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Signs of winter are appearing


Oma Howard Hatton stands with her baby sister, Judy Howard Greene.

Oma Howard Hatton stands with her baby sister, Judy Howard Greene.

It seems like last week just flew by. We stay so busy with yard work and both flower and vegetable gardens. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just like a lady from our church, Phyllis Adams, said Sunday night, she is thankful when she wakes up in the morning and looks out and sees green trees and the mountains around her. She said she thanks God every day for being able to enjoy her flower and vegetable gardens, and her chickens. I know exactly how she feels, except for the chickens. I’m thankful I don’t have to fool with them to get fresh eggs. I just find somebody who loves them like Phyllis does and buy mine from them.

I’ve been hearing the katydids now for about three weeks. It’s so hard to believe we will be having frost again soon. Our good friends, Faye and Sonny Martin, found the flowers “wormwood” this weekend at High Knob and posted the picture on Facebook. She said that’s supposed to mean we are going to have an early winter. MOM AND I DO NOT LIKE WINTER! This past winter she just hibernated for the whole season. But, I guess we do have a lot of warm days before we have to worry about that and I’m thankful for that.

FAYE MARTIN and SASQUATCH

FAYE MARTIN and SASQUATCH

I haven’t put our July birthdays in the column yet because I wasn’t feeling so good the first part of July from pancreatitis. So, I’m posting the Letcher County Senior Citizens members’ July birthdays and August ones, too.

July birthdays were, Donald Halberstadt (we call him Bam-Bam), July 3; Claudia Banks, July 6; Juanita Banks, July 18; and Janice Foster, July 26. August birthdays are, Iona Noble, Aug. 4; Brenda Childers, the 6th; Pat Miles, the 11th; Lydia Hall, the 12th; Coleene Hart, the 22nd; and Vernetta Roark, the 23rd. Belated happy birthday and happy birthday, too.

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Rose Collier from Senior Citizens is enjoying Myrtle Beach this week with 10 other family members. She said Sunday they went down to the beach to find shells but they were already picked over. So, Monday they got up really early so they could beat the others to the shells, but it rained on them and they were soaked to the skin. We missed her at the rec center, but I know she is having a great time being with her family.

Pictured are Beulah Caban, Earline, Annie Caudill Delph, Pauline and Dora Evelyn.

Pictured are Beulah Caban, Earline, Annie Caudill Delph, Pauline and Dora Evelyn.

Wilma Ritchie wanted to remind everyone about the Ritchie reunion coming up on the 11th of August at Fishpond Lake. Iona Noble also wanted to remind the Hobert and Clara Collier family of their reunion. She said there would be lots of games and dinner would be at 12. But, she didn’t tell me the date or the place. So, just get in touch with her if you need more information.

Just this morning I was thinking about how long it had been since I had seen one of my middle school teachers, Shirley Sexton. I had been seeing her on a regular basis either in Walmart or Food City, but I hadn’t seen her in six months or more. Then lo and behold, Monday in Food City there she was with her granddaughter. I told her I had just thought about her that morning. She said she had been out and about and we must have just been out at different times.

She also wanted me to have you all put down in writing any school memories you had. Things that were funny or different. Special things you remember. I know you Marlowe people have many, many things you remember about Marlowe School. I have quite a few from Colson. She is writing a book and if you want your name put to your memory she said to print it and if not write it in cursive. If you want to send them to me I will get them to her. You can send them to me on Facebook or email them to me at headstrt_@yahoo.com. Or if you want to send them by mail my address is: 552 Stinking Branch, Thornton, KY 41855. She was also interested in any pictures anybody has of any of the schools in Letcher County.

This coming Saturday, Aug. 4, one of my special nephews and his wife, Steven and Chasity Holbrook, are having a baby shower for their baby boy, Canaan James Holbrook, at the Fleming-Neon Library at 1 p.m. My sister Delores and her husband Kenneth Holbrook are tickled beyond belief to have a new grandbaby. Their son Kenneth and his wife Marlena Holbrook have three children, but it’s been awhile since we’ve had a new baby to play with at Mommy’s. When we were growing up and took our Sunday evening trip to Mamaw Pennington’s house, we loved it whenever someone came with their baby. We would call out first and second and on down the line of who got first dibs on the baby. Our aunts would just let us take them and play with them. At home since we didn’t have a baby to doddle over we would all get us a puppy and pretend they were our babies. We would even put scarves and handkerchiefs on them for clothes. Such simple memories like these are so special.

Before I start getting too sappy, I’ll end here with reminders to pray for my Aunt Linda Hall, our friends Rick Collins and Earle Bone, and all those who have lost loved ones. Please remember our pastor Bill Jones and his wife Sandy and Bill and June Craft.

Also remember what Oma always said, try your best to be in church somewhere Sunday morning and if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week, God wants you there then, too.

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