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Sunset on Town Hill.

Sunset on Town Hill.

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful week. It was a quick week.

Staying home and not going out-of-town is getting rough. The COVID-19 cases are rising in the county and the state, and we’re staying put. We wear our masks when we go out and it’s not too bad. It’s the not going anywhere and crossing more stuff off my calendar that bothers me. I know I shouldn’t complain as I’m healthy, but I do enjoy going places.

We planted our corn a couple weeks after everyone else. We debated whether to even plant corn but it was finally planted. Earlier this week, Mike informed me we finally have tassels. Every other corn plant in the area has had tassels for weeks. We’re excited. If this works we’ll do it again next year.

We’ve had a lot of rain, which I do appreciate. I haven’t had to water the flowers or the garden in a long time. My flowers sure enjoy the rain. The rhubarb is the only plant that didn’t like the excessive amounts of rain. I’m hoping to have better luck next year with rhubarb.

Tori Akers, Heather Boggs, and Shasta Bates spent time together at Heritage Kitchen.

Tori Akers, Heather Boggs, and Shasta Bates spent time together at Heritage Kitchen.

My aunt, Ramona Caudill, has canned a lot of green beans. Another aunt, Thelma Ison, did some canning also.

Cowan Elementary School is getting a new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. He is Keith Adams, who had been the school counselor. I hope the students and staff of Cowan Elementary School have a good year.

Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church has been holding church services outside. The services are also recorded and posted on Facebook for those unable to attend services.

My cousin Kae Fisher did stop by one evening for a quick visit. She came by to see my brother and they walked over to our house. It was good seeing Kae.

Kenny Banks of New Carlisle, Oh., had foot surgery this past week. I hope he has a speedy and successful recovery.

Tori, Rusty, Calli, and Ella Akers of Talbot, Tenn., came in for the weekend. They visited Tori’s parents John and Barbara Banks. They had a good visit.

Tori met up with two friends, Heather Boggs and Shasta Bates. They ate lunch at the Heritage Kitchen and had delicious food. They enjoyed the time to catch up with each other.

On Saturday we went to Holcomb’s Dairy Bar in Isom. While there, we saw Patsy Adams. It’s always good to see someone you know when you go out and about.

My cousin Donna Watts sent me a recipe for chocolate zucchini bread. I don’t know whose recipe it is but I’ll find out. If it turns out good (not necessarily by me but a cousin) I’ll share the recipe. My mother-in-law used to make a chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate icing which was delicious. I should find out who ended up with her recipes.

Saturday night we drove the side-by-side up on Town Hill. I did get some pretty photos. We drove around and saw some people we knew. We saw Bryan Banks, Rodney Gilley, and Daryl Banks. There were two young couples with children up there but I didn’t get their names. They were cooking out. Mike and I were with John Campbell, Gemma, Steven, and Shyanne Bentley. It was great sitting up there talking. Town Hill is a pretty place to drive around. We did talk to other people up there when we passed them. Everyone was in a friendly and talkative mood.

If you drive around on Town Hill, please don’t leave your trash. It’s not hard to pick up and take it with you. Keeping our mountains clean is our responsibility.

We did have a 3-1/2 hour power outage from the storms one afternoon. It was a wonderful storm to watch and listen to from the porch. Mike said he would turn on the generator but knew as soon as he did, the power would come back on. He waited a couple hours and then decided to do the generator. As he was getting things organized, the power came back on. It was funny as he was walking in the house with a fan and the power came on as he got to the door.

My big accomplishment this week was to clean out my computer. It works so much better now and it’s faster. Somehow I can even use my old password, which I didn’t want to give up. I don’t think I’ll download anything else onto the computer.

Our friends, Gerry and Cherie Freisthler of Niceville, Fla., had a surprise visitor this past week. Two of the grandkids were playing in the yard when Cherie heard a noise. The grandson was pointing at a bear on top of their fence. Cherie quickly ushered the grandkids in the house. The bear walked along the top of the fence and then jumped into the neighbor’s yard. Cherie and Gerry live outside of Panama City, Fla., and by the Gulf of Mexico. It’s amazing that they have bear issues there. They did post a nice picture on Facebook. The neighbor took the picture.

Those who knew my mom knows that she liked to play games, and she was competitive. On Sunday night we found cards and played a game of Shanghai Rummy. We played this a lot back in the 1980s and 1990s. The kids didn’t get as involved in this game as the adults did. I think we quit playing as people would get mad during the game. We had a good, friendly game on Sunday.

The following is a list of the August birthdays:

Aug. 1 – Lanie Marbaugh Wenning; Aug. 2 – Juanita Caudill; Becky Sams Adkins; Becky Whitaker; Aug. 3 – Stu Sigrest; Aug. 5 – Ramona Caudill; Kim Wolod; Goldie Kincer- Kalahan; Aug. 8 – Cassie Harris; Kathy Collier Miles; Aug. 9 – Candra Banks Leach; Joan Ramsey; Brandy Campbell; Aug. 10 – Jenny Brown; Jonathan Fields; Aug. 11 – Rebecca Wenning; Jim Sams; Aug. 12 – Annie Dutton; Tracey Walterbusch; Aug. 13 – Tiffany Eversole; Tyler Stamper; Aug. 14 – Phillip Little; Aug. 15 – Jim Yonts; Aug. 16 – Chanda Suzanne Baskins; Marcia Roberts; Aug. 17 – Martie Bradford; Aug. 18 – Tami Campbell Collins; Raven Ison; Aug. 22 – Stephen Campbell; Chuck Sturgill; Sadie Wenning; Aug. 23 – Laura Caudill Bates; Julie Baer; Aug. 27 – Anne Carpenter; Janie Banks Bennett; Aug. 28 – Kortinae Wenning.

Happy birthday to all.

I read something on Facebook this week and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I liked it. The word NEWSPAPER stands for North East West South Past And Present Events Report. I think it’s pretty cool.

Back in high school and college, I used to write poems. Writing was fun and I enjoyed it. Years went by and life went on and time wasn’t made for writing. Earlier this month I sat down and wrote a poem for myself. On Sunday I reread it and it made me tear up. So I guess it’s a good poem. I need to make time for writing.

The quote of the week is attributed to Zig Ziglar. “One small positive thought can change your whole day.”

If you have any news please email me at CowanNews@aol.com.

Thank you, and have a safe and healthy week.

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