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"He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but who so walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."

                                                                          Proverbs 28: 25,26,27

This is now the last day of April 2019. And we definitely have had April showers. I should have kept track of how many days in April we actually had all day sunshine. It almost makes me wonder if the April showers didn't drown the May flowers. 

I still haven't planted anything in the garden. I actually did go over the top with the tiller, figuring it would help it to dry out. Then the next day it rained. Again I believe it has rained some every day since. 

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

I did mow the yard. I haven't put on my Weed-n-Feed yet. I should actually go do that now while the grass is still wet. I haven't used the trimmer yet either. It's a new one and I kind of forgot how to operate it. Duh! I should have had granddaughter, Julia, show me how when she was here the other day, since she works at Power Plus. She would know. 

Right now, my priority is to get this missive done. It has to be done by this evening. Hopefully long before evening as I have a myriad of things to get done. We are getting ready to go to New York soon. Right now, getting laundry done is the biggest problem. Well, actually, getting it dry is the problem. I guess it will work out OK. Things usually do. 

My head is buzzing what with all the last-minute details to be taken care of. And yet, I'm practically bouncing off the walls with excitement or would it be stress?

Well, for right now it has brightened up and the walks are drying off. Maybe I can do laundry this afternoon.

Maybe while I do laundry, I can make lists of what we need to take along. On the first leg of our journey, we'll take our supper along to eat on the way so we can drive farther before stopping to sleep. 

So I want to take along something especially tasty, yet convenient for hubby to eat with one hand and not fattening for me! But you know, as far as I have found, tasty and non-fattening are not co-existing in food!

So for now, don't go away. I will return. It is time to go get hubby at work.

I'm back. It is after lunch and not raining. The clouds aren't as thick so it seems almost sunny. I did some laundry. Once again, I was ever so thankful for my lines under the roof on the south side.

Uh oh, here come the doggies. They heard the door open so they'll be wanting a treat. Mrs. Mama, the haughty Maltese, doesn't come as often as her little ones keep her plenty busy. 

Lloyd's have three Dachshunds. The only sameness they have is that they are all Dachshunds. Justice is very shy, polite and retiring, while Marley on the other hand is so opposite. Marley was sitting behind me when I was telling Rachel this. Marley is rambunctious and demanding, She loves racing beside me when I'm on the bike. She'll grab my dress tail or nip my heels. I happened to glance at Marley while I was talking. I just burst out laughing! She was pouting! Yes! She was hanging her head and pouting! It was hilarious. I apologized to her for hurting her feelings.

Well, I am now going to try and organize my things to pack, check my lists, my head is buzzing and pinging! So much yet to do. 

In closing: Digging for facts is a lot better exercise than jumping to conclusions. 

For those who like rhubarb, my husband doesn't, you miightlike this cake. 

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Sour Cream Rhubarb Crumb Cake

1-1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter, softened

3 eggs

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

2-3/4 cups flour

3 cups diced fresh rhubarb, tossed with 1/4 cup flour

Mix and stir in rhubarb last. Spread on to a greased cookie sheet. 

Topping: 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cold butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir together until crumbly. Put on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 2 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. After baked, drizzle with glaze made with powdered sugar and water. 

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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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