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By CAROL GUNTER

Observing the nasty weather out our patio door this Monday morning with the rain coming down so hard. You know the weather could really be a lot worse for this time of the year so I just try to stay busy with a lot of things I need to get accomplished around the house. Later on when spring and the warmer weather gets here for those that love the great outdoors, it will be like a wild sprint to get outside like when factory workers get off at four o'clock in the afternoon - you don't want to be in their way either. The same I guess could be said of us, too, after being cooped up so long because of the winter weather. A breath of fresh air does a body good.

Cousin Ruth/ the Boss, her brother, Jack Parsley, and his wife, Ann, took off to Panama City, Florida for a week to see the New Year in. An annual event this is for so many as around 40,000 people gathered for the balls dropping and the one large ball dropping at midnight as the New Year was ushered in. The weather there extra cool but everyone still enjoying all of the festivities that are held that day and night. Ruth was under the weather for awhile after she got home, but is back doing well now. Glad all of you had a lot of fun celebrating and being together. Some great memories made to be cherished always.

Moles, little green men, or whatever it is still going strong at tearing up our yard. Got the chewing gum ready to put down in that dirt if this rain ever stops. People have told me to put gum in there. Anything's worth a try at this point, when desperation sets in. Be my luck whatever is down there will love the gum and want more. Will let you know how this all works out later.

Talked with Chloe Evelyn Bogle and she's still doing better. Also, another good friend, Gracie Bratcher, doing well. Just like me, she is not liking this weather at all. Gracie has several bird feeders and thus a lot of beautiful birds congregate to enjoy their daily food intake of bird seed at her house. She also loves those hummingbirds. They'll be back for us to enjoy in a few months as I think they are so adorable too.

Please uplift these people in prayer: Bernie Braswell, Edith Miller, Carlon and Mai Nell Melton, Denise Stanton, and Jeff Brown.

One more birthday for January is Houston Parker on the 14th. Happy Birthday, Houston, and hope you have a super good birthday with family and friends.

Nice to tell you that Bernie Braswell is coming along just fine with his therapy and may be getting to come home in a couple of weeks, if all goes well. Do keep Bernie in prayer that he'll soon be back home. There's no place like home, is there?

Last week quite a bummer with all that cold, cold weather as Thursday morning temperature hovering around zero degrees or lower in some areas. Stayed in as in hibernating most of the week. We really do not need any more of that kind of weather this winter. They say as you get older, the cold weather hurts you a whole lot more. I believe that as last week's cold temperatures confirmed that for me. Think I'm gonna check with some Eskimos and get some of their clothing apparel they wear as they seem to be surviving quite nicely. It might be worth a try.
If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!

Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4: 1-3

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