Dogwood Ramblings

Another lady on our mail route called me last Tuesday.  Some of her mail has not been delivered to her and she had to call a business to find out the amount of her monthly bill.  While this lady was visiting another neighbor, the mail came and the neighbor wrote something on an envelope during a phone conversation and then realized that envelope belonged to this visiting lady.  One day the lady wrote a note to the carrier about not receiving mail and received a nasty note back so now she is going up to the Seymour Post Office to speak with the supervisor.

I’ve taken state employment tests in CA and MO and by golly – people had to be able to think, to read and write to pass these tests.  It appears that the standards have been lowered when the mail is delivered to the wrong box numbers/name, again and again.  Also, I subscribe to a couple of magazines and sometimes they don’t arrive.  I suppose the person(s) who received my mail decided to keep them.  I give appreciation to Kathy Ducker for personally delivering my important package.  It could have been catastrophic if the wrong person had received it.  I urge you to not send cash by mail.

“I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my   face.  So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.”  This gem came from a friend and is so very true.

When he [Paul Ryan] was announced as Romney’s choice for vice president, Ryan’s words were a direct rebuke to Obama’s socialist rhetoric of class warfare: “We look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know that as more Americans work hard, take risks, succeed, more people will prosper, more communities will benefit. And individual lives will be improved. … America, America is just more than a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That’s right. That’s who we are, that’s how we built this country. That’s who we are. That’s what made us great. That’s what made us great. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”  Pamela Seller, American Thinker, 08-15-2012

For your information, the national debt added by 43 U.S. Presidents combined, 1789 – 2008 was $6.3 trillion dollars.  The national debt added by the present resident of the White House in one term, is $6.5 trillion dollars.  Your great, great grandchildren are indebted by this.

Our sincere sympathy and condolences go to the family of Nick Huffaker.  He was a good man and shared his love with so many, and he helped many needing loving help.

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” –Thomas Jefferson

General Motors (GM) losses are expected to reach $25 billion, which is $3.3 billion more that was predicted earlier.  GM is on the brink of bankruptcy – it is not a good risk. Some liberals, including Barney Frank (D-MA) said that with proper management they are a very good risk, just as he said about the housing market just before it tanked and took the rest of our economy with it. Gleaned from Arnold Ahlert in Patriot Post – 08-20-2012

We had another family gathering here on Sunday.  Kim Fincher joined us for the day.  Earlier, after church, I had a nice short visit with Ivan Lawson over at Randy’s place.  While Ivan is around he has agreed to do a couple of man chores for me, mostly because I don’t do ladders.  Bob and Dana Wagner came and charged up the mower battery for me. Ron bawled me out for that as he said it is something I can surely do for myself!  I mowed some on Monday for the first time in many, many weeks.  Rex cleaned out some stoppage in the eaves so the water will now flow freely in the downspout.

We sure have been enjoying this nice cooler change of weather, and of course, every drop of rain that falls.  Be well and God bless each and every one.

From the desk of Jamey Herd: I got up this morning with much on my mind and completely forgot to write my items. Sunday morning began with a cake, fruit, juice and coffee brought by several ladies. A good Sunday school lesson was given from the book of Jeremiah. Prayer request went out for a number of people in need of prayer. The report on Mark Barnes is that he is improving but still has more surgeries ahead of him.

We were blessed with a visit from our grandson, Clay Herd, of Clarksville, Tenn. and his fiancée Jessica. Clay and Jessica are both in college and Clay is a music director at a Korean Baptist Church. Clay wants to be a military chaplain. He and Jessica may come back to Springfield next year to continue their studies. Jessica is studying criminology.

Last week was a trying week for me. I spent Monday in the emergency room with the esophageal spasms, Wednesday at the Orthopedic who put injections in my worn out knees and Friday it was off to see a Rheumatologist. I still have pain and am very hoarse from the spasms and am waiting to get into my Gastroenterologist.  Who ever said these were the Golden Years didn’t know what they were talking about.

Condolences go out to the Nick Huffacker family in the passing of Nick.

We are so thankful for the few showers we have received. They have made the grass greener but the ponds are in need of much more rain.

Joan Workman reports that Mrs. Littell, a former Dogwood resident, is doing well after breaking some ribs.

Keep praying for rain. Farmers are suffering with high feed prices and having to sell off their livestock at low prices when they run out of water. God’s Blessings to everyone.