What’s in Your Every Day Carry?

Every Day Carry, or EDC. It’s a thing. Who knew? I sure didn’t, until I stumbled across a video featuring Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.

“Every Day Carry” is an inventory of the things you take with you on a daily basis. Think about what you have in your pocket or purse (or laptop bag!) and how you use it on a daily basis. How useful is everything in a pinch? What do you have handy that has you prepared to handle the ups and downs of the day?

pocketknife, penknife, Grandpa's knife, pocket knife

Grandpa’s Sunday Afternoon Pocketknife, at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, or at Lehmans.com.

For me, EDC includes an EpiPen, a pocketknife, eyeglass cleaners and my keys. (My pocketknife is a lot like this one! It was my grandpa’s originally, and then my grandma gave it to me.) The eyeglass cleaning wipes come in handy: they clean my glasses, my cell phone screen, my car’s GPS/control panel screen, and I use them to wipe the inside of my windshield in a pinch. Another piece of hardware I’m seriously thinking about adding to my purse is a 3-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver. It’ll clip to an interior pocket, and it’s lightweight. I can use it to keep my glasses snug, pop open electronics and soda cans, and open letters.

Clip it on your pocket, and take three handy screwdrivers wherever you go. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Clip it on your pocket, and take three handy screwdrivers wherever you go. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

In Your Bag

salve, balm, lotion

Rosebud Salve: use for lips, hands, even small skin irritations. It’s a great multi-tasking every day carry item. At Lehman’s in Kidron, or Lehmans.com.

Small means mighty. The Pocket Screwdriver and Pocket Dentist, for instance. Keep your kit as streamlined as possible (especially if you’re active), so it doesn’t weigh you down. Just a pen or two, only the cash you’ll need for the day, just one credit card in case of emergencies. Wallets are the worst collectors of daily bulk. If you’re driving carpool, keep the children’s necessities in the car if at all possible. Can you get by with just a pack of tissues, and a portable pack of wipes in your bag? A flat tin for balm is reusable as a pill box when the balm is used up. I keep my keys and pocketknife on a carabiner, but if you want something less bulky, consider one of these saddle pins. It’s easy to remove keys or individual items.

Look at everything you carry with a view to multi-purposing if possible.

In Your Vehicle
Sure, the standard stuff: antifreeze, oil, windshield washer fluid. But think about what’s compact and may help you in pinch: a foldable shovel, a blanket, an extra phone charger, spare hat, gloves and a scarf; water, snacks…the list could go on. You want to be able to put everything in a container, and keep it nice and tidy, and obviously, you don’t want it to take up tons of room in the car. And contrary to popular opinion, snow isn’t the only weather danger in the latter half of the year. Driving rainstorms that can lead to flash flooding can be equally dangerous. If you’re stranded on high ground, make sure your kit has items that will keep you a little more comfortable.

Emergency survival kit

Emergency survival kit, at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, or at Lehmans.com.

In Your Home
Do you have enough water and food to last you at least 72 hours, should the need arise? Check out some of the blogs right here for ways to get a small stash together should you need to: just type “preparedness” into the search box, and a list will pop right up. 

Kits are available too, and Lehman’s has a nice one packed into a practical, straight-sided square bucket that won’t take up tons of storage room.

At the very least, make sure you have a few gallons of water per person and food that you can eat without heating up–or food you can heat over a fire or on a cookstove. Have a day or two worth of wood for that fire or cookstove inside the house or garage too. Store it someplace where it’s handy, and will stay dry. If the weather is too bad to go outside, it’s going to make a wet mess of your firewood too. You won’t want to wait for it to dry out so you can dry out and stay warm.

Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour Tonight!

 

silver metal alarm clock

Daylight Savings Time Ends today! Remember to turn your clocks back one hour tonight at bedtime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             No power needed! The Chrome Twin Bell Alarm Clock is easy to set, and is one of our favorites at Lehman’s.

Fall Festival Kicks Off in Just 8 Days!

The Lehman's Pumpkin

The Lehman’s Pumpkin!

It’s our big fall party–and you’re invited!

What: Lehman’s Fall Festival
When: Saturday, September 20, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Lehman’s, on the Square in Kidron (handy map and directions)
 
Come on down, and bring the family. We’ll have crafts for the children in our Buggy Barn, demonstrations and “how-to” sessions throughout the store.
 
In our Stove Room, you’ll be able see real woodburning stoves, and decide which one is right for you. In our Lamp Room, learn the ins and outs of Aladdin’s bright burning lamps, and in our Housewares area, find out how easy it is to press your own apples for cider.
 
Here, Weaver's doing the finishing detail on his "Crucifixion" carving. Note the depth of the relief, which is seen in all his work.

Here, Weaver’s doing the finishing detail on his “Crucifixion” carving. Note the depth of the relief, which is seen in all his work.

A display of gorgeous woodcarving by local resident Paul Weaver is still on display, and it’s like nothing you’ll see anywhere else. These dimensional dioramas portray familiar stories about country life and more.

 
You won’t want to miss our sister stores just across the west parking lot! Amish Country Gifts and Lehman’s Outlet will have specials, coupons, demos and great treats. So be sure to leave a little time to pop on over there and check things out.
 
Music will fill the air as Honeytown, Wayne County’s favorite band settles into the store’s Pantry department, and plays throughout the day.
 
In the heart of our store, the Cast Iron Cafe is great place to reassemble the family for lunch or a snack.

In the heart of our store, the Cast Iron Cafe is great place to reassemble the family for lunch or a snack.

And even though you’ll find food samples from local vendors like Little Town Granola, Uncle Henry’s Pretzels and others in the store throughout the day, stop in at the Cast Iron Cafe, and order some Amish Country treats. It’s a great place to take a break and rest your feet.

 
Looking forward to seeing you in just over a week!
 
 

Behind the Scenes at Lehmans: Christena’s Office Makeover

An ordinary office transforms...

An ordinary office transforms…

This email arrived in everyone’s mailboxes recently. Apparently, Joy, who works at Lehman’s in Kidron, had a wild idea–and Country Life wants to share that wild idea with you!

I am sure most of you have heard through the rumor mill that we redecorated Christena’s office while she was off for the wedding as a surprise for her. 

...into a lovely workspace, with warm color on the walls...

…into a lovely workspace, with warm color on the walls…

We finished it up on Wednesday just in time for her to see it when she stopped in to shop at the store.  I was able to set my camera in the room before she went in and was able to capture her first reaction.  I thought you would all enjoy seeing the video. Enjoy! Thanks to everyone who helped decorate and those who covered other areas of the store so we could finish the room. I love the teamwork that is evident around Lehman’s.”

...and thoughtful decor, including a shelf with organizer baskets.

…and thoughtful decor, including a shelf with organizer baskets.

The office was done in an African theme. Christena had visited Africa last winter, and just adored being there.

Lots of store folks helped out with the redesign, too, as you’ll hear in the video!

The link to the video is below. Here’s hoping you enjoyed it as much as we did! Working at Lehman’s really IS like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCXargl7wG0

Blacksmith and Family Forge Strong Ties

Danielle in the shop with a neighbor's kid. Doug de-horns kids with a hot iron, just like blacksmiths always have.

Danielle in the shop with a neighbor’s kid. Doug de-horns kids with a hot iron, just like blacksmiths always have.

The Makers of Hand Forged Iron.

Doesn’t that sound like a lovely name for a business from a century ago, all done in curlicue writng? But it’s not a nostalgic memory. It’s the name of the business that’s kept the Lockhart family in Logan, Ohio busy for over 30 years.

Led by patriarch Doug, with his wife Berta serving as office manager, and with contributions from their children/apprentices, Annah Lockhart, Danielle Russell, and Benjamin Lockhart, this family works–hard! Both Danielle and Benjamin have national awards for their work as youth blacksmiths. “It’s kind of hard now, though,” says Danielle, about entering competitions. “I’m going up against adults, because I’m out of the 18 and under class now. I’ve learned a lot, though, and I love to do artistic work.” Continue reading

American Gardener Tim Takes 2014 Plan from 2013 Garden

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

One of our American Gardeners, Tim, isn’t a stranger to Country Life. He’s the man behind the title “Prepper Dad”, and has shared his common-sense ideas about preparing for emergencies. One of his biggest ‘to-do’ items is growing and preserving his garden’s produce. Last year, he canned and froze hundreds of containers of veggies, fruit and herbs from what he calls “the small garden.” He’s shared some pictures of that project as he prepares for gardening in 2014. “This has been the longest winter in a long time, I’m telling ya,” he says. But he’s readying sprouts and seeds, some of which are the varieties included in the American Gardens project. And he’s looking forward to a bigger garden in 2014.

The garden just after planting peas and lettuce in back left corner, 160 walla walla and texas sweet onions in row on left edge up to near left, first saturday in april. Strawberry patch in center back still overgrown and un-netted. Rest of area freshly scraped of weeds by a hoe and the soil loosened an broken up by hand with a garden fork. about to spread 3 bales of straw 6-8" deep over whole area but 1/2" deep in onion bed. Shallow roots and bulbs need light and water to grow

The beginning…
The garden just after planting peas and lettuce starts in back left corner, 160 Walla Walla and Texas sweet onions in row on left edge up to near left. This is the first Saturday in April 2013.

Strawberry patch in center to right back still overgrown and un-netted. Rest of area freshly scraped of weeds by a hoe and the soil loosened and broken up by hand with a garden fork. Shortly after this photo, I spread 3 bales of straw 6-8″ deep over whole area but only 1/2″ deep in onion bed. Shallow roots and bulbs need light and water to grow!

The peas on April 12, two weeks old & about to get 2nd and last shot of miracle grow. Used twine from TSC to make trellises for vines to climb. had to cover with bottomless milk jugs twice to save lettuce ftom frost.

The peas on April 12, two weeks old & about to get 2nd and last shot of liquid fertilizer.

Used twine to make trellises for vines to climb. Had to cover lettuce with bottomless milk jugs twice to save the lettuce from frost. It got really cold in April last year, but it’s colder this year! Continue reading

Country Cottons Are A True Mom-And-Pop Business

100% Cotton Kitchen Towels, Lehmans.com

Pete and Toni Hogan, outside the ‘manufacturing center’, autumn 2013.

Locust, North Carolina isn’t the biggest town on the map. You might not think there’s a whole lot going on there. You’d be wrong–because Pete and Toni Hogan’s three-car garage doesn’t hold cars–it holds a thriving business!

Pete ran Country Cottons from the spring of 2008 until the end of 2010, when he retired. “But folks kept after me, kept asking if we had anything left, if we could tell them where to find dishtowels that were 100% American,” he said when interviewed for Country Life last fall.

And so early in 2013, he and his wife picked the business back up, and now they’re busier than ever! Continue reading

Put Some Honey In Your Beat-The-Bug Arsenal

Tonn's Pure Honey

Tonn’s Pure Honey is non-pasturized, perfect for infusions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is everywhere. We’ve had a round of it in our house, and it wasn’t fun. I can’t remember the last time we drank so much hot tea– my poor hubby, who was trying to stay warm, drank it by the gallon, it seemed. I drank it strong and a little sweet, to stay awake if he needed something. It was long week, and we used lots of honey and lemon in the tea.

As he began to feel better, I started wondering how I could do the honey-lemon-tea thing more efficiently. After all, I didn’t want to have to run to the store for more lemons to squeeze every time I turned around twice. So I did a little research, and stumbled on this wonderful tutorial on making infused honeys. Continue reading

Candy Keg: S-w-e-e-e-e-t Storage Ideas!

Old-Fashioned Candy Kegs

Old-Fashioned Candy Kegs make great storage bins!

It’s the time of year to tidy up, clear out and organize. Why not think creatively about your storage options? We’ve sold these adorable Old-Fashioned Candy Kegs for ages, and they’re great for storing bulky items.

At 18″ high and 12 1/2″ around, they’ll fit most anywhere. We’ve seen them

  • in entryways, collecting umbrellas, hats, scarves and gloves
  • as kindling buckets
  • as oversized planters (adorable when painted and on a porch!)
  • as small end tables on a deck, patio or ‘man cave’: just cover top end with glass.

But think of this: wall mounted storage. Now, the kegs aren’t huge, but the pine wood slats are pretty sturdy, and will hold light-to-medium weight items. In the garage, fasten a row of kegs to studs with heavy-duty screws, and the kegs could hold things like: Continue reading

University Faculty Pop Open A 99 Bottle Christmas Gift!

OARDC's Linda Saif, with the centerpiece made by collegue Peggy Lewis.

OARDC’s Linda Saif, with the centerpiece made by collegue Peggy Lewis.

Peggy Lewis from The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research And Development Center (OARDC) shares some holiday news with us this week. OARDC is about half an hour from our Kidron store.

Peggy and Linda’s lab staff treated Linda Saif, an OARDC researcher to a tasty Christmas gift: 99 different flavors of soda pop from the Old-Time Soda department of Lehman’s retail store in Kidron, Ohio. Thanks for sharing, Peggy! The photos are priceless!  —Karen Johnson, Editor, Country Life

I thought you would enjoy hearing about my Christmas 2013 gifting of 99 bottles of pop from Lehman’s store in Kidron to OARDC Researcher Linda Saif from her Lab. I attached the Christmas card I made her too.

The Lab had lots of fun at Linda’s Christmas Lab luncheon at TJ’s.  The diverse lab group, from all over the world, sang “99 Bottles of Pop in the Lab…” (many verses) and passed 99 different bottles of pop from Lehman’s person to person up either side of the table, to the opposite end where Linda was seated. Continue reading