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Another week of super fine weather to get out and enjoy; we are lucky not to have had rains yet from Ian, which is heading for our gulf coast.
I loved visiting Florida and walking along the water’s edge, but happy not to be living there on a permanent basis. We are in a good location here in the glorious South, just get the edges of storms with rains and sometimes damaging winds. Knowing it would be just awful to be evacuated, having to leave “home sweet home” and not know where you will be going. Some years back we were in New Orleans for the weekend and a big storm was coming; sadly we needed to leave a day early to get to our safe plat at home.
Local friends and family of Peggie Sue Ott of Nixburg set her up with a lovely gathering at the Rockford E-911 building for her 80th birthday on Saturday. The weather was great, and the gathering room was filled with those invited to celebrate this special time for Peggie.
Peggie’s brother Leon Clanton; his son, Scott; and daughter, Marie; came all the way from Jackson, Mississippi. Peggie’s granddaughter took charge of the decorating in lilac/blue and beige and lots of balloons. Special friends Betty Price, her two sisters; Diane Rainwater, members of Nixburg Baptist Church where Peggie is pastor, and her husband, Pete, with lots of friends, including Ron and I, were present to celebrate this sweet lady who always does so much good for others.
The children enjoyed playing in the hallways while the older folks visited, and Ms. Peggie worked the room like a teacher checking on her students’ work and making sure everyone ate plenty of the delicious food.
Just one special family member to Peggie was missing, and that was granddaughter Laken Ott and her two children; unfortunately on the Friday before, they had been in an auto accident in Montgomery and all went to a hospital for X-rays. Just shaken and bruised, luckily they are all okay and went home to rest.
We left the party, and I went out to the shed for craft supplies; it was locked. Ron came out to rescue the situation for me, and even with his cane, he lost his balance in the thick weeds and fell hard. The pain was so intense I could not help him up or straighten his leg, so called 911.
First on the scene was Assistant Chief with the Equality Volunteer Fire Department David Dial with another volunteer. David was so good and became Ron’s “chair” while we waited for Haynes New Ambulance to arrive.
You know that any fall can be dangerous for older folks, and after Ron saw the folks at Russell ER and had many X-rays, the diagnosis was that he had a broken hip and was admitted. Dr. Baker did surgery to set pins for connecting the bone on Sunday; of course Ron was in lots of pain. He will stay in the hospital a few days then go to local rehab for therapy to wellness. Please remember Ron in your prayers during his recovery.
Please also remember Wayne Stephens on Alabama Highway 9 just into Elmore County below Equality. Wayne is still very much dependent on his daily nurses and gets physical therapy for his paralyzed spine after the 4-wheeler accident in his back yard two years ago. He and his family need lots of prayers.
October is around the corner. Happy birthday to Jackson Jennings, and happy anniversary to Jackson’s uncle/aunt, Michael and Yvette Hampton; all of Alex City and celebrating on October 1.
As this is going to be the first Saturday, Santuck will be a busy place, so on your way be sure to stop at the old firehouse in Equality right there on main street/Highway 9.
Those wonderful volunteers will have another fundraiser for the fire department with a cake sale starting at 7 a.m., homemade of course; plus for lunch starting at 10 a.m. hamburger or hot dog plates are available, just $6 and even come with a drink. Lunch service will close at 1 p.m., so get it while you can and feel good about helping to support a volunteer fire department.
As I worked on this column, this morning a very pleasant young lineman from the Alabama Electric Co-Op came in his big truck to set up the fiber-optic receiving box onto the side of the house and also my next door neighbor. It will now be a short time until we are set up with our new server for internet, Wi-Fi and land-line telephone; all for the cost of just internet from Hughes, with prices guaranteed not to go up. If you are in the service area for the electric co-op you also can sign up, if you are interested, and we all know how prompt in repairs our co-op works.
Last week we did some shopping at the Piggly Wiggly, being on that side of town. I was so very impressed; the remodeled store is kept so nicely, clean and all shelves so neat. The meat department is the best I have seen anywhere; all so fresh with decent prices and so well lit, making it easy to see all they have, which is especially nice for us elders. “The Pig” still has the same good meat marketer working there, cutting the meat and bringing it out. You can’t miss his smart white hair.
I came across this old saying. This is one to think about: “He enjoys much who is thankful for a little.”
Until next week, keep smiling; they usually do come back to you.