A Creative Cross

I wish a photograph could portray the creative beauty of this cross.

It came to Cerwin as a gift from a very talented person¬†associated with the Houston, Texas, chapel. If you want to see it “in person” you will have to stop in at Cerwin’s office at the TFC office in Marietta. ūüôā

Lititz Craft Show

Saturday, August 13


DSC_4706My shopping partners Рour daughter Deb and her friends Dee and Bernae.



DSC_4714Craft shows always remind me of the talent and creativity that God has given people.





DSC_4728The resident ducks were plentiful in the park.









DSC_4755Deb was talking to the designer of a cute raccoon picture, but I took this for the saying on his shirt: “I am not trying to be difficult, it comes naturally.” ūüôā


DSC_4758I was fascinated by this cute Amish couple. I don’t think they were from our area because of their dress style and the design of her cap.


DSC_4769At this point I was more attracted to these flowers than the crafts across the street.







DSC_4781An attractive bush along the street.



DSC_4788By 10:00 AM it was hot and there were wall-to-wall people.





DSC_4806We were glad to get a table in General Sutter at 11:00 AM where it was cool – and we could sit for a while. This is Deb’s meal.

DSC_4808Dee’s lunch

DSC_4812Bernae texting someone

DSC_4813Deb is also checking her messages and Dee is reading the menu.

DSC_4816My watermelon soup. It was cold and delicious.

DSC_4818The scene on Broad Street as we walked toward our cars.


Thanks Deb, Dee, and Bernae for allowing me to tag along.

Road Trip ‚Äď Part 14 ‚Äď A Stitch In Time – Japheth’s Shop

Wednesday, April 15

The last time we visited Bob and Doris, we were in a TFC tractor¬†– on the way home from delivering a chapel to Calgary, Alberta –¬†so we did not¬†drive to Bemidji to¬†see Japheth’s new shop.

0aThis time we were in our car, and made time to go to Bemidji. I lost count of how many times we saw the Mississippi River on this trip.

0Lake Bemidji had open water close to the road, but there was still ice a short distance from the shore.

1 (1)A Stitch In Time

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2 (1)Japheth was expecting us, because we asked him what was a good time for us to visit.

2 (2)He has any color thread you may need.

2 (3)Samples of his stitching.

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3 (3)He has a wide variety of sweepers he has for sale.

3 (1)If you are a serious Рor maybe not so serious seamstress Рyou probably know about Baby Lock sewing machines.

3 (4)His two employees assist is sales and repairs.

3 (5)When we went to see his storage area, he pointed out this door that was once part of a doctor/dentist office in Bemidji Рthey think in the early 1900s.

3 (7)There were many more samples of stitching and quilting on walls and tables.

3 (9)If you purchase a machine from him, you can come for classes and learn how it works.

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3 (15)These last two pieces certainly look like something from northern Minnesota.

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8This cute display was just around the corner from A Stitch In Time.


Thanks, Japheth, for taking time to show us your shop.

Art Show

I probably won’t have¬†internet the next few days,¬†and since I am up early today – and feeling rather sleepless – I will post today’s entry early.

Thursday Evening, March 26

1We were pleased to be invited to the art show presented by our local school Рbecause our grandson Ian had a piece that was entered.


1bThe first thing Jesse noticed was the food.

2 (1)The first thing I noticed was this interesting piece of art on the floor.

2 (2)I am fascinated by artistic talent.

2 (3)This entire display was from middle and high school students.

2 (4)There are a lot of pictures – enjoy!

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2 (15)This was done with cardboard.

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2 (21)These guys are real.

2 (22)Emma is Dale (my brother) and Dot’s¬†granddaughter.

2 (23)Good job, Emma.

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2a (1)Finally found Ian’s ceramic “Green Apple.”

2a (2)I like it.

2b (1)Great job!

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2b (4)With his teacher

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3 (4)There was even artwork on the ceiling.

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3 (6)The daughter of a friend of ours.

3 (7)This was done with crayons.

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3 (9)Thanks for inviting us, Ian, we enjoyed it.

3 (10)Jere and Kristen thought Jana should have entered her items, and I asked her to show them to us when we got back to their place.

I agree. She should have put them in the show.

I think she didn’t because she already had them at home – having finished them earlier in the year.

3 (11)She designed this vase for her dad…

3 (12)…and this one for her mom.

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3 (14)It was a delightful evening.

Lititz Craft Show

Deb was at our house about 7:30 on Saturday morning to take me to the craft show.

I had never gone – and it is only a few miles from our house.

DSC_4797Deb’s friend Dee was waiting for us at a local parking lot. They were my shopping partners for the day.

I took this picture at 8:00 a.m.


We had only just begun when we met my sister-in-law Brenda – who was already finished shopping. She said they really didn’t need a pillow, but she couldn’t resist this one. (She is holding a soft pretzel – encase you wonder what is at the bottom of the pillow. :))

Their home is open to young women who need someone to help them move into a healthy (an hopefully Christian) adulthood.

DSC_4808Walk along with us and enjoy some of the crafts.





DSC_4870Wilbur Chocolate Company provides a delightful aroma to the area.

DSC_4874There were several Amish people selling their wares.


DSC_4882That’s our friend Debbie (in the pink top) from church.

DSC_4886These little guys were getting a lot of attention. Their owner had them in an over-the-shoulder carrier.




DSC_4918It was time for lunch and a break from walking when we got to A Tea Affair.

DSC_4900We started with scones and a cold tomato soup (delicious). Deb and I had pomegranate tea.

DSC_4905Dee’s salad

DSC_4906My tomato pie

DSC_4910Deb’s Quiche Lorraine

DSC_4919We still had a long way to go until the end of the vendors on Main Street.






DSC_4936This church steeple looked pretty in the early afternoon as we headed back toward Broad Street.

DSC_4939¬†¬†I was surprised to see my friend (and schoolmate) Julie. I heard that she had written a children’s book, and was pleased to purchase one here.

DSC_4946Then I discovered that she knew Dee because Dee works at the publishing company that helped Julie with the original copy. (I think that was the hardcopy version.)

DSC_4954This was our view as we turned the corner from Main to Broad. We still had not seen most of the vendors on the right.

I took this picture at 2:00 p.m. – six hours after the first picture – and we weren’t quite finished yet.

It was a delightful day – but my feet were glad to be propped up at the end of the afternoon.