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By CAROL GUNTER

Hi and hope everyone is doing okay and able to get up and out and do the things you love to do. So much rainfall around here on the mountain the past couple of days. Total from my rain gauge tallied at 4.9 inches. Just way too much rain falling for me as only those bullfrogs in the ditch line would be loving that much rain. Don't guess they got washed away with that river of water going down the ditch line as they probably are well-equipped with maybe rafts and life jackets or something on that order if worse came to worse. Cooler weather just about upon us this Saturday morning and I'm not complaining one bit. A break from the hot weather so welcome I believe from everyone around these parts. I only complain about cold winter weather ya know.

George my "garden spider" is back out front in his web in the azalea bushes again. Really, I don't know what their life expectancy is - but this is probably not the same George, from last fall, but I was happy one is back most likely to carry on George's legacy. This one is sort of plump and I'm going to keep tabs on him to see just how big he gets. Quite a few spider webs off the ground this go-around - don't know if that means we will have a more snowy, bad winter with super cold temps or not. Too early I guess for the weather people to clue us in on that. Checked on George later on this day and low and behold there are now 2 George's out there in those bushes. Maybe the whole family is moving in. Two spiders is enough for me to keep an eye on. I sure hope that is all of them. Planned on doing a lot of trimming on those bushes but will put a hold on that now as I don't really want to disturb them.

Spoke with Mai Nell Melton this Saturday evening and She is doing pretty good. Carlon was not feeling so well. Kathy (her daughter) doing some better. Gracie Bratcher (Mai Nell's sister) doing rehab at the Nursing Home after falling in her yard and breaking her hip and is hoping to go home before too much longer. We all know there's no place like home is there? Prayer for all you guys to get better along with a whole lot of other people that have you on their prayer list, too. Prayer certainly is a powerful weapon - so use it everyday.

Other people we need to uplift in prayer: Tracy Neal, Ruth Brown, Fay Pitts, Edith Miller, Denise Stanton, Chloe Evelyn Bogle, and Alene Ferrell.
Good message preached Sunday by Pastor Armstrong on keeping the faith regardless of what trial you may be going through. I have learned to just lean that much more on the Lord and He will get you through your ordeal and make you an even stronger person because of it. He's done it for me and He will do that for you, too! He will never, but never let us down.

All is still quiet around here and no sightings of those "little green men". Maybe they go south for the winter like the littler hummers do. No, I would not be so lucky, as they probably live in that devil's hole and are very comfortable. They may not even need heat at all to stay warm. Clyde seems to be the only person they will communicate with so he'll just have to find out if they stay here year round.

Visiting with Chloe Evelyn Bogle a little while on Tuesday evening. She is doing about the same. She is a joy to get to spend some time with. Fay Pitts back at home now and she like me and so many others enjoying this delightful weather. Seems like fall is already here but on my calendar the first official day of fall is September 23rd.

Getting the yards mowed hopefully this Thursday with a whole lot of beautiful sunshine to get this girls inspired to do a good job while I'm at it. Mowing a passion of mine so I'll be enjoying every minute of it.

Talking with Cousin Ruth/the boss on Wednesday evening. She was feeling pretty good and we got to chit-chat for a while. Peggy/the diva doing good, also. ***
If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at 615-563-4429. Have a great day!

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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised - I Chronicles 16:25

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