Richland Spring Report

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This is setting up to be a banner year for weird and unusual happenings. Who would have thought we would have two measurable snows in two weeks’ time? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I woke up this morning. It has continued to snow, off and on, all day. I managed to return Russell’s gift of a snowball from the last snowfall. He was making fun of my throwing arm, but I managed to get one good shot at this arm. I can only imagine all the fun the kids had today.

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Ring the bells; another year has begun. Americans are hoping this year will be better than 2020. I sincerely hope so. This COVID pandemic, courtesy of China, has been mind-changing and mind-blowing for so many people. Citizens are confused by conflicting reports including those from Dr. Fauci, but that’s understandable for something this new and deadly. I, for one, am having trouble determining where the rights of healthy people conflict with those of at-risk people. In a free society such as ours, it is important to remember that rights come with responsibilities. Everyone must examine their priorities, rights, and responsibilities. I chose to wear a mask where required, but I refuse to imprison myself behind one. On the flip side, if I were at-risk, I would stay home to protect myself and others. I pray that life will become more normal, not the new normal, but more normal with these vaccines that are now available.

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I am pleased to say the junior high One Act Play won first place in district. They brought home a bucket full of medals. Mrs. Sarah Locker, director, has been working with these students all year. Mrs. Hall has shared her years of experience as a technical adviser. That advise has been beneficial, even if difficult at times. Marshalling students of this age takes immense patience. Congratulations, ladies, for all your work. Super congratulations to these first-time actors on their District win.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you had some time with family and friends to make your day more pleasant. I know there are many families who have lost loved ones, so the day was one of bittersweet memories. Still, we have much to be thankful for in this country. We have the rights and privileges that were granted to us by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Pilgrims came to this new land searching for a place to carry the Christian values in the Bible.

Proclamation of Youth Entrepreneurship Day for the community of San Saba

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In the words of our President, Donald Trump, in regard to National Entrepreneurship Month, "The United States is home to the most creative, passionate, and talented minds anywhere in the world. Throughout our history, we have pioneered revolutionary innovations, and we continue to reach new heights in business, science, and technology. During National Entrepreneurship Month, we celebrate the determination of those who strike out on their own to fuel our robust economy."

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By now everyone has heard that we here in Richland Springs are virtual schooling for the next two weeks. What you may not know is the agonizing that everyone went through especially our leadership, Mr. Fowler and Mrs. Wyatt. Although I hate being absent from my kids, there was no other decision to make. In a larger school system, a few teachers being absent would make little difference.

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I have decided to take the quilting bull by the horns and buckle down. I have had the hardest time over the past few months trying to get this grey baby girl quilt to take shape. I’ve ruined a few pieces of material and racked my brains for something that would spark my creative juices. Like the land around me, it has been dry, dry, dry. Last night I switched the orientation of the pieces, removed one color combination, and tried a rather dull color to offset the grey and black. The resulting pattern was one I believe I can make into something pretty. It will still not look like a little girl’s quilt, but that is what my grandchildren want. It is unlike anything I have ever made. I wish I didn’t have to go to school on Tuesday; the quilters are meeting for an allday sewing marathon. I could possibly get this finished, so that it can go to the quilting machine. I have a ton of work to go, but at least I can see a decent finished product.

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I guess we are entering our fall season. I was positive Friday night as I stood at the gate collecting money for an absolutely nail-biting game. That wind and cooler temperatures meant I needed a jacket. Coyote and Indian fans were treated to a tremendously exciting and long game. There were no mercy rules in play for this game. Cherokee took the early lead. The Coyotes would catch up only to lose the lead again thanks to the awesome skills of a young man with the last name Arkansas. Up until the last minutes it was unclear as to who would be the winner of the contest. Two tiny mistakes gave the Coyotes the opening they needed to clinch the win. Both teams of athletes should be enormously proud of the game they played. Final score for this blockbuster game was 84-81. Way to go Coyotes. Our favorite senior cheerleader Barbara stepped into a hole and fell. This didn’t stop her though. She is a fighter just like our Coyotes. The Fifth Quarter after the game was attended by jubilant fans and weary ball players. Thank you once again to our church communities that provided a delicious meal for us. The chicken spaghetti, crunchy cheese breadsticks, Caesar salad and tea were topped off with some delicious desserts from Shiloh ladies. The chocolate cake was sinful.

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My chicken coop is not the best or most expensive coop to be sold by TCS, but it has done a good job for the last few years. This year my son-in-law, Mark, nailed it together in several spots, but it is a fragile little coop. The recent beautiful rains caused the wood to swell, and once I lowered the back door, I couldn’t get it shut. So, for the past week, I have wired the back door shut to keep varmints away from the chickens. Tonight, I was able to get that door to shut properly. My six little chickens are fluffing out, and at least one of them is laying an egg a day. The alternate explanation is that each hen is laying an egg once a week. I couldn’t even guess that answer. There is something very primal about harvesting your own chicken eggs. It’s a very satisfying feeling.

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There are many prayers going out for rain in the area. Some friends are already selling off cows and putting out hay. Those are not good signs for the beginning of September. Everywhere you go in the area, large trees are losing their leaves that have already turned brown. It is heartbreaking to see the ravages of this drought and hot weather.