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February 3, 2014

Amish cook beats winter chill with puzzles, waffles

It's 7:30 a.m. and another cold morning with the temperature in the single digits again. The wind chill has to be way below zero. I stepped out on the porch for a few seconds and the wind bit at my face. We are also getting more snow. What a crisp clean scene we have with a layer of freshly fallen snow on the ground.

My husband Joe left for work at 3:45 a.m. and daughter Elizabeth left at 5:15 a.m. When Elizabeth left, Joe's tracks out of the driveway were covered with new snow. Our house can be a bit of a challenge to heat when the wind chill is this cold. The propane gas lights really help heat the house, and we keep them on a little longer than usual. We ordered a "jacket" for our coal stove in the basement. It will go around the stove and has a door on it so we can control how much heat will stay in the basement. That way we can keep the basement warmer only on laundry days when we use the basement. I think that will help bring more heat up to the main part of the house, especially on cold windy days such as today.

Tomorrow I will go help make sub sandwiches for a benefit to help a young family with hospital bills from this community. The father was diagnosed with a rare cancer and has been getting treatments at the Mayo Clinic if I'm not mistaken. The mother has also had several different surgeries in the past year or two. They have two small children, and it is always rewarding to help with those need. May God help them through this trial in life and grant them the courage to face the unknown future. With God all things are possible.

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