Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. So many people are sick. My son Larry has a real bad case of the flu. He gets it about every winter even though he gets the flu shot. I hope he gets over it real soon.
My nephew Tony Howard is real sick in a hospital in Lexington, and Geraldine Fields is in Whitesburg Hospital and not doing too well. I was planning on visiting her but then the snow came and I don’t like to get on the road. I’m not the world’s best driver anyway.
Charlie Wayne Lucas is in very poor health in a hospital. I’m not sure where.
They all need everyone’s prayers. That’s it for the hospital news.
We had a great Howard family Christmas party at the Shriners building last Sunday. We had about 90 people there. I got the prize for having the most family there. I think I had 15 there, all four of my sons and some of their children and grandchildren.
The food was delicious and the Shriners were so nice and friendly. They did the cooking. We didn’t have to do anything, just visit and of course eat and enjoy being with everyone.
This has been a busy week for me. I went to West Whitesburg School for a Christmas play. My greatgranddaughter Gracie Hatton, Sara and Chris Hatton’s daughter, was in it and also Gracie Howard, Brenda and Charles Howard’s granddaughter. Those two Gracies are best friends and the play was good.
Then later on that day they had a music concert there and another greatgranddaughter, Brooklyn Hatton, and Kayla Howard, also a granddaughter of Brenda and Charles Hatton, and another great-granddaughter of mine, Ellie Mullins, daughter of Angie (Hatton) Mullins and Rich Mullins, all played music. So guess who was one of the proudest grannies there.
I enjoyed seeing Betty Watts at the hospital the other day. She was a volunteer and I love to visit with her.
I enjoyed getting a call from Maynard Cornett Adams. I told him how much I liked the book Eastern Ky. Short Stories. I knew so many of the people he wrote about. He told me another friend of his, Brenda Salyers, sells his books in Pound, Va., at Heritage Nook Books. Two of my sons saw my book and bought them one. I’m reading mine a lot.
We had our church Christmas play on Thursday night and it was so good! We had a packed out crowd and had refreshments afterward. Our kids and the grownups also outdid themselves. I knew it would be good; it always is. They better not leave us to go to Hollywood. We want to keep all that talent here.
I hope this snow doesn’t stay with us long.
I talked with my cousin Ruby Howard in Fort Wayne, Ind., yesterday. She said all of them were about the same. She is good to keep me informed about everyone there. I appreciate that.
I also talked to one of our Marlowe people who lives in Bloomville, Ohio, Claudine (Boggs) Sturgill. She lived here as a child and tries to keep up one everyone.
I hope all of our friends have a merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year.
I had a little visit with my sister Kathleen Brock and her husband Ernest. Neither one of them was feeling very well. I hope they are better now.
My son Astor ‘Red’ Hatton is supposed to come see me on Sunday and take me home with home for Christmas. I’m sure I will enjoy being with them. I’ve never been away on Christmas and I’m looking forward to it. They are good company to be with.
Thank you, Elzie Ray Hatton, for the pictures and the news and the Christmas card. The picture of your dog “Bubba” was beautiful. You can tell he is loved and taken care of. I liked his haircut. I know how you can get attached to your pet and the pain of losing them.
Well, I think I have rattled on enough. I didn’t think I had anything to write about.
God bless all of you. Try to be in church this week if you are able. This is a very special time. Remember the reason for the season.