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Betty’s Week


By Betty Shearer

   Apparently many folks still don’t know the new post office hours. Had a couple of people in yesterday (Monday), between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30, who wanted to know if the post office was was still on holiday. I gave them the correct info and will share it again with all of you. They are closed Monday-Friday, between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30. This allows them to stay open Wednesday afternoons until 4:30.


  Don McConnell called to tell me a remedy for fire ant bites that he’d discovered by accident. Don say he got about 25 bites and they had him in agony. The idea came to him that white vinegar just might provide relief. Tried it and it works. He reported that relief was immediate and permanent. I was so happy to hear this news, because I have trouble with all ants and fire ants really cause me torment. They  bite, and immediately I’m  on fire, then little blisters form and the places burn and itch for months. I keep my ants in check, but have the vinergar ready, just in case the little pest sneak in and I get into one of their mounds.


  Enjoyed a phone visit with former Vallian Margaret Kinne, now living in Durham, NC, Monday. She called to inform us that she was getting two papers. Many of you have called or written to let us know this. For two or three weeks I was mailing about 120  papers from the WV Office and they were also being included in the new bar coded list being mailed from Batesville. This error has now been corrected so you should be getting only one paper again.

  Margaret also shared that she has her 23rd great-grand. She also told me that she has 14 grands and seven great-great-grands. Thats a lot of family. She sends regards to all her friends here and says she still misses the Valley.


  I’ve talked to Jim several times over the past week, but in the mail yesterday came a letter with Celeste’s return address. However, the address to me was most definitely Jim’s handwriting—since I knew it couldn’d be Ed’s (they wrote just alike). He had not mentioned that a correspondence was on its way. Not a word was written, but the envelope contained this cute little tidbit from The Land Magazine, apparently a realty publication for the sale of lots, rural properties, farms and ranches. The article is adorable and I’ll share it with you.


(Written by Kids)

How Do You Decide Who To Marry?

  You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. Alan, age 10

  No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. Kristen, age 10

What Is The Right Age To Get Married?

  Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. Camille, age 10

How Can A Stranger Tell If Two People Are Married?

  You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. Derrick, age 8

What Do Most People Do On A Date?

  Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. Lynette, age 8

  On the first date they just tell each other lies and that usually get them interested enough to go for a second date. Martin, age 10

What Would You Do On A First Date That Was Turning Sour?

  I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. Craig, age 9

When Is It Okay To Kiss Someone?

  When they’re rich. Pam, age 7

  The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t mess with that. Curt, age 7

  The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with the. It’s the right thing to do. Howard, age 6

Is It Better To Be Single or Married?

  It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. Anita, age 9

How Would The World Be Different If People Didn’t Get Married?

  There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? Kevin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is….

How Would You Make A Marriage Work?

  Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck hit her. Ricky, age 10


    After getting the papers into the stores last Wednesday morning I joined Jimmie, Carolyn, and Misty and we made our annual pilgrimage to Merigold and McCarty Pottery. We were amazed at the shoppers (or lack of). I’ve never been in that shop when you could move out of your spot in line and on Wednesday, we were able to move around very easily. Even got to enjoy a visit with Mr. Mac.

  I was starving when we went through Cleveland on the way down, but they wouldn’t let me stop and eat. So coming back I insisted that we have lunch. We found the Warehouse open and enjoyed a wonderful lunch there.  Bought a couple of pieces of Missisisppi Mud Pottery and they are very pretty.

  Thursday we had a rather intersting meal, with fried chicken and dressing, rather than turkey. Mom likes fried chicken. We also fried her some okra and dessert was peach cobbler (her favorite). Rest of the food was typical Thanksgiving offerings.

  Bill, Jimmie and Derek (Bill’s employee) came over and helped me move back into my bedrooms on Friday.

  Saturday it was back to Mom’s to give her lunch and do any chores needed. Then we watched old movies and it was great fun. We had also enjoyed the Thanskgiving Day Parade (first time I’d seen one since 2003). Ed and I always watched the parade and then went to mom’s and I just had not watched one since he died.


  Two important events are scheduled for this weekend.

  On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street. Parade Chairman J. C. Womble says God has always taken care of the weather and that it will be a good day for a parade. I trust God and J. C., so lets come out and enjoy this festive affair.

  On Sunday afternoon at two o’clock the Water Valley Community Band will present their Christmas Concert in the Civic Auditorium.

  Forgot to mention that if you want to start the day early the Lions Club will be serving their wonderful Pancake Breakfast beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Depot Building on Main Street. You can enjoy some delicious pancakes and sausage and some lively fellowship. You can also pick up some of their fabulous cheese.

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