with Dot Patterson
Greetings from Hickory Corner!
We have a beautiful, sunshiny day as I write this. Joel on Channel 7 says we will have warmer weather the rest of the week. That is something to be grateful for!
My lab Ruger and I just got back from a walk. Yes, Ruger is back from the North and is happy to be back home. The weather and snow was too cold for this southern dog. Terry and JoEllen took him to Illinois in November to have a second surgery and to rehab. They brought him home last week. He was so cute when he jumped out of the truck and ran crazy around the yard. He looked pretty handsome, too, as he was wearing a sweater that Jo had made him. I know he misses them and especially his buddy Cooper (Terry’s lab). I sure enjoyed Terry and Jo’s visit, especially the three very good suppers I had out at their house.
Just a reminder that Monday is Valentine’s Day! This is a day we can celebrate love and friendship. Do not forget to let those in your life know how much they mean to you. It is not too late to buy some chocolates, flowers, a card or simply make a phone call to them.
It is easy sometimes to take our public safety for granted. Our public officials face risks everyday while protecting our city. Our firefighters, police officers, sheriff and deputies and many others give their all to keep us safe. Remember all of them in your prayers as well as our military all over the world and the leaders of our country.
Those celebrating birthdays in February are Ellna Roland (9th), Nathan Clayton (15th), Randall Jones (16th), Gail Serrat (18th), Anthony Cooper (19th), Brad Garner (21st) and Peggy Lard (22nd). Here is to wishing you all a very blessed and special day. Sending hugs to my niece Donna McAllister of Pekin, Ill., who takes the Independent. She celebrated her birthday on Feb. 4. Donna was born in 1952 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill., to Charles and Doris Patterson. (Charles grew up in Hickory Corner). Her aunts, Arvie Bishop, Veda Hailey and Elvie Lee and James Sanders all from this area visited and went to the hospital to see baby Donna. James and I and Doris and Charles lived in the same apartment building in Peoria, Ill. It was hard to get all our visitors bedded down in a one bedroom apartment, but we sure did it. Always a fun time with James’ family. Also, Happy Belated birthday to Donna’s friend Ed Hodgkins who celebrated a birthday on Feb. 1. Donna and Ed, I hope to see you both this May at Caves Spring Homecoming.
Speaking of babies…according to babycenter.com the most popular baby names in 2021 for girls included Olivia, Emma and Emelia. For boys it was Liam, Noah and Oliver. What were the most popular baby names 100 years ago? For girls it was Mary, Helen and Dorothy and for boys it was John, Robert and William. When it comes to baby names, some come and go and some stay forever. I do not think I have heard of a baby named Dorothy for many, many, many years!
Remember in prayer Arlan Porter, Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Lard, William and Eddie Luttrell and Donna Lynch. Please continue to pray for all those who are dealing with sickness. Also pray for those who have recently lost loved ones. If you would like to add or remove a name from our prayer list, please call me.
The community extends sympathy to the family of Kathleen Weaver Mullins. Kathleen was a very sweet lady who loved bowling. She and I were on the same bowling league together for many years. I remember celebrating Kathleen’s 90th birthday with cake at the bowling alley.
Nancy Patterson reports that the next event at the HCC will be the homecoming in May. It will sure be nice to be able to get back together and enjoy some fun and fellowship.
If you would like to rent the HCC center for your special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
Please call me at 989-3315 with tidbits, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations or any news you would like to share with our community. It is difficult to write this article without your help.
Have a great week.