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"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus saith unto him, Thou Shalt Love the Lord Thy God With All Thy Heart and With All Thy Soul, and With All Thy Mind. This is the first and great commandment. The second is like unto it, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself."

                                                                          Matthew 22: 36,37,38,39

For while we had sunshine and clear skies. Very briefly, it was almost a perfect summer day, not too windy, warm, it seemed so quiet and unhurried, quiet except for the occasional clop clop of a horse and buggy passing by. Yes, it seemed unhurried. Wishful thinking!

Yes. I have to hurry and get this written. Tomorrow is Ascension Day and we keep it as a holiday, so these papers must go to the library this evening. 

And, of course, I must do my cleaning job. We have no special plans for tomorrow, just be lazy. Maybe I'll borrow son-in-law Lloyd's grill and grill some chicken for lunch. But more than likely, I"ll be too lazy to go over there to do the grilling.

I just looked outside and one of the dogs is stretched out in the grass under the tree, snoozing. Ahh! The life! She is probably having doggy dreams. 

Maybe she is like the neighbor's dog that I saw today. It was chasing its tail and actually caught it, but you know what? I think he was so surprised, he didn't know what to do with it!

It is absolutely so quiet right now, such a glorious day. I am almost glad I have to sit in here writing. Otherwise I might go outside and shatter the quiet with my big old noisy mower. Oh well, it wouldn't matter anymore. I'm thinking maybe the neighbor boy got a new four wheeler. He's been bombing around, bellering up and down the road. No more quiet. But it does look like fun. 

MY AMISH HOME: Time to get your shoes rotated

I tell you, our front yard is a very good advertisement for Weed-n-Feed. you can tell it works by the stripes. Yes, I missed overlapping some areas. Then I was almost done and out of Weed-n-Feed I learned how to set my spreader. So some areas are also greener than others. 

I guess it really doesn't matter. We won't have any royal visitors anyway.

I still haven't got all my flowers planted. I kept my Mandevilla vine inside this winter. It looked kind of deadish but it actually has some green growth. Whether it will actually bloom is anyone's guess. 

I found two others pots stuck in the back of a closet with some dead, grassy looking stuff. My mind was a total blank (not unusual) on what this stuff is supposed to be. I took one pot out, cleaned it up and sort of poked beneath the surface. Oh yes! Now I know! Miniature Amaryylis, given to us by Ken and Mona Hunter, just a week or two before Ken died. 

I soaked that one pot real good and set it out. It is growing. I didn't set the other one out right away but I think it will grow. it looks quite promising. 

We had a really good day yesterday (Tuesday). Our granddaughters, Sherilyn, Andrea and Kaitlyn stayed with us while mom Jane took their sister to the doctor. She has knee problems. 

Grandaughter Lynette also came over for lunch. Sherilyn and Lynette are my part-time secretaries. They addressed some envelopes and made some copies for me. 

Andrea is also a good helper. She helps with the dishes. Kaitlyn also helps in her way. She makes me rest! I have to read books to her. That gets me off my feet and that makes my feet happy. 

And what really added to the day was that Mona Hunter and her daughter Kare dropped in for a visit. We were really glad to see them. We really appreciate when Karen, who is from New York, brings her mom.

It's been a year now that Ken died. We really miss him. He was an old-time with lots of good stories about back in the day before technology took away from socializing. 

I have to wonder about this generation and all their texting and face-timing (whatever that is). Would it be something like two timing?

Will they even know how to interact without a smartphone in their hand? 

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I guess we also are caught in the fact that we have voicemail and it is too easy to just leave a message instead of going to the neighbor and actually visit and tell them what you want. Guilty as charged! That's me too often!

In closing: Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.

Maybe you'd like these muffins for breakfast or coffee break.

Nutty Fruit Filled Muffins with Streusel Topping

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon slat

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

jam

Streusel topping: 

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix all ingredients until crumbly.

Prepare streusel topping and set aside. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, beat eggs with a fork. Stir in milk and butter. Add to flour mixture; stir just until blended. For muffins, fill greased pans about one-third full; top with jam. Add more batter to fill cups about two-third full. Sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  

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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