Re: PigsThe Mennonites around here are very clean too. The old world Amish are not, but are great people to have. I wouldn't trade them for modern neighbors. EVER!! They are the hardest working I've ever seen. It's the most awesome site in the world to watch these folks put up hay without the aid of modern machinery. They do it barefooted even. Imagine being in a hay field without shoes. They bust the soil behind with a horse drawn single bottom plow. I bust mine with a 6 bottom plow and a 250 horse tractor and have problems getting stuck in this rocky Ozark soil. They are very helpful in this community. If it were not for them the idiot across the road would have lost a hundred acres from building a brush fire in the wind. Every fire department brush truck got stuck in the soggy part of the field. About 40 Amish men raced over with rakes in hand and contained it to maybe ten acres. And they didn't have to be dispatched from 911 either. They saw smoke and came to help.
Almost the only traffic on my road is horse and buggy. That's cool, even if the driver hasn't bathed in a while. When you live the way they do, bathing is not high on the list of priorities. Most of them have a wash tub under the eves that they use for baths. But when your in a drought situation, and water from a shallow hand dug well has to used for livestock, you are forced to make a sacrifice or two. I had to go a week without a shower because nobody here had electricity to run their wells after the ice storm. The Amish didn't have a clue the electricity was even out.
I don't have a problem with the way anybody lives. I just won't eat any body's food. But out here, we coexist together. And we depend on each other. I can promise you this too; there are things I do that they don't approve of either, and I guarantee they discuss it.