It is 7 a.m. and the children have left for school. My husband Joe has been at work several hours and daughter Elizabeth left for her job at 5:15 a.m.
Joe tilled part of the garden last night. Daughter Susan, 17, and I want to get some planting done today. Spring is such a lovely time of year, but has a lot of work involved. Susan mowed our grass Saturday for the first time this year. Last year, we were mowing in March due to the early spring.
Congratulations to nephew Noah and Ruby! They will be married June 11 and I have to help cook for the wedding. Looks like more sewing, but I need more dresses anyway and that’s one way of getting them sewed. Ruby’s mother, Lydia, is my cousin, so it will be nice to see the extended family at the wedding. Noah is Joe’s oldest sister MaryAnn’s son.
Last week, our horse Ginger gave birth to twin foals. We were disappointed that none of them lived. We are anxiously waiting on Itty Bit to deliver hers and hope everything will be OK.
Tomorrow night, the fourth graders will have portfolio presentations and meet with the middle school teachers. It is so hard to believe Joseph will be in middle school next term. That will only leave our two youngest — Lovina, 8, and Kevin, 7 — in elementary school: A reminder that time does not stand still. May we use our time wisely in a way that is pleasing to God.
We attended church services in Indiana on Sunday. It’s always interesting to visit other communities and meet new people. Joe is friends with Jerry, one of the boys in that church district. Jerry and four others began the process of baptism, so we went in his honor.
We had surprise visitors Monday evening. Our friends Terry and Mary from Plainfield, Ind., stopped by to visit. They brought their friend Lorraine, a faithful column reader. It was a pleasure to meet her and to also visit with Terry and Mary again. Terry sold us my sewing machine and daughter Elizabeth’s. He is our fix-it man when we need tune-ups or repairs.
Dandelion blooms are starting to pop up here and there, which will put an end to the dandelion greens. Once the flowers are blooming, the greens taste too bitter. Asparagus, rhubarbs and strawberries will be the next goodies we look forward to. We have winter onions already. The horseradish is coming up nicely and the tea plants are coming through the soil.
Last night, daughter Loretta, 12, decided she would grill the meat for our supper. Son Benjamin, 13, helped her get the grill going. She grilled hot wings and hamburgers. I made macaroni and cheese as a side. We also had homemade bread and cinnamon rolls that I made earlier in the day. Verena, 15, made chocolate chip cookies and Loretta made peanut butter cookies after school.
The sun is shining in the East. Looks like a perfect day to plant the garden. I enjoy planting and can go barefoot in the soft soil. The ground had been too cold so far. There are lots of strawberry varieties to enjoy this time of year, perfect for this pie:
4 cups strawberries
½ cup confectioners sugar
1 cup water
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
¾ cup sugar
To 3 cups of whole berries, add confectioners sugar and let stand 1 hour.
Crush 1 cup berries and cook with water about 20 minutes. Sieve.
Mix cornstarch with sugar and stir into berry juice. Cook until clear, stirring constantly.
Fill cooled baked pie shell with 3 cups berries. Pour partially cooled sauce over berries. Refrigerate. Spoon whipped cream around the edge of pie before serving.
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