Hello readers, this late Sunday afternoon as I write turned out nice with temps reaching 48 degrees. Picking up fallen limbs from our yard gave me some much needed exercise. The trees, especially the tall pines in my brother's backyard, could be seen bending in a semi-circle as I visited him on Saturday in Berea.

My friend Gail and I were at J.R.'s house when this scary wind came barreling through Christmas Ridge Rd. and, in what seemed like an hour, lasted only a few minutes while sirens were blasting off all over. JR had a yard swamped with water in a flash of rain and, with a virtual forest behind his home, those trees were really whirling throughout. It was a scary sight. Gail and I kept to the kitchen and, since J.R. didn't seem to be the least bit worried, he walked around in those winds but came inside just as the rain hit home. We did have the best day with my brother as I decide to cook at his home. He was pleased with biscuits, smoke jowl bacon, eggs and fried potatoes with gravy. I,too, was happy as we had already decided to cook there and just visit with him for the day -- although we did make it to Walmart there in Berea.

The rain here at home did a bunch of damage, as well. Most noticeable was the roadway on Moran Summit Rd., about a half mile from Hwy 52. I think it's called a wash out when a piece of the road is gone. That Moran Summit Rd. is heavily traveled especially in early mornings, so please be careful when crossing that small bridge. You could easily slide over into that creek. Maybe, the road department will check this before it gets worse.

The members and friends of Paint Lick Christian Church had a good lunch of hot homemade soup, crackers and wonderful desserts. It felt really good to just sit and relax after Sunday services and enjoy the fellowship of everyone. Thank you to Gary and Sharon Clark, Charlie and Linda Gruen, Paul and Linda David, and Rachel Cole for all that you do for us. The reminiscing of old school days was a real treat. We all had a great time.

Sunday was my nephew, Terry Cheeks' birthday. I hope he had a great day. He sure does deserve the best! January 14 is the anniversary of my Mother's death. She has been gone now for 56 years and a day like no other will I ever forget. Fairy Mae Alexander lives on in some small way, in all of her remaining children -- just as each of us do. It's called the circle of life.

The Friends of Paint Lick was really busy last week with lots of warm clothing going out with lots of people. That is our main goal -- to keep anyone in need of warm coats, caps and bedding in the up coming winter months. And folks, winter will get here. Some say they fear too much "global warming" with not as much snow and colder temps, but mind your "Ps and Qs" for winter is not over yet.

I will be sending a picture of my new grandchild, Eleanor Jane Rollins. She is so precious. I pray that all of you will stay well.

May God bless.

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