Whitesburg KY

Holidays bring memories of mountains

Northeast Ohio

Hello and a happy Thanksgiving to each and every one. I’m wishing for all a great day with family and friends and hope your table is laden with all the Thanksgiving goodies that are traditional to all who grew up in the hill country of Kentucky.

I still have no clue what I might cook up. It’s just not the same when the family is scattered and everyone has their own plans.

Hello to Emma Adams Amburgey, who is in Louisville visiting friends and relatives, two of her brothers, Phil and Hal (the twins), the family of a sister, the late June Adams and the late Clarence Whitaker, and also relatives of her late husband, Owen Amburgey.

I talked to Jeanie last night and she said Emma was planning to spend the weekend with them and will be going to Antioch Church with them Sunday. I’m sure she will enjoy meeting all the beautiful people at church. Have a great visit, Emma, love you.

It’s been raining here, and believe me it sure isn’t a warm one.

I saw Georgia this morning, and she has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. She is seeing a different doctor. I hope this one will find what is causing her so much discomfort and can fix it.

Anyone who knows me won’t believe this, and the fact is I can hardly believe it myself, but it’s true. I have a good start with my Christmas gifts. In fact, several are done. I don’t try to wrap gifts anymore, I use Christmas bags, which is much easier. I do believe I’m beginning to get a bit of holiday cheer. I hope you all are feeling a bit of the same.

I’ve just about made up my mind to cook for Thanksgiving. I will do a turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, and desserts, and have just about decided to make homemade rolls. It’s been a while since I’ve made any, so wish me luck.

Hello to Joyce and Arthur Sergent, and I do hope both of you are doing well and planning a happy holiday with family and friends. The same goes to Sue Collins Holder and all you good mountain people.

Sometimes I really get homesick for the mountains, and even more so as the holiday season gets closer. I start remembering long ago holidays with the family and the fun and good times we had together. We certainly didn’t have a lot, but we didn’t know it as everyone we knew lived the same way.

One thing we did have plenty of was playmates, (all nine of us) and no shortage of food, nothing fancy, just what was grown in garden, apples and berries aplenty and a hog to butcher every fall. We also had chickens for chicken and dumplings and eggs, and cows for milk and butter.

I sometimes wonder how many younger ones could survive with no electricity, no running water, a fireplace (we had two back to back), cooking on a woodburning stove and an outhouse with out-of-date catalogs.

Some say it was a bad time, but I’m thankful I had the opportunity to live, or maybe I should say to start my life’s journey, during that time.

Red’s niece Lena Hampton Stallard called us yesterday. We really had a good phone visit.

Red is still having trouble with his legs, but he did have a day or two that weren’t as bad as some have been. I’m still plodding along but very slowly some days.

Thanks for letting me ramble on and on. Have a blessed day, and don’t forget to give thanks for all your blessings. Stay well, be happy and may your days and nights be peaceful ones. Love and prayers to all.

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

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