First of all, this piece of news should have been in last week's column, but due to computer issues beyond our control, I didn't get it in here until now. Cheyanne Cox (Mrs. Kyle) participated in a program called Crossfit, and what a program it was! She went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee (which is really mountain country) and ran/walked 26 miles with a backpack filled with 35 pounds of sand. That takes grit, so to speak! I couldn't have even lifted the backpack, so congratulations, Cheyanne! Living with Kyle, goat wrangler par excellence, made this possible!!
Second of all, please don't forget to come to the Friends of the Library's Dinner and a Movie this Friday night at the Old Blanco County Courthouse. The meal, as always, will be superb, because it was created and is being prepared by Sibby Barrett of Onion Creek Kitchens and her crew. She is a most inventive chef, and your palate will be satiated by the time the evening is over! Tickets are 20 dollars, and you can BYOB! I will be one of your servers, so be sure and say hello!
Lastly, and this is probably the most difficult to write, but, as of Monday, I will have left Blanco to take my mom back to West Virginia to a nursing home. We have family and friends there, and I will stay there near her until I take her over the hill to be buried beside my grandparents and my little brother. My husband, God bless him, is going to stay here and work and take care of the animals until I get back, although I don't know when that will be. Most of you who know me know my mom's health has been going downhill pretty quickly lately, so I don't know that I will be gone all that long.
To all the people I have met here in Blanco, especially my Strickland's girls (whom I love dearly), my church family at BUMC, Leona and TD Smylie, Harold and Florine Lord, Dorothy Dillon, Ada Cooley, Howard and Delores Cox, my Yett Park and Rodeo Board friends, my Woman's Club friends, my Chamber friends, my Community Choir friends, my newspaper friends, the wonderful staff at the Blanco Regional Clinic, my library friends (Kee, Dorothy, Linda and Vic, Tony, Crystal, Bobbie, and the rest of you) Mr. Strickland, Heart-2-Heart, everybody at D&H, Dawn, and my Candi, I just can't name everybody (and I know I'm leaving out so many), I am going to miss all of you SO MUCH. Even if I met people who don't like me, I never knew it because they never showed it. But, like General MacArthur, I will return... and I will be so happy to see you when I do. In the meantime, please keep in touch, by Facebook or email or text or whatever.