My Amish Home: Beautiful and exciting times around here

"But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: For thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defense and the God of my mercy." Psalm 59:16-17

We've had two beautiful days in a row. Yes! How I love it! I am so solar-powered. But now, will it rain again, or will we have a nice day? The east was really red, and lately that's been a pretty sure sign of rain in the next day or so.

It has not been dry enough yet for me to get in the garden, but I did see some people over toward Arthur working in their garden. So maybe they didn't have as much rain or perhaps they have better drainage.

This week must have been the week for excitement for Arthur. I went to Yoder's restaurant on Tuesday morning to pick up some doughnuts for my mom. She went with neighbor Betty Miller to the home of Katie Ellen Miller for coffee break.

As I was walking up toward the restaurant, I thought it looked like a vehicle was where it wasn't supposed to be. Yep! That's exactly what I was seeing. It went across the sidewalk, over some shrubbery and crashed through the railing, stopping just before it hit the window.

The fellow's foot slipped off the brake when he pulled in to park.

Fortunately — and praise the Lord! — no one was hurt. He was all kinds of sorry and hated it beyond measure.

Then on Wednesday afternoon/evening, as I was going into the Visitor's Center, I heard a horse, it sounded like a riding horse. I fully expected to see our neighbor, Eldon Chupp, as he does a lot of horseback riding.

Instead, what I saw was really scary. This was not a horseless carriage, but a carriage-less horse! The harness was loose and flapping, the tugs were flying and flopping, and that horse was running full tilt south on Vine Street, the main thoroughfare of Arthur.

Fortunately, it was on the right side of the street. It went all the way out to HCK, 1 mile beyond town, without incident. It was caught there. Someone clocked it going through town at 30 mph.

It turns out, it was Lisa Gingerich (Mrs. Richard) on her way home. At the second corner north of Arthur, she was headed east, and her horse didn't want to stand. It messed around until it had the front wheel caught on the stop sign. It tore around, broke the shafts and single tree, tore loose and took off south.

Lisa was not hurt seriously, just banged around.

This past Monday, my sisters, Louise Kauffman and Barb Gingerich, our mom and I had a ladies' day out. We went to Morton, where Louise's daughter Tanya and Lamar Schrock live. We went to Tanya's house, then on to TGI Fridays where we met Angie, Tanya's sister, for lunch. We had a very good lunch and great fellowship. I don't get to see my nieces very often. I really enjoyed it. We also got to see and cuddle Hunter, Tanya and Lamar's 6-week-old son. He is so cute.

We then went to Hoerr Nurseries. We had to split up in two vehicles. Lauren, 5, wanted to go with Grandma Louise, so I went with Tanya. I must have yakked her ear off. Can you imagine!

We had such a good time, and Hoerr Nurseries is such a wonderful place. It has lots of beautiful flowers and trees. Mom and I each got a flowering almond bush. Maybe, eventually, I'll get some landscaping done.

Son-in-law Lloyd has a new crop of lambs. They are so cute! It seems males are dominant this spring. They have six lambs between four ewes, and five are rams.

The lambs were named by daughter Rachel. They are, Ram Bunctious, Ram Pant, Ram Blin' Man, Ram Shackle, Ram Rod and Ewe Betcha.

Their rat terrier dog has five puppies, all male. To my knowledge, they aren't named yet.

In closing, those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Want something different for breakfast? Try this recipe:

Creamed Eggs on ToAst

6 eggs, boiled, peeled and diced

6 tablespoons butter

6 tablespoons flour

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

Dash of pepper

3 cups milk

Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Blend in flour, salt and pepper, cooking and stirring until bubbly. Stir in milk. Cook until smooth and thickened. Add eggs. Serve on toast.

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