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By LOVINA EICHER

We feel blessed to have received some much needed rain tonight. It wasn’t that much but it will help. We haven’t had any rain in quite some time, so everything was dry.

Today daughters Susan and Verena and I went to sister Emma’s house to assist them in preparing for the upcoming church services they will host at their house. Lord willing daughters Elizabeth and Susan will be baptized that day. Susan’s special friend Mose will also be baptized with them. What a blessing to see them want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Last Friday we had 4 calves delivered here. All four together weighed 785 lbs. We put them in the barn. When Joe came home he moved them to an outside pen. With it being a new place to the calves they were pretty wild and 2 of them escaped through the fence. Joe and Susan were able to catch one but the other one took off for the woods behind us. Joe and the children and some of our neighbors looked all over and only heard from one person that saw it. After 3 ½ hours of searching they finally gave up. In the next few days Joe and the boys kept looking and no sign of the calf.

Before we came home from helping Emma, the neighbor boy ran over to let Joe know he spotted the calf. Joe, Benjamin and Joseph took off to try to capture it. When they got closer the calf took off but Benjamin was able to catch up with it and wrestled it to the ground and took a rope and held it down until Joe and Joseph caught up.

So now, 5 days later, it is finally back in our barn and looks like it’s still doing okay. We had almost given up that we would ever see it again. I think Joe and I will sleep much better tonight knowing that calf is back in the barn. It was also a worry that it could get out on a road and cause an accident.

The reason Joe wanted the calves to feed out, is that we are getting 400 bushels of corn that we are trading with a nearby farmer for our beans. Whenever the calves get big enough we will keep 1 or 2 to butcher for our beef and sell the rest. I told the children not to give the calves names or to make pets out of them because they will be our food someday. I still remember when I was a young girl at home dad butchered one of our old milk cows named Whitey. Some of us children had a hard time eating the beef that year because we used to milk Whitey and we didn’t want to eat her. When daughter Elizabeth was younger and she saw us butcher chickens it dawned on her that that’s where chicken comes from. It took her a long time before she could eat chicken again. That’s farm life, I guess.

Pumpkin season will soon be here-try this fudge:

Pumpkin Fudge

3 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butter

Butter or grease one 8 x 8 inch pan. In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir. When mixture registers 232 degrees F (110 degrees C) on candy thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove from pan from heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and butter. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F or 43 degrees C on candy thermometer.) Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss. Quickly pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan. When firm cut into 36 squares.

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