Creating a new normal amid 2020’s upheavals
It’s the last week of February. Time does not stand still.
It is much warmer than it was a week ago. It’s 40 degrees and the eastern sky is full of pink, so I hope it will be another sunny day like we had yesterday.
Son Joseph, 18, is still off work from his construction job since his boss is in Florida for several weeks. He’s been kept busy doing things around home. Yesterday my husband, Joe, and Joseph went to daughter Susan’s house to work on the second bedroom downstairs. Daughter Verena is staying there with Susan.
Daughter Lovina comes home from work around 2:30 p.m., then leaves at night to go stay with sister Verena. She leaves for work at 5:30 a.m. from there. The house seems empty, and I’m trying to teach myself how to cook smaller portions.
We have been getting things together so we can file our 2020 taxes. It seems harder to think with all that has been going on. We are also going through closets and storage, and we hope to have a garage sale this spring. It’s getting closer to spring cleaning time.
May God put some sunshine back in our life so we can go on, not to normal but a new normal.
I do want to take time again to thank all of you for the cards, gifts and for being such a tremendous support during the last few months. It was greatly appreciated, and may God bless you for your kindness.
I sat down after supper last night to try to pen this column, but no words seemed to form in my mind. After a night’s sleep and seeing the start of another day, I feel more like writing.
On both Friday and Saturday evening, sister Verena and daughter Susan and children were here for the night. On Saturday night, daughter Elizabeth and Tim and children also decided to come for the night. It felt good to have everyone home again.
On Sunday, we were invited to sister Emma and Jacob’s house for lunch. Menno furnished most of the food in honor of his wife, niece Emma’s, 23rd birthday, which was Feb. 15. We were served a delicious meal consisting of barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, coleslaw, cheese, cake, ice cream, cupcakes, etc.
Our church services were held on Saturday this time due to a bigger-than-normal service, and three young souls were baptized, accepting Jesus as their Savior. It is such a blessing to partake in the joy of baptismal services.
Daughter Elizabeth had quite an ordeal with her children. She said they were playing really nicely, so she slipped downstairs to sort the laundry. She came back up and Abigail, 4, had a small children’s scissors and was giving T.J. quite a haircut. When she saw it upset her mother, Abigail said, “Mom, hair will grow back.”
Elizabeth was thankful that no one was hurt, but T.J. might have lopsided hair for a while.
With three children ages 1, 2 and 4, it keeps Elizabeth on the go.
I better get busy — we have laundry to fold and put away before I leave for town. Daughter Lovina has an appointment after work, so I will pick her up.
God’s blessings to all.
Beef Pot Roast
1 (7 to 8 pounds) beef roast, chuck, round, or rump
12 medium carrots, peeled and left whole
8 to 10 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
6 onions, halved
Garlic cloves, optional
Brown roast thoroughly on all sides over medium heat in roaster. If using garlic, cut narrow slits in meat and insert cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Cover roaster and reduce heat to low, cooking meat about three hours or until nearly done.
Arrange potatoes, carrots, and onion around roast, adding salt as desired. Baste with meat juices. Cover again and cook over medium heat about 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
Remove meat and vegetables. Strain juices and thicken if you wish to serve with gravy.
Lovina Eicher is an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight. She, her husband, Joe, and their family live in southeastern Michigan. Contact Eicher at P.O. Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply) or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and the message will be passed on to her to read.