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Hello to everyone! Today is Saturday, June 4. The skies are blue; it is sunny, and there is a nice breeze noted. We have four wind chimes. I love them; most tinkle. One is a butterfly, another is a dragonfly, the next is stained glass and the last one is tubular.
We are truly enjoying our birds. We still see cardinals but have a lot of yellow finches and several hummers. Our flower pots are enjoyable, too. If you need flowers after about the middle of June, they might be hard to find. James continues to bird-sit his prothonotary parents and their three young ones. They seem to sleep during the day. Both parents are bringing food to them. They are getting feathers now and some yellow coloring to their plumage. Ah, the beauty God sends. I had two wandering jew plants on the back deck, and something was building a nest out of trash ground clutter, such as dried, torn up leaves, grass, etc. Well, the yellowbird James is sitting for had landed on the plant, and the one making the different nest must have felt threatened and attacked the little yellow bird, and James saw it! Oh no! He said he busted through those doors and broke it up! Eventually, the little yellow bird came back; so thankful she was not hurt. They are working so hard on their little family. 
Friday was a wonderful day to mow if it had to be done. The skies were a bright blue with large white puffy clouds and a nice breeze blew by quite often. It also was not humid. James has also been Mr. Fixit around here. The shower began leaking and created another issue – nothing unusual, right? Then, the weed eater had to be worked on, and the element in our oven went out. He is working on the weed eater today (Saturday). Shower, part 1, fixed. Oven will be completed (hopefully) when the part comes in.
There are more things as always to do, but when you are retired…that makes me think; many people think once a person retires that they have all the time in the world. Not true. They have more doctor appointments and have things they want to do now that they can. There are things they can not do anymore due to age or health hazard. Many can not clean gutters out or weed eat. Man, even the battery powered weed eaters are heavy. Trimming bushes is hard, too. Backs are not what they used to be; muscles gradually decline – not from lack of use but from age. Look around; not many elderly have muscles. Women and men alike could use a little help.
James used to work a lot and worked overtime, but he helped my parents and never complained. Good man! When our oldest was growing up, there were not as many things to do, running here and there. Now it seems that is all people do besides work. I think the price of gas has curtailed that some. Times change, but I can not say it is always for the better in my opinion.
Happy belated anniversary to Doris and Donald Rowlett, 6-1.
Happy belated birthday to Marla Davidson and Devin Scott, 5-30, and Chuck Berry and Karen Connor, 5-31. 
Happy birthday to Joie Freeman, 6-8.
Happy anniversary to Brenda and Jerry Hudson and Jennifer and Jason Johnson, 6-8, Brianne and Brad Matheney and Lillie and Allen Arnold, 6-9.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Joe Bingham, Marie Bishop, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Beverly Butler, Janet Butler, Jackie Chambers, Ann English, Johnny Hays, Anita and Larry Lambert, Doris McKinney, LaVelle Page, Beth Plunk, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Adam Wise and the families of John Butler and Jessie Gilliam. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer; even if you do not know their name, God does. Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day. 
“Country” by Randy Flanagan – “Let’s get back to the ‘Country’/Move back in with the Lord/Remember where we came from/Live on what we can afford/Firm up our Foundation/Paint our home Red, White and Blue/Lend a helping hand to Neighbors/Simply ask what we can do/Let’s have a Family Reunion/Spread dinner on the ground/And as we ask the Blessing/A renewed spirit can be found/Let us hold hands and rejoice/Play those hymns from our past/Remember summer afternoons/When life didn’t rush so fast/Stop and think about Tradition/Thank those who have walked before/A welcome mat at the entrance/Strangers accepted at our door/Children taught right from wrong/The treasure of the Golden Rule/Pledging allegiance to our Flag/Prayers said within the school/Early to bed and early to rise/Live by the sweat of our brow/A penny saved is a penny earned/For God will show us how/Respect for one another/Trusting in a man’s word/A handshake his signature/And false prophets can’t be heard/Let us gather at the river/And wash our sins away/Let’s get back to the ‘Country’/For Tomorrow is a New Day.”
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 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.

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