Part II - Worthy Sheriff Sutton is looking for a carpenter to do a job for him. Plans for the structure is by no means difficult. Two upright posts with a cross beam supported by braces; underneath a platform with a “trap” only comprise the outfit. Proposals solicited by day or job.”
Editor’s Note: This is a column written by Lovina’s second oldest child, Susan Eicher, age 14. This column was written prior to the sudden passing of Lovina’s 8-month old niece, Marilyn, last week. The funeral was held this past week at Lovina’s house. Editor Kevin Williams, who was there, offers his observations and thoughts on a special video posted which can be seen at amishcookonline.com. Meanwhile, Lovina’s column will return next week.
I am Susan, age 14, the second oldest in the family. I decided to give it a try to write the column for Mom. It is Ascension Day and our family is home as our church honors this day. It is cold and rainy and I cannot wait for it to warm up. I like being outdoors. We had a thunderstorm during the night. It wasn’t a bad one, and my younger sisters and brothers slept through it.
I was helping Mom getting lunch but she didn’t need help any more. Our baby chicks are finally moved out of the back porch. Sister Lovina and my three brothers had fun moving them into the chicken coop. The butchering of chickens goes really fast. Sister Verena says they look cute when they are small but when they get big they are ugly. I think she is just thinking the same as me, dreading to help butcher them.
We were all shook up the other night. Dad came home with our horse Ginger and our buggy. He told Ginger to back up so he could back the buggy into the pole barn. Ginger deciced she didn’t want to back up any more and jumped up. She reared up too high and slipped completely backwards. She was still hitched to the buggy and flat on her back. She couldn’t move because the buggy shaft and harness were tangled up and had her tied down. After Dad loosened the harness somehow we pulled the buggy away from her so she could get up. She seemed okay and we were glad it wasn’t worse. I hope Ginger learned her lesson about jumping up in the air.
I always think it would be interesting to train horses or ponies. When I saw that happen to Ginger I realized that I still have a lot to learn. Dad says maybe I could train little miniature ponies because they would be smaller to work with. When brother Benjamin heard that he said he’ll help me if I ever do.
Next week the whole middle school is taking a field trip to the science and industry museum in Chicago, Illinois. Sister Verena and I both get to go and we are very excited. We will leave early in the morning and come home later at night. We have 15 days of school left for this term.
Church services will be here in 3 weeks. We will be busy cleaning to prepare for that. We also have to get the rest of the garden planted. This is now about 4 p.m. and we were outside playing basketball. It has quit raining and it is nice and warm outside and the sun is shining.
For a recipe I will share double chocolate chip brownies which my sister Elizabeth and I made for our dessert tonight. Mom is also going to make mashed potatoes, beef gravy, and lettuce salad.
Double Chocolate Chip Brownies
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1-1/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13 X 9 inch baking pan. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter in one large heavy saucepan. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir in remaining chocolate chips and nuts. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky.
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