Hello, everyone. Hope you are all doing well. I have dug out of Christmas. Everyone I’ve talked to had a good one. Mine wasn’t good, it was great! That was the best Christmas I’ve ever had.
We had our Christmas party on Dec. 23 for all our family at the Veterans Center and all of them came – all 40 plus. They came from everywhere, Alabama, Lexington, Owensboro, and Ashland and the rest were all here. We didn’t do gifts, just a great big dinner and lots of visiting and enjoying ourselves. The people at the Veterans Center were so nice and helpful.
I left my car at the Center and went home with Astor and Rosemary to Ashland, had a great time there, and also a wedding. His daughter, Jennifer, married Neal Eldridge on Dec. 24 at a little chapel there.
It was nice Christmas morning. We watched everyone open gifts and had breakfast then Astor drove me to Cereda, W.Va., to see my little friend, Margaret G. Day. She wasn’t home and was in a hospital, St. Mary’s in Huntington. So we went there. She was so happy to see us and said that made her Christmas. It sure made mine. She said, “Tell everyone in the paper how much I love you.” She was real sick. She had fallen and had a bad bruise on her chin. She turned 94 years old on Dec. 24. She is still beautiful. Snow-white hair.
We had Christmas dinner with all of Astor’s family. I hadn’t seen his daughter, Kathy, in a year. She and her husband, Chris Nelson, and their beautiful little daughter, Caroline, live in Alabama where she teaches school.
I came back to Hazard, got in my car and drove home. I got here a little after dark. The day after Christmas I just stayed home and thought about our good times.
On Friday night we were all at Whitesburg Hospital. My sister, Kathleen Brock, was having emergency surgery for a hernia. The place was jampacked with all the Howards and her church family and friends. The surgery went well. She’s still in the hospital. We hope she’ll be out soon.
I’m glad the nurses’ strike is over and I’m sure everyone else is. I’m sure it was hard on everyone.
Eva Sergent called. She was going to Huntington, W.Va., to spend Christmas with her grandson and family.
Clayton Hatton is real sick in Whitesburg Hospital and needs everyone’s prayers.
I saw Yvonne Wilson up there. She was spending the night with her grandson, Trey Wilson. I hope he’s out by now and feeling better.
I’m not writing much this time. I want to make room for pictures. People tell me they enjoy them. I hope I’m not putting in too many. I’ll check and see.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church this week. Happy New Year.