The Reilly Springs community has been a little bit muggy the last few days. We’ve received some moisture from the weather, but not enough
to do much good. We need a good, soaking rain to help with the re-birth of springtime, that should be in the next few weeks.
The daffodils are already blooming. If you pass by one of the old homeplaces, you’re sure to see some of those bulbs that possibly your grandmother, great-grandmother or great-great grandmother ordered from the seed catalogs oh so many years ago. Every year, when I see the daffodils blooming, I first remember it is a sign that spring isn’t very far away, and then I’m reminded of all those ladies who saved their egg money to make our community beautiful under some rather dismal circumstances. The annual spring blooms are a tribute to them.
Just as beautiful are the tulip trees that seem to be blooming everywhere. This is another sign of springtime, as well as japonica bushes that sport their beautiful yellow and deep rose blooms. It won’t be long before we’ll be hearing the birds singing and grass will be “peeking through the sod.”
Many in our community have already begun to plow their gardens, and few of those energetic souls have already got their Irish potatoes in the ground and their onion sets put out. English peas and other early varieties of vegetables can be planted almost anytime.
I haven’t had time to visit with J.R. Fisher in the last few weeks, but I’m sure he is already “setting” eggs in his incubator. Baby chicks are another sure sign that springtime is getting ready to begin. Nothing is more inspiring than to sit and watch a group of newly hatched chicks, yellow and downy, as they move about and embrace the beginning of life.
I received an e-mail from Marilee Fisher this week, and she advised that they are planning a 29th birthday party for J.R. on Saturday. They’re planning to host an old-fashioned Hopkins County Stew, cooked in a washpot. They plan to use my dad’s recipe and cook it in their pot that he used. She stated that she hopes it turnd out as good as his always did.
Marilee also reminds everyone that Hank Harrington is homebound now and would appreciate hearing from all of his friends. Hanks’ telephone number is 903-439-0058 or you can send him a letter or card at 528 Lincoln Drive in Sulphur Springs. Hank certainly brightened everyone’s day as long as he was up and going, so we all need to remember him when he can’t get out and about. This is hoping that Hank gets better soon.
Speaking of the Harringtons, Vera Harrington and I went to see “Lost Highway … The Hank Williams Story” Friday night at the Texas A&M University-Commerce Playhouse. It certainly lived up to its billing and was a wonderful evening. “That little boy that played Hank was so convincing with his expressions, mannerisms, posture, and music that he had me convinced I was going back in time,” expressed Vera on the way home. “He had Hank’s ‘twang’ down perfectly.”
The play is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this week, with a special matinee program on Sunday. You also will be able to see Donna Deverell, a native of Yantis, as she portrays “Mama Lilliebell,” Hank’s mother, and does an outstanding job.
I heard from Rhandi Fails this week. She apprised us that she and Cody had enjoyed a Valentine’s dinner at Shumardii’s in Greenville with Reilly Springs friends Brad and Summer Glenn on Saturday night. It sounds like the guys got a little bit romantic and avoided the doghouse.
On Monday, Alice Parker visited with Debra Stribling and Rhandi and Case Fails. On Monday night, Ol’ David Stribling got a little bit romantic and took Debra to Red Lobster for their 31st wedding anniversary. Congratulations to Debra and David.
I received a nice note from Christine Jennings this week. She allowed that she had returned from a visit with her sister, Joanne, in the Metroplex area and had a wonderful time.
Mrs. Elma Crouch has been in the local hospital and hopes to return to Carriage House Manor later today.
Congratulations are in order for all of those who were selected as award winners at last Thursday’s 83rd Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. I think one of the most surprised was Wanda Galyean, this year’s selection as the Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year. The presenter extolled many of Wanda’s virtues long before those of us sitting close saw it finally dawn on Wanda that they were talking about her. Family members were hiding in the back and arrived to make the moment even more special. Congratulations Wanda, and all of those who won awards.
The most special part of the banquet was when the grand door-prize winner of the evening took the $500 gift certificate and gave it to the Caregiver of the Year, so that he could treat his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, to something special.
With the Chamber of Commerce banquet over, it’s basketball playoffs and the annual Northeast Texas Livestock Assocation Junior Market Show. Many of the rural schools are already engaged in playoff action. The Yantis Lady Owls won their bi-district game on Monday night, as they defeated Sam Rayburn in Commerce. They’ll be advancing to Gladewater Friday night, when they will face Waskom. Best of luck, Lady Owls.
The Como-Pickton Lady Eagles were defeated on Tuesday night, by Kerens in Lindale to end their season and hopes of advancement. The Miller Grove Lady Hornets lost their bid against Roxton on Monday night. Congratulations to both of these teams on a great season.
If you missed the basketball action in Saltillo on Tuesday night, you missed a real treat. The Miller Grove Hornets and the Sulphur Bluff Bears met in a district championship match-up that proved to be what high school basketball is all about — two teams intent on winning the prize and both teams so intense that the game went into overtime. The entire crowd was on its feet for the entire four minutes of overtime, giving it all they could offer. The Miller Grove Hornets pulled the victory out, 54-50. Congratulations to the Hornets and coach Gary Billingsley, but also congratulations are in order for the Sulphur Bluff Bears and their coaches. It was a hard-fought battle and certainly something everyone could be proud of. Both teams will be advancing in the playoffs, and we hope for each of them the best of luck.
The 2009 youth market show begins next week, with approximately 150 Hopkins County youths bringing their animals to town for some stiff competition. The lambs and market goats will be shown on Thursday night, the swine show will be on Friday night, and the steers and broilers will be featured on Saturday. There will also be a beef heifer show on Saturday afternoon, as well. Then, on Saturday night, Feb. 28, will be the Sale of Champions, when youths sell their projects to local individuals and organizations to support their college educations. The economy is tight and everyone is cutting corners, but this effort is an investment that each of us should dig deep and support. The rewards for our youths, as they spend their money on education, pay some of the most rewarding dividends for our community. Make plans to come out and support the youths who have worked tirelessly for months on their projects and deserve your attention.
Until next week, continue to pray for rain and remember our troops who defend our freedoms, asking for them an extra measure of safety. 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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