My Amish Home: When one door opens ... you have to tie it shut!
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." Psalm 1:1-2
Today as I write this, it is Wednesday. We've had quite a bit of rain and wind.
Especially last night. We had an early evening rainstorm with some hail and a lot of wind.
Later on, around midnight, another storm moved through. I woke up to a loud annoying bang! bang! I went to investigate. Our north storm door apparently wasn't latched properly. The wind grabbed it, flung it wide open, breaking the closures and smashing my mom's motion light.
I stood there, holding the door closed, while lightning flashed and thunder rolled. In my sleep-fogged mind, I was like, "What do I do now? I can't stand here holding the door closed all night."
I thought and thought (pretty taxing in the middle of the night!). Finally I came up with the idea if I had something to tie on to the storm door knob, I could then tie that to the inside knob. But what? I didn't want to run out to the barn to get twine. I should have: That way, I could have turned off the lights I had left on!
Anyway, I wracked my sleepy brain, then thought, a shoelace! That would work. So now it's tied shut until neighbor Paul Yoder can fix it.
But after I got back to bed, I lay there stressing about this and the broken light, I couldn't go to sleep. Finally I told myself, "You know, the Lord ran the universe long before you came into being and He will continue without your help."
With that thought, I went to sleep. And overslept! It's good hubby's on vacation.
I'm not. I still have to do my cleaning jobs. I had to use Sparky because of the rain, so husband Erwin went along. On our way home, we saw a buggy in the ditch, leaning precariously to the side. It was Jake and Barbara Shetler. We went over to see if I could be of any assistance. Jake couldn't. He recently had knee surgery. Of course, Erwin couldn't, either. I guess it was a little tough on these guys' egos to sit in their respective buggies while their ever-so-capable wives got the outfit back on the road.
Barbara unhitched their horse, and by then a semi had stopped. The driver had lost his way. He helped us women get the buggy backed out of the ditch. We then gave him directions to where he wanted to go, Barbara got her horse hitched again, and we all went our separate merry way. All's well that ends well.
By the time this column comes out, church on our little commune will be history, and my house will be shiny clean. NOT! I just can't work fast enough. I do hope I'll get the rest of my windows cleaned. I did the south ones a while back.
I couldn't believe how nasty those things looked on the outside. The frames were almost black with fly specks. I could have almost scraped that stuff off and hauled it away with a manure spreader. Well, it wasn't quite that bad, but it was bad, I tell you.
Also by the time this comes out, the Freedom Celebration in Arthur will be history. That is always a huge thing. It draws so many people. It's such a big crowd, I'm best off just staying away. Too many people!
Our grandchildren's puppies have outgrown their bucket. They now wheel them around in a wheelbarrow. It is absolutely the cutest thing! They'll be lined up standing on their hind feet, their front paws on the edge of the wheelbarrow, looking around, eagerly sniffing the wonderful smells of this big, wide world.
When I saw them, I really did wish for a camera to capture that picture. It would have been a perfect picture for a Reiman publication.
My schedule suddenly took a nosedive. My mom went to the emergency room with chest pains and had to stay overnight, mostly for observation because of her age. The tests they took came back clear. She will have to do a stress test before she can come home. We hope it isn't anything serious.
In closing, knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way. Wisdom is looking in both directions anyway.
How about trying these grilled onions? They are quick and easy — and good for you!
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 large sweet onions
Preheat grill to 350 degrees to 400 degrees (medium-high) heat. Whisk together first seven ingredients.
Cut onions into half-inch thick slices; brush with herb mixture. Grill onions, covered with grill lid, 10 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Remove from grill. Pour remaining herb mixture over onions and serve immediately.