Today is Gus Geodell’s birthday. Papa went up to the creamery this morning to find out whether they had any cinders to spare. Uncle Fred wanted some, but they didn’t have any, then Papa & Rosalia went up in the woods. Joe Watchel is butchering a hog today. Johnny Reheis is his butcher. Lloyd Rausch was here at noon & wanted to sell us some Christmas stamps but we didn’t take any. We all went out to Henry’s this evening to get the sleigh for a scalding binch [?]. After we left they went in to Waterloo, to Mr. Geodell’s birthday. He is 49 years old.