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Up here on the mountain such a beautiful display of snowy splendor this Thursday morning the 26th day of February with this fresh and fluffy snowfall we got overnight. Maybe two inches of snow and the sight from our patio doors such a magnificent view of the mountain that so many do not get the opportunity to take in as I do. The wind is calm and I'm just enjoying as I look outside our house the snow on Randy and Gail's line of evergreens with their branches being somewhat weighed down but a gorgeous sight to see with the backdrop of the mountain so close and snow everywhere.

One more day for all those kids to be out of school throughout middle Tennessee. Of course, you know there will be a ton of pictures where snowmen have been built and the sledding that will be going on. The "kid" comes out in a lot of people when that snow comes in and to have all that fun is like a dream come true isn't it? The snow didn't stick around for long so I hope you get to enjoy it.

Betty Gunter is doing better after a fall she had six weeks ago. She broke two of her fingers on her left hand. It was the index finger and the middle finger. Thank goodness as this was bad but it sure could have been a whole lot worse for Betty. Her felines are doing super good as in Miss Kitty and Misty. She says they are spoiled beyond rotten. Good way to describe these cats that she loves so dearly. Keep Betty in prayer as she recovers.

Ronnie Gale Barrett, age 66 of the Short Mountain community passed away Friday, February 27th. The Barrett family has our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of their dear loved one. Visitation for Ronnie was Sunday, March 1st from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Woodbury Funeral Home. Services were held in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home on Monday, March 2 at 2 p.m. with Brother Greg Mitchell officiating. Ronnie was laid to rest in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Ronnie and I graduated together in 1967. You will be missed by a lot of people Ronnie. Last time I talked with him was up at Short Mountain Market a few weeks after his sister Linda Fay Barrett Taylor had passed away on November 15th of last year. Did not know that would be the last time I would get to talk with Ronnie.

Would hope that we all try our best when we are with our family and friends to let them know that we care about them because none of us know that might be the last time we would get to be with them. Cherish the people God has put in your life and never take them for granted as they can be gone so quickly. Do keep the Barrett family in your prayers at this sad time of loss.

Others that we need to be thinking about and uplifting in prayer: Carlon and Mai Nell Melton and Kathy Mai Nell's daughter Trena Curtis, Denise Stanton, Jeff Brown, Donna Lawson, Edith Miller, Thurman Bogle, Bernie Braswell, the family of Ronnie Arnold, Edna Hopper, Chloe Evelyn Bogle and Norris and Bobbye Harrison. Prayer is such a powerful weapon we have in our day to day lives to touch God for all our needs.

Have to clear up my theory on what possibly I thought had happened to the seven turkeys that I thought those "little green men" had taken down a tasty banquet meal. This morning as I looked across the field up toward the mountain there to my surprise were those eleven turkeys as I have seen so many times before. I guess this calls for an apology from me to the little green aliens as I had them tried, convicted, and sent to the slaughter house before all the facts were in. That posse will now have to dismount and call it a day after my rush to judgment. If they have their own newspaper publication, guess i would be front page news with the caption being "Earthing extends apology". I fully understand how pride can go before the fall. Some problems are worth avoiding at all cost such as my life going on here and this would be one of them. I will no doubt be more careful in the future as this lesson well learned. We all know the "little green men" don't exist don't we?

One more thought that the Lord is impressing on me is for all of us to show compassion to one another and treat others the way you want to be treated. Would no doubt be a much better world if we hang on to that motto I believe.

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

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
Psalm 18:2


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