Sunday, April 20, 2014

Year 3, Day # 220 - In the Wild

I found these ducks in the wilds  behind my house. I am assuming this pair of ducks have been here for a number of years, at least five years. That is unless another pair of the same species came and took their place. Harry and Barb Yoder and Abe & Betty had been feeding these ducks five years ago when their campers were parked next to my house. Back behind my house is also the place where Bobcats travel and the racoons are as tall as I am when they stand on their hind legs or arch their backs and show their teeth. It is a place where the crows and hawks fly and the Mocking Bird sings.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Year 3, Day # 219 - The Beauty of Pinecraft Park

This morning I was reminded again what a unique little park we have in Pinecraft.  My number one thing today was go for a bike ride, especially after yesterday's rain and clouds. So I biked through the park. The parking lot and surrounding area was full of vehicles, but no people in sight except for one lady standing on the creek bank. She was tagged, so I asked her what is happening? She said the woods is full of bird watchers because the birds are grounded after yesterday's rain and the strong west wind we are having this morning. When birds can't continue to migrate, they stock up on food.  So this morning the Pinecraft Park was a bird lover's paradise. 

I love the natural habitat on the banks of the creek. There is beauty in most everything.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Year 3, Day # 218 - Chocolate Cookies

Tonight David Weaver brought a bag of old Chocolate Chip Cookies to the park with intentions of feeding them to the birds at the Phillippi Creek. A few birds looked at the cookies, turned up their noses and left again. A beggar squirrel came right up to me looking for handouts. When I didn't have anything he climbed the tree, so Bob offered him a cookie. He acted just like the birds did, "No, Thanks. I don't eat cookies."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Year 3, Day # 216 - Hair Bobbies

This is the way Mom used to put up our hair on a Sunday morning to go to church, except the Holmes County Ohio way was to put the Bobbies up higher on the head rather than letting them hang on the forehead. Mom would take small bits of pipe cleaner and roll the hair around the cleaner like you do with hair curlers and then turn the ends in to make it look like a little knot. I think nowadays one and two year old have piggy tails until there is enough hair to braid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Year 3, Day # 214 - Amish Kappa Box

 I waited all winter for a good shot of an Amish Kappa Box. Today was that day. When I was growing up we had store bought Kappa Boxes, if we had any at all. But that was before ice cream was bought in one-gallon plastic containers. Most of the women who use these,  put their extra Kappa in during travel are from the communities that wear the Ohio/Indiana style Kappa. 

The top photo shows the bottom of the bucket. 

This photo shows the top, the lid of the bucket. It is padded which makes for a good pin cushion. All in all most women getting off or on the buses carry a plain ice cream bucket with their Kappa. The fancy decorated ones used to be quite popular years ago. They could be found in Amish Fabric Stores. But times change, custom changes even in very small ways and the younger generation wears the kerchief or veil for travel and for everyday, which actually makes more sense because they can be washed, dried and are ready for wear again, whereas the Kap needs more care and are more expensive if you buy they. This specific Kappa Box comes from a small community in Kentucky. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Year 3, Day # 213 -

Sandra Gingerich spent a couple of hours at my house with her computer. We worked until my brain was weary, so we plan to do a bit more tomorrow. It was a good afternoon. Sandra was one of the first people I learned to know twelve years ago during my first winter here.