Letcher County has two residents that need to be recognized over and over again. I met Bessie many years ago when I had her granddaughter in Mayking Head Start. I knew they were wonderful people then but had no idea what all they did for Letcher County. Bessie and Lester McPeek work through God’s Love From a Diaper Bag at Jenkins. From what I have seen posted on Facebook they have diaper giveaways through drive-throughs now because of COVID. There will be one this Wednesday, the 24th, at the Shriner’s Building parking lot in Whitesburg from 1 to 3 p.m. Your baby has to be already born and all COVID rules still apply. They also take care of lots of other services dealing with mothers and their babies and young children. The world needs more people with hearts as big as Bessie and Lester’s.
Have you all noticed how expensive lightbulbs have gotten? Just regular old lightbulbs, who would have thought five years ago you would have a hard time finding them. I was at the store last week and remembered Mom needed lightbulbs. There was another couple there in the aisle too. I looked all over and couldn’t find just regular bulbs. Not Soft White, not LED, not Halogen, or Edison, just regular bulbs. You know, like four to a pack for a dollar, a dollar and a half. When I turn on a light I want to be able to see stuff, not that old soft white stuff, but daylight stuff. Awhile back I did find a pack that said Daylight and they were wonderful. I can’t find them anymore.
What I did find was at least $15 for a pack of four. I thought, “You have got to be kidding me!” Even worse than that, some were $25 or $30. What in the world is a middle-class person supposed to do for lightbulbs? I got on Amazon and it was even worse. There were so many choices and I have no idea what kind my light fixtures use and what to even look for. I guess the ones we used to buy were called incandescent bulbs.
I do have to say this though, one light fixture we have in the washroom uses an Edison bulb and we haven’t had to replace it since we installed it and that was a long time ago. Later on in the store that other couple that was in the lightbulb section asked me if I found my lightbulbs. I said, “I’m not paying $25 for four lightbulbs.” He said, “Me either.”
Birthday wishes go out to Dustin Potter on the 18th. Zeke Caudill, Doreen McCray, Jill Hatch, Linda Taylor, and Lillie Bentley on the 20th. Danny Hurt and Mike Breeding on the 21st, Debbie Garrett, Medra Blair Bowen, Misti Torrey, Elizabeth Trotter Cooper, and Judy Kincer, and Brady King on the 22nd. Melissa McPeek Fleming, Pat Nichols, and Tina Dixon Hartley on the 24th. Joyce Profitt Baker, Sam Oaks, Shawna Timmerman, Arwen Sergent, and Holly Baker Webb all will celebrate on the 25th.
We need your prayers for Mae Slone. This is one of our sisters, Amanda Griffie, at Letcher Independent Baptist’s grandmother. She is back in ICU. Also, pray for Stevie Meade. This is my sister Charlene’s brother-in-law. He has cancer and is retaining fluid. He is in Pikeville Medical Center.
Another sister in our church, Brenda Cupps, with stomach cancer desperately needs our prayers. It was good to see her in church Sunday morning. There were also prayer requests in church for our sister Jackie Caudill with knee problems and Don Maggard who is recovering from surgery.
Another post I saw on Facebook was Brandon Robinson, our Hazard meteorologist, is having some procedures done in Lexington this week. This is what he posted to let everybody know what’s going on:
“So many of you have always been good to check in and ask how I’m doing with my health since I was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2017.
“I have an update for you today.
“You haven’t seen me out and about for a while by myself, because I’m not allowed to drive right now.
“About two weeks before Christmas, I came to early on a Sunday morning with Steph and my mother-in-law Gail standing over me looking down at me with great concern. For the first time in years, I had a seizure and it was a type I’d never had before, a grand mal seizure. Steph rushed me to the ER.
“The good news is that a CT and an MRI both came up negative for new tumor growth, so that isn’t the cause. Because I was (definitely not anymore) a bad medicine taker, the doctors believe my Keppra (antiseizure medicine) level got too low and that’s what triggered the seizure. I am already on a higher Keppra dose and have not had any further incidents.
“However, the neurologist I met with at UK wants me to have an in depth EEG and possibly some other testing done to make sure there isn’t something deeper going on. I have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days. Steph is staying with me.
“I know this may come as a shock to many of you. I haven’t told a lot of people.
“We know that God has carried us through so much and he will continue to do so, if it is His will.
“Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers the next few days. We will let you know what the doctors find out.”
Also, as always remember those that are grieving for lost loved ones, especially our pastor, Bill Jones, and his family.
I surely do love being able to attend church services in person. I miss our Sunday and Wednesday night prayer meetings. But, I’ll take what I can get. I’ll never take for granted being able to fellowship with one another ever again.