Howdy all! I hope each of you is doing well and enjoying this smoldering summer weather. It was 87 here today, but it felt like 95.
It is a little hot for me, but the boys are loving it. They have been splashing around in their kiddy pool and doing lots of slipping and sliding on the Slipn Slide to cool down. As a result, they are getting as brown as biscuits; but thanks to the wonderful invention of sunblock, they haven’t had sunburn.
Last Monday, Michael and I made the long haul to Lexington. I had an appointment at the Markey Cancer Center, just for my regular checkup. I received some good news. I don’t have to go back until I am 40! That is a relief. Going back every six months for a checkup was getting old.
Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, had an appointment this week in Lexington. Hopefully these will be the last tests she will need to have and she will be allowed back on the transplant list for a kidney. I know she and Dad dread that drive. It seems to drag on forever when you have to be there so early. However the tests have to be done and, God willing, no more dialysis and a transplant will be her reward. Say a prayer for her please!
Mom told me that Grandma, Lucy Halcomb Blair, wasn’t feeling well at all. Her feet and legs were swollen and she had been smothering when Mom went out to check on her. It is so hard to see Grandma sick. She has fought so hard and for so long. She deserves to feel better than she has been lately.
Monica Colley said that her son Ty is doing well and is excited about an upcoming trip to the beach. The scan he had recently said that there were no new spots on his lungs and the ones that are there haven’t got any bigger. Such wonderful news! I hope he stays well so he is able to make his trip.
I am thankful that Virgil Combs was able to be transferred from Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington to Hazard for rehab. I know his family is pleased as well.
A friend of our family, Cindy Jane Mullins of Littcarr, died on June 23. Cindy was 55 years old. She was born in Smithsboro, May 18, 1955, to Richard Smith and Gladys Noble Smith. She was preceded in death by grandchild, Katherine Bentley; son-in-law, Steven Holland; brothers, Vinson and Hillard; sisters, Carolyn, Mary Magdolyn, Peggy and Katherine. She is survived by her husband: Alger Mullins; son: Bart (Lucy) Mullins; daughters, Valerie (William) Bentley, Melanie (Melvin) Thomas, Amanda (Harold) Mullins, Amie (Chris) Morton and Joy (Henley) Hollifield; brothers, Tommy (Carol) Smith and Ronnie Smith; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Andrew, Dane, Isabella, Abby, Emily, Nicholas, Lexi, Danielle and Joshua; and host of special nieces and nephews. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers; I am sure they need them.
Even though I wasn’t able to attend, my family said that ‘June Meeting’ at the Whitaker Cemetery on Johnsfork at Premium on the 26th and 27th, went great. They had a large turnout for the services and dinner. Thanks to all for being there.
I would like to say congratulations to Alice Barnett Combs and Robert Gene Caudill. They were married at Premium on the 26th. I hope you have many happy and lovefi lled years together.
Also, happy anniversary to Dewayne and Heather Blair, who celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this past week.
I would like to send out belated happy birthday wishes to Jordan Adams. He celebrated his birthday June 25, and Bill Fleming, June 29. Connie Lawson will celebrate her birthday on July 4. My Daddy, Allen Whitaker will celebrate July 5, and Jodi Sands, July 7. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.
If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at: alanacouch@ hotmail.com. For those of you that had my email address bookmarked, I had to change it, so please update it to this new one.