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"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, and the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we be ever with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”" -- 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, 17, 18

It’s November and we’ve turned our clocks back one hour. My inner clock has a hard time adjusting. Even though, seemingly I get up an hour later, my body still wants to go to bed at 7 p.m. This getting dark so early just takes me awhile to get used to. But, at least, the last few days have been really nice and sunny.

The snow and cold wind we had last week were enough for me. I was, like, okay enough now, I’m ready for spring. But I know better and I’ll try to do better. I really am working on my attitude.

MY AMISH HOME: Give up on the laundry already

I was really glad Saturday was so mild and sunny. The funeral for Mrs. Adlai Helmuth was on Saturday. I think it is just so much more comforting if the sun shines.

Husband Erwin has worked for the Helmuths for 23 years. It will be different not to have Edna around. She will be missed.

The funeral sermon was very interesting and thought provoking. One thing I really like was when the minister talked about the mother in the home and how she seemingly is the focal point in the home. Dads are very important too but to a child, when they come home from school or whatever, the question is, “Where’s Mom?” Well she may be out in the garden or wherever. “What do you want?” “Oh nothing.” They just want the comfort of knowing mom is there.

And for me, Sunday morning, I was the child, not asking for mom but I called on God.

When I went out to chore and let our horse in the barn, I saw that his halter snap was broken. I didn’t give it much thought. He went to his manger and started eating. I went over to a wall where several halters were hanging and to my dismay, they had broken snaps. All of a sudden I heard this commotion behind me. Diamond was tearing around, shaking his head and really scaring me. When he put his head in the manger and came back up, the broken snap caught on the knot of the tie rope. He couldn’t pull his head up very far and panicked. He just kept yanking and I couldn’t get the snap loose. When I tried to get him to slacken he just pulled harder. By then I was in a full blown panic and shaking like all get out. Had my teeth been dentures, I’m pretty sure they would have flown out. What will I do? Okay God, can you please help? And you know what? I reached up to get hold of Diamond’s head, he lowered it, I unhooked the snap and praise the Lord. He was free.

I don’t know how many times during the day that I thanked God.

Yesterday, Monday, was another nice, nice day, even if it was windy. I, of course had laundry to do but no problem. I just hung the stuff out under the roof on the south side. So nice. I don’t know why we didn’t do that right from the start. I did laundry again today just because it is a nice day and I could.

Yesterday I cleaned up the flower beds and got rid of the droopy frostbitten foliage and dug my flower bulbs. The thing of it is, when it gets too cold to leave them in the shed, what will I do with them? Oh well, I’ll find a place somewhere.

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Before I forget, in my October 25/30 column, the recipe for Easy Cinnamon Bread had listed in the ingredients for two teaspoons baking powder. It should have been baking soda. Sorry about that. I hope I didn’t cause any baking disaster through that.

In closing: What you hope to be like tomorrow depends on the choices you make today. 

Would you like a totally different side dish to serve with your next meal? Try this hot pineapple side dish.

Hot Pineapple Side Dish

1-20 ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits, undrained

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1/2 cup butter, melted

1-1/2 cups shredded cheese, divided

2 cups crushed Ritz crackers

Drain the pineapple juice and reserve 1/4 cup. Combine sugar, flour and one cup cheese. Cover the bottom of a grease baking dish with the pineapple. Spoon sugar, flour and cheese mixture over pineapple. Spread crushed Ritz crackers over the mixture and drizzle melted butter and 1/4 reserved juice over all. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.

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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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