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By CAROL GUNTER

This rain really does need to come to a halt now as my flowers may be in peril of being washed away; if this deluge of water continues. Listened to the weather forecast on Channel 2 with Lisa Patton and she was saying 1 to 4 inches of rain possible through the July 4th weekend. You do a rain dance to get it to rain so I wondering what kind of a dance would you have to do to get it to stop? We've had over 8 inches of rain the past 2 weeks. Some farmers, as you would imagine, outdone over all this wet weather. Hopefully next week, the rain chances will diminish quite a bit. We will all keep our fingers crossed for this. The grass may be knee high by next week when my neighbors and I try to get our yards mowed and looking like they normally do.

Lynn Underwood and son hunter visiting a while at our house this week.

Thought that skunk had left the premises but spotted it over at Aubrey's dad's house just before dark the other evening. No babies tagging along this time. I believe she may have set up camp in the trash pile behind Aubrey's shop. Was so hoping she was gone for good. I was thinking this might (but I hope not) have been a different skunk. All I would really need around here is another skunk to watch out for isn't it? At least, life is never dull here on the mountain as we constantly have things happening that surprise us just about everyday. This keeps us all at the top of our game and alert for anything that comes up.
Ruth/the boss doing fine and so are the rest of the crew/or family. Also, Diane and Chloe. Evelyn doing nicely.

Going to tackle push mowing and trimming around here today as the yards I got mowed yesterday. Some rain might come back into the picture around here later on in the day - just hoping I get through with the rest of the outside work that needs to be finished.

Fireworks being shot around here Saturday night. When the rain would let up, the fireworks would start back up again. There were echoing on the mountain behind our house. I do like it when the kid comes out with the grownups having as much or more fun shooting off the fireworks as the young people do. Hey, a lot of us are still "young at heart" and we should have fun, too, or that's the way I look at it.

We certainly do need to uplift some people in prayer: Denise Stanton, Edith Miller, the family of Trena Curtis, and Paul Seals.
While outside the other day trimming and working away, the big June-bugs were flying all over the place and one almost got trapped in my hair. I would have been screaming my head off, if that had happened and everyone around here would probably have heard me. As I have told you, the Japanese beetles I call baby June bugs as they look like a June bug but only smaller. We have a bunch of each variety this year. Need to see if Clyde can be enlisted to contact "the little green men" to get ride of them I guess. We just might have to pass that old had around, if they are going to charge an arm and a leg to do away with all these pesky and unwanted bugs that are always it seems surrounding me and bugging me.

Starting to make some plans for the upcoming "18th Gunter Reunion". Everyone will be having a great time that Sunday with the entertainment provided by Clyde and his Bluegrass Band and also all that food to consume too much of. This event happens only once a year so I say forget about how much you eat and enjoy all the festivities that will be going on at "Aubrey's Shop" on Sunday, September 6th. Hard to believe it has been 18 years since "Aubrey" got it all started for our family and friends to have a day to spend together. Isn't that just like out "Big guy" and aren't we so glad that he did? A promise I made to you "Aubrey" that I will with God's help keep it going.

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

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. Romans 1:16

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