Month: November 2007

  • The Budget

    If my life were in The Budget…


    Ben Yoders have been having quite a time in Georgia. It seems they’ve suddenly decided to buy a house. They say it’s not sudden, that they’ve been living in Jesup for a little over a year and looking the whole time, and now a house has finally come up. They tell us that settlement won’t be until February, because Miz Bobbi needs some time to get all her stuff out.

    Ben’s Clarita was telling me that Miz Bobbi talks about eating her greens every time they’ve gone over. Last night she broke the news to Miz Bobbi that she’s never had mustard greens, or collared greens, or any such greens, as she was raised in Pennsylvania. Miz Bobbi looked at her in a horrified sort of way, and replied emphaticallly that she “must’ve not been raised on a farm!!” Clarita tried to reply that she actually sort of was, but decided against it, as Miz Bobbi must not realize that northern farmettes do not grow mustard greens.

    The bonny wee child of Bens has decided it’s finally time to sleep through the night, at 3.5 months of age. Ben’s Clarita said she slept worse than ever the first night, because she was constantly thinking her baby was going to wake up. But it’s a welcome relief for her to have a full night of sleep, after several months with at least one interruption a night.

    But is seems that Mrs. Yoder is apparently losing some brain cells in the process of raising a child. She bought a small baby scales at a consignment shop yesterday and after weighing her baby, called her mother in great excitement to tell her how much the baby weighed. But she says she’s been having brain freezes ever since she got pregnant with the baby, and it’s still continued, because she couldn’t think of what to call the scales. She told her mother she got “a, um, a, what do you call it, a weigher thing!!” Her mother calmly told her it’s called a “scales”, and then suggested she take some supplements of brain food to help the situation. Mrs. Yoder thought that might be a sign from the Lord, because Ben had told her too that she should take some brain food. She took it as a sign of them caring about her, not as a insult to her mental abilities.

    Bens baby now weighs almost 15 pounds, as Clarita found out on the “weigher thing.” 3 ounces short of 15, but Bens were surprised, as Clarita’s mom’s babies all weighed 18 pounds at a year. She said it’s no wonder her arm has been getting tired carrying the baby around.

    The Yoders are very excited about the Thanksgiving break, as Clarita’s two sisters, Ervina and Claudia, paid for most of a plane ticket for her and Zoe to go up to PA this Saturday for extra family time! Clarita did tell them, that, for their kindness, she will be very careful how much she plans in addition to family activities, as they were the main reason she could go up. She said there is no way to express how excited she is about going up, as she hasn’t been there since August. Ben will join the family next Wednesday.

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