Home Plain Country Coffee Break with Sue – By Susan Yoder

Coffee Break with Sue – By Susan Yoder

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Feb. 16, 2017: Hello to y’all!

Wow! February is half over. How did that happen?

Lots of sickness around. Shteff has a cough, bad enough that he wasn’t in church.

Mom and I spent a few hours having coffee break at Dan and Kathys. Laura Kauffman also joined us. Kathy is about back to normal after having a knee replacement in December.

Spending a day at Daniel and Betty Burkholders were my folks, Crist and Barbara Ann, Mel and Lynda Smucker, Molly Kuhns, Barb Hershberger, Rav Betty Byler, Rav Esther Gingerich, Sam Edna Kauffman, Kathy Miller and daughter Ruthie and children, sister Betty Detweiler and myself. (Betty’s first husband was my Mom’s brother Lester C. Byler. He passed away from MS at a young age.)

The big air works auction in Mt. Hope is coming up soon. Hubby always looks forward to that. I’ll stay here and keep the home fires burnin’.

Recently spending a day at the Miller girls Katie, Anna, Clara were aunts Katherine, Betty and their daughters, Barbara Detweiler, Wayne Liz from Carroll, Ida Byler and Amanda, Cindy Byler, Emma Stoltzfus, and Rachel, my Mom and sis, Betty Detweiler, Barbie Yoder and Marcus, and Leanna and the writer. We had an interesting time.

Our thoughts are much with the Harvey Weaver family who are keeping vigil at husband and dad’s bedside after he had surgery to repair an aneurysm and is not well.

Remember … yesterday’s history … tomorrow’s a mystery … so enjoy today!

‘Til next time …


Jan. 16, 2017: A friendly Hello to y’all!

We are still waiting for snow … will this be a repeat of last winter? (Frown!)

We had church here twice, so now we’ll try to get some other things done … puzzles for one, a winter favorite pastime.

Also we have some shut-ins we’d like to visit. My cousin (Mel) Marie Yoder is laid up with a broken collarbone after falling on ice. Mel Raber and daughter Barbara are both ailing and are in the hospital at this writing.

Shteff (Levi Miller Jr.) was able to be in church again! He seemed happy to be there.

Us church ladies had our annual gathering at Jake Betz Gingerich recently. We had a nice evening and even had a few “strange” ladies come by, a Lizzie from Lancaster, Pa. and a Wanda from Holmes County, Ohio. I failed to get their last names. I’m guessing Andy Laurie Hostetler and Adam Mari Miller might know who they were, Hummm. (Smile!)

We had the David Kauffman family and their marrieds here for our annual Christmas get together. We missed Danny, but life goes on.

Spending an evening at Uncle Allen J. Miller recently were David Detweilers and Rachel, the Allen Ray Yoder family, and us. We were revealing ourselves as Secret Friends for 2016. Also joining us were my parents, Aunt Betty and John Weaver, Aunt Katherine … oh, and I mustn’t forget cousins Emma Stoltzfus, Cindy and Betzy Dans Ray Jr. and children. (Ray loves to have his name in the paper!) (Smile!)

Mrs. Eli Weaver Ada has a hip replacement scheduled for Jan. 26. Send her cheer at 15880 Old State Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062.

“Til next time, wishing you all a blessed 2017!


Nov. 26, 2016: A friendly greeting to all! My! Time has a way of slipping away. I missed the deadline again! Sorry, Jacquie! Mom had a minor surgery done recently on her parathyroid. It was “stealing” calcium from her bones. Hopefully, this surgery will help fight the osteoporosis that is ravaging her bones. Then my folks went on a 2 day Lancaster tour with Bill Stutzman.

We are remodeling at the present, taking a wall out, enlarging our living room for our “growing” family. Norm had some unexpected time off work, so I was glad he had that to keep him occupied. Most of the Gid Hershberger family spent Thanksgiving in Munfordville, Ky. With the David and Laura Gingerich family who moved there this past summer. We Miller cousins had our annual gathering at Cathy Yoders (Marvin) on Election Day. And, to our utter amazement, who should come waltzing in after lunch but six of our Moms/Aunts! Of all the nerve! (Love you Aunts!) (Smile!) Your days are comin’!

The Aden Miller family recently moved back into our church district. They built a new home on Old State Road. I’m sure they are glad, as their oldest, Jolene, has been attending first grade at Hickory Grove School since school started. Our 5-year-old grandson Noah was recently overheard calling his little sister Emily a “chore”plant. His mom has told him he’s a “house”plant and 1 year old Emily loves going to the barn with Dad … sooo … (Smile!) There is nothing more heartwarming than the smile of a child.


Nov. 1, 2016: Oh my, this letter had completely slipped my mind! Had an enjoyable eve when some long time friends got together … Anna Marie Yoder, Linda Miller, Linda Hershberger, Betty Detweiler and last but not least Cindy Shrock who came dressed as Clyde or Chuck or Charlie … whoever it was. Smile! It was Halloween! Some church families plan to spend tonight at Crist Miller (Sue Johns) for his recent birthday.

We have this bright orange tree right outside the front door and it’s really bright with the sun shining on it. Awesome! The leaves seem slow in coming down or maybe I’m like Crankshaft? NOT! But it’s always nice to have the yard all cleaned before that first snowfall. On Saturday is to be the annual craft show at Joe’s Window Shop. It will be put together by (Ray) Judy Miller. I’m sure Joe is missed. I can just see him “shuffling” around with a friendly greeting for all. My parents, along with a load of Betsy cousins are visiting their cousins in Mercer today … the Jake E, Byler family. “Shteff” Levi Jr. Miller is in the hospital at this writing, stomach issues. Sure hope he’s gaining.

We recently had a foreign exchange student here from Bavaria, Germany. Her name was Helena Brach-Maeir. She is studying law at CWRU. She met daughter Rebecca at Hershbergers where she works. Helena wanted to visit an Amish home. It was very interesting to talk with her and hear how they live. She said there is one highway there that has no speed limit and they go way over 100 MPH. Can you imagine! I surely hope they wouldn’t be texting or talking on their phones if that’s the case! Yikes!

She will be leaving the states in January of 2017. If nothing turns up, we Miller cousins will have our annual gathering on Election Day. This time it will be at (Marvin) Cathy Yoders in Burton. It’s always nice to catch up with each other. A sign on my kitchen wall that a friend gave me says, “I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without it.” Till next time … Happy Thanksgiving!


Sept. 28, 2016: A Happy Hello to y’all! Autumn has arrived in all its beauty … awesome! Norm’s folks Dan and Mattie Yoder recently spent 5 days here. We visited each of the children and then also the two new schools where the grands are … Hidden Meadows on Curtiss-Middlefield in Farmington where the teachers are Alma and Erma daughters of Albert Jr. and Martha Miller and then Shady Maple on Georgia Road where teachers are Emma daughter of Mark and Emma Hershberger and Esther daughter of Albert R. and Emma Miller. Eli Weaver Ada recently had back surgery.

The way I understood it, they removed a spur from the tailbone that was pressing on a nerve, hence the pain going down her leg. We certainly hope it’s a success! My Mom and I, along with my two sisters Betty and Barbie and sister-in-law Virginia recently went to the teahouse in Burton for a unique dine-out. We were celebrating the end of Virginia’s treatments, hopefully for good. She has always appreciated the “Victorian” era. We also browsed the couple of stores that have this old looking stuff that’s all the craze now. We had a beautiful day to enjoy it. And … Now what?? A groundhog (AKA woodchuck) underneath the pallets of stacked wood. We’ve seen it go in and out for a few weeks already.

But it never comes out when the man of the house is in! (Smile) Mahlon and Barb Miller along with Donnie and Viola Smucker are spending some time at the outer banks this week. Published to marry on Oct. 11 are Becky daughter of Chris and Kathy Burkholder and a son of John and Sarah Mullet of Carrollton. Also published are Jacob son of Joe and Mary Ann Weaver and Amanda daughter of Mel and Marie Yoder whose family went through an ordeal, losing son-in-law Henry Kauffman Jr. in a car/buggy crash. The rest of the family is recuperating. This happened in New York State. ‘Till next time, let us do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God! Enjoy fall while it lasts!


Aug. 31, 2016: A friendly Hi Y’all! We are enjoying cooler days finally! All in all, we had a beautiful summer. It seems everyone had or has plenty of garden goodies. Schools are starting. Are those sighs of relief I hear from all you busy mothers? I remember those days. My kids say they can still hear me say, “Oh! I can’t wait till school starts!”

Looking back, I can truly say time went way too fast. Yesterday was the funeral of a dear friend, Danny, age 29, son of David and Laura Kauffman. He battled cancer for almost 10 years. It started as bone cancer and he lost his one leg. He gallantly bore his cross and didn’t complain. He will be greatly missed. Send mail to his family ay 16453 Madison Road, Middlefield, 44062. I’ve been to many garage sales this summer and the day of reckoning has come. I must tackle my storeroom! Oh my, why buy things only to store them … just in case someone might need it? No, I’m not a hoarder. (Smile!) But then, a bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it.

Son Joey and Martha Kay along with Steven and Marta Miller and Ches and Becca Kurtz are spending this week at the outer banks of North Carolina. They did have a storm move through; luckily it hadn’t materialized into a hurricane. “God comforts us not by changing circumstances, but by changing our attitude towards them.” ‘Til next time ….


July 22, 2016: Dog Days! And it sure feels like it! Pant! Pant! Can’t be too far from the fan these days. Don’t know how we grew up without one. I do remember sleeping out under the stars if it got too warm. On the 18th was the funeral for widow Rob (Emma) Miller. Also, J.J. Lizzie Miller passed away. To son Norman and Kathryn, a daughter (#3) named Rose Edna.

She also has two brothers. The other grands are Dan and Martha Kuhns. Greats are Bill and Edna Byler, (Erwin) Edna Kuhns, Crist J.S. Millers and Dan D. Yoder’s. Granddaughter Annamae said something sad happened (the above deaths) and now something happy! The baby was born July 19. Levi Saloma and Levi Jr. and more of the family went to Kentucky and surprised David and Cora Kurtz’s daughter Christine (Mrs. Marvin Miller) for her birthday! We recently celebrated Aunt Martha Coblentz’s 90th birthday. Gid Hershberger had invited all the Byler’s for supper. I think most of the locals were there, also Tom and Linda Byler from Pennsylvania. Great Aunt Mary is slowly losing out. She is lovingly cared for in the house of Katie D. Miller, a single lady with a heart of gold. God bless her for all she has done for Aunt Mary who never married and had no children.

Mary used to cook in the Johnson Rubber kitchen “back in the day”. My Dad still carries on about some of the yummy things she’d make. She will turn 95 on Aug. 20, as the Lord wills. When son-in-law Noah recently had their hay cut, and it got very nice, Isaiah, age 6, said, “I prayed so hard for a nice day. Now, look!” (Smile) I do hope he didn’t lose his trust when it showered before they had all the hay made. Remember … Faith looks up; sorrow looks back, and worry looks around. ‘Til next time, enjoy the fast, fleeting days of summer!


June 22, 2016: Beautiful summer days make for busy times! All 27 of our broilers are now in the freezer, minus the few that we’ve already eaten. They were tender and delicious … a little bigger than we wanted at 6 weeks old. But they are meat chickens and grow very fast. Mel Raber is home now after having serious surgery and is slowly getting better. Rob Em (Miller) is slowly losing out and is being lovingly cared for by her family at home in a hospital bed. There have been lots of weddings. We had 3 in our church district in 5 weeks time. Aunt Katherine and Joe recently enjoyed celebrating their 50th anniversary. Hopefully they’ll share detains in “Katherine’s Korner” and “Mom’s Diary”. Al and Linda Frey were blessed with a baby girl named Katy Lyn, after six boys! Their oldest is daughter Mary Ann. Grands are Albert Millers and Henry Frey and the lone Great is Mrs. Dan J. P. Miller (Martha). Strawberries were a bumper crop. We harvested around 20 quarts from our 25 plants in a raised bed. Daughter LeAnna and Noah had around 500 quarts from their 500 plants. My niece Karen recently called from Missouri stating that the temperature is in the upper 90s. Hopefully, the heat will stay out there! Only what we give away enriches us from day to day, for not in getting but in giving is found the lasting joy of living. ‘Til next time …


May 25, 2016: A Friendly Hello to Y’all! Hopefully everyone is enjoying these warm days to the fullest! Yesterday was “family time” at Dad and Moms. Getting their “spring work” done. I was reading in the paper about those 17-year cicadas. I’m still waiting to hear them. Am I just not recognizing the sound? We have been hearing and seeing a pheasant in our pasture. It sounds a lot like a chicken … speaking of which, ours are safely out in their chicken coop now.

We still need to put up a fence for them to be out in. The fryers are in a box stall in the barn. June 2 is the planned wedding date for Matthew son of Fritz and Martha Miller and Maria daughter of (Erwin) Marcia Kuhns. I’m sure it is a bittersweet time for them without husband and Dad here to share in their joy and to help along. Life goes on… On Wednesday, June 15, we plan to attend a nephew’s wedding in Holmes County … Michael son of Bert and Wilma Yoder and Ruby daughter of (Ivan) Sue Yoder in the Alpine area. An 8-year-old niece of mine was telling me something her Dad had told her and I said. “I wonder. I’ll bet he was just pulling your leg.” To which, she promptly said, “Huh uh. I was walking!” (Amelia Bedelia! Smile!) Aunt Martha Coblentz stays about the same.

Some of her nieces recently spent a day with her. Lord willing, she will turn 90 years old on July 18! She is mostly housebound and does enjoy visitors and/or mail. Her address is 15419 Madison Road, Middlefield. May 31, 2016: We are enjoying beautiful summer weather. Gardens are thriving, as are flowerbeds. Wedding season is in full swing now.

On June 7 is the planned day for Nathan son of David and Laura Kauffman and Cindy daughter of Jr. and Betty Troyer. We are hoping and praying that Nathan’s brother Danny will be able to attend! On Friday evening June 3, there is a benefit auction planned at Buster Miller’s for brother Crist and Virginia’s family. She is doing well at this time, but still taking treatments yet for a few months. She does have a downtime the week of her treatment. Rob Emma, a 90-year-old widow in our church, has not been doing too well.

Mel Raber had back surgery and is at briar Hill for therapy. He is slowly gaining. One-year-old Emily daughter of our LeAnna and Noah Miller gave us all a scare when she got stung umpteen times by honeybees. They have hives. They did get the ambulance, but Emily didn’t react to the stings … thankfully! Our family camped out here and spent Memorial Day helping out. The menfolk split and stacked firewood and we mulched. We also celebrated son Joey’s 22nd birthday! “Til next time. Enjoy summer!


April 27, 2016: A friendly “Hi, Y’all”! Everything is “greening up” and looking brand new! Danny Kauffman is spending time at Briar Hill hoping to regain strength to return home for Communion service at their house this weekend. We are all rejoicing after sister-in-law Virginia had a scan done and got good news. Instead of cancer on her lung, it was an infection and her liver was OK, too. She is still taking chemo for the colon cancer she had. We sorrow with the family of Andy Farmwald who died suddenly, leaving his wife and two sons. His mother and father, several brothers and sisters also survive him. He was only 51. Wedding bells are ringing for several couples for May 12: Martha daughter of Crist J. Miller and Jake son of Woody and Sadie Gingerich and also for Anna Mae daughter of Crist and Marie Detweiler and Myron son of Marvin and Mary Hostetler. The Miller brothers and sisters recently spent an evening at Ferdie and Sara’s … a housewarming since they moved into their new shop/house at their son Johns. Their son Andrews moved into their former house. We are enjoying some baby chicks. We just got them and have them in the house in two boxes with a heat lamp. We have 10 layers and 25 fryers, something new for us. Norm is in the process of building a chicken coop. Hopefully, it will warm up to stay soon so they can move out there. They are so cute, but I know they grow fast and don’t stay cute. Neighbors Paul and Linda are enjoying their new little one, Kaylene, born on April 19, 2 days before big sis Sara Jane’s first birthday. Grands are Daniel Burkholder’s and Neil Schmucker’s Jr. Greats are Andy Burkholder’s and Al A. Millers, Neil Schmucker and Dan H. Millers. Plant the seeds of love and watch them grow! ‘Til next time …Feb. 17, 2016: A friendly “Hi, Y’all!” It’s cold and snowy these days with lots of birds at the feeders. Ideally, we’d all enjoy these cozy winter days, but, for those who have to venture out, it’s a different story, especially for the aged and ailing.

Sis-in-law Virginia started chemotherapy this week. Danny Kauffman has been in and out of the hospital. He’s battling an infection in his leg (stub) and has had several surgeries. His address is 16453 Madison Road, Middlefield if anyone wants to send him cheer. He has cancer and has been through a lot.

We recently spent two days at the Cloverdale Horse Auction in Indiana along with Bill and Ray Gingerich, James Gingerich, Adam Yoder and son Aaron. It’s enjoyable to watch these fancy horses. After being there, I’ve come to the conclusion there are many people with more money than brains.

Jonas and Laura Byler were blessed with daughter number four. She’s named Lynda and was born on Feb. 5. She is also welcomed by one brother and grandparents David L. Bylers and Jake A. Bylers. Greats are Lester Lee Bylers and John H. Millers (Fritz) and Mrs. Andy Byler (Sarah).

Son Joey and Martha Kay recently had some big trees taken down in their yard, making me gasp. I love big trees even if they make messes. Possibly, I love them because we don’t have any.

Mrs. Noah Detweiler (Miriam) recently spent overnight at the hospital with symptoms similar to a heart attack. They said gall stones were the culprits.

‘Til next time, remember, you aren’t rich unless you have something that money can’t buy.


Jan.  20, 2016: Hello to Y’all! Beautiful winter days.

2016. Who would have thought! I remember going to school in the 70s and hearing about the “future” … robots, computers and the 21st Century, and here we are! It’s sad that today’s youth will never know the world free of all that technology like cell phones and all the evil that goes with them. But, as long as the Lord tarries, we journey on, one day at a time.

Today, a few of us went to go have a “coffee break” with Mrs. David (Ruth) Byler. David passed away in August. For many years, it was Eli Troyer, my Dad Crist J.S. Elmer Yoder and David. Now, most of the time it’s just my Dad of the “old ones”. Elmer Yoder moved and Eli Troyer hibernates in the winter. We are thankful that Dan and Ada Troyer moved here from Clymer, N.Y.

We heard from Dad Yoders. They had severe storms down there in Florida with several tornadoes going through not far from them. It’s not often they have tornadoes that far south.

I made some suet and put it out for the birds and since have had so many starlings! They act worse than pigs! So, no more suet! We are used to making choices, so the birds can too!

Today, accept others as they are. When you are friends with others, you are also a friend with Jesus!

‘Till next time … stay warm!


 

Jan. 6, 2016: A friendly hello to all! A brand new year and snow to go with it!

We are expecting the Yoder family from Holmes and Wayne Counties today. There will probably be between 70 and 80 people minus Mom and Dad who are wintering in the Sunny South.

The widowers of this area were invited to the Melvin and Carol Miller home one eve for a Christmas dinner, with around 28 in attendance. It sounded like they had an enjoyable time.

Elmer Weaver, 89, attended and since suffered broken ribs in a fall. He is spending time at Briar Hill.

A while back, I heard this different sound coming from the basement. Upon investigating, I saw there was a flock of turkeys right outside the window with several pecking on the window and the rest gobbling away. I chased them away in fear they’d break the window! Dad puts corn out for them, so they come up from out back most every day.

Sister-in-law Virginia is having her surgery soon to remove what’s left of the cancer from her colon. This is to be followed by chemotherapy. She has been doing well from her first round of treatments.

Aunt Martha Coblentz is at home again at daughter Margaret and Gid’s following her stay at Brian Hill. While visiting her there, we had the chance to talk with Rick Roose who has since passed away after suffering with Parkinson’s. He was always pleasant to talk with. Many of you remember Roose Drug Store with the wooden bench by the front door with the pay phone by it … and hearing his “hearty” laugh.

It’s not how much we have but how much we enjoy what we have that makes for happiness …

‘til next time … enjoy the snow!


 

Nov. 30, 2015: Hello to Y’all!

Greetings of love and cheer at this joyous time of year. (Where is the snow?)

We just came back from a trip to Missouri after spending Thanksgiving with our brother David and family … around 1600 miles round trip! Whew! We were gone five days. We had a good time of reminiscing and making new memories. They seem to like it out there.

Mrs. Gid Hershberger had outpatient knee surgery done recently. Aunt Martha Coblentz is at Briar Hill after fracturing her arm. They hope to bring her home soon.

We have trapped four opossums in the past month or so. They had been eating the cat food in the barn. They can be a nuisance. Now I know why they say, “grinning like a opossum”! They bare their teeth at you, looking like a grin.

Well, I’m feeling newsless, so will wrap this up for now.

I should have added to the above that my folks, Crist and Barbara Ann and sister Betty and David Detweiler and niece Rachel also accompanied us on our trip.

‘Til next time!

“Happiness resides not in gifts and in gold. The feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”

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