While in Holmes County, Ohio a few weeks ago, I came across a big stack of The Budget newspapers in Heini's Cheese Chalet. They were for sale for $1.00 per copy. Being a big reader of Amish novels, I have been wanting to read The Budget for a long time. Almost every Amish novel has Dad or Granddad reading The Budget.
Reading The Budget is like taking a step back in time. Each church district has someone responsible for writing about what is going on in their district for the week. There were 48 pages of news from Amish and Mennonite communities all over the United States and five countries (Belize, Ghana West Africa, Israel, Nicaragua, and England).
Almost each post describes the weather, where church was held, who came to visit and from where, who went visiting and where, who is sick. It is very homey and folksy.
Here are some interesting tidbits from The Budget:
Miller, Missouri, Halltown Area - Stanley Hostetlers found several hundred mushrooms. Several 8" and 9" have been found. Yesterday the temperature went up to lower 90s!
Elmer Hostetler flew to Pennsylvania again to visit his friend Katie Miller over last weekend and her birthday.
Rosetta Headings (Mrs. Clinton) spilled boiling water on her foot. She doctored it with B&W salve and burdock.
Apple Creek, Ohio - All days have 24 hours, but today seemed like it had a few extra hours. Mom had nose bleeds during the night and a weak day.
Other news: Paul L. Schlabach spent a day in the hospital due to some bladder problems.
Clearbrook, Minnesota - Andrew Troyer (Allans) hurt himself when he got caught between 2 buggies while helping others hitch up and the horse started to go. He has 2 big cuts that look pretty deep above his knee. They are trying to heal it with the B&W and burdock method. They say it could go up to 4 months till he's fully recovered. He doesn't have too much pain if he holds still, but that's hard to do being a 13 year old, not?
Rexford, Montana - Teacher David Slabaugh plans to leave for his hometown in Ohio sometime next week. I'm sure the students will all miss him! So far we don't have a teacher for the next term. Any volunteers?
It's raining again, just a steady drizzle. Makes you happy to be inside by the stove, and it sure sounds pretty on the tin roof!
Delhi, Iowa - Rainy and cold. It was in the 40's all day , with rain off and on. But at least the wind has died down. It has been rainy, windy, and cold since Sunday. We heard the saying "if it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain for 7 Sundays." It has proved true so far.