Spending Time With Cool People

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I mentioned in my last post that K and I were going with some friends to the Amish buffet.  Well, here’s the picture of the inside of the restaurant.  I still can’t figure out how we were almost the last people in there.  It seems like people ate so fast and then left right away.  It’s a neat restaurant because it is inside a large barn.  The food is fantastic, all homemade, and I always eat way too much.  When I go to buffets, I make sure to never, ever eat anything with my hand after having touched the communal spoons.  I honestly think that buffets are kind of gross in this regard, but when it comes to the Gasthof, you really just have to man (or woman) up.  It’s just too good.  Honestly, my favorite part of going there is the homemade sugar cookies.

I kept saying that I was going to bring Chester in my large handbag and then put him on the buffet so that he could eat too 🙂


I guess this is their way of getting ready for Easter?  I’m not really sure, but it was all kind of frightening.  I made K take a picture with the bunny couple, but he moved too quick and it was blurry.


It was getting dark, but I tried to take a picture of some of the buggies that were parked there.  It was an awesome time.  Plus, our friends from Portland came with us, so it was a culture shock for everyone involved.  I’m used to getting the side-eye from strangers as they look at K and I, but our friends weren’t.  I guess our friend’s blue hair and gauged earrings was something new to the locals 🙂


Today we met with the same friends for a picnic at Lake Monroe.  Actually, the guy friend is our neighbor and that’s how we met.  He’s a pretty funny guy and his girlfriend is visiting from Portland.  They are a fun couple and are some of my few friends.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to even go outside because I woke up feeling like I have a cold.  My throat is still sore and I’m tired, but I think it was a good choice in the end.


This was a pretty Sycamore tree at our picnic area.


Here’s the fire we started to cook burgers and sausages.  One thing I think is very important for someone like me, with a mental illness that is, is to be in nature.  I find nothing more relaxing then just spending time in nature and away from human things.  Fresh air can be so therapeutic!  I grew up on a farm and ran wild most of the time with my brother.  I miss having that kind of freedom to be outside and explore.  🙂

Anyway, that was my weekend so far!  For the next couple of days, K and I are going to Chicago! We will go to our favorite Korean market, H-Mart.  Definitely looking forward to that and will post about it when we come back 🙂

Have a good weekend everyone!



39 thoughts on “Spending Time With Cool People

  1. I’m a new follower of yours. I thought your comment, “I make sure to never, ever eat anything with my hand after having touched the communal spoons.” was intresting. I feel the same way. When my boys were younger, I would sit at the table waiting for them to return with my bottle of GermX out. Before they could touch anything, I would make them wash their hands. Of course I would wash mine as soon as I got back to the table as well. And, I could not eat off of the top plate in the stack. I would take one off, put it to the side, and then eat off of the second plate. Anyway. This just reminded me of that. And, BTW, I love the Amish! I’ll be going to Pinecraft next month and hopefully Berlin, OH in September. Hugs.

    1. I’ve never been to the Amish community in OH, but I’ve heard only good things about it. Ours is quite small and isolated. I have GermX with me at all times and I wipe my desk at work down everyday with Lysol wipes. I do the same thing at buffets with the plates and so does my boyfriend. I’m glad to have you following me 😉

  2. I thought the Amish restaurant looked amazing (I love natural building materials) and then I saw your park photos and thought wow! I know what you are saying about needing to be out in nature. The trees are beautiful, so different to what we have in our dry climate parks here, and even the fire/BBQ photo is gorgeous (says my inner pyromaniac).

    1. In what region do you live? It’s quite beautiful here in the springtime especially, which is why they named it Bloomington, I guess, because of all the blooms. The picture on my header of the magnolia flowers was taken right next to my apartment. The only bad thing with having so many trees is the allergies. I live in the #1 allergen hotspot in the world.

      1. Living in the driest state of the driest continent (South Australia) with our temperate climate means I grew up with very little lush greenery. And now our climate is experiencing more desert-like periods of intense heat and dryness. There are still beautiful green areas with Autumn colours in the hills towns nearby, but that involves travelling to reach them.

      2. I haven’t experienced desert heat before and I can’t imagine how that must feel. Here it gets very hot, but very humid, so the air is so thick.

  3. It sounds like a great experience and looks really cool. Seeing the bbq has got me looking forward to summer…just around the corner. Thanks and enjoy Chicago.

  4. It’s been many, many years ago, now (back before my 18th birthday); but I had the opportunity to eat at an Amish restaurant in Shipshewana, IN, with my dad. It left a lasting memory. They’re food *is* fantastic! And the homemade apple pie I had for dessert was a melt-in-your-mouth-buttery-heaven!

    I also agree with your assessment that being in nature is a must for anyone with mental health concerns. Nature is the most perfect grounding/cleansing tool I have found and use regularly. Great post!

    1. The food is certainly awesome and the pie is just like how my grandma made it. My family comes from the same place in Germany that the Amish here come from, so Amish food is my comfort food. Just like grandma made 🙂

  5. That is hilarious. I saw the picture of the restaurant before the text and thought, “huh, that looks like an Amish restaurant.” So goooood! 😀

  6. I had no idea such a thing existed! We’re so close to Amish country. I actually got lost on my way home to Marietta from BG, Ohio, and spent a lot more time in Ohio’s Amish country than I really wanted to at the time! ha ha

    1. I’m not sure what the Amish community is like in OH, but here it melds pretty much with the “English”community, so there are restaurants and stores. You should see if there are some near you!

  7. The restrnt is so charming. And the outdoors literally has its own healing energy. Been meaning to do a post on this for months. So glad you got to enjoy the air and trees, M.

    HMART. You’re a crack-up.
    I’ll write if I ever need recipe help with Korean food in the kitchen.

      1. I said I (double-sized font) would love recipes from YOU ha ha ha. It’s my husband you wanna talk to. He gave up asking me to make Korean and started cooking his own.

        (Too much work!)

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