There was a terrible storm last Thursday, and my computer would not cooperate, therefore I couldn’t get this letter out to you nor could I finish my shop order. So glad it’s not stormy tonight.
Just got back from Greenville, and 385 and 85 was just fine, but when we got off to go through Spartanburg, the road crew had one lane open that was not going anywhere. It took over a half-hour from a mile from 85, past Target, Sam’s, 26 was closed and blocked at Blackstock Road. I looked back and it looked like 300 cars behind me, besides whatever was ahead of me. I was trying to get to Walmart (Union) before 8, good luck on that, but I made it at 8:40, and they were so nice to give me my order, even though I was late.
This message is from Jeannie Belue: Her brother, Shorty, has stage 3 colon cancer. Since he’s an LPN at the nursing home, he has to be on leave while taking Chemo and Radiation, without pay. And has (I think) three trips a week to Spartanburg, (which takes gas), so to help him out Jeannie is selling bracelets for $3, T-shirts for $15. Gray shirts with blue ribbon, hashtag “Burgess Strong” “SHORTy.”He puts a small y on his name. If you want a neon color — green, pink, blue or orange that will be a special order. Jeannie’s phone number is 1-864-426-5152. Shorty’s surgery will be in Charleston.
Cutting Down Trees
We had to have a holly tree cut down — that split down the middle — at our town apartment. Mike Erwin, from Cowpens, came out to do a great job. So while he was here I had a tree that worried me, after the power company stripped one side of it that was touching the new power line. It seemed to be slanting. After I saw the trees down (Johnny Gibson’s for one) after the storm last week, I really didn’t want my tree to land on my shop or Ray’s house. Then I had another cedar leaning toward my shop, so today they got that one for me, and Donnie Horne took a couple of long logs to make a cedar mantle for his fireplace. Steve and Tony, my neighbors said they’d clean up the rest. They like to have outside fires and this is great for them.Thanks to all of them.
I held my second town meeting and things went well. We had wonderful speakers presenting their programs.
Isaac McKissick, is the UCC Campus Director for Union County. He told about the Adult Ed program, and the programs to help get better jobs, like welding, mechatronics (robotics), computer, etc. And with the hospital going in next door to the school, there will be opportunities in the medical field. July 10 they will start offering carpentry, plumbing, heat and air, electricity classes.
August 22 Adult Ed will begin. You can talk to Ms. Pendergrass at SC Works on Main for the trade school. He said that he hoped by next year we could offer Adult Ed here in Lockhart.
Sheila Dills, an English teacher at Union High, and lives here in Lockhart talked about what we could offer in Lockhart as a community working together. She has a Lockhart facebook, so she has posted these ideas on it. See what you think. We’ve tried through the years to have things of interest for our town, but nobody seemed to want to participate. Maybe with a good leader like Sheila we might succeed for a change. She’s from Brevard and has seen this happen there. And that’s where the council took a trip with the Union County Tourism, a few weeks ago and heard about this.
Never Stops Talking
How’s the piano lessons going? Let’s put it this way — how is practicing going? Well Tommy, this invisible friend of Ailene and myself, is like the little EverReady battery. Every time I start to play, she starts talking to me and never quits. I don’t think she even takes a breath. I just keep playing until, I feel I can’t do both. I really don’t know everythings she’s telling me, but I nod my head and smile like I am taking it all it. Finally I quit playing but she doesn’t stop talking. She even wakes me up at night to tell me something, what? who knows?! Gotta love her.
Oh, did you go by and see that I got my stump weeds cut? Well I sat in them and only had to pull them out by the roots. That surprised me, I really thought I’d have to cut them. Of course I made sure I was balanced so I didn’t land at the bottom of the hill while I pulled. I got the grass cut also. but I still have a little steep hill to finish. I was hoping for rain, and got a few sprinkles instead. Not to quit, but to cool me off while I was cutting.
A couple are sitting in their living room, sipping wine. Out of the blue, the wife says, “I love you.”
“Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband.
“It’s me,” says the wife. “Talking to the wine.”
Good night, until next time. Call me at 1-864-545-6652.