My Amish Home: Animal stories from bright winter days

My Amish Home: Animal stories from bright winter days

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep." Psalm 92:1-2,4-5

What a beautiful winter day! Beautiful sunshine, not windy. The temperature even climbed all the way up to 27 degrees. Wow! Heat wave!

It may have been cold — frigid is more like it — but the mornings were really beautiful. And really, the sun is amazing! It has real warmth.

A friend told me he heard a cardinal singing his spring song. Yes! Hope!

Then my hopes were dashed! Larry Helmuth, our horseshoer, said someone told him they saw geese going south. South?! Whatever! Do they know something we don't?

And yes, I had to go get Sparky's tires rotated. Well, he had to be reshod. And you all know that is not on my favorite to-do list. But it's got to be done.

It's not so bad, really. Like today, I had a heater in the buggy and a book to read. It's just that I couldn't drink coffee or eat some junky snacks. How fun is that, to sit and wait and not eat?! My mouth and tummy are still at odds with each other. My mouth wants to chew and my tummy groans and whines about that stuff coming down there.

We had a good day at church this past Sunday. It was a full house with lots of young folks. We heard a very good sermon, very thought-provoking. The only sad part was I could not enjoy the lunch. But at least I was well-fed spiritually and really did enjoy the fellowship.

In the afternoon, we went to the visitation of Lewis Schlabach. Years ago, he was the owner of Schlabach's U-Pick strawberries. We were also neighbors to Lewis and Mattie Schlabach when we lived in our Sullivan home.

I enjoyed going there to pick strawberries. It was close and I could go whenever I wanted. I tied my red wagon behind my bike and went rattly-banging up to the patch. The kids finally bought a bike cart for me. I think they were embarrassed by my rattly wagon!

Writing about strawberries makes my mouth water. Do you suppose we'll have to haul snow off the patch in order to pick strawberries?

Daughter Rachel and Lloyd recently bought a dachshund puppy. They wanted an adult male, but couldn't find any, so they just bought this puppy. He's 7 weeks old, I think. They put him in with their other puppies that are a little older.

Skyler is a rat terrier and a super mom. She'd probably nurse kittens. She adopted him right away.

I went up to look at him, then wanted to bring him home to show him to husband Erwin and my mom. Skyler wasn't too sure about this. She followed me home and sat outside the door until I came out again. Then she followed me to the barn. After I put him in the nest with the other puppies, she checked every inch of him. Like I would hurt him!

Animals are funny. The Lloyds have a cat that likes to sit on a horse's back. One afternoon, I saw this strange sight. I saw a cat sitting on what looked like a shelf by the barn. I knew there was no shelf there. Then a horse started to walk away and the cat went along. It was sitting on the horse's back. I guess it's taken up riding.

Later on, I saw grandson Robert leading a horse out of the barn. The horse was harnessed up, ready to be hitched to the buggy. Apparently, Robert had places to go. But wait. What looks so funny with the horse? Oh, I see. About like that, a cat jumped off the horse's back. I don't know — did Robert tell the cat it has to stay home or did it decide that on its own? I expect the latter.

In closing, if you are willing to work, others will let you.

What do you want to eat this week? How about pizza meatballs?


1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon minced onion

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

dash of pepper

2 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 to 8 cubes

11/2 tablespoons flour

12-15 ounces pizza sauce

spaghetti, cooked and hot

Mix together first six ingredients. Shape into six to eight meatballs, forming balls completely around cube of cheese.

Heat oil in skillet and coat each ball with flour. Fry until evenly browned. Remove meatballs from skillet and allow to cool slightly.

Discard fat from skillet and pour in pizza sauce. Add meatballs and simmer on low heat, covered, for about 10 minutes. Serve over hot spaghetti.

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