Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and surviving all the ice and snow and not being able to get out and see people. But I’m sure you are keeping your phone busy.
Can you believe there was a time when we only had party lines and we could hear everyone’s conversations? Did you ever listen in? Sure you did!
I haven’t written my news since Mathew Hatton died. I didn’t get to know him, but I knew his parents, Charles and Effie (Dixon) Hatton all their lives. They were all good people and I sure want to offer my sympathy to all of them. Ice and snow kept me in is why I couldn’t be with them.
My son Billy and wife Sandra and I went to Pine Mountain Grill for lunch on Thursday. I hadn’t been off my porch in two weeks and I was sure ready to get out and to a few things I needed to do.
I sure enjoy reading Bonnie Ingram’s news. I never knew her and didn’t know any of the people she wrote about. I think maybe she is in the Cumberland area. I think I might have some distant relatives there who were Ingrams. I have a friend in Florida who would like to have her phone number. I told her I didn’t have it.
In her news last week, she told about their large family and they had a bench behind the table with a picture over it. It reminded me of my childhood days. We were a large family, 14 children, and we had a bench behind our table and picture over it. My mom fed everyone that came to our house and some even had to stand up to eat. She fed a lot of kids and we always had food. We always had a big garden and a cow and pigs and chickens.
My dad was a coal miner and my mom had had a hard life. I’m glad things changed till they had a much better life. She died at 80 and my dad at 83. I still miss them. They have 12 children left and most of them live close by and we try to keep in touch and have family reunions.
Rose Ballard, I want you to quit talking about snow cream. It makes me want it. I love it and I haven’t had it in so many years I can’t even remember how to make it, so don’t torture me. Have a great day. Stay in and keep warm.
Hazel Hart is back in Whitesburg ARH Hospital and not doing well.
Shirley Niece is in rehab in Pikeville.
One of our church friends, Bro. Gerald Stidham, has been in rehab in Whitesburg for about three weeks. He’s home now and he’s been missing his church and his friends and his dogs and we have missed him. He is faithful to his church and we all love him and are glad he’s feeling better.
I just heard that Paul Wilson died today (Friday). He was the son of the late Robert “Buddy” Wilson and wife Lucy (Absher) Wilson of Whitco. We offer our sympathy to all the family. We’ve been friends for many years.
My granddaughter, Kathy Nelson, a schoolteacher in Alabama, had thyroid surgery yesterday and we are so thankful it turned out well. She is the daughter of my son Astor Hatton and Jeanette Mullins.
A good friend, Judy Fields, fell on ice and broke her leg. It was a bad break and had to have surgery. She is having a lot of pain. She is the sister of our pastor Bro. John Conn’s wife Alicia.
We have so many of our friends in the hospital and Bro. John is spending a lot of time visiting all of them and the roads have been so bad.
My cousin Imogene Adkins called me today. I always enjoy talking to her. She just called to see how I was doing. I was doing fine. She missed my news. I just couldn’t get off my ice hill. It was nice of her to call and check on me.
I got a call from my cousin Jewel Adams. She was married to the late Guy Palumbo a long time ago. She’s still my cousin. We started school at Blackey a few years ago together. She has lived in Vero Beach, Fla., now for a long time. Two of her friends from Whitesburg live there. They are the daughters of the late Ken Combs who had a grocery store in Whitesburg. They were Phylis and Blue Eyes Combs. I don’t even know her name. Everyone called her “Blue Eyes”.
Jewel wanted to tell me the late Sara Ison was her cousin and the lady I called “Hello lady” was her great-aunt. Everyone always loved Sara Ison and her Mountain Eagle news. Jewel has been getting the Eagle for 40 years and she know everything that goes on here. We talked about an hour and could have talked longer. I forgot to say the “Hello lady’s” name was Mary Miller.
I am tired of writing, “all by hand”, and I’m sure you are tired of reading, so God bless all of you and try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able. I’ve had to miss mine for two weeks and I’m sure ready to get back.