Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Today, New York State of Mind is finishing it's third year.  It hardly seems, to me, that we have been going that long.  Time sure has passed by fast.

For those that are new, I will give a brief explanation on how New York State of Mind came about.  On the computer I found Amish Stories owned by Richard.  He was looking for someone Amish or Old Order Mennonite to give posts on his blog.  I asked Jean and after discussing it with her husband David and her Bishop she came on to Amish Stories.  What was suppose to be occasionally, turned into weekly.  After a while, Richard had changes in his life which led him to making changes on his blog.  Jean said she would only post on a blog of Richard's or mine.  Now, I knew nothing about blogs.  So three years, ago, Richard gave me an e-mail to go to and there was New York State of Mind, he had made this for me.  I have had to e-mail Richard for a lot of help over the years, which I thank him for, Richard's blog is www.PureCountryLiving,com I am still learning different things on here.

I thank Richard, for all he has done for me.  Also, Jean, Grandmother Olive, Elmer, Anna, Martha, and all that have given me the posts to put on here.  I thank all of you that have given me pictures and posts to put on here.  Most of all I thank you all that come, read the posts - some leave messages, some don't.  You all are appreciated,

Thank you all for all you have done for me.  Really thank you for all the gifts you gave me on paying the garage on my car repairs,  I have only two more payments to go to the garage and they will be paid off !!  Five more payments and my loan my friends gave me for the car will be paid off !! Also, want to thank you for your thoughts, prayers and advice on my brother's passing.  You don't know how much you mean to me,

On here, we have been through the good times and the not so good times.  In addition to Jean, Elmer, Anna, Grandmother Olive and more, I try to put things on what I think will interest you.  Sometimes I  have put on things, I think you will really like and I don't get many people.  Again, sometimes I put on something that, I think,  might not be as good as others and I get a lot of messages.  So I never know how a post will go until it's on.

Just some information.  Our total number of pageviews since we have been on is 1,231,414,  There are 58 members, but lots more people respond here than are members.  The top two most popular posts of all time were Palmyra, NY Famous Four Churches (January 12, 2014) and Gorham Fire Department (May 10, 2013).

So we are ending our 3rd year and tomorrow we start our 4th year.  I hope you have enjoyed New York State of Mind.  I feel you are more family than friends.  Again, thank you for all you have done.

Blessings to you all,

Jean's recipe will be on tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Some one asked if Amish and Old Order Mennonite women do any needlework besides knitting or crocheting such as counted cross or needlepoint?  I spoke with Anna before I answered this.  The answer is the same for both Amish and Old Order Mennonite - yes.  Some women do knitting. crocheting, counted cross stitch, embrodery and more.  Now, I am not saying all Amish or Old Order Mennonite do them all.  Some do.  Most of us do what interests us the most and what we do the best.

Do we make our own hoops and frames that hold the work while stitching or do we purchase ones from store or rummage or yard sales? Both.  David and Thomas both know how to make hoops.  David has made mine for me.  Thomas has made some that ladies have asked him to make.  In a pinch, if I needed a size and the men are too busy to make one, I have bought it at the store, if it doesn't cost too much.  If it costs to much, I wait until either David or Thomas can make one for me.  Right now Susan is getting into different needlework and has had the men make hoops for her.  Also, if I am at a rummage sale, see hoops and the price is low - I will buy them.  Susan and Katie will need them in the future, if I don't use them now.

Do any of us spin or dye their own wool for yarn?  Neither Anna nor I do it.  Grandmother Olive says she remembers doing that when she was young.  Now, I am not saying all Amish or Old Order Mennonite don't - just we don't.  Neither Elmer and Anna or our family are raising lambs - we are cow people.  There are people that raise cows and lambs - or just lambs or cows.  Both Anna and I have purchased yarn from people (Amish and Old Order Mennonite) that have spun their own wool and dyed their own wool.

Do we exchange fabric or quilt blocks?  Yes, we do.  Sometimes we are asked to bring in our own block and we put them all together to make a quilt.  Usually when we do that, we either donate or sell the quilt for money to help someone.  Sometimes we have quilt block exchanges.  It is really interesting to see the quilt blocks that people make.

As for fabric we do exchange that too.  When I buy fabric I sometimes buy more than I need in case I need more or just to make sure I have enough.  Sometimes you have lots of fabrics left over - so we have everybody bring what they would like to get rid of and exchange.  I have found exactly what I was looking for at these exchanges.  I have also had what someone else was looking for.  It is fun to do these as you never know what your friends have that you could use.  Also, I have traded for something because I liked something or Susan or Katie liked it.  If there isn't enough to make a big quilt it can be used to make a baby quilt, lap quilt, jacket, etc.  We always find a use for it.

Be With God,

Monday, October 5, 2015


Someone asked if Amish give middles names.  The answer to that is some do and some don't.  Well that's the end of that post.  No not really, just kidding.

Most of the Amish give a middle initial.  They usually give the middle initial to help identify them from someone with the same name.   Like many Amish have the same first name and last name.
Like take Eli.  There are several men named Eli with the same last name.  If you trace back, they are most likely all related.  So when people have a child named Eli they usually give them a middle initial.  Like Eli J.  or Eli M.  or Eli S.

Now some Amish sometimes give their children a middle name especially if they want to name the child after their parents or grandparents.  Like one of our grandson's is Jacob Elmer.  He is named after both his grandfather's.  Also, one of our granddaughters is named after the two grandmother's.

Some Amish do not give their children any initial.  There is no special reason why, they just don't.  I do not have a middle initial.  Elmer is not as common a name as other Amish names, I guess.  We did name our son Elmer, Elmer John.  But most people don't go by his middle name.  They call me Short Elmer and him Tall Elmer.

Well, the count down is on the way for John and Sarah's baby.  Anna says the baby won't be born until the later part of the month.  The doctor is trying to disagree with her and say baby will be coming November maybe December.

I am getting low on questions, so if you can think of some more, please end the.

Someone asked for a Thanksgiving Prayer.  I probably never say the same thing twice.  Most of the prayers that I say, just come to my mind, I hope from the Lord.  After everyone is seated at the Thanksgiving Dinner, we say a silent prayer, then I say a prayer aloud.  I try to keep kind of short before dinner, because people are hungry and going on to long could be dangerous. So here is a prayer:

Let us thank the Lord not only on Thanksgiving Day, but all year round.  Remember to thank the Lord for all that He has done for us - some we remember and some we don't.  We ask for His Blessing on this day.  We thank the Lord that we can all be together to celebrate for all He has done for us.  We thank you Lord for all your Blessings.  Amen

Then I ask that we go around the table and that each person tell something that they are thankful to the Lord for.  I do this not for people to tell me, but to help everyone thank the Lord.

After dinner we have a silent prayer.  We enjoy the afternoon together.  When it is time to go home, I like to get everyone together again, just for a few minutes when I say another prayer aloud.  This prayer, I also say, whatever comes to my mind like this:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for Blessing us and having us together to thank you for all you have done for us.  As this is also the starting of the Christmas Season, let us remember you, to keep you in our hearts and mind.  Help us to remember, not only, to give to our family and friends, but also to those that we may not know, that needs what we have to give - food, clothes, and the Lord.  Give us the wisdom to know who to help and how.  Also, let us remember that you gave the greatest sacrifice - your life for us.  We must never forget that.  Please protect us as we go to our homes and on our ways.We ask in your Holy Name.  Amen

Trust God's Wisdom,

Saturday, October 3, 2015


I drove by the white horse so many times and it stood out there by itself all the time.  Recently I went by and I see it has a new friend.

This are changing for next week.  Monday and Tuesday will be the same.  Jean's recipe will be on Thursday instead of Wednesday.  I have something special for Wednesday.

Friday, October 2, 2015


This time we have a yellow barn - that needs a paint job.  I am not sure if picture 6 is a place for children to wait for their bus or a barn.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Thompson  Grain Inc. and the Public Scales pictures were taken when I went to the Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse.  Thought you might like to see a Grain Business and Public Scales.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015



2 apples, sliced
1/3 cup chopped-pecans (if desired)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 17-oz can yams, drained (or fresh)
1/4 cup margarine
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Toss apples, yams and nuts with combined brown sugar and cinnamon.  Alternate layers of apples and yams in 1 1/2 qt casserole. Dot with margarine.  Cover.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Sprinkle marshmallows over.  Broil until lightly browned (1-2 minutes).