Whitesburg KY

The Engles are about beaned out

I’m back as promised and doing very well, as is Red. Guess we shouldn’t make too many promises, never knowing what the next day may bring our way. But we do need to keep thinking positive.

I hope this finds all of you feeling happy and sassy and having the kind of beautiful weather we are having right now. Yep, the rain has gone away and it’s much warmer and, according to the weather news, it will be this way for several days. I’m not going to complain.

I’m still picking beans and this is one year I do believe Red and I are both just about beaned out. I don’t want to let them go to waste, so I pick, clean, cook and give away or put in the freezer to last the winter.

Catherine is still a very sick lady. I do hope how soon the doctors can get her back to feeling up to par. She really wants to get back to work and does try now and then, but after a couple hours has to come home. I really worry about her.

Valerie is scheduled for a home visit today. Catherine will bring her, but someone from rehab will be along to see how she can manage. She has her own apartment in Catherine’s home and has two or three steps to go down. They had to have a railing installed and they need to see if she can negotiate them. She also has her own bathroom (handicapped) and that is another concern as to whether she can manage to get in and out and stand up in the shower on her own. Northeast Ohio

I have talked to Bill and Redia. They are busy as usual, but Redia hasn’t been feeling up to par. She has been having bad pains in her shoulder. I’m not a doctor, but from the way she describes it sounds like bursitis, something I had a couple rounds with. I can tell you one thing, it sure isn’t any fun.

Buford called and he and Johnell are both well and planning a trip to the beach for two weeks or longer. I wish them a fun filled vacation with lots of warm, sunshiny weather.

I had a really good visit with Jeanie, Phil, and Christy last Saturday night. Jeanie and I sat up until 1 a.m. taking trips down memory lane and just doing lots of gabbing. They are so proud of their two little grandsons (aren’t we all?). I saw a picture of Cameron and he is so cute. In fact, so is big brother Carson.

Jeanie called, which was a surprise, as she seldom calls on dialysis days, but she had a good session and was feeling well. I’m thinking she was still on a high after the two weeks in New York with Calvin, Mary, and the two precious little ones.

I just put a pot of beans on to blanch before putting them in the freezer. I think I’ll freeze these and give them to Redia. I only have a small freezer and it’s already nearly full.

I haven’t talked to Richard and Georgia today, but if they keep up their tradition, they will be over for a visit soon.

I’m not sure, but I do believe I forgot to wish Meagan Skye McAtee a happy 18th birthday, which is Oct. 20. She’s one of our greats. Have a great day, Meagan.

I may be mistaken, but I do believe Red’s niece and hubby ( Frances and Bill Howard of Lexington) will celebrate an anniversary this month. In fact, it could be Oct. 6. Congratulations and wishing you many more years of health, happiness, and most of all, love.

The leaves around here are just now beginning to show some color. I guess spring and fall are my favorite seasons. Spring, when it seems as though the world begins to awaken from a long winter’s nap and begins to don a brand new wardrobe in shades of green with whites scattered here and there and sprinkled with lots and lots of other beautiful spring colors. I love the fall colors going from pale yellow to a deep brown and a fiery red with tans, different shades of green and many other colors one could imagine. Were I inclined to be homesick at this stage of life, those would be the times when I still miss the mountains.

Clara Pfister in Clarkson, Mich., called recently. She sounded as though she were doing really well. Hi, Clara. It’s always good to hear from you and I hope you stay well and warm.

I finally got around to writing some letters. I had been mailing one or two a day, but earlier this week, I had six to mail. I was feeling quite proud of myself, but that did not last long. Today I didn’t get a one written.

I want to send a big “howdy” out to all my family and friends, and may your days be filled with sunshine and your nights with sweet dreams. Stay well, be happy, and have a most peaceful week. Love and prayers to all.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, Ohio 44055; 440-233-7548; emmalouengle@yahoo.com or emmaengle@aol.com.

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