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Awake early? It’s the time change

Blair Branch


We are getting closer to winter every day. Even though the first actual day of winter is still over a month away, we woke up to a good frost this morning (Nov. 6). This morning was the first time so far that we have had to use the scrapper on the car window. Brrr. Man, it was cold.

Just a couple days ago I was wondering what was up with all the fog. It was so foggy one day you couldn’t see two feet in front of you. I felt sorry for all those that had to drive to work in that. I bet it caused a lot of workers to be tardy.

Those of you that know me personally, with school being out for a solid week, are probably wondering why on earth I was up early enough to know that it is foggy out. Or that the car windows are frosted over. Time change. It’s killing me! I’ve been all out of whack.

My oldest son Bailey gave me quite a laugh the other day. He knows how crazy about fall I am, and anytime he sees a pretty tree he will point it out to me. He had been out in the yard playing, comes into the house and says, “Mom, I have some bad news, all those trees out there are pure nekked (naked).” I couldn’t help but cackle out laughing at that expression. It also reminded me of a cute saying by Albert Camus, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” We are in no short supply of leaves here around our house. They are everywhere, well, except on the trees.

How was trick-or-treating for everyone? Did you get to go out on Saturday and enjoy yourself in the rain? Michael and I took the boys out with my sister Missy and her girls. We had to pack umbrellas, but we got them out for a little while. They had fun and that is all that matters. Did you have many trick-or-treaters? Grandma Lucy (Blair) said she had 19 little ones to stop by her house. I know I didn’t see very many stirring.

On Sunday, November 1, we took the boys to a birthday party for my nephews Alex and Austin Whitaker at Dixon Memorial Church. We had a nice time and got our bellies full.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, and her brother Charles E. Blair, are both home from the hospital now and doing some better. Uncle Clifford came to stay with Grandma Lucy while Charles E. was in the hospital. Edna and Jr. (Helton) are in from Indiana and plan on staying with her for a couple of weeks.

Billy Ray Blair received some good news. The spot he had removed from his back was not cancer. I am sure that was a great relief.

I was so sorry to hear that Helen Caudill Adams, formerly of Johnson’s Fork, died. Helen was the daughter of the late Lucinda Whitaker Caudill and Prentiss Caudill. She was the widow of Howard Adams. I have many fond memories of Helen. The one that most often comes to mind is her sitting in the back, left-hand side of Dixon Memorial Church every Sunday. She would always have a pocket full of cinnamon candy for me. She was a wonderful woman. Many prayers for the family.

My condolences also go out to the family of Mandy Bentley. I worked with her mother Marcie Hall at Letcher Manor for several years, and she was always a wonderful, loving, and devoted mother. If there is anything I can do to help ease your pain, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be praying for you all.

Derrick Watts, Wanda Whitehead, and family made a safe trip home from Illinois. They had a nice visit with Derrick’s son. I am still waiting to see the pictures.

I just found out that my cousin Shirley (Price) Bullock had published a novel last year. How I didn’t know about it, I’m not sure, but I just wanted to say a very late congrats to her and let her know that I will be reading it very soon.

I only have one birthday to share this week. Olivia Blair celebrated her birthday on November 3. She is the wife of my uncle Billy Gene Blair. Late happy birthday, Olivia. I hope you had a great one!

Since school was canceled for a week, the kids were not able to have their Halloween pizza party as scheduled, so they made it up. It was great to see all the kids dressed up and having a nice time at school.

While I was at the party I spoke with Reva Adams. I would like to thank her for asking about Mom and all the kind words. Mom thinks the world of your family, too.

Please continue to keep Travis Morton in your prayers. He is a 15-year-old sophomore at Letcher County Central High School, and was recently diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer. Travis is the son of John and Melody Morton, and is currently in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. There will be a soup bean dinner on Friday, November 20, at the Blair Branch Church in Jeremiah, from 11:30 a.m. till 7 p.m. The price will be $5 per dinner and will include soup beans, saurkraut and wieners, cornbread, drink, and dessert. All proceeds go to the Travis Morton Cancer Fund. The fundraiser is sponsored by the church and community. I would like to ask everyone to come out and show your support for Travis and his family.

I need to make a correction from last week. I submitted a couple photos from the Eldridge reunion (descendants of Colonel Eldridge) that Gary L. Eldridge had sent to me. There was an error on one of the photo descriptions. In the photo of Noah Eldridge’s children the man on the far right of the picture was Herbert Eldridge, not Edgar. Sorry about the error.

Many thanks also to Linda Jarrett for the phone call and Ike Adams for the emails. They really mean a lot to me. I sure appreciate your kind words and support of my ‘friends and family’ news.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will get you next week. 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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