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"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." -- 2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 3

Ahh! A warm, windy November afternoon. It is overcast. It was sunny earlier. Right now, at this writing, it is actually 56 degrees. When it gets cold, it will be so tough for me. I am such a warm weather person. I just really love this mild weather.

I am once again in a time crunch and my deadlines are looming ever nearer. I really should be doing laundry and taking advantage of the sunshine, but this also needs to be done. I won't be going into town on Thursday morning which is usually my time to drop off my papers at the library.

I did finally get granddaughter Mary Lorene's quilt done. Talk about last minute, it was yesterday (Monday) afternoon. All I can say -- I'm glad it is done. I really almost hate to give it to her. It definitely is not the neatest quilt ever. But it was made with love. Will that make up for it?

By the time this gets in the paper, our family Christmas will be history.

Our plans are to go with sis Louise and Dale Kauffman on Wednesday morning to pick up the Yutzys, Mikel and Mary Lorene. They are flying from New York to St. Louis. So I can't expect to get a whole lot of stuff done. I do hope I'll have time to make some candy. Since it is our Christmas gathering, we will need to have some.

We'll have brunch. I'm supposed to take doughnuts. They will be day-old, as Yoder's isn't open on Thursday. I'll have to pick them up Wednesday. But that's okay. Yoder's day-old doughnuts are better than most other fresh ones.

This past Saturday we Otto siblings had our Christmas dinner. We have to have it early because some go to Florida soon after Thanksgiving. Or maybe even before.

A comment was made about the amount of food. It sure doesn't take nearly as much as it used to. We are all 65 or over except for Martha. She is only 62. Her hubby Andy is still a spring chick at 58.

We are all old and more health conscience, so there is less rich (good!) food and a lot less candy. So sad!

But it is still enjoyable and tricks are still being played by the younger set on the oldies.

We had our dinner at sis Anna Beachy's house. Two of her daughters, Katie and Menno Ray, Esther Fern and Larry, grandchildren Mattie, Kevin and Regina served us.

After lunch we were still sitting around the table, doing what we do best, drinking coffee and yakking. I got up to stretch my legs and happened to glance down at my nearly empty coffee cup. And let out a shriek! What! At first I thought it looked like someones false teeth were in the bottom of my cup, then I thought it was a big wad of pink gum! Eeewww! Gross! I was gagging and having a fit, then I saw the guilty one. Esther Fern was almost falling off her chair, she was laughing so hard. It was a wad of rubber gum!

Much later -- brought hubby home, laundry is on the line, flapping merrily in the breeze, a turkey that we got from HCK is baked and partly eaten, the rest goes in the fridge for now. The house is a mess, dirty dishes on the sink -- where is a maid when you need one?

In closing: We are not really what we think we are, but what we think, that's what we are.

Coffee break, anyone? Maybe we should try these coffee bars.

Coffee Bars

2 2/3 cups brown sugar

3 cups flour

1 cup cooking oil

1 cup warm coffee

2 eggs, beaten

1 Tsp. salt

1 Tsp. vanilla

1 Tsp. baking soda

1 cup nuts, chopped

Topping:

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix everything in a bowl and beat well. Pour into a greased 11-inch by 15-inch jelly roll pan and top with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Optional: Very good drizzled with coffee glaze on top after baking. Mix confectioners' sugar and a little bit of warm coffee to make a drizzle.

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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