"Houses and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die. He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him back again." Proverbs, 19:14, 15, 16, 17.

Happy Birthday, Sherilyn Yoder! Sherilyn is our granddaughter and today she is twelve years old.

This Wednesday afternoon as I write has turned out to be very nice. After a dreary, rainy morning, bringing us almost an inch of rain, the clouds breaking up is a cheerful sight. It is still windy, but the sunshine is so nice.

I did get rid of all the dead flower debris last week. And I am glad for that. I guess it wasn't last week. It was this past Monday. It was really nice out.

It started out not so nice for the fact that I was kind of worried about our buggy wheel. I can get pretty stirred up if something happens that I can't fix myself.

When I hitched up and took the horse to be tied up, I thought I heard a sort of grinding noise, like maybe the wheel scraped along the concrete. It wasn't that. Well, maybe if I ignore it?

I couldn't. On the way to work, we both heard it. Maybe a bad bearing? Or a dry wheel? Or something? I asked God if he could please fix it or let it not be anything.

When we got to work, we asked Ray Helmuth about it. But, of course, what could he do about it? He did suggest I stop in on my way home. Or go to brother Melvin Otto.

I left HCK and headed into town. It sounded worse. What to do? How far can I go before the wheel locks up or falls off? Should I stop at Chupp farm? Go on to town? Go to Melvin's right away? By then I was crying and quite beside myself. Suddenly the noise stopped. Did God actually fix it? I had no more noise the rest of the way. Not even when I went to pick up hubby from work. So I told Ray. Should we still go ahead and check out the wheel? He advised us to. His thought was, God only fixed it to get me through until someone can take a look at it.

So that is what we did. Son-in-law Lloyd checked it out. The bearings were okay, but he did grease it. Praise God for taking care of us!

I did go get new bearings, just in case. I was glad for the beautiful afternoon. I biked over to the buggy shop in Cadwell. I hadn't been in Cadwell a lot.

And when I say "hung out," it brings on a memory of when I literally "hung" out. Even now it almost makes me blush.

An older couple, probably back then they weren't any older than I am now, but they seemed old. Anyway, they were Steve and Annie Miller and some of us kids were playing in their yard. I was a hefty 'tween and a tomboy at that. I climbed a tree, swung out on the branch and hung there. And the branch broke off! I was ever so embarrassed! I'm pretty sure the branch was weak anyway!

So anyway, I thought I had a pretty good week last week. I got a few jobs done that I've been wanting to do for a while. I guess I was just waiting until the time and weather was right. One thing I did was get the harness fixed. I know it's been a year since I wanted to do that. So now that is done. I also took a buggy-load of recycle stuff to the bin. Most of it was newspapers. A person can once again walk through our storage shed.

And I also cleaned our buggy. It was so terrible. We could hardly see through the windows.

Granddaughter Mary Lorene's quilt is out of the frame. Yay! The last knot was tied at 7 p.m. November 14!

I still have to trim it and hand-stitch the binding.

Our friends, Ken and Mona Hunter, were here for a visit. Ken was telling us about his jacket that he got when he was 16. It is now 71 years old and he can still wear it. It is wool, black and red plaid. How many of us can still wear clothes we got at 16, if we still had them? He said Mona can still wear her earrings she got way back then! Can you outgrow earrings?

In closing: A person who takes time for prayer will find time for all the other things needing his attention.

I don't think I've ever put a bread recipe in my column. A reader was asking for one, so here goes...


6 cups water

1 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. yeast

5 Tsp. salt

1 cup lard

Mix water, sugar, yeast, salt, and lard.

Enough flour to make a stiff dough.

Add two cups of flour at a time; beat well after each addition, knead slightly. Let rise 1/2 hour. Punch down. Let rise 1 hour. Put in pans. Let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees. Yield: four loaves.

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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