What dry times we have and all vegetation is suffering from the heat!  Half the month of July is past.  The Almanac says there will be showers forming over the plains states soon.  They would be welcome here for sure.

It was good to hear from so many folks who sent me birthday wishes, a total of 65 cards.  This Monday is daughter Kris’ birthday and she, along with brother Marlyn Pitcock and family are in Tillamook and Bay City, Oregon for a week.  They flew from Kansas City, Sunday.

It was good news in Norma Stillings column, in the Douglas County Herald last week.  She reported that Billy Fletcher of Ava, had been baptized, June 24th.  Billy has been a member of the Extension Club many years and always attends the DOW meetings.  He was baptized in the Ava pool for his convenience.

What big stripers have been released in Bull Shoals Lake, some weighing 70 pounds!  They are native to the Eastern states, I read.

Our August club meeting will be at the Tecumseh fire house, Aug. 2nd, first Thursday of the month.

Sympathy to the Dave Bates family and Randy McCullough family also, in their loss.

A family of humming birds keep coming for their sugar water, but not as many as expected.  Deer are seen under my pear and apple trees, so they are getting fruit from the lower limbs, also eating all the grapes on my vines.

The First Baptist Church is hosting the women’s prayer brunch, Saturday at 10 a.m.  Best wishes to Stella King, who wasn’t feeling good Sunday.  She was missed at church.  Edith McKinnon and granddaughter, Sharon Garcia, enjoyed eating at Larry’s Pizza and game room recently.  Edith also had lunch with a friend, Charlie Carter, Friday in Mtn. Home.  Helen Conardy and I have therapy treatments in Mtn. Home, for feet and legs, which seems to be helping.  Edith has been going there for some time also.

When our club meets, August 2nd, we will be getting ready for the quilt show rewards and quilts to be given away. I believe one is on display already at Century Bank.

Kris Luebbert and Marlyn Pitcock, along with their daughter, Kindra Vegs, and children, are in Tillamook and Bay City, Oregon, all week. They left Kansas City early Sunday morning, for their flight to Portland, where they had a rental vehicle waiting for their convenience.

Veleta Crawford wasn’t feeling well Sunday.  Best wishes to her.  It was good to have a phone call from cousin Bernadean (Crawford) Gaulding, for my birthday, from Kansas City area.  Plans are in the making for a new kitchen and remodeling at Lilly Ridge church.  “Kindness is what matters most in human conduct.” Best wishes to those who are ill and we send prayers their way.