Whitesburg KY

Mountain got 14 inches of snow

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. I hope everyone had a good week. I stayed in most of the time because of the bad weather.

I am sorry that I didn’t make it out to the visitation and funeral for Vivian Adams. Roads were real bad up here on Big Cowan. Hager Trent’s grocery store was closed on Monday.

We had 14 inches of snow on top of the mountain. Not much traffic was moving, and not many people were out stirring.

A late happy birthday to Leah Nicely. She turned two Dec. 17. She is the youngest granddaughter of Wayne and Tammy Turner, and lives in Texas with her parents and sister, Allysa. They will be home for Christmas and to help with the Santa Train.

A good friend of ours, Leon Holman, of Milan, Ind., died Dec. 13. He was married to Teresa Halcomb, formerly of Linefork. He had a chronic lung disease and had suffered the last six months. His funeral was at Versailles, Ind., Dec. 15. Sorry we weren’t able to make it to the funeral, but our sympathy goes out to his family. He will be missed.

Irene and Eugene Day haven’t been out much in this weather. I call her or she calls me to make sure we are okay and staying warm. Some days she stays in bed most of the day, and other days she is up doing laundry or ironing, and they enjoy watching football.

Agnes Maggard called from Columbus, Ind. She had gone to the eye doctor in Indianapolis and saw four wrecks on the highway. She and her daughter made it home safely. She said that she and Bill’s son, Archie, were having more surgery done. He gets skin cancer on his face, and had to have another place taken off .

Lots of light-skinned people seem to get skin cancer easily, and it seems to run on the Maggard side of the family.

People in our prayers this week are: Allen Pack, who had kidney surgery and is doing well; Roy Wayne Fields, who had to have heart surgery and valve replacement and is doing well; Thula Ison, who is in bad health and fell and broke her leg; Mary Lou Fields; Irene and Eugene Day; Hazel Rayburn; Mike Rayburn; the family of Vivian Adams; Melinda Daniel; Mary Ann Maggard, who has breathing problems; little Marty Fields, who has an earache and cold; Ashley Fields, who has stomach problems; Amber Fields, who has stomach problems; Reuben and Odessa Lewis and their daughter, Ruby.

Pray for all the lost, homeless, sick in body and spirit; our country; all the service men and women who are away from their families at Christmas; all the churches and their pastors.

Pray for all of my family, and I will pray for yours. Also pray for Bill and Agnes Maggard of Columbus, Ind., Audrey and Charles Hammonds of North Vernon, Ind., and Leon Holman’s family in Indiana.

I want to wish all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and I wish all of you better health for the next year.

Remember someone this week and call and thank them for being a part of your life.

Christmas is so commercialized and people forget about what is most important to them. It’s not all about gift giving. It’s about putting God first, and then the giving of yourself is more important than gift giving.

The love you receive from loved ones and friends is more rewarding than any gift you could receive. Life is too short, and now is the time to make memories with your families so they will have something to hold onto when you are gone. I grew up poor and didn’t have a lot of material things, but I had love from both my parents and to me, that was enough.

Some of our best Christmases were sitting around the stove boiling chestnuts and talking and laughing with your parents. We’d wake up to our presents (one or two), a stocking with candy and fruit, and then head out early in the morning.

As soon as we saw Irene and Eugene’s lights come on, we went to see what Emma and Francis got, and then they would go with us to Eva Carpenter’s house to see what Claudette and Levine got.

If Santa had still been out that time in the morning, Kathy, Frances, Emma and I would have been run over by a reindeer. Ha! They’d change the name of the song, ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer’ to ‘Kids Got Run Over By a Reindeer Walking to Their Cousins’ House on Christmas Day.’

Thank God, not very many cars were on the road back then, or we would be slick spots on the road.

Well, I finally got thawed out and went to town a couple of days, and I ran into Bobbie Adams and her friend Charlene Helton at Pine Mountain Grill, and we had a nice chat. She told me that George Allen would be 59 on Christmas Eve. I knew it was his birthday, but I wasn’t sure how old, so George? You can blame your mom for giving out your age.

Bobbie was one of my seventh- and eighth-grade teachers at the old Whitesburg Grade School, and her dad, Leonard Morgan, was my principal. I really miss him. He was good to my dad, Jasper, and me.

Sorry to hear that Kenny Pack’s house burned last week, and that they lost everything. So, if people could help them out, I am sure it will be appreciated.

Well, it’s time for me to go, and I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. All of you little girls and boys leave some cookies and milk out for Santa and some hay for the reindeer because you don’t want to wake up to a block of coal for a present.

Until next time, may God bless!

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