May 22 was my 37th birthday.  During the afternoon I got a nice birthday surprise:  I went out to the garden and discovered we have radishes and green onions ready to eat. Yum!  This cool weather has made the radishes taste very good.  We have been having 40 degree weather this week and that makes mornings a bit chilly.


    May 22 was my 37th birthday.  During the afternoon I got a nice birthday surprise:  I went out to the garden and discovered we have radishes and green onions ready to eat. Yum!  This cool weather has made the radishes taste very good.  We have been having 40 degree weather this week and that makes mornings a bit chilly.   We keep the
propane lights on a little bit longer to keep the chill out of the house.  So far we have not had to start the coal-stove again.  I am trying to get this column written while frying hamburgers for our lunch which is also making the place a bit warmer.
    We decided to wait until Friday evening May 23 to celebrate my
birthday.  My husband  Joe said I don't have to make supper, he is
going to town and bringing pizza home which will be a treat for us
all.   During the day, Joe and I will go along to the zoo with the first and second graders all day.  It'll be a treat to me to not have to come home and cook supper. Sister Emma, Jacob, and family, and sisters Susan and Verena, plan to come on Friday night in honor of my birthday.
    Elizabeth and I have laundry drying on the lines.  It is still only
57 degrees.  I can't remember too many birthdays with cool weather
like this. I do remember one year Mom started putting out her first
garden plants on my birthday.  When I think back over the years most
birthdays have been happy but a few stand-out to me that were a little
rough.  Four years ago I was in the hospital over my birthday after
the birth of daughter Lovina.  Eight years ago my birthday was the day
before my dear Father's funeral.
    Earlier this week we got more of our garden planted.  Daughter
Elizabeth, 14, and Susan, 12, made homemade pizza for supper so I
could keep working in the garden.   They also made chocolate chip
bars.  It is so nice that they can help out at their age already. The other children were out in the garden helping Joe and I plant.
    Meanwhile, a lot of people are having luck finding mushrooms this
year.  So far we haven't been lucky but we don't have a woods to look
into either.  We love mushrooms on the grill or dipped in batter and
deep-fried.
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    This is the homemade pizza crust recipe that Elizabeth and Susan made
for our supper this week.

HOMEMADE PIZZA CRUST
1 tablespoon yeast (one package)
1 1 /4 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 1 /2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons oregano
    Preheat oven to 400. Dissolve yeast in water.  Put flour, salt, sugar and oregano in large bowl.  Add yeast and oil and mix.  Let rise.
    Punch down and put on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for a few minutes, then add sauce and favorite toppings. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.