Whitesburg KY

Another black Friday for the Engles

Northeast Ohio

What a week this has been and I really don’t mean that in a good way.

We had another black Friday. One Friday Red was informed he has macular degeneration and the very next Friday he had a nasty fall in the garage. You should see him now. His face is still the handsome one I’ve loved for so long, but his arms and back are beaten, battered and bruised.

He is very sore and achy, and has problems getting up or down. Being the stubborn guy he is, he refused to go to an emergency room or even to see family doctor.

I do everything I can to take care of him but am limited. This old gray mare just ain’t what she used to be.

Howdy all and I sincerely hope and pray that you’ve had a better week. It’s a beautiful warm, sunny day here, I just hope it will stay for a good long time.

How are the gardens coming along? If anyone is having fresh lettuce and onions kilt with hot grease, fried potatoes or soup beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold buttermilk, will you take a few extra bites and think of me? I can almost taste it. “Yum, yum.”

I’m still seesawing about planting a few short rows of white half runner beans. Just enough for a mess or two of fresh green beans. I have about decided to put tomato plants in pots and set on patio. But no more trying to freeze or put away.

We’ve gotten several phone calls this week. In my family, I have talked to Jeanie, Jettie, Georgia, Valerie, Jeremy and some of the great-grands. Red has gotten calls from Jean, Mae, Charles, Lena and Carleta. Of course they are my family also as I’ve been in the family longer than all except his sisters and brother.

I also had a good conversation with dear friend Clara Pfiester. We do have some good chats.

I’ve tried my hand at making chicken and dumplings, and they weren’t like I used to make, but they were edible.

In fact a great-grandson was here. Jennifer stopped by today with her youngest, two-year-old Brooklyn. Such an adorable child and the only redhead of Jennifer’s nine.

Jennifer and Steven are both redheads, and Billy Wayne and Redia both had reddish hair.

Chris, whom they adopted, has dark hair. Steven’s two are redheads. Bill and Bob both had an adopted son.

I’m just about ready to hem the baby quilt which was supposed to be ready Sunday past for the baby shower, but old ‘late again Lou’ was late again.

Too much going on this week, including an all-day working on a gas leak and of course taking care of my baby. The gas company came by today and seeded the lawn where their digging was done.

I’d better finish this before Ms. Catt comes calling. I don’t know what shift she was working today.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m sure a lot of picnics, cookouts and family gatherings were planned. I hope there is no rain.

Red and I had no plans, we just go along with whatever .

Have a great week, stay well and the good Lord willing you will be hearing from me next week. Love and prayers to all.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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