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This place makes me smile! (pictures)

Friday, June 28, 2013

There is a Mennonite community not too far from my home where I love to go whenever I can. Secretly, I wish I could live there, away from a lot of people, the internet, radios, and television. The Mennonites only get news of what is happening in the nearby towns or in the world if people stop by to tell them or if they go into town for supplies. They only have an internet connection so that customers can use their ATM cards.

In this little community is a country store that sells fresh produce, cheese and butter, bags of flour, grains, homemade candies, jams, and spice blends, knives, books, seeds, and other foods, and you can grind your own peanut butter in a variety of blends: plain, honey, or chocolate. They also have a deli with meats, cheeses, and homemade bread, and they make sandwiches for the customers who want them. Oh, and recently, they added homemade pastries.

This is my favorite place to shop for my produce. Today I got some beautiful strawberries and blueberries for 99 cents per box, cantaloupes for 99 cents each, bananas for 19 cents per pound. I also picked up a big beautiful tomato to go with the cucumbers I got out of my garden.

Here are some pictures of the place...







This place makes me smile. Sometimes my husband and I will go out there, buy a couple of sandwiches, and sit on the picnic table that is on front porch of the store, or else on the tailgate of our truck while we eat them. It is so peaceful out there. Chickens, roosters, ducks, cats, and peacocks roam freely. I hate to leave when it is time to go and I think I could stay there forever.

When I drove up today, there was a gorgeous peacock standing on the picnic table outside the store but before I could get my phone and take his picture, he had jumped down and was walking away. Here's a shot I got of him as he was leaving (sorry about the shadow)...



So Lemons. consider this my post for the bonus of our challenge this week. It takes me more than 30 minutes to get there and back (in the sunshine and beautiful scenery of rolling hills and rivers) and that doesn't even begin to count the time I spend there...smiling. emoticon
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LINDAKAY228 6/30/2013 2:56PM

    It does look so peaceful! I live by a forest, and there are hills all around. I love to go out in nature. I would love to live in a log cabin (with electricity and running water) out somewhere far away from so many things too sometimes! Thanks for sharing your special place.

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SWEETNEEY 6/29/2013 1:39PM

    Appreciating a simpler life is what I get.

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SUNSET09 6/29/2013 5:05AM

  You just stopped to smell the roses and it's a good thing. We live in such a processed, micro-wave world and if we can all start or go back to the basics, we'll see how much we are really missing! Thanx for sharing as I get some of this same feelings when I venture to our local Farmer's Market. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAB7801 6/29/2013 12:19AM

    Sounds wonderful

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/28/2013 10:58PM

    Josie,
I love that you have connected to this place and it brings you JOY !! We don't have tv per say . No cable or dish .. only netflix or amazon prime.. we just don't watch it and I won't even go into the negative effect of the news on our psyche. I agree to a simpler way of life! To just be today is Joy to me.

Thanks for sharing your little gem with us :)
Dawn

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EMMACORY 6/28/2013 10:33PM

    Josie, thanks for sharing. We could all have a dis-connect from technology once a week. It is our choice how much time we spend surfing vs. other activities that might engage us. emoticon June

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TAILORSMOM 6/28/2013 9:32PM

    emoticon pics

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JENNAWW4LIFE 6/28/2013 9:27PM

  Sounds heavenly :)
I really do think that I wouldn't do too badly living a much simpler life without all of the 'stuff' of modern living.

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