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OK, believe it or not, folks, things could be worse with this cold winter weather we are experiencing recently. We could be a member of the freezing population along our country's east coast with up to 25 inches of snow piled up against our doors, caving in our roofs, ice patches spinning our cars out of control, no electric, no cable and running out of board games! Serious cabin fever and low on groceries! I have been there at one time and trust me, Tennessee is a bed of roses compared to that winter nightmare!

Along with that is this flu epidemic that even if you did get the shot, chances are this year, you can definitely still contract it. And, here I am so proud of myself that I once again was a dutiful citizen and got my shot. Just like they told me too. On the norm, I never get the flu, but I sure do have a full blown case of it right now! Two full weeks of this stuff so far. I am fed up with it! Not only do you feel crummy with this stuff, but you don't have the energy to do squat! My hubby, JD, is doing all he can to keep me comfortable. Dimes to donuts, he comes down with this stuff and role reversal is soon on the horizon. Bless all of you who also are sharing the same flu experience. There is light at the end of the tunnel; you are just going to have to hang onto your ticket for the wellness train a little longer than usual. (UGH!)

Ok, let's see here: we have covered the weather and the flu. Next: Eeee-Gads...I can't forget Festus and the gang! They still walk among us. Martha told me the other day that Festus was all upset about his daughter eating ants and he called the emergency room. They told him that she would be alright , but when he told them that he had given her ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants, they told him to bring her in right away! She survived the whole thing, but honestly, Festus, doesn't that make you the number one idiot!

Well, wait a minute, I did hear from Auntie Ann that her delinquent cousin's son tried to rob a bank ten days ago. From what I understand, he wrote: Give me your MUNY-- on the back of a Bank of America deposit slip. He got nervous waiting in line so long, so he ran across to the Wells Fargo Bank across the street. After only waiting a few minutes, he gave the note to the teller. Surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, she told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he either needed to use a Wells Fargo slip or go back to the Bank of America. Looking somewhat defeated, he said OK and left. He was arrested a few minutes later as he was waiting back in line at Bank of America. Who was this? Number two idiot ? What's really scary is that these people actually reproduce!

I guess number three idiot of the day is Clyde who recently went to throw a cement block through a repair garage window because they didn't fix his truck right and wouldn't return his money. Well, when he threw the cement block it hit the plexigass window, bounced back and hit him in the head. Turned out, his hospital bill was way higher than his bogus truck repair. (I'm getting out of here.....)

The Short Mountain Trading Post is still literally under the weather watch. Only is weather is 55 degrees warm and sun is out, it will be closed. Way too chilly to tour and shop on those colder days. We certainly miss seeing all of you, but there is just something about: How do you heat a huge barn in the middle of winter? Not any easier than air condition it in the middle of summer! Mild weather will soon be returning and Miss Savannah will be rid of the flu. So hang in there! In the meantime please remember to call me if you have a craft or an interesting collection of items that you would like to display in the Barn. Call me and discuss at 615-464-7824. Would love to have you join us! Gonna run for now. Everybody please take care of each other, stay well, be thankful for what we have and be happy!
Hugs, Savannah

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