Whitesburg KY

Snake is a surprise

Hello and welcome to September. Time is flying by so quickly. Summer will be over in a few weeks, which is hard to believe. I hope all had a good Labor Day weekend.

On Thursday afternoon I went out to the truck to look for a piece of paper on which I had made notes. I opened the driver’s door and then decided I needed to be on the passenger side. As I took a step towards the back of the truck, I saw something in the corner of my eye that was moving quickly on the ground. I turned around and it was a snake. It wasn’t brown so it wasn’t a copperhead. It was black and seemed to be real shiny, and we do have black snakes around here. Anyway, I yelled and ran forward in the opposite direction (in flip-flops) while the snake went the other way. My heart was racing as I don’t like being surprised by snakes. The snake was probably as surprised as I was.

Mike and I went to the eye doctor at the University of Pikeville this past week. The optometry student does the exam and then the doctor redoes anything that needs to be rechecked. It’s like having a second opinion without another appointment. It did take a long time but it was worth it. Our appointments were at 10:30 a.m. and we were in the car at 1 p.m. We did have our eyes dilated for most of the testing. I was impressed with the appointment and we’ll go back.

Debbie and Jeff Vice of Flemingsburg came in this week. Her parents also came in with them, Glennon and Thelma Ison of Flemingsburg. Debbie and Aunt Thelma visited Doris Jean Banks, Carol Caudill, and Anna June Yonts one afternoon. They played dominos during the visit. ey

Th were all here for the 66th family reunion of the Grant and Mary Ison family. The reunion was held on Kingdom Come. On Saturday night they had about 50 people there to visit. The actual reunion was on Sunday and they had approximate 100 family members attending. Family came from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee. A good time was had by all. I did see a group photo that was posted on the Letcher County, Ky. Genealogy site.

John and Faye Campbell, Mike and I ate at Pine Mountain Grill on Saturday evening. I was people watching and some people were being shown to a table. I told my table that those were some Ison family members in for the reunion as one woman looked familiar. John asked them if they were there for the reunion and they were. The woman I recognized and spoke to was Phyllis Frazier Lopez. Her sister, Diane Spray, and husband along with a nephew, Mark, and his wife were there also. Phyllis and Diane were here back in the spring and did some cemetery tours looking for ancestors. Phyllis is also on the Letcher County, Ky. Genealogy site. Phyllis and the group she was with stayed on Little Cowan at the Carolyn’s Place Rental.

On Sunday morning, Phyllis and group saw a bear that was getting into the garbage at their rental. They did enjoy seeing a bear during their visit. I did see some pictures of the bear.

Jeff and Debbie Vice of Flemingsburg, Molly Vice of Nashville, Tenn., and Molly’s dog, Ruby Sue, stayed with us Saturday night. It was good having company. On Sunday while they were at the Ison family reunion we kept Ruby Sue. She’s a great dog.

Lisa Fields Howard of Lexington is in the hospital. Her sisters went to Lexington to visit her. Juanita Caudill and Libby Honeycutt went there on Thursday while Ella Caudill, Janet Napier, Evelyn Field-Cosgriff, and Helen Roberts went on Friday. Positive thoughts are being sent to Lisa.

I saw a photo on the Cowan Elementary School alumni site that had been posted by Roger Gilbert. It was a picture of women who had attended a quilting bee. Most of the women were relatives of mine and it was good seeing them all at a younger age in an earlier time. The women in the photo were: Lula Jones, Lou Vermillion, Madge Caudill, Mary Banks, Elsie Banks, Susan Long, Beulah Caudill, Becky Jones, Thelma Banks, Etta Banks, Pearl Fleenor, and LouAma Banks. The young child was Carolyn Caudill Gilliam. I forwarded the photo to the family sites so everyone could see it.

Our son Greg Wenning of West MIlton, Ohio and Carla and Carli Charles of Xenia, Ohio went to Myrtle Beach over the holiday weekend. The photos they posted showed them having a good time. They will be in a lot of traffic coming home due to the hurricane evacuation. Hurricane Dorian has the potential to cause a lot of damage in Florida and the coastline of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. I’m hoping the direction changes before it starts up the coastline.

The weekly quote was sent to me from a cousin, Jim Yonts of Maryland. “Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.”

If you have any news please email me at Cowan- News@aol.com. Thanks.

Enjoy September.

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