Thank goodness it’s cooler!

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We had a very cool 48 degrees here on Wednesday or Thursday morning (now I can’t remember which!), and it is staying a little cooler through the day, thank goodness, but we are in dire need of rain.  It wouldn’t even matter if it did frost early this year, the grass is already dead and down to nothing.  Very sad.  A couple of weeks ago, Rev. Charles Smith, pastor of Madison Baptist Church, entitled his sermon, “I am the Government and I am Here to Help.”  When I heard about …

Enjoying this blackberry winter, but not out of the woods yet

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How did you all like this blackberry winter we have had?!   I hope it is over with now!  I have had all these weather signs drilled into me all my life, from my grandmother.  These old weather signs do pan out the majority of the time, so it made a believer out of me!   I knew we would have a blackberry winter when I saw all of the blackberry bushes on and around the place begin to bloom.   We even had a light frost here on the hill on …

Dreaming of a drive-through grocery

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After such a cool and chilly weekend, it is warming up quite nicely out there now.  We did have some much needed rain, though, and thankfully without any storms.  Everything is really green and the trees are really putting out.  Idon’t know of many women  or men for that matter  that enjoy grocery shopping.  It is just a necessary evil in my book.  I find myself putting it off until at one point I just can’t anymore.  I hear little rumors and little snippets of drive-through grocery stores every now …

We are having to pay the Piper

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Well, we are indeed having to pay for that beautiful weather we had, but we skated by last night with no frost damage; I hope and pray we can tonight.  It only got in the low 40’s last night, but I think they are forecasting 30’s tonight.  We even built a fire on Sunday night and Monday morning; it was very chilly and it sure did feel good. I know I am a week late talking about St. Patrick’s Day, but a friend of mine gave me a writing about …

I wonder if we will have to pay for this early spring weather

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What gorgeous weather we are having…perfect, spring weather!  I can’t help but wonder if we are going to end up paying for this?!  At any rate, if it does get cold again, we can take comfort in the fact that the real spring is just around the corner.   One of my Grandma’s weather sayings was that the “peepers” had to be driven back three times before you knew spring was here.  Peepers meaning the little tree frogs, I presume.  One night about three weeks ago when Bruce and I were …

Have any of you ever heard of “couch surfing”

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Sorry I skipped out last week on the news; I just gave out of time and good sense in order to put together a column.  Hopefully, things are getting back to normal on the home-front.  Mama came home Sunday before last and is doing good; home health will start coming regularly this week for physical therapy.  She deeply appreciates all the cards and prayers from all of you.  The Fairview Club brought lunch in on Saturday which was delicious.  Bertie had come in on last Wednesday night and went back …

Anticipated Farmview Market opening a rousing success

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I hope all of my readers are having good days and peaceful days….although, everyone I know is busy, busy, with just everyday goings on.  Mama is recuperating well up at Morgan Memorial Hospital’s TCU and is gaining her strength back.  You could not have asked for better care than she is getting. The needed therapy tires her out, but she is hanging in there!  Mrs. Hattie Bonner is also a patient in the hospital part of Morgan Memorial.  She is doing better and we pray that both of these women …

Excitement brewing for Farmview Market opening

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I’m sorry I didn’t get a column in last week; I just ran out of time!  Last Tuesday evening, Mama made it back to Madison to the TCU at Morgan Memorial  where she is receiving therapy to regain her strength.  She had major surgery, so that takes quite a bit out of you.  She is doing well, but the therapy really tires her out, so visiting her is on a limited basis,plus she has therapy sessions several times a day. She greatly appreciates all of your prayers, cards, and phone …

Prayers needed for Mother, undergoing heart surgery

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I don’t have very much news this week, but we do need to remember some people in our prayers.  John Biddy has moved to The Madison House Assisted Living here, as he is having a hard time getting around these days. Also, please remember my mother, Blanche Wilson, in your prayers as she is to undergo open-heart surgery tomorrow morning, February 2nd, for a heart valve replacement at Athens Regional Hospital.  After her eye surgery in August, she developed walking pneumonia, and while the doctor was listening to her heart …

Laundry Troubles

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What a cold weekend we had and we even got a little dusting of snow.  I know it wasn’t enough for the children, but it was quite enough for me.  That wind would cut through you like a knife, but on this Monday afternoon, it is quite pleasant and is warming up.  I think I heard that there would be a warming trend this week, so thank goodness for that!    One of my pet peeves these days has to do with laundry detergent…I have made this mistake before, and, lo …

Farewell to local loved ones

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The cold weather this morning does not feel good to me; and it is supposed to be even colder tonight! We will have to put an extra log on the fire tonight and be sure we have a good cart load under the carport.  But thank goodness we have a good supply of wood!  Praise the Lord!   We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Oscar Strange of Buckhead as he passed away on this past Saturday afternoon.   He was in the hospital with pneumonia and then suffered …

A Walk in the Woods

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Well, the cold winter weather is back and it really hurts; at least to me it does!   I knew we would pay for that gorgeous weather we had at Christmas, but I know we need the seasons to make everything work.  Bruce and I hardly ever, ever rent a movie, but I heard that the movie, “A Walk in the Woods,” based on the book by Bill Bryson was a good one that we might enjoy, but my daughter warned me that the language was a little rough, and it …

Time of Epiphany

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The year 2016 has rolled in!  So Happy New Year to all of you!  I’m glad we all made it after those torrential rains!!  My goodness!!  It was something else!  Our bridge up here to our house held out, thank the Good Lord!  But Barrows Grove and part of Bethany Road was closed due to flooding.  A lot of others throughout the county were, too.   Unbelievable!! We are supposed to have several days of sunshine now and we need it!  As our preacher, Rev. Charles Smith, preached yesterday, this …

Praising the Lord for a glorious Christmas

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Praise the Lord, on this Sunday afternoon as I am starting the column, the sun is out, although this morning started out as a misty one. But wasn’t Christmas Day and the day afterward simply gorgeous?! Just like summer days and it even got rather hot; most unusual and a tad bit worrisome also. As you have heard me explain many, many times, rain combined with the normal farm ingredients around here made MUD, MUD, MUD! It has been very tough for the dairymen who have to get up cows …

Celebrating the birth of Christ

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Merry Christmas to all of you as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord!  Everywhere around the towns and the country-sides are beautifully decorated with greenery, big, red Christmas bows, wreaths, and twinkling lights.  But when Jesus was born, there was none of that….he was born in a lowly barn and placed in swaddling clothes in a manger of hay because there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph that night when they had laboriously and finally made their way to Bethlehem after several days …

Getting Away from the Weather to Get Together

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If it wasn’t for looking at the calendar and seeing everything decorated so pretty for Christmas, you would never know it was Christmas in Georgia with all this summer-like weather we are having!  I think I heard that it was going to get cold this weekend and then warm up again like it is now for Christmas.  As we all know, the weather can change on a dime; that wind can start howling in the night and it will turn cold as “doney”  as my Grandma used to say! McCayla …

Double Checking Dairy Farms

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When I saw a picture of a cow on the front page of The Citizen last week; I especially took notice!  When I read the article, I immediately began to take issue with some of the claims in the article.  First of all, it said that our Extension Agent, Lucy Ray, was quoted as saying there are 20 dairies in Morgan County.  When my “other half” got home from dairying that evening, I read him what it said in this article.  I said, “Do you think there are 20 dairies …

Greetings from across the pond

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I heard a new expression this week that I have never heard before….”We gobbled till we wobbled!”  And if the truth be known, a lot of us did just that!!  And now, I can’t believe that tomorrow, Tuesday, is Dec. 1st and that Christmas is in 25 days!  I have never, ever seen time fly now as it is doing in my life. I guess I better start to speed up! Effie Powell, who is living in Italy, wrote something this week that I thought would be of interest to …

Only with gratitude does life become rich

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I do wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving as you gather with your families near and far.  Even though this world seems to be in a state of turmoil, we still have many, many things to be thankful for.  I was looking ahead in the devotional booklet, “Our Daily Bread” on Thanksgiving Day and it said, “That we are to give thanks when we come into His presence, and the requests we bring to Him are to be wrapped in a spirit of thanksgiving.  Such an attitude of …

Thankful to be an American

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I think everyone around was hit with a big, white, killing frost on this past Sunday morning.  It was way past the date for the fogs in August, but I am glad for it; the longer it held off getting cold was Okay with me.  It even made me want to build a fire!  Now I have to get in the “fire-building” mode again; saving your old newspapers and food boxes from the kitchen, etc, cleaning out the ashes, etc., but, I am thankful that I can build a fire, …