Pictures from this Week

I tried to publish this last night (Sunday, June 25) but for some reason, the internet was not cooperating!

I have so many photos I’ve taken and haven’t shared….it seems like time either slips by me or I am busy with this, that, or the other thing.  So, I am going to just post some photos.  I’ll comment here and there….

Last week when it was dreadfully hot, Murphy gave Michelle quite a shock in the bathroom.  She had gone in there and heard something behind the shower curtain.  She called my name, wondering if perhaps I was taking a bath.  Nope.  Little Murphy had gone into the bathtub, seeking out some refreshment!  I guess he might have thought the spigot was “self serve”!

The heat and sunshine did wonders for the flowers!

I planted a postange stamp size garden in the back yard.  It is really tiny and I planted everything really tightly!  When I went out to look at the yellow squash (which is growing like crazy!) I saw a mini ant farm inside one of the pretty star shaped golden flowers.

This is Frank.  He belongs to our neighbors up the hill, but he comes down every day with his little sister sidekick.  I think she is a poodle and Frank is an Italian Spanone. He is a very tall and good-natured dog….he stops by each day to check things out before heading back home.

Last Friday, Mark’s mom had a doctor’s appointment, so Mark and I went to Rochester.

We pulled into a parking lot for a few minutes, and I really liked the reflection of the Ukrainian church across the street on a window of a vacant storefront.

After her appointment, we went over to visit with our frined, Jim.  We had made plans to go to Bill Gray’s Restaurant at Seebreeze. Jim’s son, Peter, went along with us. What a surprise it was to see Peter again.  We haven’t seen him in ages and he was the ringbearer at our wedding nearly twenty-two years ago.  Jim was also part of our wedding party, along with his wife, Sandra.  We have been visiting with them lately and it is so great to reconnect. The only thing I cannot understand is why I didn’t take a photo of Jim and Peter!

After a round of terrific cheeseburgers,  we talked and laughed until it was time to leave.  Mark’s mom had met Jim once before and she really enjoyed meeting Peter.  We dropped her off at her home and then headed to Henrietta.  Mark’s cell phone has been having some issues, so he wanted to have it looked at.  I found this cool grass growing out near the parking lot.

Mark and I ran some more errands and then finally made our way home.

We really did have a great day out!

I forgot to mention….my tiny miniature rosebush is going crazy! It has more buds and flowers on it than it normally has all year!  It has been so pretty!

Yesterday was a nice, relaxing day.

This morning, I wanted to take a little ride and just take some “farmy” type photos.  It was tough as the lighting was a bit difficult.  I wound up near the Old Order Mennonite church I have shown here before.  Along my way, though, I made an interesting discovery.  We often see articles here in the US about the declining farming industry.  We read that many farmers give up their farms as they just cannot make a go of it.

Enter the Mennonites. I have seen some really run down farms turned around and are now looking like they are indeed productive. Many of the houses that looked quite unrestorable are now pretty homes with vegetable gardens and flower gardens as well.  There isn’t broken down farm equipment lying about the fields and everything looks meticulous.

One of the best ways to know you are in Old Order Mennonite country is by the “trails” left behind in the road by the buggies…

And also when you see tractors with metal tires as opposed to rubber tires!

I’m not sure why that tractor was left sitting at the edge of the field, but it certainly makes for an interesting photo! I have wondered why rubber tires are frowned upon by both the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.  I think that in many cases, both Amish and Mennonites might give the same answer as Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof. Why?  “Tradition”!!!!

I figured that since I had wound up in the neighborhood of the Meeting House (church),  I might as well head there.  I passed a few young men riding their bikes along the way.  I wasn’t sure why they weren’t at church, but I am sure there was a good reason.  These young men looked like they had been on a campout, as they had what looked like sleeping bags rolled up on the backs of their bikes.

I especially love the “roadside bouquets”.

Well, hard as it was, I finally left the farm country and returned home.  Truth be told, I think I could live in a car.  I just love roaming around and I get so involved with everything going on outside myself, I could just wander about for days and days!

I wasn’t gone very long….only a couple of hours.  As we were getting lunch ready, Michelle asked if I had seen “the moth on the back deck”?  I went out and looked around. What I found was simply amazing.  I cannot understand how I could have lived all these years without ever noticing the beautiful moths that surround us!

Seriously, look at those little white circles on his body!

This fellow had a thick body….almost “bulbous”, with reddish-brown hair that made him look like a teddy bear!  He also had the same “feathery” antennae as the Luna Moth.  Just look at all the fancy markings on his wings!

I took so many photos of this moth.  It stayed on that same part of the railing the entire day, gently sweeping its wings up and down the entire time. I just could not get over how pretty it was!

Okay, that’s a wrap.  I have covered Mennonites, moths, and everything in between!

Have a great week!







Trying to Get Back into the Swing

I cannot believe that this cold-or-whatever is still hanging on a bit.  I have been feeling better and better, but come on!  It is so hard to stay upright the entire day and I usually end up lying down at least for a few minutes.  Last night, as soon as I closed my eyes to go to sleep, a nasty tickle triggered a gagging cough that finally settled down after about an hour!  I figured out that the quickest way to stop the tickle is to place a small piece of candy cane or peppermint candy between my teeth and cheek and let it slowly melt.  For some reason, this helps stop the coughing trigger!

Mark has been so great about taking the kids to and from school.  On the days they are gone, I have rested and just spent time trying not to get stressed.  The less stress, the less coughing. 

Yesterday, everyone was gone and I felt some better in the afternoon.  I decided to go downstairs and have a look.  As I looked out the French doors, I saw a deer pawing around in the snow not too far off.  I went outside and kept talking to the deer.  I needed firewood and I really didn’t want to frighten the pretty visitor.  Instead, she merely watched me.

I came back to the house with a bag full of firewood,  then I had an idea.  I went to the refrigerator and grabbed a banged and brusied apple.  Moving slowly and talking the entire time,  I gently raised my arm and lobbed the apple toward the deer.  It landed about six feet away and although looking like she was about to retreat, she suddenly stopped and her nose went into overdrive!

I stepped back inside the house and watched as the deer worked her way toward the red orb.  Finally, she reached it, bent down and began nibbling away! She worked awhile, slowly eating, until the apple got away and rolled on down a slope and into a drainage ditch.  I watched curiously as she worked to retrieve her juicy treat…

My little deer friend hung around for over an hour,  weaving her way back and forth across the woods until she finally disappeared.

Today, we had some more visitors.  I am wondering if the fact that they are wandering out of the woods means spring cannot be too far behind.

I remember the first time I saw wild turkeys as a young adult in my early twenties.  I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, so I asked my dad, “What are those Sci-fi looking birds?”  They really are strange looking.  Rather ugly as well.  Sorry Mr. Benjamin Franklin, but I am so glad the wild turkey was not chosen to be the national bird!

I was convinced that all the coughing I have done has really taken its toll on my well-being.  Today, I have barely coughed, so I am hoping that tonight, I will be able to fall asleep without the coughing, choking, gagging mode!

One Busy Whirlwind Weekend!

We left our house last Friday, midday.  We made plans to visit with my parents  at the rod and gun club they belong to after we unhitched our camper at Allegany State Park.  We scurried and hurried and were able to meet my parents for a tasty fish fry.

After we finished eating, we went shopping for a bit and then went to my parents’ home.  It is always a treat to visit their house because there are always beautiful flowers everywhere!  I love looking at all the blooms.  I used the cell’s camera to capture some of the beautiful flowers….

I love this photo of the Mock Orange flower.  The flowers are so white and beautifully formed!

Of course, little Fritz found Michelle most accommodating when he wanted to snuggle up with her!

My mom disappeared for a little while and returned with a gorgeous wood carving Randy made. It was so petty!

We went back to our campsite and fell into bed with plans to leave again early in the morning.  Mark had plans to go shopping in Erie, PA.  We stopped long enough to pick Randy up and we were off and on our way! Our Saturday shopping excursion turned into a sauna!  The heat and humidity were so high that day, we took turns waiting in the truck with Angus and Murphy.  They were entertained by styrofoam cups from McDonald’s, and were, in turn, very entertaining!

Angus perforated one cup, trying to get to the bottom of things for a drink of water!

Eww….look at all the hair on the side of the cup!  Yuck! Murphy took his water more gracefully,  making me tilt the cup so he could drink.

We managed to stay hydrated and fit.  After our shopping spree, we called home and Mom said to come on home and she would make dinner!  We had steaks on the grill along with a stir fry and salad.  We ate outside and the food was delicious!

We left to go back to the campsite when we asked if Randy wanted to come along.  Ben has a big tent which easily houses a few campers so Randy came along.  Ben had brought some electronics and he and Randy played games until late! 

Sunday was Father’s Day here in the US, so we planned to grill a meal at the camp.  Mark made some chicken that was tasty and delicious.  My parents visited with us and we thoroughly enjoyed our surroundings!  There were very few campers near us, giving us the feeling of owning the whole woods!  Our lot was very deep with a beautiful little creek behind it.

Take note of that sweet little stream for later….

Mom, Mark, and the kids all played a game of Apples to Apples and laughed and giggled, having a good time.  When it was time to go back home,  my parents were a bit reluctant….it was such a pleasant day!  Randy stayed on and on Monday, we took another little excursion.  I will post about that later.

After Mom and Dad left the campground,  we built a nice little fire and I sat outside by myself, enjoying the quiet.  I think everyone loves just sitting around a campfire and this one felt so warm and cozy, I didn’t want to leave!  I sat, watching the flames moving about and daydreamed about the woods.

I turned around, looking at the camper with its lights on inside. Even it seemed to emit a cozy glow.

Ah, life was good.  It was as I was turning back to the fire that I noticed something moving across the property.  Oh my!  A fat little raccoon was making its way along….I called out to it to “scram!”  and wondered what I might do if the little nocturnal marauder might make its way towards me!

I slowly got up from my chair,  easing my way back to the camper.  Mark asked who I was talking to and when I told him there was a coon outside, he thought I had really lost it.  You were talking to the coon instead of scrambling inside?

Well, thought I, raccoons are known for washing their food before eating!  Perhaps it was *I* who was the intruder, after all. That little coon is a permanent resident, while I was there only temporarily….invading his space and his creek!  It matters not…all ended well!

Photos From this Weekend

Be forewarned that the following photos are quite random!

Actually, if you followed along with me yesterday when I took a ride to Woodville, these photos would make perfect sense!  I decided to take the time to photograph things that caught my eye along the way. So, here we go….

This boat was parked alongside the road near the boat launch.  The name really captured my eye… what a terrific name for a fishing boat!

I parked along the road and walked over to the boat launch, not wanting to get in the way.  There was so much activity!  Boats were going into the water, coming out of the water, and waiting in line in and out of the water!  People were also fishing on the docks.

I am always on the lookout for “new” things and was happy to spot a new sign!

Hmmm….like they say, you learn something new every day!

I posted the two goose photos yesterday in great haste, as we were getting ready to take the kids down to the Teen Skate.  I had made mention that when I arrived at the area where they were, the big goose was acting a little “funny”. In the following photo,  you can see why I was unable to accurately “read” the goose. This was the first of the series of photos I took and as I was “snapping away”,  I never saw that tiny little leg behind the parent’s leg!

In all honesty, I squeaked with delight when I saw the little one wander out in front of the parent goose!

I lingered with the geese for about five minutes, then left,  not wanting to disturb either of the pair. As I drove back toward home,  I pulled over in another little spot where vehicles had worn the grass off the area.  I had to take a picture of the signs…..

Woodville is situated at lake level, coming off a steep hill from the north.  I drove back up the hill, keeping my eyes open for anything interesting to photograph.

Well, I thought this was interesting!

Yes, this is Bristol Springs Free Church. (“Free” not meaning fees are typically charged at chuches! The term signifies that this is, rather, a non-denominational community church)

Do you remember this church had a fire in the “steeple” last summer when it was struck by lightning? Well, a new “crown” was fashioned and I saw workmen using ropes and such to place it a couple weeks ago.  I kept wanting to photograph this,  but I had to park and walk around to get photos without all sorts of utility lines in the pictures!

I love the gingerbread! And, it really does kind of resemble a crown, doesn’t it?

Across from the church were some Forsythia bushes gone WILD!

There is a small restaurant nearby with extremely limited parking available.  I love their sign regarding where NOT to park…..

One more photo….this one from today.  As I was working early this afternoon,  I looked out the window and was surprised to see a pair of Mourning Doves perched in the tree!

I’ve never seen doves near the house before!

The weather yesterday and today has been uncomfortably warm. (at least for me!) Tomorrow is promising a “scorcher” according to the weatherman.  I had a headache on and off all day today…probably from heat! We are assured the weather will cool off come midweek.  I am looking forward to then!

The Unlikely Quartet

Let me preface this by saying that this post will have no accompanying photos.

This afternoon, I heard a “slight” knock at the front door. With temperatures romancing the 90’s,  I was not humored as I went to see if it was Ben teasing me. As I looked out the window on the door, I was somewhat shocked at what I saw!

 Four Amish ladies appeared on my front porch! I opened the door and one stepped forward, asking if I knew where they might find Olive Tree Soaps! I do have a few customers who travel to pick up orders from me to save on shipping, but this was a most unexpected surprise!

I invited the four ladies inside and discovered that I had spoken to two of them previously on the telephone when they called to place orders. You see, once you prove to be a good vendor, your name quickly spreads throughout the community, which is very large….I have Amish customers from Missouri to Michigan to New York!

The ladies were almost as surprised as I. They surely thought they might have lost their way, not expecting Olive Tree Soaps to be a “house in the woods” , but instead a “business”!

We visited, I packed two orders for two of the ladies,  and it was a very wonderful little visit.

You just never know who might come a knocking at the door, eh?