My Amish Home | Cool May days perfect for doing laundry

My Amish Home | Cool May days perfect for doing laundry

"Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth." Psalm 57:1-3

We are almost halfway through May already. Is there any way of putting on the brakes? It may start to warm up now. Possibly the Spirea is done blooming.

It is a beautiful sunny day, a few wispy, white clouds drifting in the sun's path.

It is a perfect day to be home and get the laundry done early. Our horse threw a shoe — well, half of one. It was broken, and yesterday, on the way home, part of it fell off. We almost didn't make it all the way home. I'm glad we were within a mile or two instead of 10 or more! Now he gets a vacation until we get another shoe put on.

Hubby goes to work with the worker van. I get to stay home. Yippee!

I started the laundry while the moon was hanging low in the western sky. It was such a beautiful morning. I could get used to this kind of schedule! But it is only fleeting.

I will take our horse to the neighbor Thursday morning so he can tack on a shoe. It will be okay until Diamond's shoeing appointment Tuesday morning. It is real unhandy when something like this happens. But on the bright side, I can go do my cleaning in the evening, and then on mornings, I can stay home.

One of Erwin's sisters brings him home then. So, yeah, it does give me a break. But in reality, I don't like to have my routine upset. I just like to be able to do my own thing in my own way and time and not bother someone else.

Erwin has an appointment with his upper-cranial doctor this afternoon. Sis Barb will take us; then, when we get home, I'll head back to town to do my cleaning job.

I need to be home Wednesday morning as granddaughter Kaitlyn is coming. Mom Jane is helping with wedding preparations for her hubby Milton's niece.

This past Friday, four of the granddaughters were here as their parents went to a wedding. The children weren't invited except the teens who had part in the wedding.

The two oldest, Sherilyn and Lynetta, helped me out a lot. They addressed envelopes and did some of my copying. After being gone for several days, I got behind on a few things. I thought maybe I should just hire them as my secretaries this summer!

They also washed some screens. I was going to have them do it outside, but it was just a bit too chilly. So they did it in the utility room.

Andrea was a big help, too. She helped me with the dishes. I enjoyed that. I just never have help with dishes. Little Kaitlyn helped, too, in her 4-year-old fashion.

It did warm up in the afternoon, so I washed some more screens and cleaned windows. Lynetta had to go home, as she had some chores of her own to get done.

Sherilyn had to go home as her teacher, Delores Graber, had hired a driver to pick up all her pupils of this past school term to take them to her house for Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday morning. They had fun and games and good food to eat. Delores is not teaching next term, so this was her treat for the children.

I finally got the Weed-n-Feed applied on our lawn. It rained Saturday afternoon. I thought about doing it in the rain, but again, I was afraid the neighbor would think for sure that I am a little "off"! But I have a hard time arranging my schedule for when the grass is wet.

Monday morning, we had a heavy dew, so when I got home from work, instead of my usual coffee, cereal and the paper, I just went right out and got it done. It wasn't really what I wanted to do, but I'm glad now that it is done. And the dandelions are really hanging their heads. Yes! We have a bumper crop!

Whew! I thought someone was in trouble! Barb called and said she thinks she locked her keys in the car. But while talking to me, she found them. I guess we'll make our appointment after all.

In closing, forget the faults of others by remembering your own.

With fresh strawberries available, you may want to make this pie. I think I'll try it when granddaughter Kaitlyn is here for lunch. Will a 4-year-old like it? I'll let you know next week.


2 cups fresh (or frozen) strawberries, quartered

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups strawberry yogurt

1 package unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

9-inch graham cracker crust

Cool whip

Sliced strawberries for garnish

Mix strawberries and sugar. Mash until chunky-smooth. Add yogurt. Mix well.

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in saucepan. Let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat until dissolved. Add to yogurt mixture. Stir well. Pour into crust. Refrigerate until firm (4 hours). Garnish with topping and strawberries.

(If using frozen strawberries, use an extra 1 teaspoons gelatin.)

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