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Saturday, Feb. 22: Betty went to help out at David (Punk) and Ruthie Bylers. They had a little boy born last week and named him David Ray III.

Rose is in Florida enjoying the nice weather. The others were here and there. So was kind of quiet today.

Sunday, Feb. 23: We went to church at Wayne’s sister Elizabeth and Robert Miller. We met up with Wayne’s cousin Eddie and wife Betty there. We then drove to Wayne’s parents for the rest of the afternoon. Twas a long day and was glad to get home at 7:30 tonight.

Monday, Feb. 24: Wayne didn’t get home from work until 11:15 p.m. He won’t go tomorrow then.

Laura and Norma went to babysit the little girls at John and Bettys so Betty could visit her sister Ida Mae at the hospital. Ida Mae and hubby Ray had their first baby, a girl Kaylene.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Everyone was gone except for Wayne. He was outdoors doing different tasks. I didn’t feel the best, so I rested a lot.

Wednesday, Feb, 26: I had a nice surprise this afternoon. Our school lower grades and Teacher Norma came to visit and sing for me. They drew pictures for me and gave me a huge candy bar.

Thursday, Feb. 27: It was very blizzardy today. I went down to Mom’s.

Betty is working for John and Betty Gingerich. They had a little boy named Jacob.

Friday, Feb. 28: Only Norma home, so she did laundry and some cleaning. I helped along as well as I could. I’m taking Factor 5 pills and they seem to be helping.

Saturday, Feb. 29: Leap Year Day. Rose is home from Florida. Everyone is away at jobs, so I baked and prepared food for tomorrow.

Sunday, March 1: My Dad’s 76th birthday today … and also daughter-in-law Betty’s. Johns and we went down to my Dads for his birthday. My crazy brother John and family were there too. And also brother Robert and his “better half”, Kathryn.

Robert acquired a puppy and named him Bentley. He, of course, is playful and wants to chew everything. Robert also has some baby chicks in a box beside the stove. What next?

Monday, March 2: Oh my, brother Robert took his puppy to the vet today and, guess what? The puppy turned out to be a female, so he renamed it Marley.

Tuesday, March 3: Betty helped me get groceries today. We saw Uncle David in Walmart, so I told him about Robert’s puppy.

Wednesday, March 4: We had new cupboards installed. What a treat!

Betty had a 31-bag party. I was sitting on a bench when it collapsed and down I went. Katherine picked me up!

Thursday, March 5: We cared for Karin and Kaitlyn today. It’s so fun to have them here. I love hearing Karin call me “Grandma”. It feels so empty when they go home.

Friday, March 6: Our countertop was installed today. It looks very nice.

Saturday, March 7: Everyone gone again. Wayne did odd jobs and I rested up.

Sunday, March 8: A beautiful Spring like day. We were home all day. Wayne and Norma went for a long walk. Then the girls went for a scooter ride. Tonight, we walked over to visit with Dave and Ida for a while.

Monday, March 9: Another beautiful day. I like this time change and more daylight hours at night.

Tuesday, March 10: We went to visit David (Punk) and Ruthie tonight. I held little David Ray for a while. So cute and tiny! John and Betty were there too, so I got to see Karin and Kaitlyn again.

Wednesday, March 11: I went to niece Barbara’s along with Mom and sister Elizabeth, also Barb’s Mom and sisters. She had a baby a while ago.

Wayne is driving our 2-year-old colt that has been away being trained. I hope he’ll be a good horse. I get scared easily since I had a buggy accident 7 years ago and had to be life flighted.

Thursday, March 12: I went to a friend’s house. Betty and Norma were both home so they did the weekly cleaning.

Friday, March 13: Laura happened to be home today, so she worked on some hobbies.

Saturday, March 14: We went to the library only to find it closed. This coronavirus is scaring everyone, but I try not to worry. One day at a time … and keep your focus on the Almighty. John stopped in for a bit this morning.

Sunday, March 15: We went to church and then down to Wayne’s parents for the evening. It was nice and sunny, but the wind was cold.

Monday, March 16: Tonight, a buggy drove in and I was puzzled as to who it could be. It turned out to be John, Betty and little girls. What a nice surprise. John wanted to work on cutting up some firewood he has here. Andrew helped him while we doted on the girls!

Tuesday, March 17: Today is John’s birthday, so we went over with ice cream and cake. It seems like only yesterday he was a fussy little baby!

Wednesday, March 18: The Amish schools have closed this week, so Katherine had been home quite a bit. Some of Rose and Laura’s house cleaning jobs are also being cancelled. So, we really might get on each other’s nerves by the time this passes.

Thursday, March 19: Katherine went to school. The school children are taking turns going to school to do some lessons. Rose went to her job. Laura, Betty and Norma were here, so they cleaned and did laundry.

Friday, March 20: So far, Wayne and Andrew have been going to work. Everyone was off somewhere, so I was alone. I needed that alone time again! So refreshing.

By Barbara Ann Detweiler

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020: Went to John and Betty’s tonight. Always nice to see them. This time, the older girls and Andrew went along too.

Saturday, Feb. 1: I baked cookies to take along to church tomorrow and did other odds and ends while the girls did laundry and spruced up the house.

Sunday, Feb. 2: We went to church next door at Allen Millers and then were invited back for supper. So, our day was full.

Monday, Feb. 3: It really warmed up and the snow is mostly gone. It’s February and we really haven’t had a real winter yet. There’s still time, I guess.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Grocery Day. Betty went along to help me out.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Betty, Norma and I went to my parents’ house. Sister Elizabeth and her girls were there, so they helped with the cleaning.

Thursday, Feb. 6: Wayne’s arm is bothering him a lot. His hands go numb sometimes. So, he thinks he may have a pinched nerve. He’s pretty much recovered from his open-heart surgery last August. This growing older surely isn’t for wimps! Always some issue somewhere, it seems!

Friday, Feb. 7: Norma held down the fort today. She doesn’t like to be alone, but it can’t be helped.

Saturday, Feb. 8: We cared for little Karin today. Always a highlight! Then, John and Betty and little Kaitlyn came for the evening.

Sunday, Feb. 9: A lazy day. We rested and napped until tonight and then we went to neighbor Dave Millers for supper.

Monday, Feb. 10: Girls had plans to go sled riding, but the snow is melting fast, so they postponed it.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Four of the girls were home today … that’s very unusual. They all found something to do.

Wednesday, Feb.12: Down to my parents again. Dad, Mom, Norma and I played two games of marbles. Mom has gotten almost 450 get-well cards since she broke her hip … and she is still getting some!

 Thursday, Feb. 13: Everyone was gone. Norma helped out a teacher friend at school and Betty went to her once a week job. I cared for little 2-year-old Eva, so I got to enjoy her without anyone else around. 

Laura and Katherine both had bouquets delivered from their sweeties and they were delighted.

Friday, Feb. 14: Today I was alone. Laura, Betty and Norma all subbed at school. The other teachers went to the annual spelling bee.

Saturday, Feb. 15: We went to the library to get some different reading materials. We had 5 degrees below this morning, but it warmed up to the 30s by this afternoon.

Sunday, Feb. 16: We went to church at neighbor Davids, came home, took a nap and then went back for supper. A beautiful day!

Monday, Feb. 17: Rose left for Florida for 2 weeks, so Betty is taking over a few jobs for her.

Tuesday, Feb. 18: Grocery Day. I went alone which was tiring, but I made it. The girls were all off at jobs.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Betty had a 31-bag demonstration tonight, so some of her friends came. John, Betty, Karin, and Kaitlyn came too and John helped Wayne with some projects.

Thursday, Feb. 20: Karin and Kaitlyn stayed for the night. They slept well and we enjoyed them immensely today. After they left, it was so quiet we could hardly stand it!

Friday, Feb. 21: We’re having such nice sunny days, it seems like Spring.

December, 2019: What a busy month this was! I had Christmas shopping to do!

My Uncle Wallie Byler Jr. from Atlantic, Pa. died, so I went to the viewing and funeral.

I had an infected tooth, so I went and had it extracted. It took about a week for the swelling to go down and the pain to fully subside.

Then, on Dec. 14, the Bylers had their Christmas gathering at sister Elizabeth and Wayne’s place in Carroll Country. Twas a very enjoyable day.

Rose and Laura kept busy baking goodies for the people they work for as well as for neighbors and friends. Katherine kept busy at school, getting ready for the Program … which was very interesting and touching, as always. Betty and Norma helped at home and also had a few jobs and babysitting to keep them going. Andrew is the quiet one. He is in and out and I don’t find out all that much from him.

Then, of all things, on Dec. 30, my Mom fell and broke her hip. The church ladies had their annual Christmas shindig and they were playing different games when she fell and couldn’t get back up. They ended up calling an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. Turns out they had to do a complete hip replacement, including the socket. She had a quick recovery. I stayed at the hospital overnight and, by Jan.1, she was able to go home and get around with a walker, which she did very well.

January, 2020: The girls have been going down to do my Mom’s laundry and cleaning once a week. Mom is walking with a cane now and hardly needs that. You just can’t keep her down! But, that’s good.

We had church here on Jan. 19t so we were also busy getting ready for that, which wasn’t bad at all.

We finally have snow after a snowless December. It looks nice from the inside.

Norma made popsicles when it dropped down to the single digits.

Betty turned 16 on Jan. 24. I can hardly stand it that my little girls aren’t little anymore!

We like to see John, Betty, Karin and Kaitlyn as often as we can. The little girls are growing fast and we can’t get enough of them!

As for me, I think I feel pretty good. Considering. I feel I can walk quite well at this point, but have an ongoing stuff neck and stuff, hurting fingers. I realize it could be much worse. So, I am thankful for what I have and for my family.


Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019: News! John and Betty finally moved into their house. Wayne, Katherine and Norma went over to help. We cared for Karin and Kaitlyn here. Now they’re only 5 miles away.

Sunday, Oct. 27: My parents and brother Robert and his girlfriend Kathryn came to visit this afternoon. Kathryn related some funny stories of her workplace experiences and we laughed until we cried. Betty said her mouth is sore from laughing!

Monday, Oct. 28: We drove over to John and Betty’s. Their house is beautiful with all the furniture, etc. arranged in it. It is now a home … not just a house. Of course, we had to cuddle Karin and Kaitlyn. I hope they won’t be spoiled too much!

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Grocery Day… a beautiful, sunny day.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: I made a chocolate torte cake today which was a big hit with the girls. Diet or not, they all had a piece. I feel achy and sore today.

Thursday, Oct. 31: Rained all day. No wonder I feel achy. We had four trick or treaters drop in tonight. They had green hair and a weird get up. They disappeared after they got some candy. (We are blamings the neighbor girls.)


Friday, Nov. 1: We got picked up this morning at 5 a.m. to go on a family trip with three of my brothers and a sister and parents. We went to Holmes County area and stopped at “Behalt” and other places of interest.

Saturday, Nov. 2: We toured Werther’s Museum which was very interesting and then made a few more stops before heading home.

Sunday, Nov. 3: John and Betty came. We had fun with the little girls as usual.

Monday, Nov. 4: Very cold. I was home all day and kept the stove humming. I love these cozy days.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Our annual Cousin Day gathering was at cousin Ida Mae’s house. Sometimes everyone was talking and no one was listening! Good therapy!

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Tonight, my girls and their girl cousins and moms and myself went down to my parents for the evening. A few of them dressed up and gave us a show.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Laura and Andrew left tonight for Kentucky. They’re going to Noah’s Ark tomorrow and will also visit friends.

Friday, Nov. 8: I spent a lot of time organizing today. Rose sewed and Norma helped out with miscellaneous jobs.

Saturday, Nov. 9: Went to do some errands. Andrew and Laura came home around 9:30. Rose came down early this morning and said that there was a mouse in her room. She was scared stiff and life looked bleak to her! Wayne set a trap.

Sunday, Nov. 10: Tonight, we walked to neighbor Dave’s for supper and were served elk steaks. They were very good.

Monday, Nov. 11: Wayne’s birthday. We took him out to eat. It started snowing after we left and we had a near whiteout on the way home. It was a relief to finally get home.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: We have lots of snow. Very nice when inside looking out!

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Am trying to get ahead with my Christmas shopping. I like to pick up things whenever I’m out and about.

Thursday, Nov. 14: I was invited to hot lunch at school. Norma and I both went and it was nice to see all the mothers again. I’m still able to walk pretty good.

Friday, Nov. 15: Norma and I held down the fort today. The girls want to get started deep cleaning. We waited until now so it’ll stay clean for when we have church here in January.

Saturday, Nov. 16: I went shopping with some of the neighbor women and picked up a bit more for Christmas gifts.

Sunday, Nov. 17: Wayne and I walked to a neighboring church. John and Betty came tonight. A friend, Dennis, also came for a while.

Monday, Nov. 18: The usual … laundry … and the daily dozens.

Tuesday, Nov.19: Wayne had a doctor appointment today. He’s still doing well. We took supper over to John and Betty’s, and Wayne helped him cut up a deer he shot Saturday.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Everyone is gone today … even Norma. So, I had some more peace and quiet. Yay! Days like this go way too fast, though!

Thursday, Nov. 21: I went to Orwell and did more Christmas shopping. It feels good to have most of it done before Thanksgiving.


By Barbara Ann Detweiler

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019: News! John and Betty finally moved into their house. Wayne, Katherine and Norma went over to help. We cared for Karin and Kaitlyn here. Now they’re only 5 miles away.

Sunday, Oct. 27: My parents and brother Robert and his girlfriend Kathryn came to visit this afternoon. Kathryn related some funny stories of her workplace experiences and we laughed until we cried. Betty said her mouth is sore from laughing!

Monday, Oct. 28: We drove over to John and Betty’s. Their house is beautiful with all the furniture, etc. arranged in it. It is now a home … not just a house. Of course, we had to cuddle Karin and Kaitlyn. I hope they won’t be spoiled too much!

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Grocery Day… a beautiful, sunny day.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: I made a chocolate torte cake today which was a big hit with the girls. Diet or not, they all had a piece. I feel achy and sore today.

Thursday, Oct. 31: Rained all day. No wonder I feel achy. We had four trick or treaters drop in tonight. They had green hair and a weird get up. They disappeared after they got some candy. (We are blamings the neighbor girls.)


Friday, Nov. 1: We got picked up this morning at 5 a.m. to go on a family trip with three of my brothers and a sister and parents. We went to Holmes County area and stopped at “Behalt” and other places of interest.

Saturday, Nov. 2: We toured Werther’s Museum which was very interesting and then made a few more stops before heading home.

Sunday, Nov. 3: John and Betty came. We had fun with the little girls as usual.

Monday, Nov. 4: Very cold. I was home all day and kept the stove humming. I love these cozy days.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Our annual Cousin Day gathering was at cousin Ida Mae’s house. Sometimes everyone was talking and no one was listening! Good therapy!

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Tonight, my girls and their girl cousins and moms and myself went down to my parents for the evening. A few of them dressed up and gave us a show.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Laura and Andrew left tonight for Kentucky. They’re going to Noah’s Ark tomorrow and will also visit friends.

Friday, Nov. 8: I spent a lot of time organizing today. Rose sewed and Norma helped out with miscellaneous jobs.

Saturday, Nov. 9: Went to do some errands. Andrew and Laura came home around 9:30. Rose came down early this morning and said that there was a mouse in her room. She was scared stiff and life looked bleak to her! Wayne set a trap.

  Sunday, Nov. 10: Tonight, we walked to neighbor Dave’s for supper and were served elk steaks. They were very good.

Monday, Nov. 11: Wayne’s birthday. We took him out to eat. It started snowing after we left and we had a near whiteout on the way home. It was a relief to finally get home.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: We have lots of snow. Very nice when inside looking out!

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Am trying to get ahead with my Christmas shopping. I like to pick up things whenever I’m out and about.

Thursday, Nov. 14: I was invited to hot lunch at school. Norma and I both went and it was nice to see all the mothers again. I’m still able to walk pretty good.

Friday, Nov. 15: Norma and I held down the fort today. The girls want to get started deep cleaning. We waited until now so it’ll stay clean for when we have church here in January.

Saturday, Nov. 16: I went shopping with some of the neighbor women and picked up a bit more for Christmas gifts.

Sunday, Nov. 17: Wayne and I walked to a neighboring church. John and Betty came tonight. A friend, Dennis, also came for a while.

Monday, Nov. 18: The usual … laundry … and the daily dozens.

Tuesday, Nov.19: Wayne had a doctor appointment today. He’s still doing well. We took supper over to John and Betty’s, and Wayne helped him cut up a deer he shot Saturday.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Everyone is gone today … even Norma. So, I had some more peace and quiet. Yay! Days like this go way too fast, though!

Thursday, Nov. 21: I went to Orwell and did more Christmas shopping. It feels good to have most of it done before Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 22: The girls are moving fast with the cleaning. Only a couple more rooms to do. Norma got out the Christmas decorations. They all hung up stockings in hope of having them fill up before Christmas!

Friday, Nov. 22: The girls are moving fast with the cleaning. Only a couple more rooms to do. Norma got out the Christmas decorations. They all hung up stockings in hope of having them fill up before Christmas!


Saturday, Sept. 28: Betty and Norma baby-sat Karin and Kaitlyn and I wasn’t home. That was almost more than I could bear! They had a good day.

Sunday, Sept. 29: Wayne went to a neighboring church. The girls were both baby-sitting. And I relaxed all day. Tonight, we went for a walk and dropped in at neighbor Freemans for a bit.

Monday, Sept. 30: Laura decided she wanted to bake apple pies. I coached her a bit and they turned out well. They were delicious!


Tuesday, Oct 1: Grocery day. My Dad had a doctor appointment in Chardon, so they went along and I got my groceries there. We were involved in a slight fender bender and the cop had to come out. All’s well that ends well.

Wednesday, Oct. 2: Very warm today. I did a lot or organizing. That. Is an ongoing job!

Thursday, Oct. 3: We went to Cristy Miller and Edna Miller’s wedding. It was a beautiful day. Betty and Norma wanted to go in the evening, so I went with them.

Friday, Oct. 4: I was cold, so I started a fire in our kitchen stove. It feels wonderful. Wayne is back at work full time now. He still gets tired easily, but, hopefully, that will get better.

Saturday, Oct. 5: Rose Edna and I went to a Chinese Auction. She won eight times and I did seven. There weren’t too many people there.

Sunday, Oct. 6: Norma baby-say Karin and some of her cousins at Davos and Mary Bylers. Of course, I had to walkup for a while to see Karin. I played with all the children and then walked back home again.

Monday, Oct. 7: I started going for walks in the evening. Yes, I can actually walk! My feet are 75 percent better and it makes me feel very happy. I love walking!

Tuesday, Oct. 8: My parents, brothers and I went to Atlantic, Pa. to visit with my Uncle Wallie and Martha. He has cancer, but we had a good visit.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Norma and I went to Carroll County to my sister Elizabeth’s for the day. My Mom and sis-in-law Laura went, too. Betty started a new job at Aden and Martha’s. I’m so glad she has something to do. She doesn’t like to be home every day.

Thursday, Oct. 10: It was nice to be home all day with no obligations.

Friday, Oct. 11: Rose Edna was home today, so she and Norma did the cleaning.

Saturday, Oct. 12: John and Betty’s second anniversary! Karin and Kaitlyn were here while John and Betty worked over at their house. Katherine fell off of a hoverboard and hurt her foot, she can’t walk, so has to roll around with Wayne’s desk chair and sit down to go up the stairs.

Sunday, Oct. 13: Kathrine couldn’t go to church. We think her toes may be broken. The rest of us went to church and then a few neighbor families came for a while.

Monday, Oct. 14: Betty pulled Katherine to school with the wagon and stayed to help with lessons, etc.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Grocery day. Norma is my right-hand man now. Betty went to school again.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Katherine is getting better. She went to school with the scooter. She can walk a little bit now. One of Andrew’s friends died in an accident, so he went there tonight.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Andrew went to the funeral. Everyone else was gone, including Norma, so I had a few hours all by myself. I cherish those times!

Friday, Oct. 18: Betty, Norma, Laura and I went over to John and Bettys house to help clean it, getting it ready to move into. Wayne’s brother David from Clymer, N.Y. came and is staying for the night.

Saturday, Oct. 19: Wayne, his brothers David and Chester went to visit their elderly aunts and uncles. Rose, Betty, Norma and I went to a Chinese Auction at the Community Center. Betty and I didn’t get anything. Norma got one thing, and Rose got two.

Sunday, Oct. 20: We rested until later this afternoon. Then we went to Cristy Detweilers to visit for a while.

Monday, Oct. 21: A beautiful, sunny day. The girls finished up the outside work and put all the lawn furniture away. I guess that means we’re ready for winter.

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Our anniversary. Just another day, though! We went over to help John and Betty again. Katherine and our Betty went down into a crawlspace under the house to explore. They opened an old tote and there was a skeleton mask! They screamed, leaped up the stairs and almost sobbed on each other’s shoulders.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Some of the church women and I went to visit with Mel Miller Sara this forenoon. She had her leg amputated recently but seemed in good spirits.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Betty and Norma are both baby-sitting today, so, again, I had a few hours alone. I did a bunch of deskwork and other writing.

Friday, Oct. 25: Rose and Norma did the daily dozens today while I did odds
and ends.

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