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BY CAROL GUNTER

Pastor Armstrong delivered a good sermon this Sunday morning. Sure hope you got to attend the Lord's house today. Mai Nell Melton got to be at church and also Charlie Mai Daniel. In fact today, January 25th, is Charlie Mai's birthday. A happy birthday to you Charlie Mai. In just a few days it will be Mary Bates (her sister's) birthday too. Happy birthday Mary to you also.

We've had a few days of sunshine this week but on this Thursday morning the clouds have returned and it looks so very drab outside. Rain coming in tomorrow and maybe a few snow showers before it ends Friday night or Saturday morning. Trying to figure out what planet I was on back in 1985, 30 years ago, when it got -17 degrees below around here. Watching Channel 2 News this morning and they were talking about how cold and snowy and how treacherous the driving was that day. All I can figure out is that I must have went into a deep, deep hibernation and that is probably why I can't remember it getting that cold. My brother remembered how bad it got and just how fast the weather changed and went south (so to speak) on us. I can remember some of our shrubbery being killed years ago and that might have been the time when this kind of very extreme cold weather hit.

Saturday morning with a coating of snow on the grass and bushes everywhere but it is not causing any driving problems for the people going by our house. The weather people saying we may have another round of snow showers Sunday night into Monday morning.

A belated happy birthday to Rodney Young on January 21st. That was also Debby Harvey's birthday. Sure hope both of you had great birthdays and had your cake and ice cream to celebrate them.

Been hibernating (as in staying inside) since all this cold weather has been gripping us. The crew up at Short Mtn. Mkt. still the same as usual, after talking with Debby as Bobby, Ronald, Burley, Blake, and Rodney to name a few keeping the chairs warm at the back and I guess the air a lot warmer too with all the funniness and conversations going on. Never a dull moment with that bunch for sure.

Received a call from my very good friend Nancy Clement (who used to work at our bank) on Thursday. She is doing well as she is working at a bank in Manchester now. It had been a while since I had spoken with her so we had a little catching up to do with each other. She is definitely a special person in my life as she was in Aubrey's too.
No reports of any sightings of those (so-called) little green men that we have so much fun over by anyone around here. I guess they could hibernate when the weather gets too cold like I do couldn't they? That cow possibly in somebody's barn for the winter. I'm just happy I don't have a barn.

Saw Mary Ann Daniel's picture in the paper during the Christmas holidays. You looked really good Mary Ann and hope you had a beautiful Christmas and a New Year that will be wonderful too. I'm still good on the tuna and crackers for the time being (Mary Ann loves the goings on about the tuna and crackers and Bobby Taylor) - just hope we don't have any blizzards to diminish my supply. Be up a creek without a paddle, if that happens. I guess also I would have to give Bobby a holler for some more tuna and crackers to tide me over. Hey, life is about having a little fun and up here on the mountain we believe this is the way to go in enjoying each day to the fullest that God has given you!

Bernie Braswell is back home now. He had a checkup in Nashville yesterday and he is doing good according to his doctor. Everyone is happy about this good news.

Chloe Evelyn Bogle able to be back at church Sunday. Really good news too.
Some people to keep in prayer: Donna Lawson, Edith Miller, Jeff Brown, Denise Stanton, and Carlon and Mai Nell Melton.
If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 15

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