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By CAROL GUNTER

Are you all cozy and comfortable on the porch, patio, under a shade tree, or just somewhere relaxing with a cold beverage in hand without that hot sun shining down upon you? Me too, as the Diet Dr. Pepper hits the spot when you have been doing some yard work.

Never do I seem to have all the outside work caught up. Keeping busy though is always good and the exercise helps us all. Do not mind this hot weather and plan to take advantage of being able to get more than one job done today. Weeks now flying by awfully quick.

Wish the winter months would have done the same instead they just drooped on with that very cold, nasty weather. I know you remember like me, how bad it was. Hated to be kept captive inside our house but that was what it truly amounted to. Knew it wouldn't last forever so just had to put up with it as best I could. Other people dreaded it, too, just like me. Now that this pretty weather for the most part has gotten here, take every opportunity you can get to really enjoy what you love doing the best as this won't last forever either. Putting things off not really good as we don't know what might await us tomorrow.

Moles are back and now can you believe it a mama skunk and at least two little ones taking up residence at the outside corner of Aubrey's shop? Can't even think about "the little aliens" right now as these other two problems consuming my thoughts. Bubble gum in place in those holes and also sprinkled seven dust, too, as someone told me that would help out in getting rid of the moles. I'm not going near those skunks though with anything and I don't guess they can be coaxed out of there. They can't stay there as it could turn out to be one more smelly situation, if they were disturbed. Maybe they are there just for the time being and are looking for a better home to take up housekeeping in.

Some of you probably remember the column where I wrote about the baptism service that didn't go as planned. Sad to write that guy, Ricky Todd, age 65, passed away on Friday, May 29th. After I had put the baptism piece in the column, Ricky called and said he really loved it. Ricky, of course, told me the story of his baptism so much better than I could have told it. Our "Gunter Reunion" last year Ricky got to attend. I had invited him and sure hoped he would come. He told me anywhere food was gonna be, he would be there. True to his word, he was able to be there and really enjoyed everything about it. Fay (Aubrey's sister) and him had been good friends for a lot of years and they got to reminisce about the good times they had shared. Ricky, you certainly will be missed by a whole lot of people. A lot of health issues Ricky had here, but I know he has none there. You know for those who have passed away but had accepted Jesus Christ while they were living here, they are still very much alive and well in heaven praising Him and they probably never could have imagined how happy they would be when they got to their home in glory. Staying the course with Jesus, it will all be worth it someday.

Our pastor Jeff Armstrong delivering a good sermon on Sunday. Glad to see Mai Nell Melton there but Carlon wasn't able to attend the service. Pray for both Carlon and Kathy Martin (Mai Nell's daughter). Chloe Evelyn Bogle doing somewhat better now. Others to keep in prayer: Irena Curtis, Denise Stanton, Joann Braswell, and Edith Miller.

Rain really coming down this Monday evening the 8th day of June. Severe weather had been predicted for us, but, thankfully, that hasn't happened just quite a bit of rain so I guess I'll be checking that rain gauge to see just how much rain we got. Still raining some out there now and I know it's gonna be a wonderful night to get some sleep.

July birthdays to let you know all about: Lynn Hullett 7th, Zack Martin 15th, Baylie Hullett 21st, Blake Mendenhall 21st, Betty Sue Hullett 25th, Nathan Evans 27th, and Danny Evans 29th.

July 4th gonna be here before we know it. On TV, they said that Nashville was preparing to have the biggest July 4th fireworks celebration in the country this year. That will be quite a sight to see don't you guess? Years ago, we used to shoot fireworks around here and if some of the bushes out front could talk, they would give you an earful on how they caught on fire from some of those fireworks that "Aubrey" and the girls were shooting that went backward instead of forward. Fun times a plenty for sure back then as there were fireworks lighting up the sky in all directions by so many. Any leftover firecrackers , Aubrey, had a tendency to surprise some of my cats with them, when they least expected it.

If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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