Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
We are having great weather. It sure doesn’t feel like January, but I love it! It’s good not to wear a coat.
I went to Pine Mountain Grill with son Billy for breakfast and to see the people. It was good seeing Kendall Ison and talking to him, and also the Fraziers, Janie and Doug, Rokie and Gerald Frazier.
Janie and Doug are going to Florida. They will be seeing our brother Hillard Howard and wife Marsha. We miss them, but I’m sure they are enjoying Florida.
Bennett Welch, it was good seeing Hillard and Marsha’s picture in your news. There’s always someone in it I know, so I can’t miss reading it.
I just heard we lost another old friend, Vernon Cornett. He called me a little while back and asked me about a dog named Ranger he gave Clyde a very long time ago. The dog passed away about two years ago. I kept him and took care of him after Clyde died. I have no idea how old he was, but I loved him and cried when he died. I love animals. Vernon was Clyde’s barber and hunting buddy.
Our sympathy goes out to the families of Wanda Richardson. She was with Home Health and took care of my grandmother Maggie Fields. She was such a good person. Everyone loved her. She was good at her job.
Our sympathy also to the families of Wilma Tolliver and all the others who died. There have been so many.
I missed seeing Emma Lou Engle’s column. I hope she and her husband are doing OK. I know they haven’t been doing well for a while.
Oops, I made another mistake. Emma Lou’s column was in there and I missed it. Now I have read it and now I will worry about you and your husband. You will be in our prayers. I sure hope you are both doing better.
I hope Rose Ballard is doing better after her four hours in the hospital. That’s probably as long as they could keep her down. I didn’t know her brother Jerry Hall had been in the hospital. I hope he is OK now. I’m sure his wife Mattie takes good care of him.
I just heard we lost another neighbor, Larry Thomas, who lived in Whitco. I’ve known him and his family about all his life. A lot of his family go to our same church, his sister Hazel, his wife Elaine and niece Jennifer Absher. He lived next door to my sister Betty Tyree.
My brother John Howard is moving back close to all of us. Is Whitesburg big enough to hold seven of us Howards and our families? Of course we are all happy. The more the merrier. He won’t be lonely.
I got a call today from my longtime friend Betty Asher in Columbus, Ind. It was so good hearing from her. Her mother, the late Beulah Hall, was my next door neighbor for a long time. We were real good friends. I still think of her when I look at the trailer where she lived.
My sister Judy Green came by this morning. I enjoyed it. I hadn’t seen her since our Howard Christmas party.
My brother John Howard, my sister Louise Shepherd and I went to Arby’s for lunch on Sunday and had a good visit. We stopped for awhile at John’s apartment at Westwood. It’s really looking good. We’ve all had fun helping him fix it up. We are glad to have him here.
So many of our friends are sick. I hope Charlie Hatton is better. Also Bro. Kenny Medford is not doing well. My brother Bobby Ray went to the hospital to visit him today. I hope he is doing better. He has been sick for a while.
We’ve had a few rainy days, but the weather is warm. We all went to Sunday school without a coat. That’s good for the middle of January. But it’s still winter and will probably get colder.
Well, I’ve rattled on and on. I know you are tired of reading.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week.