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Kays Branch News

  • Hawkins celebrates birthday with host of friends

    We have about two and a half inches of snow on the ground this morning, but the temperature is rising as I sit here and type.

    The boys at Joel’s cars are going to work as if nothing was on the roads. The weatherman said we would have rain by noon. I don’t plan to be out till tomorrow, so I hope things have settled down by then.

    This is my busy week. Bridge on Tuesday, hair cut on Thursday and Hand and Foot on Friday.

    The Monterey Fire Department is having a chili supper at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at the firehouse.

  • Living in hope for an early spring on the Branch

    Things have been pretty quiet on the Branch this week.

    Ray had been staying the night with his sister, Jean O’Banion, at the hospital in Lexington. She had surgery, then had to have a second operation and was doing well, when she had a minor stroke on Wednesday.

    The stroke set her back a bit, but she is recovering a little each day. We are keeping her in our prayers.

  • Bluegrass Stockyards fire hits home

    The big news this week is the fire in Lexington.

    You are thinking, “Why should that concern Kay’s Branch?”

    Jimmy Lawrence called me about 6 p.m. Saturday night to ask me if I had heard about the “big fire” in Lexington. It’s on all the stations up there, but he couldn’t get it where he lives in northern Kentucky.

  • Old man winter settles in on the Branch

    Winter has finally reached Kentucky and the Branch. It was 7-degrees on my outside thermometer this morning.

    Thank God for a good wood burning stove and John, who cuts the wood and brings it to my back porch.

    He brought in another load yesterday while I was at church, so I am good for another three weeks. I only have two appointments outside of the house this week, bridge tomorrow and another dentist appointment on Wednesday. By the time the snow “they” are predicting gets here, I will be in at home with my zoo.

  • Old man winter finally arrived at The Branch

    I hate to mention the obvious, but it snowed Saturday night. From near 70 degrees early Saturday morning to an inch of snow on the sunroom stoop Sunday morning. That’s weird, even for Kentucky.

    I played bridge on Tuesday, dressed in jeans and a light sweater. It was good to see everybody again. We had problems getting eight people together to play during December, so we had to keep postponing.

  • Resolve to become a better neighbor in 2016

    The new year is off in a long run.

    I watched the ball drop along with Wanda and Ray, not in the same house, but you know what I mean.

    It was less than thrilling, so I went to bed and didn’t start my new year till 8:20 the next morning. The sun was out. That is news worthy because it hadn’t shown for over a week.

  • A successful Christmas on the Branch

     Well, It’s all over but the rain. Wanda said the Halls had moved into their new home. Randell told her it hadn’t been easy because of all the rain and mud, getting the foundation ready, but he managed and they made it by Christmas. I am sure they are happy to be out of the small camper they had been living in. Landscaping will have to wait till spring. 

  • Christmas decorating finished on the Branch

    It’s still unusually warm this morning and raining. I am not in the mood to write, but I guess I’ll think of something.

    I took advantage of the mild weather to get the outside of the house decorated. I hadn’t really planned to do much, but with Harley now in residence in New Hampshire I have no fear of the decor being eaten.

    Jess is well past the age of chewing up artificial flowers. With the help of my daughters, the inside is pretty well covered in Christmas too.

  • Ready for Christmas on the Branch

    The holiday season has officially begun.
    Ray Traylor had his traditional Thanksgiving dinner for relatives and friends on Saturday. Wanda helped him clean, set up tables and shop for the occasion. He baked his pumpkin-walnut pie, did a big turkey with dressing and had ham, and all the vegetables that go with Thanksgiving.
    Others brought dishes too, so there was plenty to go around for the 40 or so that showed up. Barbara and Joyce joined them, as did his Aunt Jewell and Uncle Carl, who live in Mt. Sterling. They are in their 80s.

  • Deer hunting season in full swing on the Branch

    It was 28 degrees on the Branch this morning. It’s always a little colder here in the valley than the surrounding area.
    Deer hunting season is in full swing. All the Whitesburg contingency are at the hunting shack. I heard the shotguns in the distance. We don’t allow hunting our farm. It’s just too narrow and we have three houses with vulnerable windows to protect, but there are lots of deer and they know a “free zone” and congregate on our land.