My Amish Home | Wishing there was more yard to mow

My Amish Home | Wishing there was more yard to mow

"And call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters, for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23: 9-12

We got our much-needed rain. How much we needed and welcomed it! It started Sunday afternoon, and by Tuesday before noon, we had over 4 inches. Part of the time it looked really stormy, but thankfully, we didn't have more than thunder, lightning and some wind.

I watched the clouds Sunday afternoon. They looked awesome. It was very interesting to watch but also kind of scary. But they moved on and just left us with a drenching rain.

Today, on this Wednesday afternoon as I write, we have some wind, enough to keep it fairly pleasant in here. It is kind of muggy and yet not real bad.

I guess it was actually warmer yesterday than I realized. I think I might have almost got too hot while mowing yard.

I really wasn't going to mow yesterday. I did the laundry after I brought hubby home. I wasn't sure earlier that I was even going to do laundry. It was so rainy in the morning. On the way home from work, it got really dark, and I figured it would storm. It didn't at that time.

I took inventory of our clothes and decided if I fixed a shirt for Erwin, I wouldn't have to do the laundry. But by the time I brought him home, it was clearing off, so I went ahead and did it.

Then the mowing spirit hit and I had to go. I actually had my laundry all done, folded and put away. I got the mowing all done before supper. But I was really tired. I've told myself numerous times not to do laundry and mow the yard the same day. And here I go, I did it again! I hadn't mowed the yard for several weeks. It does look a lot better, but the grass still looks weak. And below par.

As do my flowers. Last summer, I had beautiful roses — large pink and peachy orange ones that smelled so good! And large yellow ones. They all froze, so I replaced them. I thought sure I got hybrid tea roses. I know that is what the label said. They have small flowers and the buds sometimes don't open properly. They actually look — well, pardon me, but they look ugly.

Once I'm done with this epistle, I plan to go out and prune off all the deadish flowers and maybe give them a lecture. (Not!). And my Hydrangea can only produce one flower even though it is a large bush. Why is that? I guess I just don't have a green thumb.

Actually, I didn't wait. The outdoors beckoned. I took off. I'd like to just work outside. Granddaughter Deniece was mowing their yard. I almost envied her. I wished we'd have more yard to mow.

Now that I have a bigger, better mower, it is even more fun. It just doesn't take long enough!

I guess I could go out and use the weed eater to do some trimming. I can't trim as close with the new mower. I really should have used the trimmer first. I really don't like that job, and now it probably won't get done until I want to mow next time. Then I'll do it first!

I also need to go cut off a bunch of tea so it can grow out fresh again. If the stalks get too big, it isn't as good.

Granddaughter Cynthia Chupp wants some for church when they have it in July. I wanted new growth for her. I should have plenty. If anything goes well on this place, it is the tea patch and my walking onions.

In closing, follow your heart, but bring your brain along for the ride.

How about serving eggs in a different way this week?

SOUTHWESTERN HASH

Servings: 4.

8 bacon strips, diced

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

4 cups frozen cubed hash-brown potatoes

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

1 medium tomato, diced

4 eggs, poached

In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings; set bacon aside.

In drippings, saute onion and garlic until tender. Stir in hash browns and chilies. Cook and stir over low heat for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and heated through.

Just before serving, add tomato. Spoon onto plates; top with eggs and bacon.

Serve with salsa.

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