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Twenty Things...You Learn Living in Indiana

Twenty Things...You Learn Living in Indiana

1. It's not all flat. The Northern part of the state is very very flat, but the glacier stopped just short of the Southern part of Indy and it is insanely hilly. The hills are beautiful, especially in the fall when the leaves change.

2. The state has different time zones for half of the year. Northern Indiana still does not participate in daylight savings time. As I understand it, it is because of the abundance of dairy cattle. They do not do well with time changes.

3. In rural areas, most people still give directions by telling someone whether to turn North or South, instead of left or right.

4. The state has one of the most beautiful downtown areas that I have ever seen. It is especially beautiful in the wintertime.

5. The corporate decimation of the small family farm has destroyed a great deal of the landscape of the state. There are entire small towns, still barely surviving, because the farms have been lost and deserted.

6. Cows cannot be tipped. It is a myth invented to lure your date out into the pasture at night.

7. You can make a pie out of anything.

8. 4H is a wonderful organization offering amazing opportunities for city kids and country kids alike.

9. The Indianapolis Children's Museum is one of the most amazing museums for children in the country.

10. Snapping beans is an activity akin to meditation.

11. It is better to learn a new colloquialism than to correct someone's grammar.

12. Dessert goes with every meal. 

13. The proper preparation for any green vegetable is to cook it in large quantities of meat juice for many hours, and then cover it with copious amounts of butter.

14.You can buy ANYTHING absolutely ANYTHING at an auction, and if you go to one, you probably will.

15. Sun tea is much better than iced tea, and never to be sweetened.

16. A casserole can cure your friends and neighbors of any illness.

17. The best medicines can be purchased at the feed store.

18. Don't bother asking for the recipe...a Hoosier will give you anything but that.

19. Be very nice to your neighbors, you will need them in case of emergency.

20.  Life is far too short to be a vegetarian.


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1 c. GF flour 

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