My Amish Home | Back to our usual routine with the horse

My Amish Home | Back to our usual routine with the horse

"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:3-6

This is Tuesday evening as I start to write my column. It is a very beautiful evening after an equally beautiful day. May we have many more. The nights are getting kind of cool, but that's OK. It makes for good sleeping. Just as long as it warms up during the day!

It's now way early Wednesday morning. It is again a very nice morning. It is on the cool side. It is so very quiet except for the noisy train that goes bellowing across the countryside.

Somehow, right now, the trains seem too extra loud, but it is done now and has moved on. I can once again hear the crickets. I kind of like their chirping, except when it is inside. That I don't like. Crickets are really kind of gross!

Another thing I really, really dislike is being in close proximity to a Golden Garden Spider. Ew! I haven't seen any for a long time. But the other afternoon I was out in the garden picking tomatoes, and there was one! I kept my eye on it so I wouldn't reach into the web.

Suddenly, I couldn't find it anymore! Where did that thing go?! Well, if that's the way of it, I'm out of there! That thing can just have the tomatoes! I went over to my mom's patch and picked hers.

My week didn't go as planned, which is often the case. Our brother-in-law Andy Mast had open-heart surgery in the first week of July. He has had some issues since, the last being on Labor Day. He was admitted to the hospital with blood clots in his lungs. Then it was infection. On Tuesday, he had surgery again to remove infection from his wound.

So sister Anna Beachy and I went with sisters Cora and Irene to Andy's wife's support group. Their children came up also, but not before Andy went to surgery.

So that is mostly what my Tuesday consisted of. Now today, I am to go to Arcola and give a speech to a group of women. I get lunch out of the deal, which is good, only once again, hubby will get a sandwich. (If he's lucky!)

If I get this job done before I leave, then I will be free to do whatever needs to be done first. I should probably use the weed eater first, so I'll for sure get that done, as that is my least favorite thing to do. Or if it isn't too late, I might first do my laundry.

I have a lot of cleaning up to do around here in the next couple of weeks. Church will be here on our little commune soon. I need to get the place slicked up so the people won't think I'm a slacker. They probably do anyway!

We are back in routine with our horse, and hubby is glad that I can once again take him to work and bring him home. I am too, for that matter, but still, I miss my early-morning bike ride.

This past Saturday, it was raining. And raining. And raining. I always bike on Saturday, except when the weather is bad. But this Saturday, my regular taxi was out of town and my brother worked, so I was left to put on my rain suit and peddle on. It wasn't bad, actually — it wasn't cold, didn't rain hard and wasn't very windy. It's just don't like to wear a rain suit, and I need windshield wipers on my glasses. But I made it. God is Good!

When I got home, it was past lunchtime. I was sort of hungry and decided to eat some watermelon. Now some of you might think I'm a little nutty, but I like salt on my watermelon.

I have my salt in a Tupperware shaker that has two openings. One has holes to shake and the other to pour. I was reading the headlines on the paper, not looking what I was doing, and yes, I opened the wrong end. I had a little hill of salt on my melon. So much for that!

In closing, chance makes family, but hearts make friends.

This week's recipe is a very delicious pasta salad.


Makes 1 gallon.

For salad

1 1/2 pounds spiral macaroni, cooked (don't over cook)

8 ounces ham, cubed

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 medium tomatoes, cut up

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

For dressing

3 cups Miracle Whip

1/4 cup brown and spicy mustard

3/4 cup oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vinegar

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 tablespoon celery seeds

Combine macaroni, ham, celery, tomatoes, onion, pepper and cheese.

Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over pasta mixture. Refrigerate and serve.

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