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"I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every many according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leavel them int he midst of hsi days, and at his end shall be a fool." Jeremiah 17: 10,11

It is cold, cold, cold! Frigidly cold and windy! It has been a long time since we have had a winter quite like this. Will we ever appreciate Spring when it gets here! I just want to stay inside with hot coffee, a good book and a warm, fuzzy blanket. But what about our jobs?

I can send hubby to work in the worker van, but me, I don't have that option. 

According to the paper, this cold spell could last until mid-March. Oh my! But, what say, we do one day at a time, take what comes and make the best of it, okay? This is me I'm talking to!

Today, on this Tuesday as I write, grandson Galen is doing the honors of taking the horse to his shoeing appointment. I goofed and overbooked. Last week husband Erwin had a chiropractic appointment. Because of workday being the same day, I rescheduled and made it for today, forgetting about Diamond's appointment. But since Galen didn't have to work at his other job, he bailed me out. Again. Thank you, Galen!

Last week, on Thursday, we had workday at daughter Rachel's house. I commented that if it wouldn't be for my papers that I need to get to the library, I would send hubby with the worker van. So Rachel told me that Galen doesn't have work that day and he can take them. Good! Then I happened to think that our one gas jug is empty. Maybe he could get gas for us. 

Well, he would but he doesn't know how to operate the gas pump. I didn't either for a long time. Galen figured since he has to meet his brother-in-law Richard Chupp anyway, Richard can probably help him. Turns out Richard doesn't know either. Is there a book for "Gas Pump Dummies"? Anyway someone next to them showed them how. We are so glad for helpful people!

You know, I feel  I could actually enjoy winter if it weren't for our jobs. Or, at least mine. Erwin could go with the worker van. Well in all reality, it is our unstable horse that is the most problem.

We have food enough, maybe not always what we prefer, as in snacks, or chocolates! I can do laundry without going outside except to get the generator going. Our pipes don't freeze. Or haven't yet. 

Sometimes I wonder how we survived way back in the late 70's, early 80's. In the early 80's it was below zero for two weeks. We had frozen pipes and drains, we lived in a dumpy, drafty trailer. 

In the 70's, I had three little girls in diapers, no pampers then! I couldn't do laundry at home. Neighbor and brother-in-law Marvin Helmuth came across the fields with a team of work horses and rack wagon, got the laundry and took it home so Sarah Ann could wash it. Then he brought it back the same way. 

I can't even remember having any anxiety issues about it. Must be I was too young and dumb. Now I get anxiety attacks, nervous stomach and what not all. One thing, back then we had good horses, although a mite slow, but they didn't go crazy at the least little thing. Sure wish we had one of those now!

Granddaughter Julia had to come to our house to do their laundry yesterday (Monday). Daughter Jane and Milton Yoder had gone to a funeral in Bloomfield, Iowa. They left Sunday morning. Then of course, that's the time for things to go haywire. The water heater went kaput!

Poor Julia, she had her hands full what with getting workers off, school children ready, then yet they had a water leak. They kept mopping water until finally Lucas thought to shut off the hot water. That took care of the leak. 

Then Julia was filling a kettle to heat water and because of multi-tasking, that thing overflowed. 

I guess by the time Mom and Dad came home, a new water heater was installed. So probably, all's well that ends well. 

In closing -- the flowers of Christian grace grow only under the shade of the cross and the root of them all is humility. 

Do you want something special for your favorite valentine? Try these Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls.

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

1 package red velvet cake mix (regular size)

2-1/2 to 3 cups flour

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

1-1/4 cups warm water (120 to 130 degrees)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup butter, melted

Combine cake mix, one cup flour and yeast. Add water; beat on medium speed two minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6 to 8 times. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about two hours.  In another bowl mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Punch down the dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into an 18-by-10-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter to within 1/4-inch of the edges. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut crosswise into 12 slices. Place in a greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until puffed and light brown, 15 to 20 minutes. 

Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 to 5 tablespoons 2 percent milk

Beat powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over warm rolls. 

Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter

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