Letters from Home

June 12, 2017

Good Morning Everyone, 

We got up to another beautiful day; sunshine and a clear blue sky. Yesterday was a nice, warm day and I believe today will be even warmer yet. 

Strawberry season is coming to an end. Next will be cherries to pick and can and then peas. It is nice that not everything is ready to harvest at once. 

Lots of hay has been made and corn has been planted and is growing nicely.

The church sewing ladies have decided to skip the sewing days for summer because of the busy season with gardening and canning, etc.

To the lady that wanted to know which auction that one quilt went to, it went to the auction for the County Home. I apoligize that I didn't find out soon enought to let you know, and then I couldn't find your email address.

I took a day off last week to go birding and went to the Mochican State Park here in Ohio. It is an area where certain species of birds meet that you can't find in other areas of Ohio. We were wandering on the trail that leads to Big Lyons Falls and listening to the songs of birds and trying to absorb the beauty of God's wonderful creation. We were thrilled to hear on the right side of the trail the amazingly long, and musical songs of the Winter Wren while from the left side came the sound of the delicate, flute like song of the Veery. It hass the tone as of notes coming from inside an emptybarrel or cave deep in the woods. We were also privleged to see the American Redstart, Arcadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo building their nests. At Funk Bottoms we got to see, beautiful in color, birds. The Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager. If you have a bird guide book you can look them up and understand what I mean, A friend made the comment that God could have made all the birds gray or brown but instead He chose to create them in different colors.

Thought: "Do we see a ½ cup coffee as half-empty or half full?"

Have a good day.


Letters from Home

May 15, 2017

Good Morning Everyone, 

    What a beautiful morning we are blessed with! The sun rose this morning in a clear, blue sky. I just didn't want to stay inside so I went on a short walk. I could hear the trilling song of the Boblink coming from across the field and a bright red Cardinal flew by and perched on the power line and sang it's cheery notes. A neighbor lady came by with the horse and buggy and she stopped and we chatted a little while, but her horse could see why it should stop and didn't want to stand. At the top of the hill I stood to absorb the beauty of the countryside. In looking out across the valley one heard of black and white cows were grazing in the lush, green pasture while the neighbor's herd must have had their fill as they were lying down and I assume chewing their cud. Out in the distance on the far slope a flock of sheep were grazing. 

      Now that the danger of frost is almost over some more vegetables and flowers are being planted. Asparagus and rhubarb are being enjoyed, along with radishes, lettuce, etc.
Some grass has been cut for hay and I saw one farmer head for the hay field with 4 horses hitched to the haybine. 

      For those who like auctions, at the Mt. Hope Auction Barn, a Swap Meat will be held on May 20, a Memorial Trotting sale on May 27, on June 4th the Annual Kidney Fund sale, on June 9 the Summer Carriage & Pony sale, on June 10 the Summer Draft Horse Sale.

     I almost forgot, some of you wanted to hear about my birding vacation to Lake Erie. I had an enjoyable time, but the Warbler migration is late this year due to the strong north winds. We did see most of them but they were hard to find. We saw quite a few shore birds. The Wilson's Phalanger was a special one and a good find for everyone, also the two Black Terns. The weather was mostly sunny, but quite windy and nights were cold. The water on the lake was choppy until the last day. My total count seen or heard was 147.

     Quote from a perpetual calendar, "The curve of a smile can set a lot of things straight."

Have a great day!
     - Sovilla

Letters from Home

April 17, 2017

Good Morning, 

     Spring is here. The warm sunshine feels wonderful. As I stepped outside the back door on the north side of the store the sun was shining but through a thin layer of clouds, making it slightly overcast, and the air was cool. As I stepped out the front door on the south side I get a different picture. Some clear blue sky can be seen and since I don't feel the north wind the sunshine feels warm. Whether the sunshine and blue sky or the clouds will take over and win is yet to be seen.

     Springtime activities are being enjoyed. Gardens are being tilled, spaded, or plowed and the early things are planted, lawns are green and are being mowed and fields plowed. The cattle have been put out to pasture and enjoy the luscious green grass. Spring cleaning also needs to be done if we enjoy it or not. When that has all be done we always enjoy our thoroughly cleaned houses.

     To those familiar with spring greens, weeds/herbs that are edible and healthful, now is the time to enjoy them. Besides the common dandelion, nettles is another one. The fresh leaves can be chopped and added to soups or scrabbled egg/quiche type dishes for an added flavor and nutrition. Be sure to wear gloves when you pick the nettles or you will wish you had. ☺

     Birds are returning and as it gets warmer their songs get more animated. It's exciting to hear the first song of the season as they come back. The Purple Martins with their lively chatter are back. It is amazing to be able to see 80 different species of birds in one day in a radius of approxmately 100 miles, but that is what we did last week.

     Garage sale time is coming up. On May 3rd and 4th there will be garage sales along Country Road 201. Anyone might be able to find bargains or treasures. 

     Then on Saturday, May 6th will be the Ashery's 38th Anniversary Sale.

     Following is a recipe for a granola/energy bar that I found in a magazine that I want to make this week: 

     Granola Bars

     Mix together dry ingredients and the wet ingrediants in a separate bowls then pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and toss to coat well.

     Press into a baking pan and bake at 350º for 10 minutes or until set.

 - Have a Beautiful Spring