Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Summer sun is blazing down on our August days, but here and there are definite hints of autumn soon to come. Sprays of goldenrod are beginning to brighten up the road banks with their cheerful yellow, and Joe-Pye weed is blooming. There are many varieties of goldenrod, but my favorite is the sweet goldenrod with its flower heads arranged on one side of slightly arching branches. The crushed leaves of this flower gives off a sweet licorice scent, and tea can be brewed from this. (Although I’ve...

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It was lunchtime at the sale barn on the edge of town and the guys were milling around. They didn’t really want to eat there, as the regular cook had a family emergency in the next state, so it was a substitute named Leroy and the guys knew that everything Leroy cooked tasted like toast.

So they milled around, kicking dirt clods, inspecting the livestock coming up for the afternoon bidding, and pretending they were maybe someday going to buy something. Their dogs were there, of course: Steve’s...

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“If there was one last crust of bread in this town, it would be mine.” That’s a quote from a rather pretentious member of the clergy, stating how God would take care of him should the world come unhinged tomorrow. “Everyone else may starve,” he continued, “but God has promised me that I will always have enough.”

This preacher quickly defended his statement by quoting Psalm 37:25 - “I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children out begging for bread.” This man considered himself...

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Summer simmers along like the monotonous chirr of a jarfly, but here and there hints of autumn to come are already appearing. I found my first katydid this week, and son Andy says that he and daughter Taylor have been listening to the katydid chorus from their Sand Fork farm. Goldenrod is beginning to bloom in some places, and summer’s days are numbered.

The Rose of Sharon bush, laden with heavy pink blossoms, droops limbs almost to the ground. It is the fullness of summer, with green leaves...

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I was twenty years old, living in New York far from home, and spending long days working. So when the church congregation there decided to have a picnic, it was a great opportunity to relax and have a little fun.

There was lots of food. The ladies of the congregation had brought everything from fried chicken to apple pie. My colleague and I were offered places at the front of the food line, but just then, one of my favorite little people came to see me. Beth was four years old and acted like I...

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Mimi Dietrich’s take on the traditional appliqué album block is a visual feast!

Quilters Hall of Famer Mimi Dietrich is one “Hon” of an appliqué quilter!

It was fun meeting Mimi Dietrich and her family at the historic Marie Webster House in Marion, Indiana where she was recently inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.
I confess: I had never heard of Mimi or her work so I Googled her name to learn we are kindred spirits in the love of hand appliqué. With over 40 years of teaching experience and 17 quilting books under her belt, she was also honored as the International...

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