I’m sure there are a few people out there who are not enjoying the cool nights, but I’m not one of them. I sleep with the windows open and by about 3 a.m., I’m hunting a light blanket. We are officially in the autumnal season. I hear murmurs around that we might be in for a rough winter. This of course, is my time to say that can’t be possible, since we are in a global warming pattern. Still, the signs from nature seem to indicate that we may have a rough winter. God knows what kind of winter we’re going to have, so I guess I’ll just wait for Him, but prepare with the farmers and ranchers. Do crickets have anything to do with a cold winter? We have just been hit by another huge wave of those nasty creatures. Every classroom stinks of rotting bodies. I keep thinking the grasshoppers are going away, but I think it is wishful thinking!The Big Program was started at the last pep rally. All the littles were introduced to their big. The school started this program a few years ago. Students pay a fee to join the program. They are given a tee shirt and are assigned to a junior varsity or varsity player/cheerleader. They enter pep rallies with them and march onto the field with their “big.” The kids love this program. It builds a strong sense of pride and ownership in all the students.This is homecoming week. We will be hosting a school from San Antonio which is supposed to give us a run for our money. We’ll have a full house since we will also be crowning the Queen and court. I love watching all the proud parents escorting their beautiful daughters onto the field. We also have a healthy group of seniors this year. Four of them were on my tennis team, so it will be a rough parting for me. We should have quite a crowd for the 5th Quarter at the First Baptist Church. Since there are no restaurants open, we will be feeding their crowd as well as our own. We have done that before, and it is always appreciated. The menu will be brisket, beans, potato salad, and all the fixings. As usual, our community and church family will send delicious cakes for dessert. The strange thing is most of the food comes from ladies who don’t have kids in school. That is community spirit! Everyone is welcome to attend the 5th Quarter.I want to give a shout to my 5th graders. Five of them showed up to do the concessions stand on Friday night. We had two great cooks, Brad and Troy Shannon. They cooked up a super batch of hamburgers and fries. Renny Mann fried up the mushrooms and onions. The stars of the nig ht were my kids. They handled the concessions stand like professionals. They took orders carefully, counted the right amount of change, and put the orders out so fast we didn’t have any lines. So way to go Gracie, Lane, Kimberly, Eli, Sean and our two super 6th graders Jacie and Kamree who pitched in to cover for my two missing students. You are superstars!The funeral service for Kenny Wayne Powell was held last Thursday. You would never know that there was very little notice for the service. I drove up to the cemetery around 9:50 and had to park way down the road. The roads in the cemetery were full and the pavilion was packed. The Powell family is part of the backbone of this country and everyone turned out to pay their respects to the family. Velita is known by all, and I can sincerely say loved by all. She is a good match for this super family.The quilting ladies will meet Wednesday at 4:15pm. We’re working on a star quilt this year. I have one arm of the star completed and I am already squeamish about getting this together with any degree of accuracy. Kay assures me it will be fine. All ladies and levels of sewing, even non sewers are invited to attend. We have several who just come for the Bible study. We are studying a Max Lucado book this year.Kay has just completed the mail count for our post office. Our count will be used by the “higher ups” to determine how many hours our post office will be open. This is another one of those Congress mess ups. The post office had determined which post offices would face closure; then Congress wouldn’t let them close them down. So instead, more money is spent on research studies and many small communities will have shorter hours. That also means many postal workers, non union, will have to find other jobs because they can’t pay the bills with shorter hours. Curtis Smith is still battling skin cancer. I was devastated to hear the Wanda Gibson has been diagnosed with cancer. She is a valiant fighter who has lived with MS for years. She and Douglas are waiting for news about Paul and his treatments. Harold Hardman was not doing well this week. Melissa, a young mother in her 30’s, who is a friend to Karalee, needs our prayers as she has been diagnosed with cancer as well. I saw Weldon out with his horses the other day. He is looking pretty good. George Hill is headed to Round Rock to get some relief from his back problems. Fred Overstreet made an unexpected trip to the doctor’s office. It seems his heart gave everyone a scare. He asked for prayer for his nephew I believe. Jason Lenz is still hospitalized and in serious condition from his ATV accident. God is our healer and we need to trust Him, but it is so hard to do sometimes. Please pray for all these people who are facing such horrendous health issues.Please lift up our country, our President and our leaders in Congress as this election approaches. Please pray for our troops all around the world. We need strong prayers for those in the Middle East in the midst of that mayhem and hatred. Please keep them safe Lord. God bless America and please send us a little more rain.