"O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord, seek the Lord, and his strength; seek his face evermore.."

                                                                          Psalm 105: 1,2,3,4

What wonderful weather! Spring time! I've been anticipating it since December! Each season has its own beauty, but spring just surpasses them all, doesn't it? Everything is waking up. Of course it has its foibles, like mud, stinky, sloshy, muckity muck in the barnyard.

It isn't always pleasant to dry clothes outside in the spring. Last week one day when I did laundry, the neighbors were hauling manure. I had washed sheets and that night it smelled like we were bedding down with the cows! But, seriously, it really doesn't happen often.

I noticed today on my trip around the world, well, I didn't really go that far, but I did have a lengthy jog, going to Kuntry Treasures and Beachy's Bulk Foods, anyway, I noticed at least one garden sporting hot caps.

Our garden just hasn't been dry enough yet. I don't even have my seeds yet.

I also saw one yard that had been mowed. I haven't gotten that far yet either. Our yard definitely needs help.

I did notice something totally fascinating. We had rain during the night on Sunday night. Early Monday morning when I went out to chore, after a rain, we always have these icky night crawlers on the concrete by the barn. I mean they are there by the dozens and dozens. But then I was shining my headlamp on the grass so I wouldn't step in undesirables. The dogs have no mercy!

Then I noticed hundred of night crawlers, or are they earthworms? Is there a difference? Anyway maybe it wasn't hundreds but at any rate there were bunches of the shiny, slimy things going into the ground. Just all over, wherever I shined my light there they were slithering into the ground.

Yesterday (Monday) was a very nice day. First I had to write my community newsletter. Next on the agenda was what I really don't like but it has to be done and that was balancing the checkbook and paying bills. An acrobatic feat for me to make everything come out right.

Then I was free to go outside. I cleaned some muckity muck off the concrete on the north side of the barn and dumped that on the garden to be spread when it gets dry enough. I also turned over some of the compost pile. I could not stir it this winter, so I just did the best I could. As soon as it is dry enough I need to get that spread on the garden.

I even got some windows clean after I did my laundry. I put up some screens. Those went on dirty windows. I didn't have time to clean all the windows, but I did want to open some windows to get in some fresh air.

Maybe when I get this epistle done I can go out and start on my flower bed. I think the roses froze. Again! My day lilies need to be dug up and divided so I'll dig those out. I want to put edging around the bed. If I use blocks, I can basically do it by myself. I had wanted to use landscaping timbers, but then I'll have to cut those off for length and I couldn't do that. So maybe I'll just go with the blocks. Daughter Rachel has some she's not using and said I could use those.

Then if son-in-law Milton still has some extra dirt, some one of them can bring some dirt with the skid. So I should be in business, right?

This past Sunday we spent part of the day with granddaughter, Cynthia. Her husband, Richard, went to church. Little Jamin was not yet up to a whole day of church. So we went with Lloyd and Rachel, Galen and Lynetta, took lunch along and had an enjoyable day, visiting and cuddling our great-grandson. It just about doesn't seem real that we are great-grandparents.

In closing: Children are a great comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too.

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This recipe is something our dad used to make for us. If I remember right, it was often on a Saturday evening supper. We ate it warm with whipped cream. No whipped topping in those days.

Caramel Pudding


1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon butter

2-1/2 cups water

Mix together and heat until sugars are melted. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.


1 tablespoon butter, softened

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix together and drop by teaspoon in hot syrup and bake in 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. 

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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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