How has everyone been liking the cold weather lately? I haven’t seen it this cold in quite a while. A lot of the pools even froze over last week. I think some of them were frozen enough to walk on. Iremember when I was little (around 1989) the pool by our house froze hard enough for my cousins and my brother and I to walk across it. We even play with little homemade sleds out on the slick, mirror-like surface of the pool.
On Friday night, the Miller Grove JV and varsity boys played against Rains ISD. Congratulations to our varsity team who won. JV lost by a few points. I thought that was pretty good since we were up against a much bigger school.
There are several birthdays this week. Happy birthday to T.S. Lamb, Cletus Wise and Phyllis (Renshaw) Haywood on Jan. 10; Ashley (Gerondale) Tate on Jan. 12; Chris Abbott and Miranda Frobish on Jan. 13; and Misty Briggs on Jan. 16. I included T.S. Lamb (who lives in Dallas), Cletus Wise (who lives in Sulphur Springs) and Ashley Tate (who lives in Tyler) in my birthday list since they have lived in and around Miller Grove for a big part of their lives.
Happy anniversary to James and Margaret Ragan on Jan. 10. This is their 51st year of marriage.
Sunday after church my family went to Los Mochis Mexican Restaurant in Sulphur Springs for lunch. When I walked in someone tapped me on the back. When I turned around I noticed that it was Elaine Garmon. I also happened to noticed Yvonne Dicken was leaving as we were coming in. She and some of her friends are there nearly every Sunday.
I can’t believe that the last few weeks I haven’t mentioned the death of Bonnie Wheat. She passed away on Dec. 18 in Pennsylvania. She had been living with her son and daughter-in-law for the past two or three years. She was buried in Pampa, where her husband is also buried. Bonnie was the daughter of Valentine and Minnie (Tabor) Wheat. She was born March 10, 1921, in Hopkins County. Her husband, Dewey Wheat, preceded her in death in 1974. My earliest memory of Bonnie was probably when I was about 5 years old. She was living with her sister, Mrs. Velma Pippin, at the time. That particular day they happened to have a water leak. They had called my dad to come over and fix it and I went with him. I was pretty shy back then, and Bonnie and Mrs. Velma tried to get me to talk to them. After we had been there about 15 or 20 minutes, I finally did say a few words to them. One thing that sticks out in my mind about Bonnie and Mrs. Velma is what faithful Christians they were and what a positive attitude they had. Their younger sister, Della Loane of Sulphur Springs, shares those same special characteristics.
Monday after school I visited with Brenda Dodd. She came to see some of her friends at Miller Grove School. It was nice to see her. She updated me on her family and what all was going on in their lives. I graduated from high school with her granddaughter, Amanda Millsap.
A few February events to remember will be the Homecoming basketball games on Feb. 5, and the annual water board meeting and barbecue supper. I believe the barbecue meal will be the 20th of February, but I will have more about these upcoming functions at a later date.
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