"Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." -- Psalm 40:4, 5 

This is late Tuesday afternoon as I write. It's been a fairly pleasant fall day. A little windy, but not bad, chilly, but at least not frigidly cold. That's very likely coming in the not too distant future. Now that we turned our clocks back, it gets dark way early.

We are considering to put a solar panel on our buggy. No, it won't replace our horse! It will only keep our battery charged for our lights. I am getting too wimpy to lift the battery out of the buggy and take it to the house to be charged. And right now our solar panel can barely charge the one battery, much less two.

The schoolchildren, Galen and Lynetta, just now came home from school. They are driving their faithful pony, Candy. She looks a tad small to be hitched to a buggy, but she is a gritty little thing.

Tomorrow, Nov. 8, it will be nine years that we have lived here in our duplex. Neither Galen nor Lynetta were going to school yet. I'm not sure if they had Candy then or not. It seems like she's been here forever.

Lloyds have had a lot of ponies come and go, but Candy has stayed.

Same with the dogs, a lot have come and gone. I wish I would have kept track. As with all of them, they will come over to us looking for a handout or scraps, but don't touch us. Well, they have a Golden Retriever that likes if I rub his ears or his chin. I think I may have won over Elijah, their male Dachshund. I did it with flop cookies.

I was supposed to bake cookies for the bake sale for the Haiti Benefit. First I made Treasure cookies. What a disaster those were. They were good, just not pretty. They spread out all over the cookie sheet. I do not know why. And no one around here would eat them. They had coconut in them. Eeeww! I like it and my mom, but we certainly didn't want to eat that many by ourselves. I couldn't give those to the dogs because they had chocolate in them.

I decided I'll make sprinkle cookies (soft sugar cookies). I didn't have Crisco, but sis Barb said she uses butter. She does not like Crisco, not healthy. Okay, I'll just do that, Well! They were a flop! Matter of fact, they took flop to a whole new level! Ugh! Solid, dry, tasteless, but Elijah loved them. But they are all gone now and I don't plan on making any more for him.

If I make more sprinkle cookies, I'll make them with Crisco, healthy or not!

Unless Barb can tell me what I did wrong. I haven't seen her in ages. Or so it seems. Since her husband Elmer has been having all his problems, she has been staying home.

We sisters plan to go have coffee with her, only sis Louise Kauffman can't go. She has a sore throat, has had for awhile now and she doesn't want to give the germ to Elmer.

I baked banana cream cheese bread to take along. And guess what? Yep! It is basically a flop! I must have lost my touch. Hubby says I don't do enough baking. Believe me, we don't need a lot of baked goods! So, yes, I probably did lose my touch. The problem with the banana bread is I should have used two smaller loaf pans instead of putting it all in one pan.

Say, did you hear about the holdup at the State Bank in Arthur Saturday noon? Yep! Well it wasn't a holdup-holdup. But I was being held up. I waited in line at the window for at least ten minutes. Everybody wanted to do business yet before the weekend, get cash or whatever, the line was so long, I was afraid there wouldn't be any left for me. When I finally got my check cashed, I went to the IGA, got a few things and when I passed the bank, there was still a holdup. And at least two buggies were in line.

In closing: The only thing you should do behind a person's back is pat it.

It's time for apple pie, so how about this one?

Caramel Apple Pie

9-inch pie shell, not pricked

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 medium apples, peeled and chunked

1 Tsp. cinnamon

2 Tbsp. flour

Melt butter and brown sugar. Stir in apples and cinnamon; simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook and stir 1 minute.

1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Drizzle ice cream topping over pastry shell; sprinkle with pecans. Pour apple mixture over pecans; set aside.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tsp. vanilla

whipped topping

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Cool, then chill thoroughly. To serve, top with whipped topping. Or, if you prefer, warm 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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