My Amish Home | Nature was busy while I was on vacation

My Amish Home | Nature was busy while I was on vacation

"Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." 2 Peter 3:12-14

Whew! It is very warm and humid, but there is a breeze if you are in the right spot to catch it. On this Tuesday afternoon as I write, it is 92 degrees. We have clouds this afternoon with thunderstorms in the forecast.

We missed last week's high humidity, of which I can't say I'm sorry. We were in South Dakota. It was warm there, too, but not real bad, mostly quite pleasant.

We had a really good trip. But as for results of the treatments for hubby, I'm not sure. He still complains of headache, backache and his feet hurt. I guess if his hair and eyebrows don't hurt anymore ...

I don't know if anyone actually missed us last week, but I do believe Aria, the little Maltese, was glad to see me back. (Just because I give her treats!)

On Saturday, after I got home from work, I was in the barn and Aria came tiptoeing in and peeked around the door. I said, "Aria! Did you come to see me?" She jumped, ran in circles, yipped and skittered around with a big grin. I do believe she was glad to see me.

I took a tour of our place, and oh my! It was slightly discouraging. Everything grew like mad while we were gone. Son-in-law Lloyd tilled the garden as much as he could. Between the rows, a regular jungle. The flower beds were overgrown, although the flowers were really pretty. And the yard needed mowing.

Mentally, I was making a list of how I would tackle all these jobs — actually, I was kind of looking forward to it. Then, on Sunday morning, we found out that our neighbor Katie Graber had died.

Being a neighbor and in our church district, we would go help. So my priorities changed. There was food to fix, and yes, that's what I did. On Monday, I did our laundry, made a casserole and dessert and politely, or impolitely, ignored the weeds and yard.

On Monday evening, we went to HCK West Building, where the visitation and funeral were to be, and helped with supper. When we came home, son-in-law Milton was mowing our yard! Bless him! That helped out so much.

We were home early enough, and since Milton was mowing, I decided I could work on my roses. One bush looks really nice. The others are kind of poorly.

I watered, trimmed, sprayed and mulched, so we'll see ...

One day in South Dakota, we went to a water-skiing show. It was a breathtaking show. Some skied barefoot, going 40 miles an hour. They had a row of 10 men skiing with women on their shoulders and women on those women's shoulders, forming a pyramid. It was worth watching but not something I'd want to try!

I also saw this guy by the TotalStop store in Canistota that apparently didn't have enough to do, or else he wanted to see what he could do.

He had a three-wheel, solar-powered bike that he built himself. It had two solar panels sort of forming a roof overhead. It had two seats, one in front of the other. On each side, he had a shelf to hold an ice chest and a necessity box. He had chains and pedals he could hook up in case of power failure.

He drew quite a crowd of people.

Anyway, we had a pretty good week, but now I am way behind with my things. It will take awhile to get caught up. For one thing, I can't seem to get rested from the trip. Or maybe I just got lazy.

In closing, is my cup half empty or half full? I'm just glad I have a cup!

This recipe is probably my favorite for this dish. It is what I took for supper at the visitation. You can jazz it up by adding browned ground beef or ham.

POTLUCK POTATO CASSEROLE

2 pounds boiled potatoes, peeled and shredded

4 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 pint sour cream

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

2 cups crushed cornflakes mixed with 1 / 4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup chopped onion, optional

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine potatoes and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, onion, sour cream and cheese.

Blend thoroughly, then pour into a greased 13-by-9-inch casserole dish.

Cover with crushed cornflakes mixed with melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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