Travel Pictures from the Blustery Day in Mid-February

Saturday, February 13

DSC_8091On our way to go out for supper, we came upon this back-country road where the snow was blowing – making traffic rather slow and at times hazardous.




DSC_8096Before long the two-lane road became one lane.


DSC_8101When we met traffic coming the other way, several of us pulled in the driveway of an Amish family. While we waited for traffic to pass by the lane, the Amish family needed to leave, so went out their lane – via the field.


DSC_8104We soon caught up to them, as they were traveling in the same direction.



DSC_8109As we approached a stop sign, traffic was no longer moving, so they went up over the bank into the field.

DSC_8111The second buggy followed them.

DSC_8112Maybe the plow will help the stalled traffic.

DSC_8113While we waited, the Amish buggies were on the way to their destination – probably smiling because we modern English people with cars had to stay on the road. 🙂

Beauty in Ohio Amish Country

Friday Morning, July 10

Friday Morning (1)We woke up to a warm, drizzly morning in Berlin, Ohio

Friday Morning (2)I walked one mile on the motel treadmill (while Cerwin watched the news in our room) before exploring the gardens and area around our motel.

Friday Morning (3)The outside entrance to our room.

Friday Morning (4)The patio area.

Friday Morning (5)Though the rain had stopped, many leaves and flowers were dripping with water.

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Friday Morning (8)There were many beautiful flowers.

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Friday Morning (21)After photographing flowers, I walked down the hill to the antique mall.

Friday Morning (22)It wasn’t open yet as it was only 8 AM, but there were some interesting things outside.

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Friday Morning (25)By the time we were ready for a drive through Amish country (8:45 AM), it was drizzling again.

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Friday Morning (27)I love when we have time to travel leisurely over country roads.

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Friday Morning (32)Windmills are a sure sign of an Amish home or farm.

Friday Morning (33)More Ohio Amish country tomorrow night.

Penryn Mud Sale ~ Part 2 of 3

Saturday, March 21

2 (1)Love her boots.

I was there only fifteen minutes when I met our Canadian friends.

2 (2)I was so pleased to see Merle & Rita (left), because we were unable to attend the ministry banquet the night before. He is CEO of Living Hope Native Ministry, Red Lake, Ontario, Canada.

They were with our good friends Orpha and Gary (right).

2 (3)After a short visit, I moved on to look for more photo ops so our daughter Deb has some good choices for the Mud Sale Magazine.

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2 (8)Furniture tent auction

2 (9)Homemade ice cream

2 (10)I noticed these young ladies making smoothies as I waited in line for a cup of chicken corn soup.

2 (11)This was my view in the craft tent where my sister had a front row seat reserved for me.

2 (13) I listened to the auction, relaxed for awhile, and enjoyed my chicken corn soup.

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2 (14)Oh, look who just joined us!

2 (15)Our great-grandson, Anthony, and his mama Abby.

2 (17)I walked around the tent and looked at crafts that would be coming up for sale.

2 (16)This little guy made me smile – I think I will bid on him.

I got him for $10.00.

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2 (19)Bird feeders

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2 (21)This was my favorite moment of the mud sale – when a young Amish girl picked up a plaque and showed it to her dad. I waited for his expression before snapping the picture.

2 (22)This is why he was smiling.

2 (23)By the time I left the craft tent, the mud had gotten even worse, as the temperature had risen and the snow was melting.

2 (24)Lots of young boys earn tips by hauling purchases for successful bidders.

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2 (27)I will post Part 3 tomorrow evening.

Penryn Mud Sale ~ Part 1 of 3

Saturday, March 21

1 (1)This is the largest yearly event in our nearby, very small village.

1 (2)It brings in lots of people – many Amish – as funds raised are for the fire company and a local Amish school.

1 (3)As you can see, it snowed the night before the sale…

1 (6)…and the morning sun was hazy from the cloudy sky.

1 (4)There are lots of steel wheel items – as Amish are not allowed to use rubber tires.

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1 (5)The first people I met were Ashela (our great-niece) and our granddaughter Gloria.

1 (8)Lots of interesting equipment lined the field behind the fire hall.

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1 (11)Need any hay?

1 (12)There were lots of people there, and many auctions had begun when I got there at 8:30 AM.

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1 (14)Getting a swing ride on a swing set that was for sale.

1 (15)This pussy willow tree was the only outside thing that tempted me, but I didn’t feel like waiting in the cold. We had a pussy willow tree at the farm when I was a girl.

1 (16)Wagon wheels for sale

1 (17)A yard chicken.

1 (18)As snow melted, it became a “real” mud sale.

1 (19)Checking out items.

1 (20)Wagon auctions.

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1 (25)Someone made a successful purchase.

1 (26)Mother and daughter boots.

Local people will recognize them in the previous picture – on the right. I think they were just arriving, because Kim’s boots are still clean.


Part 2 tomorrow evening.

No One Is In Charge Of Your Happiness But You

Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 20

DSC_7069I love to wake up to this kind of morning.


DSC_7082 (2)Later in the day I happened to be at the window when this “wagon train” went by – a sure sign that the Penryn Mud Sale was happening in the near future.

DSC_7082This is our Amish neighbor taking wagons to the fire company property where the mud sale will be held. The wagons are used to display items for sale.

I posted this on Facebook a few minutes after I saw it, but am posting it here for those who don’t have Facebook.

DSC_7171By the end of the week – Friday, March 20 – we were experiencing snow again.

DSC_7167I thought the following was fitting for my cardinal pictures today.

It is another use of the word cardinal – but still fitting. 🙂


7 Cardinal Rules For Life

1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.

2. What other people think of you is none of your business.

DSC_71643. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.

DSC_71734. No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you.

DSC_71615. Don’t compare your life to others, and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

DSC_71656. Stop thinking too much. It’s alright to not know all the answers. Answers will come when you need them.

DSC_71697.Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.

Lunch With Roy & Deb

Sunday, January 11

We had a few things that belonged to Roy and Deb, so decided to meet them for lunch.

DSC_4633Shortly after we arrived at RD’s, a friend of Roy & Deb’s came in and sat at the next table. Deb offered to hold their baby for a bit.

DSC_4636She had been crying before Deb got her, and we were amused by her big tears.

DSC_4642What a beautiful baby girl.

DSC_4630As we talked and waited for lunch, I noticed this scene outside the window and thought, “That would make a good picture.”

DSC_4632Someone once asked me if I don’t think I miss a lot of things when we travel because I am always taking pictures.

DSC_4644Actually, I think I notice more things because I take pictures. 🙂


DSC_4649Shortly after leaving the restaurant – on our way to Roy and Deb’s – we noticed this pilot enjoying the beautiful afternoon.


DSC_4653Right below him was this Amish buggy.


Tomorrow night I will introduce you to Deb’s newest rescue – a baby goat.

Saturday Morning Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, April 19

DSC_8083We were up early enough to see the beautiful sunrise as we drove to New Holland.

DSC_8084The exquisite lighting made it so much fun to take pictures as we drove.




DSC_8092I like this one.



DSC_8095Oh, that was fun!

DSC_8099Cerwin and I were asked to give a ministry report at this breakfast ~ and used a PowerPoint presentation.

DSC_8101It was an incredibly encouraging morning for us.

DSC_8100It’s fun giving a report to men and women who pray for and truly care about what is happening in TFC.

DSC_8104On the way home we came upon this Amish buggy. We couldn’t quite decide what it was hauling.

DSC_8105Cerwin thought it looked like a platform of some sort.

DSC_8125After a stop at Wal-Mart we spent the afternoon working in flower beds. This was after I pulled all the spring weeds and wild garlic that would like to take over this area. I am trying to train the Creeping Jenny (yellow ground cover) to take over instead.

Cerwin was trimming tree branches that were dead or too low.

We were glad to stop by 3:30 pm to get ready for Roy and Deb to arrive, as they were coming to take us out for a birthday supper for Cerwin. More about that tomorrow night.

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.