Generally, this column will have mostly cheery items; however, today's column starts with my sadness on reporting the death of Don Gaines. He was one of the first people I met in Blanco, as he and his wife, Judy, volunteered at the library and most of you know how I love books. Over the past five years, they have become good, good friends and I hate the fact that I won't be seeing him there again. There will be a formal obituary as well, but I just wanted to tell you and his family how much I will miss his smiling face and hear him talk about his fairly new grandson, Tristan. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00pm at the Methodist Church.
Condolences to the Hoppe family, as well as to Terry Carmichael, who lost his mother.
Blanco County and its environs are a better place for having had Don and Dwayne here. They both gave a lot of themselves to the Blanco County community.
Bernice West fell at home and broke her hip. She is going to have surgery on it (if she hasn't already), so keep her in your thoughts and prayers. My good friend Karen also has some health issues, so keep her there as well.
The cheery items go like this: Maggie Goodman is a star, at least in my mind. For those of you who haven't seen the new True Grit, it is different but somehow also the same as the original with "The Duke." It sure was nice, however, to be able to point out our courthouse and Maggie in the first few scenes - she had a speaking part and everything; her expression of horror as the hangman's noose did its job was, to me, worth the price of the ticket. Way to go, Magster!
Bob Daughdril's grandkids are also noteworthy this week - Drew has come home from the Middle East safe and sound; he is in the Louisiana National Guard. Anne is in the Texas National Guard and is going to the Czech Republic. Magen is, although not militarily involved, going to Mexico to learn how to scuba dive - a very brave girl, as far as I am concerned. And a good time will be had by all!
Charles and Rachelle Willgren returned Monday from their nearly two week trip to see Rachelle’s parents Keith and Nancy and sister Justine in St. Clair, Missouri, and extended family in Valparaiso, Indiana. They stayed with Rachelle’s grandmother Florence Soliday and had a good time seeing everyone they could.
We are glad to hear Charlene is doing well and are anxious for Blanco Settlement to reopen!
Everybody keep warm in these first days of the New Year. Folks are complaining about how cold it is, but you have to remember - it is winter...
And, last but not least, hello to Ada!