My Amish Home | Searching for motivation as May slips away

My Amish Home | Searching for motivation as May slips away

"Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God, who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse; he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." Psalm 147:7-11

May 21. Ten days and we are done with May. Maybe come June, winter will finally tuck in its tail and run from the face of spring. This Tuesday is weary, dreary, old and windy.

I am so — well, I don't want to say I'm lazy. Let's just say I'm seriously motivationally challenged. Maybe if I could administer caffeine direct by IV, I would have some motivation — maybe!

I need to get this column written today, and the hands of the clock keep spinning relentlessly. And once again, a clock chimes to remind me that time is passing.

I was gone all morning. Once again, I had to go get our vehicle's tires rotated. I had a flat last week, you know. Actually, they are horseshoes, not tires; and they don't get rotated, just removed, reshaped and some more non-skid treads put on (I guess!).

That always makes me so tired to sit and wait. And yesterday was a long, tiring day. We (sis Barb, Grandma and I) picked up Hubby at work, then headed to Mattoon to do some shopping.

I bought some flowers, but now it is too cold and windy to go out and plant them. Also, because of my affliction — MCS, for motivationally challenged syndrome — it is hard to get myself outside. Anyway, I must first get this written.

Tomorrow, Kaitlyn and Andrea will be staying here as mom Jane goes to Mattoon.

It is mostly impossible for me to think with disturbances going on behind me. I just hope I'm not so bogged down.

Last week, I finally got one corner of my kitchen cleaned, some dishes and knickknacks washed. I started on Wednesday when little Kaitlyn was here. She helped me with the washing and drying. I didn't get finished. On Friday, I finally got everything done and back in place.

After all that laundry and cleaning, we went to town to do my one cleaning job, so I could get home earlier on Saturday. I had grandiose plans for Saturday.

Once again, I didn't follow through. For one thing, it was really windy again, but I did make it home OK on the bike.

It was too windy to do laundry. I baked some brownies because Hubby likes those with fresh strawberries. Then I happened to think I need to bake something for lunch at Sunday school. Then daughter Jane calls and wants to know, do we want to go with them to church? Well, I had already baked pumpkin bars, so I trot up to daughter Rachel and ask if she wants my pumpkin bars for Sunday school. She did. I also baked a rhubarb pie for sis Ferne. I never did find out if it was edible. She is still alive and well, so I guess it wasn't too bad.

This is now Wednesday afternoon as I finish. I made a last-minute decision yesterday afternoon to go clean. I was barely in the mood. It was cold, cloudy and windy, but we went.

Andrea and Kaitlyn are staying with us today. I wanted to be home when they get here this morning.

We had over 2 inches of rain during the night, but now it is sunny and windy. I'd like to be out mowing the yard, but this needs to be done first.

And we are going to the visitation of Mel Yoder this evening. Way back in the day, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears 15-year-old, I worked for Mel in his cabinet shop.

In closing, God is big enough to care for our smallest needs.

This week's recipe is for a slow cooker, and it's my kind of recipe. It serves two people.


1 large egg

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon ketchup

1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 pound ground beef

4 small balls fresh mozzarella

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

Coat the inside of a 3-quart slow cooker with cooking spray and prepare a foil sling. Or use a liner.

Beat egg in a medium bowl. Stir in onion, breadcrumbs, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Add ground beef and combine well.

Form into two 5-by-3-inch ovals. Transfer one oval to center of prepared slow cooker. Place mozzarella balls down center of meat. Place second oval on top of mozzarella and press around edges to seal. Pour tomato sauce over top.

Cover and cook on high for three hours. Meatloaf is cooked when an instant thermometer inserted in middle registers 165 degrees.

Remove cover, turn off slow cooker and allow meatloaf to rest 10 minutes. Gather four strips of sling toward center and lift to remove loaf to a serving platter. Slide meatloaf off foil with a spatula or knife. Serve warm.

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