Friday, April 28, 2017


Flowers are growing in my area.  The top six are in the yard where I live.  Number seven was taken from a neighbor's driveway. The rest are from a neighbor's yard.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


I took these pictures last October, so I thought I better get of the rest of them on.  In six month's the church will have another sale so I want to show these before I get new ones.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I got this the day before Free Table Day here.  On Free Table day you can bring in anything you want to get rid of and take anything else there you want.  Items are not to be brought in before 9:Am in the morning.  If you bring them in early, they can be thrown out by our maintance people.  I found this the night before and knew it was either take it or it might be thrown out - so I took it.

It was covered with something.  I don't know what it was.  Because I got sick the next day, I never got a chance to clean it.  Anna has been to my house a couple of times while I have been sick and was going to clean it, but something came up.

After the African Violet show Jean, Anna , Dottie and I were talking in the living room when Anna went in the kitchen.  When she didn't come out in a little while, I went there to see what she was doing.  She was scrubing this.  Anna said she wanted to see what that looked like.  When she got done, this is what it looked like.  I was so happy.  We all looked and admired it.

After they left I looked up the company on the bottom.  It was made by Pfaltzgraff in China and manufactured date is 2000.  It is called: Winterberry Stoneware Teapot for one Christmas Heritage.  The teapot holds two cups and the cup holds one cup.

I really like this and now I will have to make tea in it. I thank Anna so much for cleaning this for me.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Thank you Anna, Jean and Dottie for seeing that I got here last Saturday.  I enjoyed it there and in taking these pictures.  These are no where near all the pictures of the African Violets that I took so I will be putting some on now and then. The first is the sign of the group putting on the show.  The lower sign and plant tell of the african violet loss during our March wind storm and power loss in some places.  Three, four and five are the judges choice.  Six thru ten are african violets in the show.  It was held in the activity room of an Assistant Living - the same place as last year.  Many of the african violets were entered by residents there - many were entered my members of the club.  They also had a room selling africian violets and supplies, but they asked me not to take pictures there, so I didn't.

My african violets are not doing well right now.  During my sicknesses, I forgot to water them and put them in the window.  I don't know if I can pull them through or not.  Jean and Anna gave me some advice which I am doing, so I hope they live.  Don't think they will make the fair this year, but Anna says I have almost four months.

Monday, April 24, 2017


I am sure many of you remember about this time last year when I had a broken leg and my Mother passed.  Marilyn and Elmer got together to take me to the African Violet Show.

When Michael came over to talk with Elmer, he told me that the African Violet Show was coming up and gave us the date.  Jean and I decided that we should take Marilyn to see it this year.  She has been ill, in her apartment with about the only time she got out was for the doctors, get groceries - only necessary things.  We decided she needed to go to the African Violet Show and anyway she did it for me, it was our turn to do it for her.

I contacted Dottie to see if she could drive us.  She was already booked by other people going other places, but she wanted to go with us, too.  Said she would see what she and her husband, John, could work out.  Later, she called back and said she could take us.  So we called Marilyn and told her she was going to the African Violet Show and wasn't driving.

Last Saturday, I walked to Dottie's as she lives right next door to us then we went off and picked up Jean.  From there, we went and picked up Marilyn.  Off, we went to the African Violet Show.  When we arrived, we walked through and saw it all a couple of times.  It was a little smaller this year than from last year, but the March wind storm, power loss in some areas and freezing caused many peoples African Violets to die.  Still it was a nice show.

In another room, they were selling plants, soil, fertilizer, containers and more.  We didn't buy any plants there this year. Oh I forgot to tell you that Marilyn took pictures, some which will be on tomorrow.  Then we got back in the car and came back to Marilyn's apartment.  We sat in her living room talking.  She had something in the kitchen that I had seen that needed cleaning, but I always forgot it and today was the day.  She has a post on it later this week.

Marilyn wanted to pay some money to Dottie for driving us, but we wouldn't hear of us.  We just wanted her to have a nice time. Dottie wouldn't take it from here, anyway.

We all had a great time that day and hope it made Marilyn feel better.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Friday, April 21, 2017


Carol Lee, one of our viewers sent these pictures of the Amish Auction in Clare, Michigan. In 1984 he started the Amish Consignment Auction and Flea Market on his Herrick Road Farm. There were between 35 and 45 booths that first year said his son Norm Yoder in an earlier interview.  The auction featured about four horses and a dozen quilts.  From that simple start the event started to grow by leaps and bounds.  The Clare Retailers even got into the act and convinced the Clare County Transit to run shuttle buses from the city to the Herrick Road event.  Just a few years ago it had grown into a hudge weekend event featuring 400 to 500 venders and bringing thousands into the community.

The two wall hangings are 13" by 16" are made by the same person each year.  Carol Lee read in the Budget last year that one sold for $725.00 and had 638 pieces.

The outhouse got blown off of the foundation during a windstorm last year.

The auction is in May and September.  People  can rent a space and park their RV's there for the auction.

Thank you Carol Lee so very much for sending these pictures.  If anyone else has pictures, they would like to share with us - just let me know.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017



3 tubes Pillsbury Crescent rolls
5 whole chicken breasts
1/2 stick margarine
1 1/2 cup finely diced celery
1 medium onion, chopped finely
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small can mushrooms, drained and chopped
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Seasoned bread crumbs

Cook chicken, debone and cube.  Melt margarine, add celery, onion, mushrooms and saute 4 minutes.  Stir in mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Add chicken.

Unroll rolls, press together perforated seams.  Each tube makes 4 rectangles.  Place 1/2 cup chicken mixture in center, fold all corners of dough to top and seal.  Seal all seams.  Brush tops with melted margarine and dip in bed crumbs.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.