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Parkman Pathways – By Ellen Hershberger

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Monday, May 8: I washed the whites early … sunshine today! Then it was off to town … chiropractor and another appointment, shopping, etc. Did the darks this p.m. Had not done laundry last week. The lawns all got cut today … looks so nice and refreshing! Thanks to my renters and, for the other yard, grandsons helped.

Thursday, May 11: What a nice surprise coming home to cheerful packages on my doorstep! Thank you, Secret Friend. I’m spending the night at Mary’s. (Forgot to mention, our other client Mary celebrated her 103rd birthday on May 8!)

Friday, May 12: Even though it looked as if it might rain, I was pleased to get most of the windows washed outside before heading for home this morn. The rest of the day was more relaxed … just doing odds and ends. We got haystack take-out at the Firemen’s Auction at Busters’. Yum.

Saturday, My 13: Slowly and bit by bit, I do some of my work.

Monday, May 15: Today, I got x-rays on my bum, burning knee. Looks like major decisions need to be made sooner or later. We singles had supper with Sarah Byler where friend Lizzie Farmwald is visiting from Jasper, N.Y.

Tuesday, May 16: This morning, we took Aunt Fannie along to the Senior Center for the first time. Usually about 30 or so gather and we can visit, play games, quilt, etc. Each takes a dish if she wishes, and we always enjoy Katherine’s fresh bread baked right there. They have tasty breakfasts also, every Monday morning. This is at the Farmington Senior Center. In the evening, singing group was by Owen and Elva Yoder.

Wednesday, May 17: We had Ladies Day and then, in the afternoon, I did the usual payroll pick up and finished it in the evening.

Friday, May 19: Got relief at the chiropractor’s today. And, then, the visiting group enjoyed supper together.

Saturday, May 20: Started a fire in the stove again. Millie shivers and I also like a warm house. By morning, carefully, I was able to get he bathroom spring-cleaned. The girls came and helped with most of it. Bless them.

Sunday, May 21: After church, in the afternoon, Jon and Kathryn visited Linda here.

Monday, May 22: After helping Mary a while this a.m., I baked some pies minus one for Sage’s Apples as that’s where I got the apples. We, along with six other couples, visited Melvin and Laura Byler tonight. He is still quite weak from heart surgery.

Tuesday, May 23: Today was perfect weather to help 86-year-old friend Leora in Chardon. Five family members went with me and they cleaned windows and curtains, plus cut grass, weeded, and picked up a lot of sticks, etc. She was one grateful, happy woman!

Thursday, May 25: A rainy day. I counted 8 weddings in the Brief for today!

Friday May 26: Relaxing this morning, waiting to see if laundry would dry if I washed it.

LORD willing, I may take a ride to West Virginia Saturday.

My peas are about ready bloom in the grow boxes on the deck.


April 11. 2017: Hello to all! It is early, some work vans already going by, and the spring peepers singing their melodies I love.

Yesterday was such a perfect Monday laundry day! It gives Tuesday a new burst of energy to have the clothes, etc. put away.

Four of us had a job interview in Garrettsville to care for a lady who, if she lives, will be 103 in May! She’s quite sharp and knows where her things still are in the cupboards and throughout the house.

We visited Sunny Hope School one forenoon … a rewarding experience! Also went to Grandparents Day in Orwell School. Twas an interesting day with some game playing. The men and women lined up and the teacher gave an English word. Then, we were to say the German word for it. It was fun to see who was the fastest. There also was a contest of the creative talents of the upper grades who baked a lot of things and we were to taste them and cast our votes.

On Good Friday, many of the Yutzy marrieds were home for supper and the children were outside all evening in the balmy weather. A few little people stayed overnight.

Aunt Sylvia of Mio, Mich. came the 17th along with daughters Christina and Bertha. They each had a baby along, and I had the delight of hosting them here for two nights. In the daytime, they visited kin in Pennsylvania and in Freeport, Ohio.

We’ve surely had nice days to get spring work done. Some garden is planted and my peas are up in grow boxes on the deck.

Seems the flowering crab trees and lilacs are more full and beautiful now than in some years.

May God bless you all.


March 30, 2017: Greetings everyone in the name of our LORD!

I’ll write my piece this way this time and refer to my personal diary for notes and highlights for March.

Six of us church women visited Emma Miller one afternoon and then missed our taxi to go home because we didn’t see him sitting in the driveway 17 minutes! Poor guy! The car was obscured between two entrance windows. We called for another ride home. (Emma’s brother Allen is the one who died so unexpectedly recently.)

On March 4, while I was at Mel Yoder’s, he was taken to the hospital with what was discovered to be blood clots in lungs and one leg. He came home the eighth day and is doing well. On March 27, his children from Pennsylvania and here surprised him on his 90th birthday! I was privileged to be invited and it was the highlight of the day watching him open his 90 gifts.

Recently on a Sunday evening, the Yutzy families enjoyed supper at John and Lori Yutzy’s in their new home on Mumford Road. On that stormy Tuesday, the family “out back” came up with cooked ice cream thinking there was a freezer here. Fresh snow and salt were put in two large bowls with two smaller bowls with the ice cream in it. With us taking turns whipping and stirring, the ice cream was hardened enough to dish it out and eat it.

On the 17th, I got some peas planted in grow boxes and some tomato seeds started.

Neighbor Rose spent time in hospital and now, her husband was in this week, too.

The singles group took supper to Aunt Sara’s one evening and she got more visitors, too. It still seems kinda not real that Joe is no longer there and Sara is thinking of making some changes that come at a time like this.

Saturday the 25th was the funeral of 92 year old Marshall Johnson. I don’t remember how many years I worked for them when the children were small.

My weeks are mostly taken up with going with groups to the DDC Clinic once a month, to Senior Center, doing Noah’s payroll, and one or two nights a week with client Mary. There are still some days left over for extra care giving when someone calls. This semi-retirement isn’t half bad! (Smile)

I thank GOD to have health and strength to be out and about.

You have a happy month!


Saturday, Jan. 14: We had our last CHRISTmas gathering today here at Noahs’.

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Today Une Alma’s girls were here along with 3 caregivers who worked with us in Alma’s care.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: A pretty typical Wednesday with payroll, treatment, shopping, and going to Bainbridge for the night.

Thursday, Jan. 19: I have a hard cold so didn’t do much, but when the sun came out, I washed windows. (Smile!)

Saturday, Jan. 21: Today’s agenda included canning applesauce, cleaning, and eating Chinese with friends tonight. Then 4 young relatives slept here.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Mrs. Lydia Troyer is in Cleveland hospital so some of the grandchildren were here at Grandpa Yutzys’ while the parents were at the hospital.

Monday, Jan. 23: The first day of a new job, and it’s delightful!

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Visiting and helping a friend in Chardon today. Then the singers went to Sarah Hershberger’s tonight.

Wednesday, Jan. 25: On the job again and then to the free (donation) dinner at the Parkman church … they have this the last Wednesday of the month. Then, to Bainbridge for the night.

Thursday, Jan. 26:  After coming home in the morning, I did payroll and cleaned the floors. This PM, we received the very shocking news of the passing of Allen Miller.

Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28: Did 2 jobs and then went to the viewing in Parkman. One can hardly think of anything else. The families have our deepest sympathy.

Sunday, Jan. 29: Sister and I attended Allen’s funeral. We lived as next-door neighbors on Route 168 for nearly 40 years. The family has our sympathy.

Monday, Jan. 30: Oh, the snow! The beautiful snow!  It was treacherous going to Bainbridge this morning, but we made it. Came home and baked bread to take along to the singles supper by Barbara Weavers

Tuesday, Jan. 31: We had a delightful get together day with aunts and cousins by Roseanna Kurtz. Then, tonight the Alaska trip group partook of Spike Weavers’ homemade ice cream.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Today, was the monthly gathering at DDC where 25-30 ladies do quilting, comfort knotting, sewing, etc.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Aunt Sylvia came from Michigan, so 5 of us had a nice supper together.

Friday, Feb. 3: Five of our aunts visited Fannie and Mel today and brought lunch. So, while I cleaned, it was a privilege to listen in on their conversations.

Saturday, Feb. 4: After coming home from Mary’s, I housesat at a neighbors. We enjoyed a dinner tonight with family.

Sunday, Feb. 5: Gertrude and I attended church by John and Ruth and then she joined family from Michigan at a relatives.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Guess this was catch-up day with laundry, ironing,etc. We had a wonderful singing tonight by Mike and Mary Ann Miller.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Nine of us relatives had an enjoyable day in Cleveland today and then I went to my overnight job.

Thursday, Feb. 9: This was payroll day and also going to the viewing of Enos Byler. (Their girls helped me for years with the dinners and cleaning.) Then, we gathered up the breakfast casseroles that the ladies prepared for the morning of the funeral.

Friday, Feb. 10: Aunt Fannie Yoder had a fall this week and is very sore so she mostly rested today.  When I came home, on my table were an orchid plant and a Valentine bag of goodies. So, many thanks to my “Secret Friend”.

Sunday, Feb. 12: Tonight, we visited the Matthew Yutzy family where her parents, Mose and Lydia Troyer are staying since Lydia’s triple by-pass surgery. The shop house there is being remodeled for them to move into.

May GOD bless you all!


Saturday, Nov. 26: I’m missing Alma’s auction because of a rather sticky back situation. So I helped a little and enjoyed when some of the family came together for a turkey supper.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Just mostly taking it easy, but having blessed relief after a treatment again. Our singles group took supper to Joe Weaver’s last night and tonight the singers gather.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Not doing much, getting a treatment every other day and fighting the flu and a hard cough. Did payroll.

Thursday, Dec. 1 (already!): We’ve been enjoying deer steaks, the results of a kind neighbor leaving a deer on the patio. I just did payroll and rested. Am feeling better every day.

Saturday, Dec. 3: By moving carefully and slowly, I was able to get my cleaning done. Thankful for it all.

Sunday, Dec. 4: Church was at neighbor Menno Eichers’. We played games tonight.

Monday, Dec. 5: Had an appointment in town, fixed some food this afternoon and then, tonight, our visiting group was at nephew Vernon Hershbergers. They appreciate visitors since he is housebound on full time oxygen.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: For the first time in several weeks, I did my own laundry … slowly, carefully, watching my moves. Then I went to Mary’s which is easy and light work for just a few hours in the morning.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Had the privilege of spending the day with Marta, and then got a treatment. (Blessed relief!) And did payroll. How my life is blessed in so many ways, all gifts from the LORD.

Thursday, Dec. 8: A group of us went shopping … more for the fellowship, though. One little person stayed overnight,

Friday, Dec. 9: The highlight was the gathering of “the crew” tonight at Noah and Barbara Yutzys’. They served ribs, chicken, and plenty other dishes. There were about 50 or so there.

Saturday, Dec. 10: The month is going by fast. With the help of Cindy, we got some things done: canned ground cherries, did laundry, some cleaning, got started on CHRISTmas cookies and then went to an Amish store on the way to take her home. Good feeling.

Sunday, Dec. 11: We had family brunch and then rested and played games in the afternoon.

Monday, Dec. 12: Got to put my clothes away and in order and did other odd jobs.

Tuesday, Dec. 13: Seems it takes several trips to finish the Christmas shopping, so we did more of that today. Singers went to Neil Hershbergers tonight and from there I went to my overnight. My client is a sweet, delightful 91 year old, easy to care for and, after she’s up for the day, then I can leave. She likes to have baking and cooking done and, if time, light cleaning. We were out to lunch with a neighbor and then, in the evening, we went to the viewing of Dan Yoder.

Sunday, Dec. 18: It was quite a challenge for those who walked to church on Owen Road today. The road and driveways were solid ice.

Monday, Dec. 19 – Saturday, Dec. 24: We spent most of this week making goodies, going to school programs, etc. I was away from home several nights.

Sunday, CHRISTMAS DAY: I held down the couch all day, battling the flu.

Monday, Dec. 26: I recovered well enough to clean, get things in order and have company tonight.

Tuesday, Dec. 27: Just did laundry and odds and ends and then went with the singing group to Sam Kauffman’s for our gift exchange.

Wednesday, Dec. 28: As usual, did bookwork, payroll and then went to Mary’s overnight. Who wants to read this anyway?

Thursday, Dec. 29: After coming home this AM, I baked bread, made applesauce, tomato gravy, fried potatoes and fried mush for my two guests tonight. They left for home but soon came back, saying they couldn’t see to drive it was snowing so hard! So one slept on my couch and the other on my extra bed. (Smile!)

Friday, Dec. 30: We were up about 4:30 a.m., sitting in the living room. The roads were open soon and I went to Aunt Fannie’s to clean and to Mary’s for the night.

Sunday, Jan. 1: More icy roads and driveways going to church on Owen Road. We had 10 visiting ministers!

Monday, Jan. 2: Well, two more CHRISTmas gatherings today … brunch at nephew Lester Hershbergers and supper with the singles. Delicious foods, gifts and fellowship.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Wednesday, Jan. 4: Did the normals … going to town, bookwork, payroll, getting Millie a haircut, and 4 of us practicing a little skit for Thursday night.

Thursday, Jan. 5: We had sister-aunt day at Sara’s and then tonight, about 22 of our churchwomen and 6 or so girls were here at the other house. Twas a nice time of togetherness, fellowship, the joy of gift giving and snacks. A blessing we can get together like that.

Saturday, Jan. 7: I came home from Mary’s this morning and then went to Mal Yoders’. This evening, our little village here got together and played marbles and Gert stayed overnight.

Sunday, Jan. 8: Noah, Barbara, Gert and I went to the hospital and visited Lynda Troyer and Roman Matt Troyer. Gert, then, stayed with her sister for the night. Matt’s heart had stopped in the ER and was restarted with paddles She has to contend with the pain of broken ribs that happened in the process. Matthew Yutzys are renovating the old shop/house they used to live in. They will bring Carol’s parents to live there.

Monday, Jan. 9: Today was nicely filled with some caregiving, a meeting, more bookwork, and visiting night at Sam Fishers.

Tuesday, Jan. 10: The men here were looking for an ox that jumped out the window when spooked by hay being thrown down the chute. He was found down and across the road in the neighbor’s pasture. The family has now been working on meat cutting for a few evenings. We had a nice singing at Joe and Cindy Millers’.

Thursday, Jan. 12: I’ve been working on sewing a coat and I finished it tonight.

See you next month! GOD’S blessings to all!


Monday, Oct. 31: I started out the day happy, baking bread and making fudge. Then, while getting up from a chair, something felt like a tear in my knee. So I hobbled in severe pain, saw a chiropractor and it’s slowly feeling better.

Tuesday, Nov. 1: I like November … it’s birthday month for quite a number of our family. I was able to sew on scarves and also go to the singing at Aunt Sara’s.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Another chiropractic treatment, I’m feeling so much better; I’m able to do a small laundry. The maple trees in back cast a golden glow into the house. A lot of leaves fall every day.

Thursday, Nov. 3: Coming home late morning from my over-night caregiving, I did payroll and sewed. Then I was taken out for an early birthday supper. After which, the 4 friends came here and we played marbles.

Friday, Nov. 4: I was up early, taking a shower before 4:00. My doggie was trying to figure out what’s going on. She was afraid she’s getting one too. And she did! Twas a regular workday.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Happy Birthday to me. Smile! One of Mom’s friends used to sing “Happy Birthday” to herself in bed before she got up. Some of my family took me out to celebrate.

Sunday, Nov. 6: We walked to church and were surprised how warm it was to walk home in the afternoon.

Monday, Nov. 7:I helped my client Mary this morning. Poor dear has a hard time from all the effects of a stroke. Then her daughter brought me to town where I shopped a bit, met with some friends for a while and, had a back treatment. Tonight, we had a lively time visiting at the Ervin and Lizzie Miller home.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Aunts Edna and Elmina, sister, and I spent the day with Aunt Sara (Scribe). Our group had planned to sing for Jake Byler, but we got a call he had a stroke, so we didn’t go.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Got some odd jobs done, including payroll, and then went to Linda’s Benefit at the Window Shop before going to the overnight in Russell.

Thursday, Nov. 10: We 3 caregivers joined the family of Alma Miller at her house to finish some sorting and packing They’ve done a good job of getting everything ready for the auction on November 26.

Friday, Nov. 11: After work, we had a nice dinner.

Saturday, Nov. 12: I didn’t feel very perky this morning, so I cancelled going to Aunt Fannie’s to clean. This evening, the family out back all came up and we sat around the table eating pizza and ice cream, etc. Are we spoiled???

Sunday, Nov. 13: Just a day of resting until evening, some of the marrieds got together.

Monday, Nov. 14: I sewed curtains and, in the evening, we gathered at Albert and Susan’s’. Another birthday cake and the trimmings! (Smile)

Tuesday, Nov. 15: A load of relatives traveled to Troutville, Pa. for the funeral of cousin Monroe who died of cancer. My dear friend, Katherine, also passed on tonight, in Michigan.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Got the curtains finished, did payroll, had chiropractor treatment, etc.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Such a beautiful day again. I was by Aunt Fannie’s, cleaning.

Saturday, Nov. 19: A sad morning for me to miss Katherine’s funeral today. But we’ve changed this gathering several times to go to Pennsylvania, so we prepared food and spent the day with Susan Yoder and her mother. Seven of the Detweilers went along to their brother Henry’s.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Church was out back at Noah Jrs and, since they put in a sidewalk last week, Linda was able to wheel back and be at services.

Monday, Nov. 21: A much needed day at home doing lots of jobs around here.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Wednesday, Nov. 23: Went to an overnight and got home late am. Then, in the afternoon, had a chiro appointment and went grocery shopping.

Thanksgiving Day: Some of our family spent time together, and then we had 3 little ones overnight.

Friday, Nov. 25: We are preparing food and baby-sitting. The food is for a weekend gathering. More stuffing and turkey Yummm! Suite me! GOD be with you all.


Saturday, Oct. 1: I went to Mikes and stayed overnight. It was enjoyable doing last minute things for church there.

Sunday, Oct. 2: After services today, I came home and joined the rest of the family at sister’s.

Monday, Oct. 3: Did some caregiving a few hours and, this evening, our group visited at Mrs. Mary Hostetler’s.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: It was a beautiful day to wash and dry curtains, so that’s what I did. Also ran some errands and, tonight, had a new stovepipe installed, to my delight! (Smile!)We sang for Joe U. Miller this evening.

Wednesday, Oct. 5: Three great-nieces came and shined up my house for church services. I went to an overnight job … although it is for a friend, so not so much of a “job”

Thursday, Oct. 6: After coming home this morning, went to town and then had playtime with two little ones. Took them home before bedtime. Their parents had been to a wedding.

Friday, Oct. 7: My usual happy Friday work. Picked up fish dinners at the firehouse for us at home.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Communion services were here at renters’ house. Some of the marrieds came for sister’s birthday “surprise (?)” and a few stayed overnight.

Sunday, Oct. 9: My singing group was here for dinner and then this evening, there was more family time at Noahs’.

Monday Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 11: Had a new caregiving place these 2 days.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Got some laundry done, had a chiropractor treatment, and sister and I visited Kathleen and had Chinese lunch. Then … on to the Wednesday overnight.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Today was “catch-up day with payroll, some bookkeeping, cleaning out the icebox, etc. My poor neighbor fell yesterday, so when my doggie dashed across the road to her house, I stopped in to chat when going over to fetch Millie.

Sunday, Oct. 16: We all had a delicious haystack brunch by Junior and Marie. In the evening, we had visitors, which was appreciated and enjoyed.

Monday, Oct. 17: I was at a caregiving and also got caught up on bookwork. What nice balmy days!

Tuesday, Oct. 18: Got a big wash done and other odds and ends. Evening singing was at Smileys’ Johns.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: I was doing caregiving today, and then tonight I went to South Russell by a client.

Thursday, Oct. 20: It is often kind of late in the morning when I come home from Mary’s, so I don’t always get a lot done, just payroll, etc. We enjoyed a supper of tacos at Mikes. The women went to a Silent Auction for a while in Orwell.

Saturday, Oct. 22: The main event for the family of Allen and Nancy Hershberger today was the surprise 50th wedding anniversary by their daughter Cora and Chris Fishers’ place. They had the traditional corner fixed with cake and flowers. They also served the wedding dinner, which was delicious.

Sunday, Oct. 23: This was our church Sunday, and tonight we had singing with the marrieds and Orwell friends at Matthew Yutzys’.

Monday, Oct. 24: Doing some caregiving today, and our hearts and thoughts are with those we hear are in hospital.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: After going to town and on errands, I did some white laundry and other odd jobs. Linda here had a good dinner brought by the women of her former church.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Today we traveled to Punxsutawney, Pa. with a wheelchair van so Linda could visit her pen pal, Mrs. Edna Schlabach. Edna and her deaf husband Roman have a son who recently died in his 30s. Seven others went with us.

Thursday, Oct. 27: It seems like we’ve been on the go a lot this week. Today we attended the wedding in Andover at Truman Hershbergers. It rained most of the day, but that’s all right … we had warm places to go to and the food and fellowship is always enjoyable. May GOD bless you all.


Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016: We received the message of the passing of Mrs. Ada Kurtz. Our visiting group had enjoyed an evening with her not long ago in August. The past week has been busy with caregiving and attending two weddings. The Thursday weddings had that wind and rainstorm, blowing the tents and soaking up the yards. We are thankful for the rains and abundant harvests, gifts from GOD. Alma seems to be getting weaker as each week passes.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016: It’s been quite a week, getting the message Wednesday evening of the passing of Joe. Such a shock to all. So, Thursday we spent most of the day there with Aunt Sarah, and. Again, in the evening to sing for a while. So many memories … Joe starting the singing group some 20 years ago, and think of the Benefit Auctions he hosted, the bus trips he organized, etc. But, we do not want to give glory to man … but to God only. Our hearts go out to the family. Yesterday, after the funeral, I spent the evening with Alma, along with some of her church people.

Monday, Sept. 26. 2016: Now a week later … Alma passed on last Monday afternoon and her funeral was on Thursday. So I did most or part of my usual Friday and Saturday jobs, and niece Barbara and I had an interview for another caregiving job. Sunday (yesterday), while at our council church, sister Barbara had another gall bladder attack. We ended up at the ER and she was admitted as of last night.

 Friday, Sept. 30, 2016: Where did the month go? Sister had two separate operations … Monday to take the stone out of the bile duct, and Tuesday to take out the gall bladder. She’s home and doing OK. Thursday, we got all the laundry done for them and for me. Then I spent the night at a former client’s in Chagrin. The family here had a birthday celebration for Linda Yutzy Wednesday evening the 21st. You all have a blessed month.


Friday, July 22: Well, another big Hershberger gathering has taken place. There also was the delightful Post luncheon this afternoon.

Saturday, July 23: I skipped going to clean Aunt Fannie’s house and instead, went with sister to Orwell. While the men worked on restoring the old barn at Mike Yutzy’s, we women baked and made lunch. The night before, 2-year-old Emily was quite traumatized when the farm rooster attacked her. She has marks on her head and arm, and slept very little. She ate and played and slept during the day, though.

Thursday, July 28: After doing the laundry, I was privileged to visit our friend Alma Miller and her daughters Marie and Ruth who were her caregivers today. It saddens our hearts to see the effects of the stroke Alma had. Her daughter Marie is here for the week from her home in Kentucky. The night before, she received the devastating call that their 1-year-old grandson had been run over by a taxi in his driveway. He’d been playing in the gravel by the side and no one saw him move into the car’s path. He needed surgery on is liver and is sedated. The tire marks go all the way up his body, missing his head, but scrapping his face.

Friday, July 29: The benefit auction tonight looked to be selling things well, and the Silent Auction was profitable. The little boy is recovering and the doctor is pleased with his progress. Sunday, July 31: After church, eight of us headed out to Mio, Mich. I parked my things at Aunt Sylvia’s and thoroughly enjoyed the visiting of relatives and friends, plus the good meals. Came home Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, Aug. 3: Another traveling day … relatives going to Troutville, Pa. to visit cousin Edna Mare who has been battling cancer for several years. The little one in Kentucky is home from the hospital. I spent the night with Alma Miller and daughter on Georgia Road.

Thursday, Aug. 4: Did some shopping this morning, payroll, and then back to Georgia Road for the night.

Friday, Aug. 5: Coming home in forenoon, catching up on the few things, like appointments. Then meeting friends for dinner. On the way home, stopping for ice. While I paid for it, they, being helpful, loaded the ice in the car. Oh, discovering down the road, instead of a block of ice, a bag of cubes was put in. No amount of talk persuaded them not to turn around and put the cubes back and get a block. Me, feeling all guilty and all as usual. Part of life. Ice surely does melt fast these days. Not to complain … soon it’ll be cool, then cold! If my tally is close to being correct, from this last church letter, there are now about 94-100 weddings published this year.

Monday, Aug. 15: Aren’t we thankfully enjoying the rains. Today we canned lots of corn in the family, a satisfied feeling at the end of the day. Our visiting group spent the evening with Mrs. Ada Kurtz, being outside on her porch.

Saturday, Aug. 20: Had the privilege of being with Alma two nights on Georgia Road. They appreciate their many visitors. The effects of the stroke have left her right side stiff and the right eye seems to be blind. A lot of hustling and bustling going on this week, getting ready for the young folks’ singing and supper at the “Back Forty”. Linda Yutzy was happy to acquire a recliner, feeling relief to be able to get her feet up.

Sunday, Aug. 21: A quiet day and then a very nice evening out back with a tasty supper and rewarding singing with around 50 young folks. The girls brought salads and desserts and burgers were grilled for the main course.

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 2: We spent the weekend in the Lancaster, Pa. area with four singles from here. More of our 2014 Alaska trip group joined us for a Saturday pizza supper … then going to church Sunday. Back on the Zimmerman farm for lunch and supper where their children did chores so the parents could be free. They have a pond where they built a water slide, 30’ by 115’, that was used by some of the bravest. (Smile!) We spent some time in the home of Levi and Rebecca Esh, and also drove in the driveway of author Linda Beiler, but she wasn’t home. Monday was brunch at a friend of the traveling girls. We stopped at a few stores and visited in the home of our tour guides, Lester and Edna Faye Burkholder. The 8 and 10 year olds with us thought the Hershey Chocolate tour, the water slide and sleeping in a motel were the highlights. The countryside was beautiful and clean. Now, back to the normal schedule … caregiving, cleaning, whatever. Alma on Georgia Road remains about the same, maybe regressing some each week. They appreciate the many visitors! Keep on coming. May you know the blessings of GOD!

 


July 18, 2016*: I’m listening to a wonderful rain! How thankful to our LORD for it! The flowers seem to be smiling. Two Yutzy couples and I started out for Clintonville, Pa. to visit a Yutzy sister. Then, the taxi car broke down near Champion. So we were brought home in different vehicles and tried again the next week. After that drive, we had a pleasant evening of visiting and celebrating her birthday. When I arrived at Melvin and Fannie Yoders’ Friday morning, Mel was on the couch resting his broken heel. He had fallen the night before and endured much pain during the night. He is scheduled to get a cast today. A local family enjoyed an outing at Hocking Hills on Saturday where they and many others observed a strange encounter. A man was standing in the river tugging a large log and heaving it on the shore.

Then, he picked up large stones, throwing them behind his back as he made growling noises. When he started climbing up the rocks, the people scattered in directions away from him. Someone mentioned he might have been on drugs. Our singing group gathered at the Dan Yoder home where I’ve spent a day a week now. The DDC had a good attendance on Wednesday, where we quilted, sewed, knotted comforters, and what have you. We take our own lunches. This week on the agenda are two weddings, lotsa laundry, doggie haircut appointment, a Hershberger family reunion … all if we live and the LORD wills.

I want to make stuffing to take along with the singles tonight at Esther Lou Miller’s. Guess we’re having breakfast at Farmington Senior Center this morning. Then, I need to go to town on some errands. May GOD be with you all. July 25, 2016*: My letter got lost in the mail, so will write another one. (I mailed the first one a week ago last Monday!) Friday was the Hershberger reunion, held at Bert Kathryn’s. And we surely enjoyed the Post luncheon in the afternoon. Saturday, sister and I helped Miriam with lunch when a bunch of guys were tearing off siding on the old barn at Mikes’. They estimate that barn may have been built in the 1800s. The night before, their rooster got on 2 year old Emily, pecking her head and arm. Neither she nor her mom got much sleep that night, but, then, Emily played, ate and slept well on Saturday. Aunt Edna and I visited Alma today, and it brought tears to see what a stroke has done to her. Her daughter Marie of Kentucky was expected today and will stay most of this week.

Alma is staying at her daughter Marcia and Will Byler’s Then, this evening four of us made a call at Mary S. Millers. She had many callers today. I washed blankets, rugs and what have you today after giving Millie a treatment for fleas. Ugh! Lou Miller, who is recovering from a broken knee, is now allowed to put some weight on it. Tomorrow, I hope to attend another wedding, LORD willing and we live. I appreciate all the invitations, but cannot attend all of them. We’re enjoying the many organic vegetables here on the farm. People are waiting on sweet corn and melons, but there are lots of other goodies to choose from. May the LORD’S blessings be with all who read this. (* Ed. Note: Ellen’s first letter was posted on July 18. It finally showed up on July 26! Makes you wonder what adventures it had along the way!)

 

June 21, 2016 and June 27, 2016: * We’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather, being outside, working or relaxing. Much appreciated are the rain showers. Monday evening, the neighborhood had a nice strawberry and ice cream social at John Troyers’. They’ve had an abundance of berries. Blueberries are starting to ripen at the Matthew Yutzy farm on Farmington Road. I enjoyed being at Yoders the week of the wedding of their daughter. Then we attended the Benefit at Busters. Lotsa people and many things to sell. Sunday, we attended church at John Lesleins where our three aunts, two of the husbands, plus Joseph Yoders were there, also our Aunt Emma and Andy Weaver and Uncle Melvin and wife from New York. The three aunts are from Mio, Michigan. Linda Yutzy is still getting therapy at Briar Hill. She welcomes visitors. She is getting therapy for her shoulder replacement surgery. Several families of ours recently visited Melvin Yoder on 168. He had a heart oblation. This was the second attempt, so we hope it was successful. In between whatever is going on with life we seem to take in a wedding or two each week. So far this year, there have been around 75, according to the church paper …could be more as not all who are published get printed. On June 7 was the wedding of Noah Yutzy III and Marie Bender. Noah Jr. and Marie Yutzy have moved into the upstairs of the former Joe Weaver home on Hayes Road. They had a very nice wedding with plenty of food. I was quite pleased to see a Cedar Waxwing close to the feeder … first time I’ve seen one. We look forward to our South Dakota trip group coming Wednesday evening. Our visiting group enjoyed an evening at Bush Dans on the 15th. We go once a month and always have a very enjoyable time together. Singers were to Esther Lou Millers. She is quite handicapped with a broken knee, but has kind caregivers. The singles took supper to Mrs. Elmina Kurtz Monday evening. We’re sorry to hear of Mrs. Alma Miller’s series of strokes. She spends time with her two daughters. Her daughter Marie of Kentucky was with her a few days last week. Marie and Lester’s son Marlin recently had cancer surgery. Our heart goes out to all who are in distress. Today, there were about 32 Amish women at the Farmington Senior Center, quilting, visiting, playing games, doing handwork, whatever and, of course eating the carry in lunch. I do some sewing and am still working on the cleaning … closets and whatever. Had the two little people spray-hose down the deck and garage. They spent the night here Sunday night after the family supper. It was the first time on the new patio … and it was perfect weather. Sunday evening, the four married families had a cookout here on the new patio. The neighborhood was invited to John Troyers for an ice cream and strawberry social! The weather was perfect to sit under the shade trees. Niece Cindy helped me scrub down the entrance and paint outside chairs. We then joined several of my former workers for our yearly luncheon. On Wednesday evening, the South Dakota trip group came for visiting and snacks. That’s all for now. You have a blessed month. How blessed we are! God bless everyone! (*From the editor … Ellen sent her letter for this issue on June 22. As it had not arrived here by June 27, she wrote another letter, which was picked up rather than mailed. “Parkman Pathways” in this issue is a compilation of the two letters. We thank Ellen for her extra work, and, since this same thing has happened to two other of our writers in the last two months, we wonder if the vicissitudes of the US mail are increasing.)


May 25, 2016: We’ve been attending weddings and had the pleasure of having my aunts Emma and Sylvia and husbands here overnight. They live in New York and Michigan, respectively. Linda Yutzy made three trips to the ER recently after a fall out of bed. She had shoulder replacement surgery and is at Briar Hill for rehab. The singing group sang at the Sam Kempf and Jake Byler homes this month. We are anticipating a trip to Lancaster, Pa. this Saturday and Sunday.

The four little ones from Orwell were here Friday and Saturday while their parents helped with their school lunch at a horse sale in Sullivan, Ohio. Friday, I went with the seniors to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. There were numerous delays and so we didn’t get to go to the Art Museum. We were promised a free trip to there now.

On Wednesday, five of the younger great nephews went with me to Chardon to help a widow friend in her yard. Am working on sewing shirts for the upcoming family wedding and I still have over half of the spring-cleaning to finish, so I’d best get to work. GOD’S blessings wished to all. Oh yes … last night our South Dakota trip group surprised Andrew Bender for his 17th birthday celebration. It seems those treatments are helping my back.


Saturday, April 2: Spent the day with Aunt Fannie and Melvin cleaning and enjoying lunch together. (I cleaned my very dirty floors before I left in the morning.)

Sunday, April 3: A quiet day at home and then some family came for the evening.

Tuesday, April 5: Joining two friends, we, along with nine others, had a delicious lunch at Niece Ada’s. Singers were at Matthew Yutzy’s. Carol is getting better and is very much enjoying her mail. Wednesday, April 6: We had a wonderful day at Aunt Edna and Bill Byler’s where eight sisters celebrated an 80th birthday of one of them. They came from Michigan and New York with their husbands. Also joining were six nieces, helping with the good meal.

Friday, April 8: I spent the day with Aunt Fannie and Mel, and then this evening, we celebrated Mike’s birthday in Orwell.

Saturday, April 9: This was a pleasant day of just cleaning my house at my own pace (which is no longer very fast) and doing a little sewing, ironing, etc. I ended the day with supper with friends.

Sunday, April 10: We had all day services at Melvin and Kathy Millers.

Monday, April 11: The morning was taken up with a walk … partly in the rain … faxing the payroll, cleaning next door, and an afternoon appointment with a nap afterwards. Then, our visiting group was at the Andy R. Byler home in the evening.

Tuesday, April 12: Not having slept much, I just dawdled in the morning before spending the afternoon at Briar Hill. Friends from Thompson gave me a nice supper invitation by Aden and Miriam Millers. A group of nine singles brought supper to Linda Yutzy’s here at Noah’s.

Wednesday, April 13: This was a full day after finally deciding to go with the load to the back clinic in South Dakota. This meant working on laundry, getting caps ready, starting to pack and baking cookies to take along was on the agenda … while thanking God for the strength to do it all.

Saturday, April 16: Nine of us started out this morning, traveling over 600 miles, stopping for the night in Williamsburg, Iowa.

Sunday, April 17: From our motel on a hill, I was astounded early this morning to view the wide and awesome sunrise. God’s glory! We arrived at Canastota, South Dakota mid-afternoon.

Monday, April 18: Well, we got our first treatments this morning and then the rest of the day was spent visiting with many others who are here from different states. I met one of my circle letter friends from Indiana! (Smile!) It rained most of the day and was cold while, at home the temperature was 78 degrees, Oh, well.

Tuesday, April 19: Oh my, we are sore from our treatments, but are committed to the daily appointments. Reading, writing and playing games are on the agenda … and some of our group are pretty sharp when it comes to these games! While a few of us took a long walk, stopping at two yard sales; three of the men caught fish at a beautiful lake.

Wednesday, April 20: Rain and cold, so most of us stayed holed up in the activity room. Also, we asked and received permission to wash and fold bushels of sheets and towels.

Thursday, April 21: We took the afternoon off and went to see the famous Corn Palace and the Cabala store which was about 45 miles away.

Friday, April 22: Our last treatments were this morning and then we were homeward bound.

Saturday, April 23: After traveling 12 hours yesterday, it helped to make it home by 3:00 this afternoon.

Sunday, April 24: We had a beautiful day for Communion today.

Monday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 27: Am just working on catching up … laundry, caps, putting things away, appointments, etc. Sure am glad for the fire in the stove yet.

Thursday, April 28: The day was filled with doing payroll, a stint at the nursing home, and finishing ironing the five caps. It’s a good feeling to have a closet and drawers with clean clothes in them.

Friday, April 29: Spending a pleasant day with Aunt Fannie and Mel cleaning in my slow way. Oh, well, just so long as I get it done. God’s blessings to all.

Saturday, Jan. 23: Brrr … I was glad for a basement to hang the curtains that I had washed. We’re glad for the winter as it is, freezing some things and bringing birds to the feeder.

Sunday, Jan. 24: We had brunch with Johns and Noahs, followed by games and reading.

Monday, Jan. 25: I made Swiss steak and mashed potatoes and the rest of our group brought more food and we all had lunch by Albert and Barbara Mast. The Singles went to Emma Miller’s for another good meal and fellowship.

Tuesday, Jan. 26: Happy Birthday, Aunt Sara (Scribe)! We had Ladies’ Day at Carol’s. Tonight, I joined the crowd at Busters’ to hear John Keim and others talk about the new Gentle Solutions Facility.

Wednesday, Jan. 27: I spent most of the day cleaning and getting things ready for my Ladies’ Day tomorrow.

Thursday, Jan. 28: A delightful day of visiting here when nine women came from our former church on 168.

Friday, Jan. 29: Even my puppy was surprised this morning to see the snow!

Saturday, Jan. 30: Part of the family spent the day renovating the front of the basement. We did some baking and cooking, and had a few over-nighters.

Sunday, Jan. 31: Baptismal services were held today for Raymond Fisher Jr. and Noah Yutzy Jr. Later, we all had supper at Noah and Kathy’s’.

Monday, Feb. 1: Making potato salad and keeping an appointment was on the agenda for this morning. Then, at 3:30, four couples and I took supper to Mrs. Katieann Yoder in Atlantic. Also joining us was the David Mullet family who lives there.

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Our family always loved Cortland apples when growing up. so I was quite pleased to find some this late in the season. A friend brought us four pecks today, so I made two pies for them and we met for lunch.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: This was DDC Clinic day where we quilt, knot comforters, sort material, sew blocks together or just visit.

Friday, Feb. 5: After doing the whites early, I went to the bank and did some shopping, And then I did the color wash. I also baked a batch of cookies.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Guess I wrenched my back again, according to the pain I’m feeling. So, today I just did more bookwork and slowly cleaned my house. Then friends took me to a good dinner tonight. A delightful end to the week. Some of the first maple tappings were seen today, or the preparations for it (the scattering of the buckets).

Sunday, Feb. 7: Some of the family had brunch along with three little visiting sisters. Later we spent a few hours with Mikes in Orwell.

Tuesday, Feb. 9: I had an enjoyable day again at Tinkers’ Creek School and then this evening, our group sang at Daniel Burkholders. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

Wednesday, Feb. 10: Today, I kept busy with bookwork and a mid-day appointment. The blowing snow brings the cardinals to the feeder.

Thursday, Feb. 11: The whole morning was spent in making nine stops, which included shopping for groceries. I’ve got a rebuilt washer on hold since mine is worn out, leaking oil and water.

Friday, Feb. 12: Today was spent with Aunt Fannie and Melvin Yoder. Later, coming home from Cortland, we were on 88 in a snow squall, going very slowly, hardly being able to see the road! Scary, but God led the way.

Saturday, Feb. 13: It was a cold day for moving, but with plenty of help they got Linda Yutzy’s things moved over here to her brother Noah and Barbara Yutzys’. It is a nice apartment in the walkout basement where she won’t have but small half steps to get in and out. In the midst of the busy morning, the chimney burned out, causing some concerns.

Sunday, Feb. 14: We attended church today at Albert Millers’ and then had a quiet evening with family here.

Monday, Feb. 15 – Wednesday, Feb. 17: I’ve just been doing mostly bookwork, baking, laundry and watching it snow. Our day at Senior Center was cancelled on Tuesday due to the snow. My driver got stuck in a driveway because we came too early, before the snowplow. A friend took two of us to Mary Yoder’s to take advantage of the 2 for 1 Tuesday dinners.

Thursday, Feb. 18: I had an interview to do volunteer work at Briar Hill.

May God be with us all!


 

Friday, Jan. 8: After a day of cleaning and more errands, our church women enjoyed the evening together with a gift exchange.

Sunday, Jan. 10: Noah Yutzy Srs. and Noah Yutzy Jrs. and I were to church by Billy Bylers way up north. In the evening, I went to the viewing of Nelson Miller. Let’s remember his sister Esther who lost a dear brother.

Monday, Jan. 11: The four of us were to Alliance for sister’s knee check-up, and then back to Menard’s for some shopping.

Tuesday, Jan. 12: We baked, did laundry, cleaned cupboards, etc. Singing was cancelled tonight. The rest of this week was filled with the daily things, appointments, etc. And we enjoyed Friday with nephew’s family. The two oldest came for overnight.

Sunday, Jan. 17: We attended church in the cozy basement of Andy Millers and then, in the p.m. we drove over to the viewing of Andrew Yoder. There were oh, so many there, sharing in their parting of their 19 year old son.

Monday, Jan. 18: We are glad for this real winter weather even though it meant being in the cold somewhat at the funeral of Andrew. This evening, our singles group visited at Esther Miller’s home, whose 2 brothers have passed on.

Tuesday, Jan. 19: There were only about 10 of us Amish women at the Senior Center instead of the usual 20 to 25. Some drivers didn’t want to go out. We were working on a quilt.


 

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Had the day off and did bookwork most of the day. Singing group was by Dan and Esther Millers.

Thursday, Dec. 3: Three of us were able to do well with shopping and errands in Middlefield and Chardon. I spent the evening doing bookwork as I had done the laundry in the morning.

Friday, Dec. 4: Spending most of today with my client.

Saturday, Dec. 5: My friend passed late this morning, another phase of the journey of life.

Sunday, Dec. 6: Church was at Melvin Kauffmans with 5 welcome visiting ministers. In the evening, supper was brought in by the family next door.

Monday, Dec. 7: I’m thankful to have been able to do the laundry for us here while sister is still laid up. Our visiting group was at Eli and Mattie Millers’ in Mespo. Eli’s brother Joe and wife from Kentucky were also there.

Tuesday, Dec. 8: The morning was spent taking the doggie to the vet and taking Jonathan, 3, home to Orwell.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Today, I was in the school room once again, not doing much, but enjoying being with the children.

Friday, Dec. 11: After a day of laundry and the usual daily tasks, some of our family took in the benefit auction at Joe’s.

Tuesday, Dec. 15: This was a day of baking and errands. The evening was greatly enjoyed with the singing group at Henry Millers’.

Wednesday, Dec. 16: We visited Melvin and Fannie Yoder in the a.m. and then I did payroll in the p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17: I went into town with sister for her knee therapy and then we spent a few hours in Orwell with nephew’s family. We brought a few of the little people home with us. Some of the family were by John Fishers’ for an evening of visiting.

Friday, Dec. 18: This was laundry day, and then tonight, we enjoyed a CHRISTmas program.

Saturday, Dec. 19: I was so lovingly included with my brother Levi’s family in Carroll County at Levi Jrs’. Breakfast brunch was served and, later games, skits and the traditional snacks were enjoyed.

Sunday, Dec. 20: After church at Marvin Kauffmans’ and naps at home, we drove to John and Loris’ for the evening.

Monday, Dec. 21: We did errands, shopping and sister’s knee therapy in town. We also took Jonathan home. He had stayed 4 nights.

Tuesday, Dec. 22: We did laundry and washed ceilings and walls in sister’s kitchen. Later, we all enjoyed the CHRISTmas program at Tinker’s Creek School.

Wednesday, Dec. 23: We attended a third CHRISTmas program tonight. They were all enjoyable.

CHRISTMAS DAY: I was privileged to partake of the CHRISTmas dinner with friends gathered together.

Saturday, Dec. 26: Our family gathered here for the noon meal and then had exchange of gifts, games and singing.

Monday, Dec. 28: I had several hours of errands and a doctor appointment and then acted lazy the rest of the day. We sorrow with the John Byler family in their loss.

Tuesday, Dec. 29: I spent a few hours by Miriam in Orwell. Then our singing group had a joyful evening of gift exchange and singing.

Thursday, Dec. 31: After appointments in town, we drove into Cleveland and visited cousin Elva and son Andrew at the Seidman Cancer Center.

New Years Day: Waking up early gave me the opportunity to bake bread and cake rolls before helping a friend for a few hours. Our singles group had our yearly supper and gift exchange at Esther Lou’s. She had made chop suey.

Saturday, Jan. 2: Most of the day I was with Aunt Fannie Yoder’s family who were gathered at the Enos Hershberger home.

Sunday, Jan. 3: We were blessed with 10 visiting ministers in church today at Chris Fisher Jrs’.

Monday, Jan. 4: This was laundry day, plus errands and some food shopping. Our visiting group spent the evening with the John Fisher family. He has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Wednesday, Jan. 6: Some of us relatives (including those from Michigan and New York) had a gathering at Joe and Sara’s.


 


Thursday, Nov. 5:
This has been birthday week. I was taken out to eat several times and feel “birthdayed” out, but thankful for all the kindness.

Sunday, Nov. 8: Church and supper were at Noah Yutzy Jrs. today. We had the delight of having the Orwell family here overnight.

Tuesday, Nov. 10: I spent a few hours at the hospital with my client.

Wednesday, Nov. 11: This evening was the large benefit Fish Fry for the Mast family. A small group of us had a nice visit with Gertrude Byler.

Friday, Nov. 13: A trip into town in the morning and then baking Whoopee Pies in the p.m. My family got one over on me with a surprise birthday supper at sister’s house. Some of the grandchildren stayed overnight.

Saturday, Nov. 14: The girls who stayed overnight, four of them, went with us to the Craft doings at Joe’s Shop.

Sunday, Nov. 15: It is 10 years today our mother passed on her sister Emma’s birthday. We were happy to visit with John and Ida Fisher at Hillcrest Hospital this p.m. He’s been in there about three weeks and they are glad for visitors.

Tuesday, Nov. 17: A busy day with laundry, baking and helping with getting the fish ready for the Benefit tomorrow. Singers were to Crist and Barbara Millers.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Today, our church worked on the Benefit Fish Fry for John and Ida Fisher. 1000 take-outs were sold, plus the stands were full later. Over 30 gallons of ice cream were sold and more could have been used.

Thursday, Nov. 19: Friend Boby so kindly took me to visit friends in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, Nov. 22: After church we three had early supper at Mike and Miriam’s’ and then brought the three youngest home with us.

Monday, Nov. 23: While baby-sitting the three, granddaughters of sister Regina and Emma Sue helped us clean the kitchen cupboards, singles were to Mrs. Mary Millers tonight.

Tuesday, Nov. 24: In early morning, we were to town to get turkeys for the crew, plus other errands. Then, before noon, we headed to Alliance where sister Barbara had knee surgery.

Wednesday, Nov. 25: I did some baking and cooked a turkey before going along to bring Barbara home. We hope she doesn’t develop staph infection like she did with her other knee surgery.

Thursday, Nov. 26: Two of the married families shared a bounteous dinner at sister’s (Noah’s) at noon and stayed for leftovers for supper.

Friday, Nov. 27: I left the house about 6 a.m. or before and was with my client 10 hours. It seemed so good to have her home from the hospital.

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