Letters from Home

January 15, 2018

Good Morning,

Another cold morning of 13°. Are you all surviving in this cold and snowy weather? Keeping warm? I guess the easiest way to do that is to stay inside.

This is the right time of the year for this kind of weather and yesterday was a beautiful winter day. By mid-afternoon the sun was shining and above 20° so I decided to bundle up and go outside for some exercise and fresh air. I started noticing the tracks in the snow. There were tracks made by the family dog, the barn cats, and the backyard rabbits. Then one unusual track that took a little time to decide what is was. It must have been a bicycle pulling a bike cart. 

It was very quiet with not much of anything moving, and only a slight breeze. I did see a few Hawks. One was flying by then landed on a fence post and the other was perched near the top of a huge, old oak tree. I suppose they could see me better than I them, for as soon as I got to close for their comfort they took off. I think they were Red-tailed Hawks.

Winter is a more quiet time of year; hopefully we can enjoy it while it lasts and looks forward to Spring.

Here is a tasty, jello salad that always was a treat for us when we made it when most of the fmaily was still at home to enjoy it.

Golden Glow Salad

1 cup orange jello

2 cups boiling water

24 large marshmallows

¾ cup pineapple juice

¾ cup shredded carrots

¾ cup crushed pineapple

1 - 8oz. package cream cheese

Dissolve jello in boiling water; set aside. Melt marshmallows in pineapple juice. Cream softened cream cheese then combine alll ingredients and pour into dish or mold. Chill until firm.

A little verse of Cheer for those who feel coop-up in the wintertime.

It takes more than a little cloud

To hide the skies of blue

It takes more than a hazy mist

To veil the sunshine too!

It takes more than the black of night

To dim a shining star

And God's peace and hope will brighten

The corner where you are.

Have a safe & healthy winter,


Letters from Home

December 19, 2017

Good Morning Everyone, 

     When I opened the blinds at the windows this morning I noticed the clouds were beginning to break up and some clear sky could be seen. It looked like it was going to be a nice day. The temperature was 43° and soon the sun shone through the pine trees by the neighbors on the hill.

     It is a good day to hang the laundry outside unless it wraps around the line so much that it can't dry as it is quite windy.

     Last week we got approximately 4-5 inches of snows and on Thursday morning the store did not open until 10:00. That sounds like something that would occur in January.

     Only 5 more days until Christmas. The year has flown by fast.

     There is a program called "Operation Silent Night" where a supply/food trailer gets taken to Washington D.C. by folks from OH and they hand out hot sandwiches, hot chocolate, and clothing supplies, etc. to the homeless on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last Thursday eve, a group of ladies assembled hygiene bags to send along for them to give out. They minister to a lot of needy people.

     At this time of the year the farmer's job is grinding feed, hauling manure, doing chores and pushing snow, if we get a lot.

     The ladies job is cooking, sewing, cleaning, etc. and doing projects we don't have time for during the busy summer months.

     I am in the process of setting up a new bird feeding station and want to try out the newest item we sell at Ashery. Bird Seed! We have 5 diffferent varieties. Thistle Seed, Black Oil Sunflower, Wild Bird Banquet, Cardinal & Chickadee Mix and Deluxe Finch Mix. It will be interesting to see which seed the birds go for the most. I will be using the 3 mixes plus homemade peanut suet. 

     "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

      I hope you all will have a Blessed Christmas season and experience the Love of Jesus. 

     See you next year, 


Letters from Home

November 13, 2017

Dear Friends Far & Near,

     It certainly feels like winter is here. We had a cold 21° on Friday morning which froze the kale that was still in the garden, and we had snow flurries throughout the day. Brrr! It looked pretty but cold. Are we ready for it?

     A few of the events in the area are:

       - The Christmas Live Nativity Parade on November 24 in Berlin

       - Journey to Bethlehem on December 1 & 2 in Walnut Creek

       - Shopping Under the Stars on December 8 in Berlin

       - Christmas in Baltic on December 16 in Baltic

     This Fall season has gone by so fast. Next week is Thanksgiving already and then soon it will be Christmas.

     Last week the church Ladies had a sewing day again and now that the outside work is done it is good time to get started with stitching and sewing projects. Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) is always in need of comforters and clothing bundles to ship to needy people around the world. 

     Would any of you readers want to share what you do with Star Anise? Do you grind them or how are they used? Thank you for a reply.

     Yesterday afternoon I was out for a walk. Alongside the road was a cornfield that had not yet been picked and the dry leaves rustled softly in the slight breeze. The sky was overcast with a few openings in the clouds where the blue sky was visible. A herd of cows in the field were peacefully grazing with the exception of a few that were contentedly laying down. Suddenly I heard the distress call of the American Kestrel. Only then did I notice how calm and quiet everything else was. 

     The coming cold weather is a good time for soup.

     Taco Soup

     • 1 to 2 lbs. hamburger, seasoned & browned

     • 1 quart water

     • 1 quart pizza sauce

     • 1 can hot chili beans or pork & beans

     • 1 pkg or 3 to 4 Tablespoons taco seasoning

Simmer for 15 minute. Serve with shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese, sour cream or taco chips.


Quote: "Always begin each day anew, as each morning is new."

Happy Thanksgiving to All.

- Sovilla