Monthly Archives: October 2011

Five Question Friday

1. Do you prefer cotton, silk, or flannel sheets?

I prefer cotton sheets.  When I was living in NY, during the winter, I would use flannel to help stay warm. But here in CA, cotton all the time.

2. What time zone are you in?

I am in Pacific time zone.

3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

I like that the weather is a little cooler (not cold, but not hot), the fun/festivities associated with holidays, like parties, dinners, the decorations, and just getting together with people.

4. What is your favorite “wintry” drink? (It doesn’t have to be an “alcoholic” drink!)

Salted Caramel Mocha and the Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks

5. In your opinion, what is the worst job in the world?

any job where you are just not happy and don’t take pride in what you do.



Happy Friday everyone and I hope you will do you own Five Question Friday post!

Falling for Fall

Fall is my absolute favorite season, especially in upstate NY.  I know I have blogged about it before, which you can read here  and here.  I am feeling so thankful that I have come to NY right now, as the leaves reached their peak color during the change. It has been such a beautiful and breathtaking site to take in these last 2 weeks, and I have taken tons of pictures to remember it by.  Here are some of my favorites:

I am just in LOVE with the beauty around me…..almost makes me not want to go back to CA…almost.

Five Question Friday

1. Where do you escape to when you’ve had enough?

It depends…to my room, take a drive, take a shower/bath, go to a movie or something else that is mindless.

2. What shows are you watching this fall?

Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Raising Hope

3. What was the longest roadtrip you’ve ever taken and where did you go?

That would be the 3,500 miles I drove when I moved from NY to CA….took 3 1/2 days with stops only to eat, switch drivers (my good friend helped me drive out) and to sleep.

4. Do you plan on taking your kids to Disney World?

Since I live in southern CA and am about 30 minutes from Disneyland, I would most likely take them there instead of Disney World…if I end up having kids.

5. What is something people would surprised to know about you?

That I have 3 tattoos?? not sure.

happy Friday everyone!

Amish country

I’m still on my vacation back in NY.  Last weekend, we went to this small Amish country market, called The Windmill, located near Seneca Lake.  We had gone to this market when my sister and I were little, and I guess my mom and her husband still go on occasion.  I don’t really know much about the Amish, except for what I have seen at the market, so I googled and want to share with you some facts about the Amish, found on the website

• The largest Amish settlements are in LaGrange County, Indiana; Holmes County, Ohio; and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

• The Amish do not draw social security, join the Army, or allow any form of assistance from the government.

• Some Amish communities, and or districts reject education beyond the eighth grade, particularly subjects that have little practical use for farm-life.

• When some Amish children enter adulthood they are expected to make an adult permanent commitment to the church, thus becoming baptized.  If an Amish child chooses not to become baptized, they are going through a period known as Rumspringa.  Rumspringa, to the Amish, is regarded as the period in an adolescences life leading up to serious courtship, which is connected to permanent commitment to the Amish life and church.  During this period is life (months or years) the adolescents are released from the church and its rules.  In some Amish communities those who do not permanently join the church are shunned.  Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding or staying away from an individual or group.

• This Amish like to avoid the use of modern technologies such as electricity, but they certainly do not regard technology as evil or sin when such use of a modern technology is seen as a need, rather than vanity.  Each community differs as to which technological items are acceptable.

• Technologies such as the use of 12-volt batteries, electric generators, gas powered farm equipment, the use of chemical pesticides and GM(Genetically modified food crops) can be petitioned for acceptance into Amish lifestyle in many Amish communities.

• The Amish speak an unique High German dialect called Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania German, in addition to English.  Sometimes there are differences in dialect amongst Amish Communities.

• Each Amish community may have a dress code that the community must follow, which may vary from one community to the next.

• Typically an Amish man will grow a beard after he gets married or after he is baptized in some communities.

• The Amish are affected by various heritable genetic disorders, which are largely due to the combination of the small population of Amish and the risk of inbreeding.

• Most Amish do not use automobiles; as a result, the prominent means of transportation, other than walking, is a horse and buggy. Colors and styles of buggies differ from one Amish community to the next.

• Generally, the Amish go without electricity, electronic entertainment (television, radio, video games, etc.), central heating or air conditioning systems and automobiles.

• The home of an Amish family averages seven children and almost 25% have ten or more children.

• In most Amish communities, the homes are not far apart from each other allowing close personal contact with parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

The next facts were taken from Kimberly Ripley at

The Amish frequently refer to themselves as plain. The Plain People, as they’re often called, believe that dressing in anything other than plain modest clothing is prideful, and pride is a sin. Amish families live simple, but hardworking and fulfilling lives.

The Amish are Anabaptists. They believe that a person should make their own decision to become baptized and join the church as adults, rather than through infant baptism as is practiced in some religions. Amish men and women typically commit to baptism around age 18, and many are married shortly thereafter.

Amish teenagers experience a period of time called Rumschpringa (there are a few variations on the spelling of this term), during which many try out forbidden “pleasures” of the outside world. Many drive cars and some even own one; typically housing it out of sight behind a barn or in a non-Amish family’s yard. Some visit other Amish communities to experience their varied ways. Many wear non-Amish clothing when not in the family home. Girls experiment with make-up and fashion. Boys might cut their hair differently from the traditional Amish cut.

As of 2005, more than 80% of Amish teens tired of the fast paced life in the “English” world and returned to be baptized and join the Amish church. More than 90% of that group will remain in the Amish community for life.

Although farming has traditionally been the mainstay of the Amish people, many have turned to trade work like woodworking or metalworking. A higher percentage work outside the family and even outside the Amish community each year. It is not uncommon to find Amish workers in restaurants, small stores, and motels. Many Amish men work in modular home manufacturing plants.

The Amish believe that having their picture taken is the same as bearing a graven image. Since this is forbidden in the Bible, they don’t believe in being the subject of photographs. Some Amish don’t mind being photographed if their faces aren’t featured. Never photograph an Amish person without their permission.

The Amish live by a biblical view that comes from the book of Romans, chapter  12, verse 2.  “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

To the Amish, many of our common modern innovations are deemed worldly. Electricity links them to the outside world, so many Old Order Amish communities forbid it. The same goes for telephones. In recent years, however, some communities have opted to allow one phone per every few Amish homes. It is kept in a phone shanty or shack, or even in a barn. It cannot be inside the home.

Cars may be ridden in but not driven by the Old Order Amish, but many New Order Amish communities allow them. Televisions and computers are completely disallowed by the Old Order Amish, but in some New Order Amish communities are allowed for business purposes.

Rules vary from community to community, but all are governed by each Amish community’s individual church, led by a bishop. Everything from manner of dress to bans of excommunication are decided by the bishop and his elders.

Well now that we all know more about the Amish, I have included some pictures that I took from the Windmill market (this was before I knew that they do not like to be photographed).

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I found this game on my blog buddy Sharon’s blog and thought it would be fun to play along.  You just answer each topic with something using the first letter of your first name.  Since her name and mine start with the same letter, it will definitely be more challenging for me to not use her answers.  Hope you will play along:

Using the First Letter of your First Name, Answer:

First of all, Your Name: Stacey

A Color: Sapphire blue

A Place: Shopping mall

A Store: Saks 5th Avenue

A Street Name: Stewart St.

A Famous Female Celebrity: Sandra Bulluck

A Famous Male Celebrity: Stephen Moyer

A Band Name: Samsung

A Song Title: “Sweet Home Alabama

A Drink: Sangria

A Boy Name: Sam

A Girl Name: Sadie

A Car: Subaru

A Food: Stuffed Shells

Something found in the bathroom: Soap

Something found outside: Sun

Something you wear: Shoes (sorry Sharon…I have to keep this one 😉  )

A TV Show Title: Saturday Night Live

A Movie Title: Something Borrowed

A Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day

Something you find in the kitchen: Spoon

A Job Title: Secretary

A State: South Dakota

A Famous Landmark: Stonehenge

A Notorious Person: Steven King

A Mood: Silly

A Weapon of Choice: Shotgun

Something you shout: Shut up!

Reason for being late: Stuck in traffic

Book Title: Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austin)


Five Question Friday

1. Do you prefer your ice cream in a bowl or in a cone?

I prefer my ice cream in a waffle cone, but since I am trying to diet, if I do have ice cream, it is in a bowl.  Though there have been moments of weakness where all I did was grab a spoon and ate it straight out of the container…no bowl or cone needed.

The yummy sundeas that my brother-in-law, me and my sister enjoyed on Wednesday from an old favorite restaurant back home

2. What three things do you love the smell of?

perfume, fresh flowers, the smell right after a nice rainfall in the country/forrest area, babies, the ocean…oh wait you said 3 things…

3. Giftcards or no? (In regards to gift giving…)

I like to give gifts, that are as personal as I can think of.  I try to get creative and find something that is what the person really likes.  If all else fails, I go for a gift card.  If someone wants to give me a gift, I would say its safer to give me a gift card (or CASH).  I’m pretty picky, so unless you know SPECIFICALLY what I want/need, its easier to just give me the gift card/cash.

4. What sports did you play in high school if any and do you still play them?

I did not play sports in high school.  I tried softball, gymnastics and dance when I was young.  But with my parents divorce, we could not afford to do any more sports and with the visitation schedule, it made it too complicated.  Plus, as I grew older, I got more and more uncoordinated….lol.  Now I just love to watch sports and can be your biggest cheerleader from the sidelines.

Here I am when I was 5 years old in my dance recital outfit

5. Were you in band in high school? What instrument did you play?

I played the clarinet since the 3rd grade.  In high school, I switched to the bass clarinet.  I was in the marching band and regular band.



Happy Friday!