Whitesburg KY
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny

Garden is thing of the past

Our warm, sunshiny weather has finally come to an end. It rained all day last Wednesday and turned much cooler. I guess we just grin and bear it. As we know and expect, colder weather is coming. Just turn furnace up a notch, add an extra blanket or quilt and dress warmly, or do as I plan to do, hibernate.

Red has had a couple of really bad days, can hardly walk. His right leg is so swollen it actually looks shiny. He’s had the swelling for years and so far no doctor has been able to find out why. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

I had a really great day, and a special guest. Dorothy Potter and her family came from Madison, and while her family went to garage sales she and I sat around and talked and talked. She’s a down home Letcher County girl and I just love talking with down homers.

The garden is now a thing of the past. The beans are all picked, fixed and put away. I have decided no more gardening for us, ever.

Catharine stopped by today, and she’s doing some better but still has a long way to go. She was to have a Remicade treatment today but couldn’t because of a cold and fever. She visited her mom, Valerie, at the nursing home and she just might be coming home soon.

Richard and Georgia are in Amish County tonight, along with the Resor family, Bill, Debbie, Cassie, Ben and Kirstin. They are spending the night at a bed and breakfast and tomorrow they will have dinner with an Amish family in their home. I’m hoping they will have a dry, sunny day so they can look, shop and just really enjoy themselves.

You should see the entrance to our driveway! Actually one can’t see the driveway, as it’s covered with leaves. Our neighbor has a tree a foot or two from our driveway and we seem to be getting their leaves. With winds and rain, as soon as the leaves turn a beautiful color they are gone. Some trees are already bare.

I called Jeanie yesterday, and they seem to be doing fairly well. I haven’t heard from Ronald Buford and Johnell but really don’t expect to. I just hope they are having great weather, good fishing and having a wonderful vacation.

We’re expecting company from Letcher County Oct. 23. Charles and Delores Engle of Jenkins, will be spending a few days with us. We always look forward to their visits. We really don’t do much of anything special, just talk and catch up on all the latest news and eat. We really look forward to visits from both families now that we are unable to travel. Northeast Ohio

Well here it is Thursday again and a kind of a chilly day it is. We had rain earlier but now the sun is out. But not for long, it’s one of those cloudy, sunny times when Mother Nature is having one of her mood swings.

I’ve been cutting some quilt blocks with this material I got awhile ago and Redia said she would like a quilt made from it. I decided if I’m ever going to make this, it had better be now. I’ve been cutting big squares to sew together, something fast and easy. If I were good at sewing on the machine, I would be done in no time.

Red got out and raked the leaves off our driveway and is now lying down. That man just won’t take things easy as he should. He still thinks he can do like he used to. He can’t and neither can I. I used to clean the whole house in a week, but now I’m lucky if I get it done in a year. I’ve given up spring cleaning; if a room needs dusting then that’s what it gets. Oh well, times they are changing.

Do you have Tommy Turkey in the pen getting him fattened up for the Thanksgiving feast? It’s hard to imagine just how soon that time will roll around, and then just round the corner there’s jingle bell time. This year has just seemed to fly by. I don’t know what we’ll be doing for either holiday. I will probably just fix a country dinner for Thanksgiving, the kind we had when growing up, and unless I have a lot more energy, I may not even do any Christmas shopping or very little.

I talked to our special girl, Liz, last night. She is such a sweet young woman and we both just love her.

I do hope this finds everyone well and behaving. Better be good, it ain’t too early to let Santa know if you are being good or bad, so you’d best be good.

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful, colorful mountains. I really miss them.

It’s time to say so long until next time, so stay well and warm. Love and prayers.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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