Dogwood Ramblings

I don’t know about the rest of you but here at Dogwood, we received quite the hail storm and are thankful that the hail was only pea size, followed by quite a bit of rain.  My rain gauge isn’t out yet due to occasional freezing but, it seems it was at least 2” of rain.  It was surprising that the hail didn’t strip the flowers off the plum tree in front of the house.  The really good thing is that Jeff Shrable delivered a load of fertilizer earlier that day.  There is a backlog on lime and fertilizer delivery this year so Randy is quite pleased he at least got the fertilizer spread.

It is turkey season so I hope hunters do well.  Many years ago two of my sons gave me the back half of a couple of turkeys.  No matter what I tried, baking, boiling, etc. the meat wasn’t chewable and I didn’t have a grinder, although hard to tell if it would have been more palatable that way.

This came via e-mail and expresses my thoughts on aging and perhaps many of you can relate to this: “AND THEN IT IS WINTER – You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.                                                     But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.                                                      But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!  And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it is over. A new adventure will begin!”  Anonymous

I had a delightful phone visit with my son, Ryan, in CA.  In a couple of months he will be relocating to San Antonio, Texas.  They have been fed up with California for a very long time and hopefully life will be better in Texas.  At least they’ll only be a long day away instead of a couple of days hard driving.  Ryan will miss his five grandbabies for sure.

It was good to see an article from River in last week’s paper.  She writes well, always interesting topics.  As I prepare this column it is tax day, a necessity.  I used to put this off until the last minute but over the years have trained myself to file early in February.  This morning’s weather report on the snow in North Dakota makes me glad I no longer live there.  However, the forecast for this area doesn’t look pleasant either.

 From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist was well attended on Sunday. It was nice having Scott Dinwiddie’s dad, wife, brother and son visiting from Georgia and Florida.  Leslie Dinwiddie was married to the late Mary Ellen Garrison (Eva Garrison’s daughter) of the Fairview community.

Pleasant Ridge youth went skating last Friday night in Springfield and report they had a great time. This coming Saturday will be the Mothers and Others get together at Seymour for a nice meal and there will be a speaker giving a motivational speech.

Billy Joe and I and Jim Cudney attended the visitation and funeral of Tom Brown last week. Then we attended the wedding of Amy Aldrich and Cory Lawrence at the new Chapel at Ongo. Amy is the granddaughter of Paul and Wanda Dugan and the daughter of Pam Aldrich. I had not been down there in some time and they sure have made a beautiful place down there. The Chapel is absolutely beautiful and so was the reception hall up above it. Swan Creek was flowing nicely with a beautiful walkway bridge spanning the water up to the Chapel from the parking lot. There was a time many years ago when our children played and swam in the creek there.

I am afraid I am under the weather again. I made a trip to urgent care on Friday and the diagnosis was a reaction or side effect of a blood pressure medication I’ve been on.

So until next time God’s Blessings to all. Prayers to those that have lost love ones and those that are sick.