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Deer showing signs of coming winter

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Ashley Finn Sumpter is now employed at MCHC as a nurse practitioner.

Ashley Finn Sumpter is now employed at MCHC as a nurse practitioner.

It’s hard to believe another summer has almost come and gone. I love the cooler days and nights, but not the cold ones. This also means another deer hunting season is fast approaching.

My husband Jimmy Yonts and my brother Albert were checking out the trail camera yesterday and from the pictures of the deer on the camera they are predicting an early and hard winter. My husband said they are already starting to get their winter coats and the velvet is beginning to come off their antlers already. This usually happens later in the fall. We have seen lots of deer here in our part of Letcher County this summer, even a few on our own property.

Right when I thought I was about through with all the canning from our gardens, here come the peppers. We have jalapenos, hot yellow banana peppers, hot green banana peppers, Anaheim and green bell peppers already. The Ghosts and the Carolina Reapers haven’t matured yet. I’ve made hot pepper jelly of all sorts and also just canned the peppers. I have already started begging to please let’s not plant so much stuff next year. One Carolina Reaper and one Ghost would be enough, maybe four jalapenos, four bananas and maybe eight bell peppers. I just hope he will listen to me.

Aaron Finn is an optometrist at MCHC.

Aaron Finn is an optometrist at MCHC.

Yonts loves planting gourds and watching them grow. So, hopefully I can persuade him to plant a garden full of them.

Since Albert came back to Kentucky to live we’ve been having some wonderful Rook games. It’s so funny, though, to have people 60-plus years old playing games where you have to concentrate as hard as you do when playing Rook. My sister Delores videoed us playing the other night and you wouldn’t think either one of us had half a brain. We couldn’t even get through the bidding without forgetting who bid what. Then while playing the hand it would never fail somebody would ask, “Now who took the bid?”, or “OK, now what color was trumps?” I think ,though, if we would just quit eating popcorn and talking while we were trying to play, we might be a whole lot better off.

Blake Mason with his daughter Chesnee Mason in a photo taken in 2010. Blake Mason will have a birthday on the 13th. (Photo by Celesta Richardson Riffe)

Blake Mason with his daughter Chesnee Mason in a photo taken in 2010. Blake Mason will have a birthday on the 13th. (Photo by Celesta Richardson Riffe)

While here at Mom’s today, the call came from the prayer chain to pray for Cowboy Wright. They didn’t say what exactly was wrong, but just to pray.

As I said last week, Bill Adams is having open heart surgery Wednesday of this week. Here is a post from Celesta Richardson Riffe requesting our prayers:

“ Friends — you all know how much Connie and Bill have been through. We are calling on each of you to wrap both of them in prayers as Bill has open heart surgery on Wednesday. He will be at Baptist Health in Lexington. Pray that the surgeon is able to perform this procedure successfully. Pray that Bill’s recovery is quick and complete, and that his pain is tolerable. He still has multiple injures from the accident that have not healed. Pray for Connie and Bill’s emotional capacity while they undergo yet another traumatic and frightening experience.”

Please remember Camden Cook. This is the young man who was just diagnosed with leukemia. He isn’t feeling well at all. He has had 20 chemo treatments and will now have spinal chemo Thursday.

Amber Finn Maggard is a psychologist for Kentucky River Community Care.

Amber Finn Maggard is a psychologist for Kentucky River Community Care.

As for Larry Everidge, they are transferring him back to the VA Hospital which will be better for his leg. He did come through the heart surgery okay, but is in terrible pain from both surgeries. His mom, Juanita Everidge, also needs our prayers. Please pray for them both!

We should also be praying for all the COVID patients. Tim Breeding is having lots of problems with pneumonia after battling COVID. We have some unspoken prayer requests also from some of our friends with it and let’s remember all the school staff and children.

It goes without saying that we should be praying for our nation constantly throughout our day. Our veterans are so heartbroken over Afghanistan and the tragedies taking place there now. Not just that, but we need to be praying that our nation would turn back to God.

You talk about a reason to be proud of your children, one of my first cousins on my daddy’s side, Shawn Wagner Finn, sent me these pictures and wanted me to put a piece in the column for her expressing just how proud she and her husband Tim Finn are of their three children. Her daughter Amber Finn Maggard is a psychologist who works for KRCC. Her second daughter Ashley Finn Sumpter is a nurse practitioner who works for MCHC. and their son Aaron Finn is an optometrist for MCHC. You all did good, Shawn!

Phil Fortuna posted this photograph of the miners at Sandlick Mine to Facebook. His relative in the picture is Phillip Conner.

Phil Fortuna posted this photograph of the miners at Sandlick Mine to Facebook. His relative in the picture is Phillip Conner.

It was so good to see some of my friends from Letcher County Senior Citizens at the Isom Day festivities. My pastor’s wife, Sandy Jones, and I had a booth trying to sell some of our Paparazzi jewelry. We did sell a little but we talked and socialized more than anything. Very few people came by our booth that neither she nor I didn’t know. I got to see David Williams and Rose Collier, Elsie Jent, and Harold Day. They all seemed to be doing well. This weekend we are planning on setting up at the Gingerbread Festival in Hindman.

There was a picture posted on the Letcher County Facebook page that brought on lots of conversations. It’s taken at a coal mine on the Campbranch side of Sandlick. I had a hard time figuring out exactly where it was taken because I don’t remember a mine being there. A lot of the men were people my dad, Marshel Tacket, worked with at Southeast a few years later. Phil Fortuna posted it and he was kin to the Conners on Sandlick Mountain. Look how young some of the workers were.

Okay a few birthdays and anniversaries. Roger and Cilla Fields celebrated 49 years of marriage on the 2nd, Robert Lewis and Nancy Spencer Ratliff on the 3rd. Ron and Debbie Miles Lester celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on the 3rd also. Drew McCool-Solis had a birthday on the 6th. Pam Nichols Cornett and April Fleming had birthdays on the 7th. Randy Blair, James Earl Pennington, Brooke King, Diane Wiseman, and Yvonne Day will have birthdays on the 8th, Claudette Adams and Monica Duncil on the 9th and Kathy Lowe Lucas on the 10th. Blake Mason and Jude Yonts will have birthdays on the 13th.

Closing again by asking that you remember all those that have lost loved ones, especially my pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family.

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