Whitesburg KY

Been snow, ice, winds and cold

Howdy, and how is everyone in your part of the world? Here, we have snow, ice, winds, and cold, and that’s all I have to say about that. I’m just going to start thinking about spring.

Hope this finds all well and staying warm. Red and I would be in fine fettle were it not for being bruised, battered, sore, and achy.

I think I forgot to send out February birthday wishes, so I will do it now. Brother Chester Sergent of North Ridgeville, Ohio, on the second, cousin Virginia (Sergent) Lapoli of Cathedral City, Calif., on the seventh, cousin Harold Taylor of Edgewood, Md., on the 12th, cousin Denver Profitt of Romulus, Mich., on the 13th, greatgrandson Alex Worcester of Elyria, Ohio, on the 14th, two of Red’s family, niece Lena Stallard of Pound, Va., and great-niece Heather ( Shortt) Counts of West Virginia on the 15th, Gladys Smith of Bolivia, N.C., on the 19th, niece Debbie (Sergent) Resor of Wellington, Ohio, on the 20th, and great-grandson Tyler Aley of Elyria, Ohio, on the 25th. To all of you and to anyone else celebrating a birthday this month, my wish for you is a happy, fun-filled day and may each of you live to be a hundred and more and that each year be better than the one before.

Had a good chat with Otho Holcomb from Elyria, Ohio, yesterday. We journeyed back to the mountains of Letcher County where we were both born and raised not too far a distance from each other, but we never met until a few years back. We both knew a lot of the same people and, believe it or not, we are related. I just love him and his wife, Pat. Speaking of Pat, you should try some of her peanut butter fudge. My mouth is beginning to water just thinking about it. Northeast Ohio

I also had a good phone visit with cousin Eve Dale Stallard of Sacramento, Calif. We took a stroll down Memory Lane. We have a lot in common as both of us were recruited to teach at a school on the other side of the mountain (Cumberland, that is). We both lived on the Whitesburg side and both were only 18 years old and, if she was like me, we had some students that were almost as old as we were. She taught at Colliers Creek and I taught at Upper Cumberland. I’ve just got to find out more about her experiences, when she taught, and for how long.

Hello, Dorothy Potter. I hope you are well and I’m sorry I haven’t called or written sooner, but this really organized (oh yeah!) person wrote your new address and phone number down, and someone (not me!) seems to have misplaced it. Would you please call or write and give me the information again? This time I will put it in my book posthaste.

The sun is shining brightly and I just hope it’s warm enough to melt some ice. Snow, I can handle but not the ice, it ain’t good for me.

Have talked to Jeanie and Jettie and both families are doing fairly well. Georgia called and talked to Red, I was down for my daily nap, and she said all are well. Haven’t heard from the other three, but want to say howdee and hope all are well.

I have also talked with Clara Pfister in Clarkston, Mich. She’s doing really well since her surgery and said both her sisters, Kathy Hofmann of Erlanger and Jeanette Adams of Isom, were doing well. Hello to all three of you.

Also, I’d like to say hello to Loretta Adams, Gladys Smith, Emilie Schmidt, James and Janice Jordan, Gerrie Cossins, Don and Ava Blair, Patty Eubanks, Betty Wells, Thelma (Campbell) Watts, Colleen Craft, and I could go on and on but better not push my luck, don’t want to be on the “do not publish list”.

I really need to get some letters in the mail, but for some reason, which I won’t mention, I find it hard to sit very long. I also find it hard to stand, walk, and lie down, but as the saying goes “this too will pass”.

Red’s niece, Terri Shortt, called him and they had a good long phone visit. She said her husband, Phillip, had to have cataracts removed from both eyes. I hope all goes well, Phillip.

Don’t forget the Engle- Sergent picnic, which will be Sunday, July 31, from noon ‘til 4:45 p.m. at Hilltop Park in Elyria, Ohio. When I find out the date of the Letcher County picnic, I will let you know. There’s lots of good country grub, country and gospel music, and just plain visiting at both picnics. Please plan to attend both, but if not possible, at least one. See you there?

I’d better finish this. Have written a bit off and on, so, please excuse any and all mistakes.

Valerie just called. Gal Friday is pretty sick and couldn’t work today. She had to see her doctor. I sure hope she gets better soon. It’s a good thing I have a man Friday who is always willing to fill in. Yep, I do mean son Billy Wayne. He’s a good boy! Thanks, Bill.

May your week be a happy and warm one and may peace and love be with each and every one. Love and prayers.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, Ohio 44055, 440-233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com, emmaengle@aol.com.

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