"Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. A stone is heavy, and the sand is weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both." Proverbs 27:1-3
The winds of March — oh yes, it is the ides of March, whatever that is. Anyway, we've got winds, lots and lots. But at least it isn't as bad as it was in the middle of the night. I thought, for sure, I felt the house shake.
And it's warm, yes! Yesterday (Tuesday) we could actually go jacketless. Wonderful! Things are waking up. Buds are swelling on the trees, early flowers are pushing up through the earth, the grass has a green shine.
And the hair started flying when I was currying Diamond. Surely, surely, it won't get too cold any more.
The garden is calling (sort of!) but my tiller went in for its yearly tuneup and hasn't come back yet. I did send for some seeds.
This year, I sent for seeds from Ohio. Some years, I send for seeds out of Gurney's or Henry Fields. This year I compared prices. Unreal! Country Corners out of Ohio are way cheaper. Probably only half as expensive. For the same kind of seeds. And they have Fairy Garden stuff. I didn't send for any. Yet.
I have an old broken-down wheelbarrow that I'd like to fix up. The thing of it is, I'm not very creative, but I'll figure out something.
I also need to start buying Weed and Feed, a bag or two at a time, so that when it's time to apply it, I'll have it ready.
We finally got to see our newest grandbaby. Today she is 9 weeks old. She still looks tiny, but by the time we see her again, she'll have made lots of changes.
Hopefully that will be in May when they come for the event of the year. That is the wedding of our first grandchild. Well, it's the event of the year for us.
We, along with my mom, went to Dale this past Sunday for the baptismal services of grandson Willard Miller. Willard's cousin Kevin Miller traveled with us. My brother Marx Plank took us. We had a really good trip. I thought we made really good time, considering that Marx had never been there before.
And he only made one wrong turn. He must be a brother to Barb Gingerich. No offense intended, just teasing!
We also got to see Mary Lorene, our granddaughter who lives in New York.
Now that the Home and Garden Show will have moved on, we'll have the Gospel Express Benefit auction on Friday evening, March 18. Then on Saturday, March 19, will be the household and miscellaneous items of Elnora Miller. Her husband passed away over a year ago and she has since built a new and smaller house, so she is selling excess. She has lots of nice items and in good shape.
Both of these events will be held at Otto Center. I'm not sure what we'll do. I have to work my cleaning jobs into this somehow.
Well, I'm back. I wonder if anyone realized I was gone. It was time to go get hubby at work, then do lunch. Lunch was a hot ham sandwich and apple slices with peanut butter in hopes it would fuel my energy tank. I'm afraid it didn't work. I still feel lazy.
It is completely overcast now on this Wednesday afternoon. Matter of fact, it is misting. I really was hoping the thunderstorms in the forecast would hold off.
Grandson Robert Yoder and grandson-in-law-to-be Richard Chupp went to help with the cleanup at Ivan Schrock's, where a fire destroyed his woodworking shop. Both of them were employed by Ivan.
It is a huge loss.
Ivan's wife, Pauline, and I were classmates way back in the day. We've remained friends, although our paths ran in different directions at some point of time in our life, but have come together again. She had a stroke several years ago and is in a wheelchair.
So this is a heavy load for Ivan, but the Lord does not leave us to carry our loads alone. He is there to help and He will; we need only to ask.
In closing, God does not spare us trials, but He helps us overcome them.
Let's try this recipe this week. My dad used to make it many, many years ago.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups flour, sifted
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9-by-9-inch pan. Combine undrained pineapple, butter and brown sugar in a bowl. Spread in the bottom of the pan. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in another bowl.
Add the shortening, egg, milk and vanilla. Beat well. Pour over the fruit mixture in the pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Turn cake upside down and eat plain or serve with whipped topping.