Sunday, November 26, 2006

Tubs full of blackberries to sell

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

"Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote."The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked." Sure, said the young boy confidently."It means carrying a child."

I talked to my cousin Calton Highfill last week. He said he definitely remembered he and Maggie Sulivan picking green beans for the Morrow's at Nola, when he and Maggie were teen-agers.He said they received $2 per day.Calton also was remembering when Austin Payne and my Uncle Loy planted 4 acres, each, of potatoes. Then they would help each other harvest the potatoes, along with people they hired to help pick up those potatoes. Calton said he agreed with Maggie, that picking up those potatoes was the dirtiest, most awful job they did on the farm.Calton also remembers Uncle Loy and the kids would take wash tubs and go to the mountains and pick those tubs full of blackberries to sell. Today's teen agers don't know what they missed!!

Mamie Glover is home from the hospital and is doing better. Loucinda and I stopped to see her last Wednesday and Mamie was baking and preparing for her son's family that were coming for Thanksgiving.

Sadie Fowler,of Chalybeate Springs, is not dong well. Phyliss, her daughter, that works at Fowler's in Plainview, quit her job to go care for her mother. Sadie is 87 years of age.

I saw Jim McCoy at Plainview Drug Store last week. He had on a pair of overalls and the pharmicist asked him why he was wearing those overalls. Jim tells her the overalls were his uniform now instead of a ;police uniform. Looked good to me! He told me he really enjoyed my Wal-mart joke in my column the week before. He said he told his wife that now he knew some things to do when she dragged himn to wal-mart!!

I am so happy that Bill Workman across from the closed Gravelly Store is selling, milk,eggs, bacon, snacks,ice. And also Chuck, that brings the Yell County Record up the Valley, will bringthe paper to Workman's store to sell to our neighborhood. Bless Bill and his wife for being here to help our community.

Isn't it great that Kevin Milligan of Rover, killed 2 deer and a BEAR one day of the deer and bear season two weeks ago.I wonder how many people it took to drag that bear in. When my Dad, Doc Oglesbee, was a game warden in Yell County, he was one ofthe Ar. Game and Fish guys that went to Minnesota for several years, and trapped thebear andbrought them back to Ar. Poor bear!Daddy used to say that the bear were just trying to get back to Minnesota!!

Speaking of deer season. Alan Ray Austin took his 6th grade daughter, Courtney, hunting during youth deer season. Courtney sees a deer, her Dad gives her a couple of shells for her gun. Courtney shoots those and does not hit the bear. Her Dad gives her a total of 6 shells but Courtney misses the deer. When the deer runs out of sight, Courtney turns to Alan Ray andsays,"Dad that sure was a stupid deer!"

On the 18th, I really enjoyed the Adventist Church services at Ola.Joe Harrison brought the message andI really enjoyed Joe's message. Joe had as the theme of his message "Time"Joe pointed out that when you spend time with someone, you give them part of yur life, so our love for God is demonstrated by the amount of time we spend with Him. Bo Hutchison played the guitar and he and his two year old daughter, Jaymie,sang a special for us.

I went with Loucinda to Waldron last Saturday, We went to my cousin Dortha's apartment and saw her and Peggy. Peggy took me to see Aunt Syble in the nursing home. Sometimes you have a special moment you will never forget and I had such a moment with Aunt Syble that day.Sometimes she does not know youand she is not sure of her surroundings. I kissed her and told her who I was. She would look at me and I could tell she did not know me. All of a sudden, she said real clearly,"Glenna, what did you do with your hair?" Peggy says,"Mother isn't Glenna's hair pretty?"Aunt Syble says,"I'm not saying a word." I was so happy she knew me and her statement was so funny!

Today, the 25th, I attended the Ola Adventist Church. Dr. Sandberg brought a great message. When I hearthe Word of God preached, I always want to learn, and I always learn from Dr. Sandberg's messages. Peggy Jeys invited me to have lunch with them. The Sandberg's were there,Peggy's granddaughter, Kelly, Peggy's son, George, and 5 more guests. It was a wonderful meal and great fellowship. I came away feeling so relaxed, and my whole being felt good. I feel so fortunate that God sent these people into my life.

I plan to go to OKC this week to be with Fred. He is having a medical problem and has an appointment with a neurologist next Wednesday. I do not know for sure when I will beback to Gravelly. I plan to keep writing my column while I am gone.

Today, Sunday was a good day--church at Wing--church at Rover Baptist. Bro. Shipley's Dad is very ill andthe Doctors say he doesn't have long to live, but Bro. Shipley stays focused on God's Word and brings us the truth of God's word each Lord's Day.How thankful I am for him and his Godly family.

My sleep study confirmed that I have sleep apnea. Julie,of Lincare will bring me a CPAPP machine the 27th for me to use at night. I sure hope it helps me to stop going to sleep during the day.

Remember The glory of each morning is that it offers us a chance to begin again.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Are you subbing again?

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

A man goes to see the Rabbi. "Rabbi, someting terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it." The Rabbi asks "What's wrong?"The man replied,"My wife is poisoning me."The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks,"How can that be?" The man then pleads,"I'm telling you,"I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?" The Rabbi then offers,"Tell you what.. Let me talk to your wife,I'll see what I can fnd out and I'll let you know." A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says,"Well, I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours.You want my advice?" The man said yes and the Rabbi replied, "Take the poison!"

I am so sad that Doyce Potter of Bluffton is in the St. Mary's hospital at Russellville. Butterfly tells me that he was working on his tractor and a part came down on him, knocking him to the ground. She says it seemed the tractor then ran over him. Doyce was crushed from his knee to his thigh. He has 3 broken ribs and a broken collar bone. This morning, which is Thursday, Butterfly said the hospital had called her andthey were moving Doyce to I.C.U. because his pulse beat was too fast. Butterfly saidthe day of the accident their dog, that Doyce doesn't like very well, came to front door of her house with a stick in his mouth and he ran that stick back and forth on the door. When she opened the door, the dog ran and took her to Doyce.She told Doyce when he comes home he must feed that dog a steak. I pray that Doyce will soon be well.

Melba Reed tells me that Meechie Mabry is also in the hospital. Meechie had a fight with a bull on his farm and the bull won!!I sure hope Meechie gets better soon.

I was glad to see the 50th anniversary picture of Veaora and Newt Roberson in the Record this week. Such a good picture!!I'm hoping o go to their 50th anniversary celebration at the Gravelly lodge hall, Saturday. Fred grew up in Little Texas with the Roberson's as his neighbors. R.B., Newt's older brother, was Fred's special friend. A lot of winters have come and gone since that good time.

Wednesday, I was coming from Wing, and since it was lunch time, I thought I would stop at the FV school and have lunch with my sister, Kathy Minnie. I was goingto the lunch room and some ofthe elementary students were headed back to class. Several said,"MRS.GOODSON,:" and ran to hug me. They said,OH, are you subbing again?" and I had to say"No." I really enjoyed subbing those kids and Iam so glad they still enjoy seeing and talking to me.I had just seen Toby Morrison the day before at Plainview. He was one of my special students and he told me he was being home schooled now. I kinda had a fit.I saw in the gazette where the home schooled children are goingto be inspected better by the State Department of Education. I say hurrah for that. Anyway back to FV---Kathy and Lesa Davis had gotten their lunch tray andgoneto the library to eat. So I followed them over there and got to visit with Kathy, Lesa ,Bruce Lee andthe new English teacher. I found out that Bruce Lee is a lot of fun. All ofthose teachers really help us during our reunion every year.

I found out today that Mamie Glover is in the hospital at Waldron with pneumonia.I'm really sorry to hear about that. Loucinda talked to Mamie today from the hospital, and Mamie said she drove herself to the Dr. yesterday(Wednesday) and he sent her on to the hospital. She hopes to come home Saturday.

As I was going to Wing Wednesday, a huge deer ran in front of my car, just before I gotto Lofland's saw mill. Then a few miles down the road, 2 doe ran in frnt of my car. It was raining, the wind was blowing and I called Edie Turner and asked her about calling off our Wing church services for that night. After dark,I was afraid I wold not see those deer in time to stop. That 22 mile trip to Wingand my Rover church gets awfully long sometimes. Especially during deer season when the deer are escaping you hunters to run in front of my car to the ditch beyond. I don't like venison to eat, so I don't want to kill a deer with my car.

I was so amused to see in one of Barbara Johnson's fun books a cartoon of a man who thought he was answering his portable phone. His wife is saying,"No dear, the phone's working fine--you just answered the TV remote." I have never answered it, but I have dialed the remote, thinking it was the phone.Now admit it, haven't you done that?"

I sure am glad that my sister is here and I can spend Thanksgiving with her and her family. I KNEW there was some reason she came into my life when I was 17 Happy Thanksgivingto one and all!!

This week, use your gift of listening. --No interrupting--no daydreaming--no planning your answers--just LISTEN!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

3 minutes to vote!

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

Mr and Mrs. Fenton are retired. Mrs. Fenton insists that Mr. Fenton go with her to Walmart. He gets bored with all the shopping. He prefers to get in and out, but Mrs. Fenton loves to brouse. Here's a letter sent to her from thestore.
Dear Mrs. Fenton, Over the past 6 months, your husband has been causing quite a commoton n our store. We cannot tolerate this behabior and may ban both of you from our stores. We have documented all incidents on our video survellance equipment. All complaints against Mr Fenton are listed below:
Things Mr. Fenton has done while his spouse was shopping in Wal-mart:
July 2nd. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off in 5-minute intervals.
July 7--Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the restrooms.
July 18,-Walked up to an employee and told her in an official tone, "Code 3 in Housewares'
Aug.4:Went to the Service Desk and asked to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.
Sept.14--Moved a 'Caution-Wet Floor"sign to a carpeted area
Sept.15--Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.
Sept.23:-When a clerk asks if they can help him, he begins to cry and asks,"Why don't yu people just leave me alone?"
Oct.4--Looked right into the security camera;used it as a mirror, and picked his nose.
Nov. 10-While handling guns in the hunting department, asked the clerk if he knows where to find the antidepressants.
Dec. 18--Hid in a clothing rack and when people browse through yelled, ":PICK ME,PICK ME"
Dec 21--When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumes the fetal position and screams,"NO!NO!I It's those voices again" And last but not least---
Dec 23--Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly,"There is no toilet paper in here!"

Monday I did some business in Plainview and then went to Betty Lampkin's home in Bluffton with a load of books for her to read. Usually Betty will look at the books and will have read all of them but this time there were those she had not read.I was looking out the dining room windows and saw that Hoyt and his son had one of Hoyt's horses hitched up to his beautiful buggy. Hoyt came in and got water and said he and his son were gong for a buggy ride. Gee, that looked like fun--I'd like to do that someday.

Butterflies, our women's group at Rover Baptist Church had a good meetingthe first Monday night ofthis month. Our theme was "Blessings." Sarah Light, our leader encouraged us to share times in our lives, that at the time seemed very bad, but later we could see it was a blessing in disguise.We grouped in 3's and wrote poems of God's blessings.And of course the FOOD was wonderful. I read about a survey that was done of overweight people in churches. Of all the denominations surveyed, S.Baptists had the fattest people. Why does that not surprise me!!I went back for seconds Monday night. I THOUGHT about that survey, but it did not keep me from eating.

Gee, I miss my son. Fredcame Sunday night and heand Russell went back to OKC Monday morning. Russell always got up early and made coffee. he would take out the trash and all this before I got out of bed. He cleaned out cabinets for me and helped me clean house. And he even got me liking baseball as we watched the Cardinals win the World Series. I not only miss him helping me do chores, I just miss his company.

Maggie Sullivan sent me the neatest E-mail about the wonder of a human smile. I'm going to close my column today with one ofthe things that was listed.Maggie sends me several good e-mails that just make my day. But most of all, I just like when she writes me a message. It shows all over again how we at Fourche Valley that went through school together, have a kinship that others do not have.

I saw Chuck McCool at Plainview Wednesday. He shared with me that his son James had been offered a full scholastic scholarship by Ar. Tech. I congratulate James.

Gee ,these new voting machines are great!!I bet it did not take me 3 minutes to vote!

A lady that works at the Plainview Pharmacy, that will remain nameless, told me a funny story.Her son goes to Plainview school and one day after school he came into the Pharmacy really upset. He said someone at the school had stolen his bicycle. She asked him if he told the Principal and when he said "No" she sent hm back to school to tell the Principal. The Principal called the police. The mother had called her husband and told him. In a few minutes her husband came to the pharmacy andtold her he had to talk to her. He said"I got home a few minutes ago and there was our son's bike where he always parks it." The mother said,"Oh, no, I forgot--I drove him to school today instead of him riding his bike." So they had to call the Principal and policeman and apologize! If that doesn't show we are too busy to think, I don't know what does.

I visited the new Plainview Library last Wednesday.I was n so impressed. Each room is so attractive and they are spacious rooms. There is a separate room for the children's books and a very attractive reading table that has been donated for the children. One room is a law library.A man had donated over 1,000 non-fiction books just waiting to be checked out.The shelves in the main room are already full of wonderful books.The librarians told me how they still have several boxes of books that they have not had time to catalogue but they are working on them.I checked out a very interesting book.It is so good that we have such a nice library and do not need to drive over the Danville mtn. to a library The librarians at Plainview are so kind and helpful. Please check out this library.

My cousin, Mary Lee HIghfill Sams, is due for knee replacement surgery the 21st of Nov. Her sister, Sue Ann, is also having a lot of trouble with one of her feet. I wish I lived closer to them and could help. Their older sister, Leah, of Little Rock, had her first great grand child on Sue Ann's birthday, October 10th. I talked to their brother, Calton, who lives in Carrolton, Texas, this past Saturday. He told me that not only did his brother Billy Euel and my brother Bob Roy, work for Mr. jabo Clements, but that he also worked for him when he was a teenager.He hauled hay for him, as well as helping load Junior Lewis" andmy Dad's peddling trucks. Worth Holland had thegarage there in Gravelly where all we teen-agers congregated before the Saturday night movie.Calton said Worth would hire him to sometimes fix flats and pay him 25 cents and sometimes a dollar. Such neat memories.

The Gravelly Eastern Star had a chili supper at the gravelly Masonic bldg. Saturday night. We had a pretty good turn out. The chili was excellent and Lacy Minnie cooked beans that were also very good. We hoped deer hunters might come but we only had two that came.Jim and Vickie Roberson were there. Jim and Ray Rhoades have just gotten back from Colorado where they deer and elk hunted. Jim and Ray both got an Elk and a deer. Jim showed us pictures of the animals on his digital camera. At the supper was a gentleman named Mr. Coker. He said"You arethe one that writes the Gravelly column"and he started telling me one of his favorite jokes I had written.He says"I like your column and I'm sure not the only one." How nice of him!

Remember--A smile costs nothing, but it has the power to enrich all who receive it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I hope every bullet fired at that beautiful deer,.....

Gravelly news by Glenna Goodson

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. "Oh, I really liked it, she replied,"especially all the big muscles, but I just could not understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents." Dumbfounded, her date asked "What do you mean?" "Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it andthen forthe rest of the game,all they kept screaming was "get the quarterback! Getthe QUARTERback!" I'm like----Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!!!

Monday, Russ and I wentto the supercenter at Dardanelle. I had my film developed in one hour, of my pictures of Robyn's graduation. We sat at one ofthe tables by the drink machines. There was also pastry and you pay by the honor system. We drank our coffee and ate our cinnamon roll. I had Russ find the garden center for me and I bought beautiful pansies to plant in my planter on my front porch. I had a good day with my son.

Russ took a walk behind my house here at Gravelly. As he was walking near a creek, he saw a 14 point buck!!He said it was the biggest, most beautiful deer he'd ever seen. He went back the next day hoping to get a picture. He saw the deer but it was too far away for a picture. Lacy says his grandson, Jacob Swaim, has been stalking that deer. Jacob hoped to get him during the youth deer season but he got a 7 point buck this Sunday morning, early.Kathy says he will have it mounted and he took the meat to the processing plant to be prepared.I',m like Loucinda, I hope every bullet fired at that beautiful deer, misses its mark.

I saw John Young and a friend of his at Fowler's restaurant one morning this week. They were going squirrel hunting. I saw them one day as they finished their hunt and John said the squirrels they saw were still safe!!I hope they hadbetter luck this week. I remember my Dad and brother squirrel hunting. They'd kill several squirrels, bringthem home, skin them and give them to my mother for her to prepare for the frying pan. And where they were fried made the best gravy, ever. Guess what my mother's favorite part of the squirrel was? The head!! I can just see my mother, in my mind, eating the meat from the head of that squirrel.

Thursday night I invited Loucinda for supper. I also invited Dennus and June Castleberry but they had an appointment in Fort Smith. Russ and I were glad Loucinda came to eat with us.

Friday, I helped Kelly and Kenneth Hill conduct a bake sale at the Danville bank. We were raising money for the Fourche Valley Foundation. The Foundation spends alll the money raised on student needs. I was so proud of Kelly. She had baked for 3 days to provide baked goods for the sale. Others donated baked goods, also, which was much appreciated. I had to leave after two hours for an appointment. But Kenneth told me later they did really well on the sale. Then Friday evening, i went to F.V. to attend their fall festival. They served a wonderful chicken dinner for only $4.00. Kelly broughtthge baked goods they did not sell at the bank, to FV to possibly finish selling.them.I always enjoy gong to FV, talking to the dedicated teachers and visiting with the students.

Gale Damon will sometimes go from the post office when her day has ended andto the Gravelly store and open it, in case we need milk, eggs or bread thar she brings with her as she comes to work, so at least we can buy those essentials. As Iwas there, Thursday, a man and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith, came in to look at the "country store." Joe said they had never been to Gravelly before. They were on their way to Branson and decided to take the "scenic route."They were from Texas. They enjoyed the country strore so I asked him would he like to buy it but the answer was "no."

Saturday, I went to the Adventist Church at Ola. Dr. Sandberg brought the message.He told us, spiritually, how to abound in this day in which we live. Some of these points made me really think--You think about them-- "We have taller buildings but shorter tempers, we buy more and enjoy it less, we have more knowledge but less judgment, we have more weapons and less peace." So our only answer is to seek wisdom from God.

Sunday at Rover Baptist, Bro. Shipley baptized a family of 3. Janice James sang a beautiful song and Bro. Shipley preached really a good message.

Live each mnute as if it was your last--it may well be!!