Last weeks news – Late summer and a touch of fall is in the air, grass grows faster than we can mow all of it!

In the United States, on a work program were two young women from Asia (between China and Russia), whose parents were librarians in their countries and one of them, Aiymgul Galiyesa, from Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, worked in Edith McKinnon’s home and she brought her to visit Paralee Rea, who greeted them in Cherokee language and invited them in to explain some of Cherokee lifestyle and language. She took pictures also. Edith drove her into town, and places of interest.

Lilly Ridge Church had their bi-monthly potluck dinner Sunday. Sunday evening was singing and sharing service, which was enjoyed also. Their work days at the Senior Center is Sept. 12 and 13.

Prayers are for Betty Arnett, a patient in Cox South, recovering from surgery and who is expected to be released to come home soon.

Prayers also for the family making the trips as they travel. We are trusting Betty will recover fast and be able to enjoy life again soon!

My son, Marlyn, from Forsyth, was here a week ago last Wednesday and helped me with a few little jobs. He is now visiting his sister, Kristin Luebbert, in Lindsborg, KS and they plan to go to New Cambria, KS. to visit his son. Marlyn Eldon Pitcock, Jr. and daughter, Kathy, and husband, Jerry, there this week. Marlyn’s wife, Charlene stayed in Conway Springs, KS visiting her mom, brothers and sisters will join them in Lindsborg, KS this week and visit in Salina, their past home.

Friendly Neighbors Club meets this Thursday to put finishing touches on the quilt show ribbon awards, which is fast approaching, Sept. 19-21.

Neoma Moody with grandchildren and their families gathered Monday at Dan and Arreuan’s home for a family dinner. Stephanie and Dustin Tackett, Lisa and Eric Goettler, and their children, Kim Moody and Jay, her friend.

Bob Arnett has some pretty flowering blooms on his sweet potato vines and has prospects of a good crop.

Congratulations to Bob and Peggy Robbins on their 60th Anniversary. Also Marvin and Faye Wray in Ava, who had their anniversary recently.

Edith McKinnon will soon be celebrating a Sept. 13th birthday.

When reading Colena Roses’ news column of Leroy Morrison’s peanut crop, I was remembering the ones I pulled from my garden, loaded with peanuts and hung them on my clothesline. The next day my peanut crop was on the ground and clothesline broken as they were so heavy. That was a few years ago. Planting and growing peanuts is very interesting.

Sympathy to Jacquetia Guffey and family who lost their loved one, Brad, in West Plains.

A thought to remember, “Life is too short to waste minutes on life’s sadness, but we can gain so much by acknowledging all the blessings.

This Weeks News -At this writing we are needing rain. The dog days ended last Thursday, and it is only two weeks until the first day of autumn.

Birthdays celebrated this week are Edith McKinnon on Friday the 13th. Get well wishes are sent to her as she had a fall several days ago.

Marie Woolsey of Tecumseh also has a Sept. 14 birthday. On Sept. 18, Larry Davis of Dora has a birthday, and Stella King also celebrates her 90th birthday on Sept. 18. Beulah Satterfield has a Sept. 19 birthday. Congratulations to all.

Our sympathy is expressed to the family of Betty Evans Arnett. She certainly will be missed. She was a good friend and a member of Gainesville Chapter 432 of Eastern Star, where we enjoyed fellowship for several years. Her memorial service was to be held Wednesday at Clear Springs Cemetery.

Karen K. Davis and I went to Mountain Home Monday to get my prescriptions filled from my doctor, and we did some shopping.

I had an experience of getting stung by yellow jackets one day last week while mowing grass on my riding mower. These pests make their nests in the ground, as other stinging insects do. I never saw it, but I must have run over the nest with my mower. My granddaughter Dana Taylor came the next afternoon and sprayed the whole area, hoping to kill them.

Richard and Rene Blackburn, Mearl and Beulah Satterfield and Jerry Miller as well as many others from this area attended the White River Valley Electric meeting in Branson.

Mahlon and Randi Schmucker live at Lilly Ridge and are attending church there now. Welcome to our area.

I am a new great-grandmother. My granddaughter, Mindy Wright and her husband, Brandon, are the parents of a new baby girl, Quinn Ilene Wright, born Monday night at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She has a 2-year-old sister, Chloe.

A thought to remember: People in glass houses might as well answer the doorbell.