Brethren Disaster Relief Auction ~ Pole Barn Auction

This two-day disaster relief auction began in 1977 and has provided over $14,000,000.00 (yes, million) in disaster relief to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the world.


The Pole Barn auction was held on Saturday and is made up of new and good used items, garden tools, sports equipment, and furniture, and is popular with those who are looking for bargains – usually. As in any auction, not every item is a bargain.


dsc_6836Newlyweds can often find good deals in this building.

dsc_6841These look like something a gardener or farmer could use.

dsc_6844If you like clocks or refinishing furniture, you may also like this auction.


dsc_6845There were a variety of Norman Rockwell plates this year. I don’t expect they were valuable, or they would have been in the main auction.

dsc_6887For those who like biking.


Tomorrow night ~ The Craft Building & School Kits

TFC Chaplain Training School

Tuesday Evening, September 27

1-1This week is Chaplain Training School for TFC. Tuesday evening was the International Staff dinner with the trainees.

1-2Four people in training.

1-3The two on the left are also here for training.

2Cerwin’s and my contribution to the meal was Cheeseburger Soup from Hilltop Acres.

3I also took a dish of tapioca – from Hilltop Acres – a favorite at the office. Inge made sure that none went to waste. 🙂

The man in the background is also here for training. (I have not yet learned their names.) I do know they came from Florida, Canada, and Pennsylvania.

PS: If you are interested in the names, Inge added the names in her comment. 🙂

Paraguayan Folk Harp Concert

Sunday Evening, September 25

dsc_7945We were pleased to learn (via Facebook) that the Klassen’s were in our area on Sunday evening.

The pictures aren’t great because the lights were behind them, and I didn’t want to use a flash.

dsc_7947He is an amazing harpist and entertaining story teller, and uses those talents to challenge Christians to live faithful, happy, godly lives.

dsc_7949He learned to play harp in a Paraguayan jungle – on an old harp. He and his brother replaced missing strings with fishing line.

dsc_7950His wife, Christine, is from Canada – where they live today. She accompanies him on keyboard.

dsc_7955I love to hear the stories of his youth in the jungle of Paraguay where he lived in a large Mennonite colony.

dsc_7953Today he and Christine travel around the world sharing the gospel with his harp, her keyboard, and his entertaining, challenging stories.

dsc_7957We first heard them on our cruise to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick last fall.

We just may go with them on another cruise in 2018 – to Mexico – in mid-winter.

Feeling Techie Tonight

I just got a Fitbit Charge 2

dsc_7965However, I didn’t feel very techie as I watched Jere setting it up for me.

I would probably still be trying to set it up and connect it to my laptop and cell phone at this time next week if I had to do that part. 🙂 It is charging right now, so I won’t get many steps in today. Thanks, Jere.

There are so many things I can do with it, but for now I want the challenge of tracking my steps each day.