I am going to plant peas today as that is a tradition for gardeners (I think). I have already planted potatoes, some green onions, some lettuce, and noticed while working in a raised bed yesterday that some lettuce is volunteering from last year. The rhubarb is coming up and the strawberries are perking up. I have been pulling up henbit by the bucket and there is much more to go.
I have Jazzercise this morning at 9 a.m. and will then be going to an Amish store close to Fountain City with my mother and sister. They make sandwiches there and when you tell them whether you want white or whole wheat bread they get a loaf of their home made bread and slice off two slices for the sandwich and put so much meat, cheese, and vegetables on it they have to press it down a bit to wrap it with saran wrap. The sandwich costs $3.
The Amish are big eaters. They also spend their days working hard - constantly busy. If you watch an Amish woman she always moves like she is in a hurry - this is normal for her. They don't use any buttons on their dresses which they make themselves. The dresses are fastened with straight pins. I guess buttons are considered adornment. They don't have mirrors as this is vain to them. Having no electricity in their homes means the "world" is kept out of their family time. Not a bad idea I say. We would howl to the moon without television, radio, computers, and the many other devices we hold dear. Sundays are sacred. This store we will be visiting will not be open tomorrow. It never will be.
I have never seen an obese Amish person. They don't have time for it. They eat big meals of home made food and then go out and tend their farms with horses. They travel by buggy and all the hubbub of this world that drives the rest of us crazy is lost on them. They have a sense of community. We don't even know our neighbors much.
The women don't wear make-up and the young girls who make our sandwiches look so fresh, clean, and innocent. They are courteous and show respect. There is no jewelry, piercings, tattoos, or any of the other things this world deems attractive. They don't need those things. They are content with how they are naturally.
We could learn a lot from the Amish.