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Celia.....I thought you're joke was pretty good! :lol:

Andrea,

You can find those Capri pants everywhere....I've been living in them the past 2 summers. A couple weeks ago I got a couple new white ones that are really wide-legged....like bell bottoms but they are capris. Everyone loves them and they are totally comfy. OMG...I love clothes!!! :D

Ummm...there was other stuff I wanted to reply to but now I cant remember. :unsure:

Well....I gotta get my butt outside....for reals this time. ;)

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I had some time to waste so I'd already checked out johnnyrivers.com :lol::lol: I recognize a couple of the songs. I wish there were more pictures, there really aren't that many...

, yeah I live on the wild side :lol::lol: (<---joking :lol: )

Julie - - now you know - - :ph34r: Not something I tell most people and now, well guess I"ve told the whole world..... :lol: You can find more pictures if you go to his chatboard, click on some of those posts and people have put photos up. He actually is very sexy and a very good performer the few times I saw him.

Yup, you wild girl, I like some of the aging rockers myself......but refer some of the aging actors actually....

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I'm not sure about Amish and facilities. I do know they don't have modern conveniences...cars, electricity, maybe phone. The people in your community are probably mennonites which are like amish but not so conservative. It is actually a mennonite homeschool program that I will be using. Don't kick me out but I tend toward the more conservative side now. I don't wear bonnets though and I don't impose my dress on anyone else. I actually saw some cute wide legged capri type pants when I went to campmeeting, more of the loose fit if you shopping gals can tell me where to find them...I'd like to pick some up. :P I have a baseball style hat somewhere...don't know where it got to. I gave all my Mariner hats to the boys over the years (Mitch's boys) and only have an Amy Grant and my horse 4h hat left. I wonder where the horse hat is too.

Let's just say our farm can be any dress style people are comfortable with...as long as they are dressed. :lol:

Yes,

Andrea lets have them be dressed please.! <_< I joined my husbands church when were married, it is Mennonite. The most progressive of all, the ones you have seen while shopping are probably Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite or black bumper Mennonite Or Old Mennonite. All of the groups are offshoots of the Amish who wanted to progress somewhat. Ours is known as the "Peace Church", we do missionary work either sending out or supporting. We also founded MDS (Mennonite Central Committee) and send people to disaster areas to fix up buildings & whatever needs done. In the winter we had groups going down to Louisiana to work several times, one fellow was manager of work projects there. Not bragging, just telling. :)

Andrea, I like your picture and you have good looking children!! evie

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Andrea - great picture! - the pants you're looking for for your Amish home school :P are probably culottes, you can find them everywhere. I'm particularly fond of Marshall's for shopping, give it a try. If we do see you wearing a bonnet in your avatar, we'll be concerned.....oh, guess we woudn't see your avatar any more as you'd no longer be allowed to have a COMPUTER....... :lol:

Went back to sleep for two more hours and now feel guilty. Ah well, it's Sunday, my favorite day, and that's allowed and obviously I skipped church today :ph34r: that part, I don't like. LOVE my church.

:lol::lol::lol:

Actually the mennonites aren't as strict as the amish. They are more modern at least with conveniences. I won't be wearing a bonnet any time soon. :)

Thanks for the tip on the culottes....I'll look for them...they look comfy anyway.

We've been lazy about getting to church with the little one. It messes up his day so much....but then so did our errands last night. When we live 1/2 hour or more from the gluten free stuff it takes a while to run errands and he's still not up for long stretches except in the evening. Also with church being 50 miles away and having a new used gas hog van we will be staying home more. There is a church that is closer to us we want to check out...it's pretty small and probably doesn't have a very good Sabbath school which is why we've stayed with our old church.

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Yes,

Andrea lets have them be dressed please.! <_< I joined my husbands church when were married, it is Mennonite. The most progressive of all, the ones you have seen while shopping are probably Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite or black bumper Mennonite Or Old Mennonite. All of the groups are offshoots of the Amish who wanted to progress somewhat. Ours is known as the "Peace Church", we do missionary work either sending out or supporting. We also founded MDS (Mennonite Central Committee) and send people to disaster areas to fix up buildings & whatever needs done. In the winter we had groups going down to Louisiana to work several times, one fellow was manager of work projects there. Not bragging, just telling. :)

Evie - wonder if you know about Fresno Pacific University (that's FPU, BTW), very good mennonite university here, all I remember is that the religion was founded by Menno Simons.....offshoot of Amish....but the school here's really progressive. Oh, I kind of got run out of that grad office, I was a little too, shall we say, ebullient, in a very sober and serious gaggle of professors and mennonite staff....bored out of my mind - used to cry at night (and this is when the heavy wine-drinking began :ph34r: ) and not know why - - then I realized I was living the term BORED TO TEARS :lol: I was a rather bad secretary (admin assistant) and was SOOOOOOO bored that I got quite distracted and caused a bit of mischief to entertain myself (remember - gluten haze in permanent residence in my brain).....I had many fans but a couple of stronger enemies and finally left. What a relief...then moved to Monterey - - for the years of madness from which I am now recovering..... :blink:

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My life is starting to interfere with this thread. :lol:

Oh and Andrea, how beautiful you all are and your little girl looks soooo much like you. :)

:lol::lol::lol:

Do we have a life anymore outside of this thread? :ph34r:

My daughter not only looks like me she is like me. Just like I'm like my mom, and so on. The female side of my family is very head strong, although I've gotten better since becoming a christian. My daughter is very difficult for me since we are the same personality. I feel sorry for my hubby. :lol: My oldest son is a little more laid back and easier for me to deal with. My hubby has more problems with him since they are more similar in personality. Don't know about the baby yet. Probably in between. :P

Andrea,

You can find those Capri pants everywhere....I've been living in them the past 2 summers. A couple weeks ago I got a couple new white ones that are really wide-legged....like bell bottoms but they are capris. Everyone loves them and they are totally comfy. OMG...I love clothes!!! :D

Thank Rachel,

If you're still here delete some mail will ya?

I didn't do very well on my first day of my "new" diet... I forgot about the water when I woke I plopped a cup of tap water into the microwave for instant coffee and drank it...... dear gaaawwwddd I'll never get this right :wacko:

Be easy on yourself Celia. We all need time to adjust to new things and new routines. :P

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Sheeesh.....am I the only one here who just heard of the Mennonites? Maybe I gotta get out more often. :blink:

I'm thinking I'm not as conservative as some of you are as far as clothes go. Will I still be allowed on the farm?? :unsure:

I could never dress like the Mennonites I saw...and not just because of the tomboy factor...but...welll...I just love clothes WAY too much! They all seem to wear the same thing and long dresses on a hot day is not a good thing in my book. <_<

I think I dress appropriatelly for each occassion though. Today its freakin hot outside and I'm wearing shorts and bathing suit top. Thats comfortable for me. If I go to the store...I'll throw on a tank top and sandals. Can I still live in Rachelville?? :huh:

:lol::lol:

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If you're still here delete some mail will ya?

Ooops....bad habit. :P

My mailbox isnt full anymore. :)

aww that would be sad if Rachel couldn't live in Rachelville... :lol: I vote you in!!! pssttt by the way I dress the same way you do :ph34r::lol:

LOL...phew!!!

I thought I'd be the first one voted off the farm!! :D

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Evie - wonder if you know about Fresno Pacific University (that's FPU, BTW), very good mennonite university here, all I remember is that the religion was founded by Menno Simons.....offshoot of Amish....but the school here's really progressive. Oh, I kind of got run out of that grad office, I was a little too, shall we say, ebullient, in a very sober and serious gaggle of professors and mennonite staff....bored out of my mind - used to cry at night (and this is when the heavy wine-drinking began :ph34r: ) and not know why - - then I realized I was living the term BORED TO TEARS :lol: I was a rather bad secretary (admin assistant) and was SOOOOOOO bored that I got quite distracted and caused a bit of mischief to entertain myself (remember - gluten haze in permanent residence in my brain).....I had many fans but a couple of stronger enemies and finally left. What a relief...then moved to Monterey - - for the years of madness from which I am now recovering..... :blink:

Yes, Susan I have heard of it but am more familiar with Buffton college of Bluffton, Ohio and Mennonite U. of Newton, Kansas since they are closer to Iowa. When my husbands uncle passed away my husband saw to it that money went to both those universities, hubby was the administrator. Relatives got a bit too, not much, too many of us!! :rolleyes: You are right, Menno Simmons was the founder.

I think some of our young people think the Mennonite colleges might be a bit stodgy too. So you were administrative assisstant too!! Our middle daughter is also one @ Wm Penn. U. here in Iowa, helped her finish her degree a few years ago. Been wondering how the job thing is going for you, did you get the offer

that would restrict you a lot for 3 years ahead or do I have you mixed up/ someone else? :o evie

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I'm thinking I'm not as conservative as some of you are as far as clothes go. Will I still be allowed on the farm?? :unsure:

Yes Rachel, we will have a hippy/bohemian/artsy sect in the cult.....I will be part of that group as well....bonnets optional.... :lol:

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Yes,

Andrea lets have them be dressed please.! <_< I joined my husbands church when were married, it is Mennonite. The most progressive of all, the ones you have seen while shopping are probably Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite or black bumper Mennonite Or Old Mennonite. All of the groups are offshoots of the Amish who wanted to progress somewhat. Ours is known as the "Peace Church", we do missionary work either sending out or supporting. We also founded MDS (Mennonite Central Committee) and send people to disaster areas to fix up buildings & whatever needs done. In the winter we had groups going down to Louisiana to work several times, one fellow was manager of work projects there. Not bragging, just telling. :)

Andrea, I like your picture and you have good looking children!! evie

Wow Evie, I really like the Mennonite homeschool program. I think the Mennonites and Adventist share a lot of the same beliefs. One thing I'm confused about is that they don't associate with those outside their faith as far as business anyway. That may be a more conservative group though. We have ADRA for our disaster response team. They work worldwide and are often there right alongside Red Cross when disasters strike. Our church is also very mission minded. The program we use is Rod and Staff, are you familiar with it. Talitha will be starting first grade this year, she's excited to start school and I told her she need to wait until the beginning of September. She's just now starting to be interested in learning to read...my oldest son wants to too since his sister is. :P Just on a side note, I'm not into church bashing and don't want to get into a debate over who's church is best. Church is for believers to come together but Jesus is the reason. Everyone has different beliefs and I respect that and know most if not all of you respect that as well.

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Yes, Susan I have heard of it but am more familiar with Buffton college of Bluffton, Ohio and Mennonite U. of Newton, Kansas since they are closer to Iowa. When my husbands uncle passed away my husband saw to it that money went to both those universities, hubby was the administrator. Relatives got a bit too, not much, too many of us!! :rolleyes: You are right, Menno Simmons was the founder.

I think some of our young people think the Mennonite colleges might be a bit stodgy too. So you were administrative assisstant too!! Our middle daughter is also one @ Wm Penn. U. here in Iowa, helped her finish her degree a few years ago. Been wondering how the job thing is going for you, did you get the offer

that would restrict you a lot for 3 years ahead or do I have you mixed up/ someone else? :o evie

Rachel, you might be the only one!

My parents grew up in an area in Kansas where there was, still is, a Mennonite community. A lot of their classmates were Mennonites.

Andrea, I was going to say your daughter looks just like you, a "little Andrea"!

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Been wondering how the job thing is going for you, did you get the offer

that would restrict you a lot for 3 years ahead or do I have you mixed up/ someone else? :o evie

job thing..... :(:(:( no real job...the artist I"ve been working for has been gone three weeks, hence all my time in the garden, with friends, painting the house, sewing curtains, AND ON THIS FREAKING SLUMBER PARTY CULT that is so entertaining and addicting..... :unsure:

Sadly I had to tell those people that I couldn't handle the schedule of that job. They are considering me for other things, nothing's open yet, but I know they liked me quite a lot (that's what they told me) and had already mentioned me for a job in ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE.....um, I laughed out loud with the cop and said, sir, you really don't want me working with numbers.....I"m a word girl and a people person.

But, it was at that time I told him that I had been SO sick that I am on disability (I alluded to beign sick during the interview but didn't go into detail), which they would find out during the backgroudn check. And guess what, haven't heard a thing since. I don't really know what to do - they can't rule me out for part-time work due to disabilty....but I feel a little "shut out" since that revelation.... :(

Trying to talk my parents into buying another fixer-upper in this town - - -I refurbished two homes for them, LOVED doing it, with great success and profit for them. Would like to do that here.....am goign to work on them for that.

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Sheeesh.....am I the only one here who just heard of the Mennonites? Maybe I gotta get out more often. :blink:

I'm thinking I'm not as conservative as some of you are as far as clothes go. Will I still be allowed on the farm?? :unsure:

I could never dress like the Mennonites I saw...and not just because of the tomboy factor...but...welll...I just love clothes WAY too much! They all seem to wear the same thing and long dresses on a hot day is not a good thing in my book. <_<

I think I dress appropriatelly for each occassion though. Today its freakin hot outside and I'm wearing shorts and bathing suit top. Thats comfortable for me. If I go to the store...I'll throw on a tank top and sandals. Can I still live in Rachelville?? :huh:

:lol::lol:

As long as you're dressed. :P That's Rachelville's rules.

I do wear dresses and skirts BTW and I dress modestly when I'm out. If you're more comfortable in other things I'm not going to knock you for it (as long as your dressed). I'm definately not into nudist colonies...do those things even still exist? We all need to live with our conscience and try not to offend others at the same time...a delicate balance to say the least.

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Just on a side note, I'm not into church bashing and don't want to get into a debate over who's church is best. Church is for believers to come together but Jesus is the reason.

Amen sister - - - we'll strictly hold to that theory and then no fighting or timeouts during the slumber party! :)

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My husband and I love to take day/weekend trips to Lancaser, Pa. It is such beautiful country, and a lot of Mennonites and Amish people live there. Their farms are so picturesque--it looks like a painting! There is a shop there in Kitchen Kettle Village where the Mennonite women make and sell homemade jams, jellys, baked goods etc--they are so good. I just love it there.

Speaking of clothes, today I'm sporting a paper face mask because of all the sanding dust in the bedroom. We just came home from Home Depot--had to get ceiling paint. It must be 95 out there. The guy on the radio said 95-100 tomorrow :o

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Wow Evie, I really like the Mennonite homeschool program. I think the Mennonites and Adventist share a lot of the same beliefs. One thing I'm confused about is that they don't associate with those outside their faith as far as business anyway. That may be a more conservative group though. We have ADRA for our disaster response team. They work worldwide and are often there right alongside Red Cross when disasters strike. Our church is also very mission minded. The program we use is Rod and Staff, are you familiar with it. Talitha will be starting first grade this year, she's excited to start school and I told her she need to wait until the beginning of September. She's just now starting to be interested in learning to read...my oldest son wants to too since his sister is. :P Just on a side note, I'm not into church bashing and don't want to get into a debate over who's church is best. Church is for believers to come together but Jesus is the reason. Everyone has different beliefs and I respect that and know most if not all of you respect that as well.

So true AndreaB, to each his own whatever the faith or?? Bashing of any kind is non productive in many ways. :blink: I know very little about Adventist but all true religions have good things about them. Sounds like you have a good group going there with Rod and Staff. When our granddaughter & family lived in Wyoming they had a Penn Dutch Mennonite family take care of their little girl, they really liked the way they took good care of her. They now live in Arizona and daughter will start to public school this fall. The parents are teachers but in high school. Have a good day!! Hot/ mugginess here!! :) evie We have a few families here who do home schooling and do a good job of it.

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Sounds like you have a good group going there with Rod and Staff.

We have a few families here who do home schooling and do a good job of it.

Rod and Staff is a Mennonite publishing company in Kentucky that does the homeschooling program as well as reading books. I would assume they use the same materials for the most part in there schools. I really like the program since it is so Jesus based, unlike alot of homeschool stuff out there.

My husband and I love to take day/weekend trips to Lancaser, Pa. It is such beautiful country, and a lot of Mennonites and Amish people live there. Their farms are so picturesque--it looks like a painting! There is a shop there in Kitchen Kettle Village where the Mennonite women make and sell homemade jams, jellys, baked goods etc--they are so good. I just love it there.

Speaking of clothes, today I'm sporting a paper face mask because of all the sanding dust in the bedroom. We just came home from Home Depot--had to get ceiling paint. It must be 95 out there. The guy on the radio said 95-100 tomorrow :o

That sounds like fun Patti. My husband's family is from Milton PA and his brother and wife as well as mother still live there. I've always wanted to visit an amish community just because all the pictures I've seen look so beautiful and peaceful. I like quiet...hope that won't get me kicked out of Rachelville. :ph34r:

Of course we couldn't eat the baked goods anymore.... :(

I always hated wearing masks...I used to wear the pollen masks so I wouldn't get so bad mowing the lawn. They made me so hot. I hope you don't get sick from all this.

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Good morning you crazy crazy gals!!

As far as Rachel's meds, what if it is the thing that works? I think when we are so sick for so long and we've been doing everything in our power to get better, going to doctor after doctor for help, taking all kinds of pills, and capsules, and powders, eating all different kinds of foods, doing weird and crazy healing rituals (coffee enemas, liver flushes, just to name a few) it might be just easier to give up. But NO, Rachel does not accept that as an option. I admire her for fighting and for trying again and again and again.

Julie: AMEN AND AMEN!!!!! I was trying to come up with a way to express my thoughts, but, girl, you said it beautifully!!! A line from a poem keeps floating around in my brain, but I can't for the life of me remember the title of the poem. The line describes Rachel and all the rest of you courageous, never-give-up folks: "...to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield!" Ring a bell with anyone?

About that jigger of Jack - A while back the subject of alcohol dazes came up, and I said that I wouldn't want to give up having my Jack Daniels on Friday and Saturday nights. Someone answered that Jack was gluten free. :):)

Susan, and I can't remember who else asked - Yep, it was Jerry Lee Lewis! My baby sister and her best friend went rock and roll crazy, and were sort of hanging around the fringes of their idols. (Those nutty kids even cut a record of one of their duets. It was hilarious! To say they couldn't carry a tune in a bucket is like saying Mt. Everest is a hill.) Somehow they met Jerry Lee Lewis, and baby sister decided to fix him up with a blind date with our other sister, without telling her of course. (Other sister was a dignified stewardess with a charter airline.)

Anyway, daddy was sitting at the dining room table, drinking coffee and reading the paper. When the doorbell rang, he glanced out the DR window and spied JLL on the front porch. As he jumped up and dashed toward the front door, mother asked, "T., where are you going?" That's when daddy, who had never said an unkind word about anyone in his life, uttered the words that have gone down in our family history: "I'm goin' to throw a piece of white trash off my porch!!!" And so he did.

There's another family story about JLL, involving an aunt who worked for him years later as caretaker for his mother, but I won't bore you with that one. I STILL love his music!!! :P

Rachel - I have a problem with the sun too. It started a long time ago with a sunburn, and to this day I can't get in the sun, without tons of sunscreen and a very wide-brimmed hat. I hope you get well real soon, so you can write that book!

I'll be everlastingly grateful for what I've learned on this string about managing this yucky disease! I admire all of you for keeping on keeping on, for sharing your knowledge, AND for laughing! :lol::lol::lol:

Celia's joke: :P:P:P

Cissie

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Okay, so here I am again responding to things that were discused 1,000s of pages ago, lol. :lol::lol:

Goat milk. Couldn't stand the taste of any of the brands of goat milk I tried, but I love goat milk yogurt and goat cheese. I haven't tried any since going dairy free in December. I think I'm afraid to try. I haven't had a single sinus infection since November and I'm afraid to mess that up, lol. I was getting them (sinus infections) every 5-6 weeks without fail. I would love to have yogurt again though. The brand of yogurt I bought was a little runny but it was good, course I added sugar free syrup which is all chemicals, so wouldn't do that now, but I might try stevia which I'm finally getting to be able to tolerate taste wise.

Clothing on the Farm - yes, please, lol. I love you all, but some form of clothing please. :lol: For the record I'm wearing a workout type tank and shorts, so we're all good there.

Taste and sense of smell - I haven't had a sense of smell in ages and my taste is off too. I noticed some improvement after going gluten free which was wonderful.

Stopping supplements - I stopped all mine too when the msg issue popped up on this thread. I've been thinking of reintroducing them one at a time. I did start taking my Vit C without problem (although stopped a week or so before my biopsy).

Sun sensitivity - YES! I am supposed to have nice Italian olive skin, but I have been burning so easily in the last few years. Thursday, my mom commented on how pink my face was...sheesh I just walked from the car to the hospital--in that short sun exposure my face got "pink".

I am loving EVERYONE's new pictures!

Susan - I don't have a lot the sensitivities that others on this thread have either, but I think we've all learned and helped each other, so I'm am glad you are here (as I am glad everyone is here).

Andrea - you might also want to check out gauchos...gaucho pants and the coulottes (sort of the same thing anyway).

I love shopping...can we have our farm within a couple of hours of a shopping mall, lol. :lol:

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Anyway, daddy was sitting at the dining room table, drinking coffee and reading the paper. When the doorbell rang, he glanced out the DR window and spied JLL on the front porch. As he jumped up and dashed toward the front door, mother asked, "T., where are you going?" That's when daddy, who had never said an unkind word about anyone in his life, uttered the words that have gone down in our family history: "I'm goin' to throw a piece of white trash off my porch!!!" And so he did.

My dad once threw a knife salesman off our front porch...not nearly as exciting as throwing a rock star off the front porch, but it was all we had, lol. :lol:

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Julie: AMEN AND AMEN!!!!! I was trying to come up with a way to express my thoughts, but, girl, you said it beautifully!!! A line from a poem keeps floating around in my brain, but I can't for the life of me remember the title of the poem. The line describes Rachel and all the rest of you courageous, never-give-up folks: "...to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield!" Ring a bell with anyone?

Anyway, daddy was sitting at the dining room table, drinking coffee and reading the paper. When the doorbell rang, he glanced out the DR window and spied JLL on the front porch. As he jumped up and dashed toward the front door, mother asked, "T., where are you going?" That's when daddy, who had never said an unkind word about anyone in his life, uttered the words that have gone down in our family history: "I'm goin' to throw a piece of white trash off my porch!!!" And so he did.

Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson....great poem and totally appropriate!

:lol::lol: This is HILARIOUS about JLL and what your father said - - the stuff of legends! :lol:

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