Can you all believe Thanksgiving will be here in a little over two weeks? I was thinking the other day about how different our traditions are now than when all five of us siblings were first married and how fast they changed.
Mom, of course, fixed the whole meal back then and never expected us to do anything other than wash the dishes. We just brought the pop. Come to think of it, Lucille might have made the homemade yeast rolls. Now, our get-togethers are all, “everyone bring a dish or two,” and we can’t believe we never considered how hard Mom worked to get these meals together. All our kids and grandkids still say, “Nobody can fix fried corn, mashed potatoes, or carrot cake like Mamaw Tacket though.
Some of you all may not know about one of our Letcher County Senior Citizens, Doug Wright, passing away this past Wednesday, Nov. 6. He had battled stomach cancer for most of this year. He and his wife Pat were at the rec center almost every day before he got sick. I’m sure she can use everybody’s prayers at this time. We will all miss him very much.
Then again, some more bad news that we all need to pray about, our little Laney Webb’s test results came back with the leukemia back just like it was at the beginning. I’ll just reprint what her mom, Michelle Webb, posted on Facebook.
Nov. 7 at 2:37 p.m.
Day: 157 since bone marrow transplant
Day: 257 since diagnosed
“Today we are asking for prayers, today we didn’t get good news. AML leukemia is back. It’s not in her blood yet. It’s in the bone marrow tissue, that’s why her transplant numbers have been dropping. I know I posted the other day that she was still doing good and no cancer, but that was for the blood taken from her bone marrow. Today we got the results for the tissue and it’s there. So what does this mean? Laney can still beat this and she will beat this, but she will be doing all of it again meaning from day one when she took her first chemo. At this time I don’t know if we will be at UK to start or if they are going to keep us in Cincinnati. They did ask me where I wanted to be and my reply was wherever is the best for Laney. We are on our way back home right now and will be returning to Cincinnati to find out the game plan for Laney on Monday. The reason we are waiting till Monday is because they are still waiting for some other results from her last bone marrow biopsy. So please keep praying for Laney.”
I saw some news from the Letcher County Extension Office on Facebook asking for harvested deer heads from Letcher County. They don’t need the antlers and so these can be cut off if you want to keep them. The Department of Fish & Wildlife is the one asking for them, but you can drop them off at the Extension Office.
Also on Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., the Extension Office will be hosting a Holiday Roadshow. This will consist of great holiday ideas and recipes that you will be able to sample. They ask that you pre-register at 606-633-2362.
Do you all remember the corn hole tournament that took place at the rec center on Nov. 1? Well, it went over so good that they are doing it every Friday evening. There were so many people talking about how much fun they had the first time and hoping they would continue. It’s the favorite activity with lots of our seniors at the rec center.
Well, rifle season for deer is in full swing this week and I have seen so many people posting their pictures. My grandson was able to get a spike Saturday. Like me, he is only interested in getting some good venison in the freezer for the year. I myself hunted Saturday, but only saw four does. One of the deer that really caught my attention was taken by Amanda Begley Wynn. She is the daughter of Leonard and Gwen Begley and the wife of Shelby Wynn. She comes from a long line of hunters and I know they are all proud of her.
Changing the subject, I talked with one of my longtime friends today at the rec center about a recent incident that involved her grandson, Caden Fox. This accident sent him to the ER at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital with his hand wrapped not knowing how serious the injuries were. From Whitesburg they sent him immediately to UK Medical Center with the information that he would probably lose a lot of his thumb and the two fingers beside it. Once they got to UK the doctors there couldn’t believe he had feeling in his fingers because of how severely they were damaged. Connie, on the other hand, had prayed over him in the hospital and said she just knew he was going to be okay. After reconstructing his thumb and the ball of his thumb and using skin from his arm to graft it, he is now moving his fingers and beginning to work them. As she was telling me about all this both of us were standing there with chill bumps on us. We serve an amazing God! ere
Th are so many birthdays this month and I think I even forgot to put the seniors’ birthdays in for the month of November. They are Marie Pendleton on the 14th, Bill Polly on the 23rd, Wendell Hogg on the 24th, and Gary Caudill on the 28th. Then there’s my first cousin, John Adams on the 11th, my first cousin David Pennington on the 10th, Connie Vance Bates on the 10th, and a sister from church Marsha Adams Holcomb. Also, my oldest brother-in-law Ricky Mason celebrated on the 11th. I’ll not tell you his age but he is old enough now for Medicare.
Please remember to pray for all that are grieving for loved ones that have passed. Holidays are very hard without them. Don’t forget our pastor at Letcher Independent Baptist Church, Bill Jones and his wife Sandy. They are very special to our church and our community.
Also, please remember Oma and her fervent plea each week, be in church Sunday morning and if your church has services throughout the week or Sunday evening God expects you to be there then, too.