2015-07-09 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

‘Weather watcher’ needs a ‘thunder room’

Except for the Fourth of July celebrations, the big news last week was the rain. After a long dry spell, reports of rain were quite significant, except for Sonny Johnson in Tyrone who reports only an inch. Norris Ware on Hill Street reports 4.2 inches for June and 4.4 inches for last week. Donna at Aonia got .6 of an inch last week. I got a total of 8.1 for the last two weeks. At some point during the past two weeks, Sonny got 1.6 inch. … I got a total of 8.8 inches for the past two weeks. Totals are not entirely accurate because we had early deadlines for news, advertising and columns, and it was hard to keep up. But the point is: we got some good rain. I will get on regular schedule for next week. … Storms with lots of strong winds played havoc last week, bringing down several big trees on Robert Toombs Avenue and other places. l

I watched an impressive funeral procession from my front porch on a recent Sunday. I knew that there had been a funeral at The Pope Center, but I was surprised when the hearse and limousines left the center for the cemetery. I have since found out that the funeral was for Rev. Ledwellyn Turman and I will have more accurate information for next week. The hearse was followed by a horse-drawn wagon which carried the coffin and was pulled by two beautiful white horses. I remember Ledwellyn by his nickname Smokey which he was called during his high school years when he was a standout on the Tiger football team. Since those days he has become a beloved pastor and a prominent citizen of Wilkes County. (More on Smokey next week. The holiday has really thrown a monkey-wrench into my sources of information.) l

The Farmers Market did a booming business last Saturday. First of all, there were lots of vendors and lots of farm-fresh vegetables. And the fact that the annual Fourth of July parade began in Fort Washington Park adjacent to the market drew lots of customers. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until about noon. Try it. You’ll like it. l

The Fourth of July parade held Saturday morning had its usual crowd of participants plus more this year. We had a big escort of Sheriff’s Office deputies and then had a program in Fort Washington Park. Jo Randall presided and introduced the participants on the short program. Bobby West was the parade marshal accompanied by his dog. Carol Cartledge led the pledge to the American Flag and this was followed by everybody singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Dave Toburen read portions of the Declaration of Independence, and various prizes were presented. There were five dogs, and a baby goat which participated along with several strollers, bicycles, and other vehicles. The youngest one there was two-month-old Julia Kay Newsome, daughter of Margaret Rae and Burt Newsome. l

Gas prices remain about the same through Washington, west to east, on U.S. 78. As of Sunday afternoon, the prices were $2.65; $2.63; $2.65; and $2.63. l

The Fourth of July celebration and fireworks on The Square on Friday night was a big success with hundreds of people from “all over” attending. The day started off with torrents of rain which continued until about 4 p.m. when it was time for vendors to set up their booths, and other activities scheduled for the evening. … Somebody worked real hard to bring the night’s activities to a very successful celebration. l

Don’t forget the 225th anniversary celebration of the Washington Presbyterian Church this weekend, July 11-12. The church was organized in early 1790. John Springer was called to be pastor of the Washington Church and was the first Presbyterian minister to be ordained in Georgia. The ordination took place under a Poplar tree on what is now Poplar Drive or Tignall Road. … The weekend celebration will begin with a program of organ music on Saturday at 2 p.m. A special worship service will be on Sunday morning, July 12. Rev. George Walton, a native of Washington and son of the late Oliver and Mary Walton. Will lead the 11:15 a.m. service. l

The Georgia Baptist Association’s mission project to raise money for the Backpacks for Appalachia Project is well underway with contributions being accepted at the First Baptist Church, Washington, and the Georgia Baptist Association office on North Jefferson Street. By buying in bulk, the Association can buy the backpacks for a reduced price. The backpacks will be filled with items for delivery near to Christmas to churches in the Appalachians, a depressed area of the United States. l

Many of you are experiencing the same thing I am. We are getting older. Here are some random thoughts as we age:

The biggest lie I tell myself is: “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.”

Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes; come out wrinkle-free, and three sizes smaller! If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.”

At my age “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for.

Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree. That makes it a plant which means: chocolate is salad! l

I’m a “weather watcher.” My Mama was a weather watcher. Like Mama, I don’t like summertime storms with strong winds, lightning, and hail. I enjoy the rain, but not the accompaniments. When we were growing up, Mama had what we called her “thunder room.” She had a huge cedar chest in our big roomy hall and when the storms began, she headed for the thunder room and got on top of the cedar chest. (She could have gotten inside the chest if she needed to.) … I don’t have a thunder room, but usually I wish I did.

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