Friday, November 14, 2008

A November Day in Amish Country!!

I refused to let my 2 week cold get in the way of my pre-planned special privilege leave day and the weather was suppose to be overcast but "warm". So after morning chores, my Mom & Dad came over and we were off to Amish Country. Much to our liking, the further south we drove it got warmer & sunnier, like 66 degrees and full sun.!!
Our first stop was Herschberger's Truck stop where I got 2 loaves of fresh white bread which was so fresh the bag had steam in it; 2 very large packs of equally fresh cinnamon rolls (one for me & one for my neighbors Dave & Wanda); peanut butter cookies for my friend with benefits ( I traded the cookies & 2 blocks of Swiss & Colby cheese for him changing my oil & a new air filter:); & buttermilk pancake mix & 2 packs of brown gravy.
Then we went to Keim Lumber in Charm.

This is the most awesome lumber place.....well actually they have a lot of home improvement stuff. So I got a new furnace filter, a new pruning saw, weather strips for the front door, 3 new air deflectors for the heat vents because certain 4 legged animals in my house chewed up my last 2, and then a pack of clear light bulbs for the bathroom light fixture. My Dad is actually obsessed with this place so last year for Xmas I had to buy him an official Keim Lumber shirt:)

Now speaking of obsessions, my Mom and I are totally obsessed with Country Gatherings Primitive Store in Berlin. This place sends my mind into overload. I have never been in a place quite like it. If you love primitive decorations and Early American decor this place is just fabulous. I snapped some of these photos outside because it was such a beautiful day. As you can see, they have some very nice outdoor decorating ideas also:)

Lots of Christmas ideas popping up to.......enlarge the picture to see those too cute snowman!

Just way too many ideas for decorating the yard and gardens at home!!!!!!

This is one of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen......do you see the sheep in there??!!
Please enlarge to see this!!!
Seriously, I have to have it.......seriously I could not afford it.....maybe Santa will bring it for me:)

So after the decorating overload Mom, Dad, and I were off to get lunch & buy some food. Mud Valley Creamery is just down the way in Walnut Creek.

This place has an excellent meat counter, lots of cheese (for the friend w/benefits), lots of bulk food so I got 3 pounds of bacon (it was $2.29#!!), an English roast, a pork roast, a cottage ham, the cheeses, frozen fries, & misc. bulk stuff.

Another neat view from inside.....enlarge the picture to see all the cool decorations above the meat counter:) We had lunch there also. Then we went up to the Ashery, my favorite bulk store. Sugar, pretzels, Smores mix, pumpkin seeds, noodles, baking ingredients, snacks mixes.....$39 dollars later but lots to eat:)

I thought this was a neat picture to end a much needed day off. I also bought a beautiful snowman/country barn picture that I promise to share with you soon. I always enjoy going for a ride down to Amish Country with Mom & Dad. Now I have more ideas for things that Dad can build for me like that 8 ft. ladder to hang my decorative linens on.......hint, hint for my birthday day:) Now, I think I need some of those Cinnamon rolls........









Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I was thinking that perhaps.........

Perhaps its the time change, perhaps its the transition time between fall & the beginning of winter, perhaps its because I am on week 2 of this pathetic cold & I have lost my voice for the 2nd time, perhaps its because I am tired of thinking of all that needs to get done & I can't find the time to get it all done; perhaps its because I just need a few moments to just hang out at home on the couch with a book, my favorite blanket & a fire in the fireplace.....perhaps its just a time to reflect. A refelction on some of the things that makes me smile for :)

Baby lambs circled up in feed bowls makes me smile and just warms my heart........

Johnny entertaining himself with feed bowls makes me smile.............

The beauty of my favorite memorial in Washington D.C. makes me smile ...........

I love the Jefferson Memorial and I never tire of visiting it when I go to D.C. with my students.


Its just one of those special places that makes me proud to be an American........
Perhaps I forget how lucky I am to have what I have, to do what I do, to be who I am, to travel where I have traveled.........but perhaps I could have just a little more money......just a little.
I know it would make me smile a lot more:)



Sunday, November 9, 2008

A fish out of water.......kinda.

I seriously make too much work for myself. I need to stop this issue. For example, these 3 goldfish I have. For the last 3 years I have put up a whiskey barrel pond on my back covered porch. The barrel has water plants, a small water pump, and goldfish. The first year I put all 6 goldfish in a fish tank I bought at the end of the summer season. I got the pump and everything for the tank but the goldfish got really BIG and their waste kept clogging up the pump, hence the tank was too small for them. However, they all survived and they went back out to the pond in the summer. That fall I was not going to put up with the tank fiasco so I put them in my friends 1/2 acre pond. My friend laughed at me every time I went to her house and I would look for the fish. Yes, I felt terrible, they probably got eaten by some Shamu fish. So this year I decided to only get 4 goldfish, one died early in the summer but the other 3 thrived. I decided that I could not just toss them into the pond again so I dragged out the fish tank. But I am not going to use the pump and see how it goes.
Above is the summer whiskey barrel pond.............

And this is the winter home in my back bedroom. I even managed to get the 3 snails that were in the whiskey barrel too. I cut the water plants back and stuck the pots in a bucket with some water. They are in the back bedroom too as that room gets the most sunlight...last year they came back so I will keep my fingers crossed.
But seriously, why am I going through all of this for 3 goldfish that I paid under $1.00 for?
Its not like I don't have anything else better to do with my time like writing a blog about it.