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Every day should be Thanksgiving


Ricky Collins killed this 10-point, droptine buck in full velvet in Knott County on Nov. 15. He is the son of Ivalee and Rick Collins.

Ricky Collins killed this 10-point, droptine buck in full velvet in Knott County on Nov. 15. He is the son of Ivalee and Rick Collins.

Hello everyone. Hope you are doing okay and that you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Seems like Halloween gets more attention than Thanksgiving anymore. We go out of Halloween and into Christmas.

I think every day should be Thanksgiving. It’s probably my favorite holiday. I love eating and I’m certainly thankful for it. I think of all the people who don’t have any.

I had Thanksgiving dinner with my son Larry and Linda, and their children, Wendy and Kevin Day, Rocky and Larry Kevin, and Chris and Sarah Hatton and their children, Beau, Brooklyn and Gracie. We had it on Wednesday, my birthday. How about that? We all enjoyed it.

Thank you, Gary Joe Bennett, for singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me, and to the other folks who did also. It was a great birthday.

My brother John Howard and I spent the day visiting with our brothers and sisters. We had such a good time. We went to our brother Jack Howard and wife Donna’s and got to see their daughter, Jacki Hall and her daughter. I hadn’t seen them in awhile.

Jack lives in our mom and dad’s homeplace. They have remodeled it, and it is really beautiful. We sure enjoyed ourselves.

My sister Louise Shepherd and her family all had dinner at the home of Carol and Randall Day, and enjoyed it.

My sister Kathleen Brock and her family had dinner at the home of Debbie and Ron Lester and had a good day.

My pastor, Bro. John Conn, and wife Alicia spent Thanksgiving with their son, Daniel Conn, and wife Adrian and their children in Tennessee, and had a great time.

I thank all my friends and family for all the calls on my birthday. I had a lot. Thanks for all the pretty cars. I really appreciated it.

Belated happy birthday to my nephew, Randy Tyree. It was on Nov. 23. I won’t tell his age, but he’s not as old as me.

I enjoyed a call from my granddaughter Rocki Hill in Lexington. I even got to talk to her daughter Elise. She told me, “Happy birthday.”

I got a call from Bertha (Page) Dye. She said her brother-in-law, Riley Caudill, is in Letcher Manor for rehab, and not doing well and needs everyone’s prayers, and also for herself.

Rose Ballard, it didn’t do any good for you to tell me not to overeat. I did say, “Some of this is for Rose,” but I still felt stuffed.

And Emma Lou, I haven’t seen your beautiful sisterin law in a long time, and if she is misbehaving, I haven’t seen her. She may be hiding from me so I wouldn’t tell you.

My son Bill Hatton and his son Joe came by for a visit. It was so good seeing Joe. I hadn’t seen him in awhile. He looked good and seemed to be doing well, and has a good job. He was glad to see all his family for Thanksgiving.

He had dinner, along with the rest of his family, with his other grandmother, Maggie Cook, and all her family. They all enjoyed the day. They are a close family.

I got a letter from Elzie Ray Hatton. It’s always good to hear from him. Thank you for the pictures, Ray. He always sends me pictures of everything. He loves taking pictures. He’s a good friend as well as a cousin.

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of people with their deer. There must be a lot of them. It sure makes the hunters happy when they get one. A lot of the ladies are enjoying it also.

I got a nice surprise when I went to my mailbox recently. I got a book from Maynard Cornett Adams, ‘Eastern KY Short Stories from 1760-1960.’ It has 435 pages and about 250 pictures. I knew so many of the people, and the stories I had heard many years ago, and even knew a lot of his relatives. He lives in Colorado now, but was born at UZ and lived at Dry Fork. He still has relatives there.

I love this book, and it’s hard to let it down. I found out you can buy it at John B. Adams Store and lots of other places.

The manager at Pine Mountain Grill had them and wanted more, but he ran out. There are more available now. I wanted to tell Judy Thomas that he had more now, but she wasn’t working when I got there.

He got a lot of his pictures from local people here, Eva Cornett Cook, The Mountain Eagle, Tom Gish, Gene and Betty Horn, Hobert Isom, Burdette Blair Bloomer, Arthur Dixon, and so many more.

I appreciate him sending me the book, and I want to try to help him. I met him at Pine Mountain Grill. He was with Kendall Ison and his wife Carol Ann. I enjoyed talking with him and his wife Maureen, and found out we knew a lot of the same people.

If you would like to get in touch with him, this is his address: MCA Books/ Maynard C. and Maureen Adams, P.O. Box 804, Fort Lupton, CO 80621.

I don’t think he would mind me doing this. It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve ever seen. Someone has been sending him some of my news, and he liked it.

May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.

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