Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
2 Tbsp bacon fat or butter or margarine
1/2 C chopped onion
2 Tbsp flour
1 qt milk
1/2 C thinly sliced celery
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
3 C fresh corn kennels - about 6 ears (canned can be used)
1/4 C chopped parsley
3 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
In medium sized saucepan, melt butter, saute onion 3 minutes. Stir in flour, cook and stir for 1 minute. Blend in milk. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in celery, sugar, salt, pepper and corn. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. In small bowl, lightly beat eggs. Stir 1 cup hot mixture into eggs. Return to soup, heat but do not boil. Stir in chopped parsley. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and garnish with a sprig of celery leaves, if desired.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
My granddaughter went to school like she does every day of school. Her parents called Kevin and told him to bring it over and called us to bring the accessories and owner's manual over. We got to their house just as Kevin and Michael were carrying the sewing machine in the front door. They carried up to her bedroom and set it all up. I put the accessories and owners manual in the drawers. It is a really beautiful sewing machine. Kevin and Michael really worked hard on the machine and cabinet. The chair matched perfectly.
Her Mother took a dress that she changed into to do chores when she got home from school and put it in the bathroom. There house has locks on the rooms, which they never use, but they locked her bedroom that day.
When our granddaughter came home, her Mother told her to get dressed in the bathroom. Granddaughter wondered why her bedroom door wouldn't open. What had she done that she couldn't go into her bedroom. They said she hadn't done anything wrong. Just do as they asked.
We all came over for dinner that evening. Still she couldn't get into the bedroom. After dinner, we had cake and ice cream. She opened her presents. Also, she wondered if she would be able to sleep in her bed.
After we ladies got the kitchen all cleaned up, her parents said for her to come to her bedroom. We all went up there. They unlocked the door and told her to go in. Now she was a bit afraid to go in and carefully opened the door. She was shocked to see the sewing machine. Her other grandparents had bought her material to make some of the items with. She ran to us and hugged and gave us a kiss and then did the same to her other grandparents. We couldn't have bought her a better gift.
The other sewing machine that Elmer and John had a discussion over who should receive it went to John's Sarah. They bought the machine and cabinet at the auction. That one, also, went to Kevin's and Michael's. That one also had to have a chair made to go with it. So they had, not only, to clean the machine but refinish the machine cabinet to match the chair. This was suppose to be a surprise deliver, but didn't work out that way.
Sarah's Mother called and said that Sarah was not home, so Kevin, Michael and John got together to bring it over. When John got to the door, who answered, Sarah. Sarah came back for something she forgot and her Mother was trying to get her to leave, but Sarah wondered why she wanted her out so fast. The sewing machine and chair were covered up on the back of the wagon and when they carried it into the house. Her Mother said to put it in her sewing room. Sarah was wondering what was going on.
John stopped her at the door after it went into the sewing room. He told her it was suppose to be a surprise. He wanted to deliver it to their house, but I talked him out of it with all the dust in the house right now. She wanted to know what it was. The door to the sewing room was closed. John said he wouldn't tell her. Her Mother was almost excited as Sarah was. When they got done Kevin and Michael came out and closed the door. John told Sarah it was his wedding gift to her a little early. She wanted to know why he was giving it to her now. He said she might need it now and to open the door she would understand.
When she opened the door she saw her Mother's sewing machine and asked what they put in there. He said to look over to the side. There it was. John said she screamed. She couldn't believe. She kept asking him if it was her's. He kept saying yes. She was thrilled, he said.
Later he explained how he and Elmer argued at the auction who was going to get it until Elmer said if they didn't win it, they wouldn't have to worry about it. So they won it. After they got it to Kevin and Michael's, Elmer and I talked it over and decided that Sarah should receive it.
She is now using it to make her wedding dress. I am using my sewing machine making John's wedding suit. It is odd for me as this is the last time I will be making clothes for one of my children. When John and Sarah marry, she will be making his clothes. We are still waiting to know when they are getting married. It will be announced at church, just a few weeks before.
Now, you know what happened to the two sewing machines. We are still looking for more, if we can find them for our other granddaughter's when they are old enough.
Trust God's Wisdom,
Monday, September 15, 2014
Before we built our house, we had to get all sorts of building permits. We had to get our plans approved. While it was being built and after it was built, before we could move in, the house was inspected. So was the barn inspected. We had to have permits for building the barn and it inspected again when it was done before we could move the cows and horses in.
It was fast getting the house built. Amish, Old Order Mennonites, and Englishers help built the house. They got the house up and the floors in one day. It took longer to get the plumbing in, the insulation in, and the walls in. The room that took the longest was the kitchen - cabinets, cupboards in, stove and refrigerator in, vents for the wood burning stove in plus more.
Yes, on our living room we have the pocket door that slides into the wall. It gives us a lot more room during church time or if we have our big family over.
We have a porch across the front of the house and the back of the house. The back porch is screened in where the front porch is all open.
Yes, we have cows, but not as many as we use to. We had close to 300 cows, but one of the reasons Anna and I build this house was to get a smaller farm. John is just starting farming and would have to buy his starting out cows. So as his early wedding present, Anna and I gave him 100 of our cows. We left 100 cows with our daughter and son-in-law that bought our old house and farm. We gave some of our cows to Eli's son that is John's best friend - we called it our wedding present to him and his future wife. Usually, I slaughter them myself, but with the new house, new barn and all, I didn't have time - so I asked David, Jean's husband, to slaughter two and put the meat in the storage area we have in their barn. Last, but not least, we gave a couple to a new young Amish family that just moved here . That left us with 50 cows. Anna and I are happy with amount we have left.
In addition to the cows, we have six horses. Four of our horses, will pull the plow and two of them are buggy pulling horses. They don't both pull the buggy at the same time. The buggy pulling horses also pull the wagon we haul corn, or straw or whatever on.
In addition, we have some chickens. We also have some pigs. In about a month or so, our number will go down as we will slaughter some pigs and chickens to put in our storage area in David and Jean's barn. We want to stock up for the winter.
How much property will Anna and I own when everything gets settled? We don't really know. Today, we got a call that made us very happy. Anna's sister Hannah called to tell us they sold the store they owned in Pennsylvania to another Amish couple. They have some other people interested in their farm, if they can hit a mutual price. So they want the construction on their house and barn to begin. They will be coming and staying with Anna and Hannah's parents. We offered them to come to our house seeing their house and barn was being built next door, but they chose Anna and Hannah's parents, so we didn't argue. When we bought the property,that we thought we owned, we bought the area for three small farms as they are all side by side. Our farm is in the middle. Farms can be started on either side of us. Hannah and her husband decided they want to build on the other side from what they originally said they wanted - which means they are moving from one side of us to the other. That's fine with us.
Our farm is 100 acres plus the front yard and barn area. Hannah's and her husband's land will be the same size. Anna and I are going to hold the third area to probably farm along with the 100 farming area our house sits in front of. I am fussy about who buys the third place to have a small farm. I am not concerned if they are Amish, Old Order Mennonite or Englisher, but I want someone who gets along with our way of life and personally. I don't want to sell it to someone that would cause problems. So Anna and I are going to hang on to it for a while. I did tell David, Jean's husband, it would be a nice place for them to build Jean's one floor house when all the children grow out of the house, but that is a way off. Anna and I know they would be great neighbors.
Well, I guess I answered some of your questions. Please ask them as Anna and I don't know what to write about if we don't have some ideas.
Trust God's Wisdom,
Sunday, September 14, 2014
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