“You Have A Really Old Dryer.”

We were home from our road trip just one day when the envelope printer in my office died. The repairman said, “You have a really old printer.”

A new one had to be ordered because he could not find a motherboard anywhere in the country.

DSC_0845The next day Longenecker’s came to repair my clothes dryer that wasn’t working properly before we left on our trip.

He said, “You have a really old dryer” and proceeded to show me all the things that were wrong with it.

Repairs would have cost $300.

DSC_0847When we went to Longenecker’s to order a new dryer, the salesman told us that there was a discount if we also bought a washing machine.

DSC_0849Our washer was even older than the dryer, so it seemed like a wise idea – especially with the rate of appliances dying at our house these days. 🙂

This is the first time in almost 52 years of marriage that I have a matching washer and dryer.

DSC_0851We weren’t home from our road trip more than three days, when I was ready to go back on the road – and the new printer, washer, and dryer were not the reason.

I am also learning new Pitney Bowes software for doing TFC’s bulk mailings. I had to use it by May 1.

The software tech spent most of a workday setting up my computer for this new process and teaching me how to use it.

I barely slept the next two days trying to follow my notes to get two mailings to the post office – which I accomplished.

I am glad…

  • my weeks are usually a lot more relaxing than this past one.
  • for good repairmen and computer technicians.
  • we live in a country where it is quite easy to buy new equipment.
  • for grace and strength from the Lord during tough and uncomfortable times.

By the way…

  • I love my new washer and dryer.
  • The new envelope printer is a lot quieter and faster than the old one.
  • I am getting used to the new software, and prepared a large newsletter mailing today – without too many glitches.

…and guess what. Something is wrong with our fax machine – a repairman is coming. I hope he doesn’t tell me it is really old – which it is. 🙂

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.

New Siding & Lily Pads

How is that for title combinations?

That is because I wanted to finish the last set of pictures before I post Truck Rally pictures.

1 (1)After installing a ductless heating and cooling system a few weeks ago, and removing wall air conditioners, we either had to change our siding, or have strange-looking spots on the exterior walls.

1 (2)So we called our favorite window and siding people.

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1 (7)After a few days we have a brand new look to our house – after forty-six years as a deep red.

We like it.


Now on to another subject – flowering lily pads…

2Last Sunday – on the way home from lunch with Roy and Deb – we saw a pond with lots of white “stuff” on it and realized that it was blooming lily pad flowers.

2aDeb and I appreciated that Roy turned the car around when we mentioned that we would like to photograph them.

2bWhen Deb and I got out of the car, the Canada geese went into the pond.

2cAt first we thought their entry into the water would mess up our pictures, but they added to the scenery.


2eA bud.

2f (1)The blooms were delicate and beautiful.

2f (3)When I checked the Internet, I discovered they are white Lotus Nymphaea Ampla Asian Water Lily Pad Flowers

2f (2)Beautiful.