"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at anytime. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."  -- 1 John: 11, 12, 13, 14

This is a most beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Granted, the wind is chilly, but that's fall for you. It is so nice, I think it would be so fun to be driving horses through the field, picking corn. Or even hauling the corn in to be cribbed.

I really would like to be outside working in the yard and garden but I really think my knees are glad I have this task of writing to do. Actually, I think my feet feel the same way.

I may have overdone it yesterday. After bringing hubby home, I did a huge (for us) pile of laundry. After resting a bit, I tackled the job of canning peppers. Something I've not done, ever. My peppers were huge and very nice. I couldn't just leave them to rot, so I decided to try canning them. I can use them for soup and pizza. (If I ever make homemade!)

After those were done, I went out to finish mowing the yard. I had mowed some of it the night before and figured I could finish it. My feet did not want to! But it was so much fun and the evening was so nice.

The night before when I was mowing, I must have been more tired than I realized. I did what I call a "Grandpa Plank" thing. I was moving a downspout thingy so I could mow and somehow tripped over my own feet. I fought to keep my balance, but ended up in the flower bed. I hurriedly got up, looked all around. Sure enough, Galen was out choring. I hoped he hadn't seen it happen. He did.

When he was sure I wasn't hurt (only my pride!), he laughed. And laughed!

I seriously think the grass is nicer now than it has been most of the summer.

I tell you what, I could live with this kind of weather all year! Well, a little rain thrown in to keep things nice and green.

This past Sunday, it was cold, drizzly, blustery, a reminder of winter. It woke up the dread I have. How I wish to get over that!

After my hard day yesterday, I soaked my feet in Therapy Aches and Pain Relief crystals of Eucalyptus, Menthol and Spearmint. I think they have forgiven me. But I do think they are a little put out over the extra weight they have to carry. Since my surgery that I just lazed around, doing nothing more than eating, then four weeks in a row, we had a wedding to go to. Plus two of those being out of state, so with the wedding meals and fast food places, yeah, I seemed to pack it on. Although one supposedly fast food place could hardly be called that. I think they had to go butcher the chicken for my chicken nuggets. I was sure glad I didn't want a buffalo burger! Well, maybe it wasn't that bad, but they were slow!

We did have a good trip to New York. It was very enjoyable, but because we wanted to spend a day at Niagara Falls, we didn't have much time with our daughter and family in New York.

We took a ride on Maid of the Mist to see the Falls. All of us except hubby and daughter Rachel climbed some steps to a lookout point to view the falls. We could look down on the boat. From our viewpoint, it looked like a load of potted pink mums. Everyone had on pink rain ponchos.

We went to Lockport to take a ride on the canal boat. That was very interesting to sit there and wait while they let the water in so we could go through the locks. We went through two of them.

We went over to the Canada side in the evening so we could see the lights.

We went up the Skylon Tower. We could see all over the city. When the lights came on, it was really fascinating. It was kind of breathtaking, being up there so high. The whole thing was totally awesome. And to think that we could all go as a family made it really special. Who knows if we could ever do something like it again.

As for the wedding, it was really enjoyable. It was beautiful in it simplicity. My only regrets is that we didn't have more time to spend with granddaughter Mary Lorene and her husband Mikel.

We enjoyed the whole thing, all the weddings, trips, etc., but I am ready to just be at home and get back to a sort of normal routine.

In closing: Where we go hereafter depends on what we go after, here.

I believe we'll have this sweet potato casserole this week.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup butter, divided

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Mix together sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar and 1/3 cup butter. Place mixture in a greased casserole dish. Mix together remaining 1/3 cup butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Crumble over top. Bake at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Arrange marshmallows on top and return to warm oven to melt and toast.

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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