A Vacation for My Soul – Part 2

Sunday Afternoon, April 10

Sam and Alice (1)I am not even going to attempt to put names to the¬†flowers and budding trees in Sam’s orchard.

I’ll let you do that if you know what species they belong to.

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Sam and Alice (14)There were a few signs of snow in the shaded areas.

Sam and Alice (15)Susie the dog (I think that’s her name), Sam, and Cerwin

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Sam and Alice (18)After walking through the orchard we went into his greenhouse.

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Sam and Alice (22)Then he showed us his basement seedlings.

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Sam and Alice (24)Last summer’s produce from his and his sister Betty’s gardens.

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Sam and Alice (26)While Sam went to get Alice out of bed, I took a few pictures in their dining area.

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Sam and Alice (29)Alice had just spent several days in the hospital, then in rehab and feels better in bed, but it is good therapy for her to get up and walk several times a day.

I was pleased that we found her looking so good.

Sam is a fabulous caregiver to her – along with caring for his orchard and garden.

Sam and Alice (30)Then it was time to go home – this time by the turnpike – which is Cerwin’s favorite way to travel. ūüôā

Sam and Alice (31)There weren’t as many opportunities to get pretty pictures as there were on the backroad drive, but Cerwin is happy when he can move forward as fast as possible. ūüôā

Sam and Alice (32)When we travel west on the¬† turnpike to the Lancaster-Lebanon exit, we go by “our” woodlot. We can barely see our house in the background to the right of¬†my sister, Nancy and her husband, Marlin’s house.

Sam and Alice (33)It looks a bit more like springtime in our area now than it did when this picture was taken on the 10th.

It was a great afternoon – and like I said in the previous evening post – a vacation for my soul.

A Vacation for My Soul

Sunday, April 10

1 (1)There was still a bit of snow among our flower beds when we woke up on Sunday morning.

1 (2)Our tulips have been through a lot of stress this spring – snow, hail, and more snow.

A day or two earlier we decided to visit our friends Sam and Alice after church, because Alice recently spent some time in the hospital. They live about an hour and forty-five minutes away from us.

I asked Cerwin if it would be possible to take the back roads instead of the turnpike. He kind of grumbled about that. I said, “I thought it would be fun since we had the entire afternoon open.”

A¬†few hours later he told me to get Sam and Alice’s address so he could put it in the GPS.¬†He knows how to get there by the turnpike, so I knew we were taking the back roads. ūüôā

Remember I like back roads, but he prefers interstates.

1 (3)The conservative Mennonites were just leaving church as we went by.

1 (4)When we began meeting other horses, we figured that we were approaching another conservative church.

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1 (6)These ladies must live close enough to walk to church.

1 (7)This is when we saw the second church.

1 (8)I told Cerwin that we would not have seen this on the turnpike. ūüôā

1 (9)We stopped at the Burger King near Morgantown for a quick lunch and met a couple who recognized us from Transport For Christ.

1 (10)About this time I thanked Cerwin for the back road drive because it felt like a vacation for my soul.

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1 (13)There were still a few signs of the previous days snow.

1 (14)When we arrived at Sam and Alice’s place, he was outside walking their dog. He was still in his “lunch-preparing” apron. He is a great cook.

1aWhile he and Cerwin visited a bit, I took a few front yard pictures.




DSC_9918Some of you may remember that he has a great orchard in his back yard. Tomorrow night I will show you those pictures.

Supper With Inge at Inn 422

Thursday evening, July 30

Inge and I have worked together with TFC (mostly via computer) for more than twenty years.

DSC_8291It was maybe late 2006 or early 2007 when I began doing all bulk mailings for TFC. This included doing the monthly, single mailings of the Highway News & Good News.

Before doing a bulk mailing I run the list through software generated by Pitney Bowes – using the¬†Post Office address listing. One day, several months later, probably in a bit of frustration, Inge replied to several rejections. “If we ever have a month where there are no¬†rejections, we are going out to eat at T J¬†Rockwell’s.”

Rejects¬†happen because new donor addresses are added at TFC’s International Office on a regular basis and sometimes an address is misspelled or placed in an incorrect field. Maybe a donor gives their residential address, but their mail is received at a PO Box. Rejects also happen when¬†people move or are¬†temporarily away.

In May Pitney Bowes began using a new online software that automatically changes addresses when people move – so this has reduced the rejected list considerably.

It finally happened in July. I could not believe my eyes, and double-checked the rejected listing to make sure there were no addresses there Рthen emailed Inge.

DSC_8307After a few emails, we decided to go to Inn 422 in Lebanon Рone of my favorite local restaurants. Inge had never been there.

DSC_8303This was the day Cerwin and Glenn Fahnestock left to take the chapel to Ocala, Florida, and a few days before my week got really busy.

DSC_8305I was in the mood to do something special, and Inge enjoys going to new (for her) restaurants.

DSC_8294I always delight in the atmosphere of this old structure Рformerly a home owned by the Colemans Рa wealthy local family in the early 1800s. (You may remember I mentioned that they owned the mansion at the Wolf Sanctuary, which I wrote about last week.)



DSC_8286Inge checking the menu which has a very large listing of available entrees.

If you cannot find what you want, you can ask for the breakfast or lunch menu. They serve food from all three menus anytime during restaurant hours.

DSC_8287Inge ordered this strawberry chicken and said it was way beyond anything she expected.

DSC_8288I ordered two appetizers – lobster stew…

DSC_8292…and this shrimp/spaghetti dish.

DSC_8293We had a most delightful evening Рeating and visiting Рand both ordered this small lemon dessert Рa perfect ending to our meal.

DSC_8284If you would like to read Inge’s take on the evening, go to her blog at http://iekohen.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-memorable-dinner.html.

A Bridal Shower for Heather

Sunday Afternoon, May 17

Because we were visiting our family in Maine, I was honored to attend Heather Hade’s bridal shower – given by her family, church, and friends.

1 (1)Gifts were placed in the corner of the church fellowship hall after the church service, and by the time lunch was finished, other friends began arriving and more packages were added.

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1 (3)The serving tables were reset with items for the shower.

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1 (5)Heather, the bride-to-be (right),and Lydia laugh as they talk about the first game.

1 (6)Rachel and Heather work on answers.

1 (7)We were supposed to match Heather’s answers.

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1 (11)Heather’s mother, Tammy, explaining the game.

1 (12)Heather told us to not come up with traditional answers.

1 (13)Trying to think of non-traditional answers.

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1 (15)This was a ladies party. The men were visiting upstairs.

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1 (21)Finishing her list.

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It appears like she¬†is writing her name in the provided spaces. ūüôā

1 (24)The winner got to choose something from the gift basket.

1 (25)For the next game, we had to remember all these kitchen items.

1 (26)We could not take notes as Rachel called out each individual item.

1 (27)I didn’t even try to play this game. There were too many young minds in the room.

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1 (30)The winner.

1 (31)It appears by this picture that our granddaughter Lydia came in second.

1 (32)For the next game, we had to figure out what ingredient was in each of these jars.

1 (33)Each household item was white and included flour, sugar, 10x sugar, baking soda, cake mix, etc.

We were told to work on this game while Heather opened her gifts.

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1 (35)The children loved taking turns delivering the packages to Heather.

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1 (41)Trying to identify the contents in the jars.

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1 (44)Checking to see if shaking helped to identify the contents.

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1 (53)The winner of the white ingredient game.

1 (54)Second place

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2 (5)What fun to be in Maine for her bridal shower.

Lunch With Friends

Sunday, April 26

DSC_1124Each year we have a meal with friends to celebrate the ladies birthdays Рall in February. Sometimes the celebration is in February Рother times the host waits until it is warmer outside.

DSC_1122This year Gene and Emma Jean (Cookie to us) were the hosts.

DSC_1128Gene, Cookie, and Cerwin

DSC_1126Clockwise: Gerald, Marcy, Mark, Gene, Cookie, and Cerwin. We keenly missed our¬†friend Joanne (Gerald’s wife) who lost her battle with cancer two years ago.

It was a delightful time – eating delicious food and catching up on each others lives.

Senior Prom Pictures

Saturday Evening, April 24

Sarah (our next door neighbor) messaged me a few days earlier, asking if I would go with her to a local property where many students go to take prom pictures.

She wanted pictures of her son Alex and his prom date.

0 (1)When I¬†got in the car,¬†Sarah gave me the address,¬†and I realized that we were going to my friend Gloria’s place.

There were students, parents, siblings, and friends everywhere.

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0a (2)There were also cars and limos parked in every possible parking spot.


0 (2)Some were posing for pictures – many in front of the lake.

0cI am not sure how the tradition began for the students to come here for prom pictures Рbut when you see her property, you understand why they keep coming back each year.

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2aa (1)We were there a few minutes before Alex and Emily arrived Рthen it was time to find places for them to pose.

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2aa (3)I took these side views while her mom was taking pictures of them.


3 (5)With her parents.

Her mother and I were trying to figure out how we know each other, but did not come up with a common person or place. Then when she posted her pictures on Facebook, I realized that Emily’s dad¬†is a son of our friends Ken and Judy. I haven seen him since he was a little boy.

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3 (1)Several more pictures with some of their friends.

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6 (6)Someone mentioned his cuff links, so I asked him to show them off.

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Sunday School Class Luncheon

Sunday Afternoon – March 22 – After Morning Worship

1Someone prepared tables ahead of time in the fellowship hall.




DSC_7472Candy for our sweet tooth.

DSC_7477Lorraine, Doris, and Cathy slicing sandwich rolls which would be filled with hot, barbecued chicken.

DSC_7480Joe lighting candles

DSC_7487The kitchen was filled with cooks preparing what they brought or helping someone else. Cerwin and I were in charge of coffee and tea, so that was an easy set up.  (You can see our table in the first picture.)

DSC_7483Ruthclaudene, Ruth Ann, and Fern dishing fresh fruit.

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DSC_7495A strawberry topped pudding.

DSC_7496Blueberry cheesecake

DSC_7499Time to eat!

DSC_7501We enjoyed eating and visiting with class members and teachers before cleaning up and heading home to relax for the afternoon. I think the tables were set for 40 people.

A Birthday Party ~ A Goat ~ A Flock Of Geese

Saturday, March 21

You may have noticed¬†that I didn’t mention Cerwin during my mud sale posts…

1 (1)…that’s because he was at a 75th birthday party for our friend Gene.

1 (2)His and Cookie’s son Mark – in black.

1 (3)Their other son Matthew – center – wearing brown.

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1 (5)It sounds like the guys had a great time.

2After lunch we went to visit Cerwin’s mother and met these Amish girls walking home from the mud sale. You can tell they were there by their boots.

2a (1)Shortly after getting to Mother’s room, Roy and Deb stopped in. Since they had their little goat “Moxie” in the car, we asked a nurse if they could bring her in.

2a (3)The nurse said, “Positively!”

Some of these pictures are from Cerwin’s cell phone, others are from Deb’s camera.

2a (2)Mother enjoyed watching her chew on paper.

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2a (4)Cerwin’s sister Velda and her husband Mel were also there during our visit.

2bNotice Moxie wears a pamper. She would make quite a mess if she didn’t wear that, as it seem she is always eliminating something. ūüôā

3 (1)This is the time of year we see and hear many flocks of Canada geese flying overhead – especially in the evenings.

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3 (9)It was a busy full day from beginning to end.

Winter Tea ~ The Decorations & Food ~ Part 3 of 3

Saturday Afternoon, February 28 ~ 2:00 PM

This entry won’t need a lot of words.

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Tea (19)Choice of soup. Tomato or…

Tea (20)…mushroom. This was my choice, and it was delicious.

Tea (21)The tea buffet ~ oh, yum!

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Tea (23)Beef & Cheese – my favorite of the day.

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Tea (29)Someone’s plate¬†of food.


It was an incredibly delightful afternoon.

After the tea, Deb and I went back to the house where Cerwin and Roy were hanging out. They had done some work in Roy’s garage, and by the time we got there¬†were watching TV as a few of the rescue animals¬†entertained¬†them.

Tea (30)We were privileged to enjoy a pretty sunset as we traveled home.

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Tea (32)Roy and Deb live in southern Lancaster County, and we live about an hour away in northern Lancaster County.

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Tea (34)Rearview mirror shot.


Thanks for the invitation Deb.

It was a wonderful, relaxing afternoon and evening.

Winter Tea ~ The Ladies, The Girls, & The Owner ~ Part 2 of 3

Saturday Afternoon, February 28

In this entry¬†you will see some of the faces that go with the hats in last night’s post.

2 (1)You will notice that many girls and ladies did not wear hats.

For those who follow our daughter Deb’s “Nut Hut” posts, Darlene (left) is the one who rescued the owl from the manure and brought it to Deb for cleanup. She¬†washed it,¬†allowed it¬†to dry out overnight, then released it in the morning.


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3 (1)The male in the room is RD (owner and chef).

3 (2)The lady to his right is his mom and organizer of the tea. The young lady in purple is his niece and a waitress, and the one to his left is a sous chef.

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5My table partner was this pretty young lady.

6She had studied up on the proper way to hold a tea cup and gave us a demonstration.

7Her very attractive sister was across the table from me.

8Their lovely mom was also across the table from us.

9And my favorite Deb sat next to me on the end of the table. She is the reason I received an invitation.

I loved her hat.


Tomorrow night I will post pictures of the food and place settings.