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It was another busy week here on Dogwood, expensive as well.
Last Tuesday Randy took me in his truck to Ava to pick up a futon mattress at Givans. As long as I was there I thought I should look at box springs and mattress and found what I wanted. The former futon mattress had been “damaged” by the Poodle mix stray I took in many, many months ago, one that had to be put down from cancer. Sadly, the Poodle “Rags” was both deaf and blind. Just couldn’t get the smell out of the futon. The box springs and mattress I had here was a gift from the Shrable family from when we stayed in their unused bed and breakfast after the fire here in 2001. But, the mattress was now sagging in the middle and no longer good for my back. Of course, I cringed when writing out the check.
Wednesday morning I went to the refrigerator but there was water there, all over the floor. Randy came and got a basket load of partially thawed food to put in his freezer. I called for repairs but they couldn’t get here until Thursday morning and then told me I needed a new compressor. Well, that Amana side-by-side would have been 9 years old on April 1st and it had needed repairs five times over the years. I “fired up” an old fridge in the garage that was used for storage and it worked so it was fun carrying so many loads to the garage. Thursday about noon Randy and I went to Lowes in Ozark and ordered a Whirlpool, which arrived Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that the foods from the garage went into the new fridge, trip after trip! This was another blow to my very limited income. I was advised that appliances nowadays are manufactured to last from 8 to 12 years. So, now I wait for the other shoe to drop….washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, etc.
Meanwhile, the two, sad-looking 30 – 40 year old fridges in the garage are like the Energizer Bunny and I am so grateful to have them.
The Tuesday trip to Ava also included feeding and checking on Randy’s cattle. The bull did not come up with the cows and calves so we drove bumping along, this way and that way and all around, finally coming back to where the cows and calves had already licked up all the grain and there stood the bull, as if to ask, “Where’s my grain?” This makes me so thankful I am no longer in the dairy or beef business.
Thursday, Arlene Boeddeker’s Celebrity was rear-ended up on I-44 when she was on her way home from work. Randy and Regina went up to get her and Randy was able to drive the Impala back here even though it is totaled. Arlene’s Impala was in a garage for repairs but she was able to get it and didn’t miss any days at work, even though she is sore and stiff from the impact.
We never know when things will happen and it is a reminder to live and love for today. Fr. Fasching’s sermon on Sunday was a good reminder to live for today, and to love and pray everyone. May the Good Lord bless you and keep you safe.
From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist was down in number this Sunday with several out sick including me. There seems to be some mean bugs making the rounds.
Pastor Carl’s message was from the book of Mathew 21: 12-17, “His House is a House of Prayer”. Pastor Carl attended the Evangelistic Conference at Cedar Gap on Saturday. Prayer was asked for Mrs. Wakefield in her battle with cancer. We appreciate Wanda Dugan for helping with the music.
Children, 12 and under, will be going to Marshfield to the Frontier Theater on Saturday, April 2. Please meet at the Church at 9:15 a.m. and bring a drink and sack lunch.
April 3rd at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church is the Ordination service for Pastor Carl. Please be in prayer and join us as our brother is ordained into the Service of the Lord.
Best wishes go out to Pat Williams who will be having tests on Monday.
This is all the news I have for this week as I have been down with the bug most of the week. Till next week stay safe and well and God’s Blessing to everyone.