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Apr  2001

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Number 13

Here is some items of interest of I have accumulated over the month. The information comes from various newspapers (English and Amish), magazines, the internet, etc. I have used their wording as much as possible.

RIDDLE - Who can raise things without lifting them?  (answer at bottom)
  • OH horse sale - top sellers
    Top Belgian mare went for $6,100
    Top Clydesdale went for $5,000
    Top Percheron went for $4,700
    Top Standard breed went for $5,300

  iconyeltulip.gif (965 bytes)   UPCOMING AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITS
  • Topeka IN - Topeka Spring Carriage Auction - April 19-21
  • St. Joseph MO - Draft horse, mule & equipment sale - Stockyards - April 27-28
  • Hawkinsville GA - Spring Carriage & Wagon Auction - April 27-28
  • Milroy IN - Quilt Auction - April 28
  • Honeyville IN - Quilt Auction - April 29
  • Shipshewanna IN - Quilt Show - May 3 - 6
  • Versailles MO - Draft Horse Sale - May 4-5
  • Topeka IN - Exotic Animal Sale - May 5 & 6
  • Gratz Fire Co. Quilt & Craft Consignment Sale - May 12
  • Bonduel WI - Quilt Auction - May 12


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  • Walnut Loaf - Dust the following with flour:  2 lb english walnuts, 2 lb dates.  Mix:  1 cup flour, 4 egg yolks (save whites), 1 cup sugar.  Beat the 4 whites.  Fold in nuts & fruit.  Bake 1/2 hour in loaf pan.
Recipes for this month - Noodle pudding, snitz pie, PN cookies, sponge cake
TIP - when baking bread, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.  The bread will rise better.
  • Peanut Butter Drops - In a saucepan:  stir together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of peanut butter (any style), 1/4 cup evaporated milk.  Bring to boil, stir till melted.  Remove from heat.  Add 2 1/2 cups rice krispies or granola.  Drop by rounded teaspoon onto waxed paper.  Cool until firm.
  • TIP - Use a wooden recipe box for addresses. Write on index cards. Changes can be made easily.
Household accidents - Five most dangerous sources are: stairs, glass, doors, cutlery, glass bottles & jars, and home power tools.  Source - Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • There were a total of 574 migrations in the year 2000.  There were 517 in 1999 and 536 in 1998.  Ten new settlements were started in the year 2000.  30 families moved out of the Lancaster area.
  • IN - a mother ran out of eggs while baking so she sent her 5 year old daughter with an egg carton to a close  neighbor to borrow some.  The carton never made it so the neighbor put each egg in a separate container and told her not to drop the bag.   She didn't make it out of the driveway before dropping the bag, then did some skipping and then decided to swing awhile.  Her mother ended up with scrambled eggs.
  • PA - a drunk driver hit a buggy from behind.  The buggy was demolished, the horse had to be killed and 2 occupants in the buggy were only slightly injured.  This was not the first offense of the automobile driver.
  • School boards in many communities are looking for teachers for next years term.
  • PA - a 20 month old child was accidentally scalded when she fell into a mixer with 170 degree water in it being used to mix feed for their calves.  She is recovering.   The hospital bill for the 11 day stay is $254,000.00.  The bill will be decreased to $111,800.00 if it is paid within 60 days.
  • IA - a tame lion was brought to the harness shop to get a collar made.
  • Amish TV - Michigan - 60 young folks had a pleasant evening at one home.   Supper was served and many tried the unfamiliar item "Palm Haas".   After singing, a few of the boys provided some entertainment which is known as "Amish TV".  A bed sheet was hung in the doorway of a darkened room where the audience sits.  The boys are in the adjoining room with alight and produce the "moving picture show" on the sheet.


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  • Many communities are having produce auction meetings.
  • CA - the California energy crisis has also affected the farmers.  28% of the milk processors are affected.  Over 16 million pounds of milk had to be turned away due to not having electric.
  • OH - 110 pounds of sap and 4 milk cans full of syrup were gotten the first day.
  • PA - some farmers sowing their tobacco beds.
  • IN - When the diary processing plant closed, they didn't pay the farmers for their milk.  One farmer had 810 cows and lost $240,000.00.
Canada - organic garlic growers still have not received money for last years crops.   They were told to expect 25 cents a pound.  Apple growers seem to be having the same problem
  • TIP - Save used popsicles sticks. Write bulb name in permanent marker on stick. Use this spring when planting your bulbs so you can keep track of your bulbs.
Food safety from FDA publications - "keep all animals out of all produce fields including migratory waterfowl".  Never use a livestock trailer or wagon to haul produce if it was used to transport animals.
  • TIP - start tomatoes for late May - no cover.  Spray raspberries.  Plant red potatoes, peas, early corn and beans.
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May is "National Egg Month".
Largest laid egg weighed a pound with a double yolk and double shell.
One of the few foods that contain Vitamin D is the yolk.
There are 200 breeds of chickens.
To produce a dozen eggs, a hen must eat approximately 4 pounds of feed.
The average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year.
There is no difference in nutrition between white and brown eggs.
As an egg gets older, it absorbs air through the pores of the shell

      and forms a bubble at one end.
To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours.
The most expensive egg ever sold was the Faberge "Winter Egg"

     sold in 1994 for $5.6 million.
State rankings in the U.S. in both the average number of layers and

    in total egg production: California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia.

Feb prices - selling and purchasing for the farmer (PA prices unless noted)
Butter                 $1.50 Fat Steers         $68 to $83.50
Ear Corn             $65 to $70 Hogs                $38.75 to $41
Straw                  $120.00 Rabbits             $1.40
Alfalfa Hay          $135.00 Vealers             $45 to $70
Propane gas        $1.35 Beef Cows          $42 to $54.25
Horseradish       $1.25 for 8 oz. Bull Calves        $110 to $162
Guinea Pigs   $.75 to $4.50 Cheese   block - $1.30    barrels  $1.27
Large Eggs        $1.12
Medium Eggs    $.96
Barn Pigeons    $3.00
White Pigeons   $3.25
Tobacco            $1.40 to $1.85 pound
Milk prices by area
  • PA - $12.25
  • VA - $15.72
  • WI - $10.00
  • MO - $9.68  Class III
  • OH - 40 acres were sold for $289,000.00.

LINKS   - URL's I found interesting.  URL's may or may not contain just Amish info.

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Hospital bill from 1942
Six day room charge $30
Lab fee $3.75
Misc. $.63 
Total $34.38
During the 19th century, plumes on top of the hearse told you a great deal. No plumes indicated the deceased was poor. 2 plumes indicated moderate income. 3 to 4 plums fairly well to do. 5 to 6 well off. And 7 or 8 meant the person was rich.

  • The tootsie roll was first sold in 1896.
  • More in-vitro babies are born in Australia than anywhere else in the world. They also produced the world’s first test-tube twins, triplets, and quadruplets.
  • Coca-Cola has the largest fleet of trucks in the world. UPS comes in second.
  • Lightning is 3 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  • 15% of Americans bite their fingernails.

  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
  • The person who is pulling the oars usually hasn’t time to rock the boat.
  • Temptations are like bums, treat one nice and he’ll return with his friends.
  • A sound argument must have more than sound to it.
  • After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.   He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.  
    The moral:  when you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Riddle answer - A farmer - Who can raise things without lifting them?

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Abundant Living
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Think deeply
Give freely
Speak gently
Pay promptly
Laugh often
Pray earnestly
Work hard
Be kind

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Take Care - See You Next Month

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