Current finances wouldn’t let us make it an over-nighter to Ohio’s Amish country, like we’d first planned, but one day away is better than none. Even then, it cost twice what it did only a few short years ago. Every time we go, we notice the changes. Being a porch-sitter, I noticed that several businesses had done away with their porch benches and were using their porches for display of items for sale. I guess that’s good for the bottom line, but it certainly makes for a less gracious-feeling shopping experience. Since it was too hot for me and the dog to stay in the truck those porch benches were sorely missed. Businesses don’t understand that if papa ain’t got a place to sit, he’s less likely to haul momma there in the first place. One of our local stores has done the same thing, so I now encourage my wife to go elsewhere, and I’m sure I’m not the only cranky old geezer to do so.
Our haul was very light this trip; my wife spent $10 on something she wanted and I spent absolutely nothing, despite antique tools being my main weakness. I didn’t even get any of the cookies that I dearly love; they only come by the dozen, and I just couldn’t see that I needed that many. The wife saw a Chinese-made tree that she liked selling for $69.95 and realized that she could buy the same thing at Wally World for $19.95. I saw a few tools that I could literally have used, but they were priced at about triple what I felt they were worth. The few things that were priced fairly low were things that I didn’t need. The most tempting item was a nearly unused broad-axe (without a handle) of the Kent style. It was only $35, but my budget for this trip was only $20, and I’ve got a perfectly good American-style broad-axe in the basement.
The place keeps getting higher-priced and more commercial, the quality of goods and food alike keep declining, and the wife and I just can’t spend the hours on our feet that we once did (and the benches are disappearing). As much as we used to enjoy it, I’m not sure just how many more times we’ll feel the trip is worth the effort. Still, though we were glad to get home, we had a good day. © 2013