My Amish Home | Good news makes beautiful day even better

My Amish Home | Good news makes beautiful day even better

"He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. A righteous man hateth lying, but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way, but wickedness overthroweth the sinner." Proverbs 13: 3-6

What a beautiful day we have! It is not yet officially summer, but today is a perfect summer day. I heard a mockingbird in the distance. A song sparrow is serenading me from our weeping cherry tree. Ah, wonderful summertime! How I love it!

If only I wasn't stuck by my desk. I'd like to go plant my mom's onions for her. It is a little late, but she figured she wouldn't have enough.

Since I was going to Graber's greenhouse anyway, I figured if they still have some, I'll just get some more. And they did. I went to get flowers. I warn you, do NOT go there if you have a weakness for flowers! Oh my! I get dizzy just trying to make up my mind. It blew my mind and almost my money!

It is absolutely a crime to be stuck inside right now, but first things first.

It rained yesterday afternoon/evening, so Mom didn't get her onions planted. She had been gone all day. Now this afternoon, it is almost too warm for her. For me, it would be just perfect. Of course, if I ever get done pecking away on this, I could go plant flowers.

By the way, does anyone have a typewriter hiding in a closet or somewhere? I accidentally (would I do it on purpose?!) knocked mine off the desk, and now sometimes it doesn't act right.

Today is my sis Barb Gingerich's birthday. I won't say how old she is, but it is a milestone birthday. And she is almost seven years younger than I am. You do the math!

So all of you join us in rejoicing and praising the Lord. Our daughter of Dale, Mrs. Freeman Miller Cindy, is CANCER-FREE! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Well, I've mowed our yard twice now. I was a little (only a little teensy little) better at maneuvering the beast. But I tell you, I did a really dumb (typical me!) thing the first time I used it. It has a safety feature in that if you take both hands off the controls, the mower stops.

Well, I drove it into the buggy shed, released the controls, it stopped and I walked away. I was actually feeling a little bit smug that I had successfully mowed some of the yard. The next morning when I wanted to finish, I turned the key (it's an electric start) and nothing happened. The battery was totally dead!

I wasn't smart enough to know that you need to turn the key off. But I was smart enough to get the battery off and put on the charger and put it back on again. Now I always turn off the key. Lesson learned!

This past Saturday evening, we, along with Andrew and Joanna Helmuth and their granddaughter, Carol Jean Kuhns, and Elva and Rosemary Otto and their daughter, Marsha, went to Allerton to visit our dear friends, Ken and Mona Hunter. Ken was in the hospital for nine days. He is now mostly in a hospital bed with oxygen. He cannot eat solid food. They were very glad to see us.

Ken's have been coming to the Arthur area for many years. Ken is/was a very talented woodworker. He made lots of wooden toys, intricate puzzles and marble rollers, and they donated lots of stuff to benefits in our area. We always enjoyed when they stopped in. He told us his traveling has been terminated, so I guess we'll just have to go see them.

He did spend Saturday afternoon out on their deck sitting in a chair. They have a beautiful deck and backyard. Ken has several water fountains set up.

Listening to the trickling water and watching the myriads of birds is truly relaxing and balm for the soul.

In closing: "Conformity to God's standards and Christ's example has always produced more happiness than any other thing on earth." — R.G. Holland

This week's recipe is really best made in a kettle over an open fire.

STOVETOP STEW

2 pounds bacon; chopped

2 pounds bulk sausage

2-3 pounds smoked sausage links

onions

celery

carrots

cabbage

potatoes, chunked

green beans, canned

corn, frozen or canned

salt and pepper to taste

Fry bacon and set crumbles aside, reserving grease in pan for flavor and moisture. Fry sausage and onion in bacon grease.

Add raw veggies and enough water to cover. Boil until tender. Add canned veggies, smoked sausage, bacon crumbles and seasonings.

Simmer until heated through.

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