A Pretty Fall Sunday

One of our Amish neighbors was having church at their place.

DSC_9327I love to hear the clip-clop of horses hooves.

DSC_9333It is unusual to see a white horse pulling a black Amish buggy in our area. Look at the elegant way the second horse holds himself.

DSC_9338He walks with a beautiful high step.

DSC_9341As I watched them from our house, this is what they were seeing.



DSC_9357I miss these pretty fall colors. Most of the leaves are now gone, and those that are left on the trees are tattered and brown.

DSC_9360It was a beautiful early November Sunday in Pennsylvania.

A Goose Hunt

It was a slow day in our part of the country.

1When I got up at 5:30 this morning, I noticed lights in the field in front of our house. I thought that was strange, but at daylight we saw there was a goose hunter out there – with a bunch of duck decoys. (He moved the truck to another area of the field.)

DSC_1085It was a cold morning to be in a duck blind – 24 degrees.

DSC_1088After several hours of calling he took his blind and decoys and left this field.

DSC_1097Later in the day, when we left to get a few groceries for tomorrow, I saw some Canada geese flying overhead. I suspect he moved to another field on the farm.

I told you it was a slow day in our neck of the woods. 🙂

Our Thanksgiving Celebration

DSC_1040The day began with a beautiful sunrise.

DSC_1033I enjoyed watching several birds eating their Thanksgiving breakfast.



DSC_1043Later in the morning we went to church for our annual testimony of praise service. This is when several microphones are set up throughout the sanctuary and the audience is responsible for the program.

It was interesting to hear from those who shared their reasons for being thankful this year

DSC_1047Because Jere and Kristen enjoy the tradition of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, our family is invited to their house each year.

DSC_1049It didn’t suit everyone, but those who were there enjoyed a delicious meal and a wonderful visit.





DSC_1066Jana helped her parents by filling the water glasses.

DSC_1046I only photographed a few of the delicious things on their lunch menu: dinner rolls, pumpkin bread, turkey, bread filling, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked corn, green beans, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry relish, olives, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.

DSC_1073They make a delicious, moist turkey.




DSC_1069Kristen roasted the brussels sprouts with butter and nuts. They were delicious.


DSC_1062The pumpkin pie was so delicious that I didn’t even add any whipped cream. I didn’t want to distort the wonderful taste.

DSC_1080Those at the meal: Deb, Jana, Roy, Cerwin, Josiah, Allie, Josh, Jere, Kristen, Greg (their handicapped, adopted son who lives in a group home), Jared, Jesse, and Ian.


DSC_1077Jana and Roy being silly. (As you can see, it is not Jana who is being silly.) 🙂

DSC_1079Allie and Josh


The children enjoyed their new Duck Dynasty hats.




DSC_1084We are thankful for our family – and the fun we had together today.

Another TFC Chapel Is Ready For Delivery

I thought you might like to see what is happening with the latest chapel construction.

1 (1)Cerwin picked it up at Mervin Weaver’s paint shop (Merv’s Painting) on October 23.

1 (5)Merv, his dad, Amos, and their employees do an amazing job of sandblasting and painting our old trailers.

1 (2)Our grandson Josh spent a day with Cerwin in the shop and did a great job of attaching reflective tape.

1 (3)The interior on October 28.

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2Rohrer’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning installed the heating and cooling system.

3They install a unit in the living quarters and another in the chapel area.

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11-7 (1)Glenn Fahnestock checking out the lighted cross he had just installed.

11-7 (2)Stiegel Valley Flooring installed vinyl in the chapel area…

11-7 (3)…and carpet in the living quarters.


Thanks to Glenn Fahnestock for being at the shop on the day this company installed the spray foam insulation under the trailer when we were on our trip to Missouri, and Inge Koenig for taking these three pictures.


It was fun to receive the pictures by email from Inge so we could see what was happening.


4aNotice the insulation under the trailer. Cerwin likes to have this done to chapels that go to areas where the winters are cold – as is the case in Hudson, Wisconsin where this one is going.

11-8 (7)The sofa bed looks nice in the living quarters.

11-21 (1)Glenn also took the chapel to Charlie Eckert’s for lettering. It was a blessing to have Glenn help Cerwin with a few of the final details while we were in Missouri.

11-21 (3)As of today, the chapel is packed and ready for travel to Hudson – next Thursday, December 5 – after two Thanksgiving meals and Cerwin goes on one more hunt.

The Birds Appreciated The Full Feeders

I thought it may take a few days for the birds to realize that I had filled their feeders, after several weeks of them being empty.

1 (4)However, I was pleasantly surprised when I looked out the window and saw lots of birds – goldfinches and house finches.

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1bRed-breasted nuthatch

2Dark-eyed Junco


3 (1)Carolina Wren

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3 (3)Hairy Woodpecker

4Downy Woodpecker

How do I know the difference? The Hairy is much larger than the Downy.

5Red-bellied Woodpecker

5aaIt helped that rainy, icy weather was coming in later today – and they all knew it.


7It was fun watching birds again – on a rainy, dreary, cold day.