July 15, 1952

Eunice Ott

Eunice Ott

Missionary with the Evangelical Alliance Mission

Mavuradonha Mission Station
July 15, 1952

Dear folks,

Time has gone and I’ve neglected to write to you for quite some time.  I received a letter from you telling about the Blairs’ visit, etc.  I am glad that you got to meet them.  I like them very much.  It was interesting what you mentioned about the kids.  David has had his day of being the world’s worst.

I guess that you must be making up for last summer this year with all of your heat.  I know that it is plenty hot when the temperature climbs in the upper nineties.  It really wasn’t very hot the summer when I was home either so I guess that you have it coming this year.  It is interesting to hear about the corn.  It really must be growing this year.  Perhaps you will have a bumper crop.

I hope that you are feeling better now.  You must be kept busy cooking, etc., for all of those men folks around there.  I’m glad to hear that you have a new stove.  What kind is it?  What color, etc.?  Where does it sit in the kitchen?

Shucks, here comes a boy for eye medicine.  I must go and fix him up.  Well, I’m finished with him.

Last Thursday afternoon, Warren, John, and myself went to Msengedzi and returned Sunday afternoon.  John is the young fellow who was saved last year around Christmas time whom I wrote about.  It was nice to visit them and see the people there.  I quite enjoyed it.  We have had a holiday from school from last Friday until tomorrow morning, Wednesday.  So I left Thursday as soon as my last class was finished.  Everyone was surprised to see us at Msengedzi.  In fact we met them in a village about 20 miles from Msengedzi where they were holding meetings but they were returning that night to Msengedzi so we waited until they had their meeting and then we came on to Msengedzi.

The Dunkelds are fine.  Lois is so cute.  She wanted to come home with me and so I left her crying because she didn’t get her suitcase packed.  We had arranged that if she came with me she could sleep in my bed and I would sleep on the floor.  She thought that that would be O.K.

There really isn’t much news around here or at least I can’t seem to think of any.  Mary is thinking about her furlough.  She sails from Cape Town in January.  I don’t know what I shall do with my holiday time next month.  I suppose that I shall go to Salisbury and call it quits.  There isn’t much to do there except look around in the shops and spend what little money one has.  It is a great place for that.  I believe that I shall finish this later.

I guess I’ll finish this now.  It is 8:30 p.m.  I’ve been sitting here getting business letters, etc., off.  Did I ever tell you that I had to kill my dog as it got very sick and Russ was over and he said that it wouldn’t get better.  Now I’m wanting a small type of a dog.  I hope that I can find one when I’m in town in August.  Last night we got together for a few games here on the station (we missionaries) and so I baked doughnuts for a change.  I have a receipt which I once got from Mrs. Arthur which makes excellent ones and these last night were perfect.  Did you ever try that pie which I told you about?  I’m sure that you’d like it so you had better try it sometime.

Well, I guess Lois will not be wanting to live too close to her in-laws if the kids are so inconsiderate of her things.  How old is Dean, etc.?  Really what I know about that brother-in-law I could write it in three sentences.

I guess that this is all for now.  I’m glad to hear that your chickens have done so well.  Something got one of my hens which was sitting on eggs on a pile of grass outside of the hen house last night.  I am careful to shut the hen house door every night as there are various animals around to catch them at night.  I’m getting lots of eggs these days.

I trust that you are all well and that you are feeling better now.  Mom, tell Pa not to work too hard these hot days.  Let the “young bloods” carry on in the heat.

Your dress must be very nice.


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