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ImageMaryE
Sep 12, 2015 10:46 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Ha! Larry, I'm picturing goat kabobs cooked on curly bed springs! And just now I was thinking of those pit barbeques where a whole pig is put into it and cooked slowly for hours and hours. Several years ago at one of my endurance rides, the manager had cooked one that way, it was sooooo good! I got to the feast a couple of hours late as I had ridden the 75 mile ride, but there was still plenty of it left. At another ride, a man from Louisiana always made gumbo every year! Most rides only had a potluck, and some had nothing at all so we were on our own, but then we usually would potluck with other riders. We never went hungry!

The corn eating raccoon is still on the loose. It might be a battle of wits.... hmmm, that doesn't make me sound very smart. Blinking One year, at another place where we lived about 30 years ago, we had a 50# sack of corn, oats and barley (known as COB) with molasses in our garage which didn't have a door. A big male raccoon got in there tore a bag open and really made a mess, tipped other things over, then crawled up near the roof to sleep for the day. I went in there for something, saw the mess, looked up and there he was looking down at me with his striped tail hanging down. After that we kept the COB in a metal garbage can with the lid wired to the handles.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageLarryR
Sep 12, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're right, Sharon, it certainly is quiet here this morning. I'll see if I can rustle up some comments.

Bad news first. Bonnie is in the hospital with a blockage in her small intestine. She's also very weak, since she hasn't been able to eat. When she does manage to eat something, it doesn't stay down. Her doctors are thinking of putting in a stent on Monday. She's in the palliative care suite. The nurses told her she was there because no other rooms were available. Hmmmm. . .

It was such a relief to get away from it all. Just being on the road even felt good. Well, except for the stretch through Chicago and Gary. The interstates in that area are always extremely congested, so it takes a bit longer than one would expect. Crazy drivers abound. And we drove through a hail storm.

We arrived at Amish Acres on a sunny late afternoon. It's an old Amish 80-acre farmstead that's been preserved and restored to its original latter 1800s condition. There's lots to do and see, including tours of the whole farmstead, a tour of the family home, several documentary films on early Amish life, a tractor tour of the grounds, an Amish buggy ride, live theater performance, and just strolling about and checking out all the shops. Oh, and a great thresher's dinner in the restaurant in one of the old barns. It all was a great deal for $99 a piece, which included lodging and everything else I mentioned above.

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This round barn is where the theater is located. As you can see, "Smoke on the Mountain" was the show in a repertory of plays that are ongoing for most of the year. Here is a plot summary: "Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to the audience by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs."

The cast gave stellar performances, some of them, in addition to having great voices, played as many as three different instruments, and played them flawlessly. The bios of all the actors were long and impressive.

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The ceiling in the round barn. I took this photo from my seat in the theater. We had great seats, five rows from the front, middle of the row.


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Restaurant barn


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The log house is from the area and from the same period as the other buildings.

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Just as important (or even more so Smiling ), the building housed a fudgery and an ice cream parlor. Wilma is pointing to the most important building contents.

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The original farmhouse. The smaller building is the "gramma and grampa house."

Farm house interior:

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Living room with daybed and medicine cabinet. This is where you camped out when you were ill.

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Parents' bedroom

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An important item in the bedroom

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Kitchen

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Kitchen pump

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Dining table

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Canned goods

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Wound up yarn ready to use

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Laundry area

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Porch. If you look closely, you'll see a peacock roosting on the far end of the railing.

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Growing in the kitchen garden at the moment is a special kind of radish, planted in the fall and used as green manure. It is inedible, because the inside of the radish is hollow and tough.

There were peacocks everywhere:

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Ready for the tractor tour

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Amish school house

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Hack that served as a school bus

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Interior

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In the school house

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Blacksmith shop

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Horse barn

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Crossing off buggy ride on Wilma's ticket

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All aboard!

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Riding off into the sunset--perhaps stretching it just a little. As you can see, it was cloudy.
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ImageLarryR
Sep 12, 2015 12:00 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Crossed, Mary. I had a racoon as a pet when I was a teenager. I made the mistake of bringing him into the house one day . . .
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
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ImageSharon
Sep 12, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Larry, just so beautiful, all of it. I've seen Smoke on the Mountain in our community theatre in Paducah. It was a great show and a terrific cast though we didn't have as many who could play those stringed instruments as you got to see. What a great time you had and came back with wonderful memories and pictures. Boy! You sure needed that trip, both of you.

My heart is with Bonnie, with Stan and with all of you. I think the nurses are being kind and gentle. I am sure Bonnie is worried more about Stan than about herself. Bless her dear heart.

So glad you and Wilma grabbed that trip and enjoyed it. Even with traffic in N. Indiana, the destination was so worth it all.
ImageLarryR
Sep 12, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Amen, Sharon. Group hug I thought maybe somewhere along the line you might have seen "Smoke." This was our second time, and we enjoyed it even more than the first time.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageMaryE
Sep 12, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Larry, I'm sad to hear that Bonnie is in the hospital with serious problems. Is Stan by himself? You and Wilma certainly needed that time away from all of the stress (well, except for the trip through Chicago and Gary). That Amish farm is certainly something to see! Thanks for taking the time to post all of those pictures so we could tour with you.

Our front door is in it's place again, and we are both pleased with the way it turned out. I have to wait for picture taking until the sun isn't making shadows from the porch roof and reflections from across the driveway. I never dreamed that taking pictures of a stained glass window could be so tricky!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Sep 12, 2015 3:58 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So anxious to see your pictures, Mary.

Thanks again for yours, Larry. I love places like that. Our Amish community is still very active but it's in Crittenden or Livingstone County, adjacent to mine, and is very very hilly. The roads are narrow and rocky so it's difficult to drive around there. Instead of having a central store, people just sell from their homes, so you go from home to home to purchase what you need. Corn here, beans there, quilts in a few places and brooms in others. They do have stores out in the commercial part of the counties who sell their wood projects, gazebos and things like that. Such beautiful wood work. They also sell swings from their homes and I've wanted one for years. This small group doesn't accept credit cards or checks though and I never remember to take enough cash to buy all the food I want, plus a swing. Worth it though because the swing would probably last longer than I will.
Imageirisarian
Sep 12, 2015 5:54 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Best wishes for Bonnie & Stan. Great tour Larry. the ringer in the laundry room certainly brought back memories. We still had outs until after WW II. It was my job to stand on one end so it wouldn't tip over. After the war Dad got a Bendix washing machine. He was always sorry that he didn't find one earlier, although old machines were tough. Domestic appliances were not made during the war.

I think that my 2 almost sleepless night have caught up with me. Fell asleep sitting on the couch again this afternoon. Did watch the 2nd set of the tennis finals. the 2 Italian women were playing & their Prime Minister canceled appointments & flew to NY to see the match. What a big boost for women's sports in Europe.
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ImageLarryR
Sep 12, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Can't wait to see your door, Mary! Stan will be camping on a cot in Bonnie's room. He used to go home at night during prior hospital sessions, because he and Bonnie had a beautiful Red Flame Point Siamese cat. In the midst of everything else, the cat turned out to have cancer and had to be put down. Considering Stan's current condition, I'm relieved that he's staying at the hospital. No telling what might happen if he were home alone for an extended period.

Lucy, I remember, as a young lad, when Dad brought home a newfangled front loading Bendix wash machine. We were living in an upstairs apartment at the time. There was no room for the wash machine anywhere except in the kitchen. The first load the machine washed was a riot. It jumped and hopped around and threatened to tear off the water hoses. Dad finally bolted it to the floor so it would stay put. The second load was just as funny. Mom put in too much soap. Pretty soon bubbles started coming out of the soap port on top of the machine. A stream of bubbles poured out and ran down the sides and all over the floor. About a month or so after the machine was installed, Mom didn't latch the door tightly. No one was around while the machine was running. Suddenly, the tenant downstairs called up to our apartment that it was raining from the ceiling in her living room. We rushed to the kitchen to find about three inches of water on the floor. Things settled down after that, and Mom had Bendix washers for the rest of her life without any further problems.
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ImageMaryE
Sep 12, 2015 8:56 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Funny washing machine story! It sounds like something out of "I Love Lucy".
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Sep 12, 2015 9:08 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It is too funny. The only early washing machine memory I have is about the old wringer washer. I had to stand on a stool then bend over into it to get all the milkweed pods -- I think it was milkweed, some kinda white feathery seedy fluff -- that had been washed in my overall pockets. Anyway I spent most of one day with my head in the washer and my behind in the air. I might have been 6 or 7.
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 13, 2015 2:46 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

vic wrote:Great tip Dianne and we were talking about that on the other thread yesterday. Thumbs up Thumbs up


Ah! Missed it .. time diff I suspect! Better late than never, eh! Thumbs up
''Lend Your Ears to the Sounds of Nature''
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 13, 2015 3:09 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Skiekitty wrote:Dianne's video is so peaceful... I'd probably make something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6674ozx16D0&t=3m0s


Rolling on the floor laughing That was funny! Well, I've done other stuff .. but dare I post it here?? eg. My hubby, Murray, was a train driver until retirement .. he had a 'prang' with his diesel loco (there were 3 engines pulling 15 wagons full of export rice) while hauling 'out west', where the train lines buckle badly from the heat.
His engine was the only one of the 3 & the 15 wagons that didn't come off the line .. he could easily have been killed .. it was 3 mths before I met him! There are Angel out there!

I made a vid from the pics that were taken (for the usual enquiry) of the accident & used an apt song by 'Kevin Bloody Wilson' in the background .. I may post a link, but those who are easily offended may turn your sound off ..

Let me know if you want to see it .. ps. It was found to be the fault of the track, Murray was not at fault. Lovey dubby
''Lend Your Ears to the Sounds of Nature''
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 13, 2015 3:33 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Hi, Everyone! Group hug I'm enjoying all your stories .. even if I don't get to reply too often .. it's hard to keep up with you guys with the time difference etc etc .. by the time I get to sign in, there's another page full to read thru! Smiling

I hope that you all are keeping well .. there, another late reply by me, oh derr!
The house revamp is sounding good .. sorry, lost the thread name .. love the Amish pics .. think there is an Amish settlement s'where in NSW .. oh, eaten goat & yuk! Love the washing machine story .. still get fluffy stuff in pockets now, called tissues & forever forgetting them in my pockets ..
Left some canna seeds (a WHOLE lot!) in pockets once .. Murray heard this 'noise' coming from the washing, said 'turn it off, I think the bearings have gone' .. My 'lights went on' Whistling so I had to 'fess up' it was canna seeds & I'd get them out when the wash finished .. not as bad as marbles I guess, but close ..
''Lend Your Ears to the Sounds of Nature''
ImageMaryE
Sep 13, 2015 7:18 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Dianne, that's ok if you don't post often, we understand the time difference difficulty. It's interesting to learn about what happens on your side of the world. The word "prang" for instance.... never saw that before.... but in the context of your story it is plain that it is what we would call a derailment.

Larry, I'm relieved that Stan is staying at the hospital. With your description of what you observed about a month ago concerning Bonnie having to tell him things while they were eating a meal at your house.... he will be needing a lot of care himself soon. Does anybody from his side of the family help them? I hope it doesn't all fall upon you and Wilma. I don't remember if Bonnie was getting chemo this time.

This morning the wind is blowing, whistling through the leaves and branches and around corners. The eastern sky has just begun to lighten, showing only the outline of the hill with silouettes of trees. I hear an owl. Maybe that one can hear another one.

I remember our first automatic washer. I guess it was semi-automatic. It had a lever that had to be turned to make it agitate or spin. The laundry never seemed to be balanced just right, so the solution was to have somebody sit on the machine during the spinning. Even then it was a bumpy ride. I don't remember anything about how we got the water into the tub. The brand was Thor. It was loaded from the top. I think our old wringer washer is a Thor. It is stored in a shed. We bought it a few years ago and I have used it a few times. It's a 1912 or 13 model. I fill it with the hose (can have hot water if the hose has been in the sun for a couple of hours), and it has a drain in the bottom of the tub. Rollers turn in opposite directions to squeeze the water out of the laundry. I used it a few times. When our kids were babies I washed diapers and everything else on an old wringer washer because we couldn't afford anything else. Oh how I wished for diaper service! The disposable ones were still decades away and I wouldn't have been able to afford either.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 13, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
*Blush* *Blush* *Blush* always had a fully automatic washer,.. was one of my jobs as a child to help w/the wash as best as I could.. I was too small to load it when it was assigned to me, but I could sort the wash by color or type (jeans/towels/sheets). Then hand mom the clothes pins when she hung stuff to dry ( didnt get our first dryer until winter 88 because didnt have anywhere to hang clothes out of the snow in the mountains). But by that time I was doing all the laundry, which was simple enough with the machine we had (Monkey Wards brand).

Personal experience.. I dont care for the amish people I personally have met/dealt with. The ones *I* have dealt with will rip you off in a heartbeat. One time in 08 I was visiting my parents in nny & I wanted some no-bake cookies. We went to one particular amish famiky that sold good baked goods & I was waiting to buy a dozen. The person purchasing before me paid $3 / dozen, so I got $3 out. I was next, buying same exact thing, when she quoted me $5. Confused, I said that the person before me paid $3. She told me I heard wrong, its $5. Ok, maybe I did hear wrong, so I gave her a $5 bill. Father then came up & she quoted him $3 for the same exact thing again! I said wait a minute, why are charging him $3 when you charged me $5. Oh he's a local & youre just a tourist! She then said. Upset, I walked back to moms car & got in. We went a few milesdown the road & there was another selker. She had canned goods & sewn crafts. I asked this lady how much for a set if 4 placemats. She looked at me & asked where I was from. Unthinkingly I said denver colorado. She quoted me $40 for the placemats!! That afternoon my parents & I went to a mennonite store in Philadelphia, NY (actual home of philly cream cheese, not philly pa), and I saw a beautiful king-size crazy quilt. Asked how much, quoted $125. I bought that.. was my gift to in laws that christmas.

But thats just MY personal experience with amish. They trade their young daughters to older men in their society once the girl hits puberty, they don't allow them to go to school after age 14, boys are forced out of school at age 16.. families up there want more girls than boys because they get more wealth when they out them up to the highest bidder. Ive seen it with my own eyes a young girl forced into marriage to a much much older man (14 versus 50.. I know because I did a huge faux pas in innocently asking if that was her grandfather & she downcastedly said no, that was her husband & she was hugely pregnant . She definitely could not have been older than 15 and definitely was in his 50s & watched everything she did like a hawk!!). Its been in the local news there in the past about the child abuse and pseudo slavery, but no one wants to do anything about it for fear of imposing on religious freedoms. And the amish up there have HUGE political clout. Thats why they're able to skirt the law with selling food w/o a food proveyors license, don't pay taxes on anything, build houses/buildings without permits, etc etc etc.

Very hard to type this on a tablet while laying in bed with a cat on my throat...
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ImageMaryE
Sep 13, 2015 8:16 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I'm happy with my "new" door!
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ImageElena
Sep 13, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
And well you should be. It is beautiful. I have saved the pictures and will post them at TGP if you will startt the post so it will be in your name.
ImageMaryE
Sep 13, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thank you, Elena. The flash does bad things to the color. The trees are just green, no white on them. And the blue sky has cloud streaks in it which don't show very well in the pictures. I'll try for better pictures when the light is different.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Sep 13, 2015 10:56 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Mary, beautiful stained glass, beautiful door! And your red color matches the outside color of my two front doors.

You did a great job with the stained glass, so pretty.

Another beautiful day here, blue blue sky goes on and on forever, casting a little bit of blue all around.

Dianne, we'd like to see videos of anything in your country. If the music bothers anyone, then we can always turn it down. Your country has the kind of beauty we aren't very familiar with, it's always fun to see.

As Mary says, don't worry about answering every post, we often hop from one subject to another in the blink of an eye. And we battle the time thing as well. For Mary out on the west coast, it's likely still 10 in the morning. For me it's already noon and for Vic and Lucy, it's about 1 p.m. I think. Not as much difference as for you, but we are all used to time differences. No matter the time, we are all interested in things in your country.

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