Whitesburg KY
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny

Family grows, Christmas tree shrinks

Northeast Ohio

Got snow? Want some? I’m not complaining about the amount we have after watching the weather on television last night and seeing what they got east of us, which includes the snowbelt and Cleveland. It was terrible, but it is looking more like Christmas.

I just about have all my shopping and bagging finished. Next on the list is putting up the tree, which will be a major job. Sitting it on a table and plugging it in. We really downsized last year.

Always before we’ve had a big tree but if finally reached a point where we had to get rid of tree or some of our ever-growing family.

It was a fairly easy choice to make; we decided in favor of the family. I couldn’t think of a one we could do without.

It has turned into a beautiful day here. The sun is shining, making the snow sparkle as though there are diamonds hidden underneath and it really isn’t all that cold. No winds blowing over the lake.

I hope everyone had a good week and is well and happy. I’m doing okay, but Red is not so good. He’s really having a rough time with his legs, and can hardly walk at times. Sure isn’t any fun getting and being old.

I talked to Georgia this morning, and she is still having health issues. I really wish the doctors could pinpoint her problems and take care of them once and for all. She was telling me her cousin Judy Potter Webb had suff ered a stroke which paralyzed her right side. She was just recently released from the hospital and is now undergoing therapy. Judy, my love and prayers are with you and your family. Judy lost her husband not too long ago.

Red has talked to his brother Charles and niece Carleta Engle Adams, and from what both had to say everyone seems to be doing well. The only one of my family I have talked to this week is Jeanie, and they were all okay and really looking forward to Christmas.

Calvin, Mary and Carson will be visiting them for the holidays. It will be Carson’s first Christmas, and now they know and understand just how we felt each time a new grandchild arrived. We have five of them, and it’s also a great pleasure and a rush of love with each of our 13 greats. They are all so precious.

I got the recipe today, Clara, thank you so much for everything. I’m going to make the cake, possibly this weekend.

Bill and Redia stopped by yesterday and had dinner with us (it’s still breakfast, dinner and supper to me). I didn’t have company dinner, just soup beans, mustard greens, potatoes and cornbread, and for a salad or dessert, we had Jell-O, Cool Whip, cottage cheese with crushed pineapples. One of our former neighbors dubbed it ‘Lou’s Jell-O Junk’.

I want to extend a special thanks to two beautiful women for their caring and generosity. They gave a donation to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital Auxiliary in memory of our sister Sarah Belle Sergent. Many thanks to sisters Jean Cook and Mary Gilliam, and I’m sure the rest of the family feels the same way I do.

I have known Jean several years and have always loved her. I don’t believe I ever met Mary but I love her also. Their mother Edna Sergent Cook lived just up the hollow from us, and their grandmother Patsy was one of the sweetest women I knew way back when.

The first cat I ever owned was given to me by Patsy, and she gave our oldest sister Ethel and me each a kitten. Ethel’s was all black, a she, and named Honey. Mine was a he, gray and white, and I named him Sugarbabe. We loved those cats!

I would like to say hello to some people, but there are so many would take me all day and take up too much space so I’ll just say hello to everyone, especially you and also you.

I hope your week is filled with joy and goodness, please stay well and enjoy the holiday season. Wishing you love, peace and happiness, Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548,emmalouengle@ yahoo.com.

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