My Amish Home | Distracted while making checklists before the big trip

My Amish Home | Distracted while making checklists before the big trip

"He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse." Proverbs 28: 25-27

Do April showers bring May flowers? Or did our April showers this year drown the May flowers? The flowering trees in Arthur were exceptionally beautiful this year though, so full of blooms. The lilac bushes are so fragrant. That is one of the advantages of driving a horse and buggy — you have time to smell the flowers! Especially with our horse!

I still haven't planted anything in the garden. I actually did go over the top with the tiller, figuring it would help it dry out. Then the next day it rained — again. I believe it has rained every day since.

I did mow the yard; I haven't put on my Weed-n-Feed yet. I should actually go do that now while the grass is still wet. I haven't used the trimmer yet either. It's a new one, and I kind of forgot how to operate it. I should have had granddaughter Julia show me how when she was here the other day — since she works at Power Plus, she would know.

Right now, my priority is to get this missive done. It has to be done by this evening. Hopefully long before evening, as I have myriad things to get done. We are getting ready to go to New York soon.

Right now, getting laundry done is the biggest problem. Well, actually, getting it dry is the problem. I guess it will work out OK; things usually do. My head is buzzing what with all the last-minute details to be taken care of. And yet, I am practically bouncing off the walls with excitement. Or would it be stress?

You know, I got to thinking, do we/I put forth this much effort to get ready and are we/am I so excited about Jesus coming? It made me think of what I read in one of our community newspapers; the weatherman says a storm is coming and the people panic. The preacher says Jesus is coming and no one cares!

Well, for right now, it has brightened up and the walks are drying off. Maybe I can do laundry this afternoon. Maybe while I do laundry, I can make lists of what we need to take along.

On the first leg of our journey, we'll take our supper along to eat so we can drive farther before stopping to sleep. So I want to take along something especially tasty yet convenient for Hubby to eat with one hand and not fattening for me! But you know, as far as I have found, tasty and non-fattening are not co-existing in food!

So for now, don't go away. I will return. It is time to go get Hubby at work.

I'm back. It is after lunch and not raining. The clouds are not as thick, so it seems almost sunny. I did some laundry. Once again, I was ever so thankful for my lines under the roof on the south side.

Uh oh, here come the doggies. They heard the door open so they'll be wanting a treat. Mrs. Mama, the haughty Maltese, doesn't come as often, as her little ones keep her plenty busy.

The Lloyds have three Dachshunds. The only similarity they share is that they are all Dachshunds. Justice is very shy, polite and retiring, while Marley is so opposite. Marley was sitting behind me when I was telling Rachel this. Marley is rambunctious, demanding and loves racing beside me when I'm on the bike. She'll grab my dress tail or nip my heels. I happened to glance at Marley while I was talking. I just burst out laughing! She was pouting! Yes! She was hanging her head and pouting! It was hilarious. I apologized to her for hurting her feelings.

Well, I am now going to try and organize my things to pack and check my lists; my head is buzzing and pinging! So much yet to do!

In closing, digging for facts is a lot better exercise than jumping to conclusions.

For those who like rhubarb (My husband doesn't!), you might like this cake.


For batter

3 cups diced fresh rhubarb

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

3 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

2 3/4 cups flour

For topping

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cold butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Toss rhubarb and flour. Mix rest of batter ingredients, stirring in rhubarb last. Spread onto a greased cookie sheet.

Stir together topping ingredients until crumbly. Put on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes.

After baking, drizzle with glaze made with powdered sugar and water.

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