Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and keeping warm.
I woke up with a surprise, about 1 1/2 inches of snow. We were just promised snow flurries. Was that your fault, Kevin Day? The weatherman always gets the blame, but I know that Kevin is too nice for that.
It was nice talking to Linda Kincer the other day. She’s a sweet lady.
Charlie Hatton has been sick and spent a couple of days in Hazard Hospital. He’s hone now and doing some better.
I thank my cousin, Ida Hatton, for some delicious candy. She sits with me at church, and sure makes good candy!
I had a long talk with my little friend, Anna Osborne of Virgie the other day. I was worried about her as I couldn’t reach her by phone. It turned out that she was out of power and had to stay in a motel. She could have stayed with me. I’m so thankful I didn’t lose my power.
My pastor, Brother John Conn, and all of his family have had a virus that’s been going around. I think they are better now, and I’m glad.
His nephew, Robbie Conn, is still a very sick man and needs everyone’s prayers. I’ve known him and his family all of their lives.
Benny Brown’s son has been sick also. They come to our church. I hope he is OK now.
Steve Brewer, I read your column this past week. You mentioned Robert “Cigar” Fleming. He was a hunting buddy of Clyde’s. I missed the week you wrote about Clyde. I would loved to have read it. I never could find it.
I heard that Brother Elijah Sandlin was sick. I hope that he’s better now.
I appreciated the nice things you said about me in your column, Christine Fields. It’s always good to know some people still say nice things. I also look forward to meeting you. We can talk about your mother. I remember where she lived. Me and my dad, the late Bill Howard, visited her often on Sundays after church, and had prayer with her. I think we may be on jury duty together. I hope so.
I ran into an old friend at Walmart the other day, Steve Adams. I call him the ‘quiet man.’ If you know him, you’ll know why I call him that. It was good seeing him. We talked about old times. He asked about my sister, Kathleen Brock and my cousin, Imogene Adkins. They graduated together. I’ve heard he is a lot of help to the Blackey Senior Citizens. I’m glad you read my news column.
Our Howard Christmas went well, but the one in 2008 is the one that will always stand out as being the best ever for us Hattons. All I wanted for Christmas was to have all of my children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren meet at the Veterans Center with Clyde. They all came. All 41 of us were there. We had a party there. No gifts, just lots of food. We fed everyone who came by. It was our family, and we felt like it was the last one for Clyde. He knew everyone and ate well — lots of cake and ice cream.
We are planning another get-together on Jan. 16 at Billy and Sandra’s at their Super Bowl Building. Everyone is planning on coming. We are going to set aside for that every year, and make a tradition of it to keep the family close together.
The Howard family has done this for many years and folks say we are a real close family. Families are important to me. They and my friends and my church have sure made a hard time much easier, and I appreciate them all so very much.
I got a pretty card and a pretty picture from my good friend, Ada Miller King, recently. It’s always so good to hear from you. We grew up together and we’ve both lost our husbands this year.
I heard Elijah Sandlin and Lucinda Roberts are both in Whitesburg Hospital. I hope they are doing better. My pastor, Brother John Conn, visited them. Maybe I can go see them.
We couldn’t have Sunday School because of the snow, ice and cold.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if weather permits.