Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
I’m loving these cool days, and I’m also seeing the goldenrod flowers all bloomed out before their time, and also the katydids are all doing their thing way early. It sounds like an early fall to me. I love the fall, but I dread the winter. I love the snow, but I don’t like the icy roads.
I want to wish Jeff Stidham a belated happy birthday on Aug. 13. I haven’t seen you in a long time. I’m sure you are still like the good-looking boy in high school. I still remember your parents, Wanda and Harrison Stidham, and your grandparents, the late Eli and Margie Stidham, good neighbors from Marlowe and good friends of ours.
It was good getting a call from Ruby Howard, our cousin in Indiana. She’s getting The Eagle again now, and I can tell her all the news from the family.
Belated happy birthday to Tommy Banks. She lives up the road from me and is a good friend!
It was good getting a call from Robert Taylor, one of our Marlowe boys. I still think of his parents, the late Mattie and Tommy Taylor, who lived next door to my parents. We watched their children grow up. There were Robert, the late Darrell ‘Scrub’ and their sisters, Joella, Madonna, and Sharon, who is deceased. Lots of memories there.
I’m not sure where Robert lives now, but he tries to come in for reunions and sometimes to a funeral. He was looking for a phone number of Billy Hatton (not my son, another one), a son of the late Alpha and Corsie Hatton. I told him to call Carol Baker, his sister, and get his number from her.
The Hatton reunion will be Aug. 24 at Cowan Community Center. There’s always a large crowd there and they are good to try to be there every year. I look forward to it. They all work so hard and the food is so good!
My son Billy Hatton and wife Sandra and I went to Long John Silver’s on Thursday and saw a lot of our friends there. We hadn’t been there in a while. We really enjoyed it and the food was good!
My granddaughter, Rocki (Hatton) Hill, will be having a birthday Aug. 28. She lives in Georgetown, and has two children, Elise and Daniel. Rocki and her husband Matt, are two of the best parents I have ever seen. They amaze me!
I talked with Dorthy Tacket and she told me her sister, Linda Hall, had broken her ankle. I hope she is doing okay. If I know Linda, she won’t let that get her down. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Linda. She’s a good friend, always smiling.
I talked to my son Astor ‘Red’ Hatton recently. Michael and his family had spent the weekend with him and his wife, Rosemary, and they really enjoyed them and the baby.
I think Michael will get to go to the races with my four sons, and my grandson Chris Hatton. They really enjoy it when they can all go. I know it will be noisy. All my boys love to talk and laugh and tell tall tales.
My son Billy and wife Sandra are at their lake house, celebrating his birthday on Aug. 19. I’m not telling his age. It would make me sound like I’m old.
I’m looking forward to my son Rob coming to visit me. He comes and stays a few days after the races and tells me what a good time he had with his brothers. I’m so glad they are real close.
I talked to Dorthy Miles. She seems to be doing okay, but the treatments are hard on her. We’ll all be glad when she gets through them. She needs everyone’s prayers. Everyone loves her and I get lots of calls asking about her.
Elzie Ray Hatton, I hope you got your birthday card in time for your birthday. I like for it to come on the birthday, and I sure hope you make it to the Hatton family reunion. You sure are missed when you can’t make it, but we understand and know you wanted to come.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere if you are able.