Hi and Happy Fourth of July!!!
I sure hope the rains hold off until, hmm, maybe Friday. We've been in the Daytona Beach – afternoon showers syndrome again this week, haven’t we? At least we haven’t had to put life-jackets on our potatoes like we’ve had to do in years past. The rain didn’t come in one big “gully-washer” like before!! This appears to be a bumper crop for potatoes; everyone we’ve talked with seems to agree. Apples are loading up the apple trees as well -- time (almost) to make apple butter (yum, yum!)
Everyone said yum-yum on Saturday as they gathered at Granny Leona's residence in honor of great-grandson (Joshua Brandenburg) and soon-to-be great-granddaughter (Kayla Dargavell) with a wedding shower. The yum-yum came from Granny's dee-licious butter cake as only she can make it.
The couple received many nice presents, along with a loaded “money-tree!” Everyone had a great time and send all their best wishes to Josh and Kayla as they begin their life as Mr. and Mrs. later this month. (Thanks to everyone for their presence and gifts, Josh and Kayla.)
If you heard sirens last Sunday evening (a week ago,) it was our Waco Volunteers and the Madison County Fire Department on their way to a structure fire on Fike Road. Due to their quick response, damages were kept to a minimum (one room receiving the most damage, we hear.) Any time there is a structure fire, possible outcomes can be tragic and we are happy no injuries were sustained in this one.
From the desk of Tim Jones, pastor of Flatwoods Christian Church, we have these notes: Sunday, July 21, will be Homecoming for the church. 1 Voice will present a musical concert at 9:45 a.m., followed by Jackie Ward bringing the “Homecoming Message.” Dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to: Beth Campbell (July 2); Jessie Masters (July 4); Martin Jones (July 4); Connie Dennis (July 8); Geraldine Covey (July 7, I believe); to Carol Johnson (July 9); to Jean Brown (July 9); and Diane Webb (July 9).
Happy anniversary wishes go out to Jerry and Jody Plummer (July 9); to David and Kim Henderson (July 10); and Tommy and Betty Masters (July 13).
Get well wishes are extended to Gene and Juanita Smith who have had their share of health issues lately. Please keep the couple in your prayers as they are on the road to better health (and we want them to stay that way, right?).
Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Mattie King who passed away a few days ago. I remember Mattie being the Intermediate Sunday School teacher and enjoyed being in her class whenever I visited her church as a child.
That’s about it for this week -- have a GREAT and SAFE Fourth of July (go USA, USA, USA!!).
Hi and Happy Fourth of July!!!
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Richmond’s Christmas parade is Friday night
Do you have most of your Christmas shopping done? If not, take a deep breath of air, make a hot cup of tea to clear your mind and schedule an upcoming day to finish your task.
Better safe than sorry with bad weather is forecast
How did you like the “snow day” on Tuesday?
Better safe than sorry, right?
According to the weather forecasters, more of the white stuff may be falling this weekend.
Ice forecast brings back memories of big storms
I am glad that this weather has been a hit or miss for us.
Al, Alice & Ruth holiday concert Friday
The Al, Alice & Ruth Holiday Musical Special is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Berea Arena Theater. The show will feature special guest Richard Bellando. Featuring the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, the show will include both traditional tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “What Child is This” and new Al, Alice & Ruth originals, “Caroling in the Snow” and “Starlit Lullaby.” Admission is $5.
Cold-weather horse nutrition
Winter may not arrive officially until Dec. 21, but wintry weather is already here.
Consider these ideas for feeding your horses this winter.
The first thing every horse owner should do is assess your horses’ body condition scores, or the amount of fat they are carrying.
This is simple numeric system, ranging from 1 to 9 that will help you adjust your horses’ diets so they are carrying the perfect amount of body weight.
Choose the right Christmas tree
When choosing a Christmas tree, freshness is the key. To ensure that your tree has optimum freshness, it is best to cut it yourself.
Now, that is not to say that you need to cut one out of your or your neighbor’s yard, but there are several tree farms in central Kentucky.
If you decide not to cut your own tree, there are several tree lots to choose from in the area. Many of the trees found on tree lots will probably not have been cut locally, but instead shipped in from other states such as North Carolina or even Colorado. Ask the vendor where the trees are from.
Winter chill means it’s soup time in Kentucky
I love the winter months because I can try some new and different soups. I use the crock pot for most of all my soups. Here are some recipes you might like to try.
Boost your energy without caffeine
When your energy level starts nose-diving in mid-afternoon, do you reach for a cup of java or that canned energy drink for help?
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
While the cup of daily coffee isn’t bad ― the antioxidants in java are good for you ― a half dozen cups a day can be. Not only that, it’s like putting a bandage on the problem. Instead, combat your fatigue with these energy boosters.
Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
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