"Confess your faults one to another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit."  -- James 5:16, 17, 18

Today on this Wednesday afternoon as I write, it is very humid and warm. A person can work up a sweat by just breathing. There is no breeze whatsoever. 

We had rain early this morning. We were glad for that. It really wasn't a whole lot, probably not even an inch.

At least it made so that I don't feel guilty about not being in the garden. I really did want to, but my schedule did not include garden work. Nor does it include mowing the yard. But I really should. Granddaughter Deniece is out mowing their yard. They have one of those big, walk behind commercial mowers. It looks so easy. I really think if one knows how to handle one of those, they are easier than my small one. And I am getting to where I think I really want one. Maybe not as big, so I could handle it better.

At the same time, after the things that happened this week, I question if I would actually be fit with one of those.

Hubby thinks maybe I might have early onset Alzheimer's or dementia. What's the difference between the two, anyway?

Nevertheless, I hadn't even told him all of the incidents, there were at least three. Seriously, I think it is just too many deadlines looming, plus I have always been airheaded.

Anyway, I brought his water jug home from work. I usually just leave it in the lunchroom, as I fill it with ice water there. He wondered why? I told him, don't know, but that's not as bad as this morning, I got a coffee mug out of the cabinet and there was still coffee in it! How? Why? Don't know!

What I didn't tell him was Sunday morning, bleary-eyed, tired and half-asleep, I was getting ready to brush my teeth and noticed...well, I never realized my toothpaste tube has a flip-top lid. Hmm! I opened it and proceeded to squeeze some on my toothbrush. Well! That looks...oh my! Eeek! It's my sunblocker! At least I hadn't started brushing my teeth yet!

So, anyway, my Plank Reunion memory quilt is almost ready to put in frame. It shouldn't take long to finish, won't that be great if I get that done ahead of schedule?

This is supposed to happen tomorrow (Thursday) evening. I got one of those three-roller quilt frames. Ervin J. Hostetler makes them. And I guess I'm a dummy, but I can't get in my head how to put my quilt in one of those. Is there a book out there -- Quilting for a dummy?

Anyway, Ervin and his wife, Mary, are delivering my frame, then they will give me a demo by helping me put my quilt in. Isn't that super nice of them? I really appreciate that kind gesture. I hope I can remember how when I want to do the next one!

I had a nice surprise this past Saturday afternoon. It was kind of strange, but all week I was thinking of my niece Emily Gingerich. I hadn't seen her in, like, forever.

Well, Saturday afternoon, here comes sis Barb Gingerich, barreling in the drive, whips around the circle and stops with a flourish! (Not!) But, anyway, she did come and Emily was with her. Great! Oh! Emily has a friend with her, Tracy Wassom, from Bloomington.

They wanted a buggy ride. I was more than happy to oblige. I can't speak for Diamond (and neither can he!), but he really didn't comment, it being his day off and all. But I don't think he minded. Of course, had I asked, his general response to anything is "Neigh." (Snort!)

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, was really glad to see Emily again. And I was really really glad the buggy was still halfway decently clean.

In closing: A little explained, a little endured, a little forgiven, the quarrel is cured.

Are there any bachelors in my reader's circle? If so, this recipe is for you.

Bachelor Coffee Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1 box instant vanilla pudding, small

1 box instant butterscotch pudding, small

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

4 eggs

Mix well. Pour half the batter in a nine-inch x 13-inch baking pan.


1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup nuts

1 Tsp. cinnamon

Mix together. Spread half over batter in pan. Pour on the rest of the batter, then add remaining crumbs. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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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