The other day I noticed there were lots of butterflies fluttering around the butterfly bush.

DSC_4511As I approached the bush, about two dozen butterflies flew away.


DSC_4542However, it didn’t take long for them to return.







DSC_4501Do you see the “heart” on this one. I can’t determine if it is the butterfly’s design or from the light on its wings.

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DSC_4524Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunday, July 28

I planned to take several photos at the Hershey Reunion on Sunday, but forgot about it until most of the people had gone home.

DSC_4486  It was supposed to be held in the pavilion in our wood lot, but due to the uncertain weather at noon, we set up tables in our garage, kitchen, and patio.

We had enough seats for 57. They were all full, plus a few people sat outside in lawn chairs.

The predicted thunderstorms did not hit our area. We did have a bit of drizzle at lunchtime.

DSC_4484Two of our sister-in-laws, Dot and Brenda, visited at the kitchen table, while two children listened.

DSC_4485Our niece Laura and Nate and Abby (our granddaughter) visited at the other end of the kitchen.

I enjoy family reunions.

DSC_4490   I have been trying to capture a male goldfinch at this feeder – with an artificial cardinal – and finally did it. I like the contrast in colors.

Taste of Mount Joy – Cruisin’ Cuisine

Saturday, July 27

1 (1)We met Deb at Park City Diner for breakfast on Saturday morning to pick up some cookies she baked for Bunny O’Hare – to take to Taste of Mount Joy Cruisin’ Cuisine.

The diner is about half way between our houses.

1 (1a)This event closes Main Street (Barbara to New Haven St. and Marietta Ave to Henry Street) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Photos by Cerwin with his Coolpix.

1 (3)The day involves a showcase of nearly 200 cars of all classes with more than 40 awards. A highlight of the show includes more than a dozen area restaurants selling their finest food.

1 (2)Peg and Bunny O’Hare were the TFC staff people who were invited to bring the chapel to this event. They live in the country – close to Mount Joy.

1 (9)Cerwin moved the chapel there on Friday.

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2 (4)Stephen Weber, http://www.dailyencouragement.net, a friend of ours and the O’Hare’s stopped in to visit.

2 (3)Susan and Ken Sanders also stopped by to visit with Peg (center).

1 (10)Cerwin said it was a good day on the chapel, with lots of visitors.

I needed to do some shopping and get things ready for a large family reunion the next day.

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DSCN1502Cerwin would like to see this truck at the TFC Truck Rally.

DSCN1500It was fun to hear Cerwin tell me about the day.

My Heart is Breaking

We received a sad phone call from our friend Gerald, telling us that Joanne went home to be with the Lord this evening.DSC_9292Photo taken on June 2, 2013 when she and Gerald were at our house for supper.

She fought a valiant fight against cancer.

My heart is not breaking for her, because I know she is rejoicing with the Lord.

My heart is breaking for Gerald, their sons Darvin and Kerry, their daughter-in-law, Kellie, and their grandchildren Kelby and Harrison. My heart is breaking for her mother, sister, brother, and extended family. My heart is breaking for Gerald’s siblings and extended family. My heart is breaking for us and each of her friends.

Gerald’s parents and my parents were good friends, so I have not known life without him in it. I met Joanne in seventh grade when our local grade schools came together at Manheim Central High School.

Joanne’s and my friendship began when we double-dated. It developed into an even stronger relationship after we both married in the fall of 1963. We have laughed and cried together, visited in each others homes, traveled, camped, and attended our children’s weddings.

Our birthdays are the same month – mine February 8, hers February 10.

She was an excellent cook and skilled gardener.

I was blessed to have her as a friend and know I will see her again – in Heaven – but earth is going to be a bit emptier without her.

Getting Caught Up at Home

Saturday, July 20 to Friday, July 26

1  I needed to get re-acquainted with our house and yard after being away for nineteen days.

Our grandson Josh had faithfully mowed our yard each week, but the bird feeders were empty and there were lots of weeds. (I took this picture after filling the bird feeders and pulling most of the weeds.)

1a   I was most surprised at how tall the corn had grown.

1b  I am 5′ 7-3/4″ tall and when I stood next to this and stretched my arm as high as I could, there was still another foot of corn above my finger tips – meaning it is probably close to 8′ tall.

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2The crepe myrtle bush was not blooming when we left.

2aIt now has beautiful blooms.


3 (2)The butterfly bush is also beginning to bloom – attracting many butterflies.

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3 (3)It is nice to get home on a Friday evening, which gives us Saturday to do laundry and put suitcases and everything else away.

3 (4)Then we had Sunday to go to church, have lunch with Cerwin’s mother, and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

The day helped us ignore the fact that our vacation was over.

3 (5)Monday morning seemed to come all too soon. That is when we knew our trip was over. Cerwin went to the TFC shop, and I began working through the emails in my computer and snail mail on my desk.

3 (6)By Wednesday afternoon Cerwin had pulled all the loose ends together from the trip, cleaned a malfunctioning air conditioner on the Harrisburg Chapel, and began ordering supplies for the next chapel – for Hudson, Wisconsin.

3 (7) By that time I made it through the mail and emails, prepared two newsletters, the prayer calendar, and individual Highway News for the post office.

3 (8)  I took the Overseas Newsletter and Prayer Calendar to the post office on Wednesday morning.

4 (1)On Thursday morning John and Kathy Diffenderfer and two of their children (Janessa and Jason) helped us label 2,800+ Highway News. Cerwin took it (16 mail bags) and Chaplain Jerry Pike’s newsletter to the post office just before lunch.

I felt that we had made good progress.

4 (2)Then it was time for some real work.

We spent the next three hours weed eating, pulling weeds, and mowing yard in preparation for two weekend picnics at the pavilion behind our house

5 (1)The first picnic – our Sunday school class – was on Friday evening.

5 (2) It was a beautiful, warm evening – perfect for a picnic and visiting.

I will tell you about the other picnic in another entry.