My Amish Home: Recalling cold times and a warm surprise

My Amish Home: Recalling cold times and a warm surprise

"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 6:17-18.

Cold and dreary, that is the weather. Really, it's not too bad. Maybe if I keep telling myself that, I will finally believe it. Because, really, it probably will get much colder.

At least the garden is cleared off and the cover crop is sown. Whether it will do any growing this fall remains to be seen. And no, I did not do it myself.

Grandson Lucas did the tilling and son-in-law Milton did the sowing. We surely do appreciate it. They did it this past Friday evening while we went to our good friend Louise York's birthday party.

Her son, Lee, was also there and her brother and his wife from Chicago. They brought a beautiful and delicious cake.

The only thing wrong with the cake was that my portion was way too small!

Louise is now 98 years old. Her mind is still very sharp, and she has a good sense of humor. Unfortunately, she has macular degeneration and can barely see at all.

Her hearing has also gone by the wayside. I am so sorry for that.

Last year, our whole family went to sing for her. That evening was cold, and we had a pouring-down rain. It was almost too miserable to leave, but the pleasure it brought to her made it worthwhile.

Twenty-four years ago on Oct. 19, we had a major snowstorm. It was cold and so very windy.

We still lived in the trailer and our neighbor girl, Treva Schrock, got married.

The snowstorm really took everyone by surprise. It was nice the day before and really nice the day after.

We burned wood at the time. Our wood stove was not set up yet and ready. We thought we'd freeze that night with no heat.

So why am I whining about the weather now? Shame on me!

Our daughter Cindy (Mrs. Freeman Miller) and their daughter Margaret of Dale came to Arthur for the day.

I was so surprised! I hadn't known a thing about it. Of course, daughters Jane (Mrs. Milton) and Rachel (Mrs. Lloyd) were in on the secret.

It was my turn to have workday this month, but Jane called with some (lame!) excuse as to why she should have it.

In reality, it worked fine for me. That way, when I have workday in November, they can help me get stuff ready for the Otto family holiday gathering.

So on Tuesday I go to Jane's house. As I went up the steps and started in the door, Jane opened it for me ever so kindly and I stopped mid-stride. I think I might have yelled. They thought I was going to topple backward down the steps. I thought so, too!

There sat Cindy and Margaret, smiling, smug as bugs in a rug. We actually did get a fair amount of work done for Jane.

Husband Erwin's sister, Irene Miller, was supposed to pick him up at noon and take him home, but we called Helmuth's and told them to tell Erwin to come to Jane's house for lunch.

He was equally surprised and glad he could be there, even if it made him a little grumpy to start with before he knew the reason why.

We had a very good and enjoyable day!

Speaking of bugs in rugs, the creature I found in the bedroom was in reality an assassin beetle. He is a predatory insect. He looks it!

I don't know about my English class. If I could have gone back the next day, I could have done a much better job. On my way home, I thought about it and thought of lots of stuff that I could have said and done. Ah, well, hindsight is 20/20.

I did have the children write a story about this bug for their assignment. I was allowed to read the stories. They brought a lot of chuckles, the adventures of this bug. He had several names, including Creepy, Tim, Quill, Pepper, Flip and even Millie. (Poor thing!)

In closing, the remedy for our nation begins in our hearts and homes.

Need a lunchbox snack? Or maybe you are taking a trip and need something to munch on while traveling? Try this healthy combo.

NUTTY BERRY TRAIL MIX

1 can (15 ounces) mixed nuts

2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips

1 package (9 ounces) raisins

1 package (6 ounces) chopped, dried pineapple

1 jar (5.85 ounces) sunflower kernels

1 package (5 ounces) dried cranberries

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Store in airtight container.

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