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"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

                                                                          1 John 1: 8,9,10

Oh my! Are we having nice weather or what?! It is so nice to have winter as only a distant memory now. It seemed so long and tough, but we did survive in spite of it. And thinking back, it really wasn't so bad. Just the nerve wracking times when I thought I might encounter a snowplow on the road. Or the slushy roads that created too much noise for our horse to tolerate. 

According to what mood he was in! Do horses have moods?

And now that it is getting warmer, I am realizing all the little or not so little jobs I have to do. I really would like to get the windows cleaned. I'll probably need a scraper to scrape off the winter film and grime. Hubby remarked yesterday that it is about time to put the window screens back on. 

I really wanted to take the mower over the yard. I thought it would help get rid of some of the dead grass and look better, but I talked myself out of it, figuring the neighbors would think I was a little "off." They probably do anyway, I just didn't want to give them proof!

I figured I'd better be getting my monthly soil conditioner on the garden. Then the hose leaked so bad, it wouldn't spray properly. I tried fixing it with plastic wrap and duct tape. Didn't work. I guess I'll have to get a new hose. I believe I'll just get a new reel too, while I'm at it. The one I have is broken. Each summer I'd think I'll get a new one, but each summer I limped along with leaky hoses and a broken down reel. 

This past Friday was so mild, I decided to do my one cleaning job Friday evening. I was going to bike but then it started to rain. Oh well, we'll just use the buggy. But then it quit raining so I biked after all. And yes, when I was ready to go home, it was raining, not a lot, just sort of a slow drizzle. Saturday morning I planned to bike. I wanted to go quite early so I have a longer day at home. 

When I went out to chore it was raining. Not a lot, I figured it would be OK, but a little later on it was raining more. So I decided I'd better call brother-in-law Levi. But not until later. It was too early. 

When I went to call, it had quit raining, but the wind had come up and it had cooled off from 58 degrees to 46 degrees. I hesitated, then decided I'd better just call. Was I ever glad I did! When I was ready to come home, it was a torrential downpour. Sis Cora brought me home. I was so thankful!

One of these days the weather will settle and I can bike again.

Two of our granddaughters, Lynetta and Sherilyn, cousins, not sisters, paid us a visit Monday afternoon. I like to think they wanted to see us. Lynetta wanted to borrow some sour cream, of which I didn't have any. Sherilyn brought back some borrowed books. 

In reality, I think they wanted to check out my candy stash. They know I usually have some on the counter. Really, I do it for them!

I thought they had both left and I started over to my mom's part. Then I heard the door. I came back to see if they came in again. I asked Erwin if they hadn't left. He said they came back in for one more candy bar (the fun size)!

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I was working on my mom's atomic clock. It quit showing the outside temperature. I figured it needed new batteries. I messed around with it, changed batteries and finally got everything set right except it still won't show outside temperature. I wanted to throw the thing out the window! Do you suppose that would help?

It shows the forecast, like rain clouds or sunshine, just not the temperature. It had rain clouds. I wasn't really happy to see that. I wanted a few more days of dry and sunshine. Our barn lot is a stinky, muddy mess. The shed is filling up with manure. I guess if it gets too high for Diamond to stand in I'll have to get calves, then pigs, then chickens. Or maybe it will get cleaned out before that happens!

In closing: Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad and a soul that never loses faith in God.

We had a hot lunch Sunday in church and this is the recipe for the casserole that was served.  

Ham and Potato Casserole

Parsley potatoes:

2 quarts cubed red potatoes

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Mix seasonings together and pour over potatoes in a casserole dish. Amount is according to the size of your dish. Cover with sour cream then layer with pre-cooked ham chunks. Pour barbecue sauce over everything and cover with shredded cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until thoroughly heated throughout.

Options: Cook potatoes until partially soft, then add to the casserole or just bake them before making the casserole.

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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