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"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight way forgetteth what manner of man he was." -- James 1: 21, 22, 23, 24

Happy and blessed New Year to one and all! I decided to get my writing out of the way today. If the weather is to my liking tomorrow (Wed.) I have some errands I need to do. I may do them after I am done cleaning and before I pick up hubby. He doesn't like to bounce all over the countryside in a buggy. It makes him too tired.

This morning when I got up, I thanked the Lord for the new year, the new day and as I hung up the calendars, I always have way too many, I thought about all of our blessings we've had in the past year. Just like the calendars, way too many, only I could count the calendars, but not my blessings, there were too many.

Then there are those families who enter the new year without a loved one and possibly feel sad and maybe burdened, but praise God, He will help carry it, if we let Him.

Today on this first day of the new year, it is a cloudy, gray day. Not really cold, just damp and dreary. I didn't have to leave this morning and I really was looking forward to getting an early start with the laundry and hanging everything outside.

I did start fairly early, but it was misty so everything got hung up inside. I don't believe it is misting anymore, but I'm not in the mood to hang the stuff out. The air does not feel like it has drying qualities.

Anyway, my feet protested at the extra walking. For some reason they really, really hurt. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being fiery, they are a 30!

I told myself, I need to clean up my diet, stay away from sugar, white flour, you know...at that tastes good.

But guess what? I plan to make waffles for lunch. When Miltons butchered, they also did a pig. They made some "liver wurst." Don't ask how it is made or what does in it, I may not want to know! Maybe that's why hubby won't eat it! Growing up, his dad had Otto's Butcher Shop.

Anyway, Miltons have us some and I like it with waffles or pancakes and eggs. Erwin doesn't like eggs with his pancakes or waffles either, so I guess he'll just have to eat a waffle solo.

Anyway, the diet...I've almost caught the bandwagon but haven't managed to jump on yet. But maybe once we get back in the regular routine and the holiday leftovers are gone.

We had our Plank family Christmas dinner at sis Louise and Dale Kauffmans on Sunday. Louise had made way too many potatoes. I took some of the leftovers home. We like potato cakes with eggs and tomato gravy. I've got to do it before getting on the bandwagon because that is definitely not on my diet.

I had taken fruit pizza and Ritz cracker pudding, so we need to eat those leftovers. You know, all things considering, is there ever a good time for a diet?

But I really want my feet to quit hurting before the spring work begins. Regardless how discouraged I am in the fall with the garden, come spring, I'm ready to go at it again. I love working in the garden and mowing yard. Yes! I definitely want my feet to quit hurting.

But for now, I still have some winter projects, one being maybe cleaning out some neglected corners to see if I can decide where the critter came from that was in the bathroom the other morning.

It was beyond creepy! I was still bleary-eyed with sleep when I spotted this dark blob in the toe space of the vanity. I peered at it kind of near-sightedly. Suddenly my eyes flew open, you could almost year my eyelids flop open. It was a huge, and I'm saying huge, spider! I stomped on it with my flip, then I had these minuscule dots skittering all over. Not taking time to think, I just grabbed some Kleenex and with both hands just swept them all together and flushed everything! Shudder! I have seriously never seen the likes. So creepy!

In closing: A new year lies before us, like a crust of new fallen snow, let's be careful how we treat it, for every step will show.

Recipe, anyone? Who's hungry? Well, let's have this dessert!

Reese's Dessert

CRUST:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup flour

1/2 cup nuts, chopped

FILLING:

1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

2 cups whipped topping

PUDDING:

1-3 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding

1-3 oz. pk instant chocolate pudding

3 cups milk

TOPPING:

1 1/2 cup whipped topping

Reese's peanut butter cups (tiny ones can be bought at Shady Crest or Beachy's)

CRUST: Combine the flour, butter and nuts; put in a nine-inch by 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool.

FILLING: Combine the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.

PUDDING: Mix together the milk and pudding. Spread over filling.

TOPPING: Top with whipped topping and Reese's peanut butter cups.

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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