Hello readers, the soft falling rains have finally let up again and our weather is really cool. It's the ending days of the Locust Winter and the trees are in full bloom on the Old Railroad here in Paint Lick. The heaviness of the good smelling locust blooms are a wonderful sign that the farmers will have a good crop yield and all the rains are just an extra plus for the growing season.

It's a cool 46 degrees here out my door and it'll make for a sleepy night but we'll see warmer days later in the week, although you can hold on to those warm jackets — "Blackberry Winter is around the middle of June from what I read in the 2019 Almanac. It will bring on another cool spell, even more so than the ones before. I'm reminded of the sayings of the late Mrs. Thelma Starnes, when she wondered about everyone trying "to get ahead of the game," "Nothing's going to grow until the ground gets warm, so you're wasting time." The ground will become warmer after that cool spell. I really do miss Thelma. She was a wonderful friend.

I just returned home late this Monday evening as I write from The Home of Picking and Grinning on US 25 where Janet P., Gail A. and I get a chance to enjoy some old time Gospel music. Of course, James did sing my favorite song "The White Oak on the Hill" and there were so many good pickers and singers, it was amazing. I learned of a special event at the Berea Folk Center where the great Earl Barnes will be hosting his "Songs of Faith" and it's all happening on Friday evening June 7 at 7 p.m. I love hearing that gentleman play and sing and again, I'm amazed at all the talent we have and it's close to home.

I am deeply sorry to learn of the passing of my friend Roseane Efron, an incredible massage therapist from Berea. She and I attended the New Opportunity School For Women in the early 90s and Roseane started her life business from her endeavor at N.O.S.W. She will be greatly missed by all her friends.

The Friends of Paint Lick S.O.S. or start of summer yard sale will be held here on Main Street on Saturday, June 8, beginning around 8:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us in setting up your own table. No charge. I think we'll be able to get in on the crowd from the U.S. 25 road sales where many people will be selling everything from all over.

Paint Lick's 32nd year of the VillageFest will be held on October 5 and I'm praying for another great year to help our community gain some fresh ground into purchasing our new sign that will bring more people into this area. I do love this small community and I'm happy to say we are gaining some ground. So keep the date in mind for Oct. 5 for VillageFest. If you would like to become a sponsor for this event, you can call email geriprice@copperheadconsulting.com. Geri has been just the best about helping our community thrive and I do appreciate all that she does for Paint Lick.

Happy birthday to Mrs. Elrena Taylor of Richmond and to Mike Hawley, both on May 17.

A little note of consideration — I did receive what I asked for on Mother's Day and it was not flowers per my request. But you know, there is no other Mom who could have received the most incredible card, like the one from my Joe. He always can write the very words that I want and need to hear. I love you son.

May God bless.

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