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Kays Branch News

  • Let the Christmas decorating commence

    We’re in the dead zone, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone is staying home to clean, decorate and shop for Christmas gifts. Teri was coming Monday to help me do the decorating. I usually have all that done by now, but somehow, it gets harder and harder to get in the mood.

  • Branch residents make good use of warm weather

    This has been a very good week on the Branch. The weather was mild to downright hot.
    I had my Hand and Foot ladies on Friday. It was my turn to host the card group. We had the doors open, and it was 78 degrees. We are a bit dry. We only had about two-tenths of an inch of rain, but the Branch never looked better. We had a good afternoon, and they got started home before dark.

  • Super Moon every bit as spectacular as advertised

    The cold weather has finally caught up with us. We have had a couple of frosts here in the valley, but neither John nor Ann had seen any up on the hill. John came down the beginning of last week and with Ann’s help, they cleaned out the chimney and stove pipes and made my wood stove in the basement “fire ready” for when the cold weather finally arrived.

  • Fishing in November becoming the new norm

    We missed the rain predicted for last week. The Branch is dry as a bone. I had to call Noel True and get a load of water last week and after no rain over the weekend, I ordered another load to be delivered on Monday.

  • Remember to exercise right to vote Tuesday

    It’s Halloween but it’s going to be in the mid-70s. Tomorrow is the first day of November. The days are getting noticeably shorter. I got up at 7:30 this morning and the kitchen windows that face east were dark. If I hadn’t had the column to get in to Molly I would probably still be in bed.  

  • Branch remains busy in preparation for winter

    The weather is changing but very slowly. The theme for this column is bush hogging, cutting wood and policing up the area for cold weather.
    John has cut a large load of wood and stacked it under my porch at the back, so I am ready if it ever turns cold. I have been digging out and spreading small piles of dirt that Adam dug out of the creek when he cleaned it this summer, so if it ever rains again, it will be ready to seed.

  • Warm weather allows for a few more chores

    I must start with corrections this morning. I typed Jerry Urie but it was Jenny Urie who was working at the fair, and I put Bruce instead of Ray that was doing the bush hogging. Bruce had hired someone to do his land. That means nothing to anyone else but Ray and Bruce, but Wanda has to keep me straight.
    Mike and Gwen were very fortunate. They didn’t have anything but a few small limbs broke in their yard and a lot of rain. Wanda said they boarded up the larger windows, just to play it safe, but all is well in their area.

  • Battening down the hatches before winter

    Fall is definitely here. I looked at the thermometer at the kitchen window this morning when I got up, and it was 39 degrees. Fay said it was 41 at her house. It always gets colder in this valley. There is always frost here before it gets to the top of the hills. Fay was talking about losing her flowers before long. I don’t have to worry about mine. They are all plastic. Neither drought nor frost affects them.

  • Branch abuzz following Monterey fair

    Of all the mornings to sleep late, this was not the Monday I should have. I have more news than I know what to do with.
    The Monterey Fair was Saturday. Gene Rose’s Rose-Spicer reunion was Saturday, and the Mt. Vernon Soup was on Sunday. The Ryder Cup was being played on TV from Thursday to Sunday, and Arnold Palmer died Sept. 26, and it was dedicated to his memory.

  • Monterey gets spruced up for homecoming fair

    This week it’s all about The Monterey Fair. Its been in the planning stage for some time but the work really started this week, and I mean work.
    The first of last week Noel Thomas, Barbara, Ray and Wanda started the work of cleaning up the fence rows, edging the sidewalks, using a chain saw on some stuff, weed eating, blowing debris into piles to be shoveled into trucks, cleaning the bank building for the history display, etc.