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Well today is kind of a slow day in my world.  So when the going is slow and I can't think of anything meaningful to write about, I'll scan the blogosphere for someone who does.   This first blog I'll share is interesting in that the non-Amish blogger is describing the possibility of selling her home to an Amish couple.  I'm not sure where in Ohio the writer is (I'll try to find out), but her observations were accurate.  Amish people who buy an "English" home are given a certain length of time to get it up to local church code, which usually means stripping it of electricity, plumbing, and other items. 

This is someone's blog post about this dopey "Amish heater" we've been hearing so much about.  Folk, it's a scam.....well, "scam" MIGHT be too strong a may well be a working electric space heater, but it has about as much of an Amish connection as Mitt Romney has.

Lastly, I'm not sure who this writer is, what the blog's mission is, but she shares some really insightful peeks into Kentucky's growing "plain community."  The Bluegrass State has rival Wisconsin in its Anabaptist population growth.  This is a report from "on the ground" in Kentucly.  This is the first of a series, which I'll update here as she updates it.


This is not an Amish site, but a site run by someone who is interested in the Amish culture, as are the people who use it.  The Amish Cook column is hand-written by an Amish woman & mailed to the non-Amish editor, who types it up for distribution.  CS

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Thank you for your post, saved me from telling her the exact same thing!:) - Kevin

Amish buying non Amish home

Found the first blog interesting, never thought about an Amish buying a non Amish house.   I understand about the electricity but why/what of the plumbing?  Can't help but to look around my own house and think what would have to be done (though I'm sure there are no Amish around here).  Never though about what they would do with an pool (but I couldn't help thinking 'cement pond')

.  When I saw Kevin's video on Youtube about Lovina's house, I notice she had 'indoor' plumbing.  I also notice no carpet, rugs.  I was also surprized by her stove since her mom always wrote about how she had to build the fire in order to cook, but then that explains how Lovina gives baking tempertures.  How does she get her gas,  is it propaine in a tank outside?    

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Plumbing.... Electricity question

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it.  Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."


Yah, I thought some Amish were allowed to have indoor plumbing if it was allowed in their area. 

 The other thing that I have always wondered about is why it is okay to use gas-powered, but not electricity.  I believe I remember that Lovina has a gas-powered freezer, or that gas-powered freezers are allowed.  What I wonder is, if a freezer is considered a modern convienence, why is it okay to use if it isn't run by electricity?  Don't get me wrong, I COMPLETELY respect their beliefs and way of life... I'm just wondering why their church sees electricity as being bad.  Kevin???

Re: Plumbing...Electricity Question

Randi - Fair question.  I often address this seeming discrepancy/paradox in my talks when I give them.....I'll address that in my blog post tomorrow (sorry, long, tiring day...don't know that I could write a cogent post now) - Kevin

re: Amish buying non-Amish home

Yes, "converting" a house from non-Amish to Amish can be a lengthy process and does nothing for the value of a home:)  Some Amish churches simply don't allow indoor plumbing, although this is becoming more and more rare.....Hmmmm, don't know what they'd do about your pool!

Author of Blog

I'm the author of the blog talking about selling my house to an Amish couple. I live in Wayne County. In a very small town srrounded by the Amish communities.

my blog writings about the Mennonites in Kentucky

I was very interested that you as Amish people have a website. This truly amazes me. I have written five parts to my story. I really enjoy my Mennonite friends. I don't see them very much anymore. However, my daughter continues to be a friend to them. She lives right in the midst of their community. I don't give real names in my stories. Nor do I give exact locations. This is to protect those I write about. I hope that I have not written anything of offense to anyone. These folks have taught me so much. In my blog, I write about many different types of things. I write much about my recent walk with breast cancer. I had a masectomy on December 28th, 2007. Glad to know you have this site. I desktopped it so I can keep up with you.


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