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Such a week, this past one, typical with weather all over the place as is usual in the Ozarks. I finally put the rain gauge out, hoping that the freezing is over. The lawn needs to be mowed so I must buck up and get that done pretty soon. Also, the dandelions need weed killer.
Ivan and Dena Lawson flew in to see their new grandbaby. Randy found time last week to go horseback riding. The new building on his place is coming along, slowly but surely. It will be nice to have a place to keep hay out of the weather as well as some equipment. Ron called from Alaska and it finally got above freezing there a day or so ago – but no guarantee it won’t turn quite cold again.
We had three days last week of photo sittings at St. Leo’s Church for the new pictorial directory. Tina Chriss was with me all three days, in spite of a back problem. By golly, we managed to get in some visiting with everyone who showed up. I’m not used to 8 and 9 hour days without a break so we came home exhausted each day.
The stray from last year finally got into the groomer and looks like a different dog. Rascal is a Shi Tzu but I let his coat grow out so he could be mostly outside with the three American Eskimo dogs all winter. When it was really cold, they spent nights in the garage and that kept me busy cleaning up behind the four. I don’t need any more strays (cast off dogs) so, please, bypass my place and take them to the shelter in Springfield. They are God’s creatures and need to be appreciated, loved, and not tossed out. Be a good idea to think spay and neuter as well.
We are soon into Easter week, with many special church services, an egg hunt for the children to enjoy, wonderful meals for families to share. Do teach the children the true meaning of Easter, when Christ rose from the dead, and not that it is just spring break, rabbits and candy. God bless each and every one.
From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist had a good day in the Lord Sunday. Pastor Carl brought the morning message, “Jesus went to the cross for our sins”, from the book of Luke 18: 31-43. As we approach Easter Sunday we are reminded of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
We missed having Jim Cudney with us again. We hope he is feeling better and will be back in service next week.
There were nine young ones in Children’s Church with Laveta Ray, Susan Dugan and Angie Modar. Also little Liam Brady Williams attended his first Church service. Liam was born April 1 weighing in at 8 lbs. and 3 oz. Congratulations again to Nick and Amanda Williams.
Sunday afternoon our son, Ron and family came out for the afternoon. The kids had a great time looking for mushrooms and did find a few. Robin and Mia stayed at the house with me. We were watching TV when I noticed traffic slowing on the highway. At first I thought someone was having mechanical problems then realized something was over in the ditch. What a scare as I thought the horse had gotten out and was hit. It turned out to be a deer a couple of boys hit with their truck. The boys reported that four deer ran across the highway in front of them. The deer managed to cross back across the highway to the south side but got hung up in the fence. She had a broken leg and maybe a broken back. The boys sat and waited 2 ½ hours for someone from law enforcement to come out and unfortunately no one showed up. When Billy Joe got home from Church, over 4 hours later, he called the sheriff’s department and got permission to put the deer out of her misery and haul her off. I am just sorry the deer meat was wasted as it could have been given to one of the agency’s that feed the poor. Also you could see she had a baby or babies. I hope the fawns are big enough to make it on their own.
Connie Porter and I made a trip into Springfield on Monday. I took another water sample into the health department in Ozark. I am praying that one comes back OK. We ate lunch at Olive Garden and had a nice “girls day out”.
Have you noticed how the Dogwoods and Redbuds have bloomed out this week? I hope everyone can get out and enjoy the beauty at least once.
That is all the news from this side of the fence. God’s blessing to everyone.