It’s Wednesday evening and it has really warmed up. Temperature is in the 60s. I am finally having my garage sale on Friday and Saturday. Every time I wanted to have it all summer something else more important came up. Daughter Susan wrote the column for me today while I went to a quilting. I was surprised and relieved that I didn’t have to squeeze that in yet. I would also like to mention that I had a visit from cousin Fern and her daughter Tricia recently. Was nice visiting with them.

Dear Readers Hi, how are you all doing? This is Susan. Mom is pretty busy this week so I decided to surprise her and write the column for her. She is a great mother! This week has pretty much been spent getting ready for a garage sale. I was sorting through our books to see which ones we want to sell. I kept all the books that had facts about horses. I love reading those and learning new things about horses. My dream is to one day write a book. I have all kinds of short stories I have written. My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury and Linda Byler. I just started reading Linda Byler’s books and I can tell she is an Amish author. Other books written by non-Amish authors just don’t get all the facts of Amish life right. Sunday my boyfriend Mose’s parents had church services at their house. They live 21 miles from here so I went to their house Saturday night. Brother Benjamin and sister Loretta went with me. Benjamin is friends with Mose’s brother Freeman and Loretta with his sister Linda. Mose and I went over to his sister Hannah’s house on Saturday night. They have 2 little boys and an eight month old girl. She is such a sweetie! Dad and Joseph went hunting tonight. One of the calves decided to slip out of the calf pen. We had quite a chase to get it back in. Elizabeth, Verena, Benjamin, Kevin, mom and I were all trying to round it back into the pen. I imagine we looked kind of funny as that calf seemed to slip between two of us every time. We made sure Benjamin wired the cattle panel shut where it squeezed out. Little Prancer is growing fast. He is a cutie. He is getting fat though so I try to exercise him. I love that little pony! I have taught him some tricks but it takes a lot of patience. We are glad to have Prancer’s mother Minnie back here for keeps. Mose has been spending a lot of time hunting. He wants me to go deer hunting with him one day. I told him I’ll go if I can take a book along to read, he said if I do I have to turn the pages really quietly. I like giving him a hard time. Last year when I went hunting with him my feet were so cold so he gave me some heat packs to put in my boots. Those helped a lot. We plan to bake some bread, rolls, etc. to sell at the garage sale. Tomorrow will be a busy day doing that and organizing everything. We also need to do laundry. Sunday Mose and I plan to go to another church district as his friend Chris will start following instructions for baptism.

Homemade dinner rolls

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups milk 4 teaspoons yeast 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup warm water 2 eggs, beaten 7 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions 1. Scald milk with butter in it. 2. Beat eggs, add sugar and salt. 3. Pour hot milk over egg mixture and cool to lukewarm 4. Dissolve yeast in warm water, add to milk. 5. Stir in flour to make a soft dough. 6. Let rise 1 hour. 7. Punch down, let rise 1 hour and shape into buns. 8. Let rise until light. 9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown

Lovina Eicher is Old Order Amish and lives in Michigan. Readers with culinary or cultural questions can write to Lovina at: PO BOX 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. © OASIS NEWSfeatures