Dogwood Ramblings

“I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” –General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

We had a small “rodeo” here again when the cattle, looking for anything green, pushed open a gate that eventually allowed them in to the hay barn.  I got them back where they belong, started to come the 300 feet to the house and voila, saw that the cattle were back in the hay barn.  Ron came and helped me this time to get them back where they belong.  Apparently I hadn’t fastened that gate properly so Ron did it.  Nothing quite like an unexpected rodeo on a hot day and to interfere with one’s supper! I’m getting too old for rodeos!  So far, the well is providing good, clear water for the cattle.

Rodney Richardson applied a second treatment for fleas.  All the four footed critters have had flea treatments and I’ve been vacuuming every other day.  This is the 3rd year for trouble with fleas.  According to the vet office, I am not alone in this.  Perhaps a really cold winter might reduce their numbers.

Have you noticed how green the roadsides are?   One would think these plants survive on vehicle emissions, which are supposedly cancerous/deadly.  There were some young men on the Wade farm (former Ole Olson place) who seemed to be spraying for noxious weeds.  Good for them!  The closer one gets to Ava, the greener is the grass.  So, some places have received rain.  The ponds up on Dogwood are now baked mud/manure.  Do you suppose the frogs have gone into hibernation?  Even the hoppers are not as numerous, perhaps because there isn’t much to eat.  I’ve only seen one katydid.  The hummers are emptying the feeders quickly.

This drought now covers many states, affecting many crops.  We are seeing prices rise for livestock feed, fuel and for groceries.  The Obama administration is demanding that one-third of the corn crop goes for fuel, leaving not much for needed food supplies for man or beast.  Farmers (and any of you who eat to survive) should choke on this information.

In case you didn’t know, Environmental Protection Act director Lisa Jackson is enforcing the EPA rule mandating oil refiners to blend cellulosic ethanol into fuel and other products.  Problems are that: 1) cellulosic ethanol exists only in laboratories and 2) ethanol comes from corn, which crop is nearly devastated nationwide.  Jackson refuses to reconsider this decision and fines for not producing will be assessed, increasing our costs even more.  What is wrong with our leadership?  Don’t their ears work?  Can’t they see?  Can’t they read?  We know they haven’t read our Constitution, treating it like bathroom tissue.  OK!  Off my soap box!

The Schultz family continues remodeling Eva Wymer’s former place and finished painting the outside.  Hopefully they’ll be ready to move in full time before long.

Regina and Justin are flying in from Oregon for a visit, arriving on Aug. 3rd.  Rachelle is coming home on leave from Gulf Port, MI at the same time.  We are having a family BBQ gathering at my place on Aug. 4th and hopefully it will be as nice as the delightful gathering we had at Rory & Debbie Boeddeker’s home last Saturday.

The Primary Election is August 7th.  We are planning on having a small AC unit here in the garage for the judges and voters.  Do read up on issues and candidates before coming to the polls:  Do a little research on candidates; their abilities, their experience, their community activities, and their morality.  Read issues carefully as sometimes the language is deceptive.

God bless, try to keep cool, and be well.

From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist enjoyed a good service and would like to say welcome to the visitors and hope you come back. Also we were blessed to have Kenneth and Joanne Lupton of Lafayette, Indiana in the service. Billy Joe and I went to lunch in Ozark with Ken and Joanne and had a wonderful visit. They are in town for the Lupton reunion this coming week. There were eleven in Children’s Church with Leveta and Chris. Susie was visiting her dad this weekend that is having some medical problems. There were several prayer requests for people in our area that are having medical problems.

We attended a surprise birthday party on Saturday night for Amy Aldridge at the Ozark Park. Joan Workman rode with us. We had a nice time and a good meal with hamburgers, hotdogs and brats with all the trimmings. Then there was birthday cake to top it off.

Our son, Ron, was here a little after 6am this morning to help work on the hay barn. With the help of Jim Porter and Jon and Buck Nelson they got the damaged roof on the east side of the barn propped back up. Jon has the storage building almost repaired. It had to be completely resided.

August 12 at 1PM at the Bruner Community Building (old school house) the Pleasant Hope Dogwood School Reunion will be held. Refreshments will be served.

Pleasant Ridge will be having VBS on August 1st, 2nd, 3rd from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and on the 4th from 9 am to noon. On the 1st they will be having a youth rally, jumpy house, pony rides, face painting and other activities along with a wiener roast. Bible studies will be done on the 2nd and 3rd. Class presentations will be done on Saturday the 4th.

I am still limping around on this sprained ankle. It is still very painful. I hope it improves this week. Till next time God Bless.