"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."  -- Galatians 5:19, 20, 21

It looks like maybe on this Wednesday afternoon, as I write, that it might rain. I thought I heard the distant rumble of thunder. And right now, it feels like it would be a good time to have a summer thunderstorm, a mild one, of course.

Another reason that I wish it would rain is so I wouldn't have to water my flowers. I watered some this morning. Our friends, Ken and Mona Hunter, brought us a pot of miniature Amaryllis. I watered those. They get very thirsty. Also, I transplanted one of my mom's miniature roses. It's a beautiful peach when it blooms. It looks kind of puny, so I planted it in one of my flower beds. I'll see if I can coax some life into it.

I seriously trimmed down two of my other rose bushes. They were so unsightly gangly. I really pruned those things and hoped they wouldn't die. But both of them are sporting lots of new growth.

My flowers all need some TLC, as does the garden, but...our Plank reunion is coming up and the memory quilt is not done! But I'll get there, I will, only so far this week I have put in very few stitches.

Monday forenoon, of course, I had a community newsletter to write. And my mail stuff to get ready. The forecast was for thunderstorms Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. So after we got home from work, I decide to do my laundry. And since it was so very nice, I decide to mow the yard. Last week I mowed part of it, then Monday I mowed the whole thing. And by now, it looks like I should go at it again, either Thursday or Friday.

I felt pretty good about my Monday. I even got our digital rain gauge set up. Quite an accomplishment for this technology-impaired person.

Actually, I didn't do my mail until Tuesday. After I had done that, I was going to work on the quilt. Then I happened to think about the roaches I had seen early that morning. I knew the infestation was reaching a high.

Several years ago our fridge needed worked on, so we got a loaner. Unknown to the fridge guy, roaches had taken up residence in that fridge. I've been battling them ever since. Every time I thought I won the war, I realized it was just a skirmish. They had only gone for reinforcements. I'd clean and spray and repeat. This time I really declared war! I went to Oye's Hardware and asked for something really effective. They gave me Boric Acid powder. I cleaned all my cabinets, spread that powder where ever I could. I also used some spray. I wiped out the drawers with Conklin Sanox. So now, we'll see who won the war. What if I didn't? I'll probably cry! Those things are the nastiest critters!

It took me all afternoon until suppertime. I figured I could work on my quilt after supper. I was in for a surprise! The Plank reunion planning committee met at our house. I had forgotten!

Apparently someone else also forgot. Lester and Mary Miller never showed up. So Adlai and Irene Gingerich, their daughter Linda and Bob Hochstetler and we did the planning. It was mostly just to take inventory of how many from out of state plan to come and also the ones from around here. The younger generation isn't much for reunions.

We needed to decide about how much food needs to be fixed, as we are making the hot food. Also we are planning a campfire stew for Friday evening supper. The reunion will be on Saturday. Personally, I'd rather miss the reunion than the Friday evening campfire.

I just hope enough people come that want to buy the quilt. But then, who wants to buy a half finished quilt.

Well, I certainly hope I'll have it done. But probably not way ahead of schedule like I imagined. Too many things going on and interfering. 

I may have a couple of hours left today after I get this done.

I do believe I have to water my flowers. It doesn't look much like rain any more.

I keep thinking of my brother-in-law, Elmer Gingerich. He had hip surgery today. I had a message from Barb when he was in recovery. The surgery went well. I don't know how long he'll be in the hospital or what about therapy. I just hope it will heal well and he can once again be free of pain.

In closing: Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college, that is all you can afford. When you are in retirement, that is all you can afford.

How about making some corn relish to can.

Corn Relish

6 pints sweet corn, cut from the cob

2 Tbsp. salt

3 diced onions

1 stalk celery, diced

2 cups white sugar

1 pint vinegar

4 peppers, red and green, diced

1 Tsp. mustard seed

1 pint water

Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel kettle, bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Pack into hot sterilized jars and seal. Let cool completely.

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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