My Amish Home: Hanging on to summer as fall sweeps in

My Amish Home: Hanging on to summer as fall sweeps in

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." John 15:7-10'

Oh my! It is so "fallish" — a chilly wind, but warm sunshine. The corn is dry and rattly, some ears have dropped. I expect to see pickers in the field soon.

I want to hang on to summer yet — until, say, at least January. Oh, right, I remember: I wasn't going to bemoan the coming winter.

I have begun removing dates from my bulletin-board fridge. One was the Rudy Otto family reunion. I still have five wedding invitations on there. One of them we can't attend. It is days before our granddaughter Mary Lorene's wedding, and Lord willing, we plan to be in New York.

The Otto family reunion was held in Missouri, and seriously, it was not very well attended. But it was Labor Day weekend, so a lot had other commitments. And since it was in Missouri, a lot of the grandchildren couldn't make the trip.

Sister Cora Otto had surgery, so sister Irene and Levi Miller stayed home to take care of her. Brother John and Irene Otto couldn't go, as Irene is still recuperating from her knee surgery.

We still had a really good time, and of course, way too much food!

Andy and Martha Mast, the ones hosting the reunion, have a really nice place. They have a backyard big enough to have a large picnic area with a fire pit. They also have a deck with an awesome view over the trees. We had our Friday-evening picnic in the backyard, sitting around the fire eating s'mores and sharing memories. Saturday's breakfast was enjoyed on the deck. Awesome! I could eat my breakfast out there every morning!

Their daughter Liz and her husband, Corneal, have recently moved, and their place is equally awesome. They have a huge pond out back and huge, fenced-in backyard. A wonderful place for their family of two boys and two girls, so far.

It makes me want to pull up stakes and relocate to their area. Almost!

The really odd thing that happened while there concerned my leg. It had been two weeks since I had been to the doctor, and he told me I had cellulitis that started in my leg because I scratched it on a cornstalk. I was done with my antibiotics but was still taking Infection Purge from the health-food store. It just didn't seem to be healing. When Andy's girl saw it, they ran for the B&W salve an bandaged my leg.

Saturday morning, I took a peek at it and thought it looked like something was sticking out of the scratch. I pulled on it and removed a splinter! It was at least a half-inch long. Now my leg is pretty much healed.

Monday evening (Labor Day) was our annual company supper. Did we ever have a good one — but then, we always do! We had Peadros! Yes! Yummy!

Before we left, I had washed my hair and was sitting at the table working on word puzzles while it dried. Hubby was on the recliner, half asleep. All of a sudden we heard this awful clatter! Hubby almost jumped completely out of his chair; I broke out in goose bumps! I thought the Russians were coming! Or something!

When my heart went back in place and resumed its normal beat, I found that my whiteboard stickees had turned loose and the board had clattered to the counter top and knocked over some pill bottles. Then we laughed and laughed!

I wonder if anyone in our surrounding area got any rain Monday evening? It looked really stormy, but we had only some thunder and 0.06 inches of rain.

We did take some time to go to the cheese festival Monday. Hubby got his pork chop on a stick. Those things are so good, I went after an iced tea for him, then decided I needed a funnel cake. I carried it back to the buggy and had one small bite. The next bite had a long hair in it. Ew! So much for that! Into the garbage it went. Guess I didn't need it after all.

I did get a couple signs for my walls. I'm really not one for too much of that stuff, but these fit me. The one says "I have OCD: Obsessive Coffee Disorder." The other: "All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus."

In closing, did you know that if a plate of Jell-O is hooked up to an EEG, it registers movements virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult?

This week's recipe was made by sister-in-law Sarah Ann Helmuth for our reunion. After everyone said how delicious it was, she admitted that she forgot the powdered sugar. So, if you want less calories and sweetness, don't use the powdered sugar.


1 cup flour

1 stick butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2½ cups whipped topping

2 cups powdered sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 boxes instant chocolate pudding

3 cups milk

Mix flour and butter together and press into a 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees 10 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, whipped topping, powdered sugar and peanut butter together and put on cooled crust.

Mix pudding and milk together and put on top of cream-cheese mixture. Top with more whipped topping.

Garnish with cut-up Reese's cups or chocolate Heath bits.

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