Sunday, March 26, 2006

Happy Birthday and a Wedding Shower

Gravelly news
by Glenna Goodson

After examining Jon's wife, the doctor took Jon aside and said,"I don't like the looks of your wife at all." "Me neither, Doc," said Jon,"but she's a great cook and really good with the kids."

2. Men are like a fine wine. They start out as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the stuffing out of them until they turn into something accectable.

I enjoyed the services at the Adventist Church in Plainview, Saturday.Joe Harrison preached and Kelly Virbel taught the Bible lesson.Dr. Sandberg told me their musical group, Satisfied, was performing that evening at Ola Free Will Baptist Church. He thoughtthe time was 4 till 7 so I got to Ola at 4 and started looking for the church. I had stopped across from the drug store andwas walking toward a group of cars to try to find out where the church was. A car opulled up beside me and Dr. Sandberg says,"follow me to our house because we are not singing until 5:30."So I follow him to their lovely home andhad such a goodvisit with his wife, Jody, and little girl, Sheleah, andVivian that lives with them and works with the Spanish speaking people there in Ola.Jody showed me a short video of their son ,Jere, working in a hospital in Georgia.He does Christian work ministering to the patients in the hospital andalso helping teach Bible studies to people that come to a cafeteria in the hospital to be taught and learn about God.Then I followed Dr. Sandberg back to the church to hear the music. I love to hear Dr. Sandberg play the flute andthe harmonica. The two ladies in the group can really sing and the other musicians are good too. The combinedsound is great.

Last week I met Mr. John Young ,while eating in the Plainview, Fowler's.We talked almost 2 hours concerning our Two River School District. Interesting fellow!!

Gary Garner is in the hostpital at Little Rock with pneumonia.Gary has been in the hospital for several days The latest word I received Sunday, was that if he is still imporoving, he may come home Monday or Tuesday.

My special friend, Johnny Turner, has had pneumonia andspent a short time in the hospital at Danville. He's home but still not doing well and will go back to the Dr. this week.I miss Johnny so much in my Rover church.I pray he issoon well.

We were blessed in our Rover church this week to witness two baptisms--a product of our revival. Johnny andBrenda Turner's daughter also asked for baptism. She also made a profession of faith in our revival.

The Adventist will meet only 5 more Saturdays in the church at Plainview. Since this property has been sold, they will meet in the First Methodist Church in Ola on Saturdays until their new church is built in Ola. The Methodist Church will be blessed by God for allowing this group to meet in their facility.

Loiese Person of Wing, has gone on another trip to Alabama to see her daughter Annette. Annette, her husband, and Loiese will board a plane for Hawaii on Tuesday. Loiese shared with me that she was so blessed to have a son-in-law that includes her in fun trips.

Loucinda Buford had a birthday party for her brother, Sam TurnerSaturdat night. There were 10 present to wish Sam a happy birthday. I know how old Sam is but since I have already written that the 5th grade class I taught at F.V. were just 10- years younger then I was, Idon't want you to know my age, so I won't tell you Sam's.

We at Rover Baptist Church are having a bridalshower for Rebecca Price and her fiance.. Theshower will be April 2nd.Rebecca andher fiance were thetwo baptized today.God's blessings on them!!

Roy Fickle had been in the hospital at Ft. Smith for several days but came home a couple of days ago.It's so sad, but Roy had to be taken back to the hospital Friday night. Roy is having such a hard time and it is so sad for Robbie, his wife, and Katie, his daughter.We really need to pray forthe family.

I saw Leslie Harvey and June his wife, again in Plainview's Fowler's last week. My 5th grade class at F.V. called me Miss Glenna and Leslie still does that and it takes my mind back to happy times.Leslie says, "miss Glenna you know what I said when i got out of your 5th grade class."When Ianswered "No" he said he told everybody he was going to grow up and marry his 5th grade teacher."How sweet!

The Fowler Country Cafe at Plainview is open now on Sunday's. Hurrah!!After church, you have agood place to go and eat. I wenttoday, their first day to be open and there wasstanding room only. Of course the food andservice was great.

Remember there comes a time when you should stop expecting people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

Monday, March 20, 2006

I don't want to be good

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

After christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him 3 times what was wrong. Finally the boy replied,"that preacher said he wanted us to be brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys!"

Last Wednesday night I drove to Ola to 1st Baptist Church's revival. I went especially to hear Paul Milner lead the music. Remember, he was our evangelist for our revival at Rover Baptist Church last week. Paul is a great musician and I was blessed by his singing. I sat by Judy and Tommy Bell--friends from Eastern Star.

Last week I talked with Leslie and June Harvey at the Fowler's restaurant in Plainview.Leslie and June are looking forward to going on vacation to Kennet, Mo. in 2 or 3 months. Thiscity was at one time an Indian village. Leslie has volunteered to help clean the fence rows ofthe Bluffton cemetery and to reset the stones.

At one time my sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Lacey Minnie were approved by DHS to keep Foster children. They kept a teen ager, Vera Johnson for about 4 years. Ialways loved Vera and I always felt she would do well in her life--and she has!!She moved to Colorado, cmpoleted nurse's training and is a registered nurse. She was married and has3 children.I came in from Plainview and there was a message on my answering machine from Vera, I was so proud. She told me she subscribed to the Yell County Record and she loved my column.--that it brought back good memories forher when she was living in Ar.

I'm glad the Record took the picture ofthe daffodils Wayne Hunnicutt planted a few years ago. The ones that spelled Gravelly were so beautiful this year. Ifthe others had not been mowed down, they spelled Wayne's name. Both together were outstanding.

Would you liketo hear about my new diet?Of course you would. It iscalled Medifast. Debbie at the fitness center, ordered my food for me. They send you oatmeal for breakfast and soup for lunch. These are in packets andyou cook them in water in your micro-wave. Also they send powdered shakes andspecial candy bars. I am responsivble for my evening meal.It must be baked or broiled meat--not over 7 ounces,either salad or a green vegetable.. In 4 days I have lost 4 pounds!Wow! by my birthday in May, Ishould be thin!I'm not holding my breath.

Roy Fickle is in Sparks Hospital at Ft. Smith. The doctors are conducting many tests and the results should start coming in Monday, the 20th.Robbie, his wife, and katie, his daughter intend to go to the hospital Monday.Robbie will probably stay a few days.

The Parish twins, Maggie Sullivan and Marie Herrin, celebrated their birthdays, St. Patrick's Day. Don't write and tell me Ihave mis-spelled Parish--it has only one R in it. I had lost their addresses and called Loucinda to get them. She informed me if I did not write them down in my address book as soon as she gave them to me, she would not givethem to me. So I wrote them down.

We had around 30 at our chili supoper at Gravelly's Lodge Hall, Saturday. We want to thank the ones that came andI'm sure the chili and all those desserts were delicious.

I wrote a story about my sister, Kathy, on my Blog this week. My son, Ellis, e-mailed me that he really enjoyed it. There are just 4 years difference in their ages, so they have always been close.

Dennus and June Castleberry's water heater broke and it flooded the kitchen, hall, bath room and living room.. Dennue replaced the hot water heater and now they will replace floor coverings.

I read an interesting editorial in this week's Gazette, blasting cell phones.The movie houses are trying to make it illegal to have the cell phone turned on orto talk on it in the theatre. Good for them!!I have a cell hone but i sometimes hatethose things.People can't seem to go an hour without talking on the phone. Sometimes I wish the phone had not been invented!!I saw acouple out for dinner one night in OKC. and that woman talked on her cell phone all during the meal. If I had been that guy, I would have leftand let her pay forthe meal!Cell hones ring during weddings, in church, at funerals. That isabsolutely rude and stupid!! For a person to go to events and not turn them off, isabsolutely beyond me.

From the mouths of Babes:-----------
My brother in law drives one of the FV school busses.Last week he was having trouble with a little boy named Sam, who is in Kdgn. Lacey corrected him many ties and finally said, "Sam I'm just gongto have to take you to the Principal's office. Sam says, "But I don't want to go to the Principal's office."Lacey told him he would have to be good, and Sam says,"But I don't wantto be good!"

Wanda' Melton's granddaughter, Sharon, was preparing to spank her little 4 year old son. He says"But I'm just a baby!"

I was talking to my 4 year old great grandson on the phone Saturday. He was in trouble from his Mom and was trying to cry. I asked, "Jake what did you do?"He says,"Nanny I just can't help it if forget sometimes.And if I forget a rule,Istill have to pay a CONSEQUENCE!"

J.B. Wagner and Margaret have just hadtheir 2nd great grandchild born the 16th.It isa girl and she weighed 4 lbs.13oz and her name is Lily Paige.The parents live in Conway.

Do you agree----Common sense isthe least common of the senses!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


My brother could not say my name when he was small so he called me DeeDee.I thought that was a neat nickname, especially since my brother had started the name, cause I was crazy about my brother.The nickname did not catch on with my friends or family, so Bob was the only one that still called me DeeDee.We got off the school bus at the community store one day after school and the guy that worked in the store heard Bob call me DeeDee and he asked"Do you know what DeeDee stands for?" I answered "No" and he said "Droopy Drawers". I was so angry that I told my brother' you are NEVER to call me by that name again!"

Monday, March 13, 2006

the Pastor called the Mayor

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A Pastor went to his office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard. He telephoned the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the Pastor to the Health Department. They explained,"Since there was no health threat, you'll need to call the Sanitation Dept."Whenthe pastor called the Sanitation Dept., the manager of the Sanitation Dept. said.."I can't pick up that dead mule without authorization from the mayor." The pastor was not alll that eager to call the Mayor, who possessed a very bad temper and was always extremely unpleasant and hard to deal with, but eventually, the Pastor called the Mayor anyway.The mayor did not disappoint the Pastor. The mayor immediately began to rant and rave. After his continued rant at the pastor, the mayor finally said,"Why did you call me anyway? Isn't it your job to bury the dead?" The pastor paused for a brief prayer, and asked the Lord to direct his response.The Lord led the pastor to the words he was speaking,"Well,Yes, Mayor, it IS my job to bury the dead, BUT I always like to notify the next of kin first!!"

In talking to Midge Whitlow at Fowler's in Plainview, I asked her would she ride with me sometime to Russellville and teach me how to get there, cause I did not know how to get to Russellville. She just put her head down on the table and said,"I can't believe this!" Then she proceeded to give me directions. As she was leaving, she said,"I know you will get lost trying to get to Russellville, so call me and I'll come get you!"

Here are some amusing quotes::-------------Madge Whitlow::"The XL size on women's clothes stands for "extra lucious."
Diana O, Bryant-------"I like Starbucks coffee but I don't want to buy an interest in a 3rd world country in order to buy a cup!"
Two waitresses in a restaurant at Danville-------One says to the other, "I've been on a diet for 2 weeks and all I have lost is 14 days!"
Johnny Turner sees me in my dark colored wig and says,"Gee, you look like Goldie Hawn."(Goldie as a blonde!)

I was sorry to learn this week that Charles Ray Payne had died. His Dad was Austin Payne, and I have forgotten the mother's name. His sister, Ethel Faye and I both attended Fourche Valley School.The Austin Payne's were our neighbors from the time I was 7 until I was 14, at Nola.Charles Ray was just a little boy when I last saw him.My sympathy to the remaining family.

If you want to hear a lot of politicing, just come to the Nola store early in the morning. Sometimes you will see Mr. Forbes that is running for county judge and of course Tommy VanOver, that is running for J.P.I'm sure both of these guys would be good in those respective offices. They are honorable, Christian men which means a lot. I told Tommy a year ago that i would be one of his campaign managers, but I live in Yell County and he is runnng in Scott County, so I don't think that would work.

Our revival at Rover Baptist church is really stupendous!!Bro. Paul Milner tells it" like it is" and our hearts have been changed. Bro. Paul lives in London, Ar and I really pray God's blessings upon him!! I said one night that I voted he should stay another week and the young people all yelled, YES!" They really love him.

I received a letter from my cousin, Calton Highfill, frm Texas, this week. Their son, Danny, that has cancer, is now taking chemo.His condition has not improved so we really need to pray for him.

My heart goes out to Vickie Smith of Plainview that lost her 3 month old baby to SIDS.We lost a grandson to SIDS when he was one month old and it really is a terriable time because SIDS strikes so suddenly without any warning. My prayers are with Vickie and her family.

I talked by phone, to Beatrice Garner Yeats, this past week. One thing she told me happened in the 40''s. I said "Beatrice, I never knew that," and in my feeble mind I did not think it could have happened that way.. Well, it was exactly how Beatrice said.. She;s a wonderful resource for me, 'cause since Ila Willis is gone, I don't have anyone to answer my questions sbout the 30's and 40's.

I was so gladto see Becky and Emily Patton at our revival., I did not even recogize Emily, she has really become a beautiful young lady. I was also glad to see Larry Wilson.Sure wish he had brought that guitar and sang And I'm really glad Loiese Person has gone every night with me to the revival.At one time, she and her children attended Rover Baptist Church. Loiese has 7 kids and 6 of them were saved and baptized at Rover Baptist--that is awesome!!

My husband called me from Texoma and one of his dearest friends from Dallas had passed away. Fred was sad and he was sad that he had not talked to Warren in a year or so. They both worked for Westinghouse Elevator and when the company would send Fred to Dallas to either install an elevator or to inspect them, he would stay with Warren.It brought to my mind, again, how precious friends are, we should keep in contact with them and always let them know we care forthem. Remember, Jesus had friends and showed His love to them.

Loucinda told me that a lady at the Danville bank asked her where my article was last week and that she enjoyed my column. She asked Loucinda was I really that funny and Loucinda was nice and says"sometimes."As a special friend, Loucinda has seen me in sad times, in MAD times, in depressing times but in funny times too.

I am so glad that my friend Melba Reed got a good report on a heart test she had done. Melba had open heart surgery 13 years ago and it is always a blessing when she gets good reports.

I asked Johnny Turner did he enjoy my joke last week in my column. He said it took himn so long to read my artricle by the time he came to the end, he had forgotten the joke!!

The Adventist at Plainview have sold their church property.Soon they plan to begin building a new church in Ola.Someone told me that the former church may become a library!!

The Gravelly Eastern Star will have a chile supper at the Masonic Lodge building Saturday,March 18th, from 4 to 6 P.M.. Bring yur family and eat delicious, home made chile with us.

After church SundayLoucinda and I went to what is now the Main Street Cafe at DanvilleWe gotthe last booth so the cafe seems to be doing well. June Castelberry is workingthere part time and they have decorated one wall, using some of June's paintings.They are very good paintings and if you go in and see one that you just cant, do without June might sell it to you. As Lloucinda and I were looking at the paintings, Loucinda saw a couple she knew and began a conversation. The couple was Bobby and Frances Burrows, of Danville. They informed Loucinda they kept up with her activities by reading my column.

Here's somethingto think about this week:: Give me a sense of humor, Lord, Give me the grace to see a joke--to get some humor out of life and pass it on to other folk.