Last Monday it was rainy and warm and now this week we have snow and cold again. Kevin, 6, is home from school today. He has been running a fever since yesterday morning. It is not a high fever but just enough to make him feel miserable at times. He also has a cough and stuffy nose but otherwise no other big symptoms. Everybody else is the family seems OK so far. Daughters Verena and Loretta stayed home from church services yesterday to take care of Kevin.
On our way home from church it was snowing so hard we could barely see where we were going. The snow stuck to the buggy windshield so every once in awhile we'd have to stop and open the window to reach out and brush off the snow. This still beats driving in an open buggy, though, like we used in Indiana before we moved here to Michigan.
Some people have windshield wipers on their buggies but the wipers have to be flipped back and forth by hand by turning a knob on the inside. As fast as this snow was coming down it would have been hard to keep up.
The horses have a special shoe that gives them a good grip on snow and ice but the buggy slides back and forth on ice especially going around corners.
We brought Jacob and Emma's son, Steven, 4, home with us from church. We told Jacob and Emma to come for supper later. Steven sure felt proud for all of the attention from us and he was like medicine for Kevin. Kevin was looking out in the window when we came home. When he saw we brought Steven with us he started jumping up and down with excitement.
Daughters Verena, 14, and Lovina, 7, played Aggravation with Steven and Kevin. It was so cute to see Steven act so grown-up while playing. Jacob and Emma arrived around 5 p.m. to pick him up and to have supper. Joe had grilled 20 pounds of chicken which was more than enough.
It was put to use in today's lunches. But Joe said he would take the leftover macaroni and cheese but not chicken. He would much rather have macaroni and cheese or soup or something like that other than meat in his lunch. On the menu for Sunday supper besides barbecued chicken was mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, corn, bread and butter, onion slices, hot peppers, ice cream and chocolate cake. Emma brought the cake.
The roads were really icy and we weren't sure whether there would be school today but there is.
Kevin doesn't want to let the fever keep him down. After he has medicine and his fever goes down he says "Mama I am better." I told him "your forehead still feels warm. " So he comes back with his hair damp and says "now feel my forehead." He has been in the bathroom holding a cold washcloth to his forehead. He asked if he could take his temperature by himself and he said "the score is 100."
We have a huge load of laundry waiting to be washed. Daughter Elizabeth is starting so I best go help her. Susan is washing the dishes and going to mop the floors while we do laundry and keep an eye out for Kevin who keeps going even with a fever. Yesterday when we came home from church, Kevin said "Mom, I think Susan really cares for me because she told Verena and Loretta to keep an eye out for Kevin while we are at church." Needless to say he is keeping us entertained even though he is running a fever.
I will share the apple dump cake recipe that Verena made at school and now makes for us here at home.
Apple Dump Cake
4 cups peeled and sliced apples or 2 pints of canned apples
4 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 box of white cake mix
1/4 cup butter
DIRECTIONS: Grease a 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Mix cinnamon and apples in a bowl and then spread evenly out in a cake pan. Layer the cake mix on top of the apples. Melt butter and drizzle over the cake mix evenly. Then sprinkle the brown sugar on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Cake mix will still appear white.
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