Thursday, November 30, 2017


Senator Henry W. Griffith was born on January 11, 1897, in Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, the son of Senator Frederick W. Griffith (1858 to 1928) and Mary (Adams) Griffith.  He graduated from Palmyra High School in 1914 and in absentia from Hamilton College in 1918.  During World War 1, he was a second lieutenant of field artillery of the U. S. Army.  In 1925 he married Agnes McLouth and they had four daughters.  He published the Palmyra Courier - Journal, a weekly newspaper.

Griffith was a member of New York State Senate from 1939 until 1950.  In 1950 he ran for re-nomination but was defeated in the Republican primary by George R. Metcalf.

He died on July 21, 1956 while on a fishing trip at his lodge in Ontario, Canada of a heart attack.

The top grave stone is Senator Henry W. Griffith's and is in the Griffith Cemetery area.  The second grave tone is of his wife, Agnes McLouth Griffith, but is not located next her her husband's.  Agnes Griffith is buried in the McLouth section of the cemetery - as she requested. 

The third grave stone is their daughter's Agnes E. Griffith  who is still alive as you can see on the grave stone.  There are two of these grave stones - one next to her Father's grave and one next to her Mother's grave.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017



1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon minced shallot or onion
2 clove garlic, minced
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 pinch dried rosemary
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen winter (butternut) squash, thawed
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 Tablespoons milk
Sour Cream (if desired)

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add shallot, garlic, thyme and rosemary; cook and stir 2 or 3 minutes or until shallot is tender.  Add squash and chicken broth; bring to a boil.  Add milk, stir until blended.

Remove thyme sprigs from soup.  Transfer soup to blender or food processor; blend until smooth. (Add addition liquid to make soup thinner, if desired.) top with dollop of sour cream.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Well here I am to tell you about so many things and now I can't remember them all.  Let's see.  We have found out some things about out our cottage.  Someone who was down n Florida took a picture of our place - and there weren't any windows in it.  There was a whole lot of contruction material around the outside.  I hear it's advanced and there are windows in it.

We had dinner waiting on Halloween Night as that is Michael and my birthday.  I wasn't sure he was going to make it, but Anna said he would.  Anna was right - he showed up on time.  We also invited Jean, David and the rest of the family.  Michael came right at dinner time.  We all had a nice dinner and exchanged gifts.  All of us, were glad that he came.

I know he is going through a tough time right nice trying to decide if he should stay Mennonite or go Englisher.  He doesn't want to be a horse and buggy Mennonite, if he goes that way.  He wants to become are more modern, car driving Mennonite.  It is also hard on the his family, too.  We pray that he will be shown the correct way.

Also, we had a nice Thanksgiving this year as we do every year.  I think Anna enjoyed this one a little better as instead of cooking the whole dinner all she had to was bring a dish to pass as our daughters did the rest.  Of course, Anna did not set around.  She helped set up the dinner and cleaning when it was done.

Think I have everything on here I am suppose to.  If not will put on next time.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Monday, November 27, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017


Drove down by the canal on my birthday and saw these birds sitting on the shore.  Soon they will be heading south.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Psalms136:2 - O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever..

I became a widower this year.  There are many people  that are widows, widower losing your husband or wife this year.  Many people have lost children, sisters, brothers, parents, friends and more during the last year.  Maybe you have lost your family members or friends years ago, but it still hurts.  Maybe you are a single person, never married, alone this time of year.  How are we to celebrate Thanksgiving?  How are we to give thanks unto God?

People believe because I am a minister, especially an older one that I know the answers to everything.  That's not true.  Becoming a minister is my second career. I was Pastor in churches.   Now I am semi-retired.  I am not Pastor in a church, now,  but I do fill in when a minister is ill or on vacation or alike.

Especially this time of year, people ask me how do they do away with the depression?  How can they enjoy Christmas more?  Talk to the Lord.  Tell Him how you feel. Once or twice when I have been alone in my house, I have talked, cried, yelled, - got out the feelings I felt.  I don't dislike the Lord - it just hurts.  I was taught you don't show feelings like this in public - so I do it alone.  Of course, I asked why.  It has been several months and I have changed.  Thanksgiving will hurt some, Christmas will hurt some, and other days will - but I realize no matter how I feel - my wife is with Lord.  It was her time to be with Him.  I still miss her - it still hurts and will hurt - but I understand.

I know this is hard sometimes, but remember the good times.  Try to remember the places you went, the things you did, the fun times you had.  It is hard to do that sometimes.  You think of your loved one being ill or in the accident or what happened.  But I try to remember the good times.

Another question people ask is do I honestly believe I will see my wife again, when I die.  My answer is yes.  When my time comes, I believe that I will see the Lord and my wife.  Both my wife and I are born again Christians.

Maybe at this time you don't feel like thanking the Lord.  You have had such a loss.  Start on something small - the sun is shining that day, there is no snow - etc.  God understands what you are going through.  He knows what is on your mind without your telling Him.  He knows you are suffering.  But, we must remember what God did for us when He gave His life on the cross for us. He gave the ultimate gift for us.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Rev. Bob

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


On November 21, 2013, I put on Saunder's.  Well here is my birthday four years later and I am showing off Sauder's Country Cookin' Cafe that is in the store.  Saudners has changed many things since I was there four years ago.  They added the Country Cafe, they changed things in the store so they are more easily accessible and modern.  I didn't notice until I was about to leave that they added two stores - which I will have to go to at another date.

My friend had cream chicken soup and cheese french fries.  I had a shred pork sandwich which came with potato chips and a pickle.  My friend really loved her soup and french ffries.  I loved my  pork sandwich.  The sauce was outstanding.  We will be going there to eat again.

I have many more pictures of Saunder's to show on here.  You will see them now and again.

The post tomorrow will be by a friend of mine who is an Englisher Minister.  I have know him and his wife for msny years.  She passed away recently.    Last time I had him do a post was back in 2006 when he told about him and his wife taking an Amish Bishop and his wife down to Pennsylvania shortly after the school house murders for Amish Stories now Pure Country Living.  I tried to get Pure Country Living go back that far - but I couldn't.

Sometimes you have a someone and you just don't think to ask and that is me.  He has agreed to a message for us tomorrow.  I think you will enjoy him.





Marilyn is going through some financial problems at this time.  Most of it is medical bills and items that she needs that her insurance does not cover.  Also because of her large loss of weight, she has to buy some new clothes.  Most of her "new" clothes have been given to her by friends, but there are some things women have to buy for themselves.  To top this whole thing off, Marilyn, has to get new tires on her car.  Two of her garage places told her.  David and Michael looked at them and Michael said they are as bald as que balls.  Marilyn has to find what the cost of the new tires would cost. Oh, Marilyn had to have the computer gone over and cleaned, too.   If you have prayed to the Lord and have a little gift that you would like to give Marilyn, I know she would appreciate it.  I do not want anyone taking from money that they need.  If you can't give anything praying helps too.  But any amount of money would be a great gift for Marilyn. If you are PayPal it is:
Trust God's Wisdom,


Jean, David and Family
Elmer, Anna and Family
Bishop Joseph and Family
Bishop Eli and Family


Monday, November 20, 2017


                                          Beautiful View
                                          Herendeen Lake
                                          More Fall Colors

Dynnamae n says:  The swamp view is in my county, Leelanau.  Also, the fence photo is on Narlock Road, in my county.  Heredeen Lake is in Benzie Co.  just south of here.  These photos are from previous years but I live in a beautiful part of the state, no matter the year or season.

Thank you Dynnamae n for these beautiful fall pictures.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Looking back in time.  Took these pictures July 2, 2016.  I don't know if I had them on before or not.  Either way, I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


People are always asking for receipes for turkey (or chicken) leftovers.  Here is one that can be used with either meat.


2 c. diced and cooled turkey
3 oz cream cheese
3 Tbsp melted margarine
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp milk
1Tbsp chopped onion
1 (8 oz) can crescent rolls

Cream margarine and softened cream cheese.  Add the remaining ingredients except the crescent rolls.
Divide the crescent rolls into 4 squares.  Now put some of the turkey mixture on each and fold over into a triangle.  Pinch edges together.  Brush tops with margarine.  Place on ungreaed cookie cheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Marilyn was looking for Mennonite or Amish person that do things you think they wouldn't do or was the usual thing you think a man wouldn't do.  I hope I haven''t gotten you confused.

Anyway, I knit, crochet, do hand sewing and can use a sewing machine.  I know there are certain businesses where men do hand sewing and use a sewing machine, but I do what they might consider ladies sewing.

It started years ago when I was in a foster home.  Some foster homes are nice.  Some are not.  I think the state is coming down more on the bad ones - at least I hope they are.  I learned to sew by hand first.  I was in a foster home with a couple kids and our clothes had wholes, tears, etc. as you get with young kids.  I remember my previous Foster Lady use to sew, maybe I could do that.  So I got string and tried to fill in my pants whole or tear.  At school our teacher, saw my bad job and asked who did it.  When I told her I did, she told me to ask my Foster Mother.  I said I did, she wouldn't do it. I want to learn to sew.  My teacher was not for that, at first.  That was not men's work.  But finally, she showed my how to sew a whole, sew on a button, sew a tear, etc.  Over the years, I have learned more and more until now I can make pants, shirts, sheets, - even made a little dress for our daughter, Bridget.

Knitting and crocheting I learned from one of my Foster Mother's.  As a young child, I always had to keep my hands busy.  If I wasn't doing chores, I was always tapping on the table, druming around or making some noise.  Banging me across the kuckles would not stop me.  My one Foster Mother decided that my fingers working would keep me out of trouble - so she taught me to knit.  She loved to knit.  So it started that she and I would sit in the evening and knit away.  At first I started at scarfs.  I can't could the number of scarfs I made over the years.  Then she taught me how to make slippers, mittons, and more.  Then she taught me how to make things out of pattern books.

The first night I brought my knitting out at home (Jean and David's), we were having an evening together.  The little ones were playing games.  Jean was I think knitting.  Dad my brothers were talking.  Here I come in, sit down, get my yarn and start knitting while keeping up the conversation.  The conversation stopped - eyes opened wide - the stared at me.  At first I didn't get what they were looking at and then I caught on.  I told them what I told you - it keeps my hands busy. Now they are use to me knitting or crocheting.  When I was going with Ruth, I broke it to her before I brought out for her to see.  I think she thought I was kidding.  She was surprised to see me do it.  Sometimes we set in the evening and knit together.

Along the way, I can't remember which one, one of my Foster Mothers taught me how to crochet.  I have made lots of things from crochet, too.  Now I can make quilts out of crochet.

Oh, I do all my farm working and chores.  But, there is something about relaxing in the evening and getting in a little knitting or crocheting.

Be With God,

Monday, November 13, 2017


Last Friday, we had our first snow.  Our first fall snow.  Thought you might like to see some of the pictures.  Not much snow this time, but I am sure more snow is coming this winter.