Let’s be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

Apologies are due to Johnson Wells for leaving his name out of the list of “Steady On” in last weeks column and to Mary Snow for getting laughter changed to daughter in the column. Mary did not bring her daughter to the Winston Garden Club December meeting. She brought laughter when she did a Louisiana [Cajun] version of TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

I am having trouble getting adjusted to the updated computer my sons, David and Danny, and their wives gave me as a Christmas present. And I might add, the computer is having trouble getting use to me. Several times already it has gone back for adjustments when even Martha could not spot the problem.

For anyone interested in purebred dogs Sherri Wiygul informed me that the annual Golden Triangle Dog Show will be held at the Horse Park in Starkville January 12-13 starting at 9:00 AM. Only dogs being shown are allowed in the arena. Admission is free.

I am sorry to learn that my friend and neighbor, Ida Mae Black, fell on the concrete walk leading to her back door since I talked with her at Vowell’s Market during the holidays. She was fortunate to receive no broken bones, but was pretty bummed up. Her daughter Julia Burchfield has ordered her not to bring the garbage container back in anymore, and promised to stop by when she returns home from her job at Lake Tiak O’Khata and return it to the house.

Ida Mae had several of her children and grands home for Christmas, but not those who live out of the state of Mississippi. Betty Black, one of Ida’s younger children, was with her when we talked at the grocery store. Betty was using a walking stick and I asked the reason. Betty was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis two years ago. She resides and works in the Jackson area.

Jessie and Rosmond Streety visited one of her three sons just before the holiday, the one who lives in Texas. Another one of her sons visited here during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Jessie is a neighbor, but since neighbors seldom visit these days I have never learned the names of her children. Nevertheless! We are good friends and pray for each other.

Debbie Black Ladner and sons, Chase and Josh, attended worship at Center Ridge UMC, the Sunday before Christmas with her Dad, W.L. Black. They returned to Kiln the day after Christmas.

Mollie Mills Sheppard and sons, Daxton and Tyler, did not get home for Christmas until the day after., so Martha and David Mills celebrated with supper and a gift unwrapping on Friday with sons Jonathan, and Dallas and his family and this writer at their home in Choctaw County.

Nona Vowell had most of her family for Christmas Eve lunch.. Rev. Mike Dowd and Charlotte joined them. I won’t try to name those present, but I am sure that Rev. Owen Gordon and wife Marie, Nona’s daughter, and Nona’s son who is known by the nick name of ‘Son” was there with his wife and their son Justin and their daughter Lauren.

We celebrated on Christmas Eve at my house and I was so happy to have all but four of my greatgrand children present, Mollie’s two boys and Elena’s little boy came later and I ate breakfast with Drew’s little girl at Julie’s so they did not get in the picture with the others. My brother Larry’s two granddaughters have always called me Mammaw Carolyn as did his daughter Shelley and son Thad.

Bro. Mike and Charlotte joined W.L. Black and his daughter Debbie and grandsons, Chase and Josh, at the home of Murrey and Robin Black for Christmas Day lunch.

As you can see, the news this week is all about neighborhood doings and not much of that because this writer does not get out much.