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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Apr 5th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, April 8, 2002

Today I feel like the wind, going fast, in every direction and don't know where Iíve been or where Iím going. Did you ever have days like that? Sometimes I complain about all the things I have to do, and yet most things make me feel good to think Iím able to do them. I hate to hear people say they donít know what to do and the best medicine for that is to have a hobby. I love to cut out quilt blocks and sew, put my puzzles together (100 piece ones). I now have 89 puzzles on hand, ready when I want to, and if I get sleepy, Iíve got the most comfortable bed in the world and a little nap doesnít hurt anyone. One of the best things to do (and is so rewarding) is to read the Bible, the greatest book ever written. Donít forget to visit the shut-ins and the nursing home. Thank God for being busy; wind or no wind, IĎve got a lot to do today.
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Chuckle

Little Johnny was in one of his very bad and disobedient moods. In answer to his motherís plea to behave himself he said, ďGive me a nickel and Iíll be goodĒ. ďGive you a nickel!Ē she scolded. ďWhy, Johnny, you shouldnít be good for a nickel, you should be good for nothing, like your father.Ē
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Ole is trying a new diet. He is only supposed to eat when Lena isnít talking. He lost 10 pounds - just in the first week.
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The only thing most of us ever get on a silver platter - is tarnish.
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Remember when there were horseless carriages and divorceless marriages.
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Donít just put in a day -
Put something into your day.
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What a good world this would be if we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings.
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You Canít Win
While shoveling snow I murmured
ďIn time this, too will pass.Ē
But after spring has had her fling,
Itís time to mow the grass
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The Anatomy of a Farmer

Ever wonder how a medical textbook would describe a farmer? Here are a few ideas from readers:
Top of head - always wears hat to ease pain when beating head against wall.
Inside of head - works like a computer when figuring profits and losses.
Shoulders - both broad. Left shoulder slightly lower than right shoulder for looking back at past mistakes.
Hands - right hand highly developed from daily chores, left hand slightly underdeveloped from crossing fingers.
Knees - callused from praying for rain - re-callused from praying for rain to stop.
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Please Spray for Me

Modern living is too complex
spray cans alone defeat me.
I sprayed the tables with starch today,
Squirted the roses with underarm spray-
Room deodorant on the carís chrome,
and under arms, the rug cleaning foam.
That Iím in trouble, itís plain to see,
as I spray my hair with DDT!
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Rhubarb Crunch

4 cups diced rhubarb
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry gelatin (dry)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 two layer size yellow cake mix
1 cup water

Combine rhubarb, marshmallows, gelatin and sugar. Spread in bottom of greased 9x13 baking pan. Combine melted butter and cake mix. Sprinkle on top of rhubarb mixture. Pour the cup of water over all. Bake at 350ļ for 1 hour.

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