I have heard of several people this week that are on the sick list. Mrs. Tommie Jean Lennon has been under the weather with pneumonia, but is getting better each day.
Sam Speed is now in a Paris hospital after having a surgery on his throat. His condition is not good at this time.
Charles Hatcher has returned home after having a stay in the ICU with his breathing problems.
Vicki Lytle was recently flown to Tyler because of heart problems. I believe she is doing better now.
Tuesday afternoon Alton Corbet fell out of his tractor and had to be taken to the hospital. I haven’t heard any more about his condition. Please keep all of these folks in your prayers.
Last Sunday the Methodist Church congregation celebrated two milestones in people’s lives. One milestone that was acknowledged was the 89th birthday of my grandmother (Lela Darrow). The other milestone was the dedication ceremonies of Amanda May’s little daughter. The birthday part of the day was kept a secret from my grandmother. She had no idea that anything was planned for her birthday. She was especially shocked when she walked into the church and saw nearly all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her one great-great-granddaughter standing there with smiles on their faces. She exclaimed, “Seeing everybody at my church makes me wonder if this is my funeral instead of my birthday!” After the morning services, dedication, and song service from the children of the church, there was a luncheon provided by Bro. and Mrs. Strickland and the other members of the church. There were over 70 people in the Methodist church that morning. The day was enjoyed by all who were present for the festivities.
Did anyone see the write-up in the Rains County Leader last week about “the big tree?” If you have lived in Miller Grove any length of time you will know that “the big tree” is the tree that is across from Stacey’s Fish Fry in what was Don Johnson’s front yard. The massive oak has shaded many generations of Miller Grove families. Bonnie Burch from the Leader wrote in her weekly column about some of the memories the Johnson family will always cherish from their times under the big tree. If you missed it, you missed a good article.
Deanna Hasten told me the other day that visitors to the Food and Fiber Pavilion of the State Fair of Texas may want to see the newest quilt in the Texas Department of Agriculture quilt collection. The theme for this year's quilt block competition was "Texas Wildlife: Adventure Awaits," and a block created by Deanna was a winner in the contest. Quilters from all over the state of Texas entered their blocks, and 25 were chosen. The 2010 quilt will be shown at the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild's Fall Festival quilt show next September in Sulphur Springs. Congratulations to Deanna!
Faithful readers know that I always report the area deaths, but I don’t know that I have ever reported the death of a pet (or ever will again). For those of you who know Connie Briggs the first thing you think about when you see her is her little brown Chihuahua dog, Ratt. Monday morning Ratt passed away after 12 years of being the only pet in the Briggs household. I guess his body was just worn out. The vet said that he had congestive heart failure. The Briggs family was very attached to him. He was a member of their family just like any human.
Happy birthday to Jennifer Darrow and H.C. Burns on Sep. 26, Margaret (Darrow) Cain and Tim Clem on Sep. 27, Dylan McGowan on Sep. 28, and my grandmother and Mary (Russell) Ridings on Sep. 29.
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