It’s already Thursday, the deadline for me to get this column out in the mail. This week our five children are home on spring break. The boys have been cleaning out the barn and hauling manure. The girls have been helping with the spring cleaning and also cleaning up the yard. We’ve had a few nice days this week now. It gives you the eagerness to want to plant the garden. Our garden hasn’t dried up enough yet but with these nice sunny days maybe it will soon. I am also hoping to see the dandelion greens pop up. I always look forward to those fixed into a salad with diced hard boiled eggs and a homemade sour cream dressing. We like the dandelion greens over steamed potatoes. I haven’t been out to check if any rhubarb is peeping through yet.
A friend of daughter Verena is here today. She came last night and stayed the night. She used to be in the same school and grade as Verena but they moved to another school district. They still keep in contact and she has come to visit before. They always enjoy each other’s company.
My husband Joe grilled chicken last night for supper and along with that we had spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, Jell-O cake, and angel food cake. It was a nice evening to grill.
The children are taking the ponies to exercise now that it is warmer. Lovina and Kevin like to drive Minnie the miniature pony. They can put her harness on and hitch her to the pony wagon. It’s nice that they learn with a smaller pony and get used to it.
Daughter Elizabeth went to her friend Timothy’s house for supper last night. His parents, his brother and wife and his sister and family took supper in for Timothy. One of Timothy’s horses kicked back at one of his 7 month old foals last Saturday. It was hit in the head and died almost instantly. The mare that kicked is due to have a foal soon. It happened so fast and she must’ve hit just in the wrong place. It was disappointing to Timothy as at 7 month olds old it was a nice size already.
Little Prancer, our miniature pony, turned a year old yesterday, April 9. Daughter Lovina said she thinks she should go tell Prancer it’s his birthday. The boys said they should give him extra feed. It made me laugh. In another year he will be ready to train to drive the pony wagon.
Jacob and Emma’s oldest daughter Elizabeth, 17, will have surgery done on her ear tomorrow. She had the surgery done on the other ear with good results. We wish her a complete and speedy recovery.
I took daughter Susan, 18, to the doctor this week. She has been so miserable breaking out all over with an itchy and painful rash. Her hands are all blistered and peeling skin. It started after she started her new job at the RV factory. She caulks the outside of the RVs and has to use a strong cleaner to clean off the excess caulk. The doctors said she is allergic to the strong chemicals in the cleaner. We hope they will consider moving her to a new position. It’s just not worth the money to have to be miserable like this. The doctor gave her antibiotics and cream to try to clear it up.
2 cups butter or margarine
2 cups shortening
4 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Mix together well and then add the following:
12 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
4 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Mix well and drop by teaspoon (or use an ice cream scoop) onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes depending on size.
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