My Amish Home: Thankful for good days and good vibes
"Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round thy table." Psalm 128:1-3
This past Monday, we had some rain, then clouds and wind. Toward evening, it cleared off and Tuesday was a most beautiful day. Then early Wednesday morning, we had a storm. Cooling temperatures, high winds, hail and over 21/2 inches of rain. The hail didn't amount to much. It was just scary.
I am so thankful for everything I got done this past Tuesday. First of all, after cleaning, I did my laundry. Then I did the trimming with the weed eater, which is not a job I especially like. By then, it was time to go get my hubby.
We had some errands to do, so we ate lunch on the road. When I got home, l took the laundry off the line but didn't fold it right away.
I wanted to get my tomato cages put up. I also did some hoeing. Again, not a favorite job of mine. While putting up the cages, I saw that my one tomato plant has two golf-ball-size tomatoes on it.
I then did the tilling, all but where my mom's corn wasn't big enough yet.
Next I planted eight rows of corn for our daughter in Dale.
They are trying to get a new house built, plus her garden is not worth much at best. They wanted to haul in some dirt to build it up as it is in a really low spot.
So, anyway, she doesn't know it. When she reads this, she will probably have a fit.
As I was planting, I was thinking that if this stuff does any good, I may need to have help to harvest it. I'll just call her and tell her to send up Mary Lorene and Margaret. I need help.
After I was done in the garden, I still had time to mow part of the yard before supper.
Husband Erwin took care of the supper, bless his heart. He put leftovers in the oven and got the table set.
After supper, I so badly wanted to go mow again, but I was a good girl and did the dishes first. I really surprised myself all around. I did the garden before starting to mow, then the dishes, before going out again. Wow! Am I finaIly growing up?
My shoes were still tired this morning!
I finished mowing on this Wednesday afternoon. The yard does look fairly nice. Weed and Feed does work. I just wish the weed-and-feeder would have done a better job. I put some on the backyard and tried to fill in the stripes in the front yard, but I still have a stripey front yard and now also a stripey backyard. But I can't have it too nice-looking. I might get "big-feely." Right?
Yesterday (Tuesday) was such a beautiful, absolutely wonderful summer day. The morning was just perfect for biking. Hubby went to the workout mill, so I could bike to work.
As I neared HCK, I met the Okaw Valley Charter bus. I wondered, "What's up?" As I passed by the front of the shop, I felt some kind of vibes. The Helmuths, Rays and Pauls and some of their daughters were there, wearing big smiles and carrying huge lunchboxes.
I asked where they were headed. I had seen the bus pull in by the new warehouse and some people getting on there.
They were headed for Springfield. It was the seventh- and eighth-graders of Oak Lawn School's trip to see the Capitol and other points of interest, plus have a day of fun. Those vibes I felt were excitement vibes.
I pedaled on to work, sort of indulging in another pity party, again sans Pepsi; I'll have to start carrying a spare.
I had to go slave away and they go have fun. Then I lectured myself, "Shape up, girl, you've been there, done that. This, after all, is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it."
I believe it helped. I had a really good day.
This week's closing is a question for my readers. Did you know 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 are exactly the same? This is the King James version. Check it out.
Would you like some refreshing strawberry lemonade? You can even can this concentrate and enjoy it in the winter.
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CONCENTRATE
This recipe makes about 6 pints, or 3 quarts, of concentrate.
7 cups fresh, sliced strawberries
5 cups lemon juice*
7 cups sugar
Puree the washed, sliced strawberries in blender, in several batches if necessary. Pour into a large saucepan. Add lemon juice and the sugar. Stir well.
Heat the strawberry mixture until it reaches 190 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
Pour strawberry mixture into hot, sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Wipe rims with damp towel and place lids and jar rings firmly on jars. Place jars in boiling water bath and process for 15 minutes. Place jars on towel on counter to cool. Can be stored for a year in a cool, dark place.
To prepare lemonade, add an equal amount of water, club soda or ginger ale.
*You can use either fresh lemon juice or bottled lemon juice; 2 pounds of lemons only makes about a cup of fresh-squeezed juice.