Togetherness. I can't think of anyone I would rather spend the day with than John. We so like to do the same things. Well, mostly. I am not too into golf or fishing, but I do like to hear his stories about his days doing just those things. He is not so interested in the same movies I am, but he is perfectly happy to go anyway. But then there are the things we love to do together. They are many: road trips, exploring, antiquing, junking, walks along the Lake, gardening, reading (and reading parts to each other), family, friends, spontaneous plans, just to name a few.
This morning, we awoke to a perfect day with medium temperatures, soft breezes and sunshine and no "have-tos". John suggested we take off for the day and go south to Amish country. The area is one of John's favorite places to go. It is serene and picturesque and there are an abundance of antique shops.
How can you not love the gently rolling hills with white farm houses and barns tucked into the landscape? Everywhere we looked we saw fields of corn swaying in the breeze. The fields are lovely surrounded by the hills and trees.
It was very crowded in town. Tourists. We were one of them. Kind of. I have admired the Amish for their dedication to recycling and reusing. We always see them at garage sales and thrift shops and most of the antique shops are owned by Amish or Mennonites. But we noticed today that the town is also full of gaudy gift shops and souvenir shops filled with every kind of junky (and some nice) Amish related stuff. It disappoints me, not that they are business people, but that most of the stuff is strictly tourist fare. The tourists drive down there, buy stuff and think they have seen Amish country. They haven't driven through the side roads and seen the lovely farms. They don't take the time to talk to the shopkeepers.
Oh, in case you are curious, we bought very little today. John found some tins and big bolts that he wants to use to make more robots. But we had a great day. Thank you world!