Michelle has finished up this quarter of the school year. Rochester Institute of Technology does things its own little way. Instead of the typical semesters, the school does quarters. Each quarter is made up of a ten week (intense) session. This will be changing, but only after Michelle has already graduated next year! The following year, they will begin doing semesters.
Michelle is now awaiting her final grades, which will certainly be good ones. She has studied and worked hard and it has paid off. So, I wanted to do something a little different and fun today as a bit of a celebration. I asked and Michelle thought taking a ride to Bath would be fun. We planned to do a bit of shopping, pick up some Chinese, and visit with Eunice, my Amish friend, on the way home.
We did the shopping and then the Chinese, then headed off to Eunice’s house. Upon arriving there, they had just gotten home from attending a wedding. It was so much fun to see little Chris (3) dressed in his white shirt, black pants with suspenders, and a little black coat. He is such a cutie and Michelle was so impressed by how much he knows! I bought him a book that has pictures that you place stickers on and as he looked at the pictures, he called out the name of the animals! Amish kids typically speak Pennsylvania Dutch (a corrupt German) at home and the kids don’t learn English until they begin school at age five. Eunice began getting High Five Magazine (a publication of the same company that produces Highlights Magazine) and Chris is learning so much! Michelle said he also called out the names of letters as he pointed to them. Very impressive for a three year old!
Little Susanna is now about fifteen months old. She has grown so much and is about the size of a baby her age. She sits on the floor on a blanket and watches everything going on around her. She was wearing a pale blue dress with a pretty white apron and white kappe. She also had on black stockings and little knitted black booties. She was so adorable to watch….she is happy as a lark and kicks her little feet in excitement.
Eunice was baking up “just seven dozen” cookies. She has a woman in Bath that sells them for her. I was so surprised to see her using a recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies that I had given her! She baked as we chatted away. She wasn’t using a timer for her cookies…she would just pull them out from the wood cookstove and then rotate the tray and place them back in the oven until they were golden brown. Eunice moved here two years ago and before that, she had a bakery in Michigan. She said she baked tremendous amounts of cookies, pies, and bread back then!
As always, I so enjoyed our visit. As always, it ended too soon! It was beginning to get late and the sky was getting dark. Michelle and I said our good-byes and went outside. As we left the house, it was pouring down snow. I quickly opened the door and called for Chris to “come!” As soon as he saw the snow, he threw his curly little blonf head back and let out a tremendous burst of laughter! Then he went over to a piece of equipment sitting outside the door and “tasted” the snow. He was so funny.
The family buggy was still sitting outside the barn, so I asked Michelle to snap a photo of it.
Between the dusk setting in and the snow falling, this photo looks out of focus, but you can see the trails of snow against the black buggy.
I drove home and was glad I did! As we headed north, the snow got progressively heavier as we traveled. I could keep the high beams on the Explorer on for awhile, but had to dim them most of the way home. This was scary, as this is the time of the year when deer are a bit giddy and have a tendency to run out onto the road.
By the time we finally reached Naples, the center lines and white outside lines on the road were totally covered in snow. There had to have been at least three inches of snow on the roads and there wasn’t a plow anywhere in sight! I drove so slowly and opposing traffic all came toward me with their flashers on.
We reached our hill and I stopped at the bottom to place the Explorer in High 4 x4. I am so grateful for the tires on that vehicle…they are wonderful, even on snow-covered steep hills! Here is what we came home to…
The snow has stopped now and the wind is picking up. Thus, the fickle weather continues with Saturday being warmer once again. We just never seem to know what is next!
I will leave you, Dear Reader, with this.
When my dad gave me the planter filled with Begonias for my birthday back in August, he made a comment that the flowers ought to last at least “one more month”. How about *three* months! Although the flowers on the front side of the planter were killed by frost, the ones facing the house are still continuing to bloom!
Tonight, I am thankful for friends! It is always so wonderful to get out and visit with Eunice and Noah. I miss so many other friends…it seems like my friends are mostly located long distances from my home!