Folks in Reilly Springs are looking for “gopher” wood to build an ark this week. Rain is certainly the topic of conversations throughout the community. “We’ve received over 15 inches of rain inabout two weeks,” declared Vera Harrington. “But I said I wasn’t going to gripe, and I’m sticking to it.
“How many times have we been praying for rain following an extended drought?” asked Vera. “But things are really, really ‘soggy’ in Reilly Springs now, and I’m beginning to get a little bit depressed from all of this cloudy weather.
“I did receive a call from Little John McNeil in Oklahoma this week, and he related that the wet conditions were there as well, so we’re all not alone.” continued Vera. “Little John was trying to get some hay baled for country and western singer Toby Keith, who has a neighboring farm, so he was frustrated with all of the rain.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon I received a call from the Fishers informing me that I had watermelons floating in the road at the end of my driveway. My neighbor Kent Jisha has planted some watermelons, and the flooding on Tuesday morning had washed them into the roadway in front of my place. Marilee expressed that she’d never seen watermelons floating down the road. Is this a first in Reilly Springs?
“Everything is water-logged around our place,” said Blake Fisher, as he waded the mud. “I slipped off into the ditch and had to be pulled out this week, and that’s a first that I can remember in a long, long time. The trailer got off into the ditch as I was meeting a car and there is no bottom to this sand.”
Bryant Fisher is in New Orleans this week, so he should feel right at home when he returns from his Dairy Farmers of America Conference. He might even have some flooding advice when he returns, or at least some ways to divert water.
J.R. Fisher came home early from his teaching assignment at Winnsboro High School on Tuesday afternoon as his classroom had flooded. I’m quite sure that today there will be some major clean-up there, today.
Ethel Winton had heard from her neighbors this week. Charles and Betty Husbands had been to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, N.M., where they rode a hot air balloon. Of course, they were excited and said that they had heard about a couple of balloon accidents, but their ride was great.
I also visited with Mary Cable for a few minutes on Tuesday at Plain and Fancy Sandwich Shoppe. She related that she and Chad had been to a family reunion in St. Jo where they had met some of the Cable clan over the weekend. On the way home Chad had called his wife, Mary, and when asked what the cousins were like, he proclaimed, “They’re a bunch of big ol’ boys that always go back for seconds on dessert.”
Chad was told that he should have fit in with all of his cousins quite well.
Mary also related that everyone needs to be getting ready for the Sulphur Springs High School Drama Department’s November presentation of “Beauty and the Beast.” You might recognize Cole Cable in his role in the play. I’m not going to tell you what his part is. You’ll have to attend to “pick him out.”
Cole is busy with rehearsals and had been to Dallas for his costume fitting this past week.
Mary Cable also related that many of you will want to know that former First United Methodist Church Pastor Gaither Day is having some serious health problems and needs prayers. Gaither was a friend of many of us in Hopkins County back in the 1980s and served on many community projects. This hoping the best for Gaither and that he has a recovery from his illness.
Marilee Fisher also reported that our friend Jana Williams had called, and Ben Williams is in Baylor Hospital with a number of health problems. Keep Ben, Jana and their family in your thoughts and prayers for improved health. Ben is in the intensive care unit and continues to be in serious condition.
I heard from the Lawrences in Muleshoe on Monday, and they had reported receiving their first freezing weather the night before. It got to 32 degrees but they didn’t have any frost or ice because it was wet there, as well. “It was quite cold and dreary” was the report from the Panhandle.
I heard from Delores Miller this week. She continues to improve and was feeling well enough to get out and visit with the quilters in Yantis. Also, Mary Koon was scheduled for an appointment in Dallas with her doctor this week. Continue to remember them in your thoughts and prayers and check on their progress.
Until next week, continue to “dry out” and look to the many positive things we have to celebrate. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be looking out our windows at the beautiful foliage and wonder what we were griping about.
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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