"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; For thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear his name."  -- Psalm 61:1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday evening and we could not ask for a nicer evening. It's not hot, humid or windy. It makes one want to go on a bike ride, take a walk or even just go visit a friend, of which I'll do neither as I am stuck behind my desk. Or maybe it's because I don't have any friends!

This is Tuesday evening as I write. My week is all messed up and really full. I just imagine Shady Crest will still call this week and tell me the cling peaches are in and I'll still have to can those.

I did one half bushel of green beans Monday afternoon. Last week I made 22 pints of tomato soup and also that many pints of salsa. It was fun. I love canning stuff. I believe when I've canned my peaches, that will be all I'll do except for later on in the fall/early winter, I'll probably do broth.

Every time I think I can go to work on granddaughter Mary Lorene's quilt, something else pops up.

I usually do my writing on Wednesday but this is Tuesday evening. I plan to do some errands tomorrow (Wed.). I asked sis Louise Kauffman to take us so we don't spend so much time on the road. It just takes too long with the horse and I am so short on time, it seems like.

On this Tuesday forenoon, we Otto women went to have coffee break with sis-in-law Irene Otto. She is recuperating from knee surgery. We also wanted to plan the menu for our reunion in Missouri. It is to be at sis Martha and Andy Masts' house. Sisters Annie Ellen Otto and Esther Mast weren't there. And since they weren't present, we put them on garbage and dirty dish clean-up detail. Not! Just kidding!

When I got home, I decided I had to do my laundry since I'll be gone a lot on Wednesday. I was thinking after laundry, I can go work on the quilt. Oh no! I forgot! I have to do my writing, at least some of it, so it will be ready Thursday morning.

This past weekend sure didn't turn out like I figured. I ended up going to the walk-in clinic in Mt. Zion Saturday evening. Friday afternoon while mowing, I scratched my leg on a cornstalk. By Saturday noon my leg was very much hurting, red swollen and hot. I called sis Barb and she said she'd take us. Elmer came along, too. And yes, the doc said I was starting with cellulitis.

I stayed home from church Sunday, much to my disappointment. I kept my leg propped most of the time. By Monday, it was some better.

Good morning to all! This is now Wednesday morning. I am waiting on sis Barb to take me back to the clinic. My leg still hurts, sort of like my whole leg, my ankle is swollen, so I'm going to have it checked out.

There go my plans for the day! I hate having my routine messed up! Ah, well!

I had to make several phone calls Tuesday evening. It was just getting dark when I was done, matter of fact, I was still leaving daughter Cindy a message when our outside motion light went on by the front door. I wondered what triggered it. When I went up the walks, right by the door sat a huge toad. Maybe it wasn't necessarily huge, but it was really big. He just sat there like he was waiting for someone to open the door so he could come on in.

After we were in bed, husband Erwin asked me if I'm sure he didn't come in when I opened the door. Of course he didn't! But then I felt like clobbering him, hubby, not the toad! I lay there doubting myself, imagining a toad hopping about. Hubby decided he (the toad, not him) could eat our roaches! Eeewww! Gross! Toads and roaches!

By the way, I got quite a bit of good tips on roach elimination. I am employing a couple of them. One was a recipe that I mixed up using Boric Acid powder. That slowed them down. But I was still seeing a few. Another was to use Combat Max. It is in a tube, like caulk. I applied that in places that I could not used the boric acid stuff. Now we shall see. I may win this war yet!

In closing: Happiness is like potato salad: when you share it with others, it's a picnic.

Want to add fiber to your diet? Try these yummy snacks.

Fiber Balls

1 1/2 cups honey

2 cups peanut butter

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup rice krispies

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup bran or wheat germ

1 cup raisins

1/2 Tsp. salt

1 cup chia seeds or chocolate chips (mini would be best to use)

Mix together the honey and peanut butter, then add the rest of the ingredients. You might want to decrease the amount of honey.

Use a cookie scoop to form the balls.

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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