Next door to our house is an empty lot, and it looks like it was always just an empty lot perched on the edge of the neighboring field, since the beginning of time. It was a surprise to find out from a local old-timer that there was once a large home there that had burned to the ground. Sure enough, this time every year, you see the evidence that someone once lovingly planted spring bulbs around their home. The crocuses and daffodils return annually as a reminder that someone lived and planted there a long time ago. As I like to say, spring lays secrets bare.
Here is another secret. I won't be spring
cleaning, other than maybe a quick window washing.
Have you read Saloma's new memoir yet? Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds is the sequel to her first book, Why I Left the Amish. It follows her to Vermont, where she starts a new life after leaving her Amish community, and then her ensuing struggle when she returns to Ohio to try again. Even though I know Saloma's story well, and how her life turned out, it was still a suspenseful story for me. It wasn't always easy to read about the agonizing decisions she faced at such a young age, and with such limited experience. When she makes her final decision after an epic struggle, you can be rest assured that it was not a decision that was made lightly.
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It's too early to be thinking about rhubarb, but I saw some tiny red stalks peeking through the ground in our garden. It reminded me to use up what we had left in our freezer. I always wanted to make a fool, which is a British dessert of blended fruit puree and whipped cream. It was completely coincidental that I made it on April's Fool day. I made it with the last of our rhubarb and a few sliced strawberries. It was delicious! You can follow the link to the recipe.
Rhubarb Fool with Strawberries