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“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; afterward, they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-26

Oh my! It is very warm. We have lots of clouds; some look a little stormy, some are just fluffy white.

We had a real fast shower pass through. It wet the walks. Maybe it was just humidity falling.

At this time this afternoon, the temperature is 94 degrees, with a heat index of 108. Not much wind. It looks like storm clouds are building in the east.

I figured yesterday we’d have some storms. Late in the afternoon, we had thunder and a small shower. I had an appointment to do blood work by the doctor. I was just going to bike, but at the last minute, I saw a dark cloud in the southeast. I changed my mind.

I was so glad our horse is easily convinced to come in the barn. I got him ready in a hurry. I actually could have made it on the bike.

Erwin didn’t have to go to the workshop yesterday morning, so I just took the bike to go clean. When I got close to the corner a mile east of us, there was water over the road on both sides of the corner. It wasn’t very deep, but still, I had to lift up my dress tail to keep it out of the water.

My shoes got soaked. Now the sole is coming off my one shoe. I’ll see if I can get some glue at the shoe shop to fix it. They are my favorite, most comfortable shoes.

Anyway, while going through that water, I had to think back 50-plus years. I worked for Mel Yoder in the cabinet shop. The same shop where two of our grandsons and one grandson-in-law work. Only now, it’s Ivan’s woodworking, and Mel Yoder has been gone for a few years.

Anyway, that same corner would seriously flood if it rained. And we had a lot of rain one weekend. I biked to work, and yes, the corner was seriously flooded all around.

Now, I was young and either totally dedicated to my job or just decidedly stupid. Yeah, probably that. Instead of just going home because I couldn’t get through, I either left my bike beside the road or pushed it through the water. At any rate, I got to work sopping wet up to my waist.

Mel’s wife, Rosa, was about my size, maybe taller. I wore one of her dresses. I don’t remember what happened to my shoes — did I take them off and wade barefoot? I expect that’s what I did. I don’t know why I didn’t just go home.

I remember something else that happened back then. I was such a thoughtless, ignorant child! I worked with an older girl and in the summer, for lunch, she often had this sandwich that I thought was awful. She’d have a slab of Swiss cheese and a thick slice of onion on buttered bread. Ick! But you know what? Now in my grown up and wiser (snort!) years, I love a sandwich like that.

Of course, now, I hardly ever meet a sandwich I don’t like. And speaking of sandwiches, now I’m getting hungry! But anyway, this past Wednesday, I went to Heartland Deli to taste test another of their hot dogs. These are specially seasoned. Oh, my! They are good.

So on Saturday, having a full schedule, I was in no mood to cook lunch. So I went to Heartland Deli and got hot dogs. I just got them plain because I knew I would have to reheat them by the time we were actually ready to eat. And yes, that was good! And they are big enough not to get lost in the bun.

I’m afraid it might get to be a habit! I tell you, in this heat, I sure don’t feel like cooking. Or hardly anything, for that matter.

I should go clean the flower beds. You almost can’t see the flowers for the weeds. And the yard needs mowing. Do I really want to go out in this heat?

A couple in our church district had a baby, so I want to take some baked goods over for them. I decided on these. Try them yourself.

Chewy Granola Bars

5 cups oatmeal

41/2 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup coconut

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

11/2 pounds marshmallows

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

Melt butter and oil over low heat. Remove from heat and add marshmallows. Stir until melted.

Add peanut butter and honey. Mix into dry ingredients.

Press into buttered large cookie sheet.

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