Friday, December 6, 2013

Morning Sun

Morning sun behind the Grand Trunk caboose

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Caboose is Now...

Inside the Grand Trunk caboose

...ready for guests. It's official. The inspection passed, and we are now ready to take reservations from guests who would like to stay in the Grand Trunk caboose.

At this time of year with the rifle season for deer hunting soon to be upon us next weekend, the caboose offers a place for hunters to stay, and will sleep one to four people.

Located west of Beaverton in Amish country the Grand Trunk caboose offers a rustic place to stay for not only hunters, but also artists, writers or anyone who would like to get away for some solitude.

Some of the amenities included are full breakfast, bed linens, blankets, pillows, dishes and eating utensils, outdoor deck and picnic table, outdoor grill, battery lanterns and port-a-john.

To book a reservation visit the Nestle Inn Bed and Breakfast website and click on "Information".

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Day

The first dim light of day seemed to take its precious, sweet time opening the curtain on yet another Act One of a new play. As if to say “the stage is set; I won’t be rushed”. The thick Fog took its role seriously and waltzed along the river in the distance making its way through the openings among the dark silhouettes of trees standing as sentries on the river banks.
Dampness played a large roll in this play as it lazily covered everything exposed to the clear, starry skies of the previous night. It didn’t have to worry about rushing its part for Wind was not commissioned in this particular first act, allowing Dampness to take its sweet time to linger on a stage set to enjoy the mere act of being. The small round beads of Dew perched precariously on the tips of grass blades adding a certain sparkle to the scene.
As the morning Sun proved to be the leading actor in this play, Fog slowly relinquished its roll by fading quietly in the background without ado. The stage, like royalty in all its splendor, continued to take shape with rich reds and glowing yellows of seasonal foliage as the rising Sun slowly cast a stronger light from the east.
But what is a leading actor without the supporting cast of characters? Thus, enter the creatures who will relish their roles as the play progresses. Rooster and his Hens have proven they can begin their day without the Sun, by crowing and scratching, looking for unsuspecting worms and bugs. The Peafowl, also, are off their roost long before Sun makes an entrance. But, as sunlight fills the land, these same creatures as well as Goats, Horse and Cats succumb to the splendor, lulled into a lazy, languid state by finding a bright spot of earth and absorbing the warmth as Sun recites its lines in an ever-changing original play of “A New Day“.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is a wonderful time of year here at Nestle Inn Bed & Breakfast. The month of May offers wonderful colors, gentle breezes and warm sunshine. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck to enjoy the scenery and watch the animals.

Violets and Blue Fescue

Phlox and Spurge

Tulips and Violets
White Lilacs

Purple Lilacs
new Spruce growth
Sarah and weeds


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Winter Ice

It is the month of April and winter refuses to let go. I think that about sums it up.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Did You Know...

The original meaning of backlog stems from when a large log would be kept smoldering in the back of a fireplace or kitchen stove to be used each morning to start a new fire.

From Houghton Mifflin Word Origins:
(Origin 1684) Describing a farmhouse in a snowstorm in the 1770s, Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur mentions "an enormous back-log, without which a fire is supposed to be imperfectly made and to be devoid of heat." A thorough description of a fire properly laid is found in Knickerbocker Magazine for February 1852: "The 'log' has been placed; the 'back-log' has surmounted it; the 'top-stick' crowns the apex; the 'forestick' rests against the 'and-irons'; and the intermediate 'cob-house' of timber, fired by the faithful 'kindling-wood,' is all ablaze, and roaring up the chimney."

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


I am excited! Just got back from the grocery store with the Midland Daily News in hand. Inside on page A6 is an article about Nestle Inn B&B and the Lavender Tea Room. Please have a look here if you're so inclined.

Thank you to Karen Gruber for writing the article. Sandra and I met Karen and her husband when they were here for Valentine's Tea in the Lavender Tea Room.

With the new addition of Sandra's caboose (as in train caboose; no pun was actually intended) along with the teas she will be hosting in the Lavender Tea Room there will be plenty to do this year at Nestle Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

...And It's Smaller Than a Jet

Now, that I've had a few days to absorb the sight of this thing sitting in my yard I will reveal just what it is. But first, let me tell you I am very pleased and excited, and short of a more perfect word, perplexed. Yep, I believe that's the right word that suits how I'm feeling (according to

And, my being perplexed is only due to how I will proceed with finishing the project of it all. When I think of how I plan on doing something I take as much or as little time as I need to figure things out in my head. My mind begins on a trip of ever-expanding avenues of thought to determine the best outcome for a project before the physical labor begins. Saves time. Doesn't necessarily save sanity though.

Okay, enough already. The one who made this thing happen, and who owns it, is my friend Sandra Vining. Much thanks to Delisle Excavating and crew along with the Bierlein crane, and Carl Albee for doing a wonderful job.