with Dot Patterson
Greetings from Hickory Corner!
February is a month of love, flowers and heart health. Did you know that Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in Feb. 1964 as a time to focus on your heart health? One way to prevent heart disease is through physical activity and the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of activity per week. Start slow and build up, but just get moving even if it is walking to your mailbox and back. I try and walk each day, weather permitting, and it does make a difference for me.
Thanks to Mike Clayton for bringing me lunch one day last week when he brought a meal for his mom. I sure appreciate his thoughtfulness.
Because of COVID, this is a lonely time for many. Surprise somebody by sending a card or a letter. Pick up the phone and call someone you have not talked to for awhile or drop a card in the mail to make someone’s day. I was surprised and happy when I recently received a card from Vernice Clayton Funk of Illinois. She and husband Bob are spending the winter at their place in Florida. I also received a letter from Mrs. Eunice Massengill of Ocala, Fla. Both of these ladies made my day a little brighter.
I want to share something in a pamphlet that was sent to me in Mrs. Eunice’s letter called, “Week of Good Thoughts.” This would be a great way to start each day.
“Monday: Look for a smile today and return it with one of your own. Give someone faith and hope; it is such a beautiful loan. Tuesday: Gather a thought that is kind, one that is sincere and deep. Be sure to pass it along, for such are too precious to keep. Wednesday: Forget yesterday’s sorrows, mistakes, sadness, and pain. Lift your heart with hope as flowers to sun and rain. Thursday: Offer a word of comfort and prayer to help someone in need. A little thoughtful gift, some flowers, or a smile make us all rich indeed. Friday: You shall not pass this way again. so do any good you can do. Don’t put off until tomorrow, or the chance may be lost for you. Saturday: Today will soon be a memory, so don’t let it come to an end, without a smile, a song or just a word from a friend. Sunday: Don’t let worry and care depress you or brush your joy away, but arise and give thanks to God above, for his love and another “blest day.”
Happy birthday to all those with February birthdays: Ed Hodgson, 2/2; Donna McAllister, 2/4; Ellna Roland, 2/9; Randall Jones, 2/16; Gail Serratt, 2/18; Anthony Cooper, 2/19; Brad Garner, 2/21; Chuck Lane, 2/22; Peggy Lard, 2/22. Wishing all of you a day that is special! Call me if your birthday is in March, so I can get you on my birthday list.
Remember in prayer: Arlan Porter, Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Jim Ruth, W.T. Roland, Peggy Lard, William and Eddie Luttrell, and Donna Lynch. Please continue to pray for those who are dealing with COVID and other sicknesses. If you would like to add or remove a name to the prayer list, please call me. Sympathy to all who have recently lost loved ones.
If you would like to rent the HCC center for your special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
As always, I need your help in writing this column. Please call me at 989-3315 with any news or tidbits you would like to share.
Remember the four B’s: Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Strong, Be Safe. God Bless America.
Make it a great week!