Hi there again this week from Hemphill. We are defi- nitely snowed in for a few days. My grandson Cody measured Sunday about 2 p.m., and we had 7 ½ inches of snow and it was still coming down heavily. I would guess we have approximately 10 inches in Hemphill.
I have decided that it was such a hectic time for a couple of weeks before Christmas with all the hustle and bustle of preparing for it, that I am ready for some relaxing time at home. I have been very lazy for two days now and enjoying every minute of it.
I was talking with my Aunt Mable Johnson today, and she said one of her best friends, Gladys Sexton, called her. Gladys has moved to Tennessee to be near her son Noah, and she says she is settled and that it is beautiful there. She says she is well satisfied, but she sure does miss her friends from Hemphill and we all miss her very much, especially Mable. Where you saw one of them you always saw the other.
But Tennessee is not that far from Hemphill, so maybe they can visit when the weather breaks and have fun touring the area where Gladys lives. Good luck to you, Gladys, and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I know you are happy to be living close to Noah now.
Troy and Paula Sexton and their daughter Carlee, along with Paula’s mom Pauline, were in for a visit from Tennessee just before Christmas and spent a few days with Denny and Ioleen Fleming. Pauline is really missing her job and friends with whom she worked at the Mountain Comp Clinic at Whitesburg.
My grandson Hunter Hampton won a giant Christmas stocking from Food World of Whitesburg, and you talk about one tickled little seven-yearold. Thanks to Food World for making his day a very happy one. It was like he had two Christmases with all the items he pulled out of that stocking. If I am not mistaken they said a little girl name Hope Smith won the stocking they were giving away at the Neon Food World. Congratulations, Hope. I am sure you enjoyed your stocking as much as Hunter did.
I have some sad news about a family from UZ. John and Beth Pennington lost their home to a fire Dec. 22. They have three children and all barely escaped in the middle of the night with only their nightclothes on their backs. There will be a shower for this family at the Hemphill Community Center Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. If you need more information and would like to help this family, call Beth’s mom and dad, Irene and Billy Banks, at 633-2020. They had just moved in this new home they had built, and only lived there for two months. Thank God no one was hurt. A person never knows what the future holds for them from one moment to the next.
Lessie Fleming was in the hospital for about a week before Christmas. She is home now but is still very sick, so please pray for her.
It looks like we all will be sitting in for a couple days, and some kids are loving it because there is no school thanks to all this snow. I know some moms who will be climbing the walls before all the hollows clear enough to run the buses again. As for myself, I got a new sewing and embroidery machine from my children and grandchildren, so I will be sewing up a storm during this snowstorm.
Come join us on New Year’s Eve at the Hemphill Community Center and listen to a great band, The Benny Jones Band. The music starts at 8:30 p.m., so come dance the old year out and the New Year in. This is a potluck night, so bring your best recipe or a pot of good old-fashioned food to share with everyone. I hope to see you there. You don’t have to worry about a dance partner as there is always someone there who loves to dance and will dance with you.
Next time you read my article it will be the year 2011. Have a great New Year’s Eve. If you party, stay safe and drive carefully as the life you save maybe yours or a loved one’s.
God bless you all.