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"Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." -- Ephesians 4:25, 26

Rain, rain and more rain. At least it isn't cold, but it is windy and muddy. It is raining. Our lane is suffering. The potholes get deeper. Part of the drive was under water for awhile. It has rained and rained for two days. I believe we got well over two inches.

Oh yes, have I mentioned that it rained? And it is windy and raining. It feels like my whole being is water-logged. On the way to pick up my husband, I got caught in a rain storm.

I sat on the edge of the seat, praying the buggy would stay upright and the horse would, too, for that matter. It was scary, but we made it, Praise God!

I'm just glad it wasn't like this last week when we went to Dale, IL. We had a really good trip, for the most part. It was just a tad windy on the way down. Sis Barb was the driver and she is not used to driving a fifteen passenger van.

She did good, only when we left Jane's house early in the morning. We were all loaded, packed like sardines, Barb miscalculated and the back end sort of part ways went through the ditch, shaking the back end ones a little. But we were all fine and everyone had a good laugh.

And you know what? That little old lady snuck along, apparently. She hid the contract to our rental van and also took off with the gas receipt.

Husband Erwin and I were looking at the contract and I remember handing it up to Barb. That is the last we saw it. We figured probably it blew out when we stopped for supper. The gas receipt is anyone's guess. But luckily Marilyn Yoder remembered seeing the total on the gas pump.

Anyway, everything worked out okay. We paid the rental and everyone was happy.

A little while ago the sky brightened up and it had quit raining, but now it is dark again and it seems like it could dump any minute. I better go put the generator away before it rains again.

Don't go away, I'll be back!

I'm back now and the sky sure doesn't look very friendly.

I had to do my laundry and hang everything up inside. The stuff isn't getting very excited about drying. It is too warm to have heat.

I didn't get finished yesterday (Tues.) so now this is Wednesday afternoon. From Monday until this morning we had close to six inches of rain and during the night it got icy. The roads weren't icy, but trees and rooftops had a coating.

And yet when I came home from work this morning a Meadow Lark greeted me with its clear, musical trill. And the Robins are back but I think they are getting cold feet. I so badly wanted to see the hair being shed by the horse when I curried him. But no, not yet. Surely soon.

All of my siblings, our mom and I went to Yoder's for breakfast this morning. It is not often that we can do that. Our 91-year-old aunt Minerva Bontreger was supposed to join us but her roof leaked pretty bad. I think it leaked above her bed and she had to stay home and take care of wet bedding. We are sorry she had to miss it.

Grandson Galen came over the other evening to have copies made of a song he will sing at his graduation.

Oh yes, he is graduating this year. And it will be here before we realize it. Although right now, the end of the term doesn't seem as close as it would if the weather was more springlike.

Thinking about Galen graduating makes me wonder where have the years gone? It seems like only yesterday that he was this bitty pre-schooler learning to ride a bike. Now he's all grown up, bigger than his dad or brothers.

No wonder I feel so old!

In closing: Sin is not harmful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is harmful.

Here is a different dish for you to try.

Hot Potato Salad

4 cups cooked, hot potatoes, diced

1 cup chopped celery

1 Tsp. chopped parsley

1 onion, chopped

1/2 Tsp. pepper

2 Tbsp. salad oil

1 1/2 Tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. flour

1/3 cup vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup water

Pepper and paprika to taste

Fry chopped onion in oil until light brown. Add flour and blend. Add salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour dressing over the potatoes. Mix in celery and parsley. Sprinkle with pepper and paprika and serve hot. Serves six.

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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