Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rough and Tumble

70th Annual Threshermen's Reunion

Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Society

Hi! Last week was special. 
This is the first time Xyra and Franz went out to Kinzer's for more than two days! Considering you basically started sweating just standing up, my sisters and I opted to stay home in the air conditioning. (giggles) Although, I really would have liked to go. Rough and Tumble has turned into a kind of Coolspring East because many of the volunteers and exhibitors also help at Coolspring. So we could have visited with a lot of our friends like Professor M.

Anyway, just because we didn't go doesn't mean we didn't send a representative.
Olivia our resident Heartlake Friends STEM aficionado will report back. Look for her adventures tomorrow.

Oh, hey! If you look at the links and the photos on the Rough and Tumble website you'll see Kinzer's PA is located in Lancaster County. Unlike last week, the people in the photos are not wearing costumes. Many Amish and plain Mennonite families as well as modern Mennonite and other "English" people visit the Threshermen's Reunion and other events. 

Best wishes, 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Note from Xyra

Remain Calm, All is Well!

Hello all! I can not believe we are practically half way through August already! Memorial Day feels like it was yesterday and Labor Day is just around the corner with fall starting soon after. Yes, I'm one of those people who embraces the seasons to their true start and finish...the first day of fall this year is September 23. 

The weather has been wacky this summer and here in Southeastern PA between heatwaves and rain it has been hard to get anything done as both types of weather do absolutely nothing for motivation. Outside commitments have also eaten up time otherwise used for blogging. You're probably very familiar with these issues in your own life. We are also thinking a lot about our friends known and unknown near fires and floods and structure collapses. Praying all is well or that help is available. 

If you have a blog, you may have noticed I haven't commented lately (or maybe not). My inbox is filled with things I need to read and hope to catch up in the very near future! So you're going to get notices about comments on really old posts...okay not really old, but from early July to present. 😲

One cool thing to be implemented recently is a true blogging planner. I started August 1 and it already has had changes to it. πŸ˜„ I hope to add several trips to the new American Girl Outlet in Hershey, PA. That's about 1 1/2 hours from us. I've had invitations from several people who will go with me. Yay! Maybe a meet up can be arranged too.

Some photos from the summer so far. 😊

Best wishes to all in the blogging community! Keep up the good work!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Goschenhoppen 2018

Goschenhoppen Folk Festival 2018

Hi! Well, what an interesting day I had at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. I almost didn't get to go. Some had said it was going to rain all day and it did rain really hard Saturday morning while we got ready to go. Xyra even decided to take a big Coleman cooler to put her stuff in. Of course, she had a time appropriate cover so the cooler did not show.
I got to explore a little bit, but not much. The rain started to come through and I had to head for cover, well, we all found cover. So here is what I did see. Much is similar to Grace's first post from last year. It's a bummer, I had plans to really see some new things.

Farm Animals Plus

I had a lot of fun around the farm animals. Everything was so interesting. 
The peacock was kind of lonely. He's the only one left in his family. And his mate passed away a few months ago. We called him George. George is very pretty. I didn't ask if the daughter was still living. We sold feathers. 
You could choose a small one or a long one. Both are beautiful!

This caterpillar was not part of the demonstration, but was crawling along Millie's pen. Millie is the cow.
Millie was not as cooperative in posing for me as she was for Grace.
But I finally got a decent shot with her horns. She is a milking shorthorn cow.
Four sheep waited shearing this year. Three rams and one ewe. Just in case, that's pronounced "you."
This is the ewe getting her trim.
In here are the Emden geese.
The Toulouse are here. 
I didn't get a shot with the Pekin ducks. These two male ducks...did you know you can tell the gender of a duck by its bill color, quack, and tail feathers...their bills tend to be darker than female ducks, the quack deeper, and the tail feathers curl. Oh, these two ducks were not very nice to the one goose, Gabby. The other geese aren't very nice to her either, so she got her own room both days. 

Saturday, she got to be in the bigger, shaded pen and really seemed to like it.
Oh! The Guinea keets! I got to see more than Grace did! 16 to be exact and only 4 days old. They were super tiny and fluffy and soft and cute and funny and...you get the picture. They can be loud too. Even at just 4 days. 
You see that big dome metal thing in the left of the photo? That's a brooder. You start a fire in the main part, this is a wood burning one, and the smoke goes up the chimney, not pictured, and the dome keeps the air underneath warm so the keets stay warm.

In the chicken pen we had Rhode Island Reds. A rooster and two hens.

Next to us was the thresher. It's run by one horse power (giggles)
Can you see the white horse ahead of me like it's way up in the air? It's on an inclined tread mill. As it walks it moves the belt that works the threshing machine to make straw.

I was sent down to check on pot pie. They were working on two batches. 
Just about ready to put the chicken in, the sausage was almost ready. These homemade egg noodles are awesome!
Over there the woman is turning the copper pot making apple butter. 
I got to taste some on rye bread with schmierkase or cottage cheese. YUM-MY!
There were gorgeous flowers all over.

On our way back to report about the pot pie, I got a piece of ice from the ice truck. That was a big treat!

We heard the thunder rumbling and could see a storm brewing so we grabbed lunch.
Sausage pot pie.
Pickled Eggs also known as red beet eggs.
Summer sausage, think of something like Hickory Farms beef sticks, sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and dill pickle.
Bi-color corn.
Lots of tasty foods!

Shortly after we ate the storm came through and that ended the festival for me. I hope to go again soon!

My Outfit

So I got to wear handmade pantalettes. Addy's Summer Plaid dress, Josefina's riding boots and gold socks, Kirsten's apron and bonnet.

Please feel free to ask any questions about the Pennsylvania Dutch/German culture and traditions. 

Machts gut!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Grace Makes an Announcement

Upcoming Outing News

It's Goschenhoppen Folk Festival Time!

Hi, everyone! 
Do you remember back in 2016 when Kirsten was helping me pick out an outfit for the festival and I couldn't go? And then last year when I could?! Well, I'm here to announce who will be heading to the festival this year. (giggles) 
You'd think it would be me since I'm making the announcement, but the Silverleaf attending this year's festival is...[Pause, pause, pause, pause for dramatic effect πŸ˜‰]
LEA! So that means no post tomorrow. Check back next week for Lea's report and experience.

Γ€ bientΓ΄t! or Machts gut!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

MLA Product Review: Boy Outfits

It's Too Hot to Do Anything Else

Hi! I'm taking over today. 
It's been too hot and humid to really do anything outside. We've been doing a lot of reading and watching movies. Trying to keep our pets cool. We've been wanting to showcase two My Life As outfits we got in June, but the time just kept flying by with other activities. In fact you've seen Melody wear many of these pieces in her trip to Coolspring. Anyway, today we look at them closely. I'll go get them.
Both are considered "boy" outfits. Tsk! This first one had a pair of jeans, red tank top, and white and blue striped over shirt.
Had jeans! This outfit was purchased solely to make cut off shorts to wear at Coolspring. See here are the bottom parts of the legs.
Do you see what I see? Space theme! Luci would love this tank top.
Here is a better look at the three pieces.
This outfit was picked up to add greens and aquas to our closet. 
It's kind of crazy because the olive shorts do not match any of the colors.
Not even the fern on the shirt.
We added this pin. 
It's from Lady Webby and purrfect since today is World Cat Day. Don't forget to hug your kitties today! (giggles) Here's another look of the separate pieces.
[Walks away with the outfit, a few minutes pass, Haley returns.]
So this outfit does fit well. 

The cargo pockets are real. But I really do not like these shorts with this tee and hoodie.
[Walks out with the other outfit and returns.]
This outfit matches better.

I'm sad the over shirt does not have a way to fasten it shut. It's big enough. 
Maybe Xyra can add something. Would give it even more use. Love the rocket orbiting Earth graphic.
I think the hoodie would work well with the tank.
So would these shorts, but I leave that to your imagination. It's too hot to change again. (giggles)
Overall two really nice outfits. They add 6 mix and match pieces to the closet. Mel took 4 with her to Coolspring. Here she is wearing 3!
What are your thoughts on these outfits?

The Low Down


  • The tee shirt, tank, and hoodie go on easily and fit well. They fit loosely on Haley and perfectly on Melody.
  • The over shirt would be better with button holes or even snaps. I'm happy it does not have velcro. However, I had to help Haley on with the shirt. She had both hands behind her back so I could slip the shirt on both arms at the same time.
  • The olive cargo shorts and denim cutoffs have elastic waist bands. There is decent stretch, however, it took patience to get them on Haley AND a bit more effort for Melody (hence the reason she wore them everyday in Coolspring).
  • Overall, 6 nice mix and match pieces for about $3.50 per piece. I give each outfit 4 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Have a great Wednesday!


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with My Life As or Madame Alexander. The featured outfits were purchased for our collection with our own funds. the review is unsolicited and comprised of our own observations, opinions, thoughts, and words. No links are provided My Life As clothes are available through Walmart, but as "in-store purchase" only.