Season’ Greetings to all our email friends. I find it hard to believe it is December, with such a beautiful fall it doesn’t seem like winter time. By the sound of the weather predictions for next week, winter will be here without a doubt. We have nothing to complain about, I sure don’t look forward to the cold though.
Baby Tonya Danae Musser was born to our son Mark & Mabel Ann on Tuesday November 29th. She weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19” long, a cute, tiny package. That makes 15 grandchildren for us, 7 girls and 8 boys, the girls are catching up! I am glad they live close by so I can see her oftener.
We have again had some changes in employees, it takes time to get everyone trained, but things are going better by now. Nathan, Joseph, Kiel, Doug and William are the cheese maker’s, Harold is in shipping, Stacy in retail and office, Dwayne does wholesale. Rae Ann, Nicole & Kaitlyn are the cheese cutting girls. Jeff is mostly in the office as general manager and Junior’s assistant, he also helps out on the floor as necessities arise. Doug also takes care of the aging rooms, Russ works 2 days a week. Jay Alan still faithfully hauls milk and does maintenance. The newest employee is Chris, who will be manager of the cheese cutting, orders, shipping, the general flow of things. She will be taking over most of my duties so I can cut back to part time. There is a lot to learn, but she is doing well.
The orders have been rolling out of here, we have never sold this much cheese before, we are happy to be able to do so. It keeps everyone stepping in the cutting, packaging and shipping departments. And now we are in the gift box season, we have already sold a nice amount and Christmas is still 3 weeks away. The FedEx drivers will be keeping busy in the next couple of weeks.
Rufus was very busy with demos and food shows the last few months. He was in Fairfield, Coralville, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City this week. In 2 weeks he will be in Chicago for 4 days and that will wrap it up for 2016. He is ready for a break but will be ready to get back on the road again in a few weeks.
Junior took off early yesterday to work at getting things ready for winter on the farm. This will be his first winter at this place, he may need to do more to get ready. The children sure like living there. Jessica’s kitties are Mittens & Boots, Cupcake & Cookie. Junior found the last 2 in the cornfield, rather wild, but the one was a Calico and he chased it till he caught it. The children and Crystal are getting them tamed. Austin, 22 months, is a chubby blue-eyed blond, full of energy and a winning grin. He gets so excited when we come, he hardly knows how to act. And Jeremy is the big boy around there, Daddy’s helper. He takes his time to things, seeming almost slow, but the wheels are turning in his head. Jessica on the other hand is quick, impulsive.
The end of summer is drawing near, I’m not sure where the time has gone. This letter is long over-due and I have had several reminders from subscribers, I apologize.
A new granddaughter, Emma, was born to Galen & Rachel on August 23rd! She has a nice amount of darker hair, darker complexioned than big sister Rebecca, who is blue-eyed and has blond curly hair. Rebecca is 18 months and she isn’t too sure about this new baby as of yet. She will touch her, and smile to her, but hold her - - - the other day Rachel wanted a picture of Rebecca holding Emma. We sat her on the rocker, Rachel got the camera ready and I tried to lay Emma on Rebecca’s lap. She pushed her away with both hands and I didn’t get her on! She had a big stuffed dog, we put the dog between them, that was okay. Then I tried putting Emma on the chair in front of her, that little foot came out and shoved her away. I saw they did get a picture later with Galen’s help. One of these days she will probably like her too well. That makes #14 grandchild for us, 6 girls and 8 boys.
All the moving changes have taken place, we are basically settled in, altho I don’t have everything unpacked yet. I finally got my sewing machine out of the box on Saturday and the things placed in drawers, but haven’t used it yet. There is a stack of mending to work at. Also some other things I’m not sure where I want to put yet. Slowly but surely I keep working at it.
April 18, 2016
Monday April 18, 2016
Spring has arrived by the feel of things. Temperatures in the 70’s during the day and nights in the 40’s & 50’s. We’ve had lots of wind in April, but nothing serious as far as storms for which we are thankful. It is nice to see the green grass, the redbuds blooming, tulips, etc. I like spring with all the new blooms.
We have had some changes. Jr & Crystal bought a farm, 134 acres 2 ½ miles east of here. They moved on Sat. April 9th. The house is smaller, without a basement. They had to put some things in storage and the rest of the rooms are full. The children really enjoy being able to play outside with lots of room to roam. But a stray dog showed up, wanted to play, and had Jessica on the ground licking her face. That did not go over well; Jr took it along to the home farm on the tractor. So hopefully it won’t bother them again. Jessica says they are going to have chickens, kitties, puppies and later she added rabbits to the list! I’m not sure she was asking her parents about all of those . . . . . . Jr will be moving his hog operation there with room to expand. He planted corn on Saturday.
Rufus and I will be moving off the farm to the house in town where Jrs had lived. We will move in May, haven’t set a date as of yet. I started doing some packing, I have lots of sorting to do after living there 23 ½ yrs. Things have a way of accumulating when you have room to store it. We shouldn’t need everything anymore with just the 2 of us. Tomorrow the 3 daughters-in-law, my sister and sister-in-law will help me do some cleaning in the empty house. After shampooing the carpets we can start moving some small things and boxes, with having a moving day for the furniture later. I will be glad to have that behind us. Mark & Mabel Ann will move to our farm later this summer.