My Amish Home | Sidelined by flu just when it finally gets warm

My Amish Home | Sidelined by flu just when it finally gets warm

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: For in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:19-21

It is finally, at long last, warm! But it is so windy that it kind of takes away from the nice of it. And it isn't exactly pleasant to have the windows open. Everything blows around and the pantry door rattles and bangs. That gets on my nerves.

Spring and new life all around. Well, it has been for awhile. It was just that stuff was so slow because of the cold. I saw a baby Killdeer skitter across the road in front of our horse the other day. They are so cute. Its little feet were moving so fast, they were just a blur.

A farmer across the road from us is planting and is the dust ever flying. After all the rain we had, it is already really dusty. I planted some roses last week and forgot that I should be watering them. I remembered today. I think they were still OK.

Today was Plainview School's last day for the season. Of course, they had a program followed by a potluck lunch. And then the highlight, the ballgame.

Tomorrow morning the dads will moan and groan and wonder where all those muscles were. Granddaughter Sherilyn was quite excited about playing. She is a whiz at it.

We couldn't go yesterday afternoon as I was blindsided by the flu bug. I guess it was the flu. I was really sick. I kept the great white throne occupied. Either I was sitting on it or hanging my head over it.

We thought right at first it may have been something I ate for lunch. We, as in all my siblings except LaDonna Schrock, went to Yoder's for lunch with our mom as it was her 90th birthday.

But then when I thought about it, I really didn't feel the greatest all morning. It was one of those things when you don't know what's wrong, but you know you don't feel right.

I had made my first batch of fresh garden tea and was in the process of straining it when sis Barb Gingerich came for our mom and me. I just left the stuff on the counter, thinking I'll finish it when we get back and while I am doing my laundry. Well, that didn't happen. Somehow, I barely got my laundry done, I was so tired. And actually the stuff dried so fast, I could take some down while the next load was spinning.

I just had to take a break after I was done with the laundry. Then granddaughter Sherilyn came over and chatted awhile. When she left, it hit me.

I didn't do anything except make trips to the bathroom.

The sink was loaded with dirty dishes, the clothes weren't folded. And you know what? The world didn't stop because of that! The stuff was still there this morning.

We didn't even eat supper. Husband Erwin said he is still full from lunch. That was fine with me. The thought of food — well ...

It took until almost noon before I felt halfway human. I'm still way tired but part of that comes from my still very hurty rib.

This past Sunday, we went to our daughter Jane and Milton Yoders for church. We had some very interesting sermons. One of the ministers related this story about a lady when she was just a girl. After church, they would go to her grandmother's house for lunch. After the main course, she would collect the plates and tell them to keep their forks.

When this lady was old and dying, she requested to be buried with a fork in her hand. When the people would file past her casket, they would ask, "Why the fork?" Then the family would say that her grandmother always said, "Keep your forks. The best is yet to come!" Grandmother meant dessert, of course.

In closing, his heart cannot be pure whose tongue is not clean.

This week's recipe is what I was going to make to take to Plainview School, but since I was sick, we didn't go.


2 cups milk

1 tablespoon cocoa

3 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons butter

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon peanut butter

8 ounces Cool Whip

Oreo cookies, crushed

Heat milk and cocoa together. Mix sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch and salt. Add to hot milk and bring to a boil. Take off heat and add butter and vanilla. Cool.

Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and sour cream, then add cool whip.

Put crushed Oreos on bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan. Next put in cream-cheese mixture, then chocolate pudding. Top with more Cool Whip and cookie crumbs.

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