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“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Bless be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.”

                                                                      Luke 6: 20, 21, 22

As we enter the month of July, I want to put on the brakes and say "Whoa!" The year is going much too fast. It is summer vacation time and that means all too soon summer will be history. But anyway, we are spending our vacation week in Conestoga, S.D., at the Ortman Clinic for treatments. 

It seems ironic, but years and years ago, my Grandpa Yutzy would go to South Dakota for treatments. It didn't register in my small mind what it was all about. And over the years, I would hear about people going to the Ortman Clinic. So now we are here. Actually, we've been coming several times now through the years.

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And anyway, vacation or not, some things must still be done, so I pack up my typewriter and merrily peck away at it in our motel room that we are sharing with some obnoxious flies. Or did until I invested in a fly swatter.

It is a good thing there is a neat little store right close. It has just about all the basic needs a person could want. Even the most delicious soft serve ice cream, and to me, that is a very basic need. 

It seemed like I had so many things to get done before we leave. But we did take time to go to Yoder's Kitchen on Saturday morning. The Otto siblings met for sister Irene Miller's milestone 70th birthday.

Sister Martha and Andy Mast of Missouri came for the event. I was surprised to see them, but was really glad. Although I didn't have much time to visit. I basically had to eat and run as I had my cleaning job to do. 

I guess Yoder's is a good place to meet and eat. We saw my sis, Barb Gingerich. I guess she was getting bored sitting at home since her knee surgery. She is getting along really well. I also chatted with niece Emily Gingerich. I hadn't seen her for a long time. 

Anyway, it was a good Saturday morning, even if I thought I didn't have time.

That's how things are sometimes. Like on Thursday. I thought I was so rushed trying to get last-minute things done before our trip. Then our horse had to throw a shoe. Oh, dear, what now? I called our horse shoer Larry. He wasn't home. His wife left me a message to just go to Ray Chupp. Ray is our neighbor and also shoes horses. But since he isn't our regular shoer, I hated to bother him. But I went up there and  he wasn't home either. His wife said maybe if he doesn't get home too late, maybe he can put a shoe on him. 

Then Larry leaves a message that, just possibly, he can get there yet before Mark and Ray leaves a message that if I have our horse there before 6 p.m. he can do it. So, OK, now what? Do I wait for Larry or go to Ray? I decided on the latter. Everything worked out great!

One must always (or should) leave room for the unexpected. Our daughter, Jane, had her routine a little messed up. She got a call that their son, Lavon, went to the emergency room. He was trimming a nailing flange on a window and his utility knife slipped and cut his wrist. 

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So she rearranged her day, called Milton at work and they went to the hospital. Lavon had to have surgery and stay overnight. It turned out to be a fairly minor thing, but could have been quite serious.

Big mama Justice, the Dachshund that has been waddling around, dragging her belly on the ground, delivered her puppies just before we left. She had five at the time we left. I was so worried about her. She is such a laid-back doggie. Lloyd's have three Dachshunds and they are all so different in personalities or would dogs have dogalities?

Her puppies are full blooded Dachshunds. Some of their puppies are a mix of terrier or even Chihuahua. 

In closing: God often digs wells of joy with the spade of sorrow. 

The recipe this week is what I used for our snack to much on for our trip.  

Most Delicious Pretzels

2 cups oil

1 cup sour cream and onion powder

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 pounds pretzels

Mix oil and seasonings together and pour over pretzels. Mix well. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring when halfway done. I used other snacks with the pretzels just didn't use as many pretzels.  

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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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