My Amish Home: Spring delivers warm days, good times

"But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Oh my! How wonderful! It is actually spring! Granted, we still have wind to deal with, but as long as it doesn't go over the speed limit —

I survived the winter — yes — unscathed — I think! It seems so good to be outside without cumbersome winter clothes. I love it!

We could actually sleep with some windows open. Somehow, it seems I can just sleep better with a window open, letting in the fresh air.

This past Tuesday was a really nice day. My sisters, Louise Kauffman, Barb Gingerich and LaDonna Schrock, came out to help our mom clean her windows and screens and put those in.

I didn't get to help a lot. My day kind of didn't go as I had planned. I did my cleaning job in town on Monday evening, thinking husband Erwin would be going to therapy Tuesday morning. Then I could start early to do my laundry.

Well, the guy who takes Erwin was sick, so I had to take him to work. So my laundry wasn't done when my sisters came. I still helped some. We got done early, so we picked up hubby at work and went to Pauly's for lunch.

I wonder where I'll eat lunch on Friday?

Monday afternoon, I had a dentist appointment in town. Since I had some errands to do, Erwin went along. I needed to go to Beachy's Bulk Foods. I also wanted to do my cleaning job before I came home.

It didn't take as long at the dentist as I figured so we had some extra time.

We decided to go to Subway for a late lunch/early supper (lupper?).

Then Tuesday we ate lunch at Pauly's and Thursday I plan to go to Railside School's last-day-of-school program.

Oh yes, Wednesday I ate at the Arcade Pancake House in Paxton. I was guest speaker at the Paxton Women's Club luncheon.

That was a very interesting and fun time. My sis Barb Gingerich took me. The ladies were so nice and friendly. It was very enjoyable and the lunch was delicious. I just wish we would have had more time. There are six or eight antique stores along Main Street in Paxton. We had time for only one.

I guess we'll have to go back sometime.

So, anyway, I guess Friday I'll have to fix my own lunch. If I have time! By being gone so much, I got way behind.

I really need to get in the garden. I haven't planted any corn yet and I don't have any tomato plants out yet. Maybe I can stop at Westside Greenhouse on my way home from work to get my plants. It's right on the way.

Matter of fact, passing by Westside is often a day brightener for me.

A lot of times, when I'm on my way home mornings, as I pass by, two little girls are at the window, waving at me. Or maybe it's Sparky they are waving at. Whatever; he can't wave, so I do. One morning, I'm pretty sure the dolly was at the window, also waving. Somehow, that seems to make the day a little bit more special.

Next week will be especially busy for our in-laws, Lloyd and Milton Yoders.

They are getting ready for their sister's benefit. Mrs. Larry Hostetler has been battling cancer for a couple of years. This is to help defray the costs incurred by that dreaded disease.

The auction will be at Otto Center Friday evening, May 16. Supper is grilled chicken dinner, served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The auction starts at 5:30. A lunch stand with sandwiches is also available. So come and spend the evening, visiting, eating good food and maybe you will find something to buy that you didn't know you needed.

Our grandson Robert plans to help auctioneer. So we want to be there.

Oh yes! We have another grandchild. Aaron Joel made his appearance Sunday, May 4. His parents are Freeman and Cindy Miller of Dale. He is welcomed by three doting sisters and four brothers.

We now have 10 grandsons and nine granddaughters, the oldest being 20; I'm beginning to feel a little old.

In closing: If the words pro and con mean opposite and progress means to move forward, what does Congress mean?

With rhubarb being on the menu now that it's spring, you might want to try this recipe.

RHUBARB CREAM PIE

1 (9-inch) extra-deep pie crust, unbaked

5-6 cups fresh rhubarb, diced (or frozen, thawed and drained)

3 egg yolks

3/4 cup half-and-half

1 cup raw or white sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Meringue:

4 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons raw or white sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place rhubarb in pie crust. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks until light and fluffy. Blend in half-and-half. Add sugar, flour and salt; mix well. Pour over rhubarb.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40 minutes.

For meringue, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add cream of tartar, vanilla and half of the sugar. Beat again, then add remaining sugar.

Spread over hot pie filling. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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