with Vickie Ellis
Hello to all! I hope this past week was kind to you. Sunday was partly cloudy with a slight breeze. The skies are a pale blue-gray with a few white clouds noted. On another note, get ready for a frozen weekend. Highs from Thursday through Sunday are predicted to be in the 30s, and the temperatures at night are from 20 down to 14. Check your antifreeze and your car battery for corrosion, and maybe buy some spray for defrosting your windshield.
Our yellow finches and house finches are enjoying their food. It makes a little mess on our deck, but at this point, we are not sitting out anyway, and we enjoy the birds. James is just a great caregiver! He is good to me, our furbaby and the wildlife. He has painted our dining room this week. He never ceases to amaze me even after both hips were replaced. I can speak for myself alone that men are generally stronger. God knew what He was doing for sure. I am thankful for him and Him. There are many single women and mothers out there who are strong and can push on. I have my limits for sure. If we go out and get groceries and I am worn out when we get back, I say, “We can put the cold/frozen things up and rest, then go back and finish up.” Nope, James continues to get ‘er done. Man-Marine mentality. I help most times, and other times, I just can’t. We just do it together.
Remember that this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. There are those who will be sad, those who will be happy and those who just do not care. You can always love your pets, children, extended family, God, friends, etc. Let someone know you care for them and what they mean to you. Make a phone call to your parents or child. We have lost a child, and neither of us have our parents, so believe me when I say that things will not always stay the same. I hope you all enjoy this day regardless of the circumstances. There are those who put a memento on the grave of a loved one, and some can just buy or do something special for themselves. There is no right or wrong.
Happy birthday to Tiffany Holder, 2-7; Rodney Butler, 2-8; DeWitt Swayne, 2-12; Johnny Hayes, 2-13; and Meghan Cooper, 2-14.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Randy Baker, Denise Armstrong, Sheila Berry, Donna Bishop, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Diane Cross, Johnny Hayes, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, Doris McKinney, Andy and Doris Maness, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jerry Rogers, Jim Ruth, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor and Nancy B. Taylor. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID 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.
Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day.
“Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful/It is not arrogant or rude; Love does not insist on its own way/It is not irritable or resentful; It does not rejoice at wrong/But rejoices in the right; Love bears all things – believes all things/Endures all things – Love Never Ends.”
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.