Hello readers, it’s early Sunday afternoon as I write and I'm sitting on our porch listening to the softness of a slow rain. Yes, once again, we have more rain, but I believe this small shower will end for the day and we will see a drier week. Our garden is under water with the more than four inches of rain that blessed us this past week. The ending (cooler) days of blackberry winter has passed and we have a bunch of the vines climbing all through the hillside by the pigpen — about the size of my little fingernail. Maybe the birds will have other things to do come drier weather and I can see some big berries by way of all the garden snakes. I feel sure I'll spot some of those snakes if I get a chance to do berry picking.

It's been a while since I've picked anything wild. Can my readers recall their younger days when picking berries was so much fun and we didn't know any danger in picking the berries except, maybe, when I ate more than I brought back home to my sister for her jam making time. I do remember those good times on Jackson Hollow Hill with sister Em and her big family. It was a part of growing up.

Our "drop the top" project has taken off and I see more people helping to take charge of a good idea for the Paint Lick bench, and too, they are cleaning up the environment in a small way. Just keep saving those plastic lids of most any kind, namely water bottles, and bring them by the Friends or drop them off at Copperhead Environmentalist and we'll put them to good use.

The Friends of Paint Lick Yard Sale for the start of summer (S.O.S.) was postponed this past Saturday because of all the rain, but we are hoping to hold it maybe in two weeks. That would be a tentative date of June 22. I'm hoping for better weather. By that time, our new Paint Lick T-shirts will be here and we now have bumper stickers. If you are a visitor passing through, what better way that to stop and say hello. Again, that date is only tentative.

There is a lot happening right here in our area, and when people fail to pick up a newspaper where you read about us here in Paint Lick, then you can go to our Facebook page and learn more. The new Dollar General Store is doing really well. I visit at least once a week and we have a new project for the Paint Lick Walking Trail that will be a big plus for all the walkers and even the bicycle riders.

Now, plans are under way for our 2019 VillageFest on Saturday, Oct. 5, where everyone gathers on Main Street for all kinds of happenings. We are looking for vendors who can display their items — handmade or homemade. You will need to call Geri Price at Copperhead Consulting, 859-925-9012, and it's best to e-mail her at geriprice@copperheadconsulting.com. Please do so as early as possible and ask about where you "can do your thing". October 5 will be here in no time, so mark the date for some Paint Lick Happenings.

Happy birthdays to Doug's Aunt Geneva Bowling on June 14; to a special lady, friend and volunteer on June 15, we love you Loraine Todd — have a great day. Also, to My friend Kasey Willoughby on June 15, a wonderful lady; to Mr. Henry Jamies Vanoy, who I hope will have a special day also on June 15; to Henry's Aunt Whitney Cox Mason on June 16; and to my neighbor Shawnta Hale on June 18.

I hope for you all a wonderful birthday and may God bless.

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