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Kays Branch News

  • A trip to Goshen, Ky. via the Branch

    I have finally shaken the cold I took just before Christmas. I didn’t have a cough or pain, just sat for almost two weeks in my chair in the sun room with Dobbs and sneezed and blew my nose. My appetite has returned, along with my ability to think and form full sentences. 

  • Old dogs make for fine friends on the Branch
  • Some enjoy Florida while we at home are growing ‘webbed feet’

    Unless you have been vacationing in Florida since Christmas you have noticed it’s been raining a great part of the time since before Christmas. Wanda said we’ve had two and a half inches. I know it’s been more like 5 inches. Cedar Creek is full and holding back Kay’s Branch and water is filling the creek clear past Bruce’s barn. On the farm that Ray lives on in Franklin County, the ground is so wet the cows are sinking into the middle of their legs. It makes it hard to feed from the tractors.

  • Don’t like Kentucky weather? Wait a few days, it will change

    Here we are nine days into the new year. The 8th was Elvis' birthday. Danny's would have been the 9th, as was Joanne Ballenger-Wright. Everett Hawkins' was Tuesday. He is doing well after his extensive cancer treatments.
    Billy Ballenger picked Everett up on Thursday after the snowfall in his side by side. They four-wheeled over Wanda's farm, Bruce's land and Everett's farm, enjoying the snow. The "buggy" is fitted with a good heater, of course.

  • ‘Eatin’ season’ ends, down to the leftovers

    I really didn’t plan to write this morning. I have had an old fashion head cold all through the holidays. It started on Wednesday before Christmas and got progressively worse for the next two weeks. I have made the man that owns Kleenex very much richer over the past two weeks. My apatite is just beginning to come back, along with my ability to smell.
    So here I am at the computer typing away with very little to say.

  • The downhill slope to New Year

    This is the last column of 2016. We have all made it through Christmas and it’s downhill all the way to 2017.

  • Bad news always comes in threes

    I found out why Fay wasn’t answering her phone last Monday. She was in Lexington. Bruce’s heart began to beat too slow, and he wasn’t feeling so good so they took him to Lexington on Friday evening and he was in the hospital till Tuesday. He had to have a pacemaker put in. He can’t do anything but rest and watch TV for at least six weeks.

  • Robinson Family continues to dazzle

    Weather is always paramount on the Branch. It’s either too dry and hot or too wet and cold. Cold I can manage but dry is a problem. I am happy to report that we got a very good rain last night. With the piddly rains we have been having, my cistern is now at a good level. We also had the first snow last week. Really not worth mentioning, but I am short of content this week.

  • 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.

  • A quiet Thanksgiving at home with The Duke

    The weather was beautiful and everybody on the Branch — well, everybody that I write about — had a great Thanksgiving.
    Jennifer got a friend at the hospital to trade off days with her so she could be home Thursday and Friday. All the Riddle family came to Fay’s for the celebration. She said there were 30 in attendance. She had decorated her finished basement in Thanksgiving colors, and the upstairs was already decorated for Christmas.