Whitesburg KY

Town was black hole with no utilities

Northeast Ohio

Howdy, it’s me again and I really do feel more like myself than I have all this year. Don’t know what I had but whatever it was, don’t want any more of it. Hope this finds everyone well and staying warm.

We just got another six inches of snow, which we really could have done without. I really can’t understand why Rose Ballard would turn down a gift of some beautiful white snow, do you?

The sun is shining here. There is supposed to be a high of 17 degrees; we did have a wind-chill of minus one degree. I’m looking forward to some warm spring weather.

Henry Warren finally called me, said the town of Murray had been like a black hole. Everything shut down because all utilities were out. Just like living in the mountains of Letcher County back when we were a lot younger. Wonder if it sort of made him feel like a kid again.

I’ve been doing my washing. I am sure enough glad I don’t have to use a washboard anymore. While in the basement I did some quilting and enjoyed it. So now I’m getting back to normal.

Billy Wayne stopped by earlier. He and his family are all doing fairly well these cold, snowy days. Bill and Redia had been to Strongsville to pick up a load of work clothes.

I talked to Georgia. Like me, she’s beginning to feel better. Said she and Richard are planning to stop by for a visit, so guess I’ll bake a cake or maybe cupcakes.

Red is doing very well but he’s still like a yo-yo, up and down, up and down. He has talked to his sister, Nina, and brother, Charles. In fact Charles called from Johnson City, Tenn. He and Delores were with their daughter and granddaughter. Charles said they might be heading back to Letcher County this afternoon.

Hello to Bobby Joe and Madonna Pass, I do hope everything is all right with you and hope both you and your family are all well.

Have finally gotten some letters in the mail but still have lots more to go.

Hello to Oma, Gladys, Rose and all others who write for The Mountain Eagle. I read everyone, fact is I read from front to back, then go through again to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Oma, I do hope Clyde is doing well and of course you too. Gladys, hope you, your husband and all your critters are well. And Rose, I hope you are well and behaving yourself. Spend some time with her and you will spend time doing a lot of laughing. She’s a nut, and I mean that in the nicest way.

Howdy to all my cousins I keep in touch with. You’ll be hearing from me soon.

My laundry is finished, everything folded and put away but ironing still to do. I’ve got the caked baked, and it turned out well, but it’s hard to fail when you have an experts helping out like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. I plan to use their help anytime I decide to bake.

By the time you are reading this, Ronald Buford and Johnell Sergent will be basking on the warm sunny beach of Hawaii. Were I younger, I would be a mite envious but at my age I have no desire to travel. Course a trip to the Letcher County mountains just might change my mind.

I’ve got to get this finished. I’ve been kind of busy most of the day and am running late.

Y’all have a most pleasant day, stay well and warm, and share a warm smile and a friendly hello to all you meet along the way. Love and prayers.

Emma Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, Ohio 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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