Columnist predicts early frost for October: “Hold me to it!”

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Rachel Harper

Rachel Harper

By Rachel Harper

What a beautiful, beautiful morning on this Monday morning! It was 59 degrees when I came into the kitchen; fall is beginning to fill the air. There was another big, thick fog on this past Thursday, Aug. 22, that I did see. So, I think we will definitely have a frost in October, either very early on Oct. 3, or a little later on Oct. 22. At least, we will see, won’t we?! Hold me to it!

Our Maggie had her sixth birthday on Saturday, the 25. She celebrated it this year over in Buckhead at the roller skating rink, Got 2 B Rollin’, with several of her little friends, cousins, and other family. They all had a wonderful time skating to their hearts’ content. After opening all her gifts everyone had Sponge Bob cake and ice cream. Afterwards, Missy Moncrief and her helper supervised games for the children to play, one of which was “Let’s go Under the Limbo Stick,” while the children were still in their skates. It was a fun afternoon. Happy Birthday, sweet Maggie!

I must put in a good word for the skating rink. It is inside what was once the old Buckhead School gymnasium. Bobby Reynolds and Missy Moncrief do a fabulous job of running a nice, clean, family-friendly place for children to go and have fun. I am so glad there is somewhere local where children can go and have fun. It is decorated so cute inside, the air works great, and when you have a party, they do everything for you except furnish the cake and ice cream. And the children have a great time; they are occupied the whole time. I was very impressed! They are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. and they are glad to rent it out for parties through the day on Saturday. Their phone numer is 706-319-6852.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Mildred Hadden of Madison who passed away on last Thursday, the 22. Mrs. Hadden worked at both Baldwin’s Pharmacy and at Madison Drug through the years. Her son, David, was a classmate of mine. We also extend our sympathy to the family of Doris Huff of Cornelia who also passed away last week. She was the wife of Coach Garey Huff who coached football here some years ago. Her son, Mike, was also a classmate of mine. Both of these ladies were hard workers but also loved life and enjoyed living it and being with their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them at this time.

Our sympathy is also extended to the Carter family of Willow Oak Farm here in the Bethany community as Mrs. Jane Carter passed away last week also. She enjoyed coming out to the farm here and having many family get-togethers as well as hosting many retreats of her church family, The First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. She was a true matriarch of this family. She will be greatly missed.

We are so glad to report that Dean Strange has been moved to Windy Hill Long Term Acute Care Facility in Atlanta where he will be having rehab. This is such good news and a real answer to prayer as he has been so seriously ill for so long. We pray earnestly that he will soon be back home with his family. Allie Nash is also making progress and we give God the praise and the glory for this!

We need to remember Jimmy Bone’s nephew, Tommy Bone, who is the son of the late Wilbur Bone, who underwent a liver transplant just in the last day or two. He has been having some liver problems and  was on the list for a transplant, which came rather quickly. Please pray that there will be no complications and that he will have a smooth recovery. Tommy’s mother is Nancy and he has a sister, Teresa, as well as a family of his own.

The Fairview Homemaker’s Club along with their spouses met here at my home on last Wednesday for a hamburger and hot dog cookout with all the members bringing side dishes and dessert to complete our picnic, although we did eat inside. Our guest of honor was Effie Powell of Italy who was here with homefolks for a visit. This gave us all a chance to talk and catch up with Effie since she has been gone. She was a vital part of our club when she and her family were living here. We all enjoyed getting together after a summer apart! Our September meeting will be on Sept. 18 at the home of Lynn Hanson on Pierce Dairy Road. You are welcome to come and join us.

While Effie was here she enjoyed visiting with her other sister, Faye Sisson, in Blue Ridge, where Rose, Effie and cousins tubed the river, as well as her other brothers here in Madison. She also visited her husband’s people in northwest Georgia. Rose got to see her friends here as well as her other girlfriends she had made at other military bases while here in the states. They had a fun but packed time while here. Effie and Rose returned to Italy last Thursday and Rose has begun a new school year.

Becky and George Haley from Stockbridge were down visiting their mother, Frances Brewer, on last Tuesday.

Ben Porter won Reserve Champion Lamb and Grand Champion Goat at the Morgan County Farm Bureau Show on Friday night. Will Porter won Reserve Champion Goat at the same show. On Saturday Ben participated in the North Central Show where he was awarded Reserve Champion Breeder Ewe. These boys work very, very hard with their sheep and goats, getting up and feeding and tending to their animals before heading off to school. Congratulations, boys!

Chad and Holly Roling enjoyed getting away for the weekend and going to Tybee Island where they celebrated their 10-year anniversary. Hayden and Henry enjoyed staying with their grandparents, John and Sally Hensley and Holly’s mom while their parents were away.

Sarah Nell Craig spent Saturday in Acworth where she enjoyed helping her granddaughter, Peyton Kenny, celebrate her fourth birthday.  Happy Birthday, Peyton!

The Bonner family had a cookout on Wednesday evening down at Bonner’s Restaurant, where they helped J.D. Bonner celebrate his birthday!

We celebrated both of our sons-in-laws’ birthdays with a Sunday noon meal here at our home this past Sunday. All of our children and families along with Blanche and Jake Wilson were on hand. Happy Birthday to Mark and J.D!

Mary and Frank Eaton visited Franklin and Stacy Eaton and girls last week in Flowery Branch. Frank and Franklin attended a special men’s supper meeting at their church, Blackshear Baptist Church. They reported having a great speaker who was an avid outdoorsmen and had even hunted in Africa. They had over 900 in attendance.

Ben and Heather Trawick along with their three young children have moved into Jesse Eller’s former home on the Eatonton Highway. They have moved here from Conyers. We welcome them to our community.

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