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“Everyone who works for the government swears to uphold the Constitution. It was written to define and restrain the government. According to the Declaration of Independence, the government’s powers come from the consent of the governed. The government in America was not created by a powerful king reluctantly granting liberty to his subjects. It was created by free people willingly granting limited power to their government — and retaining that which they did not delegate.  The Declaration also defines our liberties as coming from our Creator, as integral to our humanity and as inseparable from us, unless we give them up by violating someone else’s liberties.” — Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Jewish World Review 6/7/’12

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.  Patrick Henry

Jeff Reeves came out one day with his trusty weed-eater and did a fine job of making this place look like someone lives here and cares.  While Jeff used his weed-eater (mine died) I did a bit of mowing.  In some areas the weeds were 18” tall so apparently rain is not a necessity for them and those scattered weeds make the yards look ratty.

Jocelyn Downs came for a visit and brought me some eggs.  Fresh farm eggs stand up in the fry pan and practically salute.  Not often so with store bought eggs.  Anyhow, we had a great visit.

My friend John lives southeast of Sacramento, CA and called to tell me they have had more snow in the mountains northeast of there.  This isn’t very far from where my granddaughter Lindsay Boeddeker lives.  As John said, “Good heavens, this is June!”  Although John has been an American citizen for 66 years he still retains some of his British accent and is always interesting to hear.  I was age 14 and he was age 19 when we met and he located me five years ago, now calling me about once a week.  John loves America but is disgusted with California.  What I find interesting is that I met Willie, Duke and John the same summer.  Willie passed on in 1990 and Duke passed on in 2002.

Ron put up more hay but he says the crop is less than half what it should be.  The hay is so dry that when baled it is like silk and doesn’t want to hold together.  When we go to feeding hay we’ll need to have mineral tubs out to insure balance in the diet of the cattle.  A bit of grain is also helpful in that regard.

Had lunch at the Hitching Post on Friday and the patty melt they offer is superb.  Met some interesting folk there and one remembered me from years and years ago verbalizing on the KKOZ morning talk show about farm issues, etc.  Joe Corum was always a good moderator.

Mike and Cathy Shultz continue most days to work on their house, remodeling, painting, etc., and are looking to get some brush hog work done soon.  They should be some good neighbors once they get moved in.  Eva Wymer will be pleased when she makes it down here for a visit.

We have some dangerous drivers around here.  Some come toward you, around curves, straddling the center line of the road.  I pray they aren’t texting at the same time.  I’ve been noticing squashed turtles on the road and they aren’t in the tire areas and that means people are swerving to kill turtles.  These little critters eat bugs.  They are also God’s creatures.  Even these creatures as well as those we raise as pets and as our food should be treated with respect.  What has happened to our society that they have so little respect for people and creatures, perhaps even themselves?

I visited by phone with my brother-in-law in California.  He said my sister, Dona, is showing some slight improvement but now needs another biopsy.  At least she is eating and is out of bed about two hours a day.  Prayers for her are always welcome.

We received 1 ½ inches of most welcome rain Monday and quite a bit of wind and lightning with it.  My windows look as though they have been washed.  There are a few small branches in the yard but nothing the ride-on mower can’t devour.  Randy called during the storm and reminded me to be ready to head for shelter – as if that wasn’t on my mind already!  He told me the traffic near Mansfield was at a standstill during this storm.

God bless and be safe.

From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist had good attendance on Sunday with Leveta having several new children in Children’s Church. It was good having Karen back but she will be having knee repair surgery this week so it will be awhile before she can attend again. Pastor Carl brought a good message as usual, preaching on Joseph from the book of Genesis. I love reading about Joseph and how God blessed and used him.

From Leveta:  We had a good attendance at church yesterday. I was able to take my cousin’s sweet grandchildren to church with us. They sat very well and never said a word for the time between Sunday school and children’s church. Then we had a good turnout for our ladies mtg. we had breakfast for our meal then talked about putting God first in our lives (the reason for having breakfast??(o:) then talked about the meaning of each of our names and looked at scripture verses telling the importance of our names. Did you know that your name is written on the palm of His hand and that He died for you?

Despite the winds and lightening the rain today was very welcome. I believe we got an inch and a half here at our place. I guess there was a lot of wind damage around the area and power outages. I was in the Ozark community building taking water aerobics when the storm hit. The outside wall is glass and you could see the wind and rain. The pool is grounded so there wasn’t any danger of shock while in the water. I am hoping the water aerobics will help my knees and legs.

Billy Joe has finished haying for this season. Hopefully the rain will green things up again and bring some pasture grass on. He is already putting some of the hay out for the cattle.

I’ve not been out and about very much so don’t have a lot of news to report. Remember the Dad’s next Sunday for Father’s Day. Until next week God Bless each and every one.

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