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A beautiful fall morning in Amish country September 22, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

Today is the first day of autumn. I’m suffering from translator’s block at the moment, which is a post planned for another day, but I wanted to share my joy of a beautiful fall morning spent meeting a friend for breakfast in Geauga County’s Amish country. Without a doubt, the number one joy of being a freelance translator is the ability to schedule your time as you see fit. I met a friend from high school for breakfast this morning. We spent two hours chatting about our lives, our former classmates, and her kids and husband over our Amish breakfasts. It was fabulous, but not near as fabulous as the 30-minute drive through Amish country. That’s the beauty of where I live – thirty minutes from Amish country and twenty minutes from downtown Cleveland.

Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season. The crisp air, the breathtaking fall colors, the smell of bonfires, apple cider, high school football games… It was still quite foggy this morning as I set out for Middlefield, which was featured on Rachel Ray’s television show a couple weeks ago. Driving through the fog on the highway past LaDue Reservoir, which is breathtaking no matter what the weather is, was movie-backdrop gorgeous. The leaves are just starting to turn red and gold, and it was still a little chilly at 8:30 a.m. (it’s 70 degrees and sunny right now as I write this). The two-lane highway merged to one lane after crossing the reservoir, and I was soon driving past old farmhouses, front yard ponds, and orchards and road-side produce stands. As I got closer to Middlefield I kept my eyes peeled for horse-drawn buggies (someone crashed into one two days ago and killed a 7-year-old Amish boy and injured his three brothers in Ashtabula County). Driving past farmhouses with well-tended pastures and no electrical lines to mar the view always makes me smile and yearn for simpler times (but I would never want to give up my computer or running water!).

I got to Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen just in time, and we sat at a table by the window where we could watch the horse-drawn buggies go by. I will be full from the breakfast buffet almost all day. I crashed the grade behind ours’ 20th high school reunion last weekend and had a lot to share with her, but that isn’t an excuse. We always talk for at least two hours when we meet for breakfast there. I drove home with the windows down. On the way home I had to slow down to 20 mph to wait for a chance to pass the buggy in front of me. I also stopped at the road-side produce stand to buy some peaches and apples. It was a perfect fall morning in Amish country. Now if I could only motivate myself to start my big translation…


1. Melissa - September 23, 2008

That sounds like a lovely way to spend the morning! Fall is my favorite season, too, because it brings welcome relief from the heat, humidity and mosquitoes around here. I do miss those fall colors, though!

2. jillsommer - September 23, 2008

Hi Melissa, where are you located? I don’t think I could live somewhere where the leaves didn’t change. I love becoming breathless when looking at the leaves at high color.

3. Janine Libbey - September 23, 2008

Lucky you! Here in Tennessee people talk about the fall colors but they pale (pun intended) beside the foliage up north. I’m from upstate NY so I lament the lack of color here every autumn.

4. Melissa - September 23, 2008

Coastal South Carolina! There are many live oaks and magnolias here, which stay green all year round, and also plenty of pines. I might have to take a field trip to the mountains to catch a glimpse of color.

5. jillsommer - September 23, 2008

South Carolina is beautiful in its own right! My aunt and uncle live in Charleston. The moss, the beautiful old homes, the ocean. I’ve always dreamed of moving there…

6. Mike - September 24, 2008

I’m a french guy who wants to make a journey like Kerouac’s journey from east to west and west to east. And i Think Fall would be the best moment to make it

7. jillsommer - September 24, 2008

Hi Mike, it might not be such a good idea to head west in the fall. It starts to snow pretty early out in the West. But if you don’t mind driving up mountain passes in the snow… Timing it so you go west to east and end up in New England towards late September is a good idea though.

8. Mike - September 25, 2008

Thanks for the information!!!

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