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"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -- Phillippians 2:8, 9, 10, 11

This is Wednesday afternoon as I write and it is another one of those days. Wet, heavy clouds, it is not exactly cold, but it is still an afternoon conducive to a cup of coffee, a good book, cozy blanket and the recliner. Sometimes I just want to burrow in a hole until the sun shines again. I'm not part groundhog, am I?

We had three days of sun, oh, how wonderful! My solar tank was filled, but it is on a downward trend again.

That wasn't all that was on a downward trend. Saturday night our battery on the solar panel died. It just plain flat-lined. It was good that it wasn't cold as our heating system operates on a 12-volt battery on the solar panel.

So on Monday morning, early, I called Cadwell Melvin Otto. He came to help us out of our dilemma. It didn't take much to get the charger going. I'm such a dummy when it comes to this battery stuff.

Sometimes I feel like the scripture verse, 2 Timothy 3:7, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth, concerning this battery stuff.

We did get a bigger panel put in, so maybe we'll have less problems, concerning that, anyway.

This past Friday afternoon and Saturday I attended a Ladies' Retreat held at Penn Station in Arthur. It was well attended, a lot of out-of-state women were there. The speakers were Sharon Nisly and Evelyn Miller. They were very interesting and gave me a lot of food for thought.

On the lighter side of the whole deal, the topping on the pie, if you will, was given by a local lady, elderly, good-hearted with a wonderful sense of humor, Mrs. Menno Kuhns Esther. She read about getting old and how your body parts decline. It was hilarious! She was the perfect one to read that. I loved it! Somehow I'll have to see if I can get a copy.

Another thing was the meal, or rather, meals, as we had supper Friday evening and dinner Saturday.

The meals were catered by Jeanie Hershberger and her family. The meals were over the top delicious.

If you need some catering done, call Jeanie. She also serves meals in her home. She is a superb cook!

I wonder if there is a change in the weather coming. The horses out in the lot are running, bucking, kicking, slinging mud. Do they sense a change? I hope its not cold and stormy.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were ever so nice. I loved it!

Hubby didn't have to work on Monday, so I just took the bike to go clean. It was such a beautiful morning. Not very cold, lower 30s, not windy. The sun came up and blessed us with its warm rays.

On the way home I realized I wasn't even taking time to enjoy the beauty of the morning, just peddling for home. So I started singing, "O Lord my God, how great Thou Art." I sang it under my breath so no one would hear me and have me hauled in for disturbing the peace!

Tuesday was equally nice except windier. I could still hang out all my laundry. I thought about washing our bedding, but since it was quite windy, I talked myself out of it.

Instead I did something I probably really shouldn't have. I mixed up some peanut butter and made cheese spread. Just in case daughter Rachel sends up some bread. She was baking for John and Norma again.

I really wanted to leave out the calories, but they insisted on being mixed in, claiming without them the stuff would be almost be tasteless. I'm inclined to agree.

We did go to church Sunday, even though it was our in-between Sunday. Our daughter Jane and Milton Yoder picked us up. Somehow, I think my week just goes better if we go to church on Sunday.

In closing: God cannot be cheated with deftly quoted texts. He looks on the heart.

I made this casserole. It is delicious. If one left out the cheese, it would very well be Rheumatoid friendly.

Chicken and Rice Supreme

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 cups water

1 cup uncooked rice

1 tsp. salt

2 large carrots, diced

1/2 cup peas, optional

1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional

Shredded cheese

1 cup buttered bread crumbs

In a skillet, combine chicken, onion, water, salt, rice and carrots. Add peas and green peppers if using. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-qt. baking pan. Set aside.

Add cheese to skillet and continue simmering until cheese is melted. Transfer mixture to prepared dish and top with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden.

It is a little dry. Next time I would either use only 3/4 cup rice or add more water. Also I used chicken broth and water. Chicken seasoning can be used instead of salt. Both make it too salty.

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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