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By Sarah Miller

Jan. 23, 2020: What a beautiful winter morning. Sun is shining so nicely and we have SNOW! Yes, I was ready for snow and colder as maybe that will kill some flu germs. There had been lots of flu around, but I think most schools are back in session once again.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, our school moms had a birthday party for teacher Arlene. Ice cream, cake and snacks were served.

The birds are finally back eating at my feeders. For a while there I had hardly any, due to a hawk flying around. The Blue Jays sure love peanuts in the shell. It’s such fun watching them.

Friday morning and it’s warmed up again, with it starting to rain. Will it turn to freezing rain? I hope not as I don’t like to walk on. Ice.

Last night, Thursday evening, the family took me out for dinner for my birthday. It seems the birthdays come much faster than when I was a teenager! We had a very good time and the food was delicious. We ate at a place called Chops in Geneva. Thanks to you all!

It seems our winters aren’t as severe as they were when I was growing up. I remember when our bedrooms upstairs were so cold that if we put a glass of water on the windowsill, it would be frozen by morning. That was before storm windows. In the morning, we would see who would get to the register first to get dressed. To save fuel, we would close the kitchen door after supper. So, dishes were done in a hurry before it would get cold! Water was brought on from a hand pump on the back porch and heated on the kitchen stove to wash dishes.

Most of my growing up years, we had someone living with us. When my cousin’s mother died, she moved in with us. She was an only daughter and the same age as my older sisters. She lived with us until my sister Fanny’s husband died of cancer, leaving her with two little boys ages 1 and 2. She remarried 4 years later and they worked on our farm for several years.

Our farm was on Route 422 and often we would get company from people getting off the Greyhound bus and then getting a ride to visit friends and family. There was a bus route between Warren and Cleveland. We girls would also go to work in Chagrin Falls on that bus. It cost 50 cents one way and our wages were a dollar per hour. Lots more could be said but will leave it for later.

Sister Liz Yoder of Mio, Michigan didn’t have good news from the doctor when she went for her test results. It said her cancer is very aggressive.  So, we hope to go visit before long, if the weather permits.

Time to get some drawers cleaned out and get rid of some STUFF! I thought I got rid of a lot when I moved from the big house to my smaller house. But, there’s still more.

A cloudy Thursday morning. 10:30 a.m. and I just got home from an all-nighter at friend Mary’s.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the widow, John U. Miller Mary who passed away on Tuesday evening. I imagine her funeral will be tomorrow, Friday.  Also, sympathy to the William and Dora Yoder family, in the passing of a special needs child.

It’s hard to believe next week is already Thanksgiving.  I’m invited to daughter Sylvia and Dan’s along with their family.  Our family will get together for Thanksgiving on Sunday, Dec. 1, at son Wayne and Judy’s.

Friday morning and it’s a cloudy day.  Feels like it could snow. Which would brighten up the landscape.

Born to Eddie and Regina Miller, yesterday, a son named Marcus.  One little sister also greets him.  Grandparents are Ray and Judy and Marty and Susan – all Millers. Great-Grands are Joe and Cindy Miller and I.

Tonight, is a benefit auction at the Heritage Marketplace on Nauvoo Road for a stroke victim’s hospital expenses.  Lunch stand opens at 4 p.m.  I hope to attend along with daughter Sylvia and Bob Hershberger.

I received my invitation to the annual Care Center Dinner on Dec. 9.  This will be held at the Parkman Community House. That is where we had our eighth-grade graduation ceremony in 1956!  Wow!  A long time ago.  I wonder how many of my class mates are still living?  One of my first-grade teachers, Mrs. Jean Giles is still living and had her 100th birthday!  One of my favorite teachers.

The birds are very busy at the feeders this morning.  Is it a sign of a storm?  I put some whole peanuts on the ground and the Blue jays are having a feast.

Thanksgiving Day: A day to gather with family and friends, thankful for our bountiful harvest, a warm place to have when the cold winds blow, sipping spiced tea and candles glow, Freedom to worship our Lord and King, Thank you Lord for every good thing.  May we all have Thanksgiving each day and remember the less fortunate.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and I will let writer Katherine give all the countdown of days left to shop for Christmas! You all have a good week.  


We are having beautiful fall weather. Is it making up for our late, wet spring? Whatever, I’ll take it!

Yesterday, Oct. 23, I went to Holmes County with some friends and the Geauga County trees had much nicer colors than down there.

Today, sisters Edna Byler and Elmina and I visited sister Fannie Yoder. She is staying at her daughter Elva and Owen Yoders for the time being, as her daughter, Laura, fell, breaking her leg. She had surgery on Monday evening.  Dr. said no weight on that leg for 6 weeks.

We had a good weekend last Friday until Sunday afternoon, when daughter Betty, Melvin and their family were here from Mio, Michigan. On Friday evening we had a pig roast at son Marks with some of the married grandchildren also joining us. On the menu, besides the pork, was chicken, burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, salad, fruit, hot fudge pudding and ice cream. We visited and then also sang awhile. Plus, some sat around the campfire. Granddaughter Aden Rosanna Troyer, made brunch for the gang on Sunday morning.

Leaving for North Dakota on Monday morning, Oct. 14 were Dan and Sylvia Miller and family, which included sons Danny Ray and Betty, Paul, Andrew, Chester, Timmy and daughter Cindy. They went to hunt pheasant. They returned on Monday evening, Oct. 23. They said they had snow out there. I hope it stays out there for a while yet!

Friday evening our family plans to go to son Joes for his birthday. I wonder if we’ll be able to sit around the campfire? All too soon it will be the last time for this year.

Born to Norman and Ellen Miller of Jug Road were a set of twins, a boy, Christopher and a girl, Carolyn.  Grandparents are Enos and Ester Byler and Roman and Emma Miller. They are greeted by two brothers and one sister.

Wedding season has finally slowed down. Five of our grandchildren got married this summer. I had 32 wedding invitations this year! Some were from Michigan also, which I wasn’t able to attend.

Son Ray and Judy are in the process of buying a home on Route 88 with plans to move yet this fall. Their son Allen Ray and Macy will also be moving there soon.

Linda P Hostetler of Shedd Road has moved to her new home in Burton and Danny and Kathryn O. Miller have moved to where Linda lived. Lots of changes being made.

The Training Center for Special Needs Children has finally opened. They had a lot of setbacks, when a twister went through, taking down the building this summer.

Friday morning and it’s cloudy. I need to run into town this morning, so I will finish this up and get ready to go. I’ll go with daughter-in-law Katie Ann.

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