"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." -- James 3:5, 6

Sunny South? Just barely. It seems we've had very little sun since we are here in Florida. It's been so chilly, we've had heat almost every day. We used a noisy portable heater. I can't even go home sporting a Florida tan!

Oh well, at least we escaped some of the frigid weather that they had back home. But when you are in Florida, you don't plan on coats, scarves, long socks and heaters, which is what we had most everyday.

We wouldn't sleep with the portable heater plugged in, so yeah, mornings were cold. And it really tended to make me a teeny bit cranky.

As I am writing, I am keeping an eye on the marauding green parrots in the tangerine tree. They fly in flocks, are noisy and a real menace to the fruit trees. I still find them interesting.

Of course, I can also watch the volleyballers over in the park. They have a sand lot court. It looks so fun, so carefree, jumping around barefoot. In my mind, I could still do it, but my physical body just can't. Old or out of shape, maybe both! and I haven't been able to go barefoot for years, bad feet.

We took a little tour Saturday afternoon with husband Erwin's sister Dorothy. Her hubby Ervin was at home sick, so we didn't go very far. I would have loved to go to the beach, but since Ervin wasn't along, we didn't go. We went to a place called Marina Jack. We saw lots of boats. We could walk around the bay. What a sight! We also drove over a huge bridge. Just looking down at the water was enough to make me hyperventilate, or looking up at the tall buildings with balconies. Some had tables and chairs waaaay up there. How breathtaking!

Everything is just so different here; scenery, the way the houses are built, the landscaping, so different. I do believe I am ready to go home, but I may want to come back next winter.

You meet people from all walks of life, people you never knew before, people you know but hardly ever see.

We ate breakfast at a huge restaurant, Der Dutchman. Oh my! I believe our Yoder's back home would fit inside with lots of room to spare.

While we were there, we met my cousin Carolyn and her husband John. On Saturday morning we went with them to eat breakfast. We really had a good time visiting. Then John discovered he left his meds at home. He has Parkinson's, so his meds are very important.

We were at this quaint little restaurant. It was called Millie's. I'm pretty sure that name had a lot to do with the good quality and atmosphere of the place!

We were over half way back when I discovered I left my purse under the table where we were eating. Oh my! Well, John said first we have to go on home and get his pills. So that we did, then went back to retrieve my purse. There it was, still under the table! Praise God!

Well, maybe I'll go on a walk before I finish this. Don't go away. I'll be back!

I'm back! Probably you didn't realize how long I'd be gone. I didn't either! On our way back, we met Carolyn Sommers, so she came in with us and we had a nice visit. Her hubby came along a little later, so yes, we had a good visit. 

After they left, we decided to go over to the park and get our supper. The Gospel Echos were having a benefit for their Prison Ministry. They were serving Hilbilly hot dogs, cobbler and soft serve ice cream.

We brought it back and sat outside to eat it. We were almost finished when Glen Hostetler comes along and wants us to go with them to eat supper.

Well, this is Florida. We don't have anything else to do. So we went with them. We didn't eat, though. Just had something to drink. Well, we did eat some ice cream. I think I could eat soft serve ice cream twenty-four seven!

So now this is Tuesday morning. All Pinecraft is probably still snoozing. It's just like back home, I'm an early bird. But today we want to go to a park and look at the gators, take airboat rides, etc. if it doesn't rain.

It did during the night, but it looks like just maybe it will clear off. One can always hope!

In closing: Pray until the tears come. Work until the sweat comes. Give until it hurts.

How about trying this French toast recipe? It sounds almost like you'd want to eat it for dessert!

Toffee Apple French Toast

8 cups French bread cubes

2 medium tart apples, chopped

8 oz. cream cheese

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 3/4 cups milk

2 Tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup English toffee bits

5 eggs

Place half of the bread cubes in a nine-inch x 13-inch baking pan. Top with apples. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars, 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Stir in toffee bits. Spread over apples. Top with remaining bread cubes. In another bowl, beat the eggs, remaining milk and vanilla until blended. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Millie Otto of Arthur is a member of the Old Order Amish. Contact her by writing to 1584 CR 2000N, Arthur, IL 61911.

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