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Good morning, Friends! First thing I need to do is to ask for your prayers. Our pastor, mayor of Big Sandy, and sweet friend, Sonny Parsons is recuperating at home after several days in the hospital. He has been quite ill and while we mere mortals were worried, we also know God is with him. The ladies of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship looked after Jane and the ladies of First Christian were on standby for food and errands.

I guess we’ve become the place to be if you’re a puppy on the run. Tuesday morning a sweet puppy named Grimm decided to wander around on the porch. He was wearing a tag with his name and a phone number (thanks to his smart owners) so I called and a nice lady came to pick him up. He is a housedog and had escaped through an open door. All’s well, etc.

Pretty slow again last week, but we did have a few visitors. While Mother and I were seeing her doctor, my good friend, Porter Click, came by and left a copy of his book, “Becoming a Mountain Man.” Can’t wait to read it. May even do a short book report for The Journal. Tamra Boykin popped by on her way to San Antonio we had quite a visit with long-time friend, Debra Wells Johnston, and Jackie’s favorite sister, Bobbie Cook, too. Pastor Jack, Goodie, Mary Lynn Gorman, Pat and Linda Allaire were in on Friday.

Beautiful fresh flowers from ‘Simply Beautiful’ in Gilmer.

Instead of my usual ‘shameless promotion’ of Nanny’s Porch (your local go-to place for gifts, clothing, plants, and more), I’m going to tell you about another business and two new friends. Tammy Crenshaw dropped in last week to ask if we handled fresh cut flowers (we don’t). Her sister, Brandy Ferrer, has opened a new shop in Gilmer – Simply Beautiful. I spoke with Brandy, who said her background has been bridal and wedding florals, but now has a full-service shop. Jackie got a beautiful arrangement and was very happy. If you need flowers, call Brandy at Simply Beautiful (903-843-7673) or go by 202 Hwy. 271 South in Gilmer.

Looking at my calendar, I see lots going on. Sunday, Michael had a Big Sandy Museum meeting, Monday was the second meeting of the Big Sandy Advisory Committee, “Honor our Heroes” banquet on Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon, the Ministerial Alliance board met. Big Sandy City Council is next week (Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30pm).

Before I close, I want to recognize a couple of special people and their special days: September 8th, my wonderful sister-in-law, Debra Caughron, celebrated her birthday (not going to tell the number) and September 12th, my sweet hubby, Michael, celebrated his 70th birthday! Love you both! Y’all be blessed, and as always…see you at Nanny’s Porch!