My Amish Home | A week that only hot coffee can fix

My Amish Home | A week that only hot coffee can fix

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1 Peter 2:21-24

The last day of October 2018. Only two months left of the year. Oh my!

Where did the summer go? It seems like just last week I could finally have my front door open, and now it already basically remains closed. The first of the week, though, I did have it open part of the day. It was so nice and warm.

But it would seem weird to have it that way until May, as I sometimes say that I would want it until then.

I tell you, I don't know if I can concentrate on my writing. The doggies are outside the door begging for a treat. Aria, the Malteze spoiled brat, is the only one that got a treat. And that is because she slipped in the door when I wasn't looking and didn't leave until I gave her one.

It is cloudy and cold outside, just plain bleak and dreary. My house is chaos. The counter is cluttered with the dishes I didn't get washed before I left for work. The cans I filled with butternut squash are patiently waiting to be cleaned and carried away; the floor needs sweeping and mopping. I feel totally unsettled and devoid of energy.

I was on the road most of the morning before picking up Hubby at work. That tires me. I had to go to Beachy's Bulk Foods. I sure am glad they now have hot coffee. Oh, by the way, Nov. 8-10 are sale days at Beachy's, and they will have free coffee, cappuccino and doughnuts. I think I'll go just for that!

After Beachy's, I went to Eddie Ray Yoder's place to pick up our clocks. He put new works in them — musical ones, nice! We love it! I visited awhile with Ed and Gertie; they are a great couple!

Now here I am trying to get my thoughts in order and lecturing myself to get out of the doldrums. Cloudy weather seems to affect me in that way. We need cloudy weather and rain as well as the sun. I just wish it wouldn't have this effect on me.

I just have to think on how blessed I was this past Saturday, even if we did go to a funeral. That was first on the list, and I knew I would have to go do my cleaning in the afternoon, which I really don't exactly like to do. I always stress out about that!

The funeral was for Lizzie Schrock. She had been married to husband Erwin's first cousin and always was a friend. Liz was one of a kind, always friendly, always had a smile. Her sister Lena and I were best friends when we were both in Cadwell School in our younger years. Sometimes I went home with Lena and Liz always wanted to sing because she knew I loved singing and really couldn't carry a tune, even if someone carried the bucket!

Their mom was a singer, too — her voice rising joyfully in church, especially singing the "Loblied," the second song every Amish church sings.

I didn't get to visit with Lena. I especially wanted to so I could ask her if she remembers the swing episode. We "little" girls had this thing about swinging in school. We'd go as high as possible, which really was quite high, then we'd jump off the swing. Was the ground not as hard back then?

Anyway, she took a flying leap, and her skirt caught on the chain and just literally ripped completely off the blouse part of her dress.

It was a good thing she wasn't far from home. She went home and changed.

And yes, after the funeral, I had to go clean, but what a blessing — the sun came out, and it warmed up and wasn't windy. It made it so much nicer to bike.

Since it was in the afternoon and I knew it would be kind of late when I get home, I decided to go to Subway to get our supper. They have a new wrap — well, new to us, anyway. Was it ever good! Southwest chipotle in a tomato-basil wrap. Yes! Maybe I'll have to go clean in the afternoon again!

In closing, time decides whom you meet in life; your heart decides whom you want in your life; your behavior decides who stays in your life.

This week's recipe is sort of different, but it is actually good. I made it and we liked it. It would be really good for a cold winter evening, and it's best served piping hot.

BUTTERNUT-SQUASH SOUP

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 medium carrot, sliced

2 medium potatoes, cubed

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed

1 quart chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large stockpot (I used a 6-quart kettle).

Add onion, celery, carrot, potatoes and squash. Cook for five minutes or until veggies are lightly browned. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover veggies and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until all veggies are tender.

Pour soup into a blender and blend until partially or completely smooth, depending on personal preference.

Return soup to stockpot and add enough of remaining chicken stock to reach desired consistency.

Heat on low until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper (Farm Dust, a seasoning you can buy at Shady Crest, is really good, too).

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