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Red Engle celebrated birthday Aug. 10

Northeast Ohio

Hello once again. I hope and pray everyone is having a happy healthy day.

Did I read right? Seems I remember reading or someone told me that schools down your way would be starting around August 1. Please tell me I’m not imagining things.

It’s been a mixed kind of day here. Got up to rain, which was much welcome, later had sunshine and getting pretty warm but it keeps clouding up to weep some more.

Just had a brief visit from Redia and her best friend from Columbus, Mary Jane Turner, who was her maid of honor at her wedding 45 years ago as of April 1 this year.

Red and I are having a so-so day. Some are worse and some a bit better. Never what one could call a really good day.

Well, we’re looking forward to the first arrivals for the Engle-Sergent picnic. I do expect some by tomorrow afternoon (Friday). Going to try to have a bite to eat when they get here, though I’m not much of a cook anymore. I have forgotten how and tend to overcook or undercook. Would love to make a country breakfast for everyone but not this year.

Sorry folks but that’s just the way it’s got to be. One might say I’ve gotten lazy.

Haven’t heard from Catharine or from Richard and Georgia today. I’m sure Catharine will be by tonight and Richard and Georgia just might show up.

Debbie came by and did some shopping for me. I hope she knows just how much that was appreciated.

Talked to Jeanie this week. Christy had taken Phil to a class reunion and both of them really enjoyed everything from start to finish. Christy finally got to visit Stuart Robinson School where seven of the Sam and Polly Ann Sergent attended and five graduated. That’s also where Jeanie and Phil met, fell in love and eventually married.

Would lie to say hello to Phil’s sister, Emma Amburgey (the late Owen), his aunt Pressie and uncle and aunt, Ellis and Illia. Don’t know how you all feel about this but I consider you kinfolk, as Phil is kin and therefore you must be.

July was one busy month for us and the first part of August or most of it will also be a busy time.

Red had a birthday Aug. 10. So Red and I have a plan. We are going to take some much needed downtime, just relax, sleep all day if we so desire, go to church when we can and if we are up to it, cards, letters and phone calls will be most welcome.

As for visitors from away, I won’t discourage them but for only a short time. Not over three or four days or for a weekend.

That’s a really hard thing for me to say and I do apologize, but we really need time to try to get some much needed rest and try to get back to normal. Whatever that is.

Family and friends who live nearby will be calling to check on us and to see if we need anything. Prayers on our behalf will be most welcome.

Speaking of prayers, Susie from Mesa, Ariz., has put us on the prayer chain of just about every church denomination one can name. Now isn’t that one of the most precious and most unselfish things a sweet downhome person can do?

We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Lena called and said she and whoever planned to come with her wouldn’t be able to make it. I didn’t get to talk with her as Larry and Patsy Newsome were here. We really enjoy talking with them.

Larry sang a couple of beautiful songs then they sang an early “Happy Birthday” to Red and before they left Larry offered up a most inspiring prayer. We just love this couple.

When we take our down time, I do plan to get some letters written. Promise!

Catharine just came in, so had better get this finished before she gets ready to leave.

Wishing everyone a great week with lots of love and sunshine and do watch out for the little ones. Remember they are the future of this country.

Be good to one another. Love and prayers to all.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.



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