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The north pole weather has got much better. Maybe we will go into Hawaii weather. Just as well, think good thoughts.
Feb. 11 – Angie Smith called Friday evening and her dad, Tom Pettit was scheduled for open heart surgery Saturday morning. We went up Saturday morning. He had a rough night. At 2 a.m. they called a code blue. He had a reaction to some medication. Sunday morning he was eating breakfast and is rescheduled for Monday morning, Valentine’s Day.
We had a circle prayer at church for him Sunday. Several were out due to sickness and jobs. We sure had a good service at Cardwell Baptist Church.
After church Kit, Julie, LeAnna and Logan Grimes brought James a birthday cake and cupcakes for his birthday and all ate together. It was very good. Cheyenne Lafferty also made him brownies that was very good. Jackie Lafferty made James and me a pretty Valentine each. We appreciate everyone and love you all.
Junior and Betty Halcomb, Rex and Shirley Halcomb, David Halcomb, Kit and Julie and family got him gifts. He really enjoyed them all. Kit, Julie and LeAnna visited last week. His sister, Chris, called and wished him a happy birthday.
Shirley Halcomb’s cousin, calls her from Texas and her cancer has come back. Shirley and Rex attended a funeral for her cousin recently at Ozark.
Visitors at our home have been Junior, Betty, David, Rex and Shirley Halcomb. David stopped by during the blizzard and checked on the old folks and cleaned the walk and porch.
James cleaned the porch early and it would be covered by the time David arrived. Everyone is wishing for an early spring.
Our sister-in-law, Lyn Halcomb called recently. She had to stay in the hospital for a while just before and real bad storm in Council Grove. They have had a bad winter there too. Our nephew, David Halcomb, was here and she talked to him.
Wal-Mart not only is a good place to spend money, but see people you haven’t seen in a while. At Ava Wal-Mart we visited with Gary Garrison and wife. It has been a long time since he put me on Santa’s lap at Wal-Mart. He was a good employee. At the Ozark Wal-Mart we visited Bobby Nelson. He was buying cat food. He has lots of cats plus everyone elses loves to visit the Nelsons. Bobby, Jimmy and Herbert ran the saw mill at Goodhope many, many years for the Stone’s. You see people and think of lots of good memories. I have seen lots of changes in my 58 years.
Doug Nelson, Jeff Powell and Jerry Nelson’s children and grandchildren visited Jerry recently.
Janie Morrison said Keith Lafferty’s family were at Mt. Olive to attend church with him. It was Keith’s birthday. That was a few Sunday’s back. Simmie Nelson, Levi Johnson and another young man were at George and Janie’s Saturday.
Not much news on the ridge or in the hollars. We sure have had lots of snow and it has been slick, but now it’s just muddy.
Sorry to hear about the Diggins Church burning. That is Gary and Trish McMurry’s home church. Sunday they had plans to go to Union Hill Church. They will build back soon.
This is late news, but weather has been bad and that’s about all to write about.
Florence Morrison’s sister-in-law passed away and Janie Morrison and Jean Loomis will drive her to Oklahoma for the funeral this week.
Saturday Tom Pettit got out into a room. He sure has had a rough time. He went back into intensive care.
Little Wyatt Applegate had surgery again in St. Louis. He needs your prayers. He has to undergo a lung operation next and later a kidney transplant. He sure has went there a lot.
Feb. 20 – Sunday at Cardwell Baptist Church had 24 in attendance. It was good to see James’ sister, Christy, and all her family and all other visitors. We had dinner after services. Christy Lakey sat with the Tom Pettit family while Tom had surgery. She asked me to go, but we were running late. I told her to go on. It worked out good, she called her husband, Chris, and they ate at Wendy’s for supper. Tom, we wish you the best. James and me went twice and they would reschedule his surgery because of different things happening.
A wild meat supper and singing at Mt. Olive (Highlonesome) Church Saturday night, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.
Take care and hope and pray for an early spring. Warms sunshine and rains would be nice.