"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 7, 8, 9

Ahh! A beautiful, sunshiny day. It almost brings on Spring fever. Like I say, almost. Step outside and the wind almost takes your breath away. It actually seems much colder than it was this morning, early. There was no wind, all was quiet and so peaceful. The moon was really bright. It is full moon Wednesday night. That makes twice for the month of January.

You could actually think it is almost spring, the way the tomcats are caterwauling around the place. Where do they all come from?

Often when I go out evenings to dump scraps on the compost pile, I see a dark streak high tailing it for Lloyds' barn.

What is really scary is when I'm not aware that Holden the Golden is out of his pen. I'll hear some large beast galumping behind me and my heart goes in overdrive. Oh! It's just Holden. He doesn't say a word, just wants to play.

I love that big dog now that he has left his puppyhood behind and doesn't feast on our solar lights and bike flashers!

Granddaughter Deniece has the cutest little puppy. It's a Maltese and 90 percent fluff. Her name is Aria. She is absolutely adorable, so playful. Their other pup that they (Lloyds) have in the house sometimes is Justice, a miniature Dachshund.

She is also very playful and thinks Aria is a squeak toy. She will pounce on her till she squeaks!

It seemed like this week would be quite full with stuff to do, then we got a bit of a reprieve. But not the kind we like. Daughter Rachel was going to have workday. But now granddaughter Sherilyn, Jane's daughter has the flu, so Jane can't be there. We canceled for now. Rachel was going to can apples, so I said I will still go help her.

One day this week, I will, or plan to take lunch to our elderly neighbor lady, Mary Ann Mast.

During the winter months, our church has a good deed jar with the names of shut-ins, widows, widowers, and older people who can't get out much. The younger set and able-bodied older ones draw a name, then do a good deed for that person in the designated week.

So I will do this for Mary Ann, although it may not be a good deed, as my cooking leaves much to be desired.

Today as I write was also my laundry day. It was fun today. I could hang everything outside. I am so thankful once again for my lines on the south side under the roof.

It is like daughter Cindy said, the towels are so much friendlier if they are dried outside. Drying them inside, they get to be pretty rough characters.

As I sat here at my desk, gazing out the window, I saw one of the horses with something in his mouth. I figured he was bored and was tossing this thing around. It appeared to be a wad of netting off a round bale. He kept flinging the stuff around and around. I then wondered if maybe he caught it in his teeth and couldn't get it loose. I watched awhile, he kept on. I saw Rachel in the yard, or anyway, the puppies. They were about their business. So I decided to tell her about it. Wouldn't you know it! About that time that horse got tired of his game of fling and whirl, dropped the stuff and ambled away.

Oh well. Anyway, I could play with the little pile of fluff. Then Justice got jealous, so I gave her some attention, too.

In closing: "One of the nicest things about life is the way we must stop regularly whatever it is that we are doing and devote our attention to eating" - Luciano Pavarotti.

Maybe you can try this Turtle Pie. I believe you'll want to have the coffee ready.

Turtle Pie

3 eggs, well-beaten

2/3 cup Karo syrup

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup water

2 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 cup oatmeal (You can use chopped nuts instead of oatmeal, or both)

Mix everything except oatmeal. In an unbaked pie shell, put in some chocolate chips, 1/2 cup or more to taste, then the oatmeal and/or nuts. Pour egg mixture over this. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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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