The Meanderings of A country housewife and mother.

Friday, May 11, 2007

The trip to smicksburg

Why don't I take my camera with me when I travel? I got a digital one for Christmas so I could carry it with me in my purse and always have a camera. Today is one of those days I needed it and did not take it with me. I really was so angry at myself for this......

My daughter wanted me to make some jellies for her wedding. I do not have the time or the berries to make what she wanted so we decided to go to a town about 50 miles from here called Smicksburg. I knew Amish lived there but I thought it was assuming it was like here where they were few and scattered. I never dreamed that there would be one beautiful farm after another with Amish children playing in the yards and their wives hanging clothes while they worked the fields. As I rode, I thought I was back in the 1800's as I watched the farmers with horses plow the fields and the buggy's filled the road.

These people fascinate me. Their lifestyle does. I could never live as they do but I think it is so wonderful they can live without all the conveniences we have and still have a happy life. My daughter was with me and she said 'Mom, did it ever occur to you that some of our modern consciences are what causes alot of the stresses in our lives'. I imagine that is so.

"I think we would be happier without all our modern convenieces," she said.

I thought of life without my computer. As romantic as the Amish lifestyle seems, I know I am happier with my life as it is.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

That time of the year again....

Spring is here finally. I love each season for it's various reasons. I love spring because the woods behind our home is filled with budding new flowers and babies of all shapes and sizes. A few years ago I witnessed the birth of a fawn much like the one in this pic that my hubby took a few years ago in the woods by our house. I heard a noise out in the field and turned on the spotlight and saw a doe and a wobbly kneed little fawn trying to stand as she cleaned the afterbirth off him or her. It was wonderful.

My husband walked up on this one and took it while it crouched down and pretended to sleep. The mother was a short way off with the twin to this one, hiding. Fawns have a natural instinct to blend in with their background and that is what he was doing....

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Having a blast....

I have the house to myself today so I got it thru my head to work on my daughters wedding cd. I am burning her songs off for her. Here is here list...

Baby I am amazed by lonestar
Unanswered Prayers Garth Brooks
Your Song Elton John
Two of a Kind Alan Jackson
The Dance Garth Brooks
I loved her first by heartland and this is the one she will dance with her dad with.
Piano Man billy joel
God Bless the Broken Road Rascal Flatts
Itty Bitty Alan jackson
Livin on love by alan jackson
Nothing else Matters Metallica
Get a haircut George Thorogood

Notice how many of them are country? This is the same girl who, until a few months ago would not think of listening to country cause she was so wrapped up in rap and hip hop. Well, I guess that is what falling in love with a little Irishman with dark hair and blue eyes does. Especially since he loves country music. Or, maybe she just grew out of the hip hop stage. *s*

In the meant time I am listening to the andrews sisters singing Don't Sit under the apple tree, by the Andrews Sister and that would make my mom happy since she would have preferred them over the Beatles any day...lol

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Music soothes my soul.....

Music soothes my soul.....

I started to make a list of my favorite music. I had to stop and think about. I really do not have a favorite I guess. It really all depends on what mood I am in.

There are days I put on the classic rock station and spend the day just rocking out to some of my favorite songs and groups such as poison, Warrant, Black Sabbath and a few other groups from the 80's and 90's. I love rock and roll. I love Bob Segar.

Old Time Rock & Roll
As performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet BandA classic song today, it only hit # 28 on the Top 40 charts, back in 1979
Just take those old records off the shelf,
I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself,
Today's music ain't got the same soul,
I like that old time rock and roll.
Don't try and take me to a disco,
You'll never even get me out on the floor,
In ten minutes I'll be late for the door,
I like that old time rock and roll.
Still like that old time rock and roll,
That kind of music just soothes my soul,I reminisce about the days of old,With that old time rock and roll.
Won't go and hear 'em play a tango,
I'd rather hear some blues or funky old soul,
There's only one sure way to get me to go,
Start playin' old time rock and roll.

Oh, yah. I can rock out to that one.

But there are days when I feel like listening to music from the fifties and forties. They bring back memories of my foster sisters dancing around as they got ready to go out. Songs like MOON RIVER. Or STARDUST. SINCERELY..

I do not force others to listen to my music. I put my earphones on and go out on our patio on a summer evening and sit there while I listen to some Bluegrass music or the Gaithers sing songs of praise.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Why am I here?

Tonight I walked into my bedroom and looked around then scratched my head before asking myself, "Why am I here?" I had been working on a needle point picture when got up to go to the bedroom to get whatever it is I was thinking of getting in there. Perhaps it was a needle or another skein of floss. I don't know. All I know is that I stood there wondering what I was looking for before coming out there to the computer to sit down and blog for a short time.

I thought that if I blogged for awhile, the reason I went into the room would come to me. Well, it has been an hour and it still has not come to me.

I have been doing that alot lately. Walking into rooms and wondering why I went there is becoming a habit. Getting out of bed and not being able to find my glasses is also getting old. Oh, and let's not forget those books I start to read and never find until I am cleaning out from under the bed or dresser, or some other odd place and find them long after I have forgotten about them.

The other morning I woke up and went to get my upper teeth out of my cup where I soak them and I could not find them. Luckily I found them in my drawer. Don't know how they got there but that is where they were.

Some days it does not pay me to get out of bed.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mother Nature is screwed up

Remember the old commericial on television where it says, 'it's not nice to fool with mother nature'. Well, Mother Nature is fooling with us. This easter was one of the coldest ones we have had in years. About a foot of snow on the ground. What happened to all this snow at Christmas when we needed, or felt we needed some snow to remind us of the season? It was warm in December and one of the warmest Januaries on record and then Feb hit and it has been cold ever since then. I wish it would go away.

But we had a lovely easter. I was upset because we could not get out and get to church. First time I have missed church on easter in years but one does not have to be in a building to worship and I enjoyed my time with my family and friends that were here.

Monday, April 02, 2007

First real sign of spring for me.....

Spring is here. It has been here for a few days but today was the first time I felt like it was truely here and the colts foot I saw blooming along the road and at the edge of the woods confirmed it. It is such a tiny flower but it's brilliant yellow, shines brightly against the dark green grass in th swampy woodlands.

Here are a few things I would like to share with you about this little flower, which is actually a herb.

It can be used for medicinal purposes. Some people use it for a cough suppressant. Link
The leaves are the basis of the British Herb Tobacco, in which Coltsfoot predominates, the other ingredients being Buckbean, Eyebright, Betony, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, and Chamomile flowers. This relieves asthma and also the difficult breathing of old bronchitis. Those suffering from asthma, catarrh and other lung troubles derive much benefit from smoking this Herbal Tobacco, the use of which does not entail any of the injurious effects of ordinary tobacco.

A decoction is made of 1 OZ. of leaves, in 1 quart of water boiled down to a pint, sweetened with honey or liquorice, and taken in teacupful doses frequently. This is good for both colds and asthma.

'The fresh leaves, or juice, or syrup thereof, is good for a bad dry cough, or wheezing and shortness of breath. The dry leaves are best for those who have their rheums and distillations upon their lungs causing a cough: for which also the dried leaves taken as tobacco, or the root is very good. The distilled water hereof simply or with elder-flowers or nightshade is a singularly good remedy against all agues, to drink 2 OZ. at a time and apply cloths wet therein to the head and stomach, which also does much good being applied to any hot swellings or inflammations. It helpeth St. Anthony's fire (erysypelas) and burnings, and is singular good to take away wheals.'

In paris they had a picture of coltsfoot at the apothary shops at one time.


  • Beatles
  • Classic Rock of all kinds
  • Garth Brooks
  • Music from the sixties and seventies
  • Very old Gospel and country music
  • Vince Gill


  • Classic rock

Books I love

  • Chicken Soup Series
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Bible
  • The Shinning
  • Turning angel

About Me

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I just enjoy life. Especially my family and all the little things life has to offer. I love reading and chatting with my online friends and quilting. I always have a project started. Sometimes I have two or three going.