It’s been quite sometime since we last visited. We could list several reasons & a few excuses, but that’s not very interesting. Suffice to say that we’ve been victim of many maladies of the computer at the Harkey House & I’ve not yet desired to regress to the Big Chief tablet & #2 pencil. One does need to realize that when I’m speaking of computers, my knowledge and expertise on the subject and such-said machine happen to be extremely limited. We need not worry about it very much, as many folks on my mailing list seem to suffer some of the same problems. Looking around our fair Valley of the Pecan, recently, shows a lot of signs of our being a bit more blessed with precipitation compared to this time last summer. The bar ditches are a pretty green, the mesquite flats are trying to regain a grass cover, and the Pecan bottoms are doing so well that the tractor-shredders have been mowing full time. We’re also supposing that the Pecan producers might have a pretty good nut set as there has been quite a bit of summer spraying in the bottoms & orchards. It certainly makes for a better Fall around our country when we have a pretty fair Pecan harvest. Folks are always trying to make a prediction on the Pecan crop during the summer months, while Daddy and Dean Bagley preferred to make their estimate in October. We also have noticed the increased incidence of local produce peddlers around the Square this season. From the looks of all the melons, cantaloupes, and various vegetables, I’d surmise the quality is running fairly good, as well. I had to pull in at the corner yesterday morning to grab a donut across the street and noticed a pair of peddlers that seemed a bit off the norm. Being somewhat of a curious nature, I ventured around the corner by the old Settler’s Monument and came upon the lil’ Lord sisters seated in lawn chairs in front of a big load of melons and cantaloupe. Vynoma and Luene were having a large time visiting and certainly should attract more attention than most of the usual peddlers. Some say the sandy land watermelons are always the best. If you happen to notice a few more Harkeys around town this weekend, there is a pretty good reason for that. The Harkey Family Reunion will be going on this Saturday and Sunday. The gathering place will be down at the American Legion Hall on the west side of Mill Pond. If you happen to be coming off Hwy. 190, that would be in the 2nd block south of the Jail. Anyhow, Barbara Horn and her bunch usually has most everything in place by noon on Saturday and we top off the evening with the famous Family Fish-fry Saturday evening a bit after 6:00. Eddie Ragsdale caught the fish this year and Jimmy, Scott, Will & yrs. truly all try to get it fried. Harry Harkey is even bringing in his fryer this year. Dale Maas called in from Prescott last week to reserve the River Cabin down at the Colony and might lend a helping hand as the chief of “quality control” with periodic tasting. That’s a pretty responsible position as Daddy & Cousin James B. handled that chore for years. April Harkey Stol called in from Glencoe, Ok. is planning on being in with her family and comparing genealogy notes as she is also descended from the Yell Co. Arkansas Harkeys. Anyhow, whether you might be friend or Family come on by the Senior Center during the weekend to visit. All is still looking favorable on the livestock end as the cattle are fat, forage is full, and we are not hauling water up to Algerita, yet. Richland Creek ran through the crossing up at the Gaddy last week and was a very welcome sight. All in all, I’d have to say that things are looking good so far, to the Mayor & yrs. truly out around————Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!!!