MRS. YODER’S JOURNAL
By Mrs. Robert Yoder
Greetings from the Yoders!
This past month we have blessed with sunny days and also rainy days!
This past month must have really been a wedding month. There was one every week in this community. We attended two, one of Oct 1 and 2nd. Oct 1 was one of my nieces who lives on my old homeplace which really brought memories back of when our wedding was held there 14 years ago on June 9th.
There were 8 of us girls and three boys. Now my youngest brother lives on the place and has 8 girls and haven’t been able to find their boys yet! So those girls get to do things we used to do: work like boys. Doing the outdoor farm work was more fun that being stuck in the kitchen baking or cooking at times. We used to help rake and bale hay and drive six Percheron horses. We thought Belgians would have been a disgrace on the farm mainly by the color. We would unload loads of hay square bales on and elevator that went up to the hay mow. And we’d help stack bales up in there and sometimes it was pretty hot up there. Then we’d help with the oats. We would make shocks with them in fields which looked like a bunch of little houses. Once they were dry enough we would load them up the wagons. And they had to be stacked right or the load would cave in or out and you might loose your whole load once it started sliding. We sometimes tried to see who could have the highest stacked wagon.
I didn’t like the job of stacking as it was rather hard to keep your balance. Usually one person drove the horses while two stacked and two pitched the sheaves on to the wagon. If you were good at it you would catch them before they landed and could stack faster. My favorite job was pitching sheaves. Then I also enjoyed feeding the sheaves into the thrashing machine and watching it munch away. We used an old Farmwald M Tractor with a long belt to the thrashing machine. Then there would be a big straw stack. We had fun at times climbing up to the top and sliding down which made you itchy but usually a shower or bath would take care of that. Oh yes the good ole days!
My brother still does thrashing about every year. I am hoping one of these years to go help them and get the feel of it again. And let my children get a glimpse of what I did years ago.
I must agree the gal that got married did some growing up. Before I was married my brother lived in a trailer in the same yard and that little girl used to do some extraordinary things at times. One time she did a little wallering in a mud hole. But she looked around first making sure nobody was looking. What she didn’t know: three aunts were peeping out the window watching her and having a chuckle. But still pitying her mother who got the bad end of the job.
I got kind of carried off with memories. While I think of it on Sept 22 it was two years since my Dad died. We miss him but don’t wish him back after a battle with cancer. May we strive to life a life we were taught so we can meet each other again in a better land than this.
Oct 2nd wedding was in Missouri. She was a teacher here in Bloomfield for three years and left some very good memories.
We seem to stay busy with communion church being held here on Oct 12. This is where we practice the breaking of bread and passing wine and washing feet. This means doing some cleaning and scrubbing and it seems about like turning the house upside down in order to get it clean. We are cleaning out drawers, closets, washing off walls and ceilings, washing windows, floors,a nd furniture and mowing and trimming the lawn.
I have some of mine and my husband sisters and daughters to help me then I help them in return when they have church, which is enjoyable working and jabbering with each other. The newest thing around here is we got our bottom kitchen cupboard installed on Saturday and I feel almost like a Queen! And the girls really want to wash the dishes now! That is something new! Our old one s were used ones when we got them and they did their purpose. But were falling apart. Since were have been busy with last minute things we have been eating more of the quick making meals and desserts. This is a cake my eight-year-old daughter made all by herself tonight!
QUICK CHOCOLATE CAKE
3 cups flour
1 1 /2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspsoon salt
2 teaspoons soda
12 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cold water
Mix together dry ingredients. Then add liquids, oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water. Stir together but don’t beat. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until done in a 13 X 9 pan.