My Amish Home: Staying in to get the much-needed chores done

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself fo me. Galatians 2:20

Here we are in the last week of May. The weather has so far been mostly unsetttled: some days up to 80 degrees; some mornings down to 36 degrees. Lots of wind and rain. Today as I write this, it is warm and sunny, and of course, windy. Clouds are gathering like it might rain soon again. We've had a day and a half without rain now.

I wonder how many people saw the eastern sky early Saturday morning. It was really red. Absolutely awesome. And I knew (or thought I did) rain's a-comin'. We might as well cancel our Memorial Day hayride/picnic again.

And yes,we did. Memorial Day was spent at home. Actually, I didn't much care. I got a major job done. I've been wanting to do it for a long time: defrost and clean out both refrigerators. I even moved them forward and cleaned behind and underneath. I also cleaned up and re-unorganized my office corner. I need more room!

Tuesday, I cleaned my stove inside and out, behind and underneath. What a relief to have those jobs done. One more major job awaits, looming over my head like a dark cloud: cleaning up the pantry! That's such a chore. But it feels and looks nice when it's done.

It's time to get the house taken apart, cleaned and put back together again. Church will be held on our compound the last of June, Lord willing and plans don't change.

We attended the graduation of niece Carli Plank this past Friday evening. What a large crowd! After the ceremony, we went to Otto Center for Carli's party. Some of her cousins were there whom I hadn't seen at the ceremony. Namely, Angie Kauffman and Tanya Schrock. That's when I learned to my embarassment, that Lamar and Tanya's little bundle of cuteness and joy is not named Hunter, but Hudson. Hudson Parker. I apologized and asked his forgiveness. He complied and will never remember.

I went to Yoder's kitchen to pick up some doughnuts for my mom. My niece, Beth Slabaugh, came over to chat while I waited on the doughnuts. She told me of the drama that took place at their house the evening of Memorial Day. Elmer and Barb Gingerich, Beth's parents, were there for supper. As they were eating, they noticed Sheldon the turtle had Woody the goldfish in his mouth. Woody is quite a large goldfish and has been in the tank since before Sheldon.

I do not know why he did this: Was he suddenly having a craving for a fish supper or merely a ploy for attention? Whatever, he got the attention. All, or at least some of them, were shouting, "Sheldon! Sheldon!"

Shannon, Beth's husband went over and slapped the side of the tank, to no avail. So he plunged his hand into the depth and picked up Sheldon. He freed Woody and put him in another tank. So Sheldon was out of his fish meal. He should maybe try Long John Silver's.

Woody may never be the same. He doesn't look well, and he can't swim too good. His little flipper thingy doesn't work properly. I guess you'd say he goes lame. And I expect he suffers from nightmares. Do fish sleep?

As for Sheldon, I guess he got another lecture from Shannon. Once before, when he misbehaved, Shannon took him out and had some words with him. For a while after that if Shannon came near, Sheldon would cower in a corner. Can't say as I blame him!

In closing: Patience is not so much about waiting as it is how you behave while waiting.

Want something different? Try Shoofly Pie:

Amish Shoofly Pie

2 unbaked pie shells

1 egg, well beaten

2 cups cold water

1 cup sugar

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour, heaping

1 cup maple flavored syrup

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup margarine

Mix egg, water, sugar, heaping tablespoon of flour and syrup and heat to boiling. Cool.

Add vanilla and blend. Pour into pie shells.

Sift remaining flour (1 cup), brown sugar, cream of tartar and baking soda together. Add margarine and mix with fork. Sprinkle over tops of pies.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes two pies.

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