Monday, December 28, 2015

"John Henry's Daughter" - That's me, ESTHER!

Now that Christmas has come and gone, things are a bit more relaxed in the Powers/Miller household.   We hope that you all have had a fine Christmas - and especially good health!  I have reached an age where I am trying to accomplish what to me - seems to be IMPORTANT ,  and for a long time I've wanted to write down some of my most vivid memories for my own family.   So I think I will make those memories the subject of this and some futurr blogs.

And IF I finish more originals, I'll also share them with you (of course, if they have been commissioned, I will need first - to present any to the commissioner or the commissionee  (I made that word up -  you'll just have to  figure out who I meant.  GOTCHA!

My father;s name was John Henry Scobie, hence the title of this blog - "John Henry's Daughter".  I was "Daddy's Little Girl", and in my earliest years had a mother who probably suffered from depression, often on the couch with a wet cloth over her eyes.  And I had to be QUIET.  Maybe  it was migraines???   So my father "took care of me" which meant that he farmed with me along, either on his lap, or on the back of "Pete", the gentler of our team of horses.  And the other horse in the team was "Molly" - don't want to leave her out This farming was back about 1932 - and my Dad had good equipment for those days, but no tractor.  

An especially traumatic event happened when I was barely three years old.  My first husband, Dr. Duane Powers,  enjoyed that story so much that he told it  in detail - to many of his patients, including members of my bridge club.  No, that was not hr cause of our divorce.  Now  this is the end of this first blog.  Betcha' you'll want to read the next blog!  Sorry I have to stop to work on getting a few belated Christmas greetings in the mailnand to pay a few bills.   Ward and I have been very "busy big bees" since we  arrived home only one week ago - when we returned from a wonderful trip to New Orleans to visit son Terry and his lovely wife, Dani.  Our dear friend, Darline, and my daughter, Jennifer kept Painter and Poet in good hands, and we thank them!

Am planning to write anothr blog a week from today. 

Happy New Year and all that stuff!     Esther 


Saturday, November 21, 2015



When I published tonight's blog, I had re-read it, and thought all was in order,  until it went out!  And Thanksgiving was mispelled.   My eyes are not what they used to be,  nor is most of the rest of me.  But  I'm sorry when I goof, and will just keep on writing these bloggy blogs..

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  And thank you for your interest in our ventures at Painter and Poet.

E & W


WARD AND I HAVE SO VERY MUH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!    We are still living very independently, and Ward's health is excellent.  And I surely have nothin much to complain about  When I was 70, I knew that my balance would become gradually worse, and here I am - still able to get around our house, walk down to the local stores (using my walker  and stopping often to rest -  but still able to go alone.  Wonderful news.  Going to check out the building next to Culver's Chapel -  I've heard that's a good possibility for walking inside when it's not a good idea to try to walk outside.   

Our youngest daughter, Jennifer Powers, is now living in her own apartment in Plymouth, where she works at Smith's Ace Hardware -  near Kroger's.  We love being able to see her often, and she is a wonderful example of how to live well!  When I start to gripe about some stupid small annoyance and she is in ear or eye shot,  her index finger reminds me not to sweat the small stuff! 

And as to being grateful,  Ward is cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year - getting the turkey first thing Monday morning.  I baked a cherry pie several days ago - and it is in the freezer.  
We will have our nuclear family here - Ward's 2 older kids will join us - Scott from southern Indiana, and  Susy (Susanne) from South Bend, and our Jennifer.  Scott is making scalloped corn, and I will have fun helping with it all. And Jennifer is  like a streak of lightning in the kitchen - dirty dishes are whisked out of sight, and she is a terrific cook!!

For the first time in many years, we no longer have regular gallery hours, but we are always happy to see friends and customers - just ring our door bell, and if we're here, we'll let you in.  And if I've been lazy, and am not presentable,  I'll grab something to put on and get decent very fast!  And when we are better organized, I will put out the open sign as much as possible. 

I'm working on two originals that ar almost finished - both commissions, and have 8 more that I hope to get down in the next several weeks.  If the weather doesn't get too bad quickly, we hope to soon drive down to New Orleans, to visit son Terry.  He and Dani have a lovely  home, which we have not yet seen.  And I feel very ready to go  -  all prepared, including a new perm, with a wash and go style - if your're a man, this sounds silly, but if you are a female, like me, you will understand.

The current major project is finishing matted prints of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Plymouth.  They are printed, and the certificates are signed.  So it will take a week or two to complete this.  Our dear friend, Judi Dodge, is the force behind these prints.  And our friend, Randy Burkholder, has helped me remember   some photo shop steps that had simply flown out of my head.  We are so blessed with wonderful people who help us.

And as ever, if you want something from our gallery, and can't get in touch with us, call our fabulous friend and heper, Darlene Best.  Her Plymouth phone number is 574-936-4431 and she really knows more about  our gallery than I do!

Dear friends, and friend customers, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and happy shopping as you enter into this holiday season!

from  Ward and Esther

Monday, November 2, 2015

Today, we arrended a Memorial Service at Ancilla, a lovely place with "Indepenent Living" and all the stages including a very well run nursing home.  Tony Zurbrugg's mother, lived there for m or 4 years and passed away reently, and she was remembered in this service.  

It's just past midnight and I'm going to make this the shortest  blog ever!  I'm prepared for the changes coming tomorrow.  I am thinking about having a sale from now till Christmas.  After I talk this over with Ward, we'l l let you know.

From Esther, OLP ("Old Lady Painter")

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SLIPPING BACK TO  MOVE AHEAD!                                          Blog- dated October 27, 2015

Ward and I are entering a new chapter in our lives and from now forward, we will not have any set open hours, but please remember  that you visitors and customers are always welcome.  We treasure your interest, whether or not you purchase anything!   Soon our  sign will make that clear.  So ring our front doorbell if you want to stop and visit us and our gallery.  

I'll be working on some projects and Ward is likely to be either reading or watching TV or cooking.  His food is awesome!! And if nobody answers, we are likely not home!

"Slipping Back" means that I'm gladly getting rid of the cell phone, which I've never been at ease with.     For many years we have  had a land phone line  for our residence phone - 574-842-4350.  This number is in the Culver phone book - in Ward's name, as he is a retiree of the phone company.  This number will still be in that phone book, under his name, but there will be another phone number  there also -  Painter and Poet - and it will list our long standing gallery phone number - 574-842-8888 when the new directory comes out.   Each of these phones will be attached to an old fashioned answering machine, where - you may leave a message if we are not able to answer the phone.  This method is almost pre-historic - the old fashioned way, and we promise to answer or call you back as soon as we can.   .These changes will show up when a new phone book is published.  

We will continue to sell over our Painter and Poet website,  We will  accept  personal or business checks, but not take charges.  And of course, we welcome plain old CASH!  We will not accept charges, but will allow you to take home prints and mail us a check (if you don't have one with you).    For purchase of originals, we will work out a time payment plan with  you, if needed.

We have operated our business now for 26 years.   And we will  continue now as long as we are able.  We've only lost money one time by trusting a customer, and that was at Plymouth's Blueberry Festival.  They even gave us a fake address.   Sneaky devils, weren't they?

Many people in our age bracket avoid computers - But not me!.  I design and print the note cards and many of the prints we sell in our gallery.  I will still use email, keep a mail list, and an email address book, and do our book-keeping on line.  Our email address is  Thank you all again for being our customers.  We do so appreciate you!  Changes go into effect on Nov. 3, 2015

Our goal is to spend more time enjoying ourselves, and  also creating more art and poetry. And I want the business side to go back to being as simple as possible.  We thank you for helping us continue to enjoy painting and sharing our painting and poetry with you!

From  Esther and Ward  Miller     "The Painter and the Poet"