My Amish Home | Resisting the call of a sunny day while prepping for vacation

My Amish Home | Resisting the call of a sunny day while prepping for vacation

"And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery." Luke 15:17-18

On this beautiful summer afternoon, it seems like one should just relax and do nothing except soak up the beauty of the day, soak up the sun and just let things be. Maybe have a glass of iced tea, a good book and a big shade tree. Wouldn't that be nice?! As if!

I am putting my mind in forward mode to next week, vacation week. We plan to be gone all week and I wanted a total vacation — no cleaning, no writing!

We plan to be in Canistota, S.D., at the Ortman Clinic for treatments. Husband Erwin has been having serious back issues, legs, feet, everything hurts — hair, eyebrows, toenails. Well, maybe that is a stretch, but still ...

So when we come back, we'll be ready to dig in and be new people. Maybe that is a stretch, too. One can always hope!

Oh yes, about the bug dilemma. I forgot to address it in my last letter. Our daughter Jane had/has them. I forget the name, but they are some kind of fungal gnat or some such critter. They are harmless to plants and humans, but a nuisance. Their habitat is moist areas. Jane has a flower bed with mulch in it.

It is right outside her bathroom wall. Maybe they found a tiny crevice in the foundation to get inside to the bathroom. As you all know, a bathroom sink can be moist. It is probably one of the odd things happening, you never before heard of it and they will disappear and you'll not see any in a long time.

Sort of like that Assassin Beetle we had quite a few years ago. I had never before seen one and haven't since.

This morning, early, it was ever so nice. It was clear, the moon was shining, everything was quiet. I just wanted to sit outside and soak up the solitude.

Seeing the moon this morning, I had to think back to when I was a 'tween. We lived in this big old two-story house. I had the northeast room upstairs. My bed was along side the east window. In the summer, I would lay my head out the open window, maybe to catch a breeze, but also I could watch the moon rise over the neighbors' trees.

In my young mind, I didn't fully grasp it then, but thinking back, I know I felt a real closeness to God.

There was something so peaceful and soothing to watch the moon. I guess that may be why I still like moonlit nights and early mornings.

This column may be kind of short. I still have lots of stuff to do before we leave. Of course, by the time this gets in the paper, we will be back home, and into the daily grind of living.

I need to go check my peas. I don't think they amounted to anything. I planted too late, then it was dry, then hot. Not a good environment for peas. Maybe I'll just pull out the plants.

Sis Barb Gingerich took us to Mattoon on some errands before we leave. On the way home, we were reminiscing about the simple things we used to eat and thought were really good. For example, slather some bread with Miracle Whip and add a slice of Velveeta cheese, and you had a delicious snack. I tried it a while back and it just didn't taste like I thought it should. Has Velveeta cheese really got less good or is it just me?

In closing, a young girl was watching her mother wash dishes and thought about how many times she did them along with all the other housework. She said, "Mother, don't you ever get tired of washing the dishes?" The mother replied, "I'm not doing dishes. I'm building a home."

This simple recipe you can serve with last week's sloppy-joe dogs.

PEANUT-BUTTER MILKSHAKES

Servings: 3.

1 cup milk

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons sugar

Combine ingredients in blender, cover and process for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Stir if necessary. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

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