"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21:34, 35, 36.

What started out as a most beautifully clear morning on this Tuesday, has now given over to clouds. The early morning was absolutely beautiful. The sliver of moon was crystal clear and so bright. It was chilly, sweatshirt weather, although by now, I believe I can shed my sweatshirt.

Yesterday (Monday), early, it actually looked stormy, gloomy, matched my mood, somewhat. For some reason again, my get up and go got up and left with no forwarding address.

MY AMISH HOME: Dishes and detours and dishes

I had to whine, cajole, threaten (I don't know what!) to get my body moving. Oh, I got my things done, but it seemed to take a great effort.

Anyway, the weather cleared and I decided to do my laundry. I had a bunch! And somehow as the sky cleared off to a brilliant blue, the clouds of my being vanished.

We had a decent and tasty lunch, thanks to sis Ferne, she had brought out some leftovers!

I didn't do the dishes right away, in spite of the lecturing I gave myself. I had some mail to get ready. After that was done and the laundry taken care of, I did the dishes. It was amazing how much better I felt! I went outside with the intentions of tending my flowerbeds, it was already kind of late in the afternoon. I walked into the barn and the mowing spirit grabbed me. I first emptied the wheelbarrow of it's contents of an accumulation of Diamond's waste and stirred the compost pile. Then I wheeled out my mower. Those pesky pigeons! They had almost covered the mower with their "waste"! What a mess!

But anyway, I did get some mowing done before it was time to go get supper made. After supper I just had to go mow for a while. Then I decided to leave some of the fun for today.

I think maybe things might settle down to a more doable routine. Vacation is past, we don't have anymore wedding invitations, our Rudy Otto family reunion is now history.

We had that Saturday afternoon and evening with a pretty good attendance. Although not even half of the Rudy Otto descendants were there. But I bet we had enough food for them! Oh my! So much food! There was no way one could taste everything!

None of the Marvin Helmuth family was present. Marvin is still in the hospital. He is getting better. He is dealing with sepsis at this point. They are hoping to take him home as soon as this sepsis is taken care of. It has been at least two months since he has been home.

Sadly though, he can't walk and even sit without support. So the family needs a wheel chair ramp built, they need a hospital bed and a lift.

Some of you readers may know them as "Sarah's Home Cooking". Unfortunately she will not be doing that. It was their source of income.

If anyone feels moved to donate to their cause, it would be greatly appreciated. Their address is 1627 CR 1700 N Sullivan, IL 61951.

Husband Erwin's sister Martha and Andy Mast of Lebanon, Mo. came for the reunion. We had the privilege of going with them Sunday morning to visit Marvin at the hospital.

We then came back to sis Cora Otto's house for lunch. Sis Irene and Levi Miller joined us. We had a very delicious lunch and a very enjoyable afternoon.

In a few days my oldest sister will celebrate her milestone 70th birthday. Happy Birthday, Louise! Are we getting old or what? Well, anyway, she is!

In closing: it is a wise mother and father team who know when to oversee and when to overlook.

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How about this pumpkin recipe?

Spiced Pumpkin Swirled Cheesecake

2 cups crushed pecans

2 Tblsps. brown sugar

2 Tblsps. butter, melted

Prehead oven to 325 degrees. Place a greased 9-inch springform pan on a double thickness of foil. Wrap foil around pan. Combine pecans, brown sugar and melted butter and press into bottom of pan. Place pan on cooking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes. Cool.


3 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened

1 cup brown sugar, divided

3/4 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs, lightly beaten

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup brown sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs, beating just until blended.

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

In another bowl, combine pumpkin, spices and remaining brown sugar. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cream cheese mixture. To layer, pour 1 1/2 cups of the plain cream cheese mixture over crust. Gently spread 1 1/3 cups pumpkin mixture over top. Repeat layers. Cut through layers with a knife to swirl. Place springform pan in a large baking pan. Add 1 inch of water to large pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath and cool 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Serves 12 people.

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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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