Monday, October 7, 2013



Happy Birthday for New York State of Mind.  This year has sure flown by.  It seems we just started, but it has been a year already.  I guess, it was partly my fault in how New York State of Mind got started.  When Richard was going to change Amish Stories, which is now Pure Country Living, I would only go on posts by either Richard or Marilyn - no one else.  Marilyn agreed to have a blog, but didn't know how to make one up or how to use it, so a year ago today Richard told Marilyn to go to a certain place on the computer - and there was New York State of Mind.

I thank everyone for coming and reading my posts, my Grandmother Olive's posts, Martha's posts, Kevin's post , and Elmer's posts.  Also, I thank you for putting up with my families movings, our good times and not so good times.  It does surprise me that you are interested in all of our lives and ways of living.  I thought that my posts would only be on for just a few weeks on Amish Stories.  No one would be interested. and yet I have been on both Amish Stories and New York State of Mind.   I thank you all for reading the posts, asking questions, praying for us and more.  You are all so kind people.

What gets me, is that on a computer, my posts go all around the world.  It is hard for me to understand even though Marilyn, Edward and Michael try to explain how it works.  I don't understand, but am glad it does.

Again, thank you for coming to New York State of Mind.  Lord willing, we will all keep going on with the posts and I hope you still find them interesting.

Be With God,


As Jean said, this year has flown by.  I thank Richard, so much for starting New York State of Mind.  I thank Jean and all that have put posts on here both Old Order Mennonite, Amish and Englisher's .  You are what keep New York State of Mind going.  Also, I thank all the people from the United States, Canada and all around the world that read and comment on this blog.

Just for some interesting facts on New York State of Mind.  This is post 249 that has been put on since it was founded.  We have 46 members, but lots more people that read, and comment. Please keep coming.  Your readings and comments are the reason I keep going.   So far our total page viewers as I write this are 85,092.  In the month of September, alone, were 10,111.  The posts that had the most views are: Jean's Creamsicle Salad (3/27/13), Amish and Mennonite Items (2/19/13), Gorham Fire Department (5/10/13), Jean's Grandmother's Wood Burning Stove (1/25/13) and Jean's Day (3/18/13.

What surprises me is that some posts I put on that I think a lot of you would be interested in gets low views, while some I think won't get a lot of views get hundreds of posts.  All the posts I put on, I hope will interested most of you.  I try.

We have covered a lot of topics on here in one year.  Jean, her family and the others she has gotten to put posts on are, I believe, the most interesting.  I have put on some posts, not to get you angry or upset, but to let you know what is going on especially in the pet area.  Also, I have tried to keep items on that would interest, at least some of you, in one way or another.

As we start our second year, I hope you will all stay with New York State of Mind.  Of course, Jean, Grandmother Olive, Martha, and Elmer plan on giving us more posts. I thank them so much for all they have done and will do here.  Even Pierre wants to put on some more posts.  I hope I put on things that interest you and keep you coming to New York State of Mind.

Thank you all for coming.  All your posts and comments mean a lot to me.  I hope you will continue coming.

Happy Birthday New York State of Mind,




Richard From said...

I'm glad Marilyn that your enjoying your blog so much, and I was at first not sure how well you would take to it since you had never done anything like "blogging" before.

But after 1 year things seem to have mostly worked out for the better with only a few "speed bumps", so here's to another year of "New York State Of Mind" and I hope continued enjoyment of doing it!


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Richard,
You are right, I was scared when we first started this. I thought I would mess it up. It turned out, I liked it, I really do. In fact, I like it so much I am trying to figure out how to put Towpath Happenings on here rather than having to run to the printers every month.

Thank you for the compliments, but I couldn't have done it without you and I still may have a few "speed bumps" along the way.


Richard From said...

That’s a good idea Marilyn and yes you can do that, or you could start a brand "new" blog for your Towpath Happenings.

I'm not sure how many of the folks at your apartment have or use the internet, so that may be a problem. So you may want to take a poll of how many do, and if the majority do use the internet then I would seriously look into that.

Many web sites only have an internet web site and since I used to have a few car ( for my Mustang) parts catalogs they now only do the internet thing to save printing and shipping cost, and you could just call the blog " Towpath Happenings".

Well speaking of cars I'm off to the Ford dealer this morning for an inspection so everyone have yourself a great day.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
Yesterday, when I got back from breakfast I took Pierre for a walk and I looked at the walk way behind my apartment and I thought I saw an Old Order Mennonite lady walking on the walk way. I thought I must be wrong as we don't have any Amish or Old Order Mennonite within 20 miles from where I live. I took Pierre in and went out again. Up the street were two black SUV's. There were Old Order Mennonite ladies, men and children. The men got on their bikes and went one way. The ladies and children walked behind my apartments. I believe they were going from where I live to the locks on the Erie Canal. Once everyone was out the SUV's turned around and took off down the street. I think they were driving to the locks. I was going to take pictures, but thought better of it. Knowing Jean's group is the nearest OOM, I called her. They were a group from her meetings (church). They had wanted a nice walk way along the canal and she had mentioned the walk behind where I live. She is glad they came. If Jean and her family had been there, they would have come to my door. I hope they all enjoyed the walk and come again.


Chasity said...

Happy birthday to New York State of Mind! Thanks to all that contribute to the site and make it a great place to visit.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you Chasity,
I really appreciate your Compliments. Really glad you enjoy visiting here.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Richard,
I thought of seeing how many people have computers before I did something like that, but I can move a lot faster having a blog than running off the main copy. Also, if there was a change or addition, I could do it and not have to issue another sheet to all the apartments.

In my building, of four of us, I am the only one with a computer. The rest don't read it anyway so why waste all the paper and running back and forth to the printer.

I have to give the idea to our manager, but I would rather do it that way than what we are doing. It's time to move ahead. Will let you know what happens.


Countryside Reflections said...

Happy Birthday New York State of Mind. I look forward to reading this blog every day. You've done a great job Marilyn, and have a nice variety of subject matter which makes it very interesting. I'm happy to have been a small part of it.

This makes me think of a question for Jean and Elmer. Do they celebrate birthdays like we do, with cake and ice cream, and gifts for children?


New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you, Doreen, for the compliments. I am glad you enjoy coming here. I also thank you for the post you have given me to put on. I know you are working on another one and we look forward to it. Also, thank you for helping me with my problems on the computer.

I will see that Jean and Elmer get your question.


Vickie said...

Hooray Marilyn! I am glad you are having a good time with it. =)
I hope you and Pierre have a good day.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
I am having a good time with it. Have had a couple of "speed bumps" but Richard got me through.
I hope you, Mabel and Henry have a good day.

Marilyn and Pierre

Evie said...

~Happy * Birthday~

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you, Evie.

Evie said...

Most of my comment seems to have disappeared
I was saying it was Fionalina who introduced me to your blog about Christmas time last year and I have really enjoyed it
A big thank you to yourself Marilyn and everyone who takes part in its success


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Evie,
I don't know what goes wrong. You always end up in Spam. As I got there every day, I found you in there both times and took you out. I am glad Fionalina introduced you to us. In fact, I haven't heard from Fionalina in a while. Hope she is okay.

Thank you Evie,, I am so glad you have enjoyed us here. I really enjoy doing it.


Diann said...

Happy Birthday to New York State of Mind! I enjoyed reading this when Richard had it and followed it over to your site, Marilyn! I enjoy reading all the posts and hope you will keep this going as long as possible. ~Diann

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Diann,
Thank you so much Diann. Am glad you liked it so much on Richard's Amish Stories and here. I hope to keep it up as long as I can.


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Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed this blog from day one. Keep up the good work Marilyn.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you so much, Jodie. I really appreciate it.


SueAnn said...

Happy "B" (blog) Day!!! What a wonderful feat! I know NOTHING about blogging, so I give you lots and lots of kudos!!!! Thank-you for having faith in my brain and asking me to post...! I read this when Richard first started it, and came right on over when you started here...and have always , ALWAYS enjoyed it! I am excited to hear from Doreen again too!!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Sue Ann,
Thank you so much for the posts that you have on each week. It is so kind that you will give of your time to do this for us. I am so glad you started with Richard and came right over. Am really glad you always enjoyed it here. Doreen is working on another post for here. I don't know if I am suppose to tell that, but I did.


Lowell & Faye said...

Happy Birthday. Although I almost never comment, I've enjoyed every blog that has been posted. By the way, the New York State of Mind and I almost share a birthday, although I turned 75 yesterday, October 6. Marilyn, do you think you'll still be blogging 74 years from now?

Lowell Greene

New York State Of Mind said...

Happy Birthday to you, Lowell. Thank you for enjoying all the blogs. I don't think I will be here 75 years from now - I will be 139 years old them. Hopefully, I will be with Lord when I am that old.


kymber said...

Marilyn - sorry i am late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to New York State of Mind! please tell all of the contributors how much we appreciate all of their posts.

and Marilyn...remember that some people, like me, don't read every day. but when i come here i catch up on all of the previous posts. so it only counts as one "hit" (pageview), but if i were here everyday, it would count as many hits. as well, lots of people read your blog but just don't comment. but that doesn't mean that they aren't interested!

anyway, i want to congratulate you Marilyn for keeping this blog up and running and for keeping all of the posts interesting!

your friend,

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you so much, Kymber,
I appreciate your compliments and will pass them on. Many people, like yourself, read the posts, but don't always comment. That's fine.

Your Friend,