Wasn’t the snow just beautiful? During the 58 years of my life, I have never seen that much snow. I was in awe of God’s majesty. Just beautiful! Don’t get me wrong, it caused some problems for others. But it was still beautiful.
Many are experiencing extremely wet conditions, and forecasters are predicting some more rain later in the week. Most of the local dairy farmers are still “fighting the mud” and experiencing difficulties around their barns and pastures, while beef cattle producers are faced with moving feeding areas and dealing with mud, was well.
I heard from Rhandi Fails this week, and she expressed that most of her family had been sick with “the crud” that seems to be going around with everyone. She also advised everyone to remember her grandmother, Joyce Gilbreath, who is also experiencing some health problems. Keep Joyce in your thoughts and prayers.
Mrs. Elma Crouch has been sick at Carriage House Manor Nursing Home this week. She’s had a kidney infection and is experiencing some discomfort. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
I heard from Muleshoe this week, and it made me hesitate to complain about the weather. They had about 8 inches of snow, downed power lines and snow drifts everywhere. Road conditions were almost impassable. Several were experiencing “cabin fever” after being inside for several days.
I talked to Sandi Wallace, and she related a mishap on the road headed to her home in Reilly Springs. She and Hunter and Straton were driving down the road at night and didn’t see a piece of debris in the road. Driving a car low to the ground, she ran over the stick of firewood that someone had lost, causing extensive damage to her car.
Sandi and Heather are both busy as they are getting recipes ready for catering the 84th Annual Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. They allowed that everyone will be enjoying Black Angus roast beef, with brown gravy, or rosemary chicken with lemon butter sauce, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, strawberry salad, and red velvet cake as they enjoy this year’s theme, “In The Heart of Hopkins County.” It promises to be a wonderful evening, and everyone needs to make their reservations now at the Chamber of Commerce Office, as seating is limited. The Chamber Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Exhibit Hall of the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.
Additionally, many from our community were in the Hopkins County Civic Center Arena on Sunday night as the “One Month To Live” series began with a community-wide kick-off. All you have to do is just drive through our community and you’ll see that our community has a large participation by the number of yard signs displayed.
The “One Month to Live” campaign should have great impact on our community and offer a foundation for better living. Most of us would probably make some changes, if we were told we only had 30 days to live. We might actually be out sky diving, loving deeper and offering forgiveness on every corner. It’s something to certainly think about and make certain we’re living life to the fullest.
One local resident apprised me that they wouldn’t be coming to my office to do taxes “if they only had one month to live,” so it might have a negative effect, in some respects, too.
I haven’t heard from Vera Harrington this week. Has anyone seen her? I receive the county obituaries, and haven’t seen her there, so I assume she is “still kicking.” We probably need to check on her, as she may be “stuck in the mud” somewhere. This is sending out an “alert” for Vera. Of course, a logical place to look might be Waxahachie. However, Vera’s grandson, Evan, was here doing some roofing repairs for local homeowners, so possibly she’s been entertaining him.
Several in our community were in Quitman on Tuesday night to see the Como-Pickton Eagles and Lady Eagles take on the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. Unfortunately, Como-Pickton lost to Quitmann both games.
And, the Yantis Owls had an “ope night in their basketball action, on Tuesday night, as they prepare to face the Cumby Trojans at home on Friday night, then Martins Millxsday night. Of course, for the Yantis Owls and their fans, the Martins Mill game will more than likely be deciding the district championship, so everyone will want to make the long trip to support the Owls and Lady Owls.
Our neighbors to the west, the Miller Grove Hornets and Lady Hornets, are celebrating Homecoming Week this week. They will be naming a new Homecoming King and Queen on Friday night, and a large number of Miller Grove alumni, will be returning to that community, for the weekend game. Congratulations to those named to this year’s hoecoming court.
The action continues in our community for many of the youths who are putting the final touches on their animal projects for the upcoming Hopkins County Market Show. The cold and damp weather has presented some challenges and made many of the poultry exhibitors to be diligent in keeping their heat lamps working and their chicks protected. Other market producers are dealing with the same mud problems as our dairy and beef cattle producers.
The Hopkins County Market Show is scheduled for February 25th, 26th, and 27th in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, so mark your calendars to come out and support our youth.
I visited with Yvonne King for a few minutes this week, and she and Roy are babysitting with grandchildren, sof you see them running a little bit faster, you’ll know the reason.
The “official” word from Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania is that there is going to be six more weeks of winter weather. However, here in Hopkins County, clouds moved into the area and the “armadillo” or whatever local weather forecasters use, probably didn’t see his shadow. I saw a possum cross the road, on my way home, does that have anything to do with it?
And, in closing, has anyone checked their persimmon seeds to see if they were right back in th fall? Were we suppose to have a cold and wet winter?
Until next week, continue to remember our troops who defend our freedom, and ask for them an extra measure of safety and a safe return trip home. Remember our brothers and sisters in Haiti and the suffering that they are enduring. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County, and America.