"My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Let not thine heart envy sinners; but be thou in the fear of the Lord all day long. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags."  -- Proverbs 23:15, 16, 17, 20, 21

Where are our sunny days? Oh well, they will be back. We have had quite a lot of warm, sunny days. So I guess some cloudy ones are in order. Today is nice, too, just in a different way. It is cloudy and windy. And the breeze coming in the front door is a mite chilly.

This will be another short letter. We, Lord willing, leave shorty after midnight, heading for New York for the wedding of our granddaughter, Mary Lorene Miller. Of course, by the time this gets out, hopefully, we'll be back home. Ahh, yes, Home Sweet Home!

Excitement is running pretty high, mostly among the younger set. I asked granddaughter Sherilyn, 11, if she is excited. "Oh no," she said, "I'm perfectly calm." At the same time she was dancing and jiggling all over the place.

I still have a myriad of small odd jobs to do. I should mop the floor. I may just sweep and wave the mop at it. I did wash the carpets and I do like to put clean carpets on a clean floor, but that may not happen this time.

Since I have regained the right to drive and go back to my cleaning jobs, I have to go clean this evening and this epistle must be done so I can leave it at the library.

We just got back from the hills of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Sunday night. Sugarcreek has awesome scenery, it really does, but I was glad to get back to the flat lands. And so was my tummy! I just don't think I could live there. I guess my tummy and I are too old. It's a nice place to visit, but I'd sure hate to live there.

We were gone from Wednesday night to Sunday night. We had a very pleasant time. The wedding was really nice. We counted it a special privilege to be there and share the day with the families of the wedding couple.

On Friday afternoon we went with husband Erwin's sister Martha and Andy Mast and their daughters, Christina and Miriam to Faith View Books. We so enjoyed it! And that bookstore, oh my! One can spend so much time browsing and also spend so much money! Actually, most of the books I bought were for the grandchildren.

Whew! While writing, a rain shower blew in. I had carpets on the line! I dashed out and brought those in. They weren't quite dry. I was glad the rest of the laundry was in. But by now, it has stopped. We did get .01 of an inch. Every little bit helps.

I still have to water my house plants and pack our suitcase, make sure everything is in order.

Maybe if I clean up the kitchen, wash all the dishes, we could eat supper at Yoder's so I wouldn't have to fix anything when we get home. I wouldn't have any dishes to wash. Sure wish Arthur had a DQ!

I've got to run. I'll be glad to put all this traveling behind us and back to some semblance of a normal routine.

In closing: There's a new Pasta diet -- Just walk "pasta" bakery without stopping, walk "pasta" candy store without stopping, and walk "pasta" ice cream store without stopping.

This recipe is well worth the effort. Just try it! (It's not on the Pasta Diet!)

Apple-Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Crust: 

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 Tsp. salt

Mix and put in a nine-inch x 13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Cheesecake layer:

2-8 oz. cream cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

Mix and spread over cooled crust.

Apple layer:

8 cups apples, peeled and sliced or chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tsp. cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. nutmeg

Mix and put in colander for 15 minutes then spread over cream cheese layer.

Crumbs:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 Tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

Mix until crumbly and spread over apple layer. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Option: Drizzle with caramel ice cream topping.

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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