November 25, 2008

I have a really nice planner in my office who I’ve worked on a few cases with.  He’ll bring me cookies every now and then, just because he’s that nice.  I let him know that we were going to have to work quickly to finish his plan as I was going to be gone for a few days because of my surgery.  He wished me well, wished me luck, and brought me the last two truffles out of a box he’d gotten from a company called Coblentz’s – since my teeth were going to be out of commission for a while. 

Coblentz is a company out of Walnut Creek, Ohio, and have been awarded the Best of Ohio Amish Country award for their wares.  (And seriously, oh my God, these were the best truffles I’ve ever had in my life, and I live in the same town as a legendary chocolatier, Malley’s. If you want to get someone a great box of truffles, buy them from Coblentz.)

The “Amish thing” never really phased me all that much, even before I went to school in Ashland County.  I appreciate their conviction for their religious beliefs, but I’ve never been a person who freaks out when they see an Amish buggy rolling down the street (actually, I hope that there are no children in the buggy and that other cars are careful).  The things that I am fascinated with, however, is the simplicity of lifestyle, and the care they give to their crafts.  I can tell you that if you buy a piece of Amish furniture, you will have it forever.  My father and mother hired some Amish construction workers to build a barn for the yard.

In Kidron, OH, which is about an hour from my home, there is a sort of Amish general store called Lehman’s.  In part, it’s hugely a tourist trap, but, there are “Amish appliances” where the Amish can get cast iron stoves, ice boxes, and non-electric tools.  My favorite rooms include the oil lamp room (which has thousands of oil lamps in various styles and sizes, some of which can be fitted with modern-day bulbs), the crockery ware (where I got four apple bakers for my mother), and the kitchen appliances (an entire wall of different cookie cutters, mixing bowls of all sizes, all kinds of finely-crafted knives, gigantic copper kettles you can bathe in…all kinds of stuff).  I can’t wait to go back so I can spend a few hours just wandering around and looking at all the neat things they have.

I would recommend popping through the Best of Ohio site and checking out what the retailers have.  If you’re looking to get me a Christmas gift, I have my eye on a cedar chest.