Today three of my friends went with me to visit the Amish in southeastern Minnesota. Specifically I wanted to see Lovina. She is an Old Order Amish whom I have known since 1988 or 1989. I first got acquainted with her when another Old Order Amish directed me to the little general store she runs on her farm. Since they have no phones, I wrote to Lovina a few weeks ago to let her know I was hoping to come down today to see her and was bringing my friends. A few days later I got a note from her in which she said she would be home and my friends would be welcome to come along. And then she mentioned, "I had a stroke a year ago, you know. But we'll talk when you come." I was so shocked and saddened by this news. Arriving in her store today, I immediately noticed her right hand was swollen, and that she wasn't using it. She proceeded to tell me how the incident happened - she fell out of bed and lay there for four hours before anyone came to check on her. They had a cell phone and called 9-1-1 and she was taken to the hospital. She told me she is doing a lot better now. She is such a sweet lady. I hugged her a few times when it was time to leave and told her I love her.
Inside the Amish furniture store in Harmony. They have beautiful things!
We had a nice lunch at the Branding Iron in Preston. Seated L to R are Nancy, Julie, Sharon and I.
Once back to the twin cities, I couldn't resist taking a photo of the many beautiful leaves that have fallen in Sharon's yard. We still have some lovely fall foliage, though it is going quickly.