Sift flour and soda, set aside
Cook water, dates, apple and raisins;bring to a boil. Simmer 3 minutes
Remove from heat and add the margarine and stir
Cool mixture and then add eggs, oatmeal and the dry ingredients; add the vanilla and nuts
Cover and refrigerate overnight
Drop on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 24 minutes
Store in the refrigerator in airtight container
May also add 1 tsp. cinnamon to dry ingredients if desired.