Tonight is beautiful outside and it's actually not raining. I decided it would be a good night to clean out my gutters. I don't have a ladder and my dad told me to buy this handy dandy attachment that goes on a garden hose. I unwrapped my two brand new hoses, hooked them together, attached them to the outside water source (not sure what you call it) and hooked it up to my new gadget.
As much as you might want a picture of what I'm going to describe, there isn't one. I'm sure you can get a mental image though. That handy dandy little gadget did nothing but get me soaking wet. And yes, I was using it correctly. My house was empty for two years before I bought it and I doubt anyone cleaned the gutters in that time. My neighbor saw my plight and said that tomorrow was his day off and it would only take him a few minutes to get the ladder up there and clean those nasty gutters out for me.
What a blessing!!!! I prayed that God would put me in a neighborhood where I could be a blessing, but so far it's been the other way around. In the day and age when people stick to themselves and neighbors don't even know each other this is rare. The neighbor behind me lets me put brush on his trailer and he hauls it away for me. The neighbor to the north lets me borrow his shop vac and he fixed the lever on my ice maker. Now the neighbor to the south is going to clean out my gutters! I really am blessed.
So what can I offer my neighbors?
I've already made the rounds with cookies once and homemade cinnamon rolls another time. Since I'm not spending the evening cleaning my gutters, I'm making them cookies. And I have to say that if you're a cookie dough lover, then these are the cookies for you! This recipe is the best cookie dough I've ever had!
Maybe you should make some and take them to your neighbors.
Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking or regular oatmeal
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (I usually just give the shaker one good shake)
1 6 oz package chocolate chips
Cream together wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet about a minute before removing. Makes a small batch, so I usually double it.