News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Hello to everyone!
I hope this has been a good week for you all. The weather is a big topic, right? The heat and humidity is almost unbearable. I feel for those who have to work out in it or live without fans or air conditioners. It can be dangerous.
Our garden is still putting out. We are having crookneck squash, zucchini and tomatoes almost every day. Our peppers are producing but at a slower pace. James planted late watermelons and two pineapple cantaloupes. They are doing good at the present time. James would like to have a small greenhouse. I do not think that will happen. He has a winter hobby.
Our birds are eating like there is no tomorrow. We have a tubular feeder near our deck, and finches stay busy up until evening. The hummingbirds are happy and fight each other for the feeder. We will get another one or two next year. Our flowers are doing great. It is a joy to see God’s beauty. I am so thankful for life and eyesight among so many other things.
I have already mentioned the heat. Well, as a nurse, you would think I would be aware of things, and I am but not so much for myself. We mowed our “acres” last Monday. The temperature was 93, but the heat index was 103. I rode the lawnmower, and James, the tractor. I drank water before going out and came in for about 30 minutes before going back out. I was out probably another 45 minutes. I came in and rested a few minutes and went to get a shower. All I accomplished was washing my face and hair. I became “limp as a dishrag.” I had to get out, lay down and cool off. Thankfully, that was the only symptom I had. I had “heat exhaustion.” I will never do that again. We will mow late afternoon when more shade is available, and I will come in and drink more water. It was a terrible feeling.
Signs of heat exhaustion are rapid pulse, muscle or stomach cramps, excessive sweating, weakness and fatigue, clammy and pale skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. I saw where they make Pedialyte freezer pops. These help rehydrate in a fun way. I am going to look for them. I do not like sports drinks or salty drinks. Guess that leaves margaritas out – lol. Also, please continue to provide fresh water and shade for pets. My cousin said a frozen gallon jug of water put in a bowl of water helps a lot for these pets. 
Chester County has 136 cases of Covid-19 as of Sunday. I have heard of one death this past week. Please be watchful and practice social distancing. Wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. Keep antibacterial gel in your car or purse and use it after store visits, pumping gas, etc. We do not go into group settings either. We have had friends recently with this horrible virus, and it takes you down. Fortunately, they have avoided a hospital admission, but that is by the grace of God. Also, if you do these things, you are not as likely to spread the virus unknowingly.
Correction: Eva and Alvin Jones’ eighth great-grandchild, Elliott, is a girl. I inadvertently said boy.
Happy Birthday to Tiffany Knipper, 7-25; Boyd Cupples, 7-26; Jordan Ross, 7-27; Nancy Parker and Cody Butler, 7-30; Dylan King, 7-31; and Rachel Ellington and Don McLemore, 8-1.
Happy Anniversary to Tiffany and Jonathan Knipper, 7-29.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Beverly Butler, Maverick Butler, Frances and Leon Carroll, Faye and Pat Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Joie Freeman, Johnny Hays, Ann Hinson, Braelyn Ellis, Jeremy Ellis, Emma Hopper, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, Doris McKinney and family, Nancy Morris, LaVelle Page, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Doris Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, John Webb, Sue Williams, Peggy Zimmerle, Adam Wise and the family of Owen McKinney. Also, please pray for our military and law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID-19 and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does. 
“I Can Still Matter” – “As time passes on, I turn the next page/To discover a new me while I continue to age/I may no longer be who I was long ago/But I can still matter – That much I know/With a new set of tools I have gathered from time/I keep looking forward to more mountains to climb/My best is not over as the skeptics might say/just learn how to conquer in a much wiser way/So don’t sell me short – I’m not nearly done/I can still matter – I’ve only just begun.”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at mimmiepots@gmail.com. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.

Until next week, Happy Trails to You.