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My news will cover two weeks because I didn’t get my items written on time due to the holiday.
First off, our Degase family and friends reunion went well with most all of our families present. It was a nice day and a very enjoyable one, for myself anyway, because at my age I never know if I’ll be at the next one.
Mark, Norma and Paul were missed as well as our other loved ones no longer with us, oh how my dad would have loved everyone and what an abundant assortment of food. We always have plenty of really good things to eat, lacking Aunt Iva’s dumplings. Yvonne, being the designated dumpling maker now, has to work with no time to make them so we need a stand-by dumpling maker.
It was good to see Betty Burton, she came by my house but I was already gone. She had just recently celebrated a birthday, her 58th one according to her, but I figured it was 58 reversed, so I told her I would be 38 in April. Oh, to be those ages again. Betty usually makes it to our reunions and she is considered one of our family for she has been so ever since she lived on Little Creek.
Chris Degase and Mont Lakey won the Bibles this time. They are presented in memory of Aunt Iva, who started this tradition and cousin Norma, who continued after Aunt Iva passed.
Julie took the albums to add pages to for next year. There was a lot of reminiscing and looking at the pictures. We have two large albums full. There were lots of pretty craft, etc. items, and Jean’s name was drawn first and of course she picked the basket full of jelly and pickled beets which was not wrapped. Lucky girl! But we all got nice gifts, so now is the time to start working on next years craft, and it’s not hard to fill a basket with home made cookies or candy or jelly, just anything you are good at making. So get busy girls and guys, there are plenty of talented gentlemen in our families.
Anyway another reunion behind us and another year has flown by on the swift winds of time. We never know what another year will bring, but we do know that family and loved ones are to be cherished and every day lived to the fullest. I hope that in our family old grievances can be put in the past and our houses be put in order. We’ve all been together for many good years and I pray those years left to each of us will be some of the best.
Here it is, Monday again and we are starting off to a beautiful day with no rain which we need badly. I saw that the creeks are drying up and the grasses are not growing, but our woodlands are still beautifully green with signs of autumn beginning to show. My gardens are finished except for pepper but Kasey and Karen are still bringing me tomatoes and Charlie came yesterday with very good cucumbers. He and I are expecting Christine next weekend. I talked to her Saturday, she hasn’t been down from Springfield for awhile.
I was happy to hear from Kim via telephone and Lorene Maloney by mail. I send good thoughts their way and a big hello to Lois Burton Cunningham. Betty tells me you read my items, Lois, for news from home. I think all Little Creek “kids” still call it home even though many of them are far a field and “hi” to Granville Beasley. I haven’t heard from him for awhile which is unusual.
Nicole came this weekend to visit her folks and to go fishing with Greg and Karen. She and Greg went Saturday morning and Karen joined them Sunday for an enjoyably nice day although very few fish were harvested. A day on the lake is good regardless.
Our services Sunday were wonderful. Danny led our class in some good discussions as we studied scripture in St. Matthew. He is a good teacher and the hour passes swiftly, then Brian led in prayer service and then songs by everyone and Burr and boys sang a beautiful amended song that Don Williams sang which I know not the name of but which they did so beautifully. Those boys have come so far in their musical talent which they have steered toward gospel tunes. Burr, Joseph and Devon have guitars and James plays drums. Burr had a good passionate message bringing out that we need to know whom we worship. Our service closed with prayer for Burr, who is going for tests with neurologist and Jim Frye who is scheduled for stress tests today. Our fish fry is this coming Sunday. Everyone welcome and if you wish to you can bring a covered dish.
Burr and Ruth visited Aaron in Mtn. Grove after church Sunday. They got acquainted with new neighbors who bought property on 95 Hwy across the highway from Kasey, two sisters seeming to be very nice people. Kasey had talked to the brother who is doing some work on the house before they move here. He was appreciative of the tomatoes Kasey gave him. It’s always so good to have good neighbors and to have good neighbors is to be one.
I’ll leave you with that bit of wisdom and with love and prayers from my house to yours.