My Amish Home: Something bugging me in this fall weather

My Amish Home: Something bugging me in this fall weather

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." II Timothy 2:19

It is a typical fall day as I write this: very bleak and dreary. A little bit on the cool side, not really raining, but drizzly and damp. A good day to be inside. The cleaning spirit grabbed me, so I fixed a pot of coffee, got a rag and went to work. Now I hardly recognize my office nook.

I got some boxes and put stuff in that hasn't been used since we moved. It will be five years Nov. 8 that we moved into our duplex.

So after getting rid of that stuff in the cabinets, I had room to put some of my writing essentials (or clutter!) out of sight. It is still not really organized — but after all, I am the queen of unorganized, aren't I?

My husband was getting a massage-therapy treatment, and I want to tell you of my creepy experience while getting things ready for his shower.

I went to the bedroom to get his clothes, yanked a T-shirt out of the drawer and went to the bathroom. When I took his shirt out of the drawer, I heard a faint click, like something might have hit the floor. I didn't give it a thought when I went to the bedroom a little later, but there on the floor was this huge bug! Its body is about 1-1/4 inches long. It sort of looked like a stink bug on steroids.

I really feel like it came in with the laundry and fell out of that shirt. EW! GROSS! And that barely scratches the surface!

I'm saving it in a baggie. I want to take it to the University of Illinois Extension office in Arthur to see if they can tell me what it is.

I also want to take it to Railside School and show the children.

I am supposed to have English class for the seventh and eighth grade. Supposedly, I know how to write a good story and will tell them how.

I don't know how. I just write. More on that next week.

The Haiti Benefit Sale will be Friday and Saturday. This sale is always interesting. This year it has something a little on the unique side.

The Aspen Co., Earl Plank, makes rustic furniture out of Aspen wood. This sale has a bedroom suite built by Earl. What makes this a little extra special is that he went to Colorado and cut the logs himself. He contracted some timber ground, hired a driver with a pickup and horse trailer, loaded up his team of mules and headed west.

Earl took a nephew along to help him. They fixed sleeping quarters in the front of the trailer, fixed their meals over an open fire and just generally roughed it while he did his logging.

He took his mules along to help with the logging. At least, I think that is what they were for. I don't think they did the cooking!

I forgot now, but he was there through June and part or all of July. Anyway, he shipped the logs home via semitrailer, built the bedroom suite, and it will be sold at the Haiti sale. So come, take a look.

And while you are there, be sure and sample all the good food, meet old friends, make new ones and just enjoy yourself. New for this year is the Friday evening mini-auction. They will have a gospel singing group as always.

We attended neighbor Marlys Otto's wedding this past Friday. The weather was nearly perfect, and the wedding itself was really nice. I always enjoy listening to a wedding sermon. It is inspiring and uplifting.

Since both of our daughters, Rachel and Jane, were helping cook, I had Sherilyn, 7, and Lynette, 8, sit with me. I enjoyed that, too. It is not often that I get that privilege.

In closing, here is a saying worth thinking about: It is better to be sure than sorry, but if you are too sure, you will be sure to be sorry.

Try this cake warm with ice cream or cold with whipped topping.

Apple Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup butter softened

2-1/2 cups diced apples

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sour cream

1 egg, beaten

Mix butter and dry cake mix until crumbly. Add coconut, mix. Pat lightly into an ungreased 9-by-13-inch glass cake pan. Build up edges slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle apples onto warm crust. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples.

Blend sour cream and egg. Pour over apples. Bake for 25 minutes.

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