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A very unusual rainy and stormy time was over the weekend, making scheduled events uncomfortable and even treacherous as flooded roadways caused dangerous driving, not only in low areas but on higher elevations. Fences washed out and cattle were out and it was very hard to even get them taken care of. Also it was a sad happening when one man lost his life in an accident Saturday night. Acts of nature and weather are sometimes more than man can control.
As the “noise makers”, cicadas will “tune up” in May, we can expect them as they gather in trees and feed on sap from the limbs, and are due in 2011 as they come to Missouri in cycles. They were here in 1998, it was explained in an article recently, and were in most of the state. They make a piercing noise that usually tapers off in June. They aren’t a welcome visitor for sure.
Next Sunday, May 1, is our bi-monthly dinner at Lilly Ridge Church and it is pot luck. The church’s business meeting is Sunday evening after services.
Edith McKinnon attended Lilly Ridge Church Sunday as she didn’t try to drive to Mtn. Home First Baptist where she is a member.
The Robert Burns lodge and Eastern Star “Soup and Chili Benefit” was well attended, proceeds to create a partnership for needy school children. The entertainment from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the gym by Bob Hammons and Wildwood was enjoyed and their contribution to the charity, which was certainly appreciated, and helped draw a good crowd in a rainy and stormy time. It was a very trying time for the musicians as well as the crowd of people getting out of the high school; into pouring rain to drive home. The soup and chili, along with dozens of cupcakes, were enjoyed by everyone, I think.
Lyndon and Linaia Pitcock had lunch with me Saturday and came to help me with some jobs around the place, but the rain cut that short. Soon it will be dry and hot days and the showers would be more appreciated! Jobs are having to wait.
Lanell Long was happy to get sweet potato plants recently but won’t be setting them out yet. She has her tomato plants covered in their garden. She and Roger made a trip to Texas and met friends from Iowa, who spent their winters in Texas. Lanell recently got a letter from our “mutual” friend, Velma Hicks, in St. George, Utah. By the way, “hello to our friend” who receives the Ozark County Times.
Edith McKinnon and Maxine Smith had lunch together at Vaught’s Sunday after church. Edith visited in the home of her pastor, Dale Sykes and wife of Mtn. Home last Sunday and had lunch with them.
I had a long distance call from a friend in Gulfport, Mississippi on Sunday evening wishing me a happy Easter. Frank Ward was a cousin by marriage and keeps in touch.
Best wishes to Wilburn Utchman’s brother Donald, of Theodosia who is to have heart surgery, I was told.
Sympathy is expressed in Anna Anderson’s family and the Delbert Luna family as well. Happy 17th birthday to my great-granddaughter McKayla Braden of Forsyth.
Gainesville Chap. 432 of Eastern Star will have their regular meeting May 9 and an initiation for a new member who is a nurse at Baxter Regional. All members are encouraged to attend.
How many folks are bothered with little black ants? Last year was a bad year for them and they seem to be back again in larger numbers.
There were 13 present at the Mt. Pleasant 8:30a.m. service Sunday morning. Joe and Ernestine Gaddy said it was their first time to hold a service in a long time.
“If we drink sassafras tea to thin our blood, we may be rather chilly in this damp cool weather.”