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By Susan Yoder

Jan. 26, 2020: We are having a mild winter thus far! Will it change?

Friday eve was the fundraiser at Burter’s. It was for our brother David in Missouri. He’s doctoring for Lyme’s. We did it by invitation. Thank you to all who came and for what you did. God bless you for showing you care!

Saturday, we had a Christmas dinner for the Bylers. We had an enjoyable day together. Here to share were Uncle Dan, Daniel and Betty Burkholders, Dad and Mom, Mel and Alma Kauffman, Sam and Edna Kauffman, Gid and Margaret Hershberger, Monroe and Molly Kuhns, and Mel and Lynda Schmucker. Sister Barbie also come (to help me). We missed cousins Barbara Hershberger and Allen and Kathy Miller who had other obligations, Daniel (Burkholder) was saying how he used to build wooden silos some 50 feet high and 20 feet in diameter, and he used to walk around the top edge. But now he has to watch his balance just walking on solid ground. He is 85 and remarked it’s no fun getting old. Oh well, we can all have the hope of having a different body in a better place someday.

Levi Saloma and Shteff were treated to a surprise at their grandson/nephew’s home (Al and Sarah Yoder) when Buster and Betty Miller and their marrieds revealed to them that they had been their secret friends in 2019.

‘Til next time … may you all have a blessed 2020.

A happy Hi y’all! We have the yummy smell of fall in the house this morning.  I have the steamer going with concord grapes, making juice to can. It’s kind of time consuming, but well worth it. I know you can buy the concentrate straight from the vineyards but it’s not the satisfaction of picking them and doing it all yourself. Better yet would be to grow your own grapes.

We spent last evening at Dad and Mom’s. David, LeAnna, Noah and family brought supper. We watched them bring a big combine into the field on the corner of Adams and Bridge Road. We were all excited to watch them harvest the field of soybeans. Then they just left it set. I expect they’ll do it today.

Tonight is the big night!  I am taking the seven scholar grands to meet the Berenstain Bears at the library. I called son Normans to tell them. I must have sounded excited because Norman told me “Mom, they aren’t real!” (Like I didn’t know.)

Levi Miller Jr. “Shteff” spent 9 days in the hospital, having surgery done on a blockage. He’s at home now and doing well as far as I know.

Uncle David JS and MaryAnn and most of their marrieds and Katie Mae, Mary Lou and Susan recently spent an evening at Dad and Mom’s.  What a riot! A day brightener for sure.

We didn’t have the turn out we expected for Dad’s 80th birthday/open house. Thanks to those who did come; it meant a lot. The best part was surprising Dad and that we did! Out of state “surprisers” that dropped in were Urie and Martha Miller and Jonas and Liz Byler from KY.  Dan Jr and Sara Ann Byler and Ruthie from Guys Mills and last but not least, Tom and Linda Byler from Carlton, Pa.

One of our grandsons recently asked his mom why she’s on a diet. His brother told him, “Duh, women are always on a diet!”

‘Til next time, live simply, love generously, speak kindly.

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