Hello folks. Our winter snow is beginning to add up. As of Jan. 20, Sherman has had 80 inches of it. That's not nearly as much as we had received on the same day last year, but no doubt more is yet to come. We have also had some very cold days and on one of them last week I saw a number of my Amish neighbor's children having a great time sledding in their pasture. They didn't seem to mind the cold and I'm sure they had a great time sailing down the hill and then taking their sled back up it for another flying trip.
I remember well how my siblings and I enjoyed sledding in days gone by. We would stay in the cold until our feet nearly froze and then head home where mom usually had some hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies for us. As time went on, participating in that activity got even better when snowmobiling came into being. Our kids would slide down and then use it to take their sleds back up the hill. As they got older, they would build a fire on the hilltop to warm them up.
Other winter activities included: having snowball fights; making snow angels; playing fox and geese; and making a snowman. Sometimes children created some homemade skis to travel through the woods with. Still others had some sort of ice skates to use on a frozen pond. I never did any of the latter activities and haven't even done the others in recent years, because my body complains if I do. On second thought, I think perhaps I could bundle up, go outside and at least make a snow angel or snowman.
It's for sure not as many kids entertain themselves by the aforesaid winter activities nowadays. However, many youngsters do go to public places such as Peek 'en" Peek for winter activities, but it isn't free. There's always a price to pay to participate in them.
There's always a chance for an accident when one is enjoying winter outdoor activities, so it is wise to not take chances. However, I know my boys did and sometimes it made a trip to a doctor necessary. In yesteryear when a person was injured or just sick, folk often used a variety of homemade "remedies" for healing because it was more difficult to get to a doctor and money was scarce. No doubt some of them were successful, but often doctors today do not approve using them.
When my siblings and I were kids my mom gave us smartweed mixed in hot milk to help relieve stomach pain or a cold. She also used warm oil for ear pain. I think those remedies had been passed down by her family. They are not necessarily advocated for use today, but I enjoy reading about them, especially those that sound very strange.
Various kinds of poultices, such as burdock, were used for some injuries and other illnesses. Roots of certain plants were also used. I once heard that mud would relieve a bee sting and drinking something hot to lower a fever.
Amish folk often used various remedies in years past and even sometimes today. I have a book written by an elderly Amish lady that gives things her mother often used as medicine, but she did not advice using them unless one knows it is safe. Sources about other old time remedies for healing can be found in a library or on the Internet, but never try one without checking it out be with a doctor or nutritional expert.