This year 2012 had a Friday, the 13th. As February comes along with groundhog day, the 2nd, it will bring a prediction of an early spring, or maybe not so! Originating in Pennsylvania, folks there make it an annual event, and have lots of fun out of it.

I recently read that the New Madrid earthquake that covered an area equal to about one-third of the U.S. happened 115 years ago this month. I still hear chances are for earthquakes to reoccur.

For anyone planning on vacationing at the time of Hootin’ an’ Hollarin’, the dates are the third weekend of September, which is the 20th, 21st and 22nd.

The presentation of anitque “pictures” preservation workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st, should be of interest to many folks who have old family pictures that haven’t been taken care of. It will be at the Historium location.

Thomas Lawson visited his cousin, Joe Gaddy, Friday afternoon. Joe is taking chemo treatments at this time. Our prayers are in his behalf, and we send “well wishes.”

Prayers are also for Joan (Rackley) Young, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida Hospital. Her sister, Judy, is with her.

I appreciate the Douglas County Herald staff for my nice Christmas present. My granddaughter, Dana (Davis) Taylor picked it up for me.

The chilly weather has been rough on those who have to work outside the past week. The wind felt like it was from the Artic region, not from Southern Missouri.

Dean and Sandra Trivitt visited Joe and Ernestine Gaddy and Mearl Satterfield’s Friday afternoon.

Marlyn Pitcock, of Forsyth, is scheduled for reconstructive surgery January 25th for a stomach hernia, at Skaggs Hospital.

Sympathy to Ruth Taylor’s family who lost their loved one. She was a member of Lilly Ridge Extension Club, and will be missed, as she was a very active member.

This Thursday, the 19th is regular club day.

Though in mid-winter early gardeners are thinking ahead for spring planting.

Harry Davidson gets his orders in early for his favorite vegetables and so does his brother, Leroy, I believe. They must have inherited their gardening talents from their mother, Adrienne.

Kenneth and Doris Treiber now lives on T Highway. Though not far away I miss Doris living close by for an occasional breakfast together.

Manuel and Crystal King attended church at Lilly Ridge, their Sunday school in Springfield and visited his mother, Stella King.

A thought, ” A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”