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Tiger lilies, impatiens, zinnias, wave petunias, rose of sharon, hollyhocks and knockout roses, all blooming right now in my yard. Flowers that are easy to grow and have pretty foliage and/or beautiful blooms. That is my style of gardening. I don’t have my ancestors green thumb, it has to be easy to grow and pretty much maintenance free for me to grow it. I also have an Elm tree that is surrounded by a bed of hostas that I grew from one little bunch of hosta plants that Mary Henson gave me several years ago when she was thinning hers out. More hostas on the north side of my house that are blooming right now, cosmos and marigolds on the west side, too little yet to bloom and morning glories if I can get them to grow. I think I must be the only person around who has trouble getting morning glories to grow. I can get them started, but they usually don’t make a big enough vine to bloom. I did have a spectacular bright pink one last year that twined around an old gate I had and then up the tree and around a birdhouse and into it. I looked out the window one morning and there was a bright pink bloom right in the opening of the birdhouse. It made a very cute picture.
I had a good visit with my dad last Thursday. Courtney went with me and we stayed all afternoon. Dad took me out to his garden to show me his pole beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. They’ve already had several ripe tomatoes. His garden looks pretty appetizing.
Jo Lux has been here from Nebraska visiting her family here. Jo told me she will be here until the end of July and that she and Lois Lux plan to go to Texas in the next week or so to visit Lois’ daughter Kim and her family.
New Mansion Church ended its week of Vacation Bible School with a program last Sunday afternoon. Each class answered questions or sang a song and told about what they had learned. Right after the program there was a carnival with games and sno-cones for the kids. After the carnival we had lots of good food, BBQ pulled pork that Tom Todd had cooked and plenty of delicious side dishes and desserts. At dark there was an awsome fireworks display. I think most everyone there had a good time in spite of the high temperatures.
I got to visit with Carla Combs while there. She was telling me about their daughter Alexis who just recently had to have surgery for a ruptured appendix. Alexis spent several days in the hospital when she had the surgery, then after she got home she developed a severe infection due to her appendix being ruptured before the surgery. She had to spend a few more days in the hospital but she is home now and recovering nicely. She got to attend VBS all week.
Scott and Kayla Whittaker and baby Wyatt were at the program Sunday and I got to admire baby Wyatt a while. He is really growing and looks so much like his daddy, even at a month old. Wyatt was being carried around by his proud grandma, Robyn Whittaker.
Josh and Jennifer Marsh joined the Marsh family for church Sunday morning and then came to the festivities later in the day too. Josh and Jennifer live in Joplin where Josh works and is on the air at a radio station there. Pastor Jeff’s brother Dan and his family were also there for church Sunday morning. They live in the Joplin area also. We are all thankful that none of them were injured in the tornado there in May.
It was also wonderful to see Paul Horton at the church Sunday. Paul and his family are moving to Colorado in the next few weeks where Paul is going to manage several radio stations.Paul and his wife and daughter came to visit with everyone for awhile before they left. Paul, Jack Clemans, Sara Ridings and Lynn Mitchell were classmates who were there Sunday. Those same four started out in Kindergarten together and went through thirteen years of school together, so it was really special for them. They took several pictures while they were all there.
I am thankful for the readers of the news from Bradleyville and all those who have let me know they enjoy what I write. If you would like something included please let me know. As my computer is gone due to a lightning strike, I won’t have internet service for a while. Since I have to use Julie or Alicia’s computer or go to the library, it would be better to call me since I sometimes don’t have time to check my e-mail before I send in the news. My number is 796-2651.
Have a lovely week.