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"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou Shalt Not Kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." -- Matthew 5:21, 22

Halfway through February and it's still cold. Oh yes, we still have March, volatile March. But actually, I think mornings as it gets daylight, and it does much sooner, yay! Anyway, I think the air smells and feels "Springish." Yay! How sweet!

This past Saturday was rather unpleasant. It could have been a lot worse. It was in some places. I am really thankful we were spared of all that snow.

Friday evening as I was choring, I got this unsettled feeling. That is just what the weather seemed like, unsettled. I was wondering, fretting, actually, about going to work Saturday morning.

Also on my mind was the fact that our gas jugs were both empty. And I sure wasn't anxious to take our horse to the gas station on a Saturday. I just got the feeling I should call for a ride. So I did. I called brother-in-law Levi Miller for a ride and could he please bring the truck so I could get gas. He could and did. I will be forever grateful! The Lord does provide!

And Sunday we went to church! I was so glad for the opportunity. It was our in-between Sunday and we don't usually get to go. But daughter Rachel and Lloyd offered us a ride. Yes! It made our day! Again, God provided.

So now on this Tuesday as I write, I once again have to get my writing done early in the week as by Thursday, our plans are to go visit our daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, Cindy Miller in McLeansboro. We haven't been down there since she has been taking treatments for her cancer. My mom, my sisters, Barb and Louise, oh yes, Cindy is also a niece, our two daughters, Rachel and Jane and their daughters are going. I hope Cindy won't be overwhelmed.

Anyway, today was a really nice day, mostly sunny. I did laundry and hung all of it outside. Once again, I was ever so appreciative of my lines under the roof on the south side and my spinner.

As I was hanging up the stuff, the sun would come out from behind a cloud, then my "feel good" barometer would spike, then here comes the cloud, my barometer would plummet. It wore me out!

But the laundry dried wonderfully and smelled so fresh! Umm! I love it!

Now if I could just get rid of that little old lady that seems to have taken up residence with us again.

I believe she took my RoseLen's gift card. I absolutely can not find it anywhere. I had only used it once for a doughnut and coffee. Now it's gone.

She's probably using it and eating all the doughnuts. No wonder when she gets between me and the mirror all I see is her wrinkly face and wide hips!

She also lost another paper I was copying. But she might have felt guilty about that because I did find it after days and days of searching the waste baskets, drawers, you name it, I did find it in some obscure place. I thought I heard her chuckle when my mouth fell open in astonishment! (Not!)

And another thing, I believe she hid in the buggy one morning and turned off the heater instead of the lights. I never turn off the heater until I get home. But one morning when I got home, I reached down to turn it off and it was off! I have no recollection of turning it off!

Then there was another incident. I had a slip of paper that was a reminder to send some money to the benefit of Dennis and Clara Miller to help with expenses. I couldn't find the paper. I couldn't remember did I send the money or not. So I sent some more just in case. I blame that little old lady. This stuff all happened in one week. Am I losing my mind or just my memory?

Someone once told me of something I could take for the improvement of my memory but I forgot what it was! Am I losing my memory? Oh yes, I already asked that! I forgot!

In closing: Discontentment makes rich men poor while contentment makes poor men rich.

For a cold winter evening, try this soup. A grilled cheese sandwich goes well with it.

Tomato Soup

1 medium onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. butter

2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cans tomato soup, undiluted

1 1/2 cups milk

1 Tsp. sugar

1/8 Tsp. garlic powder

1 Tsp. basil

1/2 Tsp. paprika

1 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese

Saute onion in butter. Stir in tomatoes, soup, sugar, seasonings and milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted.

Tip: To keep milk from curdling when you prepare tomato soup, add the soup stock to the milk instead of the milk to the stock.

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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