BY LOVINA EICHER

It is July 30 and 2012 is halfway over already. A happy fifth birthday to nephew Steven, Jacob and Emma’s son. I find it hard to believe he will be starting school this fall. Time seems to go faster every year. It looks like a nice day to do laundry. Last week we had rain every day Monday through Friday. The rain gave our lawn a boost, so the boys will finish mowing the grass today. It has been quite a few weeks since they had to mow it last. Our third cutting of hay is cut and we hope to get it in tonight. My husband Joe thinks we won’t have enough of our own due to the dry summer. Hay is very expensive to buy this year because of the drought.

Daughter Susan and Verena are still detasseling corn. It is getting to the end of the detasseling season. and they will be glad once they are done. They leave at 6 a.m. every morning and work 6 day weeks. Last week with the rain their clothes were wet and they had muddy shoes when they came home.

Church services are set to be at Jacob and Emma’s in two weeks so I want to help her get everything cleaned. She misses her two daughters help since they are detasseling also. This is a busy time of the year with the garden to take care of and canning season really beginning. I told Emma I will make fresh freezer pickles for her church lunch. My cucumbers are doing very well. Our green beans are coming along and we have had a few meals with the beans and also some red beets.

Joe likes when I make buttered beets with them. The boys have been digging up potatoes whenever zI need some. Although later than usual we aregetting some nice red potatoes. My squash didn’t come up but Emma and Jacob’s have been keeping us supplied with them. Last week the boys pulled all my onions out. I didn’t get a good crop of those but I am thankful for what I did get. Saturday we assisted Jacob’s with their work. We did take time off to go watch a parade in a nearby town. We butchered their 18 chickens which did not take us long with everyone helping. After the heads are off I don’t mind doing the rest.

Saturday we had the 18 chickens done in 90 minutes. The children are getting better at knowing what to do. Joe and Jacob are working on the new patio that Jacob and Emma are building behind their house. I don’t think those two minded getting out of the butchering chickens. Daughters Elizabeth and Susan’s friends Timothy and Mose came and helped us with the butchering too. We appreciated them pitching in to help, as it made the work so much easier for us.

This week Loretta has an appointment two hours away at the children’s hospital. Her braces are hurting her feet and legs so she doesn’t wear them anymore because of that. The doctor didn’t recommend more therapy other than what she has to do at home. While going to therapy they could loosen her muscles, but two days later they would be tightened up again. We want to see what the doctors suggestion is to do about the braces and go from there.

Chicken Squash Casserole
  • 6 cups aquash, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 1 /2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 /2 cup green peppers, chopped
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • Seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350. In a greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan, layer ingredients with the cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until squash is tender.