Monday, March 31, 2014

30 Days of Love

So I'd like you to sit quietly for a minute.

Think in your head about someone that's close to you.

Do you show them loving-kindness?
How often do you pray for them?
Have you encouraged them recently?
And do you intentionally spend time with them?

Whether you get along or not, you still need to show them love.

Whether or not you love them all the time, you still need to show them love.

Love is hard.

I constantly forget to show love to the people around me.

That's why for the month of April we shall be having a 30 day challenge to love.

A Bible verse and an action will be posted for each day. 

Choose someone in your life to show loving-kindness to. 

If you join me with this challenge and have questions or need encouragement, just leave a comment and I'll reply as soon as possible. :~)

Friday, March 28, 2014

People of Jordan: Jackie

Jackie has lived here in Jordan for 14 years. She admitted she's a country girl, so she loves the small town feel. She enjoys that it's friendlier, and feels safer She feels very privileged to be able to work at the library. She has worked at the library for 6 or 7 years. She loves that it feels like a great big family because of all the people that come into the library. She admitted she's always very happy to see anyone from my family. :~)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

People of Jordan: Shirley

Shirley has lived here in Jordan for 49 years. She enjoys how peaceful and quiet it is, with lots of things for people to do. She likes that there aren't any malls or busy streets. She has done many things for the community, and the library.She ran the Fall Festival for 29 years, she's been on the board of Trustees for the library, she was a director at the library for a couple years, and she's the President of the Friends of the Library. She remembers when the library was were the Village Hall is today. For story hour they would move the firetruck out of the Village Hall, put cardboard on the ground and the they'd be ready for story hour. She also taught at Ramsdell Elementary. She taught 2nd grade for a while, and then she taught Kindergarten. She taught school for 26 years, and loved it! She always enjoyed the kids in her class, and missed teaching as soon as she retired. It's always nice to meet people who love teaching! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

People of Jordan: George and Melanie

George and Melanie have lived here in Jordan for 21 years. George is the Town Justice and has been in village politics for 17 or 18 years. They were on their way in the library as I was leaving. They love having a library, post office, grocery store and the bank in walking distance.They love having the small things, like safe sidewalks. They enjoy being in a small town with great neighbors with a sense of community. They both agree that the events like the Memorial day and the Fall Festival make our town unique.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Nancy Drew

(One of my favorite Nancy Drew books :~)

I love the plot of this one! With dancing, acting, and a normal creepy Nancy Drew mystery, it's rather fun!

T-Tot was very excited to help out with this weeks Throwback Tuesday :~D

Disclaimer: I prefer Hardy Boys any day. They tend to be........more least that's how I view them...... But alas I don't look like Joe or Frank ;)

People of Jordan: Cathy

Cathy has lived here for 42 years. She likes the fact that you know everybody. She enjoys that the community has a tendency of being able to work together well. For example all different aspects of the community come together for the Fall Festival. She also works at the library a couple times a week. There is quite a variety of people that come in. The phrase it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round is quite true. Many people come in to find out more about the canal history. She is very interested with the local history. Many of the house in town were converted into houses. Her's was a mule barn, then a while after that a school master lived there. She also has a sign from the malt shop that used to be where the dance studio is. History is rich and and exciting in our fair town!

Monday, March 24, 2014

People of Jordan: Patrick and Calvin

Patrick and his son Calvin have lived here for 12 years. They enjoy how quiet and peaceful it is. Patrick mentioned the small community is nice because you get to know everyone. Calvin told me that Mom works at Tops, so it's nice that it's close by. They are very intrigued with the historical aspect of our small town and the lovely history behind it. Calvin enjoys going to school here and they both agree that this is a lovely place to live.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

People of Jordan: Peggy and Mary Beth


(Mary Beth)

Mary Beth, Peggy, and their sister Nona (not pictured) run a business called A Few Good Bananas. They don't sell them here in Jordan, but this is where they make their creations. They re-purpose fabric and old clothes to make one-of-kind hats, ear warmers, mittens, fingerless gloves and accessories made from upcycled materials. Right now they are going to try making stylish dog jackets. 

They sell their creations in many places including Ithaca, and Rochester.

Some fabric awaiting special treatment. Also known as waiting to be turned into something awesome! ;~)

(I love the label!) They've had their business for almost 4 years now. It's family run so when ever family or friends are in the area, they stop in to help out.

They've met a lot of cool people at the various places they've sold their creations. As Peggy said, it's almost like having fun playing all day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

People of Jordan: Danielle

Danielle grew up in this area, but moved away for a time. Eventually she decided to move back and she's been here for 16 years now. She enjoys living here with her family. She works with her lovely business associate, Linda, at Da Li Hodge Podge. She enjoys being here in the country with the beautiful green grassy areas. There isn't as much congestion either. She enjoys the State Parks, the Finger Lakes, Wine country, and of course the beautiful small towns like ours. Danielle loves the sense of community, with the fact you can carry on lovely conversations with people you meet on the sidewalk or in the store. It's very comfortable here and she is happy to be here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

People of Jordan: Sam and Mary Ann


Sam and his wife, Maryanne have lived here for 2 years. They love living here in Jordan. They moved "south" from the Tug Hill Plateau and they've noticed a significant change in the weather. They love their neighbors as they were nicely welcomed into the neighborhood. Sam enjoys walking on the canal trail and the fact they can walk around town. They enjoy walking to the Post Office, Tops, and the Library in the warmer months. Mary Ann loves the library just as much as Sam does. In fact they wrote a letter to the Editor of the Post Standard to show their appreciation. They love the friendly people and the friendly kitty at the library. Sam and Maryanne are very glad to call, Jordan, home.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

People of Jordan: Karen, Bill, Mary and Kelly

(Karen, Bill, Mary and Kelly)

These lovely people donate 3 hours of their week for the weekly Clothing Ministry that is held in the old parsonage of the First Baptist Church of Jordan N.Y on Thursdays. They started last February, on February 14th to be precise. They giveaway clothes, household items, personal hygiene items and food. Everything is local. If you donate something it goes to the community. They raise money for the ministry quite often, in fact they are getting ready to have a "Bunny Breakfast" on the 19th of April. All the proceeds will be donated to the Clothing Ministry. They have a wonderful ministry to the community and they are glad to be blessing the community.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A great day for a walk!

Splashing in puddles are so much fun! ;~D

Even Ansel came a long for a bit! <3 I love that furry crazy cat!

(Heehee! Who doth lurketh? ;)

People of Jordan: Bill

"Don't put it off till tomorrow, when you can do it today."

Bill has lived here for 62 years. He likes Jordan's location, as it is near Auburn, Syracuse, Lake Ontario and it's in the Finger lakes. He said that Jordan has changed immensely, especially in the past 25 years. He told me about some of Jordan's past, and I learned a few things I never knew! There used to be hall for Saturday night dances, the firefighters would flood an area near Ramsdell Elementary for ice skating, and there were all sorts of shops! A dentist, optometrist, pharmacy and more!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Charade

Charade is one of the most beloved Audrey Hepburn movies. Alas when I watched it a couple years ago, I only made it half way through. So in honor of ordering it again, I decided to reenact her a bit. 

Okay, so I know this isn't exact, but it's kinda like this picture :)

Disclaimer: this was actually taken last spring :)

People of Jordan: Winslow

Now you may be thinking..........whoa........wait a minute. Winslow is not a people. And you are absolutely correct. But Booker Bramley isn't a people either, nor is Millie! Due to life, I am not able to get a picture for today. So I decided to post a picture of Winslow. Last week we got at least 17 inches of snow, probably more, in one day. That's what I love about Jordan: by the next day everything was plowed and the sidewalks were cleared! If you haven't figured it out already, everybody loves Jordan! Even Winslow!

Monday, March 17, 2014

People of Jordan: Gary

Gary, or as I call him, Mr. Gary is our next door neighbor. I ran into him at the post office today. He's lived here for 20 years now. He likes that the town is quiet, but yet still has excitement. For example the Fall Festival and other fun community events, like the Memorial Day Parade. He loves history, and especially the history of the Erie Canal. He is part of the Jordan Historical Association. He often volunteers in the Museum at the library and the old Lock 51 house, that has been moved to our little fair grounds. I have to say, Mr. Gary is one of the nicest people on our street. He's helped us out in a pinch, several times. Once he gave my Mom and sister a ride, when we had a flat tire. He's even accepted our kitties. Ansel, as you know, is the cat burglar. Ansel has broken into his house several times, has been found sleeping on Mr. Gary's boat (he's been a lifetime member of the Onondaga Yacht club), and his kitchen table. Ansel also likes to sleep in his yard in the summer. Mr. Gary is a wonderful part of our community.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

People of Jordan: Jeffery, Kameron and Kyler

(Jeffery, Kameron, and Kyler)

Jeffery, Kameron, and Kyler were having fun sledding and snowboarding at sledding hill. They've lived here for 5 years. They enjoy the nice quiet little town and the schools. They have a farm, a few dogs and they're in the process of animal adoption. Kyler is one of the Erie Canal Cloggers, that I've mentioned before here. Kameron recently joined the Volunteer Fire Department and is enjoying that.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Up to 71!!!! :~D

 (Just cause I'm holding a book ;) 

Handbook of Short Story Writing by Frank A. Dickson and Sandra Smythe
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Otto Frank
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies
A Simple Path by Mother Theresa
A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, 3 Centuries, 5 wars, 1 family by Leila Phillip
Love Finds You in Silver City Idaho by Janelle Mowery
Becoming Lucy by Martha Rogers
Morning for Dove by Martha Rogers
Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland by Roseanna M. White
The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz
 Love Finds You in Revenge Ohio by Lisa Harris
The Three Lives of Helen Keller by Richard Harrity and Ralph G. Martin
Love Finds You in Bethlehem New Hampshire by Lauralee Bliss
Yesterday, Today, & Forever by Maria Von Trapp
Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon by Miralee Ferrell
Love Finds You in Camelot Texas by Janice Hanna
The Hidden White House by Robert Klara
Dancers of the Ballet by Margaret F. Atkinson and May Hillman
Love Finds You in Caramel by-the-sea California by Sandra D. Bricker
Love Finds You in Hope Kansas by Pamela Griffin
The Doctor's Sweetheart and other short stories by L.M.Montgomery

People of Jordan: Erin and Gordan

Gordan has lived here for 20 years and Erin for 15. Gordan enjoys being able to hunt and fish out here in the country. They never really called it the country until their first date. They decided to go see a movie and on the drive to the movie theater, they saw a pig meandering down the road. He was just munching on food he found on the side of the road. They enjoy our small town because it's safe for kids. They also enjoy having the sidewalks plowed in the winter. They really like the fall festival, because it's just a lot of fun! I must agree, the fall festival is a lot of fun!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

People of Jordan: Linda

As I was walking down the sidewalk, I met Linda. Linda has lived in our fair village for 20 years. She loves the small town atmosphere, too. She also enjoys having family around. As I was giving her my blog address, she said to me, "If you don't know, I'm the Halloween lady." "The Halloween lady?" I asked puzzled. "Yes, I almost always decorate my house for Halloween. In fact, one day when I was working in my garden, a dad and his daughter walked by. A little while later they walked by again, and the girl asked me, 'Are you the Halloween lady?' I told her I was. 'Are you going to decorate again?' she asked. I told her I was, 'Good!' the girl replied."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's a blizzard!

This was the creek on Sunday.

 This is the creek today!

This is the road yesterday.

These are the roads today!

Though I must say, the snow is quite elegant! :~D

 Though I don't think it's as elegant on me. ;~)

People of Jordan: John

John has lived here in Jordan all of his life, excluding the times he served in the Military. He is very proud of being a Veteran, and he is very proud of his Irish, German, French and Native American roots. He has many family members in this area which is nice. He's sad to see some of the younger people leave the village, though. As common, he loves our quiet, rural village.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

People of Jordan: Father DeLorenzo

Father DeLorenzo is the Pastor of our local Catholic Church. He's lived here for 9 years. He told me that he "loves the simple, less complicated, more peaceful life here." He also has noticed that "there is a spirit of friendliness in the community." and that "The local churches often work together collecting food for the food pantry." When I asked him what advice he'd give about life he gathered his thoughts for a moment and said, "Remember God and His love for your. Take God seriously and if you do that, you will be happy, truly happy."

Throwback Tuesday: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic! The first time she rode a plane, she knew she had to fly! She then worked several odd jobs to earn the $1000 dollars needed for lessons. Within a couple years she bought herself a plane. Her love for aviation has shown people that you can always your dreams.

The first and only time I've ridden a plane was enjoyable, but I do know I'll never fly one. ;~)

Monday, March 10, 2014

People of Jordan: Diane

Diane grew up in our fair village. She now owns a little antique store called "Dark Horse Antiques". She became a nurse, and during that time she always collected antiques. When she retired from nursing, she decided to open a little antique store here in Jordan. She told me that many of her costumers are from out of town, usually people interested in the canal history. She loves the history behind the canal and enjoys being here. I must say, it's lovely to have her here! :~)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

People of Jordan: David and Ethan

(Ethan with his Dad, David)

I found David and Ethan shoveling some ice chunks. David said they enjoy having sidewalks to use. They have lived here for about 9 years and they love how everything is nearby and peacefully quiet. And Grandma only lives a few miles away! (I think that's Ethan's favorite part ;~)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

My Sneakers

Remember back in December, when I posted this?

"My Shoes" - Once upon a time I had a pair of nice white sneakers. I loved those sneakers........and then I outgrew them. In need of sneakers I wore sandals as it was summer until I could get some. Well one day my Mom and I found a mysterious pair of sneakers on the porch. They were hideous and big. Well we asked a few people that had been to our house if they were their's but we couldn't find the owner. One day I knew I needed new sneakers, the white ones were very uncomfortable. So I put these on. They didn't have a inner sole, but that didn't bother me too much. Well these sneakers have been mine for 3-4 years now and they are still going strong. The original laces broke this past summer while we were camping so I bought a pair of black laces. They aren't pretty, they aren't fashionable, but they are my sneakers and very comfortable. And every winter, from November to March, these are the shoes to wear. :~)
The End.

This is the sequel to the above story! :~)

A couple weeks ago I was wearing my sneakers. I bent over to retie them, when I realized the shoe lace had snapped. I didn't have any spare shoelaces, so I just tied them lower down on the sneaker. Today we ran a quick errand to Payless to get some dance shoes. While we were there, I noticed a whole rack of shoe laces! I picked up a pair of black ones, and stared at them. The silver ones were so pretty, and the black ones were just plain boring! Mom came over and confirmed that I wanted to get silver ones. They feel so fancy with the silver sparkles!