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"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."  -- Matthew 24:29, 30

We finally got some rain. Combined showers from Sunday night and Monday night gave us almost 3/4 inch. I closed all the windows Sunday morning before we left for church. It looked like it just might rain. But then it didn't. We came home to a stuffy house. But I'd rather have it stuffy than soaked.

Grandson Galen finished cleaning off our garden. I still have beets out there that I want to can. I think I'll make pickled beets with some of them. Also I have some huge peppers. Whatever will I do with all of them? I have some really big red ones.

I still have the rest of this week and the next before I get my driver's license back. Well, I can drive, just not harness the horse or ride my bike. I will be so glad to get back into routine again.

But this way, I did get some much needed cleaning done. I can do light work, just not heavy lifting, mopping floors, cleaning windows or laundry.

For sometime now I was going to write about the roach war. I thought I had it conquered, then two mornings in a row I killed one in the bathroom. Not the same one! So I decided, it's time! I cleaned out the vanity, squirted Combat Max in the hole where the drain and water pipes come up and between the counter top and corner blocks. I haven't seen any since, so maybe?

I cleaned the bedroom closet. It was high time. That is something that can be so easily overlooked. If I don't know where to put something, it gets shoved in there. Or in the pantry. That's the next big job. But that will probably get put on hold until after our New York trip.

You know sometimes you do something so awfully awful, so embarrassing that you blush just thinking about it later even if you are all alone.

Well, that happened to daughter Rachel and me. We had to go get a copy of our birth certificates for the border crossing at Niagara Falls.

Rachel's was in Decatur courthouse. First off, we weren't sure where it was, so sis Barb punched in Macon County Courthouse. The GPS was going to send us to Tennessee! We didn't have time for that! Rachel had to be home by five.

Anyway, we got the proper address, went to the courthouse, they sent us across the street, across the parking lot, and it being Decatur, one way streets and all, it's difficult to get from here to there. Anyway, we drove around the block and parked sort of "over there" from the building. So Rachel and I get out and walk around to the front of a building. It was not the building!

We start to enter, a guy comes out, gives us a funny look, we go on in, look befuddled. He comes back in and asks if he can help us. We tell him what we want and he tells us we want the place "over there." Oh, help! No wonder he gave us a funny look. We had entered 101 Bar and Grille! Not a place for Amish women! We scattered, horrified, embarrassed beyond measure! Sis Barb and husband Erwin thought it was hilarious. Oh my! I'm blushing again! How awfully awful!

I think I'll sign off for tonight and go to bed. I wonder if I can sleep after that ordeal. Good night, all!

This is now Wednesday morning and what a beautiful morning! Although it does appear as if it might get humid. Whatever -- I don't care. I'll just go ahead with my day. I've got to get these papers done so sis Barb can take them to the library when she brings the laundry home. I may just see if I can go along. I need a few things in town. I know I was just in Wal-Mart yesterday, but I don't like their brand of ice cream and I really would like to have another watermelon before the season is past. I could go to the neighbors, but a watermelon is more than I am supposed to carry at this time.

In closing: Trust God when to simply trust Him seems the hardest thing to do.

Want to use up some summer squash? Make this recipe and serve it with a summer salad.

Yellow Squash Muffins

4 cups summer squash, cubed

1 1/2 cups water

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream

1/2 cup canola oil

2 Tsps. salt

2 Tsps. baking soda

3 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place squash in a small saucepan. Add water to cover squash and cook over medium-high heat until very soft, approximately 20 min. Do not drain. When slightly cooled, puree squash in blender. Beat eggs well; add sugar, yogurt, oil, baking soda and flour. Stir until well mixed. Stir in pureed squash. Bake in greased or lined muffin pan for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Yield: 24 muffins.

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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