Wednesday, October 24, 2012

99th Edition

Joyce, from This Side of the Pond has been faithfully preparing a list of questions every week where any one who wants to can join the fun and answer them on their own blog. Today is the 99th edition of what we know as the Wednesday Hodgepodge. The number 99 made her think of the song '99 bottles of beer' which led to the first question.

1. So, do you like beer?
No. I have never even had the tiniest sip of beer or the tiniest desire to have a sip but I can't imagine I would like it.

I was almost twenty five before I had my first taste of an alcoholic drink.

In Somerset County the Amish use grape juice at communion and when we moved I had not stopped to think how a lot of other Amish churches use real wine until my sip from the communion cup was burning a trail down my throat and I had the nasty taste of spoiled grapes in my mouth.

2. What's your least favorite repetitive task?
Folding laundry.

3. When was the last time you rode a bus? Where was it headed?
The last time I rode in a bus was seven years ago when we traveled to Pennsylvania by Greyhound. None of us enjoyed the experience. The bus was crowded and we had to hold the children the whole way even though we had bought tickets to make that we won't have to. It was hot and if the bus had air conditioning it wasn't working where we were sitting.

We love traveling but doing it by bus is not for us.

4. What song from your childhood or from your own children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end?
Macaroni.  Ack! The children had a CD with funny little children's songs on it and they loved the Macaroni song and played it over and over until I conveniently lost the CD. Even so they still loved singing it for the longest time. I still hear them singing it occasionally.

5. The US Presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN??), and the third and final debate was held Monday night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?

Something I was debating was whether or not I want to go buy several yards of fabric to make a little Amish dress someone ordered or use what I have on hand. My sewing machine might make that decision for me since it hates sewing what I have and insists on skipping stitches.
6. Can a person make too much money? How much is too much?
No, you can't make too much money as long as it has been made honestly.
There are so many good things you can do for other people when there is plenty of money. I would love to be able to help people more!

7. Pop-soda-coke-something else...what's it called where you live?
We call it pop in our area. Not a huge fan though. About the only time I have one is on the rare occasion when we enjoy one of Auntie Anne's soft pretzels and have a Coke to go with it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The reviews for Life with Lily keep trickling in and I'm so happy and very honored how it reminds a lot of people of an Amish version of the Little House series.


  1. I like the book better than Little House on the Prairie. An Amish family is living differently than those around them, but Laura was living like they all did back then. They were still GREAT books, but just not as good now that yours has come along.

    I can't remember if it was you I told, or Monica, about when we went to Pere Marquette with our friends and part of the stay was a glass of wine from their winery. We all went down there and our friend, Jim, said, "We'll take whatever wine tastes the most like Kool-Aid." It was too funny.

  2. Big congrats on your book...I think that is so awesome! My paternal grandmother's side of the family was Amish. I just find their whole culture intriguing. Wishing you much success!

  3. Folding laundry is, indeed, the most mundane and dreaded task.

    In Arizona, most folks call it soda, but since my mom grew up in Illinois, she always called it pop.

    The song I dreaded most as a child was "The Hokey Pokey". I hate that SONG!

  4. Congratulations on the success of your book. Do you ever feel as though you may become vain or too materialist given your background ? For surely the Amish are a pious lot. You may have left that life but you can escape the teachings on our youth. I wish you continues success.

  5. That bus ride sounds miserable! Wishing you continued success with your book-that's fantastic!

  6. I don't know that song, thankfully I think ;)

  7. I just found out about you and your book from The Christian Posts Facebook page. I can hardly wait to pick up your book! My eight year old daughter read through the Rachel Yoder series by Wanda EW Brunstetter and I know she'll love these. True stories make it all the more fun. And I can see how it would feel like Little House on the Prairie since that's how her books came to be.

    I have wasted enough time reading all over your blog today, crying tears of joy when I read August 25, 2011's post. So now I must go. But I've got you added to my pages that I follow and I look forward to getting to know you better!


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