In the Kitchen: Waffles and fruit for supper. Peanut butter pie for dessert. A mouse that broke into our popcorn stash meeting a timely end. (Our special delicious popcorn that we brought back from the midwest. Of course it wanted nothing to do with our microwave popcorn.)
Just Finished Reading: Emma: A Widow Among the Amish by Ervin Stutzman. The sequel to Tobias, this fictionalized account based on actual events follows Emma through her life as a widow as she continues to raise her family. It is written by Emma's youngest son who researched his parent's lives by conducting interviews with those who knew them. The writing style is simple, but rich in detail. At some points, it is frustrating to see the choices Emma makes or coerces her children into making due to her widow status and their need of financial support. Yet, it was also inspiring to see her unwavering faith and the faith of her children.
At the Library: A woman called the other day and wanted to know where she could recycle her old computer. I gave her the information that our County gives us for their computer recycling program, but she declined the information saying she had spoke already to them and that they don't truly recycle the gadgetry.
"They just take anything toxic out of them and throw them away- filling up our landfills!"
"Actually, I think they send them to China and---" She cut me off.
"CHINA! Oh great, so they send them to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY."
I got a kick out of her idea that China is a third world country, since, you know, probably most of the things in her house were made there.
Oh, but anyway. I found an interesting book which I have not read but thought some of my readers might like. It's a novel called The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart. It takes place in a Shaker community in 1807 where a young Shaker woman falls for a man (the ominous and presumably good looking "outsider") and is faced with the choice of either stay or leaving her community. Since the Shakers are a chaste church, she can't just have him convert and then marry him as marriage, children, families did not exist with Shakers. So that is an interesting twist. While the book is somewhat of an attempt to cash in on the amish-fiction-romance craze of recent years (not to mention the tired storyline where "an outsider" disrupts a strict religious community), the author is billed as being knowledgeable about Shaker life. If anyone has read it, please feel free to post your thoughts and give us a quick review.