By Rosie Moore

After a long, hot summer, Autumn is finally here. How refreshing to feel cool breezes in the mornings and evenings. Here is what that famous Old Farmers Almanac predicts for the winter of 2017: Northeast–colder than normal and near normal snowfall. Southeast–mild with some snow. Sound familiar? I didn’t add any other regions because these are the ones where my relatives live. I read somewhere that we had twelve dense fogs in August and the person who gave that little piece of information wanted to know if that meant we will get twelve snowstorms this winter–surely not! I think I will ask Todd Howell, the WBIR weatherman about that.

Do you put relish on your hot dogs and hamburgers? If you don’t, you should, adds a delightful tang to them. And I have a delightful old recipe for making old-fashioned relish, handed down to me by a dear Mennonite friend. I know, there aren’t many relish makers out there but there might be one or two who would like to follow this recipe.

Grind in food chopper:

16 large peppers

16 large onions

1 peck green tomatoes

Add boiling water and boil 20 minutes.

Then add:

1 pt. prepared mustard

5 pts. sugar

1 quart vinegar

6 tsps. corn starch. Boil for a few minutes. Pour into jars and seal.

“After her father’s death Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse, But in 1865 Michigan, women weren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse Inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her…..” The synopsis to a lovely book titled, “Hearts Made Whole.” A different plot with an interesting story. You will enjoy reading it.

When I was six years old I had my tonsils and adenoids removed in the hospital. I don’t remember much about that except I was given a lot of ice cream to eat. I do remember the clowns entering the hospital holding flowers and balloons, with their wide grins and colorful outfits, making children happy. Today we have clowns stalking around, abducting children and adults, making one fearful of them. What a sad, sad world this is!

Thought for the day: When you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of Autumn. V.V Brown–songwriter

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