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It’s time to pull out the winter clothes Blair Branch




It’s fall y’all! The air has been brutally cold of the mornings when I take Bailey to school in comparison to the mild temperatures I had become so used to. It feels like we have skipped fall all together and leapt straight to winter. Mom said it was 46 degrees on her front porch. Jeans and a jacket it is, no more shorts and tshirts.

As much as I dread the process, it is that time of year when I need to drag out those totes of winter clothes we have had stored all summer. We will need to see what will still fit, ship the things that no longer do off to Goodwill, and shop for the items we will need. My boys have grown a lot this year. I do believe Goodwill will be receiving a large donation from us, and our wallets will be taking a beating.

On the upside, the cooler weather has brought out my inner Martha Stewart or maybe it’s Paula Deen. Either way, Michael is happy. I made apple dumplings and baked four loaves of banana bread to put in the freezer, today. Even though my kitchen looked like a flour-bomb had gone off in it, the end result was great. My house smelled heavenly and everything was delicious. What about my diet? Ah, tomorrow is a new day. At least that is what I kept telling myself.

I took Mom and Dad a loaf of the bread, some dumplings and vanilla ice cream. I had to share my yummy creations. This time I was the one filling their bellies rather than the other way around.

Mom and Dad, Allen and Sylvania Whitaker, will be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary on October 8. “Another’s heart is a rare and fragile gift, hold it gently and with both hands. May you always be each other’s greatest gift.” Happy anniversary! I love you both.

Candi Crowe Whitaker and Doug Engle of Hazard, were married on Sept. 24 at South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Candi is the mother of Ashton Skylar Whitaker. “May your married life be filled with fun, love, joy and laughter.” Congratulations!

There are only a few birthdays to share this week. Brittany Blair celebrated on Sept. 28. Brittany is the wife of Billy Gene “B.J.” Blair Jr., formerly of Blair Branch. They have two adorable children, Karli and Dylan. Joseph Grom also celebrated his birthday last week. His was on the 26th. Joseph is the husband of Susie Price-Grom. I would just like to say that I am sorry I didn’t get these in the paper last week. I had a long list and tried to remember them all. Sorry. Forgive me?

I would like to wish a very happy birthday to Amy Harmon-Hensley of Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 4. Amy is wife of Sidney Hensley. They have two children, Garrett and Jayln.

Dwana Whitaker spent weekend of Sept. 26 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., along with about 16 of her friends from work. They had a ‘girls’ weekend’. She said they had a wonderful time.

My son, Bailey, and his class had a field trip to Camp Nathanael on the 30th. He says they had a blast learning how to make quilts, candles, soap, butter, and applesauce. They also brushed horses, pushed a plow, and saw an old-time classroom.

Several of the Letcher County elementary schools were canceled on Thursday and Friday due to numerous absences. I pray that everyone who has been sick recovers quickly and is able to enjoy the fall break.

Juanita Hensley has pneumonia again. She has been taking I.V.’s to prevent her from being admitted to the hospital. She asks for your prayers. She also shared some wonderful news with everyone on the 24th. Her daughter Shannon “was saved by the Lord and was baptized at the church she has been attending!”

Wilma Halcomb has been back in the hospital. Jake called Mom’s house and said that he thought Wilma’s sugar had dropped. Missy, Wayne, and I drove down to see if she was OK. Her sugar was in fact very low. We ended up calling the ambulance, and she was admitted to the hospital.

Mom had to make the three-hour trip to UK’s transplant center this week. Her creatinine and bun levels had gone up and her blood pressure has been through the roof. After doing some scans, the doctors said her kidney has a lot of damage and she has acute rejection. The doctor adjusted her rejection medications and told her to keep the faith. She said they talked like dialysis is what it is coming to. We are praying for a miracle. Thanks to everyone who has asked about her or sent up a prayer.

Opal says, “I am asking for everyone to call everyone you know, send a text, email, or go door to door. Please agree with me in prayer my mom doesn’t lose her transplanted kidney. I need strong prayer warriors. I want prayers all over the United States, for a touch for my mom. I believe God is going to heal her kidney. Praise the Lord for what He is going to do.”

Due to a scare of my own, this cause is near to my heart. I just wanted to remind everyone that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “NBCAM educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis.”

I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.


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