"Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witness are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord." Psalm 27:11, 12, 13 14.
Where oh where is the sun when you need it? Monday forenoon was fairly nice, but by evening it was drizzling rain, turning into a full-fledged downpour. During the night we had a thunderstorm and lots of lightening. We got a little over 1 7/10 inches rain out of the deal.
Later on this Tuesday afternoon as I write, it actually brightened up a bit. The clouds parted occasionally to let the sun peek through. It was actually up to 70 degrees.
But now it's evening and the temperature dropped. It is really windy. We had another downpour, bringing almost 1/2 inch of rain.
I noticed it was getting really dark and thought I'd better go put my bike away and also chore before it storms.
I waited too long. I made it to the barn, it was already sprinkling but unleashed a downpour. I didn't want to stay in the barn, so I made a mad dash for the house. The rain was really cold and so wet!
I really do need sunshine. I can hardly function what with my SAD condition. When the sun peeked, I wanted to go out and stand in it. But that would have aggravated my skin cancer condition on my face. I can't win!
I did consider buying a UV light, but I couldn't find one in Wal-Mart. Sis Barb looked them up on her phone. They are kind of pricey. So tonight now I am also sneezing, coughing, and chilling. I guess it's either a bad cold coming on or the flu bug. I am taking infection purge and drinking lots of lemon tea. I was almost sloshing when I walked, so I let up on the tea. By Dose is all stobbed ub!
If I still feel so lousy tomorrow, I will get some Super Tonic and flu tea. I can't afford to be sick. I need to get the house cleaned as our daughter Rachel and Lloyd Yoder are having Church services next.
We had Communion on Good Friday. We have Communion twice a year. We missed last time as we were in New York to take in our granddaughter's wedding, so I was glad we could partake this time. It is important that we take of the bread and wine. The breaking of bread signifying Jesus's broken body on the cross. The wine, the blood He shed to cleanse us from our sins.
Of course, then we have the feet washing and the giving of alms. The feet washing is a humbling thing for us to bend over and wash our brother's (sister) feet. This is very important that we do this.
In John, Chapter 13, Jesus tells Peter if he doesn't let Jesus wash his feet Peter will have no part with him.
So we want to follow the example Jesus set for us and not just in feetwashing, but many other things.
This is now Wednesday afternoon as I finish. Winter has returned. It is so cold, cloudy, but I believe the wind has died somewhat. I am glad for that. But still not really any sun. According to the weather forecast in the paper, it is not supposed to get very warm for the rest of the week. And not even have much sun. I guess I will have to hibernate, or go to Florida.
I did have to go get that Super Tonic stuff. It better help. That stuff is so vile. It takes nasty to a whole new level. The ingredients are raw vinegar, horseradish, ginger, onions, garlic and hot peppers. You take a tablespoon hourly.
Right now I don't feel any worse, I'm just way tired. I guess my column is short because my brain is foggy.
In closing: No matter how old or experienced you are, you can always learn from a child.
Since I am hungry for chocolate cake, I'll use this recipe this week.
Decadent Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
1 Tblsp. plus 1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 Tsp. salt
2 cups mayonnaise
2 Tsps. vanilla
2 cups cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour 2 nine-inch round cake pans; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar cocoa, baking soda and salt; whisk to combine. Add mayonnaise, vanilla and water and beat until smooth. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks and allow to cool completely. You can use prepared chocolate frosting to spread between layers, top and sides. Or you can use the following Buttercream frosting.
3 Sticks butter, softened
4 Tsps. vanilla
6 Cups powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsps milk
Combine powdered sugar, butter and vanilla and 2 Tbsps milk in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated, increase speed to medium. Beat until thoroughly combined. Add more milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency.
Millie Otto of Arthur is a member of the Old Order Amish. Contact her by writing to 1584 CR 2000N, Arthur, IL 61911.