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7/26/2013 10:14:00 AM
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I want to first wish a beautiful lady a happy birthday on her 85th. That genteel lady would be Ginny Johnson. We have fond memories from our tennis playing days. Ginny and Char were our stars, and we looked up to them for a very exciting game whenever we were on the courts. They were a duo to be reckoned with. Many happy returns Ginny.

Scofield Drug is really taking on a beautiful look these days. I was shocked to see food for sale in the store. It is taking on that old general store look where one could get soup to nuts at the local chemist shop. I am excited to see what they add in the line of gift items. Scofields has always been known for its fine giftware. Many times I purchased a gift for friends and family there with raves from the recipients. Time will tell if this tradition will be carried forward. In the meantime, I am enjoying watching the progression of the renovation.

I want to extend my condolences to the Linda Thompson family in the death of wife, mother and grandmother and friend. Linda always had a smile for me when I appeared at the check out counter at Scofields. Her presence will be sadly missed. Blessings on the family.

May I share a good read with you for the summer. "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and is so interesting and poignant. I could not put it down. Now maybe I loved it because it dealt with flying and family. I have been married to an aviator for about 52 years now. He flew from carriers in the Navy and went on 10 month deployments every few years. Our babies were born in Norfolk, Virginia and Corpus Christi, Texas. My life has been a series of hellos and good byes, renting homes, driving cross country, emergency visits all alone in strange cities, etc. There is much more I could add, but I won't. In reading this book you will come away with a different understanding of one of the greatest aviators who ever lived. He was not what I thought he would be. Famous or not he was not a very nice man. I have my husband reading it now and I said to him, "Read it and see what I have been living these past 52 years."

We all try to shop and buy locally and we work hard at it, but when one encounters a tradesman who does not follow through on a job we get discouraged. We had a huge electrical problem at our home ever since May 18 when we arrived home from the south. We called a local electrician and he came out and took care of a two stage procedure. He was paid immediately and we contracted for the second phase with the promise he would finish the job. Month after month we called and left messages and several times we could not get through on his number. Another few weeks went by and still no reply. We were living with an exposed electrical cable across our driveway, down the steps of our basement and across the floor to the electrical box. We could not use our basement door because it was taped all around to keep critters out. We had to walk across this huge three-wired cable in the garage every day. Two months later we decided we had been written off. So we went to our son who is a contractor and he put his electrician on the job and in a week we were all hooked up. I am not revealing names of the errant electrician or the electrician who saved the day. Shopping locally this time just did not work out.

Enjoy the summer harvest. I can never get enough corn or homegrown tomatoes. And the water workouts have been great at the community pool.Thank you Sam and cohorts. - SHALOM

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