with Vickie Ellis
Hello to all! I hope everyone had a good week. Saturday was a rainy day. We were able to mow Friday. The grass seemed to be growing as I mowed. James did some trimming on some perimeter areas so we would not get slapped in the face or arm by branches. It not only helped but looked prettier. I know it was hard work, and it was hot and humid Friday. The weather forecast is for the temperatures to be low to mid 80s with the upper 70s within the next 10 days. I am soooo ready for cooler temperatures. I am hot natured anyway. I am thankful God watered my flowers this weekend. It is about time to clean up the garden and flower beds and do some trimming for winter. We just need some cooler weather for it.
A friend let us pick pears from her tree, so now we are going to make pear preserves. Yum! My daddy used to make these, and they are delicious. I do not care for pears in particular, but I do love them like this. If any of you look at YouTube, check out “Cooking with Brenda Gantt.” She lives in Alabama. I enjoy her. She is just like a plain, down home country cook. I saw her on a podcast by Rick and James. She has around a million followers. She has a Facebook page, too. She mentioned a seasoning she gets from her area called “Dixie Dirt.” I will seek this out. I know a friend that bakes bread, cakes, pies, etc., that could do the same thing here if she would take the hint.
Well, as everyone knows, we are still battling this COVID-19. We continue to mask up and social distance. We personally know eight people that have had it. One has passed on. Two are on the vent now. Please pray for those sick, their families and the healthcare workers doing their best to meet their patient’s needs. It is very stressful working in that environment every day, relaying information to family and hoping and praying your patient makes it. God bless you all.
I hope the children are doing well in school, and I hope and pray for a safe year for all of the staff and children.
Happy Birthday to Seth Berry, 9-12; Steve Priddy, Cindy Burton and Madison Williams, 9-14; and Debbie Morris, MaryAnn Priddy, Mason Seaton and Kay Burton, 9-15
Happy Anniversary to Jeanette and J.T. Butler, 9-14.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Beverly Butler, Maverick Butler, Faye and Pat Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Joie Freeman, Ann Hinson, Braelyn Ellis, Jeremy Ellis, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, Nancy Morris, LaVelle Page, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Dwain Seaton, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Doris Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, Peggy Zimmerle and Adam Wise. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by the virus 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.
“Just Close Your Eyes” by Helen Steiner Rice – “Just close your eyes and open your heart/And feel your worries and cares depart/Just yield yourself to the Father above/And let him hold you secure in His love/For life on earth grows more involved/With endless problems that can’t be solved/God only ask us to do our best/Then He will take over and finish the rest/So when you are tired, discouraged and blue/There is always one door that is open to you/And that is the door to The House of Prayer/And you’ll find God waiting to meet you there/And The House of Prayer is no further away/than the quiet spot where you kneel and pray/For the heart is a temple when God is there/As we place ourselves in His loving care/And He hears every prayer and answers each one/When we pray in His name – Thy will be done/The burdens that seemed to heavy to bear/Are lifted away on the wings of a prayer.”
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.