My Amish Home: Sick and tired of feeling cold and crummy

My Amish Home: Sick and tired of feeling cold and crummy

"I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. O God, thou hast taught me from thy youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works." Psalm 71:16,17

What a dreary day! It's cold, blustery, occasionally snowing. In reality, the temperature is 25 degrees on this Wednesday afternoon, but with the wind, it is surely zero. I feel so cold.

Maybe if I could get rid of this sick, I would not feel so cold. I've been dragging along now for about two weeks. I still can hardly eat anything. My tummy whines, "You're not feeding me THAT, are you?" Well, no. How about? "Oh, no, not some of that, either." So, OK, what's a person to do? I have to eat to take my meds.

So mostly, I feel like something the dogs dragged in and the cats won't eat.

And I should be cleaning house, deep cleaning. Church services will be held on our little commune Jan. 26. But I just don't have the energy.

I didn't even topical clean last weekend. Only the bathrooms got cleaned.

I did do my cleaning jobs in town. My brother Marx Plank was my taxi. I asked him how his wife Cathy is doing. She got an infection in her incision after her surgery. She has frequent appointments to get it redressed. In between, she does it herself.

She works several days a week, but she gets really tired. When she comes home from work, all she can manage is to let the dog out to do her duty and let her back in again; then she crashes on the couch.

Well, last Saturday, on the way home, I told Marx I'm not even letting the dog out, I'm crashing. I was totally spent. Matter of fact, I was overdrawn! Anyway, we don't have a dog!

I did go to the doctor. On the way home, we stopped at Beachy's Bulk Foods. I passed by the kitchen area and heard what I thought was a bunch of chickens (not really). But I heard giggles and happy chatter. Then someone called my name. It was niece Laura. I went to see what they were doing. It was the store girls and they were having a blast. What they were doing could have been sheer drudgery, but they made a fun thing out of it.

They were scrubbing bread pans. You know, after baking hundreds of loaves of bread, the pans get a lot of baked on grease and "ick." So they have to be scoured periodically.

They asked if I wanted a job. Of course, I had all kinds of excuses. But you know what? I would have actually enjoyed helping them. They were having fun.

I got to thinking about this bread pan with the baked-on "ick." We can get that way if we dabble in sin; we get baked-on "ick" that is hard to remove. But if we go to Jesus, he will gladly remove it and scrub us clean. He may not giggle and use an SOS pad. Matter of fact, He has already shed his blood to wash us clean. But because we are erring humans,we still need to go to the foot of the cross for a cleansing. Anyway, I do, daily.

Seems I'm not the only one sick on our commune. Granddaughter Cynthia was sick the Friday evening daughter Rachel and Lloyd sponsored the church youth group for their belated Christmas caroling. The youths had supper at Lloyds then played games afterwards.

Cynthia was upstairs feeling a teeny bit sorry for herself because she could not join in.

Then grandson Robert got sick on Tuesday. He had a temperature of 103 degrees, but by Wednesday morning, he felt well enough to go to work. Never underestimate the power of a praying grandmother!

But Denice was sick Wednesday morning and couldn't go to school. I think Rachel is glad she doesn't have a dozen children!

In closing: In case you're worrying about what's going to become of the next generation, it's going to grow up and worry about the younger generation.

Craving for a yummy dessert? Try this Chocolate Cheese Pie.



1 cup flour, heaping

1/2 cup butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Cheese filling:

8 ounces cream cheese

1 can Eagle Brand milk

1 cup chocolate chips

Cream together cream cheese, Eagle Brand milk and chocolate chips; divide into the two crusts and bake until just set, about 15 minutes, in 350-degree oven.

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted

16-ounce container Cool Whip

Cream together cream cheese and sugar; add melted chocolate chips, then fold in Cool Whip.

Put on top of cooled pies. Top with Cool Whip and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Send questions or comments to Otto at 1584 County Road 2000N, Arthur, IL, 61911.

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