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Weather forecasts tell of snow in October

Blair Branch


Brrr. It is cold and rainy. According to the weather forecast, it is only going to be colder.

When talking to Mom on the phone earlier, she said they are even giving a chance of snow flurries. Then a friend of mine said it was snowing on the Kentucky/ Virginia line. Snow in October?! Crazy. I am not ready for winter just yet.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, is home from the University of Kentucky Medical Center and is doing as well as can be expected. She has to go to Hazard to do her dialysis. She will need to have dialysis up to three times a week.

Driving to Hazard that often won’t be fun at all, but that is still much better than her being in the hospital at UK. At least this way all of us kids can give Dad a break and take it turnabout driving her for the treatments.

As far as the actual dialysis treatments go, things have been going pretty well. Mom is just really tired when it is over.

We are all so thankful that she was able to come home. Dad is happy to be home as well. He was getting sick of ‘city food’. He said he would have given $5 for a bowl of soup beans.

Mom put some soup beans in the crockpot and let them cook for him. I went down and finished up the meal with kraut, fried potatoes, pork chops, and cornbread. I don’t try to hide the fact that I am not the best cook. If it’s any harder than opening a box and putting it in the microwave, I struggle. But I didn’t hear anyone complain.

Mom’s late Uncle Bill’s son, Jerry and his wife stopped to see Mom while she was in UK. She was tickled to death to see them. She cried. It made her day.

Johnny, Tammy, and Junie came to visit with Mom and Dad. It’s always good visit with them. The way Junie and Johnny work, it’s hard for them to get time to come around. However, when they get a chance, we always have a nice time and laugh so hard our sides hurt.

Ben West was in the hospital this past week. At first they thought that maybe he’d had a mini-stroke, but he hadn’t. He is suffering with Bell’s palsy, but is recovering quickly.

Bill Fleming is in the hospital. His daughter Krystal said they thought he’d had a stroke, but now the doctors think it was a ministroke. She says he is doing much better and is just about back to his normal self now. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Grandma Lucy Blair had been doing a little better recently, until she came down with a virus and has been real sick all this week.

Roger Whitaker has pneumonia. I hope he starts feeling better soon.

Helen Adams still needs your prayers. She is still in the hospital at Hazard, and from what I understand, she is having a pretty rough time.

Opal was telling me earlier that Willie Back is doing a little better. I’m so glad to hear that. He and his wife are such good friends to Mom and Dad. She was also telling me that Virgil Combs is doing pretty well. He and Freda are such good people.

James and April Whitaker made the trip up to Ohio on the 10th. Every year they go up there to a huge flea market. I haven’t heard what kind of deals they found.

Wade and Lena Whitaker went to Jabez for the weekend. They took their boys to stay in the family cabin. While there they did some shopping at the Amish Village, and brought Mom home a box of apples and sweet potatoes. We were worried that they would get caught in the storms that went on around Faubush. Thankfully they were OK, as were Rulah and Peggy.

Our cabin was OK as well. A tree fell on the old trailer that is there, but the cabin was OK. We sure are thankful for that.

I have several birthdays to share this week. Lovell Blair celebrated his birthday on Oct. 11 — he was 76 years young: Dewayne Blair, Oct. 13; Georgia Brown Ogle, James Blair and Roger Whitaker, Oct. 15; James Curtis Smith, Oct. 18; Madalyn Albers, Oct. 20; Lee Emmons, Oct. 21; and Delane Emmons, Oct. 23. Happy birthday all! I hope your special days were filled with love and laughter.

I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.


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