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It’s so good to be able to visit my friends and neighbors once again in my columns. Amazingly, one misses so much when not being able to focus or understand enough to read local newspapers; especially for those that live rurally as we either get television news from Montgomery or for us from Birmingham. Of course this is no help with what is going on around the corner, and they only sometimes “view” this area for the weather forecasts.
After my extensive, delicate and lengthy surgery on June 2 for gall bladder removal, I was in dire straits, tremendous pain and in Grandview Hospital for a month. My incision opened, and recovery has been difficult and is still ongoing.
For so long, my brain couldn’t function well enough to do very much. I wrote no letters, sent no emails and just stayed home to work on recovery. Even my vision was off kilter, and I am so proud to be in a “getting better” position now.
I wanted to attend the Historical Society meeting at the end of July (they had old 1960s film to show of Rockford), but I couldn’t manage it. The society will celebrate its fiftieth year in October, so that will be something to look forward to as members work on the planning.
I picked up my “Coosa County News” dated June 17 this past week to see the obituary for the paper’s publisher, Mr. Lewis Scarbrough, now sharing afterlife with wife, Jo. I knew Mr. Lewis had a stroke some years back and spent less time at the news’ office.
In the early 1990s I worked for Mr. Lewis along with Randy Wilson. I firstly did some accounting, then editing and general office work. Sometimes Mr. Lewis was difficult to understand, having some excellent ideas for the town of Rockford, just not knowing how to get the general folks interested enough. He would be proud today to see how things have really improved in downtown Rockford. It looks good, as well, with new places opening, artwork and plants.
I just noticed the Infinity Café, such a cutesy place; I hope to try soon. This café should do well, as folks love to have a place to sip and chat, plus with changing seasons expected soon coffee would be great any time of the day.
The COVID-19 strains reared ugly heads once again around Equality, and many succumbed to the illness. This was a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully recovery has come. Herb and Irma Traylor seem to get each COVID-19 strain as it comes around; they are a very strong couple and do a good job on getting well.
Also in Hissop, sending all “feel better” and well wishes to those feeling under the weather, like my special friend Betty Price; she has been my loyal delightful letter/notecard writer since my first major surgery in 2019.
Friends have been so kind to us by bringing cooked delicious meals, really appreciated during our lengthy term of inability. Then as I felt better, last week another friend gave me some fresh black-eyed peas to shell, one of Ron’s favorite veggies, and a Butterball turkey that I am cooking as I write.
So many things to catch up on; belated birthday greetings for August are Irma Traylor of Equality (August 2); remembering the lovely, late, Queen Mother who was 100 years old August 4, 2000, and lived until February 2002; Libby Rogers of rural Goodwater for August 6; and on August 8 Rhett Brown of Alexander City was 7 years old. Rhett is the great-grandson of Pete and Peggie Sue Ott of Nixburg. August 9 Betty House of Equality was celebrated, and August 11 for Phil Stephens who lives lakeside.
Now currently, wishing my dear friend Eddie Hampton of Goodwater all good wishes for August 18; Diane Duchene of Central on August 20; and remembering the dearest doctor I knew, Sonny Odom, on August 22. Dr. Odom grew up in Alexander City close to downtown, and his medical practice was in Montgomery.
Stay well and happy, and until next week, keep smiling.
Remember, if you have news to share or a celebration, just call me at 256-234-0957 or send me a short email to Smanorlady@gmail.com. I will be happy to share with the readers.