Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Dear Cousin,

 

Ratty Rooter walks disconsolately across the soggy yard, while a slow, persistent rain falls upon him. Mom always said that we were in for an all day rain when the chickens stayed out in it and didn't seek shelter. He is a pitiful creature. Before we took the other five roosters away, they had picked on him until I had to move him to the yard. After they were gone, I figured the pullets would welcome him with open wings. They didn't. Before I realized it, they had pulled the...

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Dear Readers,

 

My mom and dad raised seven kids. All seven of us had two to four children. Most had two. My siblings and I have often lamented the fact that we grew up in such a large family, but that none of our kids or grandkids got that chance. Well, how wrong we were. It seems that all the cousins have managed to make their own big family, which takes the place of lots of siblings, only probably better, because they are not only cousins, but friends.

This picture was taken this...

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(l-r) Tori Bullock (Norwell), Sara Bullock (Norwell), Cassie Kiel (South Side), Jessica Stoller (Leo), and Brittney Kimmel (Wayne).

When our trip first started, I didn't think we would ever get there. Five girls and two leaders cramped into an Excursion with enough luggage for an entire year and enough food to feed an army; it wasn't exactly a comfy situation. After the initial cries of "Ouch! That's my foot," we were finally on our way. The first day was all driving, and it went great with seemingly no complications, but the second day harbored a few more memorable events.

We had reached our hotel in Gettysburg, PA...

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BOY SCOUT BREAKFAST PIE

 

1 can sliced potatoes (drain & save liquid)

1 small can mushrooms (drain & save liquid)

4 green onions (chopped)

1 medium green pepper (chopped)

8 eggs (break into bowl with above liquid – beat together)

1 pkg. Smoky Links (boil to remove grease – drain)

1 pkg. Shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or Mexican cheese

3 or 4 tbsp. Olive oil or vegetable oil

salt & pepper to taste

1 pkg. Smoky Links (boil in water to remove grease - drain)

#12 Dutch oven

hot...

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ATTITUDES OF LIFE

 

One early morning at a pow wow, a friend of mine was doing a pipe ceremony, praying to The Creator a gratitude prayer for our many blessings. ‑When the smoke rose from the sacred ceremonial pipe, on its way to The Creator, my friend invited us all to lift our thoughts and our spirits as the pipe was passed to each one gathered around the circle, so that we could all offer our prayer to God in this ancient and sacred ceremony.

I had to laugh when I had this thought: ‑if a...

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Dear Cousin,

 

Midsummer settles over the hills like a warm but stuffy blanket, with hot, humid days and cooler evenings. The cool of the evening — a most pleasant time of day. As twilight dims the landscape and casts bluish shadows across the hills, time seems to stand still. The loud daytime chirping of the songbirds is now a muted twittering as they settle down for the night. Frogs begin their nightly chorus, with the deep bass of a bullfrog adding an occasional note.

Little flickers...

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