How is the weather in your little corner of the world? Seems like we are having winter and spring in one day in the Ohio Valley area. Beautiful sunshine, rain, and snow, all in one day. Except for a few strong snow showers and fast fading snow, we had no snow accumulation to speak off.
I will be so glad to see the trees with green leaves again, and hear people complain of it being so hot.
My sincere sympathy goes to the family of Ricky and Marcia Caudill in the loss of their sister Margaret. Margaret developed a fast growing cancer and didn’t last very long at all.
I wish I was able to make the trip back home just to be able to hug each of the siblings as I know the pain each of them is feeling. At least the weather is decent and they won’t have to wade a foot of snow.
This has brought so many reminders of each of my siblings passing. Each time I received the news of their passing, I was alone and made the trip back to the mountains by myself. To this day I can’t tell you anything about the trip there and back.
I had driven to Pikeville Hospital to see my sister Loretta Church just a few days before she was released to go back to Letcher Manor. I was sick at that time and didn’t do the things I had planned, so instead of staying overnight I came back home. I have regretted that I didn’t spend the weekend. It was Hillbilly Days and every motel was filled except a couple, and they had raised the price so much I couldn’t afford it.
I did talk to Loretta on the phone Saturday, not knowing that would be the last time I would ever speak to her. She was released early Sunday morning and left this world shortly after she got back to Letcher Manor.
For all of you who have family close, give them a hug and please tell them how much you care.
For years I cut myself off from my family. I never stopped loving anyone, I just didn’t go around when I would go visit.
I left home at such a young age that it seems like I have been alone for so much of my life. As I said I never once stopped loving my family, but sometimes you just have to do what is best for you.
I do want to touch on something that is weighing heavy on my shoulders. If there’s any conflict between a mother and a daughter, please don’t let the night fall before you make amends. It is not worth it.
I let stubbornness rob me of two years of companionship in my own situation. Thank God I finally put my pride aside.
I can’t change the past, and I don’t know how much time I have left. I will try to let someone know how much I love them.
My niece Sue and her husband Mart Hall stopped by for a short visit, and it was good to see them.
I received a letter from someone saying how much they enjoyed my writings of growing up in the mountains.
I would not trade my growing up years at Roxana for any amount of money in the world.
As I’ve said before, some of the people in Roxana provided me with lessons that I have used to sustain me down through the years; things I will never forget and actually I have so often applied so much to my adult life.
Lots of times when I start to iron I think of Minnie Whitaker teaching me to iron. I still have the same technique when I start to iron a shirt or blouse.
I had to laugh as my niece Sue said she didn’t know how to iron. If she comes to visit me enough, she may just learn how.
My oldest daughter Kay will not wear anything that has a wrinkle in it. I think she chases her husband down as he leaves to make sure there’s not a wrinkle to be seen.
My youngest daughter Anna bought something called a steamer to use on her husband’s police uniforms. Now I wouldn’t have any idea how to use that contraption.
My grandmother Rosa Hall was one of the best examples for a young child as she taught me the love of nature. Grandma also instilled in me how to be happy being by yourself. Sometimes I can almost feel Grandma’s presence as I sit listening to the birds and enjoying God awakening the world.
When I read of the prison being built at Roxana, I can’t help but wonder of the changes it will bring to this small community. I hear of stores, etc., and try to visualize where they’ll put it, as there’s not enough room for anything.
I heard Amburgey’s Store has already been sold. I can remember that being there as a child. When I was born the store was there also and it is untelling how many years it really has been in business.
I would love to be able to go back to Roxana to walk around the hilltops I wandered as a child. The only thing is I am too scared of snakes to go by myself.
I feel the same way about the house close to Vernon and Jim Hogg’s old homeplace. How I loved it when we lived there.
Belated happy birthday to Johnny and Ann Calihan’s daughter Sue Wagner on Feb. 27; to my grandson Jamie Gray, Feb. 28; and to my granddaughter Jessica Nottingham on March 1.
My daughter Kay Gray has spent the last six weeks at her house in Florida. It must be nice to escape all the bad weather. Who am I kidding? I love the changing of the seasons. Winter just seems like it is such a long time.
Les and Pat Wagner enjoyed going to listen to Tony Hale and Black Water Band. Wayne and his wife Ginger Haddix have the music room, Haddix Hall, which is separate of Hunters Pizzeria. There’s music every Monday night the way it used to be. I will be glad when I am able to go.
Hello to Doyle and Betty Ison. I hope how soon you two can be able to get out and about.
Well, it is getting time to get this on its way. Until next time.