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with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all from this little corner of the world. I hope everyone has had a good week. We are continuing some outside work before it is too cold for us to get out. The farmers are harvesting their crops, and they can really make a showing with that BIG equipment.
Our mums and violas are doing good. Our little furbaby Pepper had his teeth cleaned this week and did well. I am very thankful for that. We did find out unexpectedly that he has a stage three heart murmur. We figured it was an occasional cough like allergies, but it was not. Glad it was caught; now he is on a pill every day. He is my therapy pet just like my other two poodles were. They are so smart and loving. I love animals – period! I love horses, deer, birds – not snakes although there are some pretty ones. We should have been “Country when country wasn’t cool” ‘- per Barbara Mandrell. I enjoy looking at cows and farm animals. I know it is hard work and God bless the farmers. My granddaddy told us when we first married we could have an acre of road frontage at Jacks Creek, but this city girl could not imagine that. What a shame! I have known both sides of the coin, and there are pros and cons to both. Hope and pray we can live here until we pass on and are buried by our youngest son when the time comes.
We play cards on Thursdays in Jackson and then do any errands needed to conserve gas. We have to get our meds at Wal-Mart, and they have been good to work with, but I would prefer to go to town. I guess it is because it was Thursday afternoon, but it was unreal getting groceries specials. We then pick up other needs in town. 
Happy birthday to Doug Bishop, 11-7; Charlene Holmes, 11-9; and Melba Seaton, 11-11.
Happy anniversary to Kirbi and Josh Fahs, 11-7, and De and Chuck Scott, 11-10.
I saw on television that McNairy schools were out due to illness and heard Lexington was out also. The news reports there is a rise in the flu already.  If you have a cough, temperature, chills or aches, go to the doctor or stay home. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Do not drink after anyone, and wash your hands. These are my thoughts as a retired nurse to stay well.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Randy Baker, Stephanie Baker, Shelia Berry, Joe Bingham, Marie Bishop, Robert and Joyce Brewer, Jackie Chambers, Pat Connor, Brenda Dudley, Martha Mainord, Adisyn Matthews, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Ann Pusser, Logan Rencher, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Donald Rowlett, Dwain Seaton, Jr. Alice and Buddy Stovall, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Adam Wise and pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders 
Taco Soup – Ingredients: one-two pounds ground beef, one large onion, garlic, two cans pinto beans, two cans red kidney beans, two cans whole kernel corn, one can Rotel, one Mexican style diced tomatoes, one taco seasoning mix, one dry Ranch dressing mix, beef broth or water and shredded cheddar cheese (optional). In a soup pot, combine the ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook and crumble the beef until it is no longer pink. Drain. Combine the remaining ingredients except for the cheddar, chips and cilantro if desired. Simmer for about 45 min to an hour. You can cook in a Crockpot on high for three hours or low for six after browning meat with onion. I also would top with some sour cream, but that is my preference. ENJOY!
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.

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