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Last week was a busy one to say the least. Much work to be done, many phone calls to make and to receive. I’ve been playing phone tag with my sister in California. Wednesday I chopped celery, carrots and onions for large vats of potato soup, and that evening a few of us were treated to taco supper prepared by Rex Boeddeker (after he found out he’d had Swine Flu but was no longer contagious). I came home early to start peeling and dicing potatoes, the first 10#, so the first pot was ready to fire up when rising out of bed the next day.
Thursday morning the potato peeling and dicing continued, 20# of them, and around 10:00 a.m. granddaughter Regina showed up to peel the remaining 20# before she headed off to the sale barn. Pot by pot the soup was made and the kitchen smelled so good. Then off to the shower and a quick nap. Tina Chriss arrived here about 4:00 p.m. and helped carry the heavy vats to my van and off to church we went. The St. Patrick’s annual supper went quite well. Lots of soup, stew, various breads and beverages, and the dessert tables were a temptation to all. The decorations were nicely done and visiting was wonderful, including meeting some new parishioners and welcoming them to Ava.
Last week Randy had many loads of dirt and gravel hauled in to fill an area in his barn lot for a new building. He and Scott Harris also went to the back side of Randy’s farm and brought in gravel, hunks of cement and rocks, etc. from where there used to be a building site. A new driveway into Randy’s barn lot was dug and filled. It has needed that for as many years as I’ve known that place. Willie and I bought that farm in 1979 and Randy bought it from me in 1991. Randy and Regina did some clean-up of an old dump site that once belonged to L. V. Holmes and hauled off old appliances, etc. to recycle. So, all in all it was a very productive week.
Someone struck and killed a deer in front of Bob & Dana Wagner’s place. They called the highway people Monday morning to have it removed to no avail. I called upon my son, Randy, and Monday evening he went over with his tractor and removed the big doe. The Wagners are most grateful. Then, Tuesday morning a yearling fawn was at the end of my driveway. We are assuming that the fawn was looking for her mother when she got hit. So very sad!
The “phone tag” game is over and I had wonderful visits with my son Ryan, in California, and my sister, also in California. We don’t do this often enough. Randy and I made a trip to Ava on Tuesday morning to run several errands. When we returned the fawn had been removed.
This is the Lenten Season when we are called upon by our faith to pray, to do penance, to give alms, and to spread the Word of the Gospel. Are you sharing your faith? No matter which church you attend, read and follow the Gospel, the Word of the Lord.
From the desk of Jamey Herd: The signs of new life are everywhere with the trees blooming out and warmer days. I think this is my most favorite time of the year. I love seeing the new calves in the pastures and other animals I see around in places.
Pleasant Ridge enjoyed another good service in the Lord this Sunday with Pastor Carl bringing the message from Joshua 2:17 about Rahab and the spies. Happy birthday was sung to little Ethan Williams who was celebrating his second birthday. Wanda Dugan blessed us with a special song “House of Gold”. Laveta Ray, Susan Dugan and Angie Modar had 10 little ones in Children’s Church. Sunday night service was dismissed so the church could attend the song service at the Nazarene. Billy Joe said it was a really good service. I didn’t get to attend as I had to take the grandkids home to Rogersville and stay the night with them and put them on the school bus Monday morning. Ron works a night schedule at Hiland Dairy.
The ladies Laugh and Learn was a great success with 16 ladies representing Pleasant Ridge. My granddaughter, Mia, won one of the door prizes. It was a great time in the Lord.
Billy Joe and I had four of our grandkids for a few days as their momma went to visit their oldest brother, William. Will is in the army stationed in Virginia and will soon be deployed to Afghanistan. The only problem was our well is messed up and we couldn’t shower or use the water in any way except for the toilet. With four kids in the house this was not a fun time at all.
Joan and Stanley Workman had as visitors on Sunday Joan’s sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Jesse Gimes and granddaughter Ashley Clayton.
Until next week God Bless Everyone.