Friday, October 27, 2006

Apple Picking

Yesturday we went to our favorite old apple orchard over near Troy in on Amy Valley Rd. They wanted to take the back way so I drove on Baptist Hill Road and some other dirt roads with "No Winter Maintence" signs, which was kind of fun. When we got there we picked Ida-Red apples. We wanted Sanna to see it, but she was sleepy and when we woke her up, she just rolled her eyes around at the trees brimming with bright red apples (one of her favorite things), rolled her eyes back, and went to sleep again.

We picked several bags full, which didn't take long at all and then, after paying, went home by way of my Grandparents.

When we got home Mattea made two really great apple pies! that that we ate after we got back from debate. I thought debate went quite well last night, what with breaking into different groups and all. I'm in the 'She walked away' group, which I wasn't to thrilled about at first, but I think it's going to be pretty cool actualy once we're done with it.

God bless!

- drew

Friday, October 20, 2006

Hunting and Mono

It's the Junior antlerless deer season in Pennsylvania, so yesturday morning I was out at about six thirty in the morning (it alway's amazes me how dark it still is then) I made a big circle around my Granpas, Neibors and our land. I saw about eight deer, and had my cross hairs on three. But all exept one were to small for me to care about and that one I only saw for about three seconds, when in ran out in front of me. It also turned out to have to fawns, so I was glad I didn't kill it. I got back to the house and started school.

Unfortunetly I may not get much more hunting in this season. I have had a cold that I couldn't get rid of for like three weeks, and so I went to the doctors this Tuesday and I learned from them yesturday (yes, right after I got done waking up early, walking miles in the weeds up to my waist and bumpy ground, and da da da, sprinting up hill carrying and heavy deer rifle and wearing combat boots) that I have Mono. That means I'm supposed to be doing things like, sleeping, resting, relaxing and sitting in front of the fire wearing corderoys and a sweater!

They call it the kissing sickness becuase people supposedly only get it from very close contact with people, but I haven't kissed anyone since I was like, heck, how long has it been? At the most I was four. And I think that's a little bit past the normal incubation period for mono ; ) Actualy I have researched it a bit and you can actualy somtimes catch it just freom touching things that others have touched... so I guess that myth is busted!

We think I probably got it durring the community fair weekend, since thats perfect timeing from when I started to get sick, not to mention it's the only time I've really been out other than church since then. They say it lasts four to eight weeks, and I'm hoping that since I know I've had it for three weeks already, I'll be over it soon, for now, I feel tired. I'm on a perscription now for the cold symptoms so they are almost gone, but I still feel really wiped out and almost faint some of the time.

Well, if you could pray that I'd recover quickly that would be great! : )

- drew

Monday, October 16, 2006

Grapes and Lakes

Today we went grape picking up in the finger-lakes region. We got up early this morning to and piled into the Yukon and I drove up to Wegmans in NY where we were supposed to meet everybody. It turns out that a lot more people were comming than we originaly thought. So after getting everything coordinated we set off for the Weaver's viniard. We disembarked and got all the stuff ready, and after following Del over to play on the swing set (good times :), returned and took off into the fields. After a wrong turn and Del having to run a ways after our group (I tried to get them to stop : (, we finaly got there and started to grape (I guess I'll call it that).

First we picked Purple Concords, which are the kind red wine is made of. They were a bit scarce at first, but eventualy we found some good rows and were able to meet the quota. Next we moved over to the Green kind, whose official name I can't remember, but white wine and grape juice are made of. They were much more pletiful and we didn't have to spend long on them. After that my family went down the hill and met the Weavers who are really nice. They showed us the Italian juiceing equipment which was really cool (my mind goes back to the 20 hr. sessions we used to have to spend with our own little steamer).

After that we took off home (without really even saying goodbye to anyone : (, where we canned the juice.

Tis all for now.

God Bless!

- Vandrew

Friday, October 13, 2006

Happy Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Did you know that the reason it is considered
to be unlucky is because, according legend , it is the day that some king ordered the Night's Templer
to be burned at the stake. So really, if you don't like the NT, you could actualy
look at it as a lucky day.

- Vandrew

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Comumuntiy Fair and Open House

Last Sunday was our Church's annual community fair! The "E - Team" came up from Covenant Fellowship and helped out. I was able to participate more this year than in the past because I got to stay at the Jurors house (you guys are the greatest!) which was a real blessing. That first night we stuffed a bunch of breakfast packets for the E-team to give out early the next morning. That morning after a brief orientation and time of worship we started off with a carwash which despite cool temperatures went really well. We washed over a hundred cars (or close to that) between our two locations. After that Jesse took Mattea and Jen and I up onto the hillside which is sort of the old part of Corning where we stuck invitations to the CF in a lot of doors. Next we went down where after a quick bite to eat we found some other members of the E-team giving away free drinks and snacks on Market Street.

That next day the community fair went really well. We had bad weather, but never the less, more people attended than I can ever remember before. Even some French people (well, I think they are actualy U.S. citizens, but they spoke French) that Delian and the rest of us invited on Market Street came out.

Church the next day was very good. The worship service was one of the best we have had. I was in CM for the message, but I assume that was good also. Afterwards I went home with my Parents whom I hadn't seen in a couple of days. I was glad to see them although this sort of thing always kid of makes me wish that I lived closer in afterwards. But I'm glad I was able to spend the weekend.

I did school this week. This Saturday was an open house at my Dads office. Mr. Polczinsky (I should probably leatn how to spell his name for sure now that he works with us), Mr. Mieklejohn (his too), Mr. Slack and Jordan were all there to help. It wasn't overly busy, but we still managed to sell a couple of stoves. I had been fighting a cold for a couple days and that afternoon it hit me full force. My eyes got more bloodshot than I remember them ever being and I couldn't think of anything but sleeping. That evening when the Slack kids stayed at our house it got worse. I started to have an ear infection and couldn't do much of anything. I was able to go to Church this morning, although if any of you got close to me (which not many of you did) you probably noticed my red eyes....

I think I'm on the down hill side of that now though... So another week tomorrow.

Hope it goes well for you all!

God bless!

- striderguy