Thanksgiving Dinner

Tonight was the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Tourist Mennonite Church. Their church people invite the elderly, widows, widowers, singles within the Pinecraft area. About eighty people were present. And so we enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and those that wanted to stayed for a hymn singing. Others cleaned up and, well basically we did whatever we wanted to do.

For Sale

 John Raber watches as Phil Graber, a Realtor is doing his work in order to sell the former post office. Price is $239,000.

Omar Beiler is making a cash offer.

Come Home, Laura

 Laura, your man needs you. 
Time to come home.
I don't know what the conversation was,
but by the time Marvin was finished pointing his finger,
Omar dropped his Pepsi can.

And then later this afternoon,
I am not sure what is going on.
They did mention a deer.

The Meeting Place

The happy meeting place is when a bus load of people arrive at the Tourist Mennonite Church's parking lot.  

The Daviess County Bus Leaves

 This afternoon the Daviess County Bus left for Indiana and one passenger for Arthur Illinois.

The two youngest passengers are brothers.

 The parents of the brothers.

 Siblings watching the bus leave.

Say "Good Bye" to Mother. 

Tuesday Work

 I was so surprised to see an Osprey taking a bath in the Phillippi Creek this morning. 

 Pouring the cement for the addition to the Gingerich's House on the corner of Miller & Fry.

Also on Fry Street cat-a-corner from the Gingerich House Robert Bender's home is getting a new roof.

And the pavilion at the park was getting a pressure washing by the county government men.
We are all getting ready for the busy winter season. 

A Place to Sleep

I noticed this sleeping arrangement at the Pinecraft Park tonight,
a good warm blanket, a stick and insect repellent under the table. 

At Big Olaf

I don't know who or what this couple represents, but I do know they needed a taste of Big Olaf ice cream.

The Sugarcreek Budget comes to Pinecraft

The Budget is an Amish/Mennonite newspaper, printed weekly in Sugarcreek Ohio. Starting the first of November and going through the month of April the Pioneer Trails bus brings down a supply of The Budget, fresh off the press. 

Sam Troyer takes care of The Budget from the time the bus arrives until it is in the customer's hands. Then he takes the rest of The Budgets and people can also pick them up there.

He brings his own table every week and sets it up.

Next he places the money container on the table. Dollar bills goes into the can and the quarters are placed into the small container, as the price per Budget is $1.25.

And he needs a place to dispose garbage, so he fastens a plastic bag to the table.

People can pay before the bus arrives and then whenever the Budgets hit the table, they reach in and pick up their Budget.

Today he had ordered 60 Budgets. Each week he orders a bit more as more people arrive in Pinecraft to stay. Sam handles about 3000 Budgets per season, from November through April. 

Paul Wagler picks up the amount of Budgets Yoder's Amish Village wants. I also saw Der Dutchman's vehicle so I assume they had their supple of Budgets picked up too.

Turtles in the Phillippi Creek

 This morning all three of these turtles were sunning themselves on the sandbars. I have no clue if these are all from the same clan. 

Too Cold for October

The sun set tonight.
There are not many people out and about.
For it is exceptionally cold for October.
We have a north-west wind.
It makes for fresh air, and deep inhaling is good for the lungs.
Forecast is after tomorrow the daytime temperatures will be in the 80's. 

Hurricane Irma's Debris

This afternoon Irma's Debris was finally picked up and hauled away. These photos are from south of Bahia Vista. I don't know whether the north side got picked up or if that is still to come. also these men can't pick up the debris in the Pinecraft Park as that is the county's responsibility.

Keeping count of the fork loads.

These men get paid according to the amount of fork loads get picked up.

Pushing back the branches that want to escape the truck bed.

Picking up leaves raked together.

Watching him, I realized he must have had lots of practice in getting the loose debris up into the truck bed without loosing the leaves.  

Shuffleboard Tournament

Watching the game on the sideline and visiting.

Shuffleboard Tournament is serious business, at least if you are in the game.
Jim Miller

In the meantime a squirrel hid a peanut in this shirt. I don't know whose bike this is but at least he got a free roasted & salted peanut.

A Man and His Dog

For a number of years this man, which is Menno Plank's grandson, for those who know Menno from the 1940's. Ever since I l moved here to stay he would take this dog for runs throughout Pinecraft. The dog had free range chasing the squirrels on the streets. But in the last years I have seen the dog and his owner just a few times out for a walk. Tonight was such a time. I am sort of sad that the dog doesn't have the strength and energy to chase my squirrels at the park. All three of these squirrels were on their way to my peanuts. The dog longingly looked at them and probably remembered his former years of giving them a run for their lives. But the dog knew those days are over for him and he didn't even attempt to go after them. 

This reminds me of life in general, whether we are humans or animals. 


The invasive Air Potato plant has made itself at home on my landlord's chair. 

The Flicker pecking away.

Wind and Clouds

The clouds tonight, along with a strong wind and a few rain drops.  If I would be up north I would thing these are snow clouds, but you don't think such thoughts in central Florida.

Irma Lost Her Eye/Erma Gone to the Dogs

When Hurricane Irma was making her way up the coast, I had posted on Facebook that Irma has lost her eye a bit south of Sarasota. Marvin, second from the left read my post and wondered how could my neighbor lady Erma loose her eye south of Sarasota?   

My neighbor Erma didn't loose her eye, but she has gone to the dogs. 

Early Snowbird Season

This time of the year the first Snowbirds and the locals, 
get around as they please, or sit where ever they please. 
I am ready for more people,
more action.

After the Rain

These two shots were taken after the rain and yet before the rain totally stopped. It was a very welcome rain as yards were getting dry and brown.
 I found another one of these tonight. One tiny seed dropped between the cracks, sprouted and has one lone bloom. Tonight after the rain was the first time I saw it but it had to be in my neighbor's driveway before tonight. 

The sunset over the Pink House.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Tonight was the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Tourist Mennonite Church. Their church people invite the elderly, widows, widowers, sing...