Mid-July to Mid-September, Family Farm, Allegan, Michigan

I spent days working on the family farm, power washing the porch and garage, organizing books, clothes and keepsakes. Tina helped me for a few weeks before she took a new job. I missed her support, but I kept going. I power washed the garage and undertook the big job of painting it. I hired two local unemployed laborers to help clean out the attic to eliminate any entries for raccoons. They took down the old nine pane glass window. I purchased a new one to replace it. The nine pane window will look beautiful as a piece of art. I loved washing floors and woodwork in the old farmhouse and oiling wood that was greedy for attention. There is still so much work to do. Francie would help on occasion, coming from Wyoming, Michigan, on long work days. We really made progress when she was there. We met someone at Blessed Sacrament Church who recommended that we visit the Tillers in Scott, Michigan. He had great ideas and wonderful contacts. Our brother Rudy helped Jeff and Dave set the sign in place that designates the farm as the Allegan Historic Farm and Learning Center. The bottom of the sign has a note that says, “Founded by the Rudy and Ann Palenick Family 2011.”