Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Brother and Sister Miller came out and Brother Miller demonstrated how to harvest black walnuts. He shimmied right up the tree and started jumping around in the branches. Down came the nuts! If only apples could be harvested this easily! (Isn't he just amazing!?!)
And down came the tent caterpillars!
From a distance it looked like the Apple Farmer was holding up an intricate seed pod - there are a lot of intricate seed pods in Missouri, too. I turned around and wasn't paying much attention to what he was holding. He came up behind me and told me to check it out. I turned around and right in the front of my nose was this! If I was 10 years older than I am now, I would have had a heart attack that would have killed me. But instead, my heart tried to jump up my throat, along with my lunch. Being that I am quiet youthful at my advancing age and stage, I managed to control these faculties and keep all things where they were meant to stay.
They checked with the neighbors who were already setting up the apple process in the packing shed. They said the kitten didn't belong to any of their barns. Sometimes one farmer's barn cat may set up residence at another farmer's barn. It's happened before at our farm - so the two boys checked with everyone first before they came running into the house declaring their mission of mercy to save the poor little abandoned furball. I think the Attorney may have even mentioned something about a business tax write off.... my memory is a little fuzzy on this - it all happened so quickly! Next think I knew, it had food, water and a name! Our big orange tabby, Skipper, needed a 'little buddy,' so meet Gilligan! Now, too bad we aren't all marooned an a deserted island!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Attorney "You can't argue with a Frog!"
Tailgate Safety meeting: Unfortunately, the Safety Program does not include any procedures for slimey green things that hop around.
The President: "Buy a bushel of apples and get a genuine Green Frog free!"
Her Royal Highness -"What if I kissed it.....?"
Now here is another wonderful couple! This is Elder and Sister Peterson. Sister Peterson just glows! Everywhere she goes she scatters sunshine. A sister in our branch once talked about 'Motherhood Heroes,' and Sister Peterson is one of mine! Never a negative word escapes her lips. Sister Peterson is also an amazing organist and her very last Sunday playing Postlude music, she played two of my favorite pieces - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and From thou Font of Every Blessing! I like to think she did it just for me!
Elder and Sister Rucker are so dynamic! Sister Rucker was always so encouraging and sweet! She is also one who goes the extra mile in her service to the church and in her family. I had the privilege of receiving some beautifully colored and laminated stories and games for FHE and church - I will treasure these forever!
Our closing hymn last Sunday was, "God be With you Till We Meet Again." I don't think there was a dry eye in the chapel when we finished. Another hymn that reflects what is in my heart is called, "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good."
Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.
What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodnes can we know
Than Christ-like Friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
When such a friend from us departs,
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.
For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior's name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise they goodness, Lord above.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
This is a beautiful chest of drawers made by one of our Amish neighbors. It is an amazing piece of furniture, standing maybe 18 inches tall. The chest on the left of the bench is also his. I'm hoping we can sell a bunch of these for him.
It's the Attorney and he is sitting next to his favorite pumpkin!! He is growing so fast!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Granny Smith had a son Jonathan who was a Northern Spy. Down on Wolf River lived McIntosh whose maiden Blush was a Cortland Jonathan. She thought of him as a Jonalicious with pockets full of Jon-a-Gold. An early Transparent wedding was performed with him wearing a Mutsa. She was a Rome Beauty, wearing a Winesap, eating a Banana and he thought she was Honey Crisp. They had three appleys name Gala, Paula Red and Fuji.
After 25 Red and Yellow Delicious years they put em all in a jar and had apple butter and bean soup. And lived Apple-y ever after.