My Amish Home: Ready for rains to go away — and sunny days

"Therefore thou are inexcusable, O man, whosoever though art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doeth the same things. But we are sure that the judgement of God is according to truth against them which commit such things." Romans 2:1-2

And then the rains came and came ... and yes, we've had lots of rain. It's really soggy around here. But last spring we were moaning because of the lack of rain.

I could add my "if onlys." You know me, I don't really mean to complain but, if only it were a) warmer, b) not so windy.

I sort of did like the thunder, though. It wasn't so severe, just a rumbling, with lightning flashing. Actually, it was kind of soothing, knowing God IS in control and he always will be.

But, yeah, I am ready for some sunshine, pure, unadulterated sunshine that penetrates deep into my bones and brain, recharging my inner batteries.

On the other hand, this rainy weather helped in that I knew I couldn't work outside anyway. It made it easier to get my projects done for the Moultrie County Beacon Benefit. And by the time this column gets in the paper, the benefit will be history.

Yes! Won't I be glad! I still have projects to do, but I can feel somewhat relieved.

A lot of people have mowed their yards. Ours needs it in a few (very few) places. Our yard is the ugliest! Our hayfield looks prettier than the yard. I know what it needs. I just don't have the time to do it. Well, I could not do all of it, like the slit-seeding, but I could spread fertilizer.

On a recent Thursday, I had the privilege of being a guest at the Pleasantview Church guest sewing. I guess this time I was more than just a guest. I was, as some put it, their keynote speaker. And yes, I gave a speech. Probably the very best part of the speech was the fact that it was very short.

Aside from giving a speech, I really enjoyed going. I love the fellowship, and they always have a very delicious lunch.

This time, the schoolgirls sang several songs. They did a super job!

So now, after the Beacon Benefit at Otto Center, it will be a quilt show. I've never been to that. Maybe someday?

After the quilt show, the next big event is the Strawberry Social. I believe that is my all time favorite. I do love strawberry shortcake with soft-serve ice cream. I don't usually eat the other good food there. I just save my space for the shortcake.

We only get shortcake once a year. The trouble is, I can never decide: Do I want just shortcake and strawberries, soft-serve ice cream and strawberries or all three at once? I'll just take three choices, thank you! One now, one later on, one just before I go home. And, oh yes, I'll take a doggie bag, thank you!

Does an EMT make a good patient, does he tell the other EMTs what they should do and what is wrong, or does it just make him better after he recovers?

We may have to ask Paul Kauffman. He is one of the best EMTs in the area, and he took a tumble at work. He had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance with a nasty gash on the side of his head and eight broken ribs. Just how many ribs does a person have?!

I just wondered: Did he try to tell his fellow EMTs what to do, or did he meekly submit to their ministrations? I would guess the latter.

We hope you'll soon be well, Paul.

In closing, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.

Rhubarb Cake

For the cake:

1-1/2 cups rhubarb, cut fine

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sour milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

For the topping:

6 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup nuts

1/4 cup milk

1 cup coconut

Combine rhubarb with sugar; set aside. Mix flour, oil, eggs, sour milk, soda, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the rhubarb and sugar mixture. Stir until well blended. Pour into greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until well done. Combine topping ingredients and boil for 3 minutes. Pour topping over cake while still warm.

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