Monday, March 31, 2008

"Bear Country"

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

An elderly Fla. lady did her shopping and upon returning to her car found 4 males in the act of leaving in her vehicle. She dropped her packages and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs. "I have a gun and I know how to use it !! Get out of the car. " The 4 men did not wait for a second threat--they got out of the car and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shoppng bags into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried and then she realized why. It was -For the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a frisbee and a 12 pack of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later she found her own car parked 4 or 5 spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn't stop laughing He pointed to the other end of the counter where 4 very pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman, described as white, less than 5 ft. tall, glasses, curly white hair and carrying a large hand gun. No charges were filed.

My romance with water is over !! I want the water back in the creeks and rivers, don't you? The flood 2 weeks ago was not very fun. We at Gravelly could not go anywhere if it was Yell County. Uncontrolled water really scares me. Robin Workman found out the hard way, not to drive into the water when you have no idea how deep it is. You probably saw a picture of her truck, in the Record, just floating away. She and her daughter were in the truck and Robin told her daughter they must jump from the truck, so they did and swam to safety. The water swept the truck on down the river until it hit a tree. I remember in the 40's that my Dad took me to look at the river, in the same place, but the Red Hill Bridge was old and different. The flood was bad and I remember seeing cows being washed down the river. I don't believe Bruce Lee could have even ridden his big bull thorugh this flood.

I had people e-mail me and call me and ask why my column was not in the Record a couple of weeks ago. With all the pictures they had, there was not enough space for the columns. I have an idea--If the Record would add two pages and designate these 2 pages for columns only, wouldn't that work out !! I think the readers would enjoy this.

I was in the Danville library acouple of weeks ago. Driving there from Gravelly, the Daffodils along the way were so beautiful. I wanted the poem, Daffodils " by William Wordsworth and asked the librarian couldshe help me find it. She went to her comoputer and brought up the poem and printed it for me. I really appreciate her taking the time to do that. The library has some new materials--check it out.

The funeral fro Mark Wagner was of course, very sad, but it was well conducted. Jay Hunnicutt did a good job officiating at the funeral. I have heard people say of the minister, "Well he sure preached hm into Heaven "and I want you to know that is NOT his job. Jay knows that and I'm sure the Scriptures were a comfort to the family. I loved Mark--he was always sweet and helpful to me. God comfort his parents and others who loved him.

Our "49 high school reunion will be held the 11th of April instead of the 12th at Tom and Maggie Sullivan's in Russellville.

Billy Jack Bogle and Margaret just arrived back in Little Rock a few days ago aftrer spending some time in Minneapolis. Their hotel was very near the Mall there that is the largest covered mall in existence. Their son lives near there so they enjoyed visiting with him. Margaret had a business trip and Billy Jack went along, so they had a good time.

Johnny Turner seems to be doing better. Go figure--the Russellville hospital sent hm home, still with the blood clots with the instructions to take blood thinner to hopefully get rid of the blood clots. I do not understand that medical decision.

Last Friday I had the most wonderful day. I went to L.R. with Kelly Virbel and her mother Dianna Brown. First we went to the pancake breakfast at Russellville sponsored by the Kiwanis---needed to use my tickets Tom Sullivan sent to me. Then on to LR. I wanted to go to Lifeway bookstore--formerly called Baptist Book Store--so Kelly found it with no trouble . Gee, that book store is fabulous and we found a lot of good things. We went to a mall and just walked, talked and laughed. You know laughter is good for the soul. We ate lunch at a delightful Chinese place. Kelly introduced me to lettuce roll ups--they are so good. Then Saturday was a blessing as I attended the Adventist services at Ola. Peggy Jeys did a wonderful job teaching the lesson and then Jody Sandberg brought a message. Her message was so good I felt like looking out the window to see if Jesus was on His way. That's how real Jody made His return. Then Sunday, Joe and Janet Harrison andKelly and her friend Anthony came to the Wing church, where I teach Sunday School. We were so blessed to have them. Then I rushed to my Baptist Church at Rover to play the piano for them since Janett and Bill were gone. So I had a blessed week-end.

Last week I was a little down in the dumps so I drove to the Blue Hole. That blue-green water is so beautiful rushing over the pretty rocks.I could just hear the laughter of us teen-agers as we swam in that Blue Hole. Then I walked on up to the bridge where we had our chicken frizzes. There is a sign that says "Bear Country" and I just prayed I would not see a bear. I did not see a bear but I saw a beautiful deer. As I drove back, I stopped at Gene and Margaret James' and had a good visit with them. Margaret already has spinach, radishes, onions and lettuce in her garden.

Do you know how to get back on your feet ? Miss a car payment !!


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