Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016


Focusing on clothes isn't that high on my list of priorities. Partly I'm sure because growing up Amish the style of clothes we wore was determined for us, and we simply picked colors we liked from those that were permitted in our community.

Getting ready to go somewhere didn't take long. I'd simply open my closet and decide if I felt like wearing purple, blue, or teal on that particular day.

I still don't have many options, in fact people probably wonder if I have more than one shirt/blouse. I do for everyday use, but not for things like going to church where I wear the same thing every time, year round. Doesn't bother me at all.

The girls however, apparently haven't quite picked up on the same content feeling regarding clothes, even though they have way more than I do. This morning they were pawing through their closet trying to decide what they want to wear tomorrow when they have friends coming over.

Rosebud finally sighed a long sigh as she surveyed her pile of skirts ...... that she had chosen when they were acquired. "I haven't a thing to wear that doesn't look as if it didn't come straight from 'Forever 40'," was her dismal pronouncement.

That, my friends, is another little something I miss about the Amish. Everyone wore the same type of clothes and hairstyles. You had so much more time to focus on life, instead of trivial things, like clothes.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Picture my Week

These finally decided to bloom this week. The vibrant splash of color they give the front yard is welcome. Buddy keeps stopping to smell them when ever he passes them, declaring they smell like really good candy.

This stack of boxes are filled to the brim with curriculum for next year's school. I had to go through every bit of it and write up what we will be studying so I can hand it in to our local school. See that lump of red on top of the stack? That, my friends, is the delightfully cozy house coat I was wearing while working at the computer.

Sailor and I planted ten rose bushes. He did all the hard work, while I simply helped fill in the dirt around the bushes. Buddy supervised the entire process.

Our giant rhododendron bush is still quite a ways from blooming, thanks to all the shade it gets where it is planted. Somehow though at the far side we discovered a single bud has bloomed, even if the rest of them will be waiting a while to do the same.

Buddy has always loved everything to do with baseball. I spent a few hours this week pitching for him.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Creek vs Schedule

Some days it's nice to throw your schedule out the window and spend time simply enjoying life.

Today was a day like that.

After days of fog and rain the sun has broken through making everything outdoors really inviting. Seeing the geese swimming on the creek, Buddy wanted to go catch some minnows. (He never catches fish, but calls all the little stuff floating on top of the water, minnows.)

Arriving at the creek, Buddy spotted a patch of buttercups, and he couldn't go "fishing" before he picked a few for me.

I was glad I remembered to take the camera along, otherwise I would have missed a lot. These two are best of friends, and laugh ...ALL.THE.TIME.

They had a competition to see who could jump farther. The one side of the creek bank is quite a bit higher than the other at this spot. 

The stepping stone bridge they built several years ago is submerged after all the rain, but they still used it.

In the creek versus schedule debate, I'm glad the creek won. We had a lovely morning outdoors.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Tell us about a time you found yourself 'in the middle of nowhere'. Was this deliberate?

When we moved to the Midwest it felt as if we had plopped ourselves down in the middle of nowhere, but after a vacation to New Mexico where we roamed the deserts "the middle of nowhere" took on a whole new meaning.
2. What's something you're 'in the middle of' today or this week? 

There seems to be quite a lot of middles going on in our life right now.

-I'm in the middle of planning our next week's menus and grocery list.
-I'm smack dab in the middle of a writing project, having just hit the halfway mark of words needed.
-We're in the middle of a pretty huge project. Thankfully most of that rests on LV.
-I'm in the middle of doing research for next years school, by taking the ready made curriculum and digging deeper into the topics and things that will be studied. Yes, I realize I'm making life harder than it would need to be, but we all love learning, and there is so much more to learn about most of the things.(Except math.)
3. At what age do you think 'middle age' begins? What does it mean to be 'middle aged'? 

I don't know what age middle age begins. I used to think somewhere around 50, but doing a quick search on google revealed that no one is quite in agreement. Some say it's the ages between 35 and 58, others say it begins at 60. So who knows?

What does it mean to me?? I always thought it's the time in life when your body starts hurting more, and your feelings start hurting less. Or in other words, you've lived long enough to not really care about other people's opinions.
4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut...your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list?

Ravioli and samosas are a nice tie as my favorite things that have things in the middle. Not on the list are the fruit filled cookies my Mom used to make, and we can't forget pie either, can we?

5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate. 

I think there is a lot of truth in that statement. Even speaking spiritually ...... growth often happens during difficult times.
6. What's a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still? 

We sang mostly hymns, and didn't listen to music. My mind immediately went to two songs I used to love. Twilight is Stealing and Better Days. I still like them, but hadn't thought of them in a long time.
7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered. 

I will not be celebrating. Other than going to see my parents I would really love to visit my Mom's youngest brother. He's married to one of LV's cousins. They have remained loyal and friendly even though we left the Amish. Their two youngest children are the same age as our girls, and we always have a great time when ever we get to see each other.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

We had some unexpected things happen on the way to church on Sunday when our vehicle started making horrible sounds, followed by the smell of something much too hot. After investigating it was determined it's not safe to continue. It took a while to limp our way back home, but we made it safely. It has been fixed now but I still find I'm trying to not feel leery about driving alone in it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Random Three

I'm snagging the first three random questions to answer today, from a list of questions compiled by Alyssa, back in April.

What pizza place do you usually order from?
We don't order pizza, but if we did it would be from a little privately owned pizza place in our town.

Have you ever spent over $100.00 on an article of clothing? What was it?
I have never spent that much money on clothes. Back when we were still Amish I would expect to spend between $20. and $25 on the fabric I need to sew an outfit. Since leaving I keep it less than that for ready to wear items.

What do you have for your ringtone?

Surprise! I'm one of the few people remaining who does not have a cell phone. Sadly landline phones don't come with ringtone options so all I have is the regular obnoxious ringing that has been around for ages already.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Picture my Week

Our family was invited to a cabin with some friends. It was a really cute and cozy place. It made off the grid/small house living look appealing. An added bonus was the breath taking views that the camera really didn't do justice to at all. Then listening to the history of this place made it even more special.

We've heard about the IRS phone scam for some time already, but it wasn't until this week that they started calling us. Persistently. Up to six calls a day, each time threatening that this is the final notice. They come from three different numbers, but this one amused me for some reason. Didn't they stop to think that IRS agents probably don't make calls to people about their taxes while using a cell phone?
 It continues to be cool and wet. Buddy has been spending time perched on the back of our couch staring longingly at what could be, if only it became sunny and warm.
On Thursday afternoon Rosebud and I ventured out into the rain to an event she had really wanted to attend. We came up behind an Amish man delivering a load of flowers. It was a welcome splash of pretty, and Rosebud quickly snagged several pictures of it.
 At the event, there were quite a few mallard ducks calmly waddling about. This one seemed really tame, and came right up to us.
 We were introduced to Wickles. All I can say is ....... where were they all my life? So very good! I usually pass on pickles. I don't care for dill pickles, and the sweet varieties aren't that special either, but these .... I could eat them three times a day.

Then there was this guy. Wood peckers are pretty, but there was no way we wanted this one to drill large holes into the tree in front of the house. We had to chase the persistent thing away. There are plenty of trees to choose from in our area, so there's no need for him to damage ours.