Folks, it’s hot in Reilly Springs. The past week has been extra hot in our community, with everyone looking for ways to stay cool. Seems like going to the lake and staying inside under the air conditioner, if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity, is the best way to beat the heat.
Lake Fork will be full of anglers for the annual Catfish Classic, on Saturday and Sunday. Local and distant fishermen will be casting for “Ol’ Pencil Whiskers” in hopes of winning the grand prize Sunday afternoon. Saturday afternoon will feature the Catfish Parade through downtown Yantis beginning at 4 p.m. The parade will form in the Yantis First Baptist Church parking lot and proceed down State Highway 154. This year’s parade marshals are Billy Ray and Kathryn Burnett. Congratulations to them. At 5 p.m. Saturday, it’s all the catfish you can eat at the Yantis High School Cafeteria, where the Yantis Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish fry, raising money to ensure they have the equipment needed to protect our area from fire and accidents.
The Fishers have been in the “Pea Patch” in this heat. “I’ve never seen so many peas, in all my life.” bemoaned Marilee Fisher on Monday. “We’ve got purple-hull and cream peas running out our ears. The recent rains have made for a bumper crop of peas. We even have the okra to go with them.”
Bryant Fisher was in Dallas this week to attend a Dairy Farmers of America meeting, and Marilee and her mother, Ethel Winton, enjoyed a well-deserved break from the pea patch as they traveled to Wichita Falls last weekend for Ethel’s class reunion. Reports are of a great trip and seeing many old friends and family members.
Meanwhile, the countdown is on for Blake and Kendra as the long anticipated July 31 wedding date is almost here. “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Kendra said this week. “I think we’re about ready to do it and have an opportunity to relax on our honeymoon.”
J.R. and Vanessa better be taking notes as their wedding is shortly thereafter in August. Congratulations and best wishes to both couples.
Vera Harrington has been busy in the hay field. “We made some awfully good hay this second cutting,” advised Vera. “I’ve got about all of the fertilizer put out and am now praying for rain to melt it.”
Vera is looking forward to her granddaughter, Elizabeth, getting her driver’s license this week and is expecting a visit shortly after she gets it. “I’ve been promised a visit and plan on seeing them all sometime in the next few days. I’m quite sure Elizabeth will be driving,” said Vera.
I visited with Mary Cable for a few minutes this week, and she reported that she’s headed to Ruidoso, N.M., for a few days of relaxation. We know she will have fun.
Last Saturday was a “big day” at the Striblings as little Case Fails celebrated his 2nd birthday with a big party. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs, cake, and homemade ice cream, along with wagon rides and pony rides. Rhandi reports that her house looks like a “Toys R Us” store this week.
Alexis Stribling attended cheerleading camp at SMU, last week. She was one of only two members of the squad to be nominated for “All-American Girl,” so congratulations are in order from Alexis. She returned home on Sunday.
If you haven’t seen Brandon Stribling this week, please remind him of just how old he is getting. He celebrated another birthday on Tuesday of this week. Happy birthday, Brandon.
On Tuesday of this week, I was invited to the Sulphur Springs Airport to witness something that you don’t see very often. Little Landri Lawrence was the copilot on her first flight with her granddaddy, Weldon DeWitt. Weldon flew to Muleshoe and picked up Landri and Jana, and they returned to Sulphur Springs. Landri informed me that she had a great time and definitely wanted to do it again. However, when I asked her if she thought she would be flying the airplane back to Muleshoe by herself, she hedged. “That might be a while, ” she exclaimed.
Until next week, continue to count your many blessings and remember our troops who defend our freedoms and make it all possible. Ask for them an extra measure of safety and safe return trip home. 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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