My Amish Home | Sunshine helps with feel-good barometer

My Amish Home | Sunshine helps with feel-good barometer

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: ..." Psalm 91: 1-4

Today we get a good dose of sunshine. How wonderful! My feel-good barometer was about to bottom out, if only it could be sunny for several days. But according to the weather forecast in the paper, it's supposed to get cloudy and maybe rain and/or snow. Just so it isn't muddy or icy.

And you know what? Daylight is hanging around longer. Even if it is cloudy, it is not dark at 6:30 p.m. Yes! But seriously, I would really enjoy several days, back to back, of sunshine. But whatever, we will rejoice, and be glad in it. After all, we know who orchestrates the weather.

I did my laundry today even if I had done it just Monday. I really did want to hang it outside. The towels were getting quite disagreeable from being dried inside. It's been weeks since I could hang the stuff outside. But coming home from work this morning, it seemed so windy. I was thinking I just won't hang it out, well, maybe, no, it is just too windy and cold.

So instead of washing when I got home from work, I did what I like to do and really shouldn't. I fixed a bowl of Cheerios loaded with blueberries, got a cup of coffee and read the morning paper. By the time I was done with that, it was too late to start my laundry. So I waited until I got back from picking up hubby.

I did hang everything out. I even stripped the sheets from the bed. I love when I can dry the sheets outside and put them right back on the bed. They smell so fresh. I do believe I can sleep better. In reality, not, I can still wake up with serious leg cramps.

I did take time to go to Shady Crest. Sis Barb said their cutout cookies are the BEST. She brought some out for our mom. Tasted one and she is right!

But I guess by the time this gets to be read by all you cookie-hungry people, Valentine's' Day will be history. But they might have some left for the latecomers. Or watch for them for the next special occasion. Maybe St. Patrick's Day. Or Easter.

I believe I would drive all the way from Champaign just for those. Of course, if they didn't have any, there are lots of other goodies you can indulge in.

I really must quit indulging. It really does make a difference in how much my feet hurt.

If I stay away from sugary stuff, flour and starchy stuff, my feet don't hurt nearly as much.

I had told myself I really must do this diet thing, but sometimes I don`t listen really well. But I did give it an honest try, but the bad wagon is quite slippery. Must be it had ice on it! I slid off but still have a toe hold, although it is a mite weak! Just like my New Year's resolution of doing better on my dishes detail. It feels so good to walk into the kitchen and the sink isn't cluttered with dirty dishes. But so often I think I have more important things to do. Like taking a nap.

Actually, most of the time or at least some of the time I have my writing to do.

I have been seriously slacking off this winter. It's been so cold and dreary, Well, our house isn't cold, but it was too cold to be outside very long and it seemed for once I didn't have a lot of things to get done on a deadline.

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of stuff to do, it just didn't seem like it was a big hurry to get it done.

And I was like, it's too cold for anyone to show up, so who cares if my dishes are done or not. I'll just enjoy this inside thing. Take a break, read, drink coffee, I did. But I also got my work done. Just not on schedule.

That's what winter is all about isn't it? Especially for semiretired handicapped people like us, right?

In closing: What you are is more important than what people think you are.

Maybe you would like to try this.


For crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons sugar

For second layer

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

For topping

2 cups sour cream

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

5 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

Combine crust ingredients and press lightly into a 8-by-9-inch springform pan.

Beat cream cheese; add sugar, vanilla and eggs. Pour onto crust and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Combine topping ingredients. Pour over cheesecake and bake an additional 7 to 8 minutes. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours. Top with fresh fruit or pie filling.

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