Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope you had a good day, not only Sunday, but every day.
A large crowd attended Sunday’s memorial meeting of deceased members at Blair Branch Church. We were blessed with a good service, large crowd, and a tasty dinner afterward.
As I sit on my porch writing this column, the birds are busy getting their day started. A pair of bluebirds is fluttering around my birdhouse, blue jays are squawking noisily as the steal our dog’s food and they try to ward off a couple of noisy crows. The robins decided to nest on top of our carport post and she flies off every time we walk out.
Then there are the wrens and chickadees which are also nesting around the house. I love to watch and listen to all of the birds, and 6 a.m. is the best time to sit on the porch and take in the blessings of God’s creations.
This morning there is a heavy fog and Burton Hill cannot be seen from my front porch rocking chair, but it makes it easier to watch squirrels scurry up and down the walnut trees at the driveway.
Ever y flower bush around our yard has a walnut tree growing in it, where the squirrels bury the nuts for food, and they sprout. We cut them down, but in not time the walnut trees sprout right back.
I heard the tapping of a woodpecker and calling of a cardinal off in the distance. The only bird I really detest is the awful blackbirds. If I could hit anything with my B.B. gun I would shoot them. They are destructive, diseasecarrying nuisance birds that take over and pull baby birds of other species out of their nests and kill them. They reproduce into big flocks very quickly.
I forgot to mention the many roosters at our neighbor’s house have also been crowing their wake up call. You get used to them and hardly pay them any mind.
Well, the workday traffic has begun (those who still have jobs), so I’ll draw in my wonderings and finish up.
Lee and Don Pridemore’s brother, Ford, came up from Lexington to attend the Blair Branch memorial meeting where their parents, Hiram and Ellie Pridemore, were members.
Verlin Breeding’s son, Tim, from Louisville, was also in for the memorial meeting and Father’s Day.
It was good to meet Christine Watts Banks, who wanted to meet another person who was married to a Bob Banks. She is the daughter of Floyd and Lucy Watts, and her husband’s name is Bob Banks, too.
Our church had three members whose names were added to the list of deceased members. We lost Kathy Blair, Ellis Adams and Patricia Stallard in the last year, for a total of 147 past members whose names were read off
Hope Lonzo Caudill of Doty Creek didn’t get hurt in a recent fall he took.
Bob and I drove up to the Vernon and Pet Cornett estate sale on Saturday and enjoyed talking with their sons, Gary and Larry. I was also pleased to find good, unique ‘stuff ’ for my store, most of which we dragged out of the barn.
But the water hose and scrub brush has removed all the dirt and dust to get it ready for resale, and now it’s all in front of the shop.
I didn’t have much to write today, so I’ve lengthened it with my ‘morning musings.’
Sometimes I don’t hear much happenings. Anytime that someone wants me to put something in, just call me.
I forgot to mention that the Mr. and Mrs. Joe Haynes family from Bull Creek recently lost their uncle, Rufus Fugate. Many of them went to Leslie County for the funeral. Rufus was their mother’s brother.
Here is a nice piece from Barbara Culp about their recent reunion:
“ The Letcher High School class of 1963 held its 50th year reunion at the Calvary Campus on June 7-8. Fifteen of the class members were present on Saturday, June 8. Nine others, consisting of spouses, friends and offspring were also present.
“ Jeanne Elaine Back Haywood won the door prize, a painting by Preston Halcomb, who was there to present it to her. Wanda (Watts) Niece won the prize for traveling the farthest (Michigan). The master of ceremonies was James Gary Back.
“Pictures of the nine class members who are deceased were on display at a special table. Wendy (Elam) Ison lit the candle while Joe Steeley spoke in their memory.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy the reunion, especially becoming reacquainted with classmates some had not seen in 50 years.
“It was a blessing from God for us to have had this opportunity to reunite. We pray for those who weren’t able to attend because of health issues and other reasons.”