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By CAROL GUNTER

Folks around here today really liking the steady rain that is falling and the cooler temperatures in the eighties. Ideal morning to be out on our patio and enjoying Mother Nature at one of her best times. That thermometer had a tad over an inch of rain in it yesterday and today Friday we may be getting more than that as this rainfall is lasting a lot longer. It's back and I do believe it wants to stay a spell with us. Some of us need the rain I guess but I sure didn't. The yards I got mowed in the 'nick of time' you might say. A gorgeous view of the mountain with the light and darker shades of green all around me with the rain coming down harder now.

The little hummers have been flying here and there on the patio and possibly urging me to restock their feeder's. I will do exactly that as soon as this rain decides to let up. I see no sign of that happening at the present time.

You probably heard on the news about the migration of the black bears to our area of middle Tennessee. I think the bears need to keep 'going west young man' as that quote goes and not even think about taking a siesta around here much less putting down roots, a tent, or build a cabin and raising a family do you? We already have way too many varmints around the mountain. Contending with the 'little green men', coyotes, an invisible cow, a 10 foot rabbit and armadillos wandering about is about all we can stand. We do not want to add pesky, snoopy bears into the mix. I guess we will just have a posse of brave men that are ready to take on any of these predators and take them out willingly or unwillingly. Clyde and Bobby would be the two in charge of the posse as they are probably the bravest guys around. I'll just let you think about that statement, because I can't believe I said that. The little green men are not predators but I'm still wary of them. I've been told they watch out for us. Never seen one of them and that suits me just fine. Probably would have a heart attack on the spot if I encountered a little green man or the whole colony. Some things in life could take you away better or quicker than Calgon and they would be at the top of my list if I had a list.

People we need to keep in prayer: Ruth Brown, Fay Pitts, Edith Miller, Denise Stanton, Carlon and Mai Nell Melton, and Charlie Mai Daniel.

Please be praying for all those people in Louisiana that have lost their homes and all their contents in the historic flooding that has ten place there. Even more tragic is the loss of human life. At last count thirteen people had died. You, like me, most likely know the death toll will rise with this kind of wide spread devastation. So much bad weather conditions are going on in our nation. In California, they also, are losing their homes and contents to those huge and monstrous wild fires that are raging in several places and with it being so hot and drought - stricken for the past few years, the fires are so hard to contain. Winds are fueling the fires and make it even more dangerous for the fire fighters fighting to put them out. Lives have been lost there, too. I just don't know how many. Keep the people in California in your prayers, too.

Katie Underwood and brother hunter stopping for a few minutes the other day. They are looking forward to the Gunter Reunion Sunday September 4th.

Clyde has said he's practicing for the reunion. I don't know if he meant a new song, or doing a jig or two. We'll see. This is a day to come out and enjoy the festivities and forget about your busy schedule for a few hours. So worth it just simply enjoying the fellowship with family and friends, delicious food, and the great entertainment that everyone looks so forward to from Clyde and his Bluegrass Band.


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

What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24

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