Monday, October 27, 2008

The Sunset Quilt

This is my most recent creation for a dear friend of mine, in celebration of their new son. It is my first landscape of the local Blueridge Mts with the sun setting behind.

Friday, October 24, 2008


For care is to the mind as a burden to the back; it loads the spirits, and, with overloading, sinks them.
Thomas Watson

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quotes and such

"A plump wife and a big barn never did any man harm." (*personal favorite*)
"Eat yourself full of what we got."
"Kissin wears out, cookin don't." (so not true)
"Make with a smile for once."
"Some folks are wonderful nice."
"Look for the Orange milk cans at the Entrance."

Taken from the Amish Homestead Cookbook

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tanner's Pen

Travel To The New World
By Tanner Costner
Oct. 2008

In 1620 the anxious pilgrims, who sought freedom, decided
to journey to the New World. They sailed on a scanty ship named
the Mayflower. During the trip, a perilous storm sprang up,
causing strong gusts of wind and whirling waves. Fearfully, the
pilgrims took shelter below the gun deck. They crowded
together as they watched the chilly seawater seep through the
cracks of the wretched ship. The drenched and freezing pilgrims
were frightened as they listened to the booming thunder. They
prayed for mercy.

Goodman John Howland, who was tired of being cooped up
below deck, foolishly progressed towards the upper deck.
Instantly, a humongous wave tossed the battered Mayflower,
sending Goodman into the freezing water. As he fell, he grabbed
onto a rough rope. He was transfixed.
Luckily, sailors observed Goodman fall overboard. The
cunning sailors, who took action, pulled him in with a huge hook.
He was thankful be safe on the boat. He thanked the gallant sailors
and slowly walked below deck. Meanwhile, the faithful pilgrims
prayed for his safety. Goodman was safe. The journey to the New
World was difficult.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tanner's Pen, the writings of an 8 yr old boy

The English Settlement
by Tanner

In 1607, a troop of English men successfully sailed to the New World. They landed in Virginia and named it Jamestown, after their king. In Virginia, the land was a swampy wilderness. The settlers, who struggled for survival, grew weak because they did not want to work. Sadly, over half of the starving settlers died.

The settlers, who were inadequate, would not have survived without the cunning Captain John Smith. John Smith kept peace with the agreeable Indians and traded goods for food. Cleverly, John Smith devised a rule...No work, no food. He saved the settlement.

The settlers did not collect gold, but gathered useful tobacco. They grew the tobacco and sold it to England. Jamestown Virginia, the first English settlement, is still a city today.