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I finally got off the Branch last week. My van hadn’t left the garage since a week ago Thursday. Luckily, I had gone to the library Tuesday, the 18th, to stock up on books and gone to Walmart on Thursday to get dog food and milk. After that, the cold and snow moved in and I stayed in.
I did finally get to play cards on Friday. It was so good to see my “Hand and Foot” buddies again. I’m afraid the card game suffered because we were all so glad to see each other, we talked so much we lost track of what we were doing. It was the first time we had been together since October. It was a very good afternoon.
Saturday, the sun came out. I hadn’t seen it in so long, I couldn’t stay inside. I went to Paula’s to have my hair done. Thelma Marston came in while I was there. We talked a while. I hadn’t seen her since Johnny Bob and I went out to visit them when C.B. came home from the hospital last fall.
From Paula’s I went to the bank. The line at the drive by window was so long, I parked and went in to do my deposit and ran into Sue Cobb, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time.
We used to be on the library board together. I stood and talked to her and Judy for a while. Then I went to the library to drop off the books and get new ones. I’d planned to be in and out, but the new girl was checking me out and we got to talking, a fatal flaw of mine. She asked if I was the lady that wrote the Kay’s Branch News, and I discovered she was Freida Prather’s daughter and they had lived near Mother’s house when she was a child. The “quick in and out” turned into a half an hour. She had married and lived away from Owen County for some time, but they had moved back here. Her name is Nancy Boisseau. She spelled it for me. She is a delightful young woman and now knows more about me than she ever wanted too.
I am glad to report that Rastus and Audrey were back at church Sunday morning. He finally found a doctor that diagnosed his problem and is treating the clots in his leg. He was walking good and said he was finally pain-free. Lou Ann’s surgery went well, and she is at home now, too. Joel said she was also pain-free for the first time since the first part of November. We were very happy for both of them.
My Aunt Lenora, Mother’s sister, died Friday in the wee hours of the morning. She had been very sick for a long time. Mother died on the 28th of January six years ago, in the wee hours of the morning. They were only two years apart in age. Aunt Lenora was 98 on Jan. 6, and Mother would have been 100 today, Feb. 2.
They were close as children and married within a year of each other. Their children were around the same age. They remained close all their lives. When their husbands died, as did Aunt Bess’ husband and Aunt Dot’s, the four women would visit at Mother’s house or Aunt Dot’s. They all loved to play cards or board games like Yahtzee. Aunt Bess was the baby of the foursome and is the only one left now. I know the other three are sitting on a cloud somewhere playing gin rummy and waiting for her to join them. They were strong, resilient and loving women. They lived through two world wars, losses of husbands and friends, but they never lost their zest for life. I was blessed to have known them.
Wanda didn’t send her news this week but I talked to Fay a while Sunday night. Jennifer had been at home on a week’s vacation, so Fay had company to help pass the time trapped in the house all week. She said Jennifer really enjoyed the chance to just read and watch TV, after her hectic schedule at the hospital. Fay said she spent her time crocheting and just enjoying Jennifer. Cabin fever isn’t all bad.