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By CAROL GUNTER

Folks around here are still having a lot of cold weather to deal with. For those that use wood to heat their homes, (that to me is the best heat you can have) the woodpile has to be replenished with more wood more often. I can remember just how pleasant the wood heat compared to the electric or gas heat as there is really no comparison. The wood heat warms you through and through.

Was down at the home place the other day with that wood burning stove getting the job done. Simply nothing like that kind of heat. Can remember back to earlier days when daddy would get the stove so hot the belly of it would be red hot and sometimes the stove pipes too. Thought the stove could just walk out of there a few times.

Remembering too Mom sitting on the couch with a throw over her lap and when I came in to sit down beside her to give her a hug and a kiss on her cheek, she would never fail to make sure half of the throw was put over my lap, too, as she knew how cold natured I was.

So much fun and cutting up with her and those times were the best of times that I will never forget. We were more like sisters than mom and daughter. Been blessed all my life one way or the other with a Mom and Dad that loved me.

We've got a new edition to the mountain. Brad and Kim Hall's little boy, Austin James, born on Saturday, January 10th. Congratulations all around as both mother and baby are doing great.

Friends, Diane Evans and Chloe Evelyn Bogle, are doing pretty good. Got to talk with both of them this week.
Today, Saturday, and our weather is improving somewhat with temperatures in the mid to upper fifties. This is more like it. I guess we better enjoy it as it won't last long this time of the year.

Tony and Donna Lawson doing okay as I talked with Tony the other day in the Walmart parking lot.

Mai Nell Melton at church on Sunday, but Carlon didn't feel like being there. Keep him in prayer.

We need to uplift some people in prayer: Bernie Braswell, Edith Miller, Denise Stanton, and Jeff Brown.
A few tidbits to relate and pass on this morning from the news I was listening to on Channel 2 with Neil, Dawn, and Justin. JCPenney is coming back with their catalog. Some customers to receive a catalog in March. That will be great news to some of their loyal customers like me. The catalog to have around 120 pages in it.

Did you see on the news last week about the two donkeys on the loose in Malibu? Property owner finally got them up after a while - someone (I don't know if it was the owner of them or not) trying to herd them up with his Mercedes. Only in Malibu, you are thinking like me too, could this happen.

Hoping to solve this mole problem with the bubble gum I've put down in the ground. I keep thinking about the Corvette Museum up in Kentucky and what happened to those Corvettes down into that big hole that opened up - could this happen to me in our yard with moles/or whatever it is digging up the ground everywhere? I don't want to be swallowed up as those beautiful Chevys were. That hurt all of us Chevy people.

For those that are keeping up with the little green men, nothing to report on them at this time. Still haven't spotted any of them and that is not bothering me one bit. If they are waiting for me to make the first more, they are out of luck.

Enjoyed Pettus Read (pg. 6 of last week's Courier) talking about "In the Heat of the Night" and Bubba Skinner taking care of business down in Sparta, Mississippi. You can get hooked on that show as Dot H. and I have found out. Others have told me they love it too.

If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!

They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.
For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
Psalm 125: 1-4

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