Letters from Home

August 29, 2013

Good Morning Everyone,    

     Another day has begun with beautiful weather for a summer morning in August.
     School has begun already and Labor Day weekend is coming up. By the time you read this it will be past. It makes a person think, "Where has the summer gone?"
     We have a colony with 4 boxes, with 16 compartments each, of Purple Martins, but they have left for a warmer climate. During the summer months we get a lot of bird song. Especially in the evenings as they gather home for the night it gets to be quite noisy. It is very interesting to watch them. Now since they have left us it is very quite around here. 
     Our green bean plants just keep on bearing, and yes, I have been getting black tomatoes. The plant does not bear a lot but enough that we can enjoy them. They are medium in size and are shaped almost like a pear. They are not exactly black but are darker than a regular red tomato. I was impressed with the flavor; they are good! 
     The benefit auction for the country of Haiti is to be held on Friday evening and Saturday, August 30 & 31st at Mt Hope. That always draws a large crowd of people. It is held every year on Labor Day Weekend.
     Right now there is hay being made on the farm. Hopefully we will get some more warm dry weather to ripen the corn. It may be another month before corn is ready to be chopped and put into the silo.
     A friend told me what she uses for a natural mosquito repellant. Mix 1/2 oz Lemongrass oil and 1/2oz Eucalyptus oil with approximately 10-12oz water and put into a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. It can be used on humans or animals.

Quote "A bend in life's road is not the end of the road..."

                               Until next time, Sovilla


Letters from Home

August 14, 2013

Greetings from the Ashery again!
      Well, a lot of ground has been covered -in a literal sense- since my last writing. My family and I arrived home from our summer vacation on July 21st after putting in 7,200 miles in 3 weeks! It was good to rest in our own beds again. 

      We had an incredible time of touring the Northwest United States and a portion of Southern Alberta, Canada, making memories for a lifetime with our family. We are very thankful for God's protection over those many miles of travel.

      Well, the place was all in one piece and the employees had everything running so smoothly when I got back I started wondering if there's a place for me to fit in around here. Just another huge "Thank-You" to our employees for giving our family this opportunity this summer! We pray God will bless your lives for it. Also, thank you to our customers for participating in our "Cat's Away Mice Will Play" Ice Cream Cone giveaway. I arrived home with a lot of anticipation in finding out how many we gave away. It was exciting to hear that we gave away 356 ice cream cones during the 3 weeks! J Hopefully the calories were put to good use! On the sign out by the road I found the message you see in the attached picture. Thankfully they all came back to work again!

      For my family, summer is coming to a close really fast. School is just around the corner and the kids are not ready for it yet. Wish I was a kid again, but hey, stay a kid at heart, and life is a lot more interesting! We have 4 children - 3 boys & a daughter, and my lovely wife does a fantastic job of homeschooling them. The first day is usually really exciting and then we have to start with the bribes. Haha, just kidding about the bribes!

      Here at work we are getting ready for our Fall-time rush of business. As most of you well know it can get a little crowded around here during the Fall. We'll put our best effort forth to keep the lines moving! J We will also try to keep you updated on when the peak tree colors are happening in our area.

      Looking forward to seeing you in the store! God's Blessings to you.

      "There's no place like home!"

      Happy Trails, Curt

Letters from Home

August 01, 2013


Good Morning to one and all,

     This is a foggy morning in the middle of summer. At approximately mid-forenoon after the sun was already shining, the distant hills are still slightly shrouded in fog making it look like a misty dreamland. A beautiful morning!  

     On my morning walk I took notice of the beauty of the roadside wildflowers. That is aomething that often gets missed in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. A sunny-yellow butterfly moth, (I don't know what the different kinds of butterflies are), perched on top of a pinkish-red blossom of red clover and the lovely peri-winkle blue color of the flowers on the Chicory plants mixed in with the white Queen Anne's Lace creates an interesting looking roadside ditch. 

     A few weeks ago on July 9th my Mother peacefully passed away after being unresponsive for only 3 days. The funeral was held on the 12th. We were blessed with the way the neighbors and church folk came and helped in whatever way they could. They brought in food and took charge of having the meals ready for the family. It is encouraging to know that people care and share. I am grateful to God for the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.   

     Canning season is upon us. We have done green beans, red beets, pickles, cherries, etc. The tomatoes will soon be ready. I planted tomatoes from seed that a friend gave me that will produce black tomatoes. I am looking forward to seeing how those will be. Have any of you readers ever eaten a black tomato?  

     Zucchini and summer squash are plentiful. For a simple way to use them I saute'd them with onion and added powdered base and a little salt and served them over cooked brown rice.  

                                         Have a great day , Sovilla.