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Amish trip

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Well our trip last week through some of Ohio's Amish country was sort of a disappointment. I mean some of the things we saw and some of the places to shop were pretty cool, but also a lot of commercialized business as well. I guess I wanted to see more self reliant stuff, not all the arts and craft stuff ( which I have no idea what arts and crafts for the home has to do with Amish ) On the bright side I have some cousins that live around there who said next time we come up they will show us where to go. Sad thing about it is that I saw a special on TV talking about how commercialized it has become driving up the price of land. Now the Amish can no longer afford to buy the land to live there. Almost as commercialized as Christmas, which shouldn't be to much longer before some of our bigger retailers start setting up trees. I mean it is almost August!!!! LOL

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TRI_BABE 7/14/2012 4:41PM

    Back in Indiana, there are some authentic Amish areas too. I'm not sure now though - haven't been in a while! Will remember that for Ohio though. Now you're making me crave some Shoofly pie! (Or maybe my long run this morning is doing that LOL)

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WIFEALF 7/14/2012 3:23PM


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HEYITSJUDED 7/12/2012 1:42PM

    Wow, I think we went to some Amish places in Iowa when I was a kid. I just remember this really cool clock store! I hate the fact that Christmas trees are up right after halloween, it is like thanksgiving does not exist! I say something every year about it, but it just keeps getting worse.

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MEXGAL1 7/12/2012 12:37PM

    It is just so sad that things get so commercial. It takes away from the authenticity of things.

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    So sad it was a disappointment!

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ROCKMAN6797 7/12/2012 11:07AM

    How sad is this?
Hoepfully on a future visit you will be able to see the Amish Country you hoped to see.

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LITTLEBO 7/11/2012 10:08PM

    There were quite a few Amish where I grew up. My dad used to "trade" with them. We used horses to do most of the farm work and he would need harnesses fixed and went to the Amish if he couldn't do it himself. I've never thought of their community as a tourist trap.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 7/11/2012 8:54PM

    Here in Michigan, we have some very active Amish areas. My son LOVES the Amish baked goods and hardware store! The prices are amazingly cheap. They still drive the is such a unique way of life.
I am sorry you didn't get to experience it more.
Ohio, huh?
Go Blue!

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ANDYLYNN2012 7/11/2012 8:02PM

    LOL They do set up for holidays earlier and earlier (or so it seems) every year.

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SMOKYBLUE1 7/11/2012 7:35PM


Yes, its all about the mighty dollar. When retailer jumps ahead with holidays, I am sick of the holiday before its starts. I understand why they do this, but it takes away the meaning of them. What does your Ohio team look like this year? emoticon

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Two thumbs up

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Ok I admit it I was really skeptical of those upside down plant growing containers you see advertised all the time. By skeptical I mean I would never spend money on that gimmick. Well my mom bought me one from the dollar store. My first thought was that she had wasted her money, but I had extra pepper plants and thought I might as well try it. Much to my amazement, it has worked pretty good. I planted jalopenos and cayenne peppers in it. Have taken 4 jalopenos off it so for. The one down side is that you do need to water it quite frequently (we know how I feel about watering) but if you have limited space to grow stuff I would recommend this. I have 7, yes that's right 7, plants in that little basket. That is a lot of garden space hanging in a little basket.

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WIFEALF 7/14/2012 3:24PM


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PATSYB7 7/8/2012 10:07PM

    I have birds nesting in mine. Grr

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TRI_BABE 7/8/2012 4:00PM

    Hmm. I'll have to look that up! I am not a gardener at this point but perhaps when I get settled in my next home, wherever that may be.

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CARDAMOMMA 7/5/2012 6:14PM

    That's good to know. I've been skeptical too. Sounds like a good deal for a dollar.

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MEXGAL1 7/3/2012 5:46PM

    very interesting. thanks for sharing. have often wondered if they worked.

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EGRAMMY 7/3/2012 1:33PM

    Lost the battle of plant growing to the deer. You may have inspired me to try again. Thanks.

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    My mom bought me a Topsy Turvy months ago. I have been procrastinating on using it, but after reading your blog...I'm going to try it out. ty emoticon

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JENNIFERLYNN76 7/3/2012 10:19AM

    Wow! Sounds like a great product :) I know my friend told me they are good, but I have not bought one yet. Maybe now I will.

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LOSE4LIFE47 7/3/2012 10:14AM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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NOTHIN2IT 7/3/2012 10:10AM

    Sounds great! I think I will try it as my garden space is very limited. Thanks for sharing!

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Can you hear me now

Monday, July 02, 2012

OK I thought I lived a pretty simple life until this weekend proofed me wrong. I found out that I'm addicted to Sparkpeople.
We have been camping since Friday. Unfortunately the pop up shower the weather man talked about was actually a major storm that covered half the state and took out the power lines and phone lines on its way through. ( Some how that 200 mile bleep was missed on radar) We had no electric for a day and still have no internet service. I know who would believe that you can camp without wifi. Well not me. I need to get on Sparkpeople. Finally after A couple of days without it I came home so I could catch up. Hopefully they will get the phone lines out there fixed soon so I don't have to come home tomorrow.
We have had one bad storm every day since Friday. Lost a couple blackberries plants, but they will bounce back next year and for all the strong wind there was also rain which we badly needed. Hopefully now we will be able to have fireworks on the 4th.
My point though is, I need my internet service. Can they hear me now!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/15/2012 8:45AM

    Yup! can relate! I have a camp in the Maine woods and it's an hour drive to the closest village. The library keeps an outdoor plug for people trekking the AT and sparkers like me, so we can dial in to civ.

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BOURBONIAN 7/3/2012 11:59AM

    Glad you're OK!!

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NELKATA 7/3/2012 3:47AM

    I hear your pain. That's one of the major reasons why I got a smartphone with a data plan. I just need to have internet access when I'm on public transport or basking in the sun by the pool. Modern times, modern addictions...

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-AIRYN- 7/2/2012 4:06PM

    HAHAHAA, that is hilarious!! At least it is a healthy addiction!! Sorry to hear about your power. I have a friend who lives in Central Ohio but it on vacation in Europe and was sending me pics of her house! Holy Mother did you guys get hit down there. In Northeastern Ohio we had about 10 mins of rain on Friday and yesterday about 15. We got really lucky. Hopefully the storms are done! Enjoy your trip!

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MEXGAL1 7/2/2012 10:36AM

    I so understand as I have had very slow internet for like 4 days but finally it's back up to speed. I too am addicted to sparks and just love it.
Have a great week

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/2/2012 10:16AM

    Glad everyone was ok - but I hear you on the internet withdrawal......

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CARDAMOMMA 7/2/2012 10:01AM

    Glad you're back!

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JENNIFERLYNN76 7/2/2012 8:38AM

    Glad to see you are back :)

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URLEEC 7/2/2012 8:36AM

    My power was out from Friday evening until last night about 10:30. So two full days. There was a silver lining though. My two kids and husband and I spent some quality time together since there was no tv or video games or computer to distract. :)

The thing about it too that was bad was that it took so little to cripple Central Ohio. You have to wonder about how strong the infrastructure really is.

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LITTLEBO 7/2/2012 8:03AM

    Comin through, loud and clear. I wondered if you were hit by the storms. Glad the damage wasn't too bad. And...I am pretty sure SparkPeople gives some sort of subliminal message to sign-on, sign-on, sign-on, because I too, cannot go one day without "connecting"!

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STLCARDSFANS05 7/2/2012 7:53AM

    everyone has their drug. you picked a good one. spark on spark brother! emoticon

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NICHOLE_4 7/2/2012 7:51AM

    lol, we all have our addictions!!! However, when camping, aren't you suppose to give up electricity??? I am glad that you guys made it through the storms!!!!

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GBAUM0432 7/2/2012 7:50AM

  Good luck with that

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Going to be hot

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

OK I had to break a couple of rules today. First I never water my garden. An old neighbor once told me that if you water your garden the roots stay shallow. If you don't water the roots will go deep and find water and you will have a stronger plant. The second is if you must water never done it at night, but tomorrow is suppose to be a very hot day and we haven't had any rain in a while. They are saying 100+ with high humidity the next couple of days. Great!!!
On a positive side I had to stop to get a waterer for the garden so I ran by Aldi's as well while I was near it. Loaded up on fruit. PEaches, nectarines, plums, strawberries, and blueberries were all $.99 put the berries in the freezer. Also got watermelon and cantaloupe. Was really pleased with those deals.

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CARDAMOMMA 7/1/2012 1:14AM

    It's still raining here. emoticon

You scored big at Aldi's! I'm not finding any berries for less than $2. But that's because it's still cool and wet here. Guess that's the tradeoff.

Did you finish up all your home projects? We're restoring an old house, so every weekend and evening it's something else to do to keep with the contractor. Luckily we've got a really good one.

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MEXGAL1 6/28/2012 10:33AM

    hope your watering plan works.
keep cool!

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LITTLEBO 6/27/2012 10:24PM

    I have heard to never water after 8PM. IF you water during the day, more water evaporates rather than soak into the ground. (I bought the same fruit and Aldis. they have great produce)

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JENNIFERLYNN76 6/27/2012 10:15PM

    I have had to water some of my plants due to our high humidity. Heck, I have to water myself hee hee

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SMOKYBLUE1 6/27/2012 9:10PM

    Yes Summer is here. Hot where I am from and lack of water and heat is stressing out the trees. Some trees are dropping leaves. Good for you for purchasing fruit. YUMMY

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KCWIND 6/27/2012 9:04PM

  It is sizzling in STL too. 101.I watered. My plants were starving. Enjoy your fruit. Spark on.

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Is it monday yet

Sunday, June 24, 2012

For once I'm looking forward to it being Monday so I can go back to work. Have you ever had one of those weekend where you were just so busy that you want to go to work so you can slow down. That has been my weekend. Ripped up a floor in the house, replaced everything from the floor joist up. did that yesterday. Today I have to finish hanging a new door, Work some in garden, clipped coupons, and go through adds. The payoff for doing this project this weekend is that we are closed down the week of the fourth, so we will camp until Weds. then leave Thurs the fifth for a couple of days in Amish country.

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MEXGAL1 6/25/2012 12:47PM

    Whew, you make me tired, but then again I am happiest when I have projects!

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ANNAMARIE1958 6/24/2012 9:45PM

    Been there done that....Just last weekend!

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STEELKICKIN 6/24/2012 8:36PM

    Been there, felt that way, my friend! However, I'm looking forward to tomorrow (Monday) because I am OFF! Yay! Congratulations on getting your home projects finished and have a happy July 4th! God bless!

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EGRAMMY 6/24/2012 8:21PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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LITTLEBO 6/24/2012 6:01PM

    I get it: "The weekend tired me out so much I have to go to work to get some rest!"

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BRAVENEWGRL 6/24/2012 6:01PM

    Man I need to hire you to rip up my floors! Glad you were so busy for a good cause. Sounds like you are going to have a great vacation!

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JENNIFERLYNN76 6/24/2012 11:55AM

    I can relate to that. We were busy over our staycation and wanted to go back to work. I welcomed it

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JSALERNO 6/24/2012 11:48AM


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CANDCWITHAB 6/24/2012 11:46AM

  sounds like you WERE busy - I just had a couple days like that myself. Hope your week gets better!

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