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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vacationing in Amish Country

Hello  friends,  After being away so long,,,  I am trying so hard to get back on schedule.  But I have  to tell you something I am really proud of.  After not meeting my quota at this years craft show,  I have decided to make  try to make something for the show every week all year so that this won't happen and I won't have to get in a hurry next year.  Well,, so far so good.  Finished up a few stitcheries so far this month, little pumpkins, and 3 of these guys.  Don't you just love them?  I had never made a black jack before until this show and they sold right away on Sat. morning.  And guess what?  Holly and I both made us one.  WooHoo.  I rarely have anything that I make.



Okay,,, now on to our vacation.  We left on Tuesday after lunch and drove to Pigeon  Forge, TN, where we stayed the night.  We visited the new area not long opened called The Island.  They have a huge ferris wheel.  It changes colors while running as was beautiful.

 
We had a great supper at Cheddars and then were ready for bed.  We had a long drive still ahead of us come morning. 
 
 
We were on our way to Berlin, Ohio.  It is right in the middle of a huge Amish and Mennonite settlement.  Oh, we just love it up there.  Primitive shopping is everywhere and Mr. P. says the antiques in some areas are reasonable compared to around home. 
 
 
 
Love those huge witch's boots.

 
This is the porch of my favorite shop right on main street.  I really did some damage in that store.  I think we shopped there three different times.

 
Would have loved to brought this home with me, too.
 
We also love to ride the country side and enjoy the beautiful farms and the hard, but simple way of life for those that own them.  We were so excited when we came upon a barn raising.  We have seen pictures and read about them in the Amish books, but was thrilled to be able to watch.  We did at a distance so as to give them their privacy.
 
It was coming up lunch time when we drove by.  These big tents were up and the ladies were preparing  the noon meal for the men.  There were buggies and bicycles everywhere. 


 
The men were hard at work on the roof.

 
This was on Saturday afternoon.  Almost finished.  Just needed to add the doors,  Even has sky lights.  Was amazing seeing how the community came together to get  a task done.

 
We were driving down a very crooked country road and came up behind this buggy.  Thought it was funny that I snapped the picture right beside the Speed Limit Sign.  What??? No way you could go that speed on that country road.  Was tickled pink Mr. P. could not see far enough to go around the buggy.  Such a pleasant ride.  {hehe}
 
 
We always shop the market and buy butter and cheese to bring home,. Mr. P thought this horse and buggy was  cool.  What a great idea to have a trailer to pull behind it
 

 
On Saturday in Berlin was the annual Harvest Day Sidewalk sale, rib cook off and parade.  Last year it rained and most was canceled, but this year it was a beautiful day.  We were staying right on the street so we had a perfect spot to watch the activities from the steps of our hotel.
 
 
 
 
 
Families were coming from everywhere to watch.  All the kids had buckets and bags awaiting all the candy to be thrown from the floats.  I so enjoyed watching , This little boy was just precious.  I could hardly take my eyes off him
 

 
What a fun evening we had watching the tractors, and floats as they came by on the parade route.  After the parade we decided to go to our favorite Amish Restaurant to have our last big meal in Amish Country before we started on our journey back into TN, on Sunday to stay the night,
 
 
Love all the quilts on display in the restaurant.


 
We left around lunch on Sunday morning.  Everything in town is closed anyway.  We drove through Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia before finally reaching our Stop over for the night.  I love the long tunnels we go through.  We don't have tunnels here.
 
 
Although I love my home, we had such a great time on vacation, coming home was kind of sad.  We did stay over and do a little more shopping in TN, before finally getting back to GA. late on Monday night.  Holly had fixed supper for us.  I really missed my girls, but enjoyed our time away.  I got a few goodies to remind me of a great time,
 
 
Hope you have enjoyed traveling through Amish country with me.  It is a wonderful place to visit if you are given a chance to go. 
 
Until next time...








13 comments:

  1. Great pictures Angela. Berlin Ohio is a great place to go. We might go back in December.
    Hugs
    Earlene

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  2. I am glad you got to see a barn raising. They look like ants working so hard. I always enjoy seeing the tables of food the women prepare.It is wonderful how they take care of one another. Have often thought they had it all figured out. Too bad we didn't get to visit as you went through. Which Cheddars did you eat at? Johnson City or KNoxville.

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  3. I had thought about visiting Berlin this year but its not gonna happen. Glad you had a good time though. Thanks for posting pics.

    Felicia

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  4. A wonderful post, so glad you had a great time, really enjoyed seeing your photos!

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  5. I love Berlin...it takes us about 2 to 3 hours to get there. I think it would be great to go there in the Fall or around the Holidays...but we usually go in the Spring since I have all my shows in October and November. Sounds like you had a great time.
    Great idea to make things thru out the year for your show. I try to do that too...some years I do good and other years I'm not so good at it.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  6. Growing up the Amish lived on the farm across from grandmas. I remember one time the kids came in to watch cartoons with us and their momma gave grandma a scolding. LoL.. The area you were in looks lovely.Warm Blessings! Amy

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  7. Oh I enjoyed your beautiful pictures of the Amish....thanks, Francine.

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  8. What a wonderful fun time.
    I love your new jack too.
    Great job.
    I've missed ya friend.
    Happy Fall
    Woolie Blessings

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  9. Glad you had a good time on your vacation. I hate driving through those tunnels. Always afraid I'll get too close and spin out of control. I am white knuckled driving through them. Glad I don't do it all the time!!!! Since they raised the turnpike fees, we found alternate routes to get to my daughters.
    Take care and keep working on your craft show!!!
    Lois

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  10. O Angela...you must come straight up into PA Dutch Country instead of making that Left into Ohio!! I would love to show you and Mr P around!! As I was reading your post, a buggy with headlights went past the house..! Great pictures...! Have a fun weekend....hugs, K

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  11. What a neat trip you had! It is a dream of mine to go there some day. Love the barn raising and that little boy was so cute. The pumpkins was darling! Can't wait to see what you make each week!
    Have a great weekend,
    Be blessed,
    Cindi

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  12. Hi Angela,
    What a fun trip - I have been to Ohio just once and never been in the Amish country part - guess it's a must do.
    Your Black Jack is adorable.
    Smart move to make things all year long for the show - less stress.
    Karen

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