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"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

                                                                          John 15: 1,2,3,4

On this Wednesday afternoon it is actually sunny. Most of the day the sun was playing hide-and-seek with the clouds. It is very warm, but also very windy. I did some laundry. In a span of two hours I had washed and dried and put away the laundry. I didn't have much but it dried super fast. There is rain in the forecast but maybe it will hold off for awhile. We did have a couple of days of straight sunshine. 

But not enough yet to dry the garden enough so that I can plant. I must be the very last one in the community to plant my garden. I, once again, took the tiller over the top. A few inches down I can still make a mud ball. So if I till deep enough to plant, well I'll have hard clods all season. 

We got home from our New York trip Monday morning around 4:45 a.m. Hubby crashed out on his recliner. I went right to cleaning out bags and baggage. I had a ton of laundry to do. I was so glad for the absolutely awesome day!

It was sunny, warm and not much wind. 

We had a lot of stuff. It was good we could take a trailer. It also took a lot of baggage for Freeman family. The boys took along chore clothes as Mikel is a dairy farmer. 

They also took air mattresses, bedding, towels, etc. Mikels have a huge upstairs, it could easily accommodate us, having two bathrooms and several bedrooms. But Mikels are basically newlyweds and are starting up as dairy farmers so they haven't been able to furnish the upstairs. And really, it hasn't been necessary.

Little Alex sure got his share of attention and cuddling. He cried at times but he also did a lot of smiling. The boys would say they want to hold him while he is not howling!

We had a very enjoyable time. We should have taken food along, as much as we ate. But it was Mary Lorene's fault we ate so much. She made so many delicious things and we drank gallons of coffee. 

Saturday evening we celebrated Aaron Joel's fifth birthday. Mary Lorene and Margaret had made a cake and decorated it. It had a railroad track on it, an engine and car made out of Swiss rolls. It was really neat! Aaron Joel was really tickled. We asked him if he wants ice cream with his cake. No, he wanted just plain milk. OK, it's his birthday after all. 

We gave him a small fork lift with a pallet. The rear wheels didn't seem to turn. Brian, 12, was examining it to see if he could find the problem. All of a sudden lights were flashing and it made motor noises. He was so surprised, he almost dropped it. The expression on his face was priceless!

We started off Wednesday at 1 p.m., went to Dale, picked up Freeman's and family, then headed for New York. We had decided to take along our supper to eat on the way so we could drive farther before stopping to sleep. Aaron Joel was in the back seat. After we were eating, a little voice came from the back "Is this organic cheese on my sandwich?" What does Aaron Joel know about organic? We all burst out laughing. He is a character and listens way too much to his big brothers. 

We had a very enjoyable trip both ways. On the way home the big children sang and sang. I played Toss-Up and Hangman with Brian and also the alphabet game until dark.

Things had been popping while we were gone. Lloyds had two dogs that had puppies and their one driving mare had a colt. 

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Well, I guess it is a filly. One dog had two puppies and the other three, but I don't think the one puppy lived. We went up to see the new arrivals, then I had to also check on Mrs. Mama Aria. She had three puppies awhile back. I looked into her pen and did a double take. What is she doing with a black puppy? She is a foster mother. One of the other dogs didn't want that one. So Lloyds offered it to Aria and she accepted it. Her own are all white, fat and roly-poly.

In closing: An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick with a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him. 

Here is a different recipe for you to try if you are tired of same old scrambled eggs. 

Scrambled Eggs with Vanilla Sauce

4 eggs

Sauce: 

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon clear gelatin

1 teaspoon flour

pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan combine sugar, clear gelatin, flour, salt, egg yolk and milk. Stir with a whisk until well blended. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking until slightly thick. Set aside. Put one teaspoon butter in a skillet, melt butter and add eggs. Fry and scramble until golden brown Pour vanilla sauce over eggs. Serve with bacon sausage links or fresh fruit. Note: Vanilla sauce is also good served over fresh fruit, hot or cold. 

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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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