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"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice. Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth." Psalm 96: 9,11,12,13

On this Wednesday as I write, it is actually almost chilly. We've had some really nice days. The evenings have been exceptionally pleasant. It makes me want to go on a bike ride. But since hubby can't, I don't either. We really, really should have a quadricycle!

In spite of the lateness of getting things planted, the crops we see along our daily beaten path look pretty good. Some hayfields look nice, but others like ours just didn't make it. Hay price is climbing. What are people like us going to do? Is there an alternative for hay for horses? Oh, well, God will provide.

This is an appointment-filled week for us and I do not like those kind of weeks. First hubby had an appointment in Arthur with his upper cervical doctor. Now today I have an appointment in Decatur for an annual checkup for my skin cancer.

Friday I go to Willow Tree Wellness Center to sign up for their weight-loss program. I am mostly doing it to see if it will help my feet to not hurt so much. Sometimes they exceed the 10 limit on the 10 scale of 10 being the worst. Hurting feet do tend to make me a little on the grouchy side.

I hope you didn't miss me! I took off. I went up the path to daughter Rachel. She has Yoder workday today and I saw that her daughter Cynthia was there.

I just had to go up and say ''Hi!" to great-grandson Jamin. He is now 3 months old. He was full of smiles and is a cutie!

I saw our great-grandson Zackrey the other day. He is 7 months old and sits alone, such a sunny, cute little guy. Sure wish we could see Alex again.

He is also 3 months old but he lives all the way up in New York. Hard telling when we'll see him again.

Our good friend Mona Hunter surprised us the other day by popping in for a visit. Her daughter Karen from New York was in the area, so Karen brought her.

We are always so glad to see them and do enjoy their visits — as we do the grandchildren's visits.

Jane and Milton's girls pop in every now and then. Maybe it's to borrow and/or return books or maybe they were just out driving pony.

Their big brothers came the other evening bringing back the borrowed Relax-R rocker. They had borrowed it when they had church and forgot they had it.

So anyway, Lucas and Lavon returned it. And you know what? They did the same thing their sisters do, they checked out the counter to see if there was any candy there. Yep! Grandma has jelly beans.

I told the boys when the girls come, before they see where Grandma is, they check out the counter first! I don't care. I intend to have some for them. I'm such a pushover when it comes to the grandchildren.

And yes, I'm looking forward to when the great-grandsons come toddling up the path.

Maybe they'll do like the dogs — stand at the door, expecting a treat!

I was fixing supper the other evening and Aria, the spoiled Maltese, gave her shrill yip at the door. Oh, OK, I turned to get her treat, when I looked again, there were five pairs of eyes staring at me! I just wanted to yell "GO AWAY!!' But after all, it is my own fault, so I dutifully gave them all a treat.

We had this very obnoxious robin that suddenly decided he likes his reflection in our living room window. He'd sit on the clothesline, then fly against the window, again and again. Very annoying. So I put up the screens so he could not see his reflection as plain. Then he'd hang on the screen.

So I got this shiny owl and hung it on the clothesline. That worked for a few days. Then I looped a rope around the clothesline. That worked until I moved it to clean the windows. After I put it up again, he'd come and sit on a loop and swing! Grrr! He made such a nasty mess on the concrete. So, OK, we bought some rubber snakes and put one on the brace of the clothesline.

He hasn't been back.

Now if only I could reach the 2-x-4 braces in the barn! The birds mess over everything. They have no respect!

In closing: As the earth can produce unless it is fertilized by the sun, so can we do nothing without the grace of God.

With strawberries still available, here is a recipe to try.


Servings: 15

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed (about 40)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup butter, melted

6 ounces strawberry gelatin

1 cup boiling water

16 ounches strawberries, sweetened and sliced (or mashed); frozen can also be used

1 can sweetened condensed milk

12 ounces whipped topping

In a large bowl, combine crushed wafers, sugar, brown sugar and butter. Press into an ungreased 13-by-9-inch cake pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

In another large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in strawberries and milk. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until partially set.

Fold whipped topping into strawberry mixture. Spread over prepared crust. Refrigerate two hours or until set. Cut into squares.