encourage us to move back to Pennsylvania.  But Anna and I plan on staying where we are unless we get some knowledge from God we should do otherwise.  So far, we haven't gotten that knowledge.

It was nice to leave, but it is always nice to come back home.  Jean, David and their family watched over our farm while we were gone.  Of course our milking equipment had problems while we were gone - it never does when we are home.  In fact, it never happened before. It was working fine when we got home.  Didn't know until David came over and told us.

When it happened, Jean said to call us and ask before they repaired it.  But David said it doesn't matter  if they called us or not - it still had to be fixed.  So he got it fixed.  We did lose the milk from a couple of milkings, but it could have been worse.  We agreed with David that he did the right thing.

Well, hope you enjoyed hearing about our trip.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Monday, August 22, 2016


The Fair is over for this year, but I thought I would show you some of the items that others made.  All were enclosed in a fence so it was hard to take get good pictures.

Elmer and Anna are back from Pennsylvania and Elmer said he would get a post on this week, Lord willing.  Jean and David were taking of Elmer and Anna's farm while they were gone.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Mom has been busy so I am taking over the computer this today.  Someone asked what kind of an out fit I would have worn at the Pirates Weekend Doggie Parade.  Well the picture is of my costume.  The picture dates back to Pirates Weekend three years ago.  I would have worn the same costume, I wore before.  As you can see, I am not thrilled wearing that.

Mom decided that being in the 90's, it was too hot to dress me up or enter in the Doggie Parade.  That was fine with me.  So we stayed home with the air conditioning on.

Also, Mom is walking another dog.  Her name is Bella.  Mom walks here at 8:00 in the morning and 8:00 at night.  She is a couple years older than me.  I get a bit jealous because she is walking another dog.  But Bella is real nice.  She gets along with dogs, cats, people - even children.  Mom is going to try to get a picture of Bella for on here.  Bella's Dad pays my Mom to walk her, so it helps with bills and gives us some extras.

I thought I was going to lose my friend Cooper.  He and his Mom moved in a few years ago.  We use to walk together and play together.  When in our apartments our sliding glass door was across from their sliding glass door so Cooper and I would stare across at each other.  Our Mom's said we were planning the great escape.

Well Cooper's Mom had cancer and passed away.  Cooper's human brother had been allowed to stay and take care of Cooper and his Mom.  When his Mom passed, he was given a couple of months to move as at our apartments you have to be over 60 or handicapped,  He wasn't either of those.

He thought of taking Cooper with him, but just graduating college and getting a new job, he wouldn't be able to take care of Cooper like he should.  He thought of taking Cooper back to Lollipop Farm, where his Mom had gotten him from.  Lollipop Farm is like the SPCA.

Poor Cooper hadn't been groomed in months, so a collection was taken to get him groomed.  He went to my dog groomers and came back looking like a new dog.

Over in the apartment building across the street was a man looking for just the right dog.  He had been to Lollipop Farm, Humane Society of Wayne County and more places.  Just couldn't find the right dog for him.  He said he would know the right dog when he saw it.  Tina, my girlfriend's Mom, asked him if he would be interested in Copper.  She explained what a good boy he was.  The man went to see Copper and decided he would try him for a couple of days.

After the first night, Tina didn't hear anything and worried.  The next day she say Cooper's new owner coming home from Country Max with new dishes, leashes, collars, toys and I don't know what all for Copper.  Owner told Tina that Copper was the perfect dog for him.  They hit it off.  So Copper, like me, has a third owner.  We are so happy he has a home.  Also, we still get to see each other and play.

Mom has an appointment on Tuesday with the vet for me.  I am being examined to get that lump removed from my side.  We don't know when the vet will remove it - Mom is hoping on Thursday.  I am scared, but Mom said I will be asleep and not know a thing.  I think she is worried too, but won't tell me.  She remembers when her previous dog, Rickie,  had cancer and I think she worries I might have it to. Won't know until it is removed, but the doctor doesn't think it is cancer. Mom waited so long as she had to get the dog charge card down so she could put this on it.

I don't want to go, but Mom says it is better to be safe than sorry.  So I guess she is right.

That's all I have to tell now.  Mom or I will tell you when the operation will be, for sure.  I am sure I will want to tell you about the operation when it's all over.


I forgot to tell you that Mom ordered me a Comfurt Collar last night.  After surgery, I would have to wear that plastic thing over my head.  Comfurt Collar is soft and goes around my neck so I don't have to wear that plastic thing and yet I still won't be able to lick my wound.  We just got notice they mailed it today.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


What got me when I took these pictures is the last one.  Is that a swimming pool?  Asked Jean and David and they said it sure looks like it.  Jean said some Old Order Mennonites do have pools in their backyards.  It is rare, but some do and this could be one of them.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


As you can see it, the first necklace didn't get anything.  That necklace really wan't laid out like it should be, but that's okay.  My set with the necklace, earrings and bracelet came in second.  When I got there they were judging the plants and flowers and I left and checked out my jewelry.  Later I went back to the plants, I was almost floored - both my African Violets came in FIRST PLACE.  I acted like a child jumping up and down.  The judges were there and I thanked them.  There were only three African Violet plants - two of them were mine.  Third one got second place.  I thank the Lord for having these African Violets come out so beautiful and Violet Barn for their advice.