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"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise." 1 Corinthians 3:16-18

Winter is back in force! It is Very. Windy. Very. And snowing, blowing straight across out of the north. It is actually not so cold. The temperature is just above freezing.

I guess I am a wimp. I'd rather think that I just have common sense. Whatever the case, we didn't go to work. We started out, didn't go very far, I turned around and came back home, unhitched, unharnessed the horse, shoved him out the door. Yes, I almost had to shove. He did not want to go out. I told him, "Out! You can stand in the shed."

Yesterday morning was so beautiful. It was moonlight, not really cold or windy. Husband Erwin went to therapy, so I decided to bike to my cleaning job. Not such a wise decision. I haven't biked to town for a long time. I guess I'm seriously out of condition. My bike needs a tune-up. It pedals really hard and the gears won't shift properly. They make a grinding noise. And I believe just maybe my gears were "granny"!

And then when I get to work, I reach into my pocket for my keys and pull out — my watch? Whatever?!

I had decided to not take my big bag that holds most everything except the kitchen sink. It barely fits into my bike basket. So I made sure I had all the essentials — wallet, sunglasses, cleaning rags, hubby's break that I had to leave at his workplace, and keys. All set. Safety vest for biking. I'm good to go. Or so I thought.

Needless to say, I got the wrong keychain and had no key! I stood by the door considering my options. Jimmying the lock — no, not an option. Neither was going back home and getting a key. I couldn't call anyone — no phone.

So, as usual, I sent up a plea to God. Maybe He could send a cop over. After about 10 minutes, here comes one. He unlocks the door. So my world righted itself again.

Now, as time goes on, on this Wednesday morning ,the world is getting whiter, the wind may not be stronger, but it certainly isn't diminishing.

It looks like the school is canceled. The children's buggy is back home. I saw them leave for school, felt sorry for them that they have to be out in this weather. But now, the buggy is out there, so I'm assuming they are home.

I know that I am glad to be home and don't have to leave at noon to get Erwin from work.

Apparently, our friends Ken and Mona Hunter stopped in Saturday when we weren't at home. We had baptismal church services Saturday. Our grandson Robert Yoder was one of the youth getting baptized.

Mona, Andrea says, "Thank you very much for the papers!"

And, oh yes! The big news is, the first of our grandchildren is getting married! Yes! We are all consumed with wedding plans! Lord willing, their day is planned for May 13.

The happy couple is Cynthia Yoder and Richard Chupp. Cynthia lives across the hayfield from us, and actually, Richard is one of the neighbor boys — or should I say young men?!

As soon as I get "The Quilt" out of my sewing room, I want to start on one for Cynthia. It will be a puff quilt made with her wedding colors.

So, maybe since I'm home all day, I can get a lot done on The Quilt. The border is giving me fits, and believe me, I can stall and stall again, finding other "important" things to do before I get that out.

In closing, money is an instrument that can buy you everything but happiness and pay your fare to every place but heaven.

I think this would be good to have on a snowy day like this one. Of course, by the time it gets in the paper, hopefully it will be warm and sunny. Oh, well; enjoy it anyway.

Corn Chowder

2 slices bacon

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 medium potatoes,cubed

2 cups corn

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

In a 3-quart saucepan, fry bacon until crisp. Remove and drain. Reserve drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.

Cook onions in bacon drippings until soft, but not brown. Add potatoes, corn and celery, salt, pepper and 1 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Blend remaining chicken broth with flour; add to vegetable mixture. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; add milk and heat thoroughly, but do not boil.

Top with crumbled bacon.