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"Be merciful to me, o God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and truth. "

                                                                          Psalm 57: 1,2,3

Ahh! May! A wonderful month if only it will warm up. If it gets really warm, no complaining! Or if it gets dry, do you hear? It is an awesomely beautiful day with a blue, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, barely any wind. I believe the spirea is about done blooming so maybe it will get warm now.  

It is a perfect day to be home and get the laundry done early. Our horse threw a shoe, well half of one. It was broken and yesterday, on the way home, part of it fell off. We almost didn't make it all the way home. I'm glad we were within a mile or two from home instead of 10 or more! Now he gets a vacation until we get another shoe put on. Hubby goes to work with the worker van. 

MY AMISH HOME: But who won the game of Candy Land?

I get to stay home. Yippee!

I started the laundry while the moon was hanging low in the western sky. It was such a beautiful morning. I could get used to this kind of schedule but it is only fleeting. 

I'm to take our horse to the neighbor Thursday morning so he can tack on a shoe. It will be OK until Diamond's shoeing appointment. But on the bright side, I can do do my cleaning in the evening then mornings I can stay home. One of Erwin's sisters brings him home then. So yea, it does give me a break. But in reality, I don't like to have my routine upset. I just like to be able to do my own thing in my own way and time and not bother someone else. 

Erwin has an appointment with his upper cranial doctor this afternoon. Sis Barb will take us then when we get home. I'll head back to town to do my cleaning job. 

I need to be home tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as granddaughter Kaitlyn is coming. Mom Jane is helping with wedding preparations for her hubby Milton's niece. 

This past Friday, four of the granddaughters were here as their parents went to a wedding. The children weren't invited, except the teens who had part in the wedding. 

The two oldest, Sherilyn and Lynetta, helped me out a lot. They addressed envelopes and did some of my copying. After being gone for several days, I got behind in a few things. I thought may I should just hire them as my secretaries this summer!

They also washed some screens. I was going to have them do it outside but it was just a bit too chilly so they did it in the utility room. 

Andrea was a big help, too. She helped me with the dishes. I enjoyed that. I just never have help with dishes. Little Kaitlyn helped, too, in her little four-year-old-fashion. 

It did warm up in the afternoon, so I washed some more screens and cleaned windows. Lynetta had to go home, as she had some chores of her own to get done. 

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Sherilyn had to go home as her teacher, Delores Graber had hired a driver to pick up all her pupils of this past school term to take them to her house for Friday afternoon, evening and Saturday morning. They had fun and games and good food to eat. Delores is not teaching next term, so this was her treat for the children. 

I finally got the Weed-n-Fred applied on our lawn. It rained Saturday afternoon. I thought about doing it in the rain. But again, I was afraid the neighbor would think for sure that I am a little off. But I have a hard time arranging my schedule for when the grass is wet. Monday morning we had a heavy dew, so when I got home from work, instead of my usual coffee, cereal and the paper, I just went right out and got it done. It wasn't really what I wanted to do, but I'm glad now that it is done. And the dandelions are really hanging their heads. Yes, we have a bumper crop!

Whew! I thought someone was in trouble. Barb just called and said she thinks she locked her keys in the car. But while she was talking to me she found them. I guess we'll make our appointment after all. 

In closing: Forget the faults of others by remembering your own.

With fresh strawberries available, you may want to make this pie. I think I'll try it when granddaughter, Kaitlyn, is here for lunch. Will a four-year-old like it? I'll let you know next week. 

Double Strawberry Yogurt Pie

2 cups fresh (or frozen) strawberries, quartered

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups strawberry yogurt

1 package unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

9-inch graham cracker crust

Cool whip

Sliced strawberries for garnish

Combine strawberries and sugar. Mash until chunky smooth. Add yogurt. Mix well. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in sauce pan. Let stand one minute. Heat over low heat until dissolved. Add to yogurt mixture. Stir well. Pour into crust. Refrigerate until firm (four hours). Garnish with topping and strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, use an extra 1-1/2 teaspoon gelatin.

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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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