My Amish Home: Warm thoughts about cold winter days

My Amish Home: Warm thoughts about cold winter days

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave unseemingly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Spring is not yet here. Old Man Winter just hangs on, and on, and on — did I mention that it is still winter? But you know what? On this Wednesday as I write this, it is beautiful. The sun is shining, there's not a lot of wind.

Granted, it is cold, but still, it is really nice. And actually, we've had a lot of nice, sunny days this winter, in spite of the frigidness. A lot to be thankful for.

As for myself, I feel I could enjoy it better, but I turned our thermostat down to save gas and dollars, so it is actually a couple of degrees below cozy in here.

It's OK for the most part, we just pile on more covers to sleep; and when I'm doing physical labor (I actually do, occasionally), it's fine. But when I'm at my desk writing, I'm chilly.

To warm up, I think of all the things I want to do when it actually gets warm outside.

I already sent for my garden seeds — most of them, anyway. I haven't decided whether I was in the throes of spring fever or cabin fever when I did that.

Saturday was so wonderfully mild, my hopes soared; but, alas, it got frigid again. Maybe it was no wonder the geese we saw didn't know which way to go.

We saw a huge flock Friday evening. They were just kind of milling around, not really in formation, mostly headed south.

We were in church Sunday, the highlight of the week. I do so enjoy (and need) it! We heard a very interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking sermon. Then came the afternoon of fellowship, which I really enjoyed. Of course, we had the traditional church lunch. Right now, I can't truthfully say that I enjoyed it. I give up, I think my taster has gone south.

Our friend Rosella Miller was telling me how her niece Sheila and nephew Neil were playing in the snow. They had a huge pile and dug a hole from the top out to the side, kind of an L. They would go in the top and slide down and out the side. They were "flushing" themselves.

Kids and snow go together; I guess I'm definitely not a kid anymore. I just don't like it as much anymore. I used to help the girls play when they were small.

I remember one winter, we lived in the trailer and we were snowed in. We didn't have a sled, but husband/dad Erwin took a sheet of corrugated tin, fastened a twine to it so we could pull it and we got a big cardboard box and somehow fixed it on the tin, stuffed our little girls in there and gave them rides.

One afternoon we were giving them rides and our neighbors, Nelson and Anna Yoder, hollered at us to come over. They were making ice cream and thought we might want to help them eat it.

What better thing do you want to do on a snowed-in afternoon than to go enjoy a bowl of homemade ice cream with your neighbor?

Our snow is mostly gone now and we just have cold. Grandchildren Galen and Lynetta either had spring fever or cabin fever. They had hitched up their ever-faithful pony, Candy, and were driving her, bouncing through the rough and frozen hayfield.

I was glad for the mild Saturday. Our grandsons, Robert and Jeffrey, took down our old mailbox and put up the new one. I really appreciated that. Thanks, boys! You're the best!

In closing, no winter lasts forever. No spring misses its turn. (What a good thought. It'll keep me going!)

Since it's still cold, I think we need soup. Try this hearty variety.

CHEESEBURGER SOUP

1 pound hamburger, browned and drained

2 cups minute rice

1/4 cup diced carrots

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/3 cup chopped celery

3 cups chicken broth

2 (11-ounce) cans cheddar cheese soup

4 cups milk

1 (8-ounce) container sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Velveeta cheese can be added for flavor besides the soup or used as an alternative.

Combine broth, carrots, onion and celery and simmer 10 minutes. Add hamburger and rice.

Add soup and milk. Heat to boiling point. Add sour cream last, just before serving.

Do not boil after sour cream has been added. Milk can be adjusted for desired thickness.

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