We are having thunderstorms most of the evening. Our rain gauge shows like we have over two inches of rain already. I do think we have more because the wind is blowing the rain so it might not be quite the accurate amount going in.
We also had a thunderstorm last night and received a half inch of rain. We were in need of rain so we decided to water the garden. I told the boys maybe if we water the garden we will get rain. The rain clouds all seemed to go over us but soon after the garden was watered, the rain and storms arrived.
My husband Joe and sons Benjamin and Joseph spent the day fishing on the nearby lake on Saturday. They came home with around 50 bluegill, perch, and crappies. Tonight we fried the fish for our supper along with hash browns and potatoes, cheese, ice cream and strawberries.
Today on our “to do” list was to mop the floors, make strawberry freezer jam, and weed the garden. Seemed we were done early. When all the children pitch in to help, the work goes faster. It’s nice to be done early and have a long, relaxing evening.
Corn detasseling should be starting sometime after the Fourth of July. Next week Joe and daughter Elizabeth both have the week off for their annual vacation. I’m sure that week will go way too fast for them. So far we don’t have any special plans for the week.
On Monday, July 1, daughter Loretta will be 13. Wow! Our fifth teenager in the house. We as parents sure cannot complain though. They are all good children and we pray God will always be their guide through life. Son Benjamin will be 14 on July 14 and son Joseph will be 11 on July 24. Then Joe and I will have our 20th anniversary on July 15. The month of July always brings cake and ice cream.
Sister Emma will be 40 on July 19 and her youngest son Steven will be 6 in July. One year after another passes by and all at once we stop to think: where has all the time gone?
Jacob and Emma’s oldest daughter Elizabeth, age 16, will be having surgery on Thursday in a hospital about 3 hours away. She has to stay overnight so their 4 other children plan to come here until they are back home. Hopefully everything will go OK. They can be back by Friday night. Son Kevin, 7, is so excited about his cousin Steven coming for the night. He has all kinds of plans on what they can do.
This is now Wednesday morning. We received another inch of rain through the night making a total of 3 1 /2 inches of rain this week so far. The wind blew my sweet corn over. I’m hoping it will stand back up. Otherwise everything looks OK except there are a few branches here and there. Try this hot dog sauce recipe at your Fourth of July picnic!
SAUCE FOR HOT DOGS
1 pound hamburger
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons cumin
3 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can tomato sauce
1 can water
1 /4 cup ketchup
DIRECTIONS: Brown hamburger in enough water to cover bottom of the pan. Break up meat as it cooks. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 1 hour. Serve over hot dogs.