Yard Sales

A couple of months ago Louie and Sara decided they want about twenty babies. When the babies were available they needed someone to deliver them. So they asked their neighbor Harvey Miller if he could deliver their babies? Harvey thought he could although he wasn't all that experienced. After all he is a retired preacher and not a doctor. But nevertheless Harvey decided he could do such a thing and took off for Wal-Mart, picked up the baby dolls and delivered them safely into Louie and Sara's outstretched arms. The babies thrived and did well under Sara's loving care. And today they sat outside sunning themselves in a Yard Sale and watched the world go by. 

On Yoder Avenue Ivan Good is preparing for a Yard Sale in a week or so. This truck is made from twelve different kinds of wood. It is a beauty.

Violet had a good turnout with their Yard Sale.

Keeping Warm

According to the news this morning was the coldest we have had since 2010. So people gathered to absorb the heat of the sun where ever there was a south facing wall. 


These are all Pennsylvania folks from three different communities. They all have Ohio roots. Paul on the left and Roman on the right were born in Ohio. 

Women at the Park

It is only a couple of years ago that women gathered at the Pinecraft Park to play card games or Dominoes. Even the creative side of a woman to decorate shows through with this colorful table cloth. 

Heads Together

They've got their heads together.
Five Old Order Mennonite men.
One Old Order Amish man.

Friday's Photos

Sisters doing sisterly things. Sister on the right made the quilt and Polly is admiring it. I admired it from my porch.

Going on a ride.

The family on the left returned from the beach.

Orvie Zimmerman at Lapp's Bike Shop. 

Pinecraft Park's Doings

Today the last of Hurricane Irma's debris left the park. The Live Oak at the retention pond blew over. Today the stump and roots were dug up and departed. And like normal there is always a number of people standing by, watching the process.

Making his next move.

Mennonite women visiting.

2018 Everence Pinecraft Pie Contest

Pie contest is coming up for January 20, 2018.
If you want to enter the Pie Contest, contact their office. 

People and More People

Today five buses came in. It is Tuesday and some many different buses is the normal. The buses pick up passengers on Monday and arrive here on a Tuesday. The first one to come in was CrossRoads and they are usually here before many of the people are out of bed.

Journey Tours is mostly Daviess County Indiana and Arthur Illinois. They were scheduled to come in at 10:15am. 

The Elite from Lancaster PA was delayed by over two hours. But they drove in ice and snow and had they had to stop because of an accident ahead of them. And then they had another delay. To be exact they arrived at 11:55am.

A bit later the Pioneer buses were due to arrive. I didn't stay for those as I had other obligations. The streets are filling up with older people. 

Benefit Dinner at the Park

The adults wait in line at the Pinecraft Benefit Dinner while the boys enjoy each others company.

Greg, Ken and Luella enjoying their meal.

The boy on the left is from Illinois. The other one didn't know where he is from.

Just a small portion of the people tonight.

Checking the phone.

Grilling the hot dogs. 

Bocce Ball

It has been two years since Marvin was in Pinecraft as a Snowbird. And tonight I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him. I actually had to ask him if he is Marvin? He battled cancer and is now in remission and has returned to Pinecraft. He took up his former role as a Bocce Ball score keeper.

The team tonight. 

Going Home after the Holidays

Christmas Vacation has ended and it is time to get back on the job and children return to school, so
almost 700 passengers left today on 14 buses.  Six of these buses were from CrossRoad, which is in northern Indiana. Out of the eight Pioneer buses that left only a handful of people were from Ohio and the rest are all Indiana.

This is Pinecraft' normal Christmas Vacation. I think most of Indiana' people are factory workers and get a two week vacation over the Christmas holidays and school closes. So they as families take off for Sarasota, whereas Ohio has much more small family shops and don't have a two week vacation at Christmas time. 

Five CrossRoad buses left at 11 am and the sixth one loaded and left at 4 pm.

Waving "Good Bye".

These last two pictures are six Pioneer buses loading at the Tourist Church's parking lot. Two more Pioneer buses loaded at the Pinecraft Park's entrance. The passengers were all going to Topeka, which made it easier to load up and head out. 

So the remaining Pinecraft people have most of a week to relax and lay low, that is until the end of next week.  The Haiti Benefit Auction will then bring bus loads of older people from various Plain communities. The auction is scheduled to start Friday afternoon, January 12th  and run through Saturday, January 13th. 

The Beginning and the End

The Beginning
Waiting for the Pioneer bus to come in.

The End
The bus Came, unloaded and left again.
It was The Budget Day.
Sam sold Budgets and is now cleaning up. 

Double Vision

For a second I thought I am having double vision. 

But there are a few minor difference.

Going North into the Cold

Two Pioneer bus loads left today for the cold north.
But it is time to go home so home they go. 
It is cold here too, too cold be outside. 

The predictions are for a cold winter up north.
The Oak trees had a bumper crop of acorns,
which used to be a sure sign of a long cold winter. 
Also somebody said today that two full moons in January,
No full moon in February,
And two full moons in March is also
an old Indian sign of a cold winter. 


Simon Lengacher and Wayne Mullet