"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed in him, If ye continue in my word, the ye are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. And they answered him, we are of Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the son abideth forever." -- John 8:31, 32, 33, 34, 35

This is late Tuesday afternoon as I write. It is now cloudy, but not as windy. We had sun all morning, a really nice, sunny, welcome forenoon.

But we are entering November so what can we expect? After all...my dad often said such as are the last three days of the month, such is the most of the next month. Ah, me! It's been cold, drizzly, cloudy, windy. Oh well, we'll deal with it. And it may not hold out. One can always hope!

I did hear something that kind of took the wind out of my sails. Our neighbor who so generously and faithfully looks out for us in the winter and takes the time to plow our drive and shovel walks when it snows to an excess, is going to Florida. But he's not just going on vacation and play around.

He is going to have an ankle replacement done. They will or are planning to leave around the middle of December and will probably have to stay a couple of months. So I do hope we won't have much snow. Maybe we should just go with them. In our dreams!

I tell you, though, if I ever thought I'd want to go, it is this year. But, no, it just isn't feasible at this time.

I, once again have my schedule interrupted and rearranged. That is why this letter is being done on Tuesday. On Wednesday granddaughter Marilyn Yoder is having a Norwex party. Now I'm not much into Norwex. Yet! I do have a few products, but I'm going because it's family. Family is important, way important to me.

That is why I'm sacrificing my Friday. Granddaughter Cynthia and Rick Chupp are planning on moving soon and Cynthia wants to do some painting before they move. So Friday is paint day. I am usually too selfish with my Friday to plan something, but it's family...

This past Saturday was the annual IL Haiti Benefit Auction. I, once again could help. I do the condiment table for the lunch stand. The unhandy thing is I have to do some of my cleaning job, then go do the lunch stand. When the hungry mob has satisfied their inner craving for food, I clean up what I can then go finish my cleaning.

I tell you what, people really like ketchup on their sandwiches. Well, there were fries, too, so that also took ketchup. I really do enjoy it, but it can get a little chaotic at times.

Especially when I drop a jar of pickles. What kept that jar from breaking, it was glass after all. It just plopped flat down on the bottom, the pickles spewing out like fireworks going off.

When I got home just before dark, I felt pretty good, considering the long day that I had. I wasn't exhausted way over the top. I was tired, yes, but still felt pretty good. I thanked the Lord for the good day.

Then after I'd been in bed and slept awhile, I woke up and wondered, good day? I had a severe, and I mean severe cramp in the inside of my thigh. I tried to hobble to the kitchen for my medicine. That didn't work, so I got down on all fours to crawl. And got a cramp in my other leg! I am glad I had only two legs! Anyway, I couldn't do anything except moan. I hollered at hubby. He brought my magic elixir. I rubbed some on my legs and also drank some. When I got back to bed, hubby asked me if I felt better. I told him I do. "Well," he said, "you stink!" Sorry! But I do feel better. The stuff is made of mostly garlic and vinegar. What can you expect? Anyway, I slept! Praise god!

Did I ever mess up on the recipe last week! I am so red-faced! Where, O where was I? Anyway this week is a rerun. A correct one, I hope!

In closing: Live as if Christ died yesterday, arose today and is coming tomorrow.

Pumpkin Cobbler

1/2 cup butter

Melt butter in a nine-inch x 13-inch cake pan.

Batter:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 Tsp. salt

1 cup milk

1 Tsp. vanilla

Mix batter in order given; pour over butter.

Filling:

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

3 cups pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. flour

1/2 Tsp. cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. salt

Mix filling and pour over batter. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with milk or cold with whipped topping, warm or cold with ice cream.

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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