My Amish Home: Time flies, and so do fireworks, in summer
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28-29
Happy birthday to my sis LaDonna, Mrs. Dennis Schrock!
We are entering into the second half of the year 2014. Already! Where, oh where, has the time gone? I feel like I fell off the bandwagon and am running to catch up.
Daughter Rachel was telling me about the material she bought to make school clothes. School clothes? Yep! In a little more than six weeks! Then it will seem like summer is almost gone.
What I can't figure out is why it seems to take 12 to 18 months for summer to get here, then in a couple of weeks it seems to be gone.
We have this saying about corn needing to be knee high by Fourth of July. Well, in our area it is tasseling out several days before Fourth of July.
The Freedom Celebration in Arthur is now history. We did not stay up to watch the fireworks. We could see them pretty good from our house. I guess I was too lazy. I decided staying up to watch them will not add to the quality of my life.
I did find out when they turned the final big bang loose. I later wished I would have counted the cars going back from where they came earlier. It sounded like hundreds of them.
We skipped out from going to church in our home district this past Sunday. Instead, we went to our daughter Jane and Milton Yoder's in a neighboring district.
I hated to miss our own church, but I did enjoy going to Milton's.
We had plenty of food for our spiritual bodies there as well. And, of course, the delicious traditional meal as well for our physical bodies.
In the sermon, the minister spoke of coming with our cup turned up to receive the spiritual food God has for us.
At weddings, the tables are set with the coffee cups turned down. If you want coffee, you turn it up. Well, in church Sunday, I soon decided I needed a saucer, then a bowl, then I decided I actually should have a bucket. With a lid. So I won't spill it coming home.
It seems like grandson Lavon, 13, wanted to get in on the action, too, of having surgery. Since his brother Lucas, 15, and cousin Denice, 14, both had surgery to repair broken bones, he must have wanted to find out what it's like.
Seriously though, he did not orchestrate his appendicitis attack. He got very little sleep Monday night because of stomach pains. Tuesday, his mom took him to the doctor, then he was sent on to the hospital.
Late afternoon/early evening, he had surgery and they removed an inflamed appendix. He came home on Wednesday. He is doing fine.
It kind of spoiled the plan I had for him. He was supposed to go get our screen doors this week.
His brother Lucas is on vacation the next two weeks, so maybe he can go get them. Quite possibly, he could help me put them on.
The one should be fairly easy, as it had been on before, so we could just use the same holes for the hinges. The other one is just a plain Jane screen door with a spring to flap it closed. It goes on the north door where we used to have a storm door. Since it seemed impossible to keep a storm door there, I want a screen door for the summer.
There is just something about a screen door slapping shut that feels so summery. Way back, when I was just a kid, I'd open our screen door as far as possible and let it slap shut. Then my mom would holler at me. Ah! I was so bad!
In closing: Obedience to God is the only assurance of "living happily ever after."
Try this slow cooker recipe. If you don't have a slow cooker, use your oven.
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
8 to 10 fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 celery ribs, chopped
11/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cans (141/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes
1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
Hot, cooked spaghetti
In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, celery and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, sugars, salt oregano, chili powder and mustard. Stir in the beef mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until heated through. Serve over spaghetti. Yield is 10 to 12 servings.