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Phyllis Begley Combs had a birthday on the 14th.

Phyllis Begley Combs had a birthday on the 14th.

Wednesday morning, if it’s the Lord’s will, I hope to go back to the Letcher County Recreational Center and meet with the Letcher County Senior Citizens for the first time in 16 months. I know it reopened Monday, but I will be with Mom until Tuesday evening. I am looking forward to it and am also a little sad about the changes that will have to be made because of the virus. I know we are more than ready for life to get back like it was before the virus.

Our family had a wonderful surprise this week. Our nephew, Philip Marshal Graves, and his three children stopped by Mommy’s for a few hours. The last time we saw his children was at the Marlowe Coal Camp reunion in May of 2015. He has been here since then but without his wife and kids.

Mommy loved spending time just watching and listening to the conversations going on. We all sat out on the back porch and caught up on what has been happening in our lives since we saw him last. He is stationed in South Dakota right now, but will be able to retire in two years. We thought he would grow up to be a hoodlum for sure, but he has turned into a fine young man.

Rick and Charlene Tacket Mason celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on the 11th.

Rick and Charlene Tacket Mason celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on the 11th.

Once when my sister Delores and I were babysitting for his mom and dad while they went on vacation, we went to the grocery store and of course took the three kids with us. Well, Philip was all over the place and would not listen to anything we said. He even put his rear end up in the meat cooler and sat there just to make us mad.

My sister Delores looked at him with those mean eyes that moms can make when they are madder than fire and said to him, “If you don’t get your rear end out of that cooler and ‘foller’ me, you are gonna wish that you had!” Philip just looked up at her and said, “There’s no such word as foller.” She said something along the lines of, “If you don’t get outa there, I’m gonna show you what FOLLER means.” We remind him of this quite often and I even did today.

My brother Albert and I got started talking about some of our memories of Daddy. One time Daddy took us somewhere in Perry County where one of my uncles, Dennis Hall, was born and raised. Dennis had told Daddy about the overhangs there and how there were lots of Indian relics that had been found under them. Anyway, Mom, Dad and all us kids spent the evening and night and way up into the next day camped out under one of the overhangs. While there Dad had us all digging to find arrowheads or anything along those lines. We had sifter trays and would dump the dirt in them and just start sifting the dirt out to see if we had anything. I think this is where we found pieces of a stone bowl.

Evan Dixon turned years old on the 10th.

Evan Dixon turned years old on the 10th.

I remember we didn’t have sleeping bags or cots, but Mom laid sheets out on the ground and we had blankets to cover up with. I remember being kind of worried about some of the animal sounds I could hear and Daddy must have known I was scared, because he let me know he would keep the fire going all night and the animals wouldn’t come in to us because of the fire.

Second cousins Matthew Brett Adams and Joy Yonts. This was taken in 1985. Joy Yonts has a birthday on the 14th.

Second cousins Matthew Brett Adams and Joy Yonts. This was taken in 1985. Joy Yonts has a birthday on the 14th.

Lots of his collection he sold off, but the rest was left to my brother. He had lots of arrowheads he found in the mountains of Caryville, Tennessee where he was born and lived until they moved to Marlowe Coal Camp. He later tried his hand at making some himself and found out it wasn’t hardly as easy as he thought it was going to be.

Mommy seems to be doing a lot better since her fall and her shoulder doesn’t seem to be bothering her as much as it was. We have all been pretty worried about her, and I know she has been worried about it herself, too.

I sure am loving all the vacation photos posted on Facebook, lots of ocean ones for sure. I remember last year people cancelled all their vacation plans because of COVID.

My family got to get away this past week ourselves, but not to the ocean. We took one day and went to Creation Kingdom in Gate City. If you haven’t been there, you need to take a day to visit it. Even if it’s a hot day, the bamboo along the walkways shade it and make it much more bearable. I even got to see one of my former students there, Caitlin Collier. She is Chris and Debbie Collier’s daughter from Kona. One of my granddaughters, Drew Eden, would love to have her job. She was feeding the animals and cleaning out their cages.

Noah McCool-Solis had his fourth birthday on the 10th.

Noah McCool-Solis had his fourth birthday on the 10th.

Then we took two days and went to Knoxville Zoo one day, even played Putt Putt for the first time in my life, and the flea market the next day. Now that’s the way I like to do vacations. Two days and I’m ready to come home to Letcher County. My husband is the same way, thank God.

My grandson, Seth Hampton, was able to buy him a little Toyota Camry with money he has worked out this summer. They haven’t been able to get the tags for it though, because the whole system for anything vehicle related is down statewide. So, before you make a trip to the courthouse to get your vehicles tagged or whatever, you should call the courthouse first to make sure they are able to do this. I also saw where license renewal can now be done online. Hopefully, Mike Watts can get this mess taken care of and my grandson won’t have to take his road test in Prestonsburg like he did his written test.

Dan and S.J. Brennan share the same birthday on the 5th of July. They are pictured here with their daughter, Brinklee Brennan.

Dan and S.J. Brennan share the same birthday on the 5th of July. They are pictured here with their daughter, Brinklee Brennan.

Congratulations, Alice Lucas, on your retirement from WARH after 45 years of service. Your retirement is well deserved.

Now for the birthdays. Last week I didn’t mention our pastor Bill Jones celebrated on the 5th. On the 8th was Tyler Watts and on the 9th was Kristin Quillen. Noah Scott McCool-Solis turned 4 years old on the 10th. Evan Dixon, Jessica Watts, Allie Morgan Honeycutt, and Kyra Brooke Johnson also had birthdays on the 10th. Kathy Lynn Webb Collins, Joshua Torrey, Chris Hatton and Samantha Tubbs had birthdays on the 11th. Cathy Fields on the 12th, Astor Hatton on the 13th, and Alicia Day Cook, Cheryl Furby, Phyllis Begley Combs, Hazel Hall, Paula Day, and our daughter Joy Yonts all will have a birthday on the 14th. Lennie Darrell Holbrook, Sr. and Sherry Potter Stamper will celebrate on the 15th. Lee Bates Adams will celebrate on the 16th and Gerald Baker on the 17th. Rick and Charlene Tacket Mason celebrated 45 years of marriage on the 11th and Stacy and Teresa Tubbs’s 35 years on the 12th.

As always, remember my pastor, Bill Jones’s, whole family in your prayers along with all the others that are grieving over their loved ones that have passed away.

As Oma Hatton would say each week when this column was hers, try to attend church this Sunday. Your church needs you there whenever the doors are open for service.

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