Monday, April 18, 2005

Old Feed Mill, Rain, Gardens, and the Amish

Old Feed Mill
I spent the Lord's Day at a feed mill. No, no I wasn't buying feed. Thats were we had our worship service! We are still cleaning up the church from the flood damage. One of our members just happened to own an old feed mill that we could use. We had services in the old retail store part. Before we left John and I went out and toured the old mill. I couldn't help but think back to when the mill was full of people working away, back when there were enough farms left to support a local mill.


We need rain pretty bad now. After the great flood the rain stopped and never came back. The pasture would grow if we had a little rain. Its warm now, and we just need rain to give the grass a jumpstart. The ground on the sidehills is cracked and dusty. Drought or flood, one extreme or the other it seems.


The garden is coming along. Didn't plant peas yet, perhaps today or the next day. The blueberries are in the ground.


Some folks don't know that the "Reformed Farmer" has Amish kin. My mothers father was born in the old order. He left and married a regular baptist. Anyhow this Calvinist has many Amish ancestors. I'm a genetic mix of Outlaws, Amish, Baptists, and Presbyterians. A theological mutt of sorts. You can't help but admire the Amish communities, with all their flaws, they have a good grasp on the idea of community. It also turns out that Rick Saenz has a Fascination with the Amish.


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