Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Here is the inside of an Amish Phone Shanty.  The door was down in the front.  I don't from wind or someone broke into it.  Seeing it was open, I went in and took pictures.  On November 29, 2013, I had pictures of the outside.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Traveled around taking pictures of barns a few towns away.  Some are Amish - some are Englishers.  Some I took from the car as there was no place to pull over to the side of the road.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Hi everyone.  Sorry to be so slow in getting my posts on.  Anna and I are in Pinecraft right now and enjoying the warm sun.  The full timers down here complain about how cold it gets, but they don't come from the north anymore and forget how cold it gets up there.

Anyway, we are in our cottage.  Bishop Eli and Emma are here also.  We finally found out what Anna's Father and her Step-Mother were doing down here.

It started on Christmas when Anna's Father and Step-Mother got us alone.  He started on a little speech about how he always thought us an unusual couple.  I guess on my side because of height.  He said we did things that others wouldn't do (I think he meant like horse back riding and Anna going hunting and fishing).  Anyway, he went on about how we are the only one of his children that didn't have to borrow money from him.  That when we bought our first farm we paid cash.  He went on about we have done the most for him and never asked for anything in return.  I doubt that, I am sure we have asked for something, but anyway.  So finally, he gave Anna a box.  When she opened it, were the keys to our cottage.  He said he hoped we liked what he had done in there.

It took us a while to get there as we had home obligations to take care of.  Eli and Emma wanted to come when we did.  Finally, we got there.  Eli's Mother and Step-Father couldn't wait for us to see it when we arrived.  We almost walked by the place we didn't recognize it.  The once dark, needing a paint job outside, was white with a light blue around the windows.  Windows were larger than the old windows.  Amos, said it had to do with the building inspection.  Since they were remodeling, the windows had to be bigger than the old ones.  The lawn outside that needed help when we were last there was all taken care of - green.  There was even a place ready for Anna to plant some flowers in the front and back.  The dying orange and lemon trees in the back were back to health.  We couldn't believe the place.

Amos, Fanny, Olive and Albert couldn't wait for us to go in.  We walked in.  The once dark inside was bright !  We were in shock.  There was new furniture in the living room. There was even a recliner my size. The walls had all been painted an off white.   In the kitchen it was all done over.  The cupboards were refinished.  New stove, refrigerator, and dining table with chairs.  Even the floor had been replaced.  When Anna opened the refrigerator - it was full.  (We think Amos, Fanny, Olive and Albert had something to do with that). Fanny took us to the first bedroom.  New bedroom furniture, bright color, new flooring - real beautiful. Hall bathroom had all been remodeled and we couldn't believe it. Then she told us to go into the master bedroom ourselves.  Anna walked in and then backed into me behind her.  She said you won't believe this.  You have to see it.  Well, I would when she moved.

The bedroom had a new bedroom set.  Once I saw it, I knew our son had made it.  There was even steps for me to get in it.  There was a bathroom.  We didn't have a private bathroom in there, but we do now.  I can't describe it, it was so beautiful.

Once we got unpacked we called her Father to thank them for it.  When we finally got him, he said you can't take money with you when you go.  Oh, and he wants rights to use the place.  We agreed. Sometimes we still can't believe how beautiful it is after what it was before.  Eli asked me if we were going to keep it or tear it down now.  Anna and I laughed and said we think we'll keep it.  How could we not with such a place and her Father did it for us.

So Anna and I have been enjoying out new cottage.  She, Fanny and Olive went out and bought some flowers to plant.  They also decided where we should put a small garden in, if we decide to.

Eli and I found a few minor things and them we have taken care of.  We found that Anna's father even had new electric and plumbing put it.  Amos, said another thing the building inspector brought up.  Anna and I just like to sit on the porch and watch the folks go by, sometimes.

We thank the Lord for this cottage and Anna's parents for giving this remodeling.

Trust God's Wisdom,

I have been driving the last couple of days.  There are new posts every day Monday thru Friday this week.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018



2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
2 center-cut pork loin chops (about 6 ounces each)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine maple syrup, olive oil and mustard in a small bowl.  Brush syrup mixture over both sides of pork chops.

Spray medium ovenproof skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.  Add chops; brown on both sides,  Add water; cover and bake 20 to 30 minutes or until barely pink in center.

Makes enough for 2 people

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Last time I had farm animals they were not in the snow.  Driving around I found some in the snow.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Didn't get around as much as I wanted last weekend, but I did get a few.  Here are some farms in the snow. 

Friday, January 19, 2018


Got out to take a few pictures today.  Here is one of the snow along Main Street,  Hope to get out more this weekend.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


These are sine farn aninal pictures I took.

There is nothing wrong with Elmer and Anna, they are just busy right now.  Elmer will give us one soon.

Monday, January 15, 2018


                                          Galatians: 3:28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek,
                                          there is neither bond or free, there is neither male
                                          nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


"These quilts are from Stl John's Lutheran Church in Lyons. New York I enjoy going there and taking pictures every year.

A friend of  mine's dog is very ill.   He is a play mate with Pierre.  I know some of you don't pray for pets, , but for those that do, I ask you to pray for him.  He is only 9 years old. 

Elmer and Anna are not at home and hope to give a post on where they are and what they got for Christmas.We hope it is on Friday.

Monday, January 8, 2018


When I went to Saunder's in October, I saw they added two more buildings.  I have pictures of what are sold in one of the stores.  I didn't get into the other one.

Friday, January 5, 2018


Took these pictures last October.  Haven't  gotten out much for taking pictures lately do to health and now this snow weather.  Will try to get more pictures when the weather clears up. So there may be days like yesterday when I don't have pictures.