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"Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By truth and mercy iniquity is purged: and by fear of the Lord men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right."

                                                                          Proverbs 16: 5,6,7,8

Another cloudy, coolish day, after a very nice sunny day, two days of sun, as a matter of fact. Sunday was awesome. It was almost a shame to stay at home but that is where we were. Oh well, I suppose eventually the weather will settle. 

And maybe the garden will dry out so that I can plant. The neighbors across the road are hard at it in their produce patch, but our garden is just still too wet. If I were to till it, I would have hard lumps the rest of the season. 

Maybe if I would run the tiller just across the top to kind of break up the crust, it would help to dry out. 

But it's supposed to rain again. And then, again, maybe it won't. 

Anyway, I have lots of stuff to do in the house as we are getting ready to go to New York. We'll go by van with a taxi from our area. We'll go to Dale, Illinois, to pick up our daughter Cindy and Freeman Miller and family. 

With their family and us, we are loaded. But it's always fun traveling with the children. I always like to take travel games along.

It seems ironic that first we travel south then go north. But we have a bigger selection of taxi drivers in our area. Although you really have to be on the ball because a lot of them are booked way out. We were fortunate in getting one on short notice. 

Actually, Freeman and Cindy and four youngest children were at our house this past Saturday.

Freemans came for the visitation of a young woman, a former neighbor, who died of breast cancer. 

Regina Beth, Brian, Aaron Joel and Amy stayed with us. Brian got to mow our yard for the first time this season. I believe he came hoping he could do that. And I am so glad he got it done.

I didn't know what Regina and I would do. I finally decided on something kind of, well it didn't seem quite proper, but it was something we could do together and chat while we were doing it. 

She helped me with a throw that I am making for her graduation present. Kind of ironic, huh?

A.J. and Amy played with the toys. Then A.J. decided he wanted to play a game so we got out Candyland and had a hot game of that going. I am sure Regina's and my blood pressure sky-rocketed! We also played Chutes and Ladders. 

The competition was pretty stiff (chuckle)!

We, then, all of us, trekked up to Lloyds to see the tiny baby puppies. Yep! Aria, the spoiled Maltese, is now Mrs. Mama. She wasn't too sure what to make of all these strange faces, peering over her pen. She gave a couple of warning growls. I can hardly wait until they are big enough to toddle around.

Anyway, we had a very short but very enjoyable afternoon.

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When Freeman and Cindy got back, we had a quick supper of cold sandwiches, chips and pop.

So yes, we are looking forward to traveling with them to New York to see and cuddle our newest great-grandbaby, Alex. 

Speaking of cuddling babies, our neighbors, Lonnie and Hannah Brenneman have twin girls! Isn't that just super? They have another daughter, Maria. I believe she is four.

Our church district is seriously lacking in girls. It seems the boys about took over. I thought we should have more girls, but didn't think Hannah should do it all by herself! Just kidding Hannah! I am so happy for you!

On Good Friday, our daughter Rachel and Lloyd and their children (some of them) and we were at daughter Jane and Milton Yoders for a delicious lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs and family fun time.

After lunch I played a card game with Sherilyn and Lynetta. Sure wish we would do that more often! I so enjoyed it!

In closing: the older one gets, the earlier late becomes.

I tried this recipe and it is really good. Only as I was doing the dishes, I thought about it, I had forgotten to add the flour to the mixture! Oh well, it was still really good.

Baked Potato Wedges

1-1/2 cups flour

3 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1/2 teaspoon oregano

3 teaspoons parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon basil

3 medium potatoes, cut in wedges

1 stick butter, melted

Wash potatoes and cut in wedges. Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Put melted butter in another bowl. Dip potato wedges in melted butter then in flour mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until tender, about an hour. Very good with ketchup or ranch dip.  

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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