Sunday, April 30, 2006

Is He Kin To You?

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

Jack was sitting in an airplane when another guy took the seat beside him. The new guy was a wreck, pale, and hands shaking. "Hey, what's the matter?"Jack asked. "Oh man. I've been transferred to Arkansas" the other guy said."There's crazy people in Arkansas. They have shootings, gangs, race riots, drugs, the highest crime rate." "Hold on," Jack interrupted,"I've lived in Arkansas all my life. It is not as bad as the media says.Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business, enroll your kids in a good school and it's as safe as anywhere in the world." The other passenger relaxed and stopped shaking for a moment and said"Oh, thank you. I've been worried to death, but if you live there and say it's OK, I'll take your word for it. What do you do for a living?" "Me?" said Jack,"I'm a tail gunner on a beer truck in Pine Bluff."

We at Wing Community Church were certainly glad to have Louise Person back with us Sunday. Louise had a wonderful time in Alabama with her daughter, Annette and her family. Of course she really had a great time in Hawaii with Annette and her husband. There's really a vacancy when you have one of the "three Musketeers" gone consisting of Hazel, Edith, and Louise. I've never met ladies more dedicated to their Lord, their church and their friends.

My pastor, Bro. Shipley, is very forgetful. He makes notes,puts them in his pocket and forgets. He did that Sunday and someone in the congregation reminded him of a prayer request. Bro. Keith said,"Oh, I have that in my pocket."Johnny Turner turned around to me and said "Is he kin to you?"

I was at Nola Friday night to eat and shared a table with Marcus and Susan Richmond,the Gary Garners' daughter and son-in-law.It was fun eating with them--Marcus told me funny stories. Even though I protested, Marcus took my ticket to pay for my supper. I had gotten gasoline before I cam inside and intended to poay for my gasoline along with my supper. Well., Susan tells the cashier she wants to pay for Mrs. Glenna;'s too and he says $28, and I say"No, No, she's not paying for my gasoline!"

Friday, I took my car to a mechanic in EWaldron where I had gone before.
My cousin, Dortha Putman, met me at the Rock cafe,we ate a late breakfast--then went to Wal Mart and on to Dortha's to wait for my car.I also went by my cousin Fred Copeland's business to see him and Lou Ann. Peggy,his sister, was working for him that day so I also got to see Peggy. I don't get to visit with Fred much and I sat there amazed at how much like his namesake, our Uncle Fred Coopeland, he is. Dortha and I enjoyed just sitting and talking until my car was ready.

Five of us from Gravelly, traveled to the 1st Baptist Church of Danville, Thursday night to learn about Ivotronic Touch Screen Voting machines, we will use this year in voting. It was a very interesting meeting and the man that was teaching us was very knowledgable. I saw Tommy Mabry and his wife there. It's always good to talk to Tommy. Tommy and his wife live in Chula. Seeing Tommy always takes me back to memories of high school at F.V.

Kathy and Lacey Minnie went to the Free Will Baptist 5th Sunday meeting at Waldron, Saturday. I would go to those meetings with my Dad when I was a teen-ager and always enjoyed them. Kathy and Lacey went to See Aunt Syble in the nursing home, also.

Loucinda Buford had the pleasure of keeping her 6 year old grandson, Michael, this past week-end.. Saturday, I stopped to see Michael and we all decided we'd go to Dennus' and June Castleberry's to see their kitty cats.Of course, Michael really enjoyed that.

We had our 5th Sunday sing at Rover Baptist Church Sunday night. Emily Shipley sang two songs. Emily is very talented and I love to hear her sing. Mr. Cathey played the harmonica. Brenda Turner and her 7 year old granddaughter, Kaitlin McConnell, sang. That little girl can really sing and of course Brenda has a beautiful voice. Chris Light sang "3 Wooden Crosses" one of my favorite songs and that pretty bass voice Chris has, just made that song!I read a story I had written several years ago. June Hawkins and Scott Warren sang a duet. That was their first time to sing together and it was really good listening. The Rovers for Jesus ended our singing by singing two great songs!We then adjourned to the kitchen where we feasted on homemade icecream, sandwiches and desserts.

It's time to prepare for the F.V. reunion and one thing we do is to find all the addresses we possibly can so we can inform yhou of the reunion. Our 10 year graduating class of 1996 will be recognized but we hardly have any addresses. So I am going to list some names and PLEASE if yu have an address or phone number of any of these people, will you please call me at 479-299-4326 or write me at P.O. Box 57, Gravelly, Ar.72838 Here are the Names: Danny Fowler, Sergio Pena, Lisa Rogers, Tabitha Short, Melinda Whala

For the 25 year class which will also be recognized, the addresses we do not have are : Penny Duke, Lori Harvey Sparks, Beth McCafferty, Charles Moody, Sharron Ray, Fred Wilhelms and Bobby Yett. Please help us out.

Life Goes Quickly. Seize it !!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Come For The Bull

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette. inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from re-possessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull from the stockyard in a far town so that they can breed their own stock. They only have $600 left. Upon leaving the brunette tells her sister,"When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.The brunette arrives at the stockyard, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less.After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news. She walks into the telegraph office and says,"I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul him home."The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, and then adds,"It's just 99 cents a word." After a few minyutes of thinking, she nods and says,"I want you to send her the word "comfortable." The operator shakes his head. :"How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word "comfortable?" The brunette explains," My sister is a blonde. The word's big. She'll read it very slowly-------com-for-da-bull .

The people that met in Waldron to plan for the F.V. reunion were Billy Euel Highfill, Charles and Rita Daniel, Loucinda Buford, Larry Aikman and Gary Garner. Rita, Dortha, Peggy and I made ourselves scarce by gong to Dortha's and Peggy's apartments that were next door to the building where the committee met. I heard Loucinda, Charles and Biully say that Larry and Gary really added a lot to their planning. These two guys have very good ideas and will help a lot in making this reunion a great time for all. The reunion will be September 9th.

I purchased a small table lamp from Wayne and Rosetta's flea market at Gravelly. The lamp has a very unusual shade and is very pretty. It's worth driving a few miles to come see what Rosetta has.

Loucinda urged Dennue Castleberry to go to Waldron with us Monday. Dennus said"No, he could not go." I decided he had to stay and take care of his kittens. One day Dennus goes in to check on the kittens and picked one up and took him into the kitchen. The kitty screamed and the mother cat came running and jerked her kitty out of Dennus' hands. Dennus said if she wanted the kitty that bad, she could have it!! Ofcourse then, the mother cat moved the kittens. She carried all 5 upstairs to Dennus and June's bedroom!!

It seems I have Cellulitis in my left leg, a bacterial infection of the skin. Now I am taking antibiotics and my leg is better. But my left knee is really in bad shape. Dr. Sandberg told me that when my leg is well and I get my blood sugar down, he will send me to Russellville to an orthopedic surgeon to fix my knee. I am ready for something to fix that knee. Dr. Sandberg said I had to curtail my running around. Shoot a monkey, I don't like that one bit!! I told Fred he has to come be with me when I have the surgery and he says if gasoline has gone down to 25cents per gallon, he will be here!!

Speaking of Fred,a couple of days ago he caught a 47 pound flathead cat fish. A few days before he had caught a 23 and one -half pounder, plus 10 crappie. He said 11 people at Lake Texoma feasted on the 23 and one-half pounder and the crappie. Everyone got their fill of fish.

I talked to my great-grand son, Jacob last week. I ask him how he likes pre-school and he says,"that teacher makes me write J-A-C-O-B over and over and I know how to write Jacob. Sounds as if the teacher should move on to something else. Jake then asked had I sent hm another "box" I told him:"yes," that I sent hm a John Deere cap and described it. This very bright 4 year old says"What is a cap?"

Jewlelene, formerly Putman, came by to see me one day last week. She had a friend with her, LaVan Robinson's mother. I told her that her son was one of my favorite preachers. She and Jelelent visited about an hour. They were just driving around and were gong to the Mulberry church and to see Mrs. Beatrice Garner, Yeats. Gee, Jewelene always looks as she did in high school--she must have a magic potion.

I was glad to see Gerry and Charley Miller eating at the Nola store last week-end. Also Vivkie and Jim Roberson, and Bob and Sue Hunt were there. We were talking about school and Gerry said one of her boys came home from his first day of kdgn. and when she asked him how was his first day of school, he said he wasn't gong back to school. Gerry asked why he did not want to go back and he says,"That teacher did not teach me to read today, so why go back?" I told Vickie that maybe we teachers should see that the first day of school for a child is one of learning something new.

I talked by phone last week to my cousin in Broken Arrow, OK. Sue Ann Highfill Cheatam, formerly of Gravelly. Sue Ann was a grandmother and a great-grandmother the same week last month. They were both boys. Sue, her husband, David, and Mary Lee, her sister, are all monitors on different busses for handicapped children in the Broken Arrow school system.

When my brother-in-law, Lacey, put me a new commode in my bathroom, he placed the old one under my tree in the front yard and said"Plant flowers in it."My mother did that one time but I decided it would be ugly and asked Lacey to please take it away when he had time. That afternoon, Cindy Clements, my landlady that lives next door to me called me and said," Glenna, I was looking at our pretty mewly mowed lawns and then what did I see under your tree in your front yard--don't tell me you are gong to put flowers in that!" I said "Sure." just to tease her and she said,:"please get rid of that ugly thing!"

Because of my bad leg, I did not get to see the donkey ball game at F.V. last week as I had intended Also I wanted to go and hear the "Saved by Grace, duet at Plainview Saturday night. I love to hear Larry and Jean sing so I was really sad I could not go.

There will be a Pie Auction at Gravelly Masonic Lodge Hall, Friday night, May 5th.Come and meet Yell and Scott Co. candidates. There will be good music and everyone is welcome. Come and support the Lodge. The time is 6:30 p.m.

Remember it's the SMALL acts of kindness you do for people that they will remember.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Green Eggs and Cars

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A man is driving along the highway and seesa rabbit jump into the middle ofthe road. He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front ofthe car. The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over, and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit is dead. The driver feels so awful, he begins to cry. A beautiful blonds woman driving down the highway sees the man crying on the side ofthe road and pulls over. She steps out of the car and asks the man what isthe trouble.. "I feel terrible," he explains, ":I accidently hit this rabbit and killed it." The blonde says to not worry. She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can. She walks over to the limp, dead rabbit, bends down and sprays the contents onto the rabbit. The rabbit jumps us, waves his paw at thetwo of them and hops off down the road. Ten feet away, the rabbit stops, turns around and waves again, he hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again until he hops out of sight. The man is astonished. He runs over to the woman and asks"What is in that can? What did you spray on that rabbit?" The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label. It says---"HAIR spray--Restores life to dead HAIR, and adds permanent wave."

Jay Hunnicutt is now preaching at the Union Hill FWBC, between Dutch Creek and Waldron. I am happy for Jay and his congregation. I know Mulberry FWBC misses Jay and Diane.

Last week at our Eastern Star at Gravelly, Lisa Davis, sang for us. She has such an outstanding beautiful voice-- Lisa and I decided it is just genetic since her Dad and mother, Pat and Becky Millard, play and sing so well.

I was at Plainview, Fowler's and John Young was also there.. f course we began talking about school and John asked would I share a piece of sugar free pie with him. Of course I say"Yes". Sure was good. You know, John and I could solve the nation's school problems if they would just listen to us.

A few days ago, I had washed my car at Plainview. Istarted to leave and my car took one of its "no start" spells.The Whitlows drove up and Midge says,"I told my husband Mrs. Glenna is in trouble so we'd better see about her." Mr. Whitlow did something to a battery wire and my car started. Praise the Lord!! Speaking of cars, Johnny Turner asked me how it felt to ride in Loucinda's pretty Cadillac. I told him it was certainly nice and he says"Then don't you feel bad to get into your OLD car?" Isaid "No, Johnny, just as long as it starts, it is fine."

I was at Nola eating breakfast, one morning last week. I noticed 3 guys at a table--two were talking but one was silent. That night, Roy Austin asked me if I noticed the guys and I said"Yes" He said when I left the "Silent" guy said"Wasn't that Glenna Goodson" ? and Roy says"Yes" and the man says"I wasn't about to open my mouth or she would have

put it in the paper."If I knew that giuys' name I'd put his name in the paper just for the heck of it.!

Our Easter program at Rover Baptist Church was really outstanding!When Tim Patton left to go to Danville, I thought we'd never have good programs again. Either Tim taught Melanie Sawyer well, or the Lord already had her prepared and just waiting to use her talent. Melanie did a great job of outting everything together. I admire Sara Light so much. She came and practiced even though her Dad had just died. That takes dedication, love for Jesus and love for your church. One presentation I'd never seen before was attained by using a black light andusing light sticks. The only thing yu see are the light sticks. The recorded song was "Arise my Love," andthe young people acted it out with the lighted sticks. Janice James sang"How Beautiful": and SaraLight, Jennifer McConnell andDebby Walton did the sign language forthe song. I just don';t have room to tell you about all the wonderful singersand actors. I wish all the Valley culd have seen this production.

I rode with Loucinda to Little Rock Saturday. We attended the funeral of Joe Pouzar. He wwas the husband of Detonne, formerly Bogle. She is the sister of Billy Jack Bogle. Joe ,Jr. played "Amazing Grace" on his trumpet. As Margaret Lowe Bogle said, "That say it all." It was good to see Rosemary Gilmore Williams. She is still beautiful. and Loucinda introduced me to Wanda Lee Gilmore Tester's, daughter. We had a long comnversation.

After the funeral, Loucinda and I went to Luby's to eat. We then stopped at Wal Mart and Sams.

Louise Tinz of Bluffton haschickens that lay green eggs. Teri, at Gravelly store had pourchased some of the eggs, so I kow it is true. I must go take a look at those chickens!!

Our trip to see the Azaleas in Muskogee was a fun tripo. Dortha Putman and a friend of Loucinda's in Ft. Smith went with us. We decided the dry weather had kept the Azaleas from being as beautiful as always, but they still were outstanding. What I enjoyed were the beautiful tuliposQQWe had a great day!!

Today, Monday, the reunion committee will meet at Waldron. Ican hardly wait to see my cousin, Billy Highfill, from OK.

Think on this: If God is your co-pilot, you need to trade seats."

Monday, April 10, 2006

No Kittens For Me

Gravelly News by Glenna Godson

We went to a movie the other night. I sat in an aisle seat as I usually do because it feels a little roomier. Just as the feature was about to start a "blonde" baby boomer from the center ofthe row got up and started working her way out. "Excuse me,sorry,oops, excuse me, pardon me, gotta hurry,oops, excuse me." By the time she got to me, I was trying to look around her and I was a little impatient so I said,"Couldn't you have done this a little earlier?"No!!"she said in a loud whisper,"The TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE message just flashed up on the screen and mine is out in the car."

I received an E-mail anda phone message from John Meredith last week. John and Carolyn moved here from Ca. acouple of years ago. They live down the Young Gravelly Rd. in what was originially the Vess Herrin place. ohn and Carolyn left Nov. 1st. to go back to Ca. and sell their Mobile home. The placr was sold in anuary but the building inspectors writethem up every week for something else they have to bring up to code. They hope to beback in Ar. this month. He wanted me to know they takethe Record there andbe sureto keep on writing my article.

Wednesday, I went with Loucinda to Danville. I wwent to thegrocery strore while she tooki care of some business. She said "I went to see June and Dennus' 5 grandchildren. "I said"Which child had five babies?" Loucinda laughs and says Dennus' female cat that came to their house and stayed because of Dennus' malre cat, had 5 kittens. So that afternoon I went by to see the baby kittens. Dennus asked me how many I wanted!!One isabout all I can ut up with, so no kittens for me.

Two weeks ago when I went with Tom and Maggie Sullivan to see the Wesylean Foundation' s lodge, Idrove my car to my church at Rover. The service had not started, so I gave Louise Gillum my gift to take to a bridal shower that day. I left my car there and went on witrh Loucinda.
Monday night was our women's meeting at church and Bro. Shipley came to his office. He told me that he saw my car and I was no where around. Someone told him that I get very sleepy and dizzy sometimes so he looked inside my car to make sure I was not lying there, dead!. Then he and others looked around for me. He then called my house and Loucinda's, looking for me. Monday night he says,"Next time tell someone where yu are gong."I asked him if he thought i had been abducted!!

Sarah Light's father passed away in a Little Rock hospital, Saturday. It's so hard to lose your Dad and my prayers are with Sarah and her family. Her ten year oldson Christopher says, "Grandpa is living with Jesus now and Grandma will have to live alone."

It's always so good to see Toby Morrison at my Rover Church. Toby was one of my favorite students when I subbed at F.V. Toby has transferred to Plainview School.

We will have a sunrise service at our Rover Baptist Church next Sunday morning at 6:30. Then the men will cook breakfast for everyone. Our Easter program will be at 11 A.M.No Sunday School for that Sunday because of our other services.

I traveled with Loucinda to Clarksville Sunday after church. Loucinda's friend of 33 years, Diane Tomasich, wasvisiting her parents in Clarksville, so we visited with Diane and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hudson. The drive to Clarksville was absolutely breat-taking as you gaze at the beauty of the muntains, the dogwoods and many other beautiful flowers. Loucinda said there was 40/11 shades of green as you gaze at those trees in the mountains. Diane and her mother were fixing to go to tjheDollar Store so we went along. On the way back Diane drove us aroundthe town. Isaw the courthouse square. A Presbyterian Church was beautiful thatr was bult in 1859. She drove us by the University ofthe Ozarks. Iam so glad I saw this University, i have heard so much about. Sam Walton contributed a lot of money to this pace of higher learning and we saw the Walton Fine Arts Building, named after Mr. Walton. Another building that was lovely was the Cherry St. Baptist Church where the Hudson's attend. We had a wonderful visit with this family. Loucinda and Ileft Clarksville and went to the Russellville Shinn's funeral home forthe visitation of Olgar Fowler. Mr. Fowler had died early Friday morning. We saw Maggie and Tom Sullivan, Jim Bill Aikman and Shirley and Larry Aikman. Then Monday wasMr. Fowler's funeral services at the Gravelly Methodist Church. It is so amazing that this man lived to be 105 years old and he lived alone at Gravelly, after the death of his wife, until he was 104. His niece, Shirley Aikman, came to see about her Uncle every day andshe and Larry saw to his needs.. At the services, Joe Pickens did a wonderful job playing the guitar andsinging "One Day at a Time." Then he andthe minister Bro. Eddy Howell sang"Peace in the Valley." The eulogy wasgiven by Leut. Colonel Larry Aikman, Jr. It wasso good to listen to so many interesting things in the life of Mr. Fowler.

This coming Wednesday, the 12th, Loucinda and I plan to go to Muskogee,Ok. to the Azalea festival. Hopefully, my two cousins, Dortha and Peggy will go with us and Loucinda isalso picking up a friend in Ft. Smith. I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful flowers..

In thinking of your blessings "Are you drinking from your saucer, cause your cup runneth over?"

Monday, April 03, 2006

Take Those Vitamins!

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A little girl dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed,"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!!Dear Lord please don't let me be late!" While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again. As she ran she once again began to pray,"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late---But please don't SHOVE me either!"

I had not checked on the progress of Olger Fowler, our 105 year old senior citizen of Gravelly, in quite awhile, so I called Larry Aikman this week to ask about Mr. Fowler. Mr. Fowler has been in the Danville nursing home for several months now. He was doing really well, but last Thursday, he fell and broke his hip. He was taken to Russellville hospital for possible surgery. But Mr. Fowler opted not to have surgery. So he was taken back to the nursing home. He began having some problems and he was taken back to the Russellville hospital. Larry said he and Shirley were with him Sunday night and he seemed to bebreathing better. Shirley was with him at the hospital, Monday, when I called Larry.

I met Austin Anthony at the Nola store last week. Austin is Larry and Shirley Aikman's grandson. Larry told me Austin was Paul's older brother, because he knew I really think a lot of Paul.Austin was very interesting to talk with and he told me he was going into the Coast Guard next month. I said"Another Aikman in the military" and Larry said ,"it runs in our genes."

Johnny Turner,Roy Fickle,and Gary Garner are all back home from the hospital. We all say"Praise the Lord." It was so good to see Johnny back to church Wednesday night. He goes to Little Rock for medical tests this Tuesday.

I went to the Two Rivers School board meeting last Monday night at F.V. It was interesting.The Board wenbt into executive session, after discussing several activities pertaining to our district, and as theywent into executive session , we guests adjourned to the gym until they finished. The session was mostly concerning the hiring and rehiring of teachers.Concerning, F.V. school, Ronnie Hance will no longer be one of our coaches, but instead will go to the Alternative Learning Center at Casa. I will really miss Ronnie. He was always so helpful and good to us at Reunion time in Sept.He and his ball teams put the plastic on the gym floor for us and brought in tables and chairs andthen took the tables and chairs down for us and helped us in other ways. But good luck to Ronnie!!

Loucindaand I made a trip to Russellville Tuesday. We swung by Dardanelle to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. We then shopped in Russellville. I purchased Easter clothes for my grand-daughter Robyn and her children, Jake and Allyson. I also purchased Jake a chidren's Bible.

Tom and Maggie Sullivan sent Loucinda and me tickets to come to the Kiwanas sponsored pancake breakfast at Russellville friday morning. We met Maggie and Tom at 10:30 and had a wonderful breakfast of Pancakes and sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. It was very good and it was especially good to visit with Maggie and Tom. We also saw Anna Jewell Fryar and Jewell Webb. Then we were so pleasantly surprised to see Jim Bill Aikman come in.. I was so glad to see Jim Bill, cause I had not seen him in a long time.

Friday night, I went with 4 ladies from my Rover Baptist Church, to Danville First Baptist Church, to a week-end retreat for women called "The Frazzled Woman." We were served a salad supper, which was delicious.. On each table was a wig on a wig head and the wigs were purple, pink, blonde, black. A person from each table went to a box and picked out materials to decorate the wig. Of course we thought we really decorated ours well, but our table did not win. The
table that won, all got prizes. We then adjourned to the sanctuary where a lady named Susan Clark led us in worship. She was absolutely stupendous!!!I was so blessed!!I appreciated getting to ride with Brenda Turner.

Saturday night, I was invited to a supper and later ,card playing, at Loucinda Buford's. Loucinda had beans,

cornbread, and barbecued ribs. June Castleberry brought cole-slaw and a delicious cake. Loucinda's guests were Charles Daniel and his son Robin, June and Dennus Castleberry, O.L. Briggs and me. O.L. always says no one ever beats him in cards but I understand he and Charles were beaten by Dennus and Robin. Of course, O.L. will say he just doesn't remember that. June and I adjourned to the living room to talk and watch t.v. while the others played cards. It was great fun!

Tom and Maggie Sullivan also invited Loucinda and me to travel with them, after church Sunday, to Mount Eagle Christian Center forthe dedication of their Beal Lodge. Loucinda and I went to Maggie's and Tom's beautiful home in Russellville for a salad and sandwich lunch, prepared by Maggie. It was a very good lunch and we started our journey in Maggie's van about 1:15. It is a 2 hour journey but it is certainly worth it to bask in the beauty ofthe woods and the lodge and other buildings the Wesylean Foundation has built on this beautiful site.The Wesylean Foundation pruchased 1,000 acres many years ago at this site, and now they are seeing their dreams realized by the building ofthis lodge and other buildings.. A service forthe Consecration of the Beal Lodge was a meaningful ceremony. Of course in my love for music, I really enjoyed the flute playing of a lady and the singng of the guests. We toured the Lodge and one ofthe buildings. The Lodge and buildings are used for retreats for organizations. The United Methodists have a half day secretary at the Lodge and she takes care of reservations. We took one of the trails and walked into the breautiful woods andas you go up a hill you can just walk out on this huge, smooth rock to see the view. It makes you have chills, looking at God's beauty of trees, clouds andrivers. On the way back, Maggie drove us through thesmall towns of Shirley,Choctaw,Botkinburg,Formosa, Solgohichia. What a wonderful trip and we thank Tom andMaggie forthinking of us.

I don't know what it is in our environment or foods. or whatever, that so many people are havingthe flu, bronchitis and allergies. Take those vitamins! My friend at Plainview, Midge Whitlow, has been sick with one of these ills. The last time I talked to her last week, she was better. My husband had the flu and was in bed for two weeks--He tells me this when it is all over---He had the flu and was so very sick.He said others had the flu the sametime he did and went to the hospital. He said"Well, the ones that went to the hospital, got well in 2 weeks and he at his home and in bed, also got well in two weeks!!

Remember--"Thisisthe day that the Lord has made,let us rejoice and be glad in it."