My Amish Home: A laundry list of thoughts as winter lingers

"It is the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

March is halfway gone, and it's still cold. Someone was saying a year ago we had 80-degree weather. Well, that's a little warm for this time of year. I could go for 79 degrees, though. But today as I write this, at least the sun is shining. That helps, even if it is windy. And cold!

I did laundry today, but I just hung my stuff inside. I did not want to battle the wind. Anyway, I guess I was a little on the lazy side. I justified myself with the fact that I still have quite a bit of a cough. I just can't seem to shake it.

While I was doing my laundry, I was thinking back to when the girls were babies. Our youngest, Jane, was born in October 1976. That's when we moved into our 12-by-60-foot trailer. That winter was rough. It was frigidly cold. We were snowed in days at a time.

Things were still kind of primitive around there. I couldn't do my laundry at home. With three babies in diapers, being snowed in, well, let me tell you, this young and dumb mom needed help! We had wonderful neighbors. The neighbors to the east, Nelson and Anna Yoder, helped a lot. Anna didn't have babies anymore, but she unearthed some of her old diapers and even found some new ones. So that helped a lot.

Brother-in-law Marvin and Sarah Ann Helmuth lived southeast of us. The road was closed between us, but Marvin took a team and rack wagon, came across the field, loaded up the laundry and took it home. Sarah Ann washed and dried it, then Marvin brought it back. Most of the winter, Anna and Sarah Ann helped get my laundry done. What would have I done without them?!

And we didn't even have spinners! Or Pampers! And you know what? We survived! Amazing!

My husband, Erwin, is on vacation as I write this. So on this Tuesday, I did not have to leave! Yay! I really was hoping for a calm, sunny, at-least-60-degree day. I have some outside stuff that really needs to be done. But I'm too wimpy to do it in a cold wind.

Sparky needs a trimming, and the buggy needs a cleaning inside and out in the worst way. I'll have to put caution tape around the storage shed soon if I don't get it cleaned out. I don't really have to worry about anyone going in there to steal something. The collision course would deter anyone.

I have boxes to be burned, empty cans to be put in boxes and put up in the loft and recyclables to be hauled off. Yes, the place is in a real mess. Once I can get to the phone, then ...

On Wednesday of Erwin's vacation, we will go do my cleaning job, then we might (maybe?) go to Yoder's for breakfast. We have a gift card to use. We then want to go to Beachy's Bulk Foods. I need to do some birthday shopping.

Grandson Wendell, who lives in Dale, turned 12 on Tuesday. Granddaughter Denice Yoder had a birthday last Thursday. She will no longer be one of the 'tweens, but a teen.

So I expect we'll be gone most of the forenoon. Sparky is never in a hurry except when he gets in his head to be unruly. Sure wish he could hit a happy medium. Either I can't get him out of his tracks or he's running out of control.

In closing: Are you humbly grateful or grumbly hateful?

Want a healthy breakfast cereal? Try this recipe. If you like, double the recipe. It freezes well.

Peanut-Butter Granola

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/4 cup wheat bran or germ

1/4 cup whole flaxseed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/4 cup butter

2 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss together oats, peanuts, coconut, wheat bran and flaxseed.

In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, honey and salt for 3 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour over oat mixture. Toss to coat. Spread mixture evenly on a lightly greased jelly roll pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes. Yield: 5 cups.

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