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COVID-19 may cancel many family Christmas gatherings

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Hello everyone – I hope you have enjoyed our Indian Summer weather. It has been wonderful. I love wearing summer clothes in November.

Happy Veterans Day to the veterans. Thank you for your service to our country. I want to say thanks to my immediate family for their service: John Campbell, Army (brother); Michael Campbell, Army (nephew); Curt Wenning, Army (brother-in-law). My dad, the late Dr. Varon Campbell, was also in the Army. I have a lot of uncles, aunts, and cousins who served or are serving in the armed forces.

A special thanks for your service goes to Glen Brown of Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Michael Campbell of Newport made a quick trip in to vote. He stopped by to see his dad, John Campbell, and his grandpa, Glen Brown.

Asplundh did some more cutting of trees. Some of the trees that were trimmed and cut were pine trees that my grandpa, Cassel Caudill, had planted years ago. Pa had a nursery behind his house that he started. One of my trees came from that nursery. Asplundh did a good job trimming the pine trees.

We had a hot dog roast on Town Hill over the weekend. There were a lot of people up there riding around as the weather was perfect. I did get a picture of the sunset but sunsets are always more vivid when seen than they are on a phone camera. It was so peaceful up there.

Thanks to Glennis Little of Little Cowan and Libby Honeycutt of Whitesburg. I was needing copies of a specific issue of The Mountain Eagle and they each had one. I do appreciate the help from these ladies.

I received a lovely note from my niece Janis Marr. It was one of those notes that make your eyes tear up. Thank you, Janis.

Mike and I stopped at Frazier’s on Friday and ordered gravel. We figured delivery would be in a day or two but the gravel was delivered that afternoon. That was the quickest service and we appreciate it.

Ella and Mark Caudill had company over the weekend. Dean and Kathy Fields of Virginia came in to visit. Other family members also came over to visit: Rex and Tilda Fields, Libby Honeycutt, Janet Napier, and Evelyn Cosgriff. To social distance they sat outside and ate outside. They enjoyed their family time together. Ella said sometimes you just have to have family around.

I’ve been seeing pictures on social media of Christmas trees and decorations. Normally I would say it’s too early but this year, I think it’s just right. I’ve been listening to Christmas music in the house and car all month. Christmas music relaxes me and I’m for anything that relaxes us.

Every December my sister and brother-in-law host a family Christmas get-together. We all meet in Lexington and have a wonderful time. We’ve been doing this for years and years. Due to the coronavirus and the number of cases going up, our family Christmas get-together has been canceled. It’s sad but it’s the only way to be safe.

I’ve been retired for two years and it’s been an enjoyable two years. Sometimes I do miss working as I did enjoy my job.

Happy birthday to my cousin Laura Harris and my brother-in-law Kevin Wenning. I wish you all a wonderful day and year. You’re now in a good decade.

A cousin, Charles Pitts, Jr., passed away on November 1, 2020. He was 95 years old and lived in Kingston, Tenn. Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1945. He flew 35 missions over Japan in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with other awards.

Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Pitts, and his grandson, Andrew Pitts.

He is survived by his son, Charles E. Pitts of Edmond, Okla.; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.

The service was held on November 6, 2020 at Kingston Memorial Garden, Kingston, Tenn.

Condolences to Ed and Donna Pitts.

The quote of the week is attributed to William Arthur Ward: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

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Have a wonderful week.

Stay healthy and safe.

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