By Katherine Byler
Jan. 24, 2020: Where does one begin after a long hiatus? So much has happened in the last month or 2 … some happy, some bad. What do they say … some good in everything? Like when you break your hip you get visitors, mail, food, etc. But you also miss out on viewings, funerals and birthday parties, to name a few. We were glad to be included on a visit to widower Dan E. Miller with son Joe Jr. and Mary Jane, and the Ben and Barbara Yoder family. Elmer and Kathy Kurtz and daughter, and Matthew and Maria Kurtz joined us for a very pleasant evening.
We’re so thankful for daughter Barbara Ann and grand girls who come do laundry and clean house for us. Then, we also had the Bylers here for our family Christmas … missing brother Wallie Jr., of course, who passed on Dec. 1. the Millers were at brother Dan and Mary Ann’s on Jan. 18 and, oh, the games we played and the food we ate … keeping is on our toes?
Poinsettias are “wearing down”, glad to see them go. Guess it was too cold for my Christmas cactus to bud out. Will have to give it some castor oil, obviously.
Neighbor Harvey Frey has had a long recuperation from surgery and more. At times, it pays in the long run to bide one’s time, aged or not aged! (Smile!)
We’ll miss sister Betty and Jake Weaver while they’re gone on a 12 day sojourn all the way to the end of Key West, Florida. This was a Christmas gift from their offspring. John will have to spend his 70th birthday on the road!
Nov. 22, 2019: Once again, as I pick up the pen, the sun comes out! Hope it stays; how it cheers the soul.
Brother Bill J.S. Miller needs cheer. Final results of testing show cancer in lower spine, besides in prostate. He is 73.
Sixty-six years ago today, Nov. 22, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing. It was the day our President was shot and killed. John F Kennedys death brought everyone to their knees in grief.
Guess I will print my Uncle Levi’s name from now on, in cursive it looks like Leir, although there is no such name that I know of!
On Dec. 4, it’s only 20 days to Christmas. Do I have to start over so soon?
Hunting stories aren’t so exciting for me, but this one tickled me, especially to know my niece is NOT a hunter! (Writer) Sue Yoder went with her hubby Norm one year (one time). Norm was in the tree, Sue on a pail at the bottom. She was singing so as not to get bored (?) then Norm tells her, “Be quiet (Shut up!), you’ll scare the deer away”.
Very enjoyable entries for my diary were the two trips we took to Holmes County recently. One trip was with five of our children and partners. The other with the John Slabaughs, the Jake Weavers and Ray Mast. With my feeble mind, I can’t recall all that we said or did, but some of the dumb stuff I do remember! Will no say more.
Am anxious to walk to neighbors Robert and Barbara Stoltzfus home (6th eve and 7th) for a large variety of crafts etc. offered by many participants. (100 tables or more is what I heard) (Tables, not vendors.)
What has a hundred legs, but can’t walk? Fifty pairs of pants.
Thanksgiving Day near at hand, and over with when this is printed. High time to get Christmas cards on their way after that big day. Big, as in BIG eating? Thankful for family to gather with.
By Katherine Byler
Oct. 25, 2019: Son reports that, on Oct. 17, he saw Christmas merchandise being put on store shelves! Whatever attracts the shopper’s eye, that’s what counts! Now that we’re on the subject, the holiday IS drawing closer like it or not! Only 31 days. That’s not far off, is it? Oh yes, telephone poles are being “spruced up” (get it?) with fur boughs and ribbons.
Spring forward, Fall back. Been there, done that by the time this gets into print. Always a change to get used to. Nov. 3 marks the changing of the clocks.
A great afternoon was spent recently with dear friend Elizabeth Detweiler who turned 90, surprising even herself. Mrs. Maurine Shetler, Mrs. Jonas (Yogi) Miller and I had a grand time of reminiscing of by-gone days! There are others we want to visit soon, so we hope we get it done!
We’re making visits to Joe’s brother in Pennsylvania who grows weaker with cancer. It saddens us so, but it is great to be together at such times. Brother Jr’s wife Martha reports that her sister Mrs. (Andy) Amanda Miller came to Ohio for gull bladder surgery on the 24th as an outpatient, if all went as planned. Sure hope she will then be pain free. Her husband is son of Albert Jr and the late Betty M (Bridge Road).
A never-before reunion on Oct. 26 was planned by Chris M. Troyer in Carroll County at my Uncle Leir’s home. Leir is the only person left of the couple that started a settlement in Cassadaga and Sinclairville, N.Y. back in 1951. This “peaceful paradise” lasted unto 1959 when the last family left for lack of growth. Memories abound of growing-up years, not the least being of me accepting a dime on the school but from an older girl for my crisp new Canadian dollar!
The autumn colors “popped out” after all, for which we’re grateful. They didn’t seem to start out too well and all too soon they will give way to cold and snow, as is normal. It’s okay if we’re prepared! Hubby carried over 100 bags of coal, tossed then through the basement window and then stacked then ever so neatly. We are thankful for how well he’s doing!
A few 2-day trips to Holmes County for enjoyable “together times” are in the offing … both being highly anticipated by me. But not so much for homebody hubby! One trip is with family, the other with friends. Like I always say, it’s the company you keep that will make you or “break” you! (Smile!)
A very enjoyable time was spent at a few “Open Houses” held conveniently on the same day. First, we went to the “Sunshine Training Center” on Route 528, visiting with many longtime friends, very special children. Hugs were so heartwarming. Then, a mile or so in a southerly direction, we went to my brother Chris’s home for his 80th birthday surprise! Hugs all around again, including some for Jr. and Sarah Ann Byler from Pennsylvania, and Uria and Martha Miller from Kentucky. Oh, the food! Fit for royalty!