Dumplings, Rummy, Mules, Sewing, Subbing

From Thursday of Last week until tonight Nate and I have been very busy people. On Thursday afternoon I went to Tom and Sharron's house. Tom and Sharron are awesome people of God. They have a wonderful family and great faith. Sharon invited me to their house to teach me how to make chicken and dumplings using her secret recipe. Of course, I cannot reveal this secret but we had a very good time and I learned how to make chicken and dumplings. We also made 2 apple pies. Nate and Tom joined us later for dinner which was delicious and then we all played some Apples to Apples with their grandson. It was a great time!

Friday during the day I started working on my first project on my sewing machine. I made a bag from an old sheet to put our recycling in before we take it out to the big can outside every week. Before we were just throwing everything on the ground next to the trash can trying to make it as neat as possible but it just wasn't working. So, I made a plain white bag with a drawstring. It looks like a pillowcase on a string but I'm pretty proud of my first accomplishment with my machine.

It's a little plain so I might iron on some letters to spice it up a little.

Friday night we went to Pat and Gib's to have dinner with them and the Kobaks (the pastor and his wife). Pat and Gib love to play games. They especially love to play variations of rummy. The last time Nate and I spent time with them we played 2 different variations of rummy. We played 3 and 13 well into the night. Nate and I are wondering how many forms of rummy there might be and we are ready to take on learning as many as possible.

Saturday we went to the East Perry County Fair (the Altenburg Fair). This fair is considered, "the best little fair in the land". If you don't know, Altenburg, MO is the home of the first LCMS seminary. In good German tradition, this fair holds a record concerning beer consumption. I am pretty sure it is the most beer consumed over the course of two days. It is also famous for its fried fish and cheese sandwiches. Nate stood in line for 30 minutes to collect cheese sandwiches for the group we were there with. The biggest thing to see at this fair though is the mule jumping. The mules compete to see which mule can jump the highest over a pole. Apparently this started as a bar bet and turned into the talk of the fair. It is VERY entertaining. I am not kidding either. It was great! I want to go again next year.

Picture from semissourian.com

Sunday we had church of course which my dad joined us for. He came down to hear Nate preach and to go to Nate's Bible study. Then there was a chicken and dumplings dinner at the church as a fundraiser. We also had chicken and dumplings again at a birthday party that night. I think that Nate and I are experts on what makes good chicken and dumplings now. :)

Today and yesterday I subbed at Jackson Junior High. I really enjoyed both days. I haven't really done much but the kids are great. I have had time to read which is very nice and I am doing something which is also good.

That's all for now! God is good!


  1. Hey, Katie, so glad you got to experience the Best Little Fair in the Land. Sorry I didn't get to see you though. We always go, it's a must and as you have found out, it's a local holiday. Almost as exciting as Christmas. We stayed until the last truck couldn't pull any longer. LeAnne and family were there with us, too. Hey, if you want to stretch that experience of small town festivals, Sat. Oct 9th come on back and this time go to Frohna to the Saxon Lutheran memorial for it's Annual Fall Festival. It is a wonderful family day with lots of activities and entertainment. Your church should have gotten some info on it. Anyway I would love to see you and your new husband and maybe a parent or two tagging along. Again, welcome to our little world in southeast MO, glad to know you are around. Blessings in all you do to serve Him.

  2. I'm so glad you are having such a wonderful experience in this great City of Cape Girardeau!

    You're ingenious for thinking of making that bag.