It's 7 a.m. and the children just left for school. My husband, Joe, has been at work several hours already 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 garden planted today. Spring is such a lovely time of the year but there's a lot of work involved. Susan mowed our grass on Saturday for the first time this year. Last year we were mowing in March already due to the early spring we had.
Congratulations, go to nephew Noah and Ruby! They have set their wedding day for June 11. I have to help cook at their wedding. Looks like more sewing but that’s one way of getting more dresses sewn for me which I need anyway. Ruby’s mother Lydia is my cousin so it will be nice to visit and work with some cousins at this 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 any day and hoping everything will be OK.
Tomorrow night the 4th graders will have their 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 2 youngest: Lovina, 8, and Kevin, 7, in elementary. A reminder to us that time does not stand still. May we use our time wisely in a way that is pleasing to God and not self.
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 along with four other young souls started following instructions for baptism so we went in Jerry’s honor.
We had surprise visitors Monday evening. Our friends Terry and Mary from Plainfield, Ind. stopped by to visit. They had their friend Lorraine along who is a faithful reader of this column. It was a pleasure to meet her and to also visit with Terry and Mary again. My sewing machine and also daughter Elizabeth’s were sold to us by Terry. He is our fix-it man when we need tune ups or repairing done. In fact while Terry was here, Elizabeth had him give her machine a tune-up.
Dandelion blooms are starting to pop up here and there which will soon put an end to the dandelion greens until next year. Once the flowers are blooming the greens taste too bitter to use. Asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries will be the next goodies we look forward to. We have been having winter onions already. The horseradish is coming up nicely and I also see the tea plants coming through the soil.
Last night daughter Loretta, 12, decided she will grill the meat for our supper. Son Benjamin, 13, helped her get the grill going. Loretta grilled hot wings and hamburgers. I made macaroni and cheese to go with that. We also had homemade bread and cinnamon rolls that I made earlier in the day. Also 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 bare-footed in the soft soil. The ground had been too cold so far. Lots of strawberry varieties to enjoy this time of year, perfect for this pie!
4 cups strawberries
1 /2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup water
1 1 /2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 /4 cup sugar
DIRECTIONS: To 3 cups of whole berries, add confections 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.