Saturday, September 30, 2023

Low Key

 It is good to have my youngest home. Her main focus seems to be ridding the attic of her years of 'stuff'. Her highschool things, college, graduate school,  I wish that it didn't matter, but she is her own person. A hallmark of our family, I suppose. 

She has many people to catch up with so yesterday, while she was out, I drove Tim up on the hill to pick up his truck. It is a new to him truck, and when he took it to be inspected, he was given a list of things to be repaired. He ticked those things off. The last repair was one that required a special tool, so he bought the part and had it installed at the shop. Then it needed to be aligned, and then it was ready to be inspected. There was a last minute snafu when his windshield got broken by something as he was driving down the road. $471 for that, alone. 

But now it is picked up and done, and for $4000 all in, he has a very fine truck. 

Since I was out in that direction, I headed for the Amish store. They had a two for one deal going on coffee. 28 oz bags were $6.99 for two. 12 oz bags, $3.99 for two. It is a good time to stock up and the vacuum sealed bags toss easily into the freezer for later use. I've got enough coffee to see me through the winter. They also had the Pepperidge Farm bread whole grain 16 seed bread we like at $1 a loaf, which is also great to toss in the freezer up on, being double sealed. 

Checking out, I saw something I have never seen before: the Amish girl at the register was heavily made up, with an expertly done 'smokey eye'. Her blush accented her high cheek bones. She looked very nice, but it was an unexpected sight.

I drove home sipping on carrot ginger juice and noticing how quickly the season is changing. Last night Cara brought pizza in for everyone, and later we went to the basketball court across the river to shoot hoops with William. 

36 comments:

  1. A good quiet day by the sound of it Debby.. I suppose makeup is considered frivolous in the Amish community but it is good to see the rules broken now and then.

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  2. Maybe that young Amish lady is in the middle of Rumspringa...

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  3. You got a much better deal on coffee than I did. I ordered a little more than 2.5 pounds and it cost me £24! (About $29) Highway robbery.

    Is it possible that girl isn't really Amish, just working there? Or maybe, as ApacheDug said above, she's on Rumspringa. That's a good guess.

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    1. You don't get deals like that at most stores...

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  4. That is a good price for coffee...beans or ground I am lucky to pay about $4 for 227g....under 8ounces...

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    1. It is a great way to try different coffee inexpensively.

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  5. When my younger daughter last visited I asked her to look through the boxes of books in "her" closet since I knew she had one on my Classics Club list. She did, and she also found another book on my list. The biggest bonus was that she agreed to send the majority of them to our local library for their book sale! The more that gets cleaned out now, they less they'll have to clean out when we're dead and gone!

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    1. I can't look too closely at the books. I just can't.

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  6. Glad to hear that Tim's new truck is fine and fit.
    I wish my kids would come and get all their stuff out of the house. Some of them mostly have but a few have not, in fact, even using our upstairs as storage for things that they have acquired long since living with us! Ooh boy.

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    1. Ironically, William's baby crib left the attic too. That giant sucking sound is a large quantity of stuff leaving the house all at once.

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  7. Sounds like you’re having a good time together! I’m forever hoping my eldest daughter will go through some of her stuff in the attic, but she’s always here for just the weekend, and wants to relax.. I get it, but I’m also tired of those bins and boxes! Trying hard to get rid of stuff here.. I could ship it to her, but her ‘apartment’ is smaller than my living room, so.. Enjoy the rest of your visit! Good for Tim getting his new truck all inspected and ready to go! Xo, Ricki

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  8. The cheapness of your food amazes me, as does the price of the truck windscreen in the other direction. However, I am not at all in touch with current windscreen prices. That may be cheap too.

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  9. I am going through boxes of books (and clothes and projects and paperwork and kitchenware and - you get the picture) with Dad on my weekends over to see them - so much stuff that has been held onto. Dad used to keep his diary fairly meticulously and we found a few missing years yesterday. We also found many diaries not written in at all, as people gave him diaries for Christmas but a man can only keep one. He laments the waste of it - however the waste of it happened in truth over 25 years ago, when the surplus to requirement diaries weren't passed along but rather put into temporary storage.

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    1. Hindsight, etc. She's hauled out crates and crates of books. She has 6 crates to go to the library on Monday. I have received a very top of the line coffee grinder. Her sister a Pravda purse and the complete works of Shakespeare. William got a number of DVDs and the complete Harry Potters. I have to be quite careful not to look too carefully at what is going out the door lest it not go out the door.

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    2. I was looking at that thinking something wasn’t quite right but couldn’t put my finger on it.. 🤣🤣

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    3. Shows you my familiarity with things like that. Honestly...

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  10. How d’you suppose they’re selling that stuff so cheaply? Here, it’d have to be “falling off the back of a truck” to sell for those prices…

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    1. What happens is that when product doesn't move or is close to its sell buy date, grocery stores truck it out and sell it by the pallet and greatly discounted pricing. Brread has a short shelf life, but if you are bringing it home to toss in the freezer the date is just fine. The coffee...oh my. Right now they are getting coffee in more quickly than they are selling it. The aisle is stuffed with coffee. It is vacuum sealed, not potentially hazardous. I do not feel bad at all about snapping that up. It goes in the freezer and once the seal is broken, it smells as fresh as any coffee I have ever bought.

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  11. My girls left behind a rather large attic, covering three bedrooms, a bathroom, the hall, stuffed with their childhood. I mentioned it occasionally. "Yah, yah, ma." Then I sold the house. That got them moving. Actually, I felt a bit sorry, as both still lived in apartments. But I was downsizing, to put six people into the new house, so they could, too.

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    1. To be honest, it is something that I did not give a lot of thought to. It is something that has been on her mind.

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  12. I have a bit of my kids' stuff and even some of my ex husband's stuff as my oldest son lives with me and he's helping out his dad with storage. I'll have to make them all move it along one of these days but it makes me sad in a way - all of their childhood memories...

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  13. It pays to have some technical skills. Not only can you do things but can evaluate things as well.

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    1. TIm's technical skills have saved us a great deal of money over the years.

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  14. Bummer that the new truck got hit on its windshield. Ouch! I wonder if the cashier wasn't an Amish girl, but an extra person working there. Guess not, if she was in traditional clothing. Linda in Kansas

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    1. It was really pretty shocking. Tim said that he has no idea what it was or where it came from. I have this feeling it was a golf ball.

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  15. I wish there were an Amish store nearby. We do have a discount store which has those pallet-full kinds of food items, but they seem to not have much coffee nor bread these days. I have been paying $6 a loaf of seeded whole grain bread in a regular grocery store, baked in Asheville down the road (but it is the same price there). I used to like trying different brands of coffee that Aldy's sometimes had, but after the pandemic, they had few...so I haven't been there in months.
    My house only holds my own stuff, which needs to be winnowed badly...my adult children took most of their stuff several moves back.

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    1. I've been winnowing stuff down in a gradual way for quite a while now.

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  16. Kay of Musings: I’m so happy that you’re having this awesome family time together! ❤️

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