A Puppy Cast ~ Two Briskets ~ A Birthday ~ A Pretty Tree

Friday, April 22

DSC_0286Jere and Kristen’s new pup, Colt, seems to have a tendon problem and is wearing a cast to stabilize his leg and a neck “tire” to protect the cast from being chewed apart.


DSC_0291He is a bit handicapped, but still enjoys playing with a ball.

DSC_0289Two of the four briskets that Jere is smoking for Cerwin’s birthday party.

DSC_0293We took Jared, Jesse, and Ian along to Shady Maple for Cerwin’s birthday supper.

DSC_0297Shady Maple gives a free meal on your birthday if you come with a partner who buys a regular smorgasbord meal.

DSC_0296During our Christmas supper at the end of last year, our children and grandchildren each made a choice – from a list of places that we would take them for their 2016 birthday. These guys chose Shady Maple, and it suited them to go along on the day of Grandpa’s birthday.

We had so much fun. They loved the many choices of food.

DSC_0298Back at home after the meal – our roadside dogwood tree was displaying great beauty.

DSC_0299The cherry tree behind it was also pretty.

It was a fun 75th birthday for Cerwin – but there was more celebrating to come.

Come back to my blog tomorrow night to see what we did.

Green Fields ~ Yellow Birds ~ Old Pine Trees

Wednesday, April 20

DSC_0246The neighbor was turning his grass to dry it for harvest.

DSC_0249The male goldfinches are a brilliant yellow right now.




DSC_0259We had Amos and his helpers here to take down three old pine trees that were getting ragged and spindly.


DSC_0262They fed them into their wood chipper which ate them right up and spit the chips into a box truck.

DSC_0265Tree #2 going down






DSC_0651A few days later Cerwin rented a stump grinder to take care of the stumps.

Springtime in Our Yard

Tuesday, April 19

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Springtime (6)May Apples in the woods behind our yard.

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Springtime (8)Some wild violets in among the may apples.

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Springtime (9)Tulips on the trash heap in the thick woods area.

Springtime (10)A neighbor was working in his field.

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Springtime (15)Our dogwood trees are pretty this year.

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Springtime (23)We have enjoyed our tulips.

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Springtime (26)I brought a few inside.

Springtime (27)Then added a branch of dogwood flowers.

I love living in an area where the seasons change.

Youth Group Singing Program

Sunday Evening, April 17 – White Oak Church of the Brethren

1Our youth group did a fabulous job of singing and honoring the Lord – led by John Diffenderfer.

The Theme: Attributes of God

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
The Great Physician
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – featuring Emily Bollinger, Janessa Diffenderfer, Tyler Minnich, and Matt Patches.
No, Not One
How Great Is Our God – featuring Janessa Diffenderfer, Jason Diffenderfer, Briana Fahnestock, Tyrell Greiner, Anthony Hess and Hali Negley


2 (1)The Children’s Lesson was about a village where the children stuck stars on each other when they did something well.

(I didn’t use a flash – thus the soft focus.)

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2 (3)But this one guy couldn’t seem to get anything right – so they stuck circles on him.

2 (4)He was discouraged until he met a girl without any stickers – because they didn’t stick to her – the “praise” stars nor the “can’t-do-anything-right” circles.

She explained that she liked how her “Maker” made her, and encouraged him to visit his maker.

2 (5)It was a great children’s lesson on how God has created us individually and special – and that his love is what really matters.

2 (6)The offering was to benefit youth group activities – especially the fall retreat.

DSC_0169The last half of the program:

My Savior, My God
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Give Thanks to the Lord – featuring Tyrell Greiner
The Comforter Has Come
Awesome God – featuring Josh Diffenderfer


A Quick Trip to Greensboro – Part 3

Thursday, April 14 – Traveling home

1As I was going through the pictures of our drive home, I thought of the comments I receive now and then from people who are housebound. They tell me they like seeing pictures of our road trips because it gets them out of the house.

These pictures are for you.

DSC_0089I enjoyed seeing all the green leaves as it was not yet this green in Pennsylvania.

DSC_0095Drinking coffee and enjoying the view.

This Thermos cup is the best travel mug I ever had. It keeps coffee hot for a long time.

I don’t keep it on the dash – it was just there for the picture. :0






DSC_0112I couldn’t get a good picture of this cross because it was close to a bridge.

DSC_0114Remnants of an old building

DSC_0113Love seeing (and praying for) the truckers





DSC_0133Drivers slowing down for the scales.







DSC_0152Soda and a milkshake for the road – after a sandwich at Chick-fil-A.




DSC_0163Close to our place.

Notice the bare trees – compared to those in North Carolina in the morning.