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Sunday Stuff is Sunday, 4:30 p.m. as I write this from the southwest corner of Ohio and we have rain, rain, rain here...not a flake of snow as some of the weather forecasts had earlier promised.  Oh well, maybe soon.

Meanwhile, I hope you all are enjoying some of the "tweaks" to this site's look. I know I like some of these small cosmetic changes a lot better.

Lastly, our "Amish in the News" section has been covering a dispute taking place in the town of Locke, New York. This area of New York has seen its Amish population steadily increasing in recent years with its mix of rural character and affordable land.  And, long story short, some of the locals don't like the way some of the Amish keep their farms. Apparently they don't have the pristine postcard look of some of the Lancaster County calendars.  I'm just giving you all the "nutshell" version.  Anyway, a town meeting took place this week to discuss requring the Amish to carry liability insurance and basically follow a bunch of draconian local zoning ordinances.  The best information, though, always comes from someone "on the ground" who can report on the facts, preferably unfiltered by big city corporatized media.  The "deliberate agrarian" is a blogger in central New York. I've highlighted his blog before as one worth checking out. Anyway, he actually was at the meeting in Locke this past week.  For a full story of how the meeting went, links to local media coverage and his take on the events in Locke, click over to his blog.  I think it's definitely worth a read and is a great example of the "cultural clashes" that can occur between the Amish and English.

Us too, out west!

Well we had a beautiful snowy Saturday. By Sunday afternoon things had really warmed up and it was raining buckets and the snow melted really quick, I am not sure if I would compare it to Noah's flood or Pooh's Blustery Day... Today it has rained 3.48 inches in the Seattle area today, roads are flooded neighborhood low spots are having flooding issues, there was terrible winds out on the coast (hurricane force), so people are without power all over WA and OR it is a mess! We made the national news even!     


We survived the ice storm here in Iowa over the weekend.  Luckily we didn't loose electricity like the last ice storm back in Feb/ if the wind blew like it was forecasted then we would of been a lot of trouble.  I have to admit this last ice storm had me really scared because of being responsible as a caregiver to my Mom and figuring out what to do if we did loose the electricity. 


I've got you all beat. Up here in the upper Ottawa Valley it's been snowing since yesterday and hasn't stopped yet. I had to venture out to the barn to get eggs for baking and it's up over my knees -probably a good foot and a half. It just makes everything so beautiful. Luckily I don't have to drive anywhere, though the roads have been plowed. Just a good day to stay inside and bake.

re: storm/ottawa valley

Paula - Welcome to!  And, um, have us all beat....sheesh, I'm envious...although I had to look up where the "Upper Ottawa Valley" is...appears we are talking well up into Canada.  I may come visit if Ohio continues to give us such a wimpy winter:) - Kevin

re: Storm - Take 2

Rachel and I were watching the Weather Channel around 10 p.m. last night and they showed the large swath of snow across New England and I actually said: "I bet Carol is getting clobbered right now."  (Rachel and I are both snow-lovers)....and, SIGH, sure enough, you confirmed what I thought........We ARE supposed to get about 1 - 3" of snow here tomorrow....I guess that is the consolation prize, which I will gladly accept....