Hello everyone: I hope you have had a good week. I liked the cooler weather on the days we had it. This August weather has mostly been hot and/or rainy. I am glad we still have green grass.
Mike and I spent last Tuesday evening sitting on the screened porch in the dark until late. We listened to it rain for a long time. It was nice just sitting there together. I spend a lot of time on the porch during the day and in the evening.
Katie Caudill of Whitesburg had a bear on her porch earlier in the week. It was eating her garbage late one night. It seems that the bears aren’t scared of people anymore. She posted a photo of a big bear on social media.
Bears have also been hanging out on Big Cowan. Mark and Kathy Miles had a momma bear and three cubs in their yard on Saturday. There were photos posted on social media from Saturday. Then on Sunday, there were three cubs on their porch. One was in the cat food and the others were climbing on the rails. Mark yelled at the cubs and one started making cub sounds, which caused momma to make a yard appearance. I sure wouldn’t want to be around when momma bear gets upset. Mark did say the momma bear wasn’t that big.
We’ve had deer hanging out in the neighborhood. They are cute but they do get in the gardens.
Michael Campbell of Newport and Rachele Johnson of Erlanger came in for the weekend. They visited Michael’s dad John Campbell and his grandpa Glen Brown. It was good seeing them. We all went out to eat breakfast at Pine Mountain Grill on Saturday. Those eating breakfast were Michael Campbell, Rachele Johnson, John Campbell, Gemma Bentley, Shyanne Bentley, Mike Wenning and me. It was a good meal with good company.
We did see David Day on Saturday morning. I enjoy seeing him when we are out and about.
Bryan Banks and Carol Caudill of Little Cowan spent a few days in Kingsport, Tenn. They visited their sister Linda Lucas. I’m glad they were able to spend time together.
I received a letter from Marilyn and Pat Banks of Edinburgh, Ind. It was nice to hear from them. Marilyn sent me some birthdates and anniversaries that I didn’t have. Marilyn has been staying home and making masks for family and friends. Marilyn and her granddaughter, Mattie, have been canning vegetable soup and putting corn in the freezer. Mattie’s help was appreciated. Mattie turned thirteen on August 6. Marilyn and Pat do enjoy reading The Mountain Eagle and I do enjoy getting letters.
I received a call from a friend, Cherie Friesthler of Niceville, Fla., during the week. She just called to talk. They have a new puppy and are enjoying his antics. She said the pup’s mom was a Labrador and the dad was a jumper. I asked, “What is a jumper?” Cherie said that no one knows, as it was a dog that jumped the fence. That was so funny.
Another friend, Bonnie Walterbusch of Dayton, Ohio, sent me a book. She thought I might need something to read. It was a good book. Then she sent Mike and me a card.
Having thoughtful friends is so good.
Mike’s aunt Cam Wenning of St. Henry, Ohio, had a birthday earlier in August. She is now 95 years old.
Our son Brad sent us a text Friday night saying that his father-in-law had been ‘t-boned’ by a semi. That was scary when we heard this. John Hamilton of New Paris, Ohio, was on his way to work when he was hit. Apparently he remembered going through the intersection and the next thing he remembered was walking around his wrecked truck. It was the semi driver’s fault. Luckily John was not badly hurt in this accident. He has a few issues but he’ll be okay.
I want to send “Feel Better” thoughts to Debbie Vice, Tori Akers, and John Hamilton.
Mike was mowing the yard on Saturday afternoon and hit a stump just as he got started. He bent the blades. Luckily John was getting ready to go to town to get a battery for his mower, so he bought new blades for our mower. The yard looks so nice when the mowers work for Mike and John. We do appreciate John’s help with the blades.
School will be starting this week. I want to wish all the students, teachers, staff, and parents Positive Year wishes.
This week’s quote is attributed to Henry David Thoreau. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imaged.”
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Have a wonderful week. Wear your mask and stay healthy.