Hello everyone. I hope things are going well for all of you. I guess it went well for me. Time is passing so fast I can’t tell what’s going on, but I’m happy, so that’s good.
I’ve enjoyed the pretty weather and the rain that makes things grow, and the flowers are all so pretty.
PFC Zachary R. Day, son of Carol and Randall Day, graduated from basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 22 at Paris Island, S.C. He is the grandson of Louise Shepherd and the late Castel Shepherd and the late Elhannon and Mae Day of Cowan. They said the graduation was beautiful.
Those who attended were Carol and Randall Day, Louise Shepherd, Shannon Banks, Nanetta Dingus, Caleb and Erica Howard, Jonathon Adams and Christie Bushbee. We all wish Zach well.
I still can’t believe that Larry Hatton, my son, has done so well after his hip replacement at Pikeville Hospital. It’s been a week. He walked out of the hospital after two days and is improving daily. It was a new procedure that had never been done in this area before.
I’m sure there will be people who have needed it and were putting it off because of the long recovery. That will be a big change now.
I’ve been going to Ermine Center a little more often. They are doing all kinds of things up there. They had a picnic last week, and they gave lots of awards to people. I haven’t found out who all got them.
Jim Craft wasn’t there; they gave him one on Thursday for being the volunteer of the year. If anyone ever deserved it, Jim did! He helps everyone and stays so busy you would think he gets a big salary. He just enjoys doing it.
You are certainly appreciated, Jim! I enjoy just talking to you, and would certainly miss you.
Lizzie Mae Wright, you do a great job writing the news for the center.
My sister, Betty Tyree, visited Clyde at the VA Center. He was doing very well. My son, Astor (Red) Hatton, and wife Rosemary visited him, along with their granddaughter, Sonica Bevins. Clyde loved seeing them.
I haven’t had a chance to visit at Letcher Manor for awhile. I hope Madge Combs, Loucinda Roberts and Amanda King, and also Lovelle Day and all the rest are doing well. They all love having visitors. Some of them don’t have anyone.
Louise Joseph of Cowan, is a patient in Whitesburg Hospital. She had surgery last week. My sister, Betty Tyree, and I visited her. I hope she gets to come home soon. I want to visit and see her home.
My brother, Hubert Howard, and wife Joyce, are at the lake. Joyce is still recuperating from a badly broken leg. I hope it will soon be well.
My sons, Rob and Billy, and I, along with Joseph Hatton and his girlfriend, Hannah Joseph, had an enjoyable dinner at Pine Mountain Grill. I think Rob looks forward to seeing Richard Adams and Pauline. I do too. They were there.
I also see Richard a the center. He says, “I don’t go to eat, I got to talk,” and so do I. I enjoy seeing people and talking.
My grandson, Chris Hatton, mowed my grass recently. It sure needed it with all the rain we’ve been having. It sure looks nice. Thanks again, Chris!
I hated to hear Jim Murtaugh lost his job. He was so nice and helpful anytime you needed it. We will surely miss him.
I got a nice surprise when I went to my mailbox recently — a letter and some pictures from my longtime friend, Anna Watkins of Woodville, Fla. I’m always so glad to hear from her. She’s still a good friend after 50 years.
She didn’t get rid of me by moving away. I think of her about every day. We talk often. I don’t like to ever lose a friend. I think friends are forever; a friend loves at all times. I have a lot that are like that.
Dorthy Tackett went to her daughter, Jeanette Yonts’s, for a birthday party for Jeanette’s granddaughter, Drew Banks’s, fifth birthday.
Happy 80th birthday, Geraldine Fields of Jenkins. She used to be my neighbor.
Linda and Dennis Hall went to Perry County for the kindergarten graduation of Dennis’s niece’s granddaughter. I didn’t get the name.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.