Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.
The weather is sure a lot nicer. We have had lots of rain, but we have some sunshine today. I’m ready to sing “welcome sweet springtime”, but I guess it is a little bit early. We can enjoy it while it lasts. We need to enjoy every day.
When we see what the poor people in Haiti are going through, that is so heartbreaking. I hope things get better for them, but they can’t bring back the loved ones lost. We can’t even imagine how terrible that is.
I finally got back up to the Ermine Center on Thursday and I sure enjoyed seeing everyone. There are always some new ones to meet and I like that. They had my favorite dinner that day — meatloaf, green beans and mashed potatoes and peaches. They said I missed their chicken and dumplings the day before and I was sorry. They are good cooks.
Mike Majority and family of Sumter, S.C., were in Charlotte, N.C., last weekend where Mike was taking his flight instructor refresher course. Mike gives private flight lessons and must take the course every two years. His wife April and daughter Robin did some shopping and sightseeing while they were there. I’m sure they enjoyed that.
It was good talking to Opal Cook the other day. I got a picture of the late Irene and Bob Stansberry. I couldn’t remember the name of their meatpacking place and I always used their meat. I called I don’t know who all, I called and nobody remembered. They all remembered the people. Opal’s husband, Riley Cook, remembered it was Webber’s. I think of them often when I pass where they lived and had their business. They were missed.
Bob was always laughing. I think his son Tommy Stansberry inherited that. We all love Tommy. He was so good to the Howard family when our sister Della Pennington was dying. He had the Kentucky Fried Chicken place and he brought chicken to us every evening to the nurses’ apartment where we were all staying. We will never forget that, Tommy.
I just got word that our nephew Kellis “Bud” Hatton died Saturday morning at the Veterans Center in Hazard. He was the last one living in the late Loag and Louise Hatton family. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Wanda,who has been so good to him. She’s the best thing that ever happened to him.
Ruby Combs, you never did get that picture of you and Hiram to me. Kathy Palumbo was asking about you at the Ermine Center the other day. I told her you were getting married.
My son Billy and Sandra were going their lake house this weekend. It was Sandras’s birthday the 24th. I sure they enjoyed it.
My little brother Jack Howard has a birthday on the 29th. He calls me his younger sister and I don’t argue with him even though I pinned diapers on him when he was a baby.
I think my friend Roberta Willie has her brother Roland and wife Ruth and their son little Roland and wife Ellen this weekend. She was so excited. I don’t blame her, they are nice folks. I like them!
Tim Lucas is a patient in Hazard Hospital. He was scheduled for heart surgery Saturday. I sure hope he does well. He’s a fine fellow. We all love him.
I just found out he came through his surgery and things were going well.
Dorthy Tackett called and wanted me to tell her brother Hugh Pennington hello and she loves him and he will be getting The Eagle for another year. A big hello from me also, Hugh.
Elzie Ray Hatton called me. He wa coming in for the funeral of Kellis “Bud” Hatton on Monday. I look forward to seeing him. He is a good friend and cousin.
Emma Lou Engle, I hope you are doing better. I felt so sorry for you. I’m glad you have such good friends and neighbors. That’s a blessing. I hope your husband is also doing better.
It’s time to stop and get ready for church.
May God bless all of you. Try to be in church somewhere this week if you are able.