Happy fall Y’all! Okay, so fall doesn’t technically start until Friday, Sept. 23, but the weather is definitely already screaming fall. I am loving every minute of it. Fall is by far my favorite season. The cool air that is blowing around this evening is making me crave apple dumplings.
It also reminds me of a poem called October’s Party by George Cooper:
October gave a party;/ The leaves by hundreds came —/ The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,/ And leaves of every name./The Sunshine spread a carpet,/ And everything was grand,/ Miss Weather led the dancing,/ Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,/The Oaks in crimson dressed;/ The lovely Misses Maple/ In scarlet looked their best;/All balanced to their partners,/ And gaily fluttered by;/The sight was like a rainbow/ New fallen from the sky . . .
The poem goes on from there, but that is my favorite part. Isn’t it lovely?
What is your favorite part of autumn months? For me it is endless. Pumpkins, warm apple cider, fodder shocks, sweatshirts and of course the gorgeous leaves. If I asked the kids I am sure they would say Halloween. They have been planning their costumes since January it seems.
So anyway, how have y’all been doing? Hopefully you are well. The boys and I are fine. Michael has had a cold, but he is finally on the mend.
Our family has been busy, busy, busy, as always. Bailey was a participant in the local youth horse show during the Leap of Faith Rodeo Weekend at Revelation Ranch Sept. 16 and 17. He rode a four-year-old gelding named Peter. Peter is a quarter horse/racking horse mix who stands 14 hands tall. Peter was named for the Apostle Peter in the Bible. Like Peter in the Bible, he can be a little stubborn sometimes but Bailey loves him and they have really bonded.
Bailey and Peter participated in several events during the horse show including the Walk-Trot, Trails Course, Spoon and Egg, and the Catalog Race. If you aren’t familiar with Revelation Ranch stop by Calvary Campus and speak with Ricardo and Peri Pardo, the Reynolds, or the Stricklands. You will be impressed with the ministry that is going on there. Blair Branch
April Phillips also participated in the horse show and she was wonderful. She is the daughter of Heather and Frank Phillips. Such a cutie and so full of life. I just love her.
Amber Blair came to watch April ride. She brought the adorable Julee along with her. She is growing like a weed. I’ve never seen a baby with such beautiful eyes. Amber said Julee was recently asked to be a model for Knickerbockers. I can definitely see why.
Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, hasn’t been feeling too well. She has been having problems with her blood pressure being high. She has been to the doctor and they are running tests, but we still don’t know what is going on. I sure hope they can get it under control. I hate to see her feeling so badly.
Dad, Allen Whitaker, visited with Minnie Blair at Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Sept. 14. He said she is doing pretty well.
Ila Adams is still having problems with her back. I hope she is doing better soon.
Speaking of Ila, she is going to be a great-grandma again sometime next May. Her granddaughter, Jocelyn Watts, and her husband, Dennis, just found out they are expecting their second child. I hope everything goes great for them. Congrats, Dob and Dennis! Dylan will be a great big brother.
I hear that Pinkie Adams is in the hospital. I am not sure what is going on with her, but I hope that she recovers quickly. She is such a sweetheart!
Preacher Mryle Caudill from Doty is in the hospital with breathing problems and needs prayers.
Evangene Adams was in the hospital this past week. I believe he had pneumonia. Mom said that she spoke with Zone and he is home now and doing some better.
Wilma Halcomb was able to go home from the hospital as well. Mom said she and Jake are doing pretty well right now.
Joyce Ison is doing a lot better after her hip replacement and Opal said her walking is improving every day.
It has been a rough week for many people in our area as we lost two members of the surrounding communities. Cy Edward ‘Bulldog’ Smith of Carcassonne, and Jimmy Dwight Frazier of Premium, both died on Friday, Sept. 16. I know their families are devastated and their hearts are broken. Please keep them in your prayers.
Sunday will be the memorial for the deceased members of the Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Not only this Sunday, but every meeting time.
Aunt Tammy, Johnny Roy Whitaker’s wife, is going to be baptized on the same day. We are all so happy for her. Praise God.
My gorgeous niece Kylee Faith Gibson participated in the Mountain Heritage Pageant on Monday, Sept. 12. She received trophies for both runner- up and most photogenic. Way to go, Kylee. Her parents, Deidra and Sammy Gibson, plan to have her ride through the Mountain Heritage Parade. I can’t wait.
Maisie Adams, Lonis Morris, Tracy Snowden and Vette Caudill all celebrated their birthdays on Sept. 14; Lois Blair and Lori Caudill Wells, Sept. 15; Dylan Watts, Sept. 17; Chalena Williams and Joy Watts, Sept. 20. Shirley Price Bullock and Emily Buchanan will celebrate on Sept. 21; Lyndci Adams, Sept. 23; Linda Halcomb Cormican and Savannah Albers, Sept. 24; Lee Whitaker, Sept. 25; Ben West and Joseph Grom, Sept. 26; and Jamie Collins and Dale Albers, Sept. 27. Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.
If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org.