My Amish Home | Taking in the end-of-school-term ballgame

My Amish Home | Taking in the end-of-school-term ballgame

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the Shield of faith, where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." Ephesians 6:13-16

Wednesday afternoon and the sun has now succumbed to the clouds. But at least most of the day was sunny and fairly warm. Granted, around the edges it was chilly, but the sun made you think it was warm.

Actually, it almost couldn't have been a more perfect day. Railside School had their last-day-of-school program. We have two grandchildren at Railside, Galen and Lynetta Yoder. Galen graduated from eighth grade.

Of course, the highlight of the day is always the ballgame afterward.

The children and teachers do a program of singing. And they really outdid themselves with their singing. If I could sing that well, well — I'm pretty sure I'd be "big-feely"!

After the program of singing, the mothers outdo themselves with delicious food! Then comes the ballgame for those able to participate. And like I said, they couldn't have had a more perfect day. It wasn't too hot or too windy.

And we don't participate. I've been there, done that. I was never very good at playing ball, but I played with everything I had. I loved it! I couldn't throw worth a hoot, but if I managed to connect the ball with the bat, it went flying. The ball, not the bat — well, maybe!

My tiller found its way home. Now it seems I should go out and work in the garden. And I might if I get this mission accomplished and I have the energy and willpower.

Since the temperature has risen somewhat, things have perked up. Some of our flowers are blooming. I may have mentioned it before, but last fall, I planted daffodils, beautiful pink ones, in the picture. Well, they came up yellow! But I noticed they have a faint pinkish, more like flesh tone in the center. Now I'm wondering if maybe they need fertilizer, sort of like I give the hydrangeas to give them color.

We have a volunteer peach tree and the thing is actually blooming! I was so tickled when I saw that. Maybe we'll have our own peach crop. It won't be a bumper crop, I don't think!

I thought last fall our white weeping cherry tree looked sort of deadish, but it is in full bloom now. We also have a pink one, but that is just showing new growth. It really isn't a nicely shaped tree. Its branches are a little wacky, but I guess that happens with grafted trees.

We also have these bright yellow flowers all through the yard. Maybe I should make salad and jelly!

If it weren't for all the clover, dandelions and ah yes, creeping Charlie, we wouldn't have much ground cover in our yard. Our grass is really thin.

Nevertheless, it is growing and needs to be mowed, but we don't have a mower yet. Or goats!

Since I can't mow the yard yet, I need to get with it and get some inside projects done. I am making a denim throw for grandson Galen for his graduation present.

I so badly wanted to just once get something done on time, or better yet, ahead of time. I started it soon enough, but other things kept interfering.

Then I got sick. I really didn't realize how sick I actually was until now that I am feeling better. I figured I was just being lazy and unmotivated. Maybe that was part of it, but I know now that I was really sick.

It is great to feel good again. My ribs are still quite sore. But it is much easier to cope.

In closing, experience shows us that love does not consist of gazing at each other but of looking together in the same direction.

I believe this week it will be a roasted vegetable medley.


3 Yukon Gold or white potatoes

2 medium red peppers

1 small butternut squash

1 medium sweet potato

1 medium red onion

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 teaspoons rosemary

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

Cut veggies into chunks and combine in a large bowl. Whisk olive oil, vinegar and seasonings; pour over veggies and toss to coat.

Bake in a 9-by-13-inch glass pan, covered with foil, for 1 hour at 375 degrees.

You can substitute 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash garlic and herb for rosemary and thyme.

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