Hello again. How are you? I hope you are all well and happy.
You know what? I had a good week, all week long.
On Monday, July 16, Joyce Howard and I visited Clyde. He was having a pretty good day. I don’t remember Tuesday. On Wednesday, I got a nice surprise. My son, Rob’s, friend and partner, Jack Sparks, and his wife, Teresa, invited me to lunch at Pine Mountain Grill. Of course I went and had such a good time with them. They live in Owensboro. They had been to Benham to see the Coal Miners’ Memorial. I haven’t seen it. They said it was real nice. Jack and Teresa are such nice folks, the kind you like as soon as you meet them. He calls me “Mom.”
On Wednesday, Rob, Billy Hatton and I had dinner at the Grill and Rob spent the night with me. I always look forward to that. I met three pretty ladies at the Grill on Wednesday, June Maggard, Elizabeth Fairchild, and Judy Corder. I enjoyed talking with them. They said they loved the old pictures I put in the Eagle. Maybe they will send me some of theirs.
On Friday, Louise Shepherd, Kathleen Brock, and I went back to Hazard and visited with Clyde and Bob Gross. We had dinner at Ponderosa and we all agreed we had a good time. I love getting together with my sisters.
Clyde was glad to see all the folks from the Ermine Center and I was so glad they went. He loves to have company.
Our grandson, Chris Hatton, took his three kids, Beau, Brooke and Gracie, down to see Clyde on Saturday. I know he was pleased to see them.
Our son, Astor “Red” and his wife went down on Sunday. He had lots of visitors last week.
Rob went to see Clyde twice and he was sleeping so sound Rob didn’t have the heart to wake him up. He left a card. Clyde gave us orders to always wake him from now on. I hate waking people up.
Our homecoming at church has been going real well. We’ve had large crowds and good preaching and singing, good fellowship.
I hope Anna Watkins and her family in Florida are all doing well.
Rose Ballard Durham was asking about her little mountain mama, Alma Whitaker I saw her about a week ago with her son at Wal-Mart. She looked well and I told her she was still pretty. I got a big smile from her.
I heard from our friend, Coy Morton of Somerset, a few days ago. He was doing OK and wanting to go back to the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard. I told him I could see him often then. I go down two or three days a week, as often as I can. It’s sure beautiful there and the workers are so friendly. A lot of them are from Letcher County, a lot from Whitesburg.
A lot of my family had birthdays this month: Joseph Hatton, 9th; Chris Hatton, 11th; Astor “Red” Hatton, 13th; Wendy Hatton Day, 20th; and my little brother, Bobby Ray Howard, the Fourth of July.
Hazel Hart had a happy birthday a few days ago with her family, Renee and Hagel Campbell and Lula and Johnny Caudill and I don’t know how many more. I won’t tell her age, but she is still the same size as she was when she was a single girl. Wish I was.
I love the pretty signs they put up at the Veterans Center in Whitesburg and I’m glad they tore down the old Suburban Motel and will be building us a new health department. I love this place and I love to see pretty changes.
Thank you, Elzie Ray Hatton, for all the great stuff you sent me. I’ll be reading and looking at pictures for a long time. I really do appreciate it. I’ll remember you on your birthday on August 19, same as my son, Billy. I hope you make it to the Hatton reunion the last week in August.
The Howard reunion is Sept. 29 at Fishpond Lake. All you Howards and Hattons start now planning to come. I hope you make it to both.
May God bless all of you and may all the sick get better. Try to be in church somewhere this week. Smile, God loves you!