By Martha Hardy
Hello, friends and neighbors. We here in Blythe have been so grateful for the abundance
of rainfall we have been getting . We hear that the water table is still not up as much as it
needs to be but we feel certain that the Lord in His wisdom will provide what is needed.
I have some sad news to report: the Cornersville community lost two of its citizens
last week: Katherine Stroud and Brenda McCallum, both of whom lived on Broadway Road across the road from each other.
I was not personally acquainted with Stroud, but Brenda Mccallum was a from a family
that we have known and been friends with for many years. Brenda was a very talented and creative, and a great cook and seamstress. She worked as a pharmacy tech for Tyson Drug store in Holly Springs for 27 years and had been trained as a diabetes counselor.
These two will be missed and we would like to extend our condolences to the families.
This has been a busy summer for Austin, as he has enjoyed a week of fun with my son,
Norman, and his wife, Tina, and their daughter, Mckenzie. They went camping on the Norfork River in Arkansas. They enjoyed fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, and sightseeing in surrounding areas like the Dripstone Caverns.
A few weeks back Austin and his friends attempted to have a campout in the woods behind
my house but were rained out. They were determined to try again and, despite my (and the weatherman's) predictions last week, they got prepared with all the usual camping gear, food, sodas, and a new tent, attempting to, in their words “out-weather the weatherman.” Unfortunately for them the weather won again, as the tent leaked and they gave up and were back at the house in the middle of the night wet, cold, and very muddy.
This past week Austin and the youth group from Amaziah Baptist Church went on a trip to
Waynesboro, Tenn., and had a day-long float trip down the Buffulo River. Since Austin did not feel the need for sunscreen he came home with a bad sunburn, but reported that everyone had fun. This was the second year for the group to take this trip.
David Dawson has been working on painting and repairing his mom's house, for which she is so very grateful. Her Grandson Jeff, who has been living in Houston, Texas, has moved back to Olive Branch and, when his new job permits, he has been helping his dad.
We are so very blessed with good neighbors who share the bounty of their gardens with us.
Joyce and Doyle Boatner gave me a great batch of tomatoes and have been putting them
up to enjoy during the winter, in the form of spaghetti sauce and salsa.
This is all I have for now but leave you with this: “the troubles in life are intended to make us
better not bitter.”