This is the lazy part of summer for some; however, not so for the serious vegetable gardeners among us.
In my first book, “Tales from the Hills and Hollers of Eastern Kentucky,” I proclaimed that my mom and her children tended a vegetable garden the size of a football field. Now, I know that was my perception as a child, but it really was quite large. The garden and orchard were eventually sold for two house plots.
The 15th of July through the first week of August are commonly called “Dog Days.”
In generations past, these were the sultry days of summer believed to be evil times when dogs became mad, and other creatures became languid and dangerous to approach.
Folklore has it that these were oppressive days of hot temperatures, which brought on fevers, odd maladies and mental hysteria among the weak-minded.
However, in Kentucky’s mountainous area of my childhood, Mommy would just warn us to be extra careful – just in case there was a morsel of truth on the plate of yesterday’s foreboding.
As for my thoughts on the forewarnings of “Dog Days,” I am in full agreement with one stanza of Robert Browning’s 1841 poem called “Pippa Passes:”
“The Lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thron;
God’s in His heaven –
All’s right with the world!”
Actually, all may not be right with the world, but this gal has lived long enough to know that a person can choose to have peace among conflict, by rooting themselves in God’s written word.
Remember, there will be a basic health screening from 4 to 8 p.m. this Friday in the Tates Creek Baptist Church parking lot, 1255 Boonesboro Road.
The church, in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University nursing program, will be providing a health fair to the people on the north side of the county. However, anyone may attend the clinic free of charge and will not be turned away. Basic health screenings will be provided for children and adults alike.
Kudos goes out to Tates Creek Baptist Church congregation for their love and concern for our community.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the community is invited to bring their children to the parking lot of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 3085 Lexington Road, for an entire day carnival-style vacation Bible school.
Your children will hear the wonderful good news of God’s love through Bible-story teaching, but everything will be in keeping with the theme, “Everyone’s Day of Fun.”
The foods will be in accordance with a carnival atmosphere. There will be popcorn, snow cones, pizza and much more. I am told the real fun thing will be the water-slide. All children are welcome.
You know, the northern end of the county is a good place to live and visit, thanks to the state park’s swimming pool, miniature golfing, camping grounds, White hall Historic Site and the many wonderful churches to serve that serve the Madison County populace. Why not drive out and partake in our wonderful amenities.
Another reminder, Madison Christian Church is holding vacation Bible school this week through Thursday night. Check with the church for more information. This is another concerned congregation of people who love the Lord and strive to serve their community with many annual programs, the most famous being the Christmas dinner for the needy.
Okay! The old saying was sent in by Susan Macafee. It reads: “A green Christmas and a warm, sunshiny day means a full graveyard for the coming year. A cold, snowy Christmas Day means an empty graveyard for the coming year.” Thanks, Susan!
If you have an old saying, sign or cure, contact me by calling 527-0411 or e-mailing me at email@example.com with your nugget of knowledge from yesteryear. All special days, church and community events are welcome as well.
Until next week, may God bless you and yours.
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Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond
Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?
Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.
We old folks have unique experiences
A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.
Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today
Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.
Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent
Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea
The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.
Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic
The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.
State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open
Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.
Pets of the Week
This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.
This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.
Expanded Local Foods Expo is Saturday in Berea
The annual Local Foods Expo, sponsored by Sustainable Berea, has outgrown its humble beginnings, a workshop with 40 attendees five years ago.
This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Berea Welcome Center (old L&N Depot) in Old Town on Broadway.
Diabetes walk Saturday at YMCA
The Stepping Out for Diabetes 2014 walk will start 11 a.m. Saturday at the Telford YMCA, 1100 E. Main St., Richmond.
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