Letters from Home

April 23, 2014

A Hearty Howdy to everyone,

     Hope you all are enjoying the Sunshine in more recent days! We certainly are around here. It’s been a long time coming.

Some of the more exciting things happening around here the past few weeks include the developing expansion and our upcoming 35thANNIVERSARY SALE! 

     Concerning the expansion, the footers are in and the blocks are in the final stages of being laid, getting ready for the roof. Once the roof is on things will develop a little more slowly in the coming phases.

     In my last letter I asked for input on lines of product and received lots of tremendous feedback. To those of you who sent in your suggestions a hearty thank you for your great ideas. WE CONTINUE TO BE ALL EARS TO YOUR INPUT AND IDEAS FOR PRODUCTS TO ADD, Keep it coming.

     35 years ago (1979) The Ashery opened its doors in the front part of our current building which was 960 square feet. Thanks to all the sweat, blood & tears that Dad & Mom (Cecil & Freda) put into the place, it grew into the current facility we now call The Ashery.  

     Coming right up here on Saturday May 3rd we will be celebrating this mile stone Anniversary of number 35! We would love to see you all out here that day celebrating with us as you enjoy your FREE CHICKEN DINNER! (see attached Anniversary Ad) We will also be giving away a dish of Soft Serve - Cecil’s Frozen Custard that day!

     So why “Cecil’s”? For those of you who knew my Dad you probably already know so bear with me. Dad (Cecil) was always fond of homemade and soft serve style ice cream and our family recalls many great ice cream times together. One of those memories for me was in the summer coming into the house at dark after doing yard work and having a bowl of ice cream together while listening to Herb Score call the Cleveland Indians game. Now I can assure you that the great times had nothing to do with the quality of the Tribe teams that were playing in the 80’s or even the fact that the Ice Cream was great. (It was Goshen Dairy ice cream, no longer in business.) The great times obviously were made because Dad took the time to sit down and enjoy something with his family. Just writing this inspires me to do more of this with my kids. Hey, for that matter, how 'bout we ALL take the time to sit down with our kids, or if you don’t have any, a kid, and invest in their lives.   

     Ok, how did I get on this subject, oh ya, “Cecils”. So there you have it, that’s why we choose the name, Cecil’s Frozen Custard, a product to remember all the great times together with Dad                     

Thank you all so very much for your support over the past 35 years,

See you all at the Anniversary Sale,  Curt


Letters from Home

April 11, 2014

Good Morning Everyone,  

    This is Monday morning and we are having Spring! Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day but the air was still cool. This morning it is cloudy with a slight breeze blowing from the east, making it feel like we will be getting rain.  

    On my walk I saw a couple farmers plowing, a pair of ducks flying overhead, and a bluebird flying across the road twice, approximately 20-30 ft in front of me. It was close enough that I could plainly see its bright blue color. I was nearing home and thinking I hadn't seen anything unusual when a bird song caught my attention. I listened hoping it would sing again; it did! I soon spotted the bird, a Savannah Sparrow! That was the first one I heard and saw this year. Purple Martins and Tree Swallows are also back.  

    Last month I wrote about marshes that are good spots for duck migration. I spent one day with friends at those places to see what we could find. We had a very good day seeing a total of 29 different species of waterfowl and some of them in large numbers.  

     One of the first things we do outside when the weather gets warmer is trim the grape vines, which was done last week.  

    Some of the farmers use a 2-bottom plow and hitch two 3-horse teams to it. One team gets hitched in front of the other. After they are hooked up to the plow the team in the front is the lead team. The farmer needs to only guide the lead team and the 2nd team follows, although he handles two sets of reins.  

    The grass is getting green and if we get some warm days it won't be long until we can fix that delightful dish of Dandelion gravy. I like it served over boiled, steamed, or baked potatoes.  

    Last fall we sowed spinach and lettuce into our cold frame in the garden. The spinach survived and is big enough to eat but the lettuce froze out.  

    The Amaryllis bulb I brought up from the basement last month is now blooming. It took about 3 weeks for it to bloom.  

In this Easter season may we all rejoice Jesus has risen and is Alive Forevermore!                    

                           May you all have a blessed Spring,