Our garden is beginning to fill up more and more. So far we have potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, radishes, red beets, carrots and dill planted. Hope to get time to plant corn, green beans, and zucchini this week yet. I’ll wait until next week to put out any tomato and pepper plants. The seeds we planted last year, though, are up already.
My husband Joe planted potatoes in a different way this year. He laid them on top of the soil and covered them thickly with straw. From what we have heard from people that do this the potatoes do very well. The straw when watered down will keep a lot of moisture in dry weather. It also helps keep the weeds down.
Friday evening we had to get the veterinarian out here to help our horse Itty Bit deliver twin foals but both were dead. We were disappointed but glad we could save Itty Bit. This is rare that we have two horses having full term twins 9 days apart. Itty Bit is Ginger’s mother so they both have the same genes. Can any of you readers give us information on horses having twins? What percentage of horses have twins and what percentage of them will live? Ginger was able to deliver hers without a problem. Itty Bit is also doing well since the delivery. Our miniature pony, little Prancer is also doing real well.
When daughter Susan takes Minnie for a ride the other children can keep him entertained enough so Prancer won’t follow them. When Minnie comes back it’s so cute to see Prancer run up to her and start nursing before she has her harness off. Daughter, Lovina, 8, spends hours with the miniature ponies. Susan is training a pony named Sunny. Lovina can ride and drive Sunny now. It won’t be long until Sunny is ready to go back to its owner.
Tomorrow is Ascension Day so my husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth wont’ have to go to work. They are both glad for the break. Elizabeth is working 10 hour days again. The children will stay home from school on Ascension Day, which will be a relaxing family day in honor of our Savior’s ascension to Heaven.
We attended church services Sunday at our neighbors Joas and Susan’s house. We were invited back for the evening meal. Our turn to host church services will be June 2 Lord willing. That day will come up fast, so we are trying to get a lot of cleaning done. Sister Emma and her daughter Elizabeth came to help us clean the canning room in the basement yesterday. Taking all the canned jars off the shelves and cleaning them and putting them back on is time consuming. It really does look refreshed in there now. Daughter Susan wants to clean out the cabinets in the basement today. While she does that I will sew her dress, cape and apron that she needs for a wedding next Thursday. Mose and Susan and Timothy and Elizabeth will be tablewaiters at the wedding. Elizabeth sewed most of her dress on Saturday but still needs to finish it.
I will close for this time as my work will not get done sitting here writing. Try this delicious glaze on your next angel food cake.
3 tablespoons clear gel
1/4 cup sugar (heaping)
1/2 cup strawberry gelatin (heaping)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cold water
Mix the first four ingredients together well. Stir the cold water in the thoroughly. Put on medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooling. When of spreading consistency spread on cake. The glaze will thicken as it cools.
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