December 26, 2013. By the time these news items are printed Christmas Day will have passed and we will be looking forward to a New Year 2014! Hopefully there were many families who enjoyed the season together.

Sharon Smith reported her brother and wife were on a trip to Virginia and his wife had to go the hospital with a heart problem. Our prayers are with them.

E.W. and Ina Friend spent Christmas with their daughter and son-in-law, and grandson where they had a good breakfast together.

Spending Christmas Eve day with me were Kristen and Alexus Luebbert from Kansas, Dave, Karen, Keith and Jaycee Davis, Lisa (Davis) Keller, Chet and Dana Taylor.

On Christmas Day, Kris, Alexus and I along with Chet and Dana had a bountiful dinner with his parents, Rev. J.C. and Bonnie Taylor and daughter, Joyce in West Plains.

The Davis family spent Christmas Day with Larry Davis family in Dora.

At the Rev. J.C. Taylor home in West Plains we certainly enjoyed Bonnie and daughter, Joyce’s preparation of all the traditional dishes and along with beef steaks and venison that son, Chet, prepared. He and his Dad hunted during deer season together on Dan and Chet’s home place.

Prayers are for Bonnie’s health problems with her legs causing trouble. We will be praying for her to get relief soon.

Gainesville Chapter 432 Order of the Eastern Star had their December 23rd meeting with dinner at 6:30, and following the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting they had Installation of 2014 Officers. There were 15 installed out of the number 18 officers.

Heading the chapter is Paralee Rea with Robert Arnett. Secretary is Theresa McConnaughy. Theodosia has dual membership with us.

Having a duck and cornish hen dinner with all the other dishes for Christmas at Ruth and Ernie Stones Wednesday were Paralee Rea and neighbor, Bill Napier, also.

Paralee got calls from her nephew in Paeola, Kansas, a niece in Quincy, Illinois, a call from her brother in Shawnee, Kansas, and a nephew who works for FedX deliveries.

Wade Crawford, my cousin from Ramona, California made his annual call on Christmas morning. He also called his mother’s sister, Rosalie (Robbins) Sorenson, in Illinois. He said it was 84 degrees in Ramona, California while my thermometer read 37 degrees. Wade is the lone survivor of the Lue and Gail Crawford family, former residents here and was young when his folks built the Hardenville Store.

Happy Birthday to Charlene Pitcock in Forsyth, December 27th.

Maxine Shanerman has a January 18th birthday coming up soon. Before we know it 2014 will be here!

I’m scheduled for catarct surgery in Mountain Home this Monday. Daughters, Karen and Kristen are to be with me, both of nursing careers, so I should be able to obey their instructions.

Tara Miller and sons spent Christmas with her dad, Floyd and Selma Hensley in Mountain Home. They visited grandparents, Dave and Karen Davis in Udall Christmas evening.

A Christmas greeting from cousin, Warren Heap in Davidson, Oklahoma said they had snow and they had run out of hay for their 200 head of cattle, but purchased more. His wheat crop was not good. Warren Heap is the son of Bert and Vernie (Ebrite) Heap. His Dad came over from England, and it wasn’t many months after meeting Vernie, they married. She was a school teacher and taught some after marriage. A daughter, Florence, is deceased, as well as, Warren’s parents.

I am noticing lots of snow birds and red birds come to the feeders, also. They waste a lot of seeds then the crows come to devour them.

Until next week, a Happy New Year is wished to all who read our news column each week.

Remember if someone doesn’t have a smile give them one of yours.