You won't find better people than the Amish. Years ago, at a flea market in Frysburg, I became friendly with an Amish man who sold things from his wagon. He sold glass insulators which I happen to collect forever, and pies. The Shoefly pie was to die for and I asked how this was made. That started a friendship with his daughter Elizabeth and the family now going on for about 25 years at least. They are great people. I have stayed in the farm house with them, fed their chickens, and sat on the stool while they baked, and learned. I had visited the family lumber mill, which really was an honor since, I was a female and English. They are remarkable. I love them. I have a beautiful quilt which they made for me, out of my sons clothing from when they were little. I remember, how they asked me, what those shirts meant. I am referring to, clothing, like a batman shirt, a superman shirt, a power ranger shirt, the ninja turtle clothing, etc. It was a fun afternoon with the ladies. The quilting work was perfect. On them they sewed the boys names.
I have traveled alot during the years and sent them postcards from all the places I had been. They would write back letting me know, how the school season was going, the one room school with students from ages 5 to 12. Elizabeth is a teacher, has been for years.
When a fire took a neighboring family lives we collected money and set up a donation at the local bank. When mom, Bertha broke her arm, I was there, when sis got married I was there, I was there for them always, and widely accepted and still am. When, my husband past, they said prayers and sent things of love I can't describe. They were there for me. Unbelievable. In their meeting house, they prayed for me.
Some of my English friends, when he past, when I was diagnosed again back then with cancer, disappeared. I would see them dart around buildings! I would yell, " I can see you!" Most Christmas cards stopped a year after his death. But, not theirs.
They ask about my life. They always did. I had to always tell them about the English way. If I want to feel loved, I drive there, lol. I am given lots of hugs.
The Amish do not as a rule get vaccinated for any diseases. When I told them about my immunity problem, and how easily, I can get sick, they got their vaccines.
Four years after my husband past on, they tried to play matchmaker. I told them, that I would make a lousy Amish wife. They understood,
Emos just thought it was time I got happy again. God bless his soul.
Yes, they got a well. Infact, they got 2. Yes, they got a generator in the barn for milking. Plumbers wouldn't survive there, for they got outhouses.
It is fun to be with them. No one judges anyone. No sibling rivarly. They live a pretty much peaceful existence, not wanting to be bothered. And, if you are just lucky enough to be accepted into their world, it is a rare thing.
Here is one of Liz's recipes for your plumbing wives:
Greetings of love,
Wet Bottom Shoe Fly Pie
6 cups of pastry flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1teaspoon of salt
1teaspoon of soda "heaping"
1teaspoon of cream of tatar "heaping"
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1cup of lard
4 cups brown sugar
2 cups king surup or dark kero
4 or more beaten eggs
4 cups hot water
Bake at 450F for 10 minutes. Then 400 for 10 Minutes. Reduce heat to 350 bake 25 to 30 minutes
My way to make the surup is as follows,
4 cups of brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses & 1 & 1/3 cup light kero
4 beaten eggs
4 cups of hot water
I put so about 1/4 cup more surup in 1 pie then crumbs. I use the 9 in med size pans to sell. This is a large recipe and make just a half of batch if you wish. If I don't need all the crumbs I just put them in a cool place, ( cellar) and keep them until next time. It keeps a good while there. I put surup in crust then the crumbs on top. If you want a more wet bottom just put more surup in and less crumbs.
* Just a note, their simple ways of life is so refreshing at times, but, they work hard. Their is always the haying to do, the farming, the darning, the canning, the lumbering, the shoeing of horses, the work is endless. I hope they are around another hundred years.
Last edited by Cookie; 08-16-2011 at 08:33 PM.
It seems that all the Americans were running away from the Europeans.
Seems a little bit over the top. If we were teasing you, there was probably good reason.
In the Columbia Encyclopedia it is stated that "Although not actively persecuted, the Pilgrims were subjected to ecclesiastical investigation and to the mockery, criticism, and disfavor of their neighbors.".
It we'd all agreed on moderation in the church there would have been no need for runners.
Just what was wrong with our church?
Not strict enough?
Last edited by Ian Gills; 08-17-2011 at 01:29 PM.
Last edited by BobL43; 08-17-2011 at 06:18 PM.
I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator
Yes, you do need a Queen.
You've been lucky left to your own devices with your current President...he's the man for the job.
But previous examples have been less than you might have hoped.
And you don't need the American system to have checks and balances.
England has that too with both the Houses in its Parliament.
Anyone with a modicum of common sense could turn this country around on a dime.
Raise taxes on the rich to narrow the deficit and invest in education, health and infrastructure.
That would make America great again.
Not the crackpot ideas you hear on the TV.
Rich people create jobs? Whatever next?
There's no Time for Tea.
Last edited by Ian Gills; 08-17-2011 at 07:53 PM.
When I read where you rode across Pa and the Amish country, I thought I would give you a little insight into what kind of people they are, something you could not experience by looking out a car window. I tried by sharing some of what I have experienced with them. I hope it helped you in someway, some small way perhaps, to understand them. Usually, what I do fails or falls on deaf ears, lol. It is my lot in life.
"Anyone with a modicum of common sense could turn this country around on a dime."
Lets out the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
No, the President the American people picked, they picked well. I can't raise a complaint there.
And Cookie, thank you for your insights on the Amish. They were gratefully received.
What I found most surprising, perhaps, is that their simple way of life is not that far off the rest of America.
In other words, the American way of life is quite simple too!
Lots of people drink their water ffrom wells.
Lots of people have septic tanks rather than being linked to public sewer.
And most of the power is supplied overhead.
I say it's time for a change. Let the Amish continue with their way of life, but the rest of America needs to get with the times.
And we should do that with taxpayer dollars.
I'm tired of driving on bridges that are crumbling.
We need another stimulus.
Last edited by Ian Gills; 08-18-2011 at 07:35 AM.
The real Amish will not have power lines on their property. Pump water with a ram and run machines with hydraulics. Peculiar concept.
Next road trip stop - the Mormons. Damned interesting bunch of oddities in America. Great library.
And every GOOD man needs two wives, minimum.
Here we have Mennonites, but you find them in Walmart buying light blue cloth for their prarie dresses.
And here is what your English rioters get as a public service punishment: # 5 the latrine pit clean out.
Last edited by ballvalve; 08-18-2011 at 10:33 AM.
They do make nice furniture.
I just wish they would use European growth.
American wood just don't cut the mustard.
Last edited by Ian Gills; 08-18-2011 at 06:33 PM.
Nothing does in the US for you Ian.