Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today I was the Englisher.

A girl has to take a road trip every now and then, and today was mine.  It's early January, and that means it's time to consult with my MODA rep at The Holmes Country Fabric Show in Berlin, Ohio.  Last year a snow storm closed the schools, but not this woman on a mission.  Today was perfect!  Blue skies, dry pavement, mild temps in this strange Ohio winter we're enjoying.  It was a much-needed time to relax and enjoy the peaceful sights in the heart of Ohio's Amish country.

Looking over fabric samples with Mark Pytel of MODA/UNITED NOTIONS

Business was even going on in the parking lot.

By 5pm, my goals were accomplished and business was done. The sidewalks in Berlin were rolled up, the sun was setting, smoke from wood stoves was billowing out of chimneys and lying like a blanket across the valley, Amish men and women were scurrying out of town towards their homes.  Some walked, some rode bicyles, and most travelled in buggies.  Dusk was falling as I drove out of the rolling hills of Holmes County.  Topping each knoll, I was careful to look for the reflective triangle that would signal an Amish buggy ahead.   It was a treacherous time of day when many Englishers have brought tragedy to this community with their carelessness. 

Our cabin . . . at least we claim it as ours .. Simple Blessings Cabin in Berlin, Ohio    is a favorite place to stay. 

Winesburg, OH

 Taking the back road home is worth the extra time it takes just to drive through Winesburg.  It has to be the perfect small town in America.  It was a good day.  My heart is full and my mind is rested. 
Tomorrow is a new day.  Much to do, and sew on. . .

Until next time.


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