By Lovina Eicher
It’s Wednesday evening and it has really warmed up. Temperature is in the 60’s. I am finally having my garage sale on Friday and Saturday. Every time I wanted to have it all summer something else more important came up.
Daughter Susan wrote the column for me today while I went to a quilting. I was surprised and relieved that I didn’t have to squeeze that in yet.
I would also like to mention that I had a visit from cousin Fern and her daughter Tricia recently. Was nice visiting with them.
Hi, how are you all doing? This is Susan. Mom is pretty busy this week so I decided to surprise her and write the column for her. She is a great mother!
This week has pretty much been spent getting ready for a garage sale. I was sorting through our books to see which ones we want to sell. I kept all the books that had facts about horses. I love reading those and learning new things about horses. My dream is to one day write a book. I have all kinds of short stories I have written. My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury and Linda Byler. I just started reading Linda Byler’s books and I can the she is an Amish author. Other books written by non-Amish authors just don’t get all the facts of Amish life right.
Sunday my boyfriend Mose’s parents had church services at their house. They live 21 miles from here so I went to their house Saturday night. Brother Benjamin and sister Loretta went with me. Benjamin is friends with Mose’s brother Freeman and Loretta with his sister Linda. Mose and I went over to his sister Hannah’s house on Saturday night. They have 2 little boys and an eight month old girl. She is such a sweetie!
Dad and Joseph went hunting tonight. One of the calves decided to slip out of the calf pen. We had quite a chase to get it back in. Elizabeth, Verena, Benjamin, Kevin, mom and I were all trying to round it back into the pen. I imagine we looked kind of funny as that calf seemed to slip between two of us every time. We made sure Benjamin wired the cattle panel shut where it squeezed out.
Little Prancer is growing fast. He is a cutie. He is getting fat though so I try to exercise him. I love that little pony! I have taught him some tricks but it takes a lot of patience. We are glad to have Prancer’s mother Minnie back here for keeps.
Mose has been spending a lot of time hunting. He wants me to go deer hunting with him one day. I told him I’ll go if I can take a book along to read, he said if I do I have to turn the pages really quietly. I like giving him a hard time. Last year when I went hunting with him my feet were so cold so he gave me some heat packs to put in my boots. Those helped a lot.
We plan to bake some bread, rolls, etc. to sell at the garage sale. Tomorrow will be a busy day doing that and organizing everything. We also need to do laundry.
- 1½ cups milk
- 4 teaspoons yeast
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 7 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Scald milk with butter in it.
- Beat eggs, add sugar and salt.
- Pour hot milk over egg mixture and cool to lukewarm
- Dissolve yeast in warm water, add to milk.
- Stir in flour to make a soft dough.
- Let rise 1 hour.
- Punch down, let rise 1 hour and shape into buns.
- Let rise until light.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown
Sunday Mose and I plan to go to another church district as his friend Chris will start following instructions for baptism.
I love when one of the children writes a column. Not only is it a help for the ever-busy Lovina, but it is also a lovely view into the mind of the child writing. 🙂
I also love it when one of the girls write for Lovina. I have read all of Linda Byler's books. She is a wonderful author. Wish I was close, I would definitely be at the yard sale. Glad your family is all doing well. May God continue to bless your family.
This past Friday evening I attended an Amish school fundraiser for my girlfriend's son, who just started first grade. As I was enjoying the evening with my Amish friends, I couldn't help but think of Lovina and her children. So I am wondering if the school fundraisers are pretty much the same in the other states as they are here in Ohio. I've been to a few and they all pretty much follow the same the same pattern here.
Susan, you do a fin job writing these columns for your Mom. Sure wish I lived closer, I'd have been at the sale!! These rolls sound great. I'll make them & then decide which ones to make for Thanksgiving!! As far as teasing Mose, I do that all the time to my husband. They get used to it after a while.
Nicely done Susan!!!
Linda from KY
Susan, you are an excellent writer! I pray that God lets you fulfill your dream of becoming a novelist some day. I really enjoyed hearing from you. 🙂
Linda from KY
I forgot to mention that Karen Kingsbury is also one of my favorite authors. I own a lot of her books. I recently started reading Linda Byler's books. It's great to read Amish fiction written by one who lives the life and knows it well.