Category: Friends


Hanging on the Line

If you sent these folks a card, you are probably hanging on the line, or should I say, “Your card is hanging on the line! I thought it was a cool way to display your greeting cards at Christmas time!

Thoughtful Gift

A counted-cross-stitch with the date of our marriage hangs gracefully in our bedroom!! Our 50th anniversary is 6 months away, so the gift was in plenty of time to exhibit at that time! A big thank you to the friend who crafted this “Labor of Love!”
William (Bill) Hershberger

An interesting 65 year old “Swartzentruber Amish” gentleman! Visiting with him and his wife for at least three hours. I had taken my Uncle and Aunt, two cousins and their spouses to visit them and encourage him, while he is laid up with a broken leg. He had been my Uncle’s hired hand, 45 years ago. They remembered sending him to the neighbors, when their son was born, since it was a home birth, and they didn’t think he needed to be there for that event!! You see my cousin relaxed in the corner, enjoying the conversations which covered many events of the last 45 years, as well as events while he worked for my Uncle! Whenever he traveled home for the weekend, he would sing most of the way home in his horse and carriage, with his small hymn book in his hand.  They said they could hear him singing out in the field while working. If he wasn’t singing he was preaching to the horses! 🙂 

I kept wanting to get his photo, and finally after two hours I couldn’t resist. I think it looked like I was typing conversation tidbits into my phone, while taking the photo. Actually I had been typing the conversations into my phone, including way too many to write about in this post!

His brother stopped in to visit while we were there, a widower with children, who had married a widow with children. The one had 11 children and the other had 7 children when their spouses had died.  In their conversations, they mentioned a 91 year-old lady, who had 130 grandchildren, and 390 great grandchildren. A family tree larger than most folks!  Likely family reunions are in the summer under the shade trees, and not at the local Convention Center!

Caught on Camera

11 year anniversary of this blog! So decided to post a portrait of a fine lady, since I love portraits, as much as I love this niece! 

My Mother (95 yrs old) and her sister (86 years old)

My Brother Visits

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A great weekend catching up with my brother! Had to at least get one photo before leaving for the airport!

September 18, 1966 was a day of transition, being the day, I met my wife! Actually, the Sunday “Gazette Mail” newspaper of Charleston, West Virginia had a headline- Transition. Trivia: If you work at $9.13/hr for a year, your salary would be $19,000! 

We’ve lived in 22 different homes over the years, but maybe I am getting it mixed up with having been in 22 different countries!

Thanks, Darling for knocking me off of my feet (College Sweethearts)!  You can tell numbers, so I was tickled to find out that we courted for exactly 1,000 days before marriage.

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Friends

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Friends enjoying some of my daughter-in-law’s Bengali cuisine at my Grandson’s birthday party!

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1966: The setting is in Harrisonburg, Va., situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Alice and I arrived at the same Professor’s home to get acquainted with other new college students the day before our Freshman classes began. After a nice afternoon, some games, and pizza, we ended up walking back to our respective dorms together. We decided to meet after the Sunday evening vespers and play ping ping. The Student Center wasn’t open yet, so we sat on the steps and chatted. That was the beginning, and the rest is history!

2018: Now after 49 plus years of marriage, the setting is Millersburg, Ohio.  We woke, checked our devices, had devotions, and at sunrise headed for the local trail for an hour walk, plus some other exercises. Returned home, changed clothes, and stopped for the Bargain Hunter paper, and on to the Post Office to send off our application for our Passport renewals.  Then we went to see my 95-yr-old Mother, and being hungry we headed for Nana’s Kitchen near Holmesville, and had a nice brunch. Then it was on to Buzzard’s Family Shoes in Loudonville for some insoles for my shoes.  Returning home it was nap time for me, followed by a fun time having Alice read me all the texts from Alice’s grade schoolmates, as they reminisced their early school days at Sparta School in Spartansburg, Pa.! I decided to fill the hummingbird feeder, and also the dining room window bird feeder. Soon it was supper time, followed by preparing this blog post.

This is a memorable day indeed

The setting for the photo was in the Valley of the Five Lakes, in Jasper National Park in Alberta!  July 2017

Had a great time yesterday, fishing with my brother, Harry!!!

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