A Day in My Life: The Unexpected Thing about New Kitchen Appliances

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As much as our Summer of House Updating has stressed my fragile mental health, I have to admit I’m still dazzled by the new kitchen appliances. 

 

Our old appliances were 25 years old. They still worked, but they worked LOUDLY. The biggest change I’ve noticed with the new appliances is that everything is so quiet! Whisper-hush.

 

 

The old oven timer used to blurt persistently, like someone holding their finger on the doorbell. The new oven timer gives an “I’m sorry to bother you”  gentle tap on your shoulder kind-of-sound. I didn’t even notice it the first few times I baked cookies! The new dishwasher sounds like a quiet brook. The old one sounded like Niagara Falls.

 

 

If it weren’t for the four electricians who shout from one end of the house to the other, plus my blessed-with-a-life-guard’s-voice husband, plus three dogs (one of which   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: The Summer of House Updates

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This summer, one of our main focuses has been to get some much-overdo updates on our 1955-era house. It started when I pointed out a cracked tile in an extremely outdated bathroom to my husband. Being a highly detailed and uber-literal guy, he created five phases of updates for the house.

Five phases.

We are now on Phase Three. Dry wall has been torn out of back bedrooms–because apparently we needed insulation in the walls now that the children have moved out (?!). This morning, electricians are crawling all over the house. We’re updating the electrical system. Apparently, that was also necessary.

And Phase 4 and 5 have been put on indefinite hold because, starting September 1st, my husband is coming out of retirement and returning to a full-time job (more to come on that story).

So…guess what phase the cracked bathroom tile is in?

 

 

Penn Dutch Proverb: Crows

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The Year of the Faucet

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This summer, we’ve been doing a few needed updates on the house. Much needed new appliances in the kitchen, for example. I ended up choosing a kitchen faucet that I just love, love, love…though I’m sure others might disagree. Others, like my mom, who saw a pix and wondered what was the matter with the faucet that it needed a coil around it? Here’s a pix:

My friend Kathy and I had a fun conversation about unique kitchen faucets as a metaphor for life: Something you like so much that it just doesn’t matter what others think.

Maybe it’s a mid-life thing, but I wish I’d had that perspective throughout my life. As in, not being so affected by the opinions of others so that you don’t “pick the faucet” you really want.

For my birthday, Kathy gave me a picture of an old faucet. We’re calling it our   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Missing by Lisa Harris

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Congratulations to the winner of last week’s Author Spotlight giveaway of What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert, JERI WILSON. Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.

Welcome Lisa Harris, author of Missing, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below to enter to win a copy.

Introduce us to you as an author: When did you get bit with the writing bug? How would you describe your writing style?

I started dictating stories to my mom before I could even write. And that ‘bug’ never left me. I didn’t start writing seriously until years later after adopting our firstborn, but have kept on every since. I write fast-paced romantic suspense that usually takes place over a very short time period.

Tell us about your new release:

Missing is book two in my series about Nikki Boyd who works with a missing person   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Recap: The Longest Road, Beard Cutters, & Apple Pie

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Here is a recap of what went on this week Amish Wisdom:

Read a sample from Adina Senft’s The Longest Road on this week’s Book Nook.

Do the Amish file income taxes? Find out from our Amish Scribe on Ask the Amish.

Learn about the Bergholz beard cutters and enter to win a copy of Breakaway Amish on Beyond the Bonnets.

Get a tasty recipe for apple pie on Cook’s Corner.

 

Make sure to stop by Amish Wisdom today and answer the trivia question for the chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family.

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Sour Apple

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Proverb:  Es macht nix aus wie sauer as der Appel is, mer muss doch alsemol neibeisse.

Translation: No matter how sour the apple, you’ve got to bite into it now and then.

What it really means: Make a virtue out of necessity.

No matter how sour the apple, you’ve got to bite into it now and then. -Penn Dutch Proverb

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Author Spotlight: What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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Congratulations to the winner of last week’s Author Spotlight giveaway of Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon, HEIDI ROBBINS. Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.

Welcome Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of What Matters Most, to Author Spotlight! Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy.

Introduce us to you as an author: When did you get bit with the writing bug? How would you describe your writing style?

Hi, Suzanne! So nice to be back with you and your readers. I was first bit by the reading bug before ever considering writing. While I was a fairly obedient child, I’d break my parents’ rules and hide a flashlight in my bed for late night adventures with swashbuckling pirates and horses and brave females who were women to be reckoned with.

Once, I was hiding out in   Keep Reading…

Amish Wisdom Recap: Straight Pins, Josiah for President, & Plain Beauty

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Here is a recap of what went on this week Amish Wisdom:

Do the Amish only use straight pins as fasteners on clothing? Find out from our Amish Scribe on Ask the Amish.

Looking for a little fresh air from the current election? See Josiah for President, the Musical in three locations this summer. Learn more on this week’s Travel Tips.

Rhonda Schrock shares about her heritage of plain beauty on Almost Amish.

 

 

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Penn Dutch Proverbs: Stinking Fish

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Proverb: Der Fischmann greischt net “schtinkiche Fisch.

Translation: The fishmonger never calls stinking fish.

What it really means: No huckster decries his wares.

The fishmonger never calls stinking fish. -Penn Dutch Proverb

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