My Amish Home: Keeping the wild summer storms at bay

My Amish Home: Keeping the wild summer storms at bay

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3

Well, this day that started out hot and humid is turning out a little cooler and less humid. Maybe the barometric pressure had something to do with my feeling lousy and quite a bit under the weather when I got up.

But after I drank a cup of hot tea, I started feeling better. On the way home, I was actually feeling a lot better, but ...

Going up the path between the Lloyd's and us were the dogs. They all scattered except Jake. I didn't see him until all of a sudden. Instead of going out of the way, he stopped and looked back at me.

I cranked Sparky to the left as hard as I could, but my back wheel still grazed his rear end.

I tied up Sparky and went to tell Rachel. No one was home. I felt so bad I cried.

Then it started looking stormy. I realized that Rachel and all had left in the pony wagon.

My mom had gone with some women from church to visit the "elderly." It was like the elderly visiting the "elderly-er." So here I was, alone on the compound with a storm brewing. Rachel had her windows all wide open. I knew if they left with the pony wagon, they surely wouldn't be gone long.

Should I close her windows or not? After dithering around awhile, nervously gnawing my fingers to the bone, I decided to run up and close the windows. I then went over to close Mom's windows. I missed one, so later, I had to go mop up Lake Plank. Well, it wasn't quite that bad.

Because yes, it did rain; in fact, it got really dark and poured.

We actually needed the rain. And at this moment, it is kind of a soothing, normal, summer thunderstorm. Anyway, it was best to be inside, but shortly, I had to go get my husband.

I am glad we had nice weather over the weekend. We went to Missouri for a Plank reunion. Sis Louise Kauffman was the driver, sis Barb Gingerich rode shotgun, and our mom and I went along.

We had a real good trip with only a few — well, less than a dozen — wrong turns. When we wanted to find our motel, the GPS directed us way out in the country (blame-shifting).

When we finally got there, we unloaded and called our cousin Carolyn Sommers, who was hosting the reunion. This was Friday evening, the actual reunion being on Saturday. She told us to get on out there. Some of the cousins were already there, namely Eli and Catherine Plank of Plain City, Ohio, Lavern and Leona Sommers and Ruthie Miller of Hartville, Ohio, and Viola DeLance of Sarasota, Fla.

We didn't go directly out there; oh no, we had to make a few wrong turns, call again for directions, drive past, turn around and go back.

Maybe we just wanted to do more sightseeing. Because let me tell you, it is beautiful country there. Amazing scenery! Hills, trees; oh my, yes, it's gorgeous!

Some of John and Carolyn Sommers' married children were there. They helped their sisters, who are still at home, with the evening meal. It was so delicious!

One of the girls, Wanda, has this neat store — baked goods, jams, jellies, bulk food, kitchenware, coffees, etc.

Anyway, I took leftover church peanut butter along, stopping in Arthur to get homemade bread at Country Cheese and More. I was afraid we couldn't get any there. Well, the joke was on me. Wanda not only makes bread, she also mixes peanut butter. She does hers slightly different than I do, but it was every bit as good!

Matter of fact, you almost couldn't tell the difference.

They still liked ours. Every once in a while Saturday afternoon, you'd see another one of the children come with a slice of bread slathered with peanut butter in their hand.

We truly had the most enjoyable time. I'll write more next week about the gator adventures and the rat house!

In closing, our whole outlook on the world can change when one understanding soul takes the time to listen.

The recipe this week is definitely unusual, but I can remember eating it. And, trust me, it is really good. The problem may be to find nice, clean red corncobs.


12 bright red corncobs

1 package Sure-Jell

4 pints water

3 cups sugar

Boil broken cobs for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain liquid through cheese cloth. If there's not 3 cups liquid left, add water to make 3 cups.

Add Sure-Jell. Bring to a rolling boil. Add sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes.

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