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December 27, 2012

The Amish Cook: Flu strikes the Eicher household

Wednesday evening and supper is over. Everyone went their own way, some reading, some writing, and some still down with the flu.

Yes, the flu bug hit us. So far it has only been son Benjamin and my husband, Joe. Their symptoms were a high temperature, cough, aches and chills. I called the doctor and he said there is not much they can do. So I am playing nurse and trying to keep their temperatures down and trying to keep them comfortable.

I hope it stays away from the rest of us. Joe is caught up at work so he is off work until after New Year's Day. It was a good thing that he did not have to leave as he woke up with a temperature of 102. I hope he will be better to enjoy his birthday, which is Saturday, Dec. 22. This will make him 44 years old already.

Last night we had an easy supper of eggs, toast and cheese. Verena fried the eggs and Loretta made the toast so I got out of helping with supper. We have eggs, eggs, eggs around here. After the holidays I hope to make noodles with a lot of them.

Elizabeth arrived home safe and sound from their trip to Kentucky. It is always nice to know when everyone is back home again. Christmas is coming up fast and I still have not signed any cards. Seems I get later every year in getting them out.

Tomorrow night is the elementary Christmas program at the school. Joseph, Lovina and Kevin are excited about it. Friday will be a half day of school. Sounds like we have some snow and wind expected for tonight. There might be a possibility that there will be no school Friday.

I remember one year on our way home from the school Christmas program, it snowed a lot. It was hard to find our way home with the fresh snow covered roads in the dark. The next morning school was canceled, but the children were disappointed because so were their parties.

We were surprised with Christmas carolers one night. It was some of the families from our church. They had a team of horses and a hay wagon to take them from one place to the next. A group of people stood outside on our porch and sang Christmas carols.

This is now Thursday morning and it is raining and very windy. It is the first morning all week that Benjamin woke up without a fever.

He said he feels lots better. It is hard to keep him down when he is sick. He had a 104 temperature one morning and was walking around. It doesn't take much of a fever to put me in bed. I just never could walk around with a high temperature.

Today I want to bake bread and make something for Elizabeth to take something to the factory.

Didn't realize I didn't have too much yeast on hand so make I won't get to bake as much as I thought. I will close this column wishing you a blessed Christmas.

Those of you who travel may you arrive back safely.

Also: Get well wishes to all the people with illnesses, may you have a complete and speedy recovery.

And last, but not least, let us remember the families in Connecticut during this sorrowful time. Such a tragedy. May God be with them.

God's blessings to all.

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