My Amish Home: After great Christmas, time for fun in sun

My Amish Home: After great Christmas, time for fun in sun

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Councelor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas to one and all! This is Christmas Day. And a very beautiful day it is. Cold, yes, but very nice, bright and sunny.

We have snow. Not a lot. What snow we got Sunday has blown into drifts, so the ground is barely covered. It drifted enough that I had to clear the walks.

And yes, once again, winter and no snow shovel or ice melt. Will I ever remember? I think I just have a habit of forgetting.

I don't normally write my column on Christmas Day or even on Monday. But this is so totally an abnormal situation.

Because we don't normally go to Florida, but yes, we are preparing to go! Our trip is paid, round trip, so I guess they want us back.

Our apartment rent is also paid. We are deeply grateful. And I guess we'll go an enjoy our vacation in the sun.

The trouble is, I don't know how to pack for an extended stay! I'm about to blow a gasket. What if I forget something vital? What if we have too much luggage? Not enough? What if, what if.

Anyway, as usual, I'm procrastinating. We had so much going on this past week. I didn't even take time to make lists.

Our daughter Rachel Lloyd is doing OK since her meeting with the concrete floor. She still tires easily and certain activities, sweeping and mopping, make her dizzy.

At least she has a good reason. As for me, I can do that without a concussion.

Take the other evening, for instance. Boy, was I lame.

We had gone to our grandchildren's Christmas program at Plainview School. It started at 6 p.m. We were on our way home, 8:30-ish when we noticed a fire at the neighbor, Andrew Gingerich's. It looked too huge to be a trash fire. Of course, I hit the panic button. We pulled in at the Lloyds'. Grandson Jeff was at home, so I sent him to check it out, with instructions to call the fire department.

We knew the Andrews were at home as they were at the program.

Jeff did go and was soon back. It was a trash fire (huge!) Someone was home. I felt so dumb. But that's me!

You know, I've been wondering about something. I guess I'll expose my ignorance and write about it. The Arthur Fire Department has this camper out close to the end of their drive. The first time I saw it, I thought a lady was maybe cleaning it out as she stood by the door. And she is still there. It is not a real person. I still haven't figured it out. Personally, I think it looks kind of freaky. But I guess they know what they are doing. Whatever.

Our children and grandchildren were at our house Christmas Eve. They brought supper in. We had yummy pizza. Grandson Robert's wife, Marilyn, brought chocolate pie, knowing that is Grandpa Erwin's favorite. It was also very good. I guess that wanted to welcome us off to Florida. So, when we get back, will they welcome us back?

Finally, I got a return message from daughter Cindy in Dale. She had her first round of chemo treatments this past week. I was wondering how she is doing. Does she take anti-nausea meds? Does she drink water, water, water?

Actually, her hubby, Freeman, returned the message. She is really, really tired. And yes, yes, yes, she has meds, enough to fight a war. They had a two-hour chemo education before they ever started treatments. So I guess they are ready to fight the way.

In closing, the spirit of Christmas is that giving should be seen in all our living, all year long.

Maybe you would like this salad to go with one of your holiday meals.


For dressing:

1 container lemon or French vanilla yogurt (6 ounces)

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 / 4 teaspoon grated orange peel

2 tablespoon orange juice

For salad:

2 large unpeeled red apples, cubed (about 3 cups)

1 medium orange, peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 tablespoons golden raisins

4 leaves Bibb lettuce

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts

In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients until well blended.

In a medium bowl, mix apples, orange and raisins. Pour dressing over fruit; toss gently to coat.

Divide lettuce leaves among four serving plates. Spoon fruit into lettuce leaves; sprinkle with walnuts.

This can also be made with fresh pineapple chunks or bananas.

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