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"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which ye are also called in one body; and be ye thankful." -- Colossians 3:12, 13, 14, 15

Today the sun is shining! Yes! The wind is still chilly, but it is still wonderfully nice. I've been waiting all winter for this. After our snowfall on Sunday night, maybe now we will have summer.

Surely now it will get warm to stay. Our horse is now shedding his winter coat for real.

I believe if our tiller was at home, I could till the garden and plant a few things.

Maybe I am glad it is still in the shop. I don't have time right now. Or maybe I do. It depends on where my priorities are, I guess.

I really don't like to work in the garden if I have to wear a coat. And yet in Proverbs 20:4 it says, "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore he shall beg in the harvest, and have nothing."

So I don't want to be a sluggard by any means, but as for today, I guess I have a good enough reason. Or excuse, whatever you want to call it.

No matter how well you plan, sometimes your plans go haywire. Which is what happened last week. I had planned to get a lot of my cleaning done in the event that this week, if the weather is nice (and it is!) I could wash curtains, etc, clean windows, put in the screens. Well, last week I got sick. I was going to chase that old flu bug right out the door! I got some flu tea and Super Tonic. Well! After the fourth dose of that nasty, vile, stuff, it came right back up. Enough!

I went to the doctor on Thursday evening. I had a severe case of tonsillitis. They gave me an antibiotic, which, in turn, gave me diarrhea. So I had to take pills to counteract that. That didn't work so well. I finally just quit my antibiotic and finally on Monday things settled down.

Just when I thought I was getting better, hubby got sick. So, of course, I didn't feel really good while he was sick.

I did go to work on Saturday. My system wasn't quite up to it yet, but I survived. Husband Erwin didn't go to work on Monday.

I wasn't glad he was sick, but I was glad I could bike to work. It was a beautiful morning to bike. The snowfall from the night came down without any wind, so it just clung to the trees and fences. It was such a quiet morning, I was glad I could take it in.

According to the weather forecast in the paper, it is supposed to get colder again. And even rain some more. I so hope they are wrong. I so need warm weather and sunshine to get my energy level up. And Lloyds, across the way, have church on Sunday. It will be so much nicer and easier if the weather is pleasantly warm.

I do enjoy getting ready for church, but being sick kind of took the wind from my sails. So I guess I'm glad when it is history.

We had tentative plans to go to Dale again. We wanted to take in our grandchildren's end of the school term program.

In closing: If you want to know how important you are in the world, stick your finger in a pan of water and see the hole that is left.

Maybe you'd like to try this casserole this week.

Seven-Layer Dinner

1-2 inch layer of raw sliced potatoes

1 layer raw, sliced onions

1 layer raw, sliced carrots

1/4 cup quick cooking rice.

1 can peas, undrained

1 lb. link style pork sausage

1 10 oz. can of tomato soup

1 soup can water

Salt and pepper to taste

Arrange all ingredients in layers in a deep, greased casserole dish. Salt and pepper each layer. Cover and bake one hour at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake 15-30 minutes longer. You can use 1 1/2 pounds ground beef instead of sausage.

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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