My Amish Home: Cold and crumminess make no task easy

My Amish Home: Cold and crumminess make no task easy

"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you; that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35

Cold, cold, cold, bitter cold. And windy. I will be ever so glad to have milder weather again. I am such a wimp! We haven't had this cold for a long time. Or as much snow. I didn't know our Tuesday morning snowstorm already started Monday evening.

Niece Emily Gingerich told me she drove home from a friend's house Monday evening in the blowing snow. The snow made it really hard to see. It was actually kind of mesmerizing.

But she managed to stay between the ditches and got home safely.

As I write this Wednesday, the clouds are breaking up and the sun is peeking out. It looks pretty, but it is still bone-chilling cold.

How long will it last? Ah well, I've survived thus far. And it is the last full week of January. Surely soon, the cold will break.

Maybe if I felt better it wouldn't seem so cold. I'm still dragging. I did go back to the doctor. She put me on a stronger antibiotic.

I was kind of hoping she'd give me a prescription that I'd have to fill in Florida. (NOT!)

I'm drinking herbal tea until I almost slosh in hopes I can flush the stuff out of my system.

Food still tastes nasty, for the most part. I bought some chicken at Family Health Foods and made some broth so I can make some good, comforting chicken soup. I figured it would help warm my insides. I am just so cold.

This past Monday was fairly mild. It was sunny, matter of fact, it was 40 degrees in the afternoon. I was really tired, but still I didn't feel too bad. I was cleaning up the pantry, a major undertaking. It's such a catch-all. Anyway, I came up with what I thought was a grand idea. As it turned out, it wasn't so grand. No surprise there. Happens all the time.

I've had a few good ones, but it seems the duds far outnumber the good ones.

Anyway, Monday afternoon, I got the idea that I could load up the buggy with our recycling stuff. Then I decided I was too tired to get Sparky ready and push him to town.

But I decided to load up the buggy anyway because on Tuesday mornings, husband Erwin goes to therapy (usually). That way, I'll be by myself and have more room. So I proceeded with that. And did I stuff the buggy! I left just enough room for me to sit.

I should have known better. After all, this is Illinois in the dead of the winter and there was a ring around the moon early Monday morning. Weather change ahead and not usually of the pleasant type.

So yes, Tuesday morning early, I go out to chore and what a surprise! I decided in a hurry, we aren't going anywhere today. So Tuesday was spent at home, except when sis Barb Gingerich took me to the doctor.

Then, Wednesday morning, before we go to work, I could unload a lot of the stuff. I just put it in the buggy shed to await the next nice day.

Possibly it was good that I had to leave some of it at home. The Dumpster was crammed to overflowing the way it was.

But at least I got most of it hauled off and the storage shed is somewhat cleaned up.

The pantry looks fairly pleasant. I don't understand, but I had to dump at least two dozen cans of tomato products that I had canned this past summer. I've never had this problem before. And I really feel like had I searched, I would have found more.

Anyway, those cans are washed and boxed up with other empty cans that were in the storage shed. I put them overhead in the loft.

I thought "Next summer, I'll do things differently." Oh yes! I wasn't going to have a garden. I tell myself that every fall. But I will. I can't help myself. When the earth warms up and things start showing new growth, you'll find me trotting out to the garden, hoe and seeds in hand. It's who or what I am.

In closing, people could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, but they all have to live in the same box.

You might want to try this recipe. And use your imagination. You could use warm cheese sauce as topping or salsa and sour cream.


4 pounds hamburger

1 medium onion

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sloppy Joe seasoning

1 cup barbecue sauce

2 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans

Brown hamburger with onions. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over warm cornbread.

Top with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese and ranch dressing.

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