Sewer Pipe

About every two or three years the sewer lines get a leak at this street corner. Today the job was finished.

Checker Playing Season

The Checker Season had begun. Yesterday was their Opening Day, at least for Vernon Troyer and John Weaver. I didn't stay to see who is winning this game but I do know John was getting hot under the collar. 

Sunday Photography

The Christmas Angel in Al & Irene's Garden.

The table is spread and the feast has begun.

The Sunset at the park tonight.

A Slice of Today

Street corner visiting.

Waiting to cross Bahia Vista.

We are much more aware of keeping us safe on the streets. This past season we had three accidents in crossing Bahia Vista in less than six weeks time. Safety vests and lights are very important. 
Fred trimming shrubs.

David sprucing up the Laundromat grounds.

Fried Pie and More Pie

Yesterday the Pioneer bus brought down 500 Fried Pies from a bake shop in Ohio. These ladies had ordered their pies or were picking up pies for someone else.

Waiting to get their pies, as there were quite a number of people getting their Fried Pies.

Busy filling orders. 

Lester and Sarah with their Fried Pies.

Yoder's Restaurant had made about 8000 pie and sold most of them. 


A sign on the window, it reads the following: 

This lady cleans houses and hotel rooms 5-6 days a week,
then comes home to a wet, stinking front door. 

The Cycle of Nature

There is still nature around even though more people are coming in. 

Laura Miller Beiler has numerous bird feeders out. 

I watched as this hawk was landing, the squirrels ran to get under the shrubs and out of sight, that is all except one squirrel. He sat scrunched down on top of a utility pole, screaming out warnings as he kept his eye on the hawk.   

I let the squirrels on my street deal with the hawk and biked to the park. The first thing I did was take a few sunset photos and then fed the squirrels at the park.

This Spanish Moss against the sunset caught my eye.

Trash or Treasures

"One man's trash is another man's treasure."
As a child in the 1950-60's there was no trash pick-up at curb sides. Everybody took their trash to a gully or deep in the woods and dumped it. Amish trash piles were not worth the time to dig around and find treasures. All the Amish trash piles had was tin cans and broken dishes. But when we found an "Englisher" trash pile we were sure to find treasures. Our best trash pile was on the Mt Hope Kidron Road in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. A man named Dale from Mt Hope would dump his trash close to a little barn in the gully. We, as children kept our eyes on that gully and whenever there was evidence of new trash and we spent hours digging around finding treasures.

We also had eyes on the back of our heads, as there supposedly was a naked man hiding in the little barn. We never got a glimpse of him but other people did, although we didn't know who those other people were.  We dug for treasures and watched for glimpses of the naked man at the same time.
So today when I saw this loaded bike on Graber Avenue, I automatically stopped for a good look and asked permission to take photos. He gave me the "Okay" and visited a bit.

After a bit I crossed Bahia Vista and watched from Big Olaf.
Soon Fannie walked up and helped him look for something to tie down the load. 

Turning around and ready to roll.

My guess is he does "Yard Sales" to earn a bit of extra money. 

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.

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