Folks, it’s hot in Reilly Springs, but reports are that we got about 2 inches of much-needed rain last week, so we have reason to rejoice.
Saturday was a big day at the Dairy Festival. The morning started with our own Mack Walters running in the 5K Milk Run and placing in his class. I was just impressed that he finished the race. Congratulations to Mack.
On Saturday afternoon, Mack’s son, Luke, won his age division in the Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Contest. Congratulations to Luke on his big win.
Several from our community made ice cream for Saturday’s contest including Linda Attlesey Alvin, James and Tonya Ross, and others. Yvonne King had the best job as she served as one of the judges. Delores Miller was making her way between sampling ice cream at Tonya’s freezer to leaving the contest with Yvonne, so she had a pretty good spot, too.
Henry and Carlie Penson from the neighboring Seymore community, managed to dominate the contest, with Henry capturing the main prize and Carlie managing to take the runner-up position.
I visited with Vera Harrington, and she reported she got two inches of rain at her place and was thankful for every bit of it. “We were really needing some rain and maybe this will make the hay grow,” expressed Vera. “I baled 98 rolls of hay, this week and ‘put the pencil to it’ and had $102 a roll in it. Hay production hasn’t been too profitable this season, yet.”
Vera also reported a trip to visit the granddaughters and said Charlotte has lost another tooth and that Elizabeth is getting the art of driving down pretty good. Caroline is looking forward to a summer of fun and more than likely will be doing something on a horse. Vera also indicated that Mary and Larry had some storm damage on their roof and were looking at having that to contend with this summer.
I visited with Marilee Fisher, and she reported being up to their eyeballs in produce. “Everything seems to be coming off at once,” expressed Marilee. “We’ve got green beans, pickling cucumbers and squash everywhere.”
Marilee invited everyone to come down and get their fresh produce or to see them at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. They’ve even been taking some of their produce to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. She, J.R., and Vanessa had made a couple of trips last week. Marilee is also planning on having produce at the Flippin Printing Office on Main Street on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Fishers are all still in wedding mode. Blake and Kendra getting last minute details for their July wedding and J.R. and Vanessa have plans to marry Aug. 14. “At least I’m just mother of the grooms,” expressed Marilee. “I think I’m supposed to show up and shut up. Isn’t that right?”
Joyce McDonald had a number of weekend guests, as the Muleshoe clan was home for the extended weekend. Abby, Kobi and Reagan Kirby and Jan, David and Jacy Lawrence arrived on Thursday and stayed until Monday morning. They were all here to attend a baby shower for Danny and Shannon Lawrence that was hosted on Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church.
Meanwhile, Kobi Kirby and Landri Lawrence were both riders in the Jersey Cow Train in Saturday’s Dairy Festival Parade, so Joyce braved the heat to watch both of them. Michael Lawrence also dropped by Joyce’s over the weekend for a visit as he and Jandi were at Weldon and Jana DeWitt’s. “It was a busy, busy weekend,” expressed Joyce, as she was attempting to “catch her breath.”
I had lunch with Como resident Polly Swatsell on Tuesday as she has returned from her trip to Oberammergau, Germany. She reported a wonderful trip and that the Passion Play was outstanding. She allowed that she was ready to get back home, and that the temperatures in Germany were hotter than normal, as well, so I guess it is hot everywhere.
Some from our community took advantage of Casino Night at the Senior Center, on Saturday night and reported a wonderful time of fun, fellowship, and games of chance. Local businesses donated prizes to be redeemed with the “play-dough.”
Until next week, continue to try to stay cool and enjoy the summer season. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and a return trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America.
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