The Reilly Springs community is in good spirits this week now that the weather has warmed up a little bit and we missed the blizzards, hail and thunderstorms that some of our fellow Texans experienced.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday were rough for local gardens as the near-freezing temperatures, cold winds and frost wreaked havoc on tender young plants. J.R. Fisher reported that his green beans, corn, watermelons and tomato plants needed some help, as they were “bit severely” over the weekend. “I don’t think many of them will be ‘coming out’ and growing,” expressed J.R. “That’s why I left some in the greenhouse to replant.”
I haven’t heard how low the temperatures dipped on Sunday morning, but they were cold enough for some frost in low places, and most residents in our community reported that their gardens had been damaged. It certainly was unseasonably cold, but quickly warmed up during the day. By Sunday afternoon, you’d never have guessed that the the weather had been so miserable.
Marilee Fisher reported that she and J.R. have plans to bring some of their herbs and fresh brown eggs to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, so look for them.
Blake Fisher reports that he’s milking 26 goats and looking to increase the number. “We’re feeding most of the milk to baby calves and baby goats now, but hope to have some milk to market soon,” stated Blake. “We’ve converted one of the stalls beside the dairy barn into a goat milking facility, and Kendra even likes to milk goats.”
Speaking of Kendra, she celebrated her birthday, on Monday. Happy birthday, Kendra.
I visited by phone with the Lawrences in Muleshoe, and they reported blizzard conditions and wind chill factors as low as minus 17 degrees. “It really doesn’t matter how cold it gets once it gets below zero — you’re miserable outside anyway,” was one report. “But the snow drifts are high because of all the intense winds.”
That should make you feel fortunate to live in Reilly Springs.
Sunday afternoon was a delightful one for me as I attended the public performance of the SSHS One-Act Play “Alice in Wonderland” at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Reilly Springs’ Cole Cable plays the rabbit in the production and gave a stellar performance. The play was taken to district competition in Texarkana on Tuesday and is advancing to the area contest on Saturday, April 11, in Whitehouse. Congratulations to Cole, Director Dawn Doyle, and all of the cast and crew — you all did an outstanding job.
Vera Harrington reported a trip to Waxahachie to see her daughters and granddaughters on Sunday. She said she hadn’t seen them in about a month “and couldn’t stand it any longer.”
Vera visited with granddaughter Lauren, who is in the hospital awaiting the arrival of her twins. Big brother Maddox is looking forward to the arrival of a new brother and sister.
A visit with grandson Evan Burns was also on Vera’s agenda, and she reported a nice visit with him and learning all about his plans. Evan works for a company based in New York and sells medical equipment to Third World countries.
Tuesday was Sandra Glenn’s birthday, and Polly Swatsell and I treated her with lunch at Chili’s. She reported progress on her house and hopes to move sometime in the next couple of weeks. We presented her with a couple of hydrangeas, so she now has no excuse to get busy on her new yard. Watch for developments, as those of you that know Sandra will relate that she’ll have one of the most beautiful yards in the community.
Joyce McDonald is looking forward to a visit from Jan Lawrence and Abby and Kobi Kerby for the weekend. Plans are for them to arrive sometime Thursday and manage to “make Canton” during their brief stay. I’m certain their will be some major shopping taking place over the weekend.
We visited with Deborah Stribling for a few minutes, and she related that David’s friend, D.J. Moore, is visiting from Alaska, so David is having an enjoyable time.
I attended the Texas A&M University-Commerce reception in honor of Ruby Allmond on Monday. Ruby was a fiddler in the house band at the Reilly Springs Jamboree back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I met Ruby’s friend, Audra Brock, who donated Ruby’s collection of music and lyrics to the TAMU-C Gee Library for everyone to enjoy. Ruby passed away in 2006.
“Lots of water has run under the bridge since those trips to Reilly Springs,” related Audra, who would travel with Allmond to Reilly Springs to play with Bob and Joe Shelton on the Jamboree. “But they were certainly enjoyable times when we’d come play for the crowds that packed the schoolhouse.”
I talked to Mary Attlesey, who received some taped music from Audra and learned about the collection being donated to the TAMU-C Library. The reception was nice, and Dr. Deborah Porter and Cumby vocalist Lou Ann Petty sang four of Ruby’s songs for the crowd.
The Reilly Springs Supper Club had a full house on Monday night, with several visitors. Linda Stewart, Andi and Halli Hinton, and Johnny and Rita Rushin joined the group and added their own contributions. A great time was enjoyed by everyone. Bryant Fisher even received a call from Washington on his cell phone during supper. Of course, he got teased that it was from Obama.
I visited with Roy and Yvonne King for a few minutes on Tuesday as we attended the retirement reception for County Agent Larry Spradlin. Larry had a wonderful reception and all of us enjoyed seeing many of Larry’s special friends from all across this portion of the state. We all wish Larry and Sherri the best of luck as they open this new chapter in their life.
Until next week, continue to enjoy the spring season and the many activities that abound. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask 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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