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Thursday morning brought a wonderful inch of rain and lovely 74 degrees just after 7 a.m. I filled the Hummingbird feeder (a daily thing) and sat out on the porch just to enjoy the birds and the pleasant time, knowing it would soon blow away and return to humid heat. I truly feel for livestock in this heat yet, it only got up to 88 degrees on Thursday. What a wonderful surprise then Friday morning with all the thunder, lightning and rain, another quarter inch of it. Yet, by noon it was again up in the low 90′s and quite humid.
Grandson Nick and wife Angel told me of a way to trap fleas….and it works! I’ve put out a few small white bowls of vinegar here and there in the house. The fleas jump in and can’t get out. Nick said his veterinarian told him there is a new breed of fleas that seem impervious to present flea treatments but I’ve heard also that this thought is erroneous. I’ve noticed the past two years that these fleas are smaller than what I consider normal. But, I now have bowls of dead fleas and recommend y’all trying this if you have a problem. Someone told me that a bit of dish soap in water does the same thing.
The Herald finished printing my genealogy books and some are already mailed out to family. Some folk ridicule my hobby but I enjoy doing this. These most recent books are stories of life in Norway, stories of my ancestors’ travails as they emigrated to America and the struggles to begin a new life in this country. They learned English, became citizens, were hard working people, cleared land, contributed to society, built churches, and eventually built houses and turned their sod homes (soddies) into storage areas. Originally they settled in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, later generations moving to the Dakotas and even branching out from the upper Midwest.
Visitors last week were several family members. There were phone calls from family in other states, and e-mails from all over, many of them glad they don’t have the heat we’ve been enduring. Apparently quite a bit of rain fell in northern Minnesota. Now, if Texas could just get some rain and cooling.
Granddaughter Regina helped me clean the church Friday morning. Fr. Paul had turned on the A/C for us. Later Regina and I went to the Ruby Garden for lunch. I don’t get there often and always overeat when I do. A slice of cheese and some green grapes were enough for supper for sure.
Ron Boeddeker called from Alaska Friday evening saying he was leaving Saturday morning for a sheep hunt, alone, for a week. Of course, this is in grizzly country so the family here has concerns about that. Reanna will stay with friends while Ron ventures out. She is supposed to return to Missouri in October.
Dogwood was buffeted by a “bit” of wind Sunday and I was ready to go under the house! Branches are all over the yard but we received less than ½” of rain. Family members called to check on me. Power went off at 9:30 so I went to bed and woke up to a pleasant 67 degrees.
I pray all of you fared well and continue to do so from the storms. God bless all of you.
Pleasant Ridge Baptist from the desk of Jamey Herd:
There was a good gathering of people Sunday for morning service. Pastor Carl brought the morning message from Jeremiah 7:13. During morning worship service Laveta and Susie took 8 little ones down to sing for Jim and Erma Cudney. Continued prayers are asked for Erma and Jim. A business meeting was conducted Sunday night to elect officers and teachers for the coming year and discuss future activities. During the meeting we suddenly heard the wind hitting the church then I started receiving cell phone alerts of storms in our area. After arriving home we lost electricity. It was off a couple of hours and I have not heard where the problem was at this time. We just went on to bed but when it came back on I had to get back up to turn off lights and the TV. We are so thankful for the rain and cooler temperatures.
Saturday August 13th from 9 to 1 there will be a BACK TO SCHOOL BASH at Pleasant Ridge Baptist with horseback rides, face painting, water fun, children’s play area and cookout to follow.
On Sunday August 14th there will be a ladies meeting at 4:30 p.m. at Pam Cobb’s home. Pam will be serving a potato bar for the ladies.
Also August 14th at 1:30 p.m. will be the Dogwood School Reunion to be held at the Bruner Community Building in Bruner. There will be refreshments but bring lawn chairs to sit in.
On Saturday August 27th at 10 a.m. the children of Pleasant Ridge will be going to Jump Around in Seymour for a fun day. Bring a sack lunch for the outing.
Till next week may God bless you.