Hi! I’ve missed you!
I trust all of you had a great Christmas and a happy New Year and you were not one of the ones with “the virus.”
All of our family have taken turns it seems with the stomach ailment, the throat problems and the unending cough!
We’ve not been alone, however. It seems a lot of other people have been victims to the little buggy things.
Besides the “bugs” making one confused, did you feel like you had two week-ends in a row during the holidays?
The “eves” felt like Saturdays, then “the big days” felt like Sunday again (whew)!
I’m just now getting on track with actually knowing what day it really is – one of the reasons, probably, for the Waco News not making it to print, huh?
We did enjoy seeing Santa ride around the subdivisions during Christmas break on the big firetruck, didn’t we kids?
Thanks to our firemen for making that happen!
Speaking of firemen, our Waco Volunteer Fire Department had their annual elections this week.
Our new fire chief is Brandon French. Jason Rawlins is assistant chief, Derek Kelly is captain, Herb Lovett and Thomas Azbill are lieutenants. Congratulations to everyone!
Our thanks and best wishes follow former chief Shawn Berenstain as he and his family plot a new course into their future.
From the desk of Tim Jones, pastor of Flatwoods Christian Church, we have these notes:
• On Jan. 6, the ordination of Phil Herald as a new elder and Andy Dunn as a new deacon, was a special part of the morning service.
• Young people will continue practice for the Puppet Ministry on Sundays at 6 p.m.
Hats off for a job well done on the Dec. 23 Christmas program!
• Our website has been updated in case you would like to peruse the happenings at Flatwoods via pictures – like the very special day for a very special person, yep, Harold Rice was that special honoree!
• Congratulations to Paul Dunn who came in first (for the third time) with his chili recipe on New Years Eve!
Birthday wishes go out to some very special people: Rebecca Tackett, Jan. 2; Geraldine Cain and Chris Stanifer, Jan. 9; and Jeff Marcum and Landon Flynn, Jan. 13.
Sympathies are extended to the family of Winnie Moberly, sister to Melissa Compton, who passed away last Saturday. May it help you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Deepest sympathies also are extended to the family and friends of Connie Dickerson (of Berea) who passed away last Saturday.
All week I have re-lived memories of “all of us” when we were just a few steps away, when our children were just babies and when we were so young. I miss you, dear friend.
Our hearts go out to you, Wayne, Jason and family.
That’s about it for this week. Have a great one – and with almost 70-degree weather on Saturday, I’m sure we can manage that!
Hi! I’ve missed you!
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
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