Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Here are some more pictures from St. John Lutheran's church in Lyons, New York.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018


We are still enjoying it down here.  It's almost as hot up there as it is down here - but not quite.  Anna and I still haven't gotten over our remodeled cottage.  We really like and enoy it.

I knew about Michael, but did not feel that it was my place to put anything on here.  Jean told me I could, but felt it was their place.  I am allowed to tell the latest.  One Friday Michael did not come from work.  We all worried about him.  Olive kept saying she knew this would happen.

She thought of calling the police, but he is over 18, so there wasn't much she could really do until he was gone 24 hours.  Where he worked said that he had left at his usual time.  He had received his check.  Having received the check made Grandmother worry even more.

Saturday morning, he arrived back at Albert and Olive's in a police car.  The police officer thanked him and when Albert and Olive came running out told them they had a good grandson there and left.  They wanted to know what happened and Michael said he would tell them after she fed them.  Typical teenager.  Grandmother made him breakfast.

Michael said he had gotten fed up with the way he was living and being treated at their house so decided to leave when he got his check.  He and his "friends" were getting a friends car and going down state for the weekend.  Everything went all right until they stopped at a bar.  Michael went in and had a soft drink.  They laughed at him and teased him.  When it was time to leave, they wanted him to drive and he wouldn't because he had lost his license.  Again they laughed and teased him.  They started taking drugs even though Michael was against it.  Again they laughed and teased.

What brought the whole thing to an end was when Michael found that his "friends" had stolen the car.  Where did he think they got it?  They stopped for another drink and Michael gave some excuse, went into the men's room and called the police.  He explaied as fast as he could on the cell phone. The police told him to stay in the bathroom until they got there.

When the arrived, they asked the "friends" about the car.  One of them said it was a friend's car, but when the police checked the license plate on the car - found it was stolen.  They took the "friends" away and forgot about Michael in the rest room.  When Michael put in the call wondering when they were going to get there - they realized they forgot him.  They went back and picked him up and took him to the police station where Michael sat and told all he knew.

Grandmother told him what he had put them through.  She was afraid she would ever see him again.  So they talked.  Michael asked if she would ease up a bit, and trust him again, he would not give them so much trouble.  Grandmother said so much trouble or any trouble.  Anyway, they hit an agreement.

Come to find, Michael's "friends" had stolen cars before. 

His boss thought the whole thing was funny when Michael told him on Monday.  Told Michael he was good man and did the right thing.

People have asked Eli and I do some things around here - fix this or that.  So we have taken Michael under our wing.  When we leave, he still will be here.  In addition to his regular job, he will have odd jobs to do now and again.  It will keep him out of trouble and give him some extra money.  He and his grandparents agreed.

He is going out now with the young folks here at Pinecraft.  Grandmother says he is reading his Bible more.  She has eased up as she promised.  Michael says he is not perfect, but thinks he learned a lot when he found out what his "friends" really were.

Trust God's Wisdom,

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Nanette Fabray Passed

                                                 October 27, 1920 to February 27, 2018

Was an American actress, singer and dancer.  She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical theatre actress during the 1940's and 1950's winning a Tony Award in 1949.  In th mid 1950s, she served as Sid Ceasars's comic parter on Ceasar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards.  From 1979 to 1984, she appeared on the TV series One Day at a Time.

Fabry overcame a signific hearing impairment and was  along -time advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing.  Her honors representing the handicapped include the President's Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humatarian Award.

Friday, February 23, 2018


Amish School House I saw along the way.  In the second picture, there was an Amish boy running in the field.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Barns found in my driving.  Picture 5 was a barn when I was a child.  People kept their horse in it.  It has been changed into their garage.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


                                             November 7, 1918 - February 21, 2018
                                              America's Pastor



1 large can tuna, drained
2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 Tbsp minced onions
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp milk
Slices of Cheddar cheese
Hamburger Buns

Mix all ingredients except cheese and buns.  Butter buns.  Spread tuna mixture on the bottom.  Bake 13 minutes at 350 degrees on cookie sheet.  Add cheese.  Bake until cheese melts.  Add bun tops for about 1 minute.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Someone asked how Michael was, so I thought I would answer. Things have not been going well although he is safe and I hope sound right now.

He and a couple of "friends" of his left on a trip that we did know where he was going.  Michael sometimes tells things to Edward that he doesn't us, but even Edward did not know where they went.  Finally, we got a call from Grandmother Olive. 

It seems that Michael and his "friends" went to Florida to get out of the cold weather.  Somehow they got jobs down there.  They were celebrating their first pay checks, when they got drunk, smashed up the car and landed in jail.  Michael was driving and got a DWI ticket.  While inspecting the car, the police found drugs in the car.  When he got in jail, the only ones he could think of to call, in Florida,  were Grandmother and Grandfather. 

Grandfather Albert was trying to calm Grandmother down on the way to the police, but the more she thought about what Michael and his friends had done, the angrier she got.  When they got to the Police Station and found out that he had to be bailed out, that made her even angrier. They spoke with Michael and he acted like nothing had happened and gave excuses for his action.  Grandmother got even angrier.  Grandfather wanted to bail Michael, and Grandmother didn't.  They had words.  Michael ended up staying in jail over night.  Seems everyone else got bailed out, but him.

The next morning, after many prayers, Grandfather and Grandmother went down again. As Michael told us later: "They or rather Grandmother laid down the laws."  They would bail him out, but he was to come and stay with them.  He was NOT to see his friends anymore.  He was to go back to work, but was to go to work and come home.  His pay was to go to them  to pay what it cost to bail him out and what expenses they have to pay.  He was to go to church services, attend their own Bible readings and prayers.  They are going to check to make sure he goes to work every day and gets home.  If he does not follow these rules - he is going back to jail.  That's the rules.  He agreed and so they bailed him out.

Grandmother did not talk to him unless she had to for a few weeks.  Michael said she was like an Army Sergeant.  He lost the job he had because of all that happened, but he got another one.  His pay goes to them when he gets it cashed.  One day he was asked to work over time and he did not call them.  Grandmother showed up in cab ti find out what was going on. 

As we do not believe in lawyers, one was appointed, when Michael went to court.  He lost his license and is on probation on the drug charges.  Michael said he hadn't bought it.  It was in his blood at the time of the accident.  As it was a first offense, they put him on probation.  He also has to pay on the damage of the car, which Grandmother argued on.  She said, the person whose car it was, was stupid enough to loan the car to them, so he should only have to pay for part of it.  The cost of the damage was divided between Michael and the "friends". 

According to Michael, living with Grandmother and Grandfather, is like being in prison.  Grandmother gave a lecture on his natural parents are in prison - does he want to go there, too.  If he doesn't change his ways - that's where he will be.  He was sent to us by the Lord for us to take care of him.  We adopted him and is our own.  Michael said he was old enough to do what he wants.  Grandmother said he isn't old enough to take care of himself  because if he was, he wouldn't have ened up in jail.  He wouldn't be drinking, taking drugs and what else he did that they don't know about.

Grandfather is easier on Michael. He agrees what Michael did was wrong.  He deserved what he got, but he is human, we all make mistakes.  He told Michael as angry as Granmother is, she loves him.  She worries about him.  She, as well as he, hope nothing like this ever happens again.

So Michael is in Florida under Grandmother and Grandfather's rule.  He has been doing as they asked and is staying out of trouble.  Grandmother wonders how long this is going to last.  She is afraid that some night he won't come home and be gone.  Grandfather thinks Michael is learning his lesson and it won't happen again.

David and I offered to pay them for all this has cost them, but they both say, that Michael's pay checks will cover this.  They have become a little easier on him. 

We are so thankful that Grandmother and Grandfather are in Florida and did so much as they did.  Grandmother said, when Michael wasn't there, that he really is a good boy, but he has to stop these worldly ways. 

So that is Michael's life right now.  He has met people his age there who are Mennonite or Amish.  Grandparents lets him go to activities with them.  They are still keeping an eye on him and allowing him to keep part of his pay.  If he does one thing they don't allow, they will keep all his check.

David said in a way it is good that this happend in Florida and our Grandparents got him.  He is afraid we would have been easier on him than they are. 

Be With God,

Friday, February 16, 2018


The 21st Annual Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Bird watches will be recording the birds they see and entering checklists on line.

The count spans four days February 16th thru 19th, from Friday through Monday.  Last year, more than 240,000 bird watches from more than 100 countries submitted checklists reporting more than 6,000 species from around the world.

The citizen science project was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society,  It creates an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

Anyone can join in for free.  Participants registeer and enter data on line.  Anyone can simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds one sees for at least 15 minutes one or more days of the counts.


Thursday, February 15, 2018


Curling is an ancient game on ice founded in Scotland.  Every year the Rochester Curling Club is invited to our town to play.  The previous last time they were here was in 2014.  Canal has to be iced over and firm before they can play and this year is the first time in four years they could play. Most of these pictures are from February 21, 2014 as the walkway down to the canal was iced over and I didn't want to take a chance of falling.  From the top I couldn't get good pictures - so I dug these pictures up of four years ago.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018