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"O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and his strength; seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:1-4

This weather is awesome! Blue sky, only today the wind is a tad chilly. I've been waiting for this all winter. It is just so much more enjoyable to do laundry in warm weather — although it really isn't so bad in the winter. I can easily get it dried inside.

It isn't always pleasant to dry clothes outside in the spring. One day last week when I did laundry, the neighbors were hauling manure. I had washed sheets, and that night, it smelled like we were bedding down with the cows! But seriously, it really doesn't happen often.

I noticed today on my trip around the world — well, I didn't really go that far, but I did have a lengthy jog, going to Kuntry Treasures and Beachy's Bulk Foods — anyway, I noticed at least one garden sporting hot caps.

Our garden just hasn't been dry enough yet. I don't even have my seeds.

I also saw one yard that had been mowed. I haven't gotten that far yet either. Our yard definitely needs help.

I did notice something totally fascinating. We had rain during the night Sunday night. Early Monday morning, when I went out to chore, after a rain, we always have these icky night crawlers on the concrete by the barn. I mean, they are there by the dozens and dozens. But then I was shining my headlamp on the grass so I wouldn't step in undesirables. The dogs have no mercy!

Then I noticed hundreds of night crawlers, or are they earthworms? Is there a difference? Anyway, maybe it wasn't hundreds, but at any rate, there were bunches of the shiny, slimy things going into the ground. Just all over, wherever I shined my light, there they were, slithering into the ground.

Yesterday (Monday) was a nice day. First I had to write my community newsletter. Next on the agenda was what I really don't like, but it has to be done, and that was balancing the checkbook and paying bills. An acrobatic feat for me to make everything come out right.

Then I was free to go outside. I cleaned some muckity muck off the concrete on the north side of the barn and dumped that on the garden to be spread when it gets dry enough. I also turned over some of the compost pile. I could not stir it this winter, so I just did the best I could. As soon as it is dry enough, I need to get that spread on the garden.

I even got some windows clean after I did my laundry. I put up some screens. Those went on dirty windows. I didn't have time to clean all the windows, but I did open some to get in some fresh air.

Maybe when I get this epistle done I can go out and start on my flower bed. I think the roses froze. Again! My day lilies need to be dug up and divided, so I'll dig those out. I want to put edging around the bed. If I use blocks, I can basically do it by myself. I had wanted to use landscaping timbers, but then I'll have to cut those off for length, and I couldn't do that. So maybe I'll just go with the blocks. Daughter Rachel has some she's not using and she said I could use those.

Then if son-in-law Milton still has some extra dirt, someone can bring some with the skid. So I should be in business, right?

This past Sunday, we spent part of the day with granddaughter Cynthia. Her husband, Richard, went to church. Little Jamin was not yet up to a whole day of church. So we went with Lloyd and Rachel and Galen and Lynetta, took lunch along and had an enjoyable day, visiting and cuddling our great-grandson. It just about doesn't seem real that we are great grandparents.

In closing, children are a great comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too.

This recipe is something our dad used to make for us. If I remember right, it was often on a Saturday evening supper. We ate it warm with whipped cream. No whipped topping in those days!


For syrup

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon butter

2 1/2 cups water

For batter

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

To make syrup, mix together and heat until sugars are melted. Pour into 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

To make batter, mix ingredients together and drop by teaspoonful into hot syrup.

Bake mixuture in 400-degree oven for 20 minutes.