The Reilly Springs community continues to pray for rain, as they have been virtually “missed” by the recent rains received in other parts of the county.
“I received about 3/10ths of an inch, is all I got,” remarked Vera Harrington. “We certainly could use some more. Why does it always seem that it rains in town, on the concrete, when we so desperately need it out here on the farm?”
Vera had an enjoyable 4th of July holiday with a visit from Mary and the girls. They all had a nice visit and enjoyed eating watermelons. And Vera once again provided the chairs for the annual Independence Day Celebration on the square in Sulphur Springs. “Those chair keep making another trip to town, every year,” advised Vera. “But, it’s great to be able to be a part of something so beautiful as the celebration each year. Wasn’t the fireworks and music wonderful?”
Many from our community were in Sulphur Springs to enjoy Saturday night’s activities, as they brought their families and enjoyed the show. “Isn’t it great to live in a community where we can enjoy events like this,” commented another community resident, on Saturday night. “It should make all of us grateful to live in a country, where we have the freedoms we enjoy and are able to enjoy events such as this. Each of us owe a debt of gratitude to those service men and women who have and continue to protect our freedoms.”
The Marine Corps League presented the Veteran’s Memorial Committee with a $2,700.00 donation to help construct the memorial on the downtown plaza, moving that project a little bit closer to completion.
Vera brought me a watermelon by the office, this week, and it sure was good. She and I discussed the huge watermelons that Dreyfus and my dad, once raised in Reilly Springs. She had found a news clipping where Dreyfus had raised a 125 pound “White-Seed Watson” melon, back in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Those of you who can remember back that far, will remember that those watermelons were solid green rind, and you would mix lime with water, and “paint” it on them, to keep them from “sun-blistering.” I can remember attempting to do that chore as a kid, as I was “just the right height” to paint the melons!
I also remember going to the watermelon patch a number of nights with my Dad and with Dreyfus, as they “sat up” with the patch, to keep people from stealing watermelons. “It wasn’t the watermelons that folks stole, but the vines and the patch that they tore up, in the dark, as they attempted to get them,” they always said. “There was just something about growing up and stealing watermelons!”
I heard from Rhandi Stribling Fails this week. She advised that on Saturday the Stribling family attended the Bevill family reunion at Oak Valley Catfish Kitchen, where they enjoyed visiting, a waterslide, hamburgers, homemade ice cream and just a great day of family time.
On Sunday evening, David and Debra Stribling and Rhandi and Case Fails attended the annual A&S Air Conditioning July 4th Party, hosted by Gary and Vicky Stribling. Everyone enjoyed good food, swimming and an awesome fireworks show.
Then on Monday afternoon, Rhandi and Case Fails and Debra Stribling enjoyed a fajita party and swimming at Brandon and Becky Stribling’s home.
And if that wasn’t enough celebrating, Debra Stribling celebrated her birthday. (Man, she’s getting old.) Of course, Debra was “flamingoed” by a flock of birds at the end of her driveway. “I keep thinking the flamingoes will get too old to fly, but they just keep coming, each year,” advised Debra. “Of course, I don’t’ have any idea where they come from.” Happy birthday, Debra.
I heard from Bryant and Marilee Fisher this week and they related that they enjoyed a relatively quiet July 4 weekend. “I continued to can pickles,” advised Marilee. “And, we’ll be having some nice cucumbers available to sell on Monday-Thursday of next week, if someone wants to make some good homemade pickles.”
The Fishers are looking forward to attending a DFA summer meeting in Memphis, Tenn., next week. “I’m already tasting some good BBQ from Beale Street,” related Marilee. “And, hopefully we’ll experience some cooler weather, when we get there.”
Bryant, Marilee, J.R. and Vanessa will all be making the trip to Memphis, and leave Blake and Kendra in charge here in Reilly Springs.
Blake and Kendra enjoyed the 4th of July holiday with Richard and Tracie Dannheim, where they enjoyed swimming, grilling and all the other traditions of the holiday. Kendra continues to work on her school projects, with the end in sight.
Marilee is hoping to get a side-trip to Graceland while in Memphis, and who knows, she just might run into Elvis.
Sympathy is extended to the Bodie Watkins family, this week, at the passing of Barbara Watkins on Saturday morning. Of course, Barbara was a special person and was reared with all of us in Reilly Springs. She will leave a huge hole in the hearts of all of those who knew and loved her, which was everyone. Remember to keep Bodie and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sympathy is also extended to the Phil Newby family. Phil passed away on Tuesday morning. Services were today at Lake Fork Baptist Church. Of course, Phil had lived in this community a large portion of his life and was engaged in the dairy business south of Reilly Springs, where he reared his family. Then, in later years, Phil was a permanent fixture at the Yantis sports events, as one of the biggest Yantis Owl and Lady Owl fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone.
I had a nice visit with Yvonne Miller King on Tuesday night. She related that they had a wonderful 4th of July weekend, with family and friends. Saylor and Sawyer are here visiting this week, and Sawyer had requested her to fix a dead pig with sauce on it. Of course, Yvonne got busy and had both pork and beef ribs for supper. Isn’t it amazing what one will do for grandkids?
Several in this community continue to be plagued by “water woes” as they have stock ponds and pools drying up or have had water well problems, because of the drought.
“We desperately need some rain,” advised Vera Harrington, this week. “A good two or three inch, slow rain, would cool things off, and help the morale of everyone. And, it would be a start to addressing some of our moisture needs.”
“I get up every morning, looking at the sky, just hoping for signs of rain,” continued Vera. “And, as we all know, the Good Lord will send us some when He knows we need it. At least, we aren’t having to deal with the dust storms that are plaguing those people in West Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, and ‘knock on wood’ we haven’t had to deal with massive wildfires in Hopkins County. As dry as it seems here, we’re one of the relatively wettest areas of the state.”
Until next week, continue to pray for some much needed rain, and attempt to stay cool. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms, and ask for them an extra measure of safety and a safe 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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