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Lye soap detergent is best ever

Blair Branch


When I glanced out the window this morning, the sun was shining down so beautifully, I assumed it was so nice and warm out there. Looks are deceiving. I figured that out real fast when I took the dog out. It was cold. Not just chilly, cold. That wind would chill you to the bone.

Ike Adams wrote his column last week about lye soap, and I really enjoyed it. In the past if you suggested that I would ever own a bar of lye soap, I would have probably looked at you like you were a total nut case. A couple years ago my sisterin law had severe allergic reactions to every type of soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, on the market. She had to start using lye soap. She found recipes to use the lye soap for everything. She generously gave me a bar of lye soap to make myself some laundry detergent, but I am not really the adventurous sort. I had no idea what I was doing, so she made it for me. Let me tell you, that was the best stuff ever.

I never did make any myself, but over the years she has given me several bars of soap to make it with. Over time, she has managed to get her soap recipe just perfect. I may have to drag out the directions and give the laundry detergent a go. Who knows how it will turn out, but I can’t screw it up too badly, at least I hope not. It’s not like I am actually trying to make the soap. Boy would that be a bad idea. I stay as far away from anything dangerous as I possibly can. With my luck, I’d blow myself up.

James and April Whitaker are going to Pigeon Forge this weekend, and I am green with envy. I could use a vacation right now. I hope they enjoy themselves and have a safe trip.

Edna and Jr. Helton made it home to Indiana safely after spending two weeks with Grandma Lucy (Blair). I hope you all enjoyed your stay. We will miss you guys. Mom’s other sister Mary made it in from Tennessee the night before Edna and Jr. left and will be staying with Grandma for a week. We sure are glad to have her with us.

Speaking of Grandma, she hasn’t been feeling too well lately. Her legs always give her trouble. She has pain in them a lot, but recently one has been swelling pretty badly. I pray she starts feeling better.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, and Charles E. (Blair) are both doing OK right now. Charles E. is weak, but he is recovering. We are all thankful for that. He was blessed, someone was watching over him. Mom is still having pain from her surgery to put in the dialysis fistula, and is weak after her dialysis treatments. Sometimes it is hard to look on the positive side of things, but we are grateful that she is able to have the dialysis treatments. We want her healthy and here with us for as long as we can have her.

Rulah Adams is in Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. His daughter and my sister-inlaw, Dwana (Whitaker), said that he was having a severe headache and jerking all over. We pray he is OK, and it is nothing serious.

Robert Halcomb is also in the hospital. He is suffering with bronchitis. That sure can be rough. I hope he is feeling better soon.

Jocelyn Adams Watts has been sick as well. She has the flu. I hate that she isn’t able to be with her baby. I know, from a mother’s standpoint, being away from your child is miserable, especially if they are still little. Even if you know they are being well taken care of, it is hard. Get well soon, Dob.

Opal was telling me that she spoke with Albert Dean’s oldest daughter and she said he has lost his voice. Evidently it has been that way for a while now. He is to see an ear-nose-throat specialist. I know that must be hard. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

She also ran into Reneva’s daughter-in-law and she says that Reneva is doing fairly well.

Opal is not well herself. She has been having abnormal heart rhythms and will be going to Lexington to have it checked out in December. She is also having problems with her back and knee, and will be doing therapy again.

David and Opal Jent would like to invite everyone out to Bull Creek Old Regular Baptist Church on the third weekend of November. They will be having their annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Brenda Watts died on November 6. Brenda was the daughter of the late Arlie and Edith Scott Caudill. She was the wife of Gary Watts and had one daughter, Crystal Watts. I was so sad to hear about this. Her sister, Joan Watts of Hallie, means the world to me. If you need me, you know I am here. Anytime.

Lena and Roy Dixon had sad news to share on the 13th. Their daughter Gwen and her husband Leonard’s 10-year-old grandson, Cody, died. He was in an accident as he was getting on the school bus in North Carolina. It is such a tragedy that an innocent child lost his life in an accident like that. Please keep their family in your prayers.

C.D. (Curtis) Webb was saved and baptized this week. Such wonderful news. I was so thrilled when I heard and saw the pictures of his baptism. I am so proud and happy for him.

Side by side — year by year. I have a few anniversaries to share this week. Rebecca and Chris Ingram celebrated on November 18; Wanda and Kenny Whitehead, 19th; Melissa (Missy) and Archie Wayne Fields, 20th. I hope your special day was filled with memories of the past and bright hopes for the future.

Happy birthday to Danna Lynn Smith. She celebrated her birthday on November 11. Juanita Hensley celebrates her birthday on November 20; Wanda Whitehead and Sonja West , 23rd. May your birthday be filled with love and laughter.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will get you next week. 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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