Wonderful news! My sister, Lucille Tacket Graves’s surgery went very well Tuesday. The Bristol Regional Medical Center has the equipment and the doctors that are able to do open-heart surgery without having to stop your heart. Therefore, they don’t have to restart it after the surgery. This lessens the time they have you in surgery and also the recovery time. She was able to go home Sunday. Now all she needs is lots of rest and continued prayers for healing. It just amazes me that a person can actually have this kind of surgery and go home in just a few days.
More wonderful news! Preacher Bill Craft and June now have another great great grandson. Caiden Matthew McCool-Solis was born Friday, Aug. 16, at 3:45 a.m. weighing in at 10 pounds and 2 ounces. His parents, Drew and Cassie McCool-Solis, and big brother Noah are so happy he is home. His greatgrandparents are Tommy and Billie June Richardson.
It was so wonderful to see all the pictures posted on Facebook of the young people from our community going off to their chosen colleges. A lot of them were former students of Martha Jane Potter Elementary and as proud as I was of them all, I can imagine how proud their parents all are. I also saw where we had two from Letcher County Central High enroll in the Morehead University Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Math. These two are Seth McCray and Sarah McAuley. Seth’s parents are Ben and Renee McCray and Sarah’s are Jim and Carla McAuley.
The Letcher County Senior Citizens have been very busy this month. On a daily basis there are many activities going on. I enjoy the jigsaw puzzles more than anything, especially fussing with David Williams over whether or not the piece goes where I’m putting it. But I can be talked into a good Rook game or two. Then there’s cornhole going on all morning long and if Wilma can’t talk you into a game of cornhole then she’ll settle for Rook. James Hall and whoever his partner is have actually been known to get beat by either Sue Miles, Rose Collier, Lydia Hall, Elmer Hammonds, or Bam Bam. If you are 60 or over we would be more than happy to have you come join the Letcher County Senior Citizen Program. They serve a very nutritious meal catered by Isom IGA Monday through Thursday.
Last week we attended a safety meeting in Hazard dealing with all the scams that are going on right now over the television or the phones. Mom gets these all the time and it makes me so mad that there are people that would do that to the elderly knowing how trusting they are. I saw on Facebook today where they are warning everyone about the Social Security one.
There are also lots of things going on in the community. The event of kayaking through Whitesburg and down to Whitco will be this Saturday, the 25th. I put this in the paper awhile ago, but I wanted to repeat it here in case someone missed it.
Relax and enjoy a fun afternoon of floating the Kentucky River through Whitesburg! No experience necessary! Kayaks and paddles will be provided for the first 10 people to sign up, for a charge of $15! Bring your own kayak or canoe if you wish and don’t forget your lifejackets! We will meet at Riverside Park in Whitesburg at 4 p.m. and float through town to the Whitco area! From there, you will be shuttled back to the park. The trip should last approximately two hours. Be sure to wear water shoes, (not flip-flops) and clothing suitable to get wet! Depending on water levels, shallow wading may be required in some areas. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with refreshments; we will provide water. Must be age 18 or older for kayak rentals. This tour will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Call 606-634-6283 if you need any other information.
Then there’s this coming up in September at the Letcher County Extension Office.
Save the date! Make plans to join us for the annual Old-Time Soup Bean Dinner sponsored by the Letcher County Homemakers in support of the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program at the Letcher County Extension Office, located off of the Whitesburg Bypass on Stone Avenue. This dinner has become a tradition around Letcher County. Please join us from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Five dollars will buy your soup beans and cornbread, kraut and wieners, a drink and a dessert. Eat in or carry out. Call the Letcher County Extension Office at 633-2362 for more information. Hope to see you there!
I was thinking that the Extension Office needs to start a column in the paper because they have so much going on throughout the year that not everyone has the opportunity to learn about. Lots of people don’t have computers that would attend these events if they knew about them. The soup bean dinner one sounds right up my alley.
Happy birthday to Faye Martin. She celebrated on the 16th. Since Mom doesn’t get out that much anymore we haven’t been to visit her and Sonny, but we still love and think about them often. Another birthday worth mentioning was Billy Hatton on the 19th. He is older than dirt and doesn’t care if you know it. Last but not least is my niece, Ashley Tackett Ellis. She was born here in Kentucky, but they moved to North Carolina before she started school. She surely loves her Mamaw Tacket and Mommy loves her, too. Mom and I Facetimed with her and her daughter Kassidy recently, and Mom wished her a happy birthday. I think we made Ashley cry.
My husband and I had a good visit with my first cousin Lelah Adams Dixon recently at the rec center. We started talking about growing- up times and putting food up for the winter and just surviving on whatever was left. We talked about eating squirrels and groundhogs. Can you imagine putting food on the table for our children and grandchildren like that now? Remember having to go down in the ‘tater hole to get the ‘taters that were put up for the winter? I would get so tired of working up the green beans they made me sick just to look at another green bean. I remember saying once, “I wish I never had to see another green bean!” Now, they are probably my favorite vegetable. Our garden grew the best beans around. Daddy would pick them and wash them off outside and then we would sit on the floor down the basement and Mom would put a sheet on the floor in the middle of us and put the beans on it and we would start stringing. When we got enough broken up she would start canning with a pressure canner. When she got the canner going she would then come help us work them up again until that batch came out of the canner. It was a long day, believe me. We had green beans, potatoes and cornbread for just about every supper. Those were our side dishes.
I could go on and on about those days, but I better stop here and remind everyone to be in prayer for all our loved ones that are sick or in the nursing homes. Also, remember to pray for those who have lost loved ones especially our pastor Bill and Sandy Jones.
Remember Oma’s plea, be in church Sunday and I say if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week, God wants you there then, too.