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Autumn’s Good-By


frosted leaf

a fallen leaf is nothing more

than a summer’s wave goodby


Bird song is muted

Insect hum is quieted

Leaves are all fallen

The garden is bare


the hush before winter!

The calendar says that winter does not arrive until December 21.  But, sorry, winter is already here!  The true seasons of the year are measured by the actual weather outside and not the calendar…. it is saying winter already.

Last week we endured bitter cold weather, but we did not get the remarkable snow that those living by the great lakes had.

This cold spell came way too early, and we were not nearly ready for it.  There were still lots of outside chores waiting to be done ‘before winter’.  Many will now have to wait until Spring, or never, maybe there will be a warming spell to get some things done yet. 

The tender potted plants had been brought in in time, and are now enjoying the warm window sun. 

The begonia has been pruned back, and in the basement, until Spring.

There are herbs waiting on the back porch, to be potted up for inside winter use.

The amaryllis is sitting in the dark basement for a few weeks, waiting to be brought upstairs to bloom in the gloom of winter for me. 

The elephant ears have frosted off, and they have been dug,  pots and all, and will spend the winter in the basement.  With minimal water, they will hold until next spring till the danger of frost is passed.  Then they will be planted out, pot and all, by the fish pond again.

The strawberry bed has been covered with leaves.  (They were still pushing out berries till the freeze!)

The asparagus fronds have been pruned back, and the bed covered with straw.

The chicken coop has been cleaned out, and re-strawed with fresh straw-the chickens are loving it!  And not loving the cold, and preferring to stay inside.

Most of the garden tools are stored away, as well as my many buckets, that are used for everything.

I was still planning to rake leaves to put on the beds, but it didn’t get done, and the wind has blown most of them away!

Only 1 bucket of apples got picked, feeling bad about those still left, frozen on the tree.  Apple pies are coming.

I do not like the early darkness, and am awaiting the turning of the sun again, which does happen on December 21. 

I am glad for the holidays of winter- Thanksgiving and Christmas- with all of their preparations and activities-it keeps me busy-otherwise, I would sit inside and mope about the winter weather and shortness of sunshine.

Micah 7:8

“When I sit in darkness,

the Lord shall be a light unto me.”




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The 2014 Benefit Auction

The New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School

2014 Benefit Auction

 In the fall of the year there is always a very special event-the annual auction to benefit our local Christian school.  We always look forward to this fun evening, and this year did not disappoint.

The evening is lots of fun, full of laughter, good food, and looking for a good bargain.



After running out of room at the school itself, the auction was moved to the New Bethlehem Fire Hall, and has been held here for the last few years.  It is a convenient location in  the center of  town.

The crowd was the largest yet, and we are glad that the news of our auction is spreading.



Everyone-young and old-always has a good time.


The success of the auction depends on the donations of willing donors.  The tables lining the walls of the fire hall were filled with lots of interesting items to be bid on.  The old adage ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is proved true here.  This is a good place to get rid of all the stuff that is no longer wanted.  There are true treasures to be found when the boxes are opened.



When one box was opened, look what was found inside!

When the 2 items inside were pulled out, a loud collective sigh was heard….sighs of ‘oh no! we are not bringing that home!’ mixed with sighs of ‘Oh! how cute!  I want it!’


It didn’t seem that there was a big desire for kittens, though they did make everyone smile!-they only went for $1.00 each.

They did spice up the evening!

Michael, below, checking, to answer the question, “What is it?”


Happy girls….


…and 1 happy kitten!


The Jr. / Sr. class also uses this time to raise money for their annual trip, and they provided the food for the evening.

On the menu were meatball subs and sauerkraut and sausage subs.



And lots of goodies!  There were many homemade goodies auctioned off-they always go for a good price.


A special treat of the evening was Amish donuts.




It takes a lot of work to do the auction, and I will mention just a few of the people that worked so hard to make this event such a success.  Tracy Rankin worked very hard in getting many of the donations from local businesses and others.  Dan Miller, our Amish auctioneer did a great job.  Gabriel Clyde always keeps the evening fun, and Michael Clyde and Bill Davis are his hardworking helpers.  The Jr/Sr class and mothers worked hard to provide the food and drinks.  So  many others helped.  We are grateful for the donations of each one.  Thank you to everyone!

The auction raised $5,000.00 for the school.

Deuteronomy 28:12

“The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure.”




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A Sunday Song-Come, We That Love the Lord

sun thru fall tree by hooten holler

Come, We That Love the Lord

Come, we that love the Lord,

And let our joys be known.

Join in a song with sweet accord,

and thus surround the throne.


Let those refuse to sing

Who never knew our God;

But children of the heav’nly King

May speak their joys abroad.


The men of grace have found

Glory begun below;

Celestial fruit on earthly ground

From faith and hope may grow.


The hill of Zion yields

A thousand sacred sweets

Before we reach the heav’nly fields

Or walk the golden streets.


Then let our songs abound,

And every tear be dry;

We’re marching thro’  Immanuel’s ground

To fairer worlds on high.

Words-Isaac Watts, 1707

Music-Aaron Williams, 1763

Photo credit-Hooten Holler

Psalm 47:6

“Sing praises to our King, sing praises.” 

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Who am I ???

Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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