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Autumn is not so far away

Blair Branch


As I stand on the front porch and look out across the mountains, it is clear to me that autumn is not so far away. The dark green leaves we associate with summer are beginning to change to a lighter shade. Yellow and orange are starting to pop up and the leaves are slowly beginning to thin out. Our drive is covered with ones that have fallen.

When I see the leaves begin to fall, it brings back memories of the past when my nephew, James, and I would rake them up into piles in the yard at Mom’s, and jump into them. Raking and jumping for hours.

Before we know it, all the leaves will all have fallen, the trees will be bare, and I will be able to see all the way down the ‘holler’ from my yard.

The weather has cooled and the need for a light jacket at times is apparent. Autumn is my favorite season and, in my opinion, one to cherish every second of.

Dad, Allen Whitaker, saw two deer in his yard the other morning, a mother and a baby. He was happy to see the beautiful creatures in his yard, but I am sure he was equally unhappy about the damage they done to his fence.

I am overjoyed to share that Robbie and Amber Adams of Franklin, Ind., welcomed a little bundle of joy into their family. Aiden James was born last Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4:09 a.m. The little one was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches. He is the grandson of Mattie Adams of Franklin, Ind., and the late James Wayne Adams.

Jocelyn and Dennis Watts also welcomed a little one into their family. Dylan Ford Watts was born on Sept. 17. He was 7 pounds, 1.8 ounces. Dylan is the grandson of Rame and Lynn Adams of Black Bottom and Martha and Darrel Watts of Hallie.

Edna and Jr. Helton made the trip back home to Indiana safely after spending a week here on Blair Branch with Grandma Lucy. I would just like to say I am sorry that I didn’t get to spend any time with you while you were in. Next time, for sure. I am positive Grandma is missing you guys already.

Allen, Jessica, and Hayden Jent visited the Louisville Zoo with some friends from their church. It was Hayden’s first trip to the zoo. His granny, Opal, said he loved the animals, and that they all had a nice time.

I have several birthdays to share this week. Tracy Blair Snowden and Vette Blair Caudill celebrated on Sept. 14, Lois Blair and Lori Caudill Wells on the 15th, Virgil Blair on the 16th, and Chalena Whitaker on the 20th. Happy birthday all! I hope your special days were filled with love and laughter.

Happy anniversary to Donnie and Laronda Adams. They are celebrating their 22nd anniversary on Sept. 26.

Laronda would like to thank everyone for the many p rayers t hat h av e been sent up on her behalf in the many months she has been sick. “I know prayers have been answered. I have improved, but still have some problems. We don’t understand why things happen sometimes, but He has a plan for all of us.”

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Gary Caudill. Gary died on Sept. 10. Everyone, please remember to keep Henrietta Caudill of Stampers Branch as well as the rest of his friends and family in your prayers.

I was sad to hear that Sara Sexton, one of my favorite residents of Letcher Manor, has died. I’m sure Dow and Bessie will miss her greatly.

Mavis Miller of Redstar needs your prayers as well. She has been in ICU at Whitesburg ARH with pneumonia. I spoke with her daughter Charity while waiting to pick the boys up from school. Charity says Mavis is doing some better now and has been able to come home. Get well soon, Granny Mavis.

My sister, Missy Fields, had surgery in Harlan on September 15 to patch her eardrum. She came through the surgery, and is doing well. She says she is feeling just a little dizzy and nauseated. I hope this takes care of the problem and she is able to hear a little better. Thanks to everyone who sent up a prayer for her.

Roger Whitaker also had an outpatient surgery. I hope he, too, is feeling better.

Opal was kind enough to remind me that last week I forgot to mention Mom and Dad had also visited the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to look up Dad’s friend and former classmate Emmit Collan Adams.

I also forgot mention that Doris, one of Sampson Stallard’s children, traveled all the way from California to be with us at the memorial which was held at the Johnny Blair-Henry Adams Cemetery on Sept. 6.

I guess that is all news I have to share for this week. Maybe I didn’t make any errors, forget anything, or anyone. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.


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