My husband Joe has been home the last three days, not having any work. Makes it a little harder on payday but we shouldn’t complain. God always provides a way if we keep our trust in him.  Meanwhile Joe has been kept busy here at home. Yesterday our two oldest girls, Elizabeth and Susan, were working and the six youngest were in school. Joe helped me do the laundry and then we made noodles the rest of the day. It is a good feeling to see a table full of noodles drying.

My noodle maker gave up on us. It was a wedding gift from my brother Albert and his wife Sarah Irene. I guess it would be almost 20 years old already. It is hard to believe we will have our 20th anniversary in July. While we were making noodles we had company stop by. It was Joe’s cousin Leander, his wife Rosina and son and also two girls from their community in Rochester, Indiana. It was a nice surprise but we were glad they stopped in even if their visit was short. Joe and Leander grew up together and have a lot of fun memories to recall. Joe is always glad for a chance to visit with Leander. There is a new family moving into our community and they were assisting them in unloading their belongings.

Daughter Susan is baking monster cookies. We will take 100 of them to the family gathering on Saturday. Joe’s sister Salome and Morris are hosting a late family Christmas. We will all get together for a 10:30 a.m. carry-in brunch. This will be a 2-hour journey for us. Our plans are to start out around 6:30 a.m. Joe has 8 sisters and 3 brothers and we hope they will all be able to attend.

We hope for good weather and safe roads. We had still been having some snow days and cold weather this week. A happy birthday goes to Susan’s friend Mose who’s birthday was on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Susan prepared a birthday supper for Mose and his family here at home to take along in honor of his birthday. Since Joe was home from work he offered to grill the chicken for her. Susan was really glad she did not have to grill the meat in the cold weather. Joe doesn’t mind and he enjoys grilling. We had the grill close by the walk-out basement doors. He could step inside and warm up. 

Tuesday Joe also took a buggy ride over to visit with brother-in-law Jacob. Jacob’s arthritis was fired up keeping him home from work for a few days. Joe asked me to go along for the ride but I had dough rising for bread cinnamon rolls that needed taken care of. It would have been nice to have gotten out of the house for awhile. It would be nice to have a heater hooked up in our buggy which would make for warmer trips to town and back. Although we are already a lot warmer in our covered buggies than the open ones we used to drive when we lived in Indiana.

I had a letter from  cousin Lydia asking for family information. She is putting together a family record book of my mother’s family. I am excited to see it when it is finished. We were 88 grandchildren so it is hard to keep track of where everyone lives and how many children they have. Although there will be a lot of sad changes since the last book like this was made in 2004. We’ve had quite a few deaths since the last book was made. But we’ve also had some happy additions. Our youngest child, Kevin, wasn’t born yet when that book was made.

Try this meat coating for breading your meat. It can be used on chicken, pork, or steaks. What isn’t used can be sealed and stored for later use.


4 cups wheat flour

2 teaspoons onion salt

2 teaspoons garlic salt

2 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons salt

3 tablespoons paprika

4 cups crushed soda crackers

Mix all ingredients well. Coat your favorite meat with this and prepare as usual. Store in an air-tight container.