Well, it’s time to turn another page on the calendar. We’ve made it through February and can hope ta spring is “just around the corner.” However, the cooler temperatures are still mixed with some more seasonal days and winter seems to linger a while longer. I’m hopeful that the sun will break out and spring will suddenly arrive with a fervor that will have us all in a great mood and soon enjoying the rebirth of the earth.
I have noticed the daffodils blooming, and that’s a sure sign that springtime is coming. Pass by any old homeplace in our community and you’re certain to see the remnants of some pioneer woman’s attempt at spreading beauty in this world. I can’t pass by without wondering just who the lady of the house was, and marvel at the struggles she must have endured, but through it all wanted to leave something beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Daffodils around an old homestead remind me that there is a lesson here for us all to learn: “No matter how trying the circumstances, we can make a difference and find something beautiful in almost anything.” The spring daffodils are testimony to this wisdom.
I visited with Vera Harrington this week, and she allowed that she was “worn out” following a visit from grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I love for them to come visit, but it takes me a while to recover.” remarked Vera.
Lauren, Jason, and Aubry, Austin and Maddox were here for a visit last Thursday and took in the sights on Harrington Farm.
On Tuesday of this week, Vera worked the primary election in Reilly Springs and reported seeing a number of our community residents as they came to vote.
“I’ve also been busy picking up trash on the highway,” affirmed Vera. “There are some of our residents who never seem to notice that they have feed sacks in the back of their trucks when they head down the road. They clean out the backs of their trucks as they head down FM 2560, and of course, that leaves a mess for some of us to clean up.”
Triston Pullen, son of Lee Pullen, was voted Best Actor in the Sulphur Springs Middle School UIL One-Act Play last week as they performed in Hallsville. Congratulations to Triston on this great award.
Many in our community were actively involved in the Northeast Texas Livestock Association Junior Market Show over the weekend. I saw Bryant and J.R. Fisher on Saturday night at the Sale of Champions as they were volunteering their time as ringmen at the auction. They reported continually trying to get things accomplished in the mud and being hopeful that eventually things will dry out so gardens and fields can be planted. J.R. volunteered to process my market lamb, so I guess we’ll all be eating lamb in a few weeks, maybe in time for Easter.
Thursday night will mark the beginning of the three-night UPRA rodeo in Sulphur Springs. I visited briefly with the Stribling family, and they are looking forward to attending and joining the many other Hopkins County fans in the Civic Center for one or more performances. Make plans to attend for some great rodeo action, right here at home.
I visited on Saturday for a late lunch with Sandi Wallace, and she remarked that she and Lawanna Powell were about to recover from the recent Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet catering. “It was a great and fun event to work, even among the record snowstorm. However, it takes us longer to recover than it useD to,” remarked Sandi. “We’re ‘back to normal’ and making plans for several upcoming weddings.”
Joyce McDonald, Jana DeWitt and other family members attended the 2nd birthday party for Jadi Jones on Saturday night at the home of Judy and Marlin Jones. It was especially great to have Jandi, Landri and Sam Lawrence with them to attend from Muleshoe. Danny and Shannon Lawrence also made an appearance at the family event, also. Happy birthday, Jadi.
Until next week, enjoy the beautiful sunshine, that seems to be making an appearance for a few days. Remember our troops, who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and safe return home. Remember those suffering in Haiti and Chile from the earthquakes and destruction and pray from them comfort and a restoration to a normal life. 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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