Dogwood Ramblings

“…all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.  To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition. … [The Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers. … In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson – (thanks to my friend Judi who keeps me supplied with the wisdom of our forefathers.)

Last week I was up to see Dr. Guy Bates, DDS once again, with a chipped tooth.  He took care of that quickly.  Then off to Mercy Clinic for more lab work and a visit with my oncologist, receiving good news, and I do appreciate all who have been praying for me.  Thanks also to those who have been praying for my sister, Dona, in California.  She is finally home from the second hospital stay and is very weak.  She has very loving family members there to take care of her needs.

John Neighbor was here and cleaned the carpets, doing a great job.  Not a big surprise when I saw how dirty the water was after 16 months of oodles of shoes, bare feet and two cats leaving behind traces of existence.  John reminded me of his involvement with the Pregnancy Options clinic in Ava, which is now being bombarded with problems due to our government.  This group needs full support from the community.  Later, Bob and Dana Wagner came for a visit.  It was so pleasant sitting on the front porch and just chattering about most anything, watching the traffic go by.  Early the next morning here came Bob, once again mowing the ditches for me.  I took care of their dog for a few days, one of the biggest German Shepherds I’ve ever seen but sweet of nature.  It is wonderful having such good neighbors (including John – not a pun!)

Even though Bob has mowed the ditches I am refraining from mowing the yard as it is already brown from lack of rain, grass crunching under feet. The Weeping Willow has turned yellow so is being daily watered. Let us pray for some rain for our yards, gardens, trees, pastures, hay fields and especially, for ponds. We did get a sprinkling of rain Sunday night here at Dogwood, and Monday morning the grass didn’t crunch.  Remember what happened to Texas last year and pray we get the moisture we need.

The Schultz family is progressing on the remodeling of Eva Wymer’s old place by moving some walls, new flooring, new cabinets are there and soon to be installed, and they keep the yard mowed.  When finished each of their three children will have their own bedroom.  Also, they’ve done some painting of the outside of the house, a nice soft green, and trimmed some trees to the north of the house, enhancing their lovely view.  Unfortunately the garden Eva had is no longer there and the double rows of asparagus were left go to waste, not a trace left.

As I arrived home from church on Sunday it was to see a nasty, non-injury accident by one of Randy’s gates.  It seems Ron was driving his tractor with the rake behind and made a turn into the barn lot.  A car pulling a trailer had tried to go around the tractor and rake, hit the brakes and slid off the road.  Car damaged, trailer damaged, gate and post damaged, Highway Patrol officer there directing traffic and taking damage reports.  Everyone was pleasant during this unfortunate incident, and come to find out the car belongs to some new neighbors living near the old Nazarene Church.  Kim and Rex moved some cattle on Sunday but were held up awhile until after the wrecking truck came and removed the car and trailer.  Still, all worked out well.  Then Monday morning a call came that some calves were out.  Panic time!  Good thing I’ve been giving them grain daily and talking to them as most of them followed me back through the gate hoping to get some “candy”.  Ron showed up and helped get the three remaining heifers back where they belong.  The gate had been inadvertently left open just a little bit, but you know cattle and horses – they always find an opening (or make one!)

Memorial Day is soon upon us.  It used to always be on May 31st but that changed when the Monday holidays were legislated.  Good thing they don’t do that to Christmas as well.  Anyhow, if Willie had lived the 31st would have been our 60th wedding anniversary.  That is many years, folks!  That day is also the celebration of 57 years since the Ordination of Fr. Paul Wightman of St. Leo’s Church.  Do remember our military, past and present, this Memorial Day.  God bless!

From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist has been enjoying good crowds and good preaching from Pastor Carl. Mother’s Day saw a good turn out with the mother’s being presented a beautiful corsage made by Pam Cobb. The oldest and youngest mother was recognized as was the mother with the most children present. Children’s Church is growing each Sunday. There is now a class for the teenagers as well. This Sunday Pastor Carl brought his message about “hearing”. Do you really hear what God is saying to you through the scriptures?

Saturday there was a ladies meeting called Mother’s and other’s at Pleasant Ridge. The speaker was Amanda McCormick from Seymour. I understand she gave a very good speech.

Get Well Wishes are sent to Marisa Dinwiddie who broke her arm Sunday at the Jump Around in Seymour.

This past week has been a very busy one with a lot of running to be done. On Friday we made a trip to Joplin to see a Doctor. We got to visit with our daughter, Susan Doyle, and see the grandchildren. They got out for summer break early Friday. On Wednesday Billy Joe had an appointment at the VA in Mt Vernon.

It is so much greener over at Joplin than here. Even Springfield has gotten more rain than we have. The farmers are busy cutting and baling hay trying to get ahead of the army worms. Our hay isn’t making much but you can’t wait for the undergrowth to come on due to the army worms and dry weather.

We received word of the passing of another Dogwood resident. Howard Garland was 93 and residing in a nursing home in Republic. His service is this Wednesday at Clinkingbeards with burial in the Dogwood Cemetery. Billy Joe received a call to be a pall bearer.

This morning I needed to take care of some business so drove into Ozark. While at Wal-Mart I saw neighbors Linda Myers and Shirley and Susan Sinclair. It is kind of sad that we have to go to Ozark to visit our neighbors.   Next weekend will be memorial weekend so I want to wish everyone safe travels and a wonderful weekend. May God Bless and Keep you.