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"Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, then to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For he Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." Psalm 84:9-12

Ah, what a lovely day! The sun shines and it is not windy. It is partly cloudy, though. And this morning, it was chilly. It was actually down to 56 degrees, sweat shirt weather.

It has been cool since Saturday morning. I wore a sweat shirt to go to work every morning since Saturday.

The mornings are really nice even if it is chilly, clear, so many bright stars, everything is quiet and peaceful.

But it is getting dry. I'd like to mow the yard — there are places that are decidedly scraggly — but then it will look even more dead. I guess it was good that I haven't had to mow. With my hurt ankle, it might not have gone so well.

This past Thursday evening, we went to Homer for the visitation of our dear friend Ken Hunter.

Nearing Sidney, we drove into rain. And did it ever pour! I was so hoping it reached our part of the universe, but no, it hadn't been our turn as of now.

The power was off when we got to the funeral home, so it was sort of darkish in there. Not too bad, as it was still early evening. People made do with their cellphones. The power did come back on before we left and the rain stopped. And no, it did not reach home.

Some areas north of Arthur got around a half-inch Friday evening.

Saturday was a beautiful day for the Strawberry Festival in Arthur. Grandson Galen thought there might not have been quite as many vendors, but I never found out for sure.

Son-in-law Lloyd Yoder, Galen and Lynetta give pony rides at festivals. They did a fair amount of rides, but the ponies were for sure not overworked.

I guess the next thing in Arthur is the Fourth of July parade and fireworks. It will be June 30. That usually generates thousands of people. I shy away from it. Too many people! Too much traffic!

We did go to the Strawberry Social on Saturday evening. Sis Ferne Hershberger took us. Our mom goes, too. We enjoy the auction. Sometimes things come up that we actually need, and sometimes I'll buy a small item Ferne needs. That will pay our trip.

The next benefit is for a new school in our area. It is set for June 22. I already asked Ferne to save the date for us.

This benefit will have a haystack supper. For those of you who wonder what a haystack is, it is rice, seasoned hamburger and salad fixings all on a stack with cheese sauce dripped over the top.

I never go to a haystack supper without thinking about one many years ago when hubby and I were helping. Back then, we had a person serving each item, instead of the people serving themselves like they do now. I was on the cheese-sauce detail. And guess what? I was talking and barely minding my business.

What?! You are not surprised? Well, anyway, this old grandpa came along and I dipped the cheese sauce, then he growled, "I want it on top!" Oh my! I had put it on the side. And really, bless this man's heart, but his sense of humor was sadly lacking. I was so embarrassed!

It is actually getting cloudy. I wonder if it will rain. Maybe if I go out and clean the buggy, it will rain. I was going to clean it yesterday, but by the time I had the laundry done and the garden and flower beds cleaned, I was too tuckered out. I had to keep the house, too, as I got a new broom at the auction Saturday evening and I had to see if it worked. It does, but you have to take hold of the handle and move it yourself!

In closing, every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.


Servings: 14-16.

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup sugar, divided

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

3 tablespoons orange juice

3 cups whipping cream, whipped

1 loaf (10 3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, grated*

Chocolate and additional strawberries, optional

In a bowl, toss sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup of sugar; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, orange juice and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped cream; set aside. Drain strawberries, reserving juice, set berries aside. Gently toss cake cubes with reserved juice.

Place half of cake in a 4-quart trifle dish or serving bowl. Top with third of cream-cheese mixture, half of strawberries and half of grated chocolate.

Repeat layers. Top with remaining cream-cheese mixture. Garnish with chocolate curls and strawberries if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.

* — NOTE: Semi-sweet mini chocolate chips and Cool Whip could be used if you are in a hurry.