Kay’s Branch News by Bee Spicer

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Pioneers were a lot tougher than us

By The Staff

I played bridge last week and got home about 5 p.m., just in time to get the car into the garage and close the garage door before the lights went out.

The electricity flicked on and off several times before giving up the ghost and going off completely. I scrounged around in cabinets and closets and found all the candles and placed them strategically around the house in case the power didn’t come back till after dark. I have a gas range, so heating soup for supper was no problem.

I placed four or five candles by my chair so I could read. Two flashlights helped with the feeding of the dogs. The lights were off till 8:25 p.m. It’s amazing how much we depend on that handy little switch on every wall in our house to sustain life as we know it.

My grandmother did all her sewing by lamplight at night after she put her children to bed. I would have been blinder than a bat if that had been my only choice to read or sew. Our pioneer forefathers were made of sterner stuff.

Jean Zeitz was at church Sunday morning and had great news. Alice Green Callahan had her baby, an 8 pound, 14 ounce girl named Charlotte Jade. Alice is the daughter of our old friend, Charlotte Green. Mother and child are doing fine and we wish all of Charlotte’s family the very best.

Other Thanksgiving blessings were reported. Joey, Joel Grugin’s son, finished his National Guard training and has come home. He will be attached to the Frankfort post.

Doreen McElroy will be joining her son, who lives in Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving this year.

November continues to be the birthday month. Charlene Raisor had a birthday last week, Abe Claxon turned 14, Adam Hazlet 16, and Josie Hazlet has a birthday today. Wanda also had a birthday this week. Katherine Raisor celebrated her 91st birthday Monday.

Ernest House is having out-patient surgery this week. We hope everything goes well and he recovers quickly.

Ann, Pat, and I went to our bonus play Saturday. We joined Robbie and Johnny Bob at the Cracker Barrel for lunch before going to the theater. We got there with five minutes to spare. We saw “A Christmas Story,” the classic about the little boy who wanted a BB gun for Christmas. It was very funny and very well done.

The old Fairview Market — or maybe you know it as Franco’s — is under new management and reopened as the “Moonshiner’s Food and Entertainment Center.”

They had their grand opening last Friday evening. It is now operated by Corey and Linda Brandon, who live near the establishment.

Wanda went Friday evening and said they served great fish, burgers and buffalo wings. There was good country music to dance to, provided by the Six Miles South band from Henry County. There was a nice crowd there for the opening.

They will be open regularly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jean said they would be having their annual open house at the printing plant on Sawridge Creek Road this Saturday and Sunday.

If you haven’t been to it, it’s worth the drive to see all the lovely things they print and have for sale there.

Wanda said Willie Hensley invited her to come to Frankfort this weekend to help do a good turn for a friend. She said about 100 poeple showed up with food and musical instruments to decorate the yard and home of a friend, Robert Hawkins, who is fighting cancer.

Along with the eating and playing of music and under Roberts direction,  they strung Christmas lights and decorated a 10-foot tree in his house. It was a lovely afternoon to work outside and a real gift of love from his friends.

Sunday was a beautiful day. John and I did some fencing after church. Some of our gaps were in bad repair and needed replacing. Not a big job but necessary.

I had company for supper. Rachel, Chris and the children came down and John joined up for supper. It’s the first time I’d seen Rachel and the children since summer. It was a kind of mini-Thanksgiving for us.

My family is getting larger every year and have so many obligations that I have quit trying to get them all together all at once. And frankly, I enjoy them more in smaller numbers. At my age, smaller is good, but I am very blessed to have each one of them in my life. We won’t all be gathered around one table with the traditional bird in the center. Ann goes to Tutt’s family at this holiday, John, Bayley and I will be with Robbie’s family with Johnny Bob, Teri is having her family with Sarah and Vincent at home, but we will all be thinking of each other.

You don’t have to be in the same room to be thankful for family, and all the good things that have come our way this year.

I hope you can be with your families, but if that’s not possible, say a prayer for the ones who are absent and give thanks in hour heart for the many blessing we receive each day.

I hope everyone out there has a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.