Lovina’s daughter, Verena, writes. I was doing the dishes when I got into the mood to write. I decided to write a column to help my mother, who is busy preparing for religious services.
Sister Susan cleans the house and sweeps the floors. Jennifer has her doll singing “Jesus Loves Me”. Ryan is taking a nap. We didn’t get home until 11 a.m. from my parents’ house.
Yesterday we went to mum and dad’s for lunch and ended up spending the night. Sister Elizabeth, Tim and the family also came. They had to hurry home because they had company to meet Andrea, 2 months old.
Three weeks ago, I received a job offer from my neighbor, Laura. She lives with her brother and his family. His father brings boards for me and Laura to finish. The sanding is too hard for me, so Laura does it. We really like working together. I can work as many days as I want or stop working whenever I want. I can take breaks as needed. Laura’s father gave me this option because he knows I have a disability. I can’t be grateful enough for the kindness he offered.
Susan has 12 hens, so we get 12 eggs a day. We’re loaded with eggs right now. I bought a rubber egg and enjoyed fooling people with it. The rubber egg really looks real. I like to let everyone know that I can drop an egg without breaking it. Ha! Ha! They always think I’m talking about a hard-boiled egg. Maybe I shouldn’t write about this… now my secret is out!
I plan to fry some burgers tonight for supper. I like to start supper while Susan goes out to do chores. During the winter Susan looked after my two dogs as I couldn’t take my scooter out in the snow. I am so happy to be able to take care of them again. Hopefully we’re done with the snow.
I can’t stop thinking about how it was a year ago. Susan and her two children used to have Mose here. I used to live with my parents and only had me to take care of. We all had to learn to live with each other. I would say we did pretty well, although we had our trials.
Susan was a housewife and always cooked the meals. The house was all she needed to take care of. Outside work was something I wasn’t very good at, so we knew it was off limits for me. I can do a lot of indoor work, such as preparing meals, washing dishes, sweeping floors, mopping the floor, helping with laundry and folding. But there is also a lot more to do in the house than that. I’m also limited on a lot of things to do around the house.
The change affected our whole family, especially Susan. It also affected Jennifer. She was upset that I was moving in and also because her dad wasn’t there. It was something we couldn’t really explain to him. She was too young to understand. Now Jennifer wouldn’t want to leave me. When I leave the house with my scooter, she is afraid that I will tip over and hurt myself. I’ve had my share of tipping in my scooter.
One evening, I fell while getting into the bathtub because my knees had given out and Jennifer was worried. She told Susan, “Verena will be fine; Jesus will take care of her. It was so precious to me. Ryan is a little flirt. He likes to smile at me and then blink his eyes. His laughter is contagious!
Dad made me a 3ft by 8ft raised garden bed. I’m going to plant my own little garden this year. Last year Susan planted a garden, but it was too overwhelming. I want to help him this year. I was glad dad made the garden bed for me. Gardening from my scooter sounds fun!
Sister Elizabeth and Tim drop off their four children: Abigail, 5; TJ, 3; Allison, 2; and Andrea, 2 months. They run errands for them and for us.
Saturday night Elizabeth and Tim came here. Tim burned a big pile of trash that had been there for a while. It looks much better. They ended up spending the night. Susan had bought a few bags of play sand to put in the sandbox. It entertained the kids for a long time. God be with you !
For the cake (without egg):
4 cups flour
2 cups of sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
4 cups rhubarb, diced
2 cups of milk
6 tablespoons butter, melted
For the butter sauce:
½ cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
¾ cup heavy cream
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then add 2 cups of milk, the melted butter and the rhubarb. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Do not overcook, otherwise it will be dry.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the heavy cream and sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. When the cake has cooled, spread the sauce over it.
Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her latest cookbook, Amish Family Recipes, is available wherever books are sold. Readers may write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be forwarded to them for reading. She does not personally respond to emails.