My Amish Home | Summer sun has me reminiscing

My Amish Home | Summer sun has me reminiscing

And if children; then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:17-18

Another typical summer day on this Wednesday afternoon as I write. We have blue sky, lots of fluffy white clouds. Earlier in the day, it did look like rain, but I guess it traveled on.

When the sun did come out from behind the clouds, it meant business. But I'm not complaining.

The inner child in me wants to take a blanket out in the yard, lie on my back and watch the clouds. If you look at them long enough and they are moving, it feels like you are floating.

Ah, summer! How I loved it and still do! Somehow, the summer just doesn't seem as long anymore. Schools are about to open the doors. I know, OK, it seems like it, that we had a lot longer summer. Didn't we?

Our family didn't go on vacation or anything. But we still had leisure days. We did a lot of canning all summer, but we as kids still had time to take a blanket out in the shade. When we were really young, we played with our dolls, then I started reading and got tons of books from the library.

In my 'tweens, I also spent a lot of time petting and feeding our landlord's ponies. He must have had about a dozen in our barn lot. I had them all eating out of my hand.

We also — or at least, I — spent time walking along the railroad to the bridge. We'd throw stones down in the water. I always hoped no train would go while we were there. I was terrified of those. I'd be afraid there would be a hobo hiding in a boxcar.

So, yeah, once again I'm stuck behind my desk on this great summer day. Why do I always procrastinate? I should just get on with it, get it done so I can go outside. And no, I wouldn't take a blanket out with me.

I have a garden to clean and the yard needs mowing. I'd like to get a flower bed made to plant some mums. I love mums, except for the fact that they are a fall flower.

Fall is really a nice time of the year, but then winter follows. Each year, I dread it more. How can I get over this?

I canned our beans this week. Since the ones I planted didn't amount to — well, a hill of beans — eight plants with one bean each — I just got some at Shady Crest.

Daughter Rachel has an overabundance of beets, so I'm getting some of them. I'll can some plain and some I'll make pickled. We love pickled beets.

Sis Louise Kauffman took our granddaughter Cynthia Chupp and Cynthia's mother-in-law to Arcola recently to do some garage saling. Louise came across a good couch for 50 bucks. She called and asked if we want it. She knew our old one was in real bad shape. She said it looks good, but it is red-and-brown plaid. That's OK; I'll put a cover on it. But how will we get it home, and how do we get rid of the old one?

She said she would go get the truck and I can go with her to get it. I was glad it wasn't very heavy. We managed to get it home and off the truck.

Son-in-law Milton and his son Lavon came to our aid. They took our old one apart — it was a hide-a-bed and heavy, very heavy! They got it outside, cut it up with a Sawzall and put it in the dumpster. They brought the other one in. All's well that ends well!

I am really glad to have a better couch, and we are thankful to Louise for thinking of us!

Oh yes, lest I forget! The recipe in my last column — apple dumplings — the sauce gets 2 cups cool water. So sorry about that!

In closing, character is the courage to say no when it would be easier to say yes and the will to say yes when it would be selfish to say no.

This week's recipe is what I use for my pickled beets. I don't use quite the amount of vinegar as listed; I use water to make up the rest. Also, I decrease the amount of cloves somewhat.

PICKLED BEETS

Beets

2 cups sugar

2 cups vinegar

2 cups water (juice from cooking beets)

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Make sure beets are clean and cook until tender with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of stem and roots left on.

Put in cold water, then peel by hand and cut into chunks. Put into large kettle or stockpot.

Mix sugar, vinegar, water, cloves, allspice and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved, then pour over beet chunks.

Bring mixture to a boil. Pack beets into jars. Fill jars with juice and seal.

(I used 3/4 of a 5-gallon bucket of beets and made two recipes of the syrup. It made 15 pints of beets.)

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