Hitched to a star

Zack Hileman at the reins of an authentic Amish buggy in a photo filmed at Sugar Grove Nature Center for the National Geographic Series, "Amish: Out of Order." 

"The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of the fool is deceit. Fools make a mock of sin: but among the righteous there is favor. The heart knoweth his own bitterness; And a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. There is a way which seemeth right unto man; but the end thereof are the ways of death," — Proverbs 14:8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Oh my! Last week my column had a few goof-ups! It made me seem even more air-headed than ever! I realize I was stressed, but seriously! The birds were on the HIGH-lines, not 5 lines! Where the Z came in, I don't know! I like to do laundry. My inner child doesn't WINE! No one does at our house! Whine yes! But no wine! And sis Barb didn't come to get a ROOM, we don't have any to spare! She came to get our MOM!

That said, I'll move on. I believe my frazzled nerves have calmed somewhat. Things have kind of settled to a more normal routine.

But I tell you, two mornings in a row — Sunday and Monday — of not getting up over the top early was a treat! Of course, I don't anyway on Sunday. But Labor Day Monday, none of us had to go to work. What a rare treat! It was such a nice day, weather-wise and otherwise. I was really, really tempted to go to Arthur just to get us a pork chop on a stick. It was perfect biking weather, but I cancelled.

I decided to be selfish with my time. It isn't often that I get a whole day at home. I did my laundry then decided it's a good time to clean the buggy. Wow! That thing sparkled! Then I decided to do some trimming with the weed eater. That led to mowing the yard. What a good feeling! What a good day!

I figured I wouldn't have time the rest of the week, as our schedule looked quite full.

On this past Tuesday, husband Erwin had an appointment with his doctor. That took up the greater part of our afternoon.

I like to get my column written on Tuesday so I have the rest of the week free. But not so this week.

Now today, on this Wednesday, hubby had an appointment with his medical doctor. He has been dealing with cracked, dry, peeling skin on his finger and thumb. We tried numerous things, finally gave up and went to the doctor. Turns out it was eczema.

It was late lunch when we got home. So now I am laboring over my column. I need to get it done by Thursday morning.

I wonder if I could order in pizza for supper so I wouldn't have to cook.

This past weekend was kind of nice. All I had to do as far as meals was breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday morning the firemen has their pancake and sausage breakfast. So we joined the hungry throng for a late breakfast. Earlier we had just enough to swallow our pills. They served a record of 1722 people. It was good!

Saturday evening HCK had their annual Labor Day supper for the employees. A very delicious meal, made so much better because I didn't have to cook. Or clean up! Since we had a late breakfast we passed on lunch.

Sunday was church, so of course, we ate lunch there. Since it was at the neighbors we were invited back for supper. The really disappointing thing was grandson Robert and Marilyn Yoder came after we were ready to leave. They wanted supper. I don't know what I would have fixed, Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard was bare!

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They stayed long enough for little Zackrey to pull the books off the children's book shelf. I guess he's getting an early start on the reading thing.

Since my fiasco last week of pedaling past where I was supposed to be going, hubby kind of lost confidence in me.

The other day we had planned to go to town to do some errands after I pick him up at work. When I got there, he decided I can go by myself, he'll just go on working, as it shouldn't take me very long.

Well, as it happens, I had to wait whereever I went and it took a lot longer than we expected. And he figured after my stunt the other day, I just plain forgot. I just headed west out of town, forgetting to pick him up! I would never! He actually was going to call his sister to bring him home when he saw me coming.

In closing: Christians worth their salt make others thirsty for the Water of Life.

This recipe is easy and a fun meal for children to make:

Ham and Cheese Sticky Buns

6 buns, split (homemade or store bought)


Swiss cheese

Cream cheese

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

2 tbsp. finely minced onions

Spread inside of buns with cream cheese and stack with ham and cheese. Set sandwiches in a pie plate or cake pan. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over tops of buns. Cover with foil and bake at a low temperature until cheese melts.


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