My Amish Home: A good week for laundry and good deeds

My Amish Home: A good week for laundry and good deeds

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:6-9

What a beautiful day on this Tuesday as I write. It is a bit chilly, but the sun is shining and it isn't really windy. Early this morning, it was so nice outside.

No wind, all was quiet, the moon was bright, it didn't seem cold at all.

You could actually think it is almost spring, the way the tomcats are caterwauling around the place. Where do they all come from?

Often, when I go out evenings to dump scraps on the compost pile, I see a dark streak high balling it for Lloyds' barn.

What is really scary is when I'm not aware that Holden the Golden is out of his pen. I'll hear some large beast galumphing behind me and my heart goes in overdrive. Oh, it's just Holden! He doesn't say a word; he just wants to play.

I love that big dog now that he has left his puppyhood behind and doesn't feast on our solar lights and bike flashers!

Granddaughter Deniece has the cutest little puppy. It's a Maltese, and 90 percent fluff. Her name is Aria. She is absolutely adorable, so playful. The other pup that the Lloyds have in the house sometimes is Justice, a miniature dachshund.

She is also very playful and thinks Aria is a squeak toy. She will pounce on her till she squeaks!

It seemed like this week would be quite full with stuff to do, then we got a bit of a reprieve, but not the kind we like. Daughter Rachel was going to have workday, but granddaughter Sherilyn, Jane's daughter, had the flu, so Jane couldn't be there. We canceled for now. Rachel was going to can apples, so I said I will still go help her.

One day this week, I will, or plan to, take lunch to our elderly neighbor lady, Mary Ann Mast.

During the winter months, our church has a good-deed jar with the names of shut-ins, widows, widowers and older people who can't get out much. The younger set and able-bodied older ones draw a name and do a good deed for that person in the designated week.

So I will do this for Mary Ann, although it may not be a good deed, as my cooking leaves much to be desired.

Today, as I write, was also my laundry day. It was fun today. I could hang everything outside. I am so thankful once again for my lines on the south side under the roof,

It is like daughter Cindy said: The towels are so much friendlier if they are dried outside. Drying them inside, they get to be pretty rough characters.

As I sat at my desk, gazing out the window, I saw one of the horses with something in his mouth. I figured he was bored and tossing this thing around. It appeared to be a wad of netting off a bale. He kept flinging the stuff around and around; I then wondered if maybe he caught it in his teeth and couldn't get it loose. I watched awhile; he kept on.

I saw Rachel in the yard, or anyway, the puppies. They were about their business. So I decided to tell her about it. Wouldn't you know it — about that time, that horse got tired of his game of fling and whirl, dropped the stuff and ambled away.

Oh well, anyway, I could play with the little pile of fluff. Then Justice got jealous, so I gave her some attention, too.

In closing: "One of the nicest things about life is the way we must stop regularly whatever it is that we are doing and devote our attention to eating." — Luciano Pavarotti

Maybe you can try this dish. I believe you'll want to have the coffee ready.

TURTLE PIE

3 eggs, well beaten

2/3 cup Karo syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup oatmeal or chopped nuts or both

Mix everything except oatmeal.

In an unbaked pie shell, put in some chocolate chips, cup or more to taste, then oatmeal and or nuts.

Pour egg mixture over this. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

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