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The blessings we have received in these few weeks are beyond anything we could have asked for. The leaves are beginning to show their fall colors and we have more blessings to come.

APRONS AND OTHERS

From the time that I remember, which is the late 1940s, 1950s, and well into the 1960s, women wore aprons. They made their own aprons, and they made them to give as gifts. Aprons usually had a bib with strings they could tie around their neck, but some only had strings to tie around their waist and they placed the bib over the top of their house robe. Aprons were made from flour sacks containing 10 pounds of flour, or they could be made from the remains of a dress they had made. Some aprons were solid in color or some could have small and large flowers. If you were lucky enough to have a treadle sewing machine, you could sew an apron in no time. If you were to sew the apron by hand, it would take much longer. Aprons served a purpose. A woman could dry her hands after washing them. The apron caught food spills while she cooked or ate her meal. An apron would hold several eggs collected from the barn or chicken coop; an apron held okra cut from the garden for supper. Usually a clean apron was put on every morning and not taken off until after the washing up after supper. And some days the women wore the same apron they wore the night before. My grandmothers and most of my great aunts always wore an apron around the house. Few women in today’s world own an apron. Sometimes you may see an apron for sale at a craft sale. Aprons are new. I miss seeing a woman wearing an apron.

The women always had what was called “what was not necessary” in their house for decoration. They came in different shapes and sizes, usually they were made of glass. Very popular were colored birds – covered glass dishes in different colors and sizes. Small glass or porcelain figurines of children would be seen seated. Of course, ashtrays were a stable in most homes. The thing that I remember the most and that fascinated me was a bird with a long neck and a strange head. It was clear glass with a wide bottom filled with red liquid. A small dish sat with it. The head stayed straight until it rained. Then the bird leaned forward as if to take a drink. Round trips, 24 hours a day as long as it was raining. We also had a little Swiss-looking house with a boy and a girl on a rotating stand. When it started to rain, they turned inside the house. These weathervanes fascinated me when I was a child. In fact, I’m still fascinated by this concept of weather vanes.

LIBRARY EXHIBITION

I’m happy to report that the Library of Transylvania is presenting an exhibit of some of my Grandma Fisher’s excellent crochet work. The exhibit is up the stairs in the history area. Please stop by and view the exhibit. She was a true multi-talented Appalachian woman. I am very proud and I know she would be too.

PERSONAL

Rosman FFA participated in the Haywood County Fair. Three children showed off seven of the FFA team lambs. A first place was won and a senior show cut was made. Everyone did very well. The State Fair comes next.

Ella Grace McNeely has just completed her first cross country season and is now looking forward to basketball.

JL Thomas celebrated his 82nd birthday with his son, Jeff, with a trip across the boardwalk and to Cherokee to see elk.

Carolyn Carson celebrated her birthday with a birthday party.

Mike and Karen Kirkman spent the weekend in Raleigh visiting with their two sons and granddaughter.

Condolences to the family of Larry Mahoney.

My husband and I had our friend Dana Blaylock from Charlotte visit us for several days last week. Also, Don and I spent four days in Jonesboro at the International Storytelling Festive and had a wonderful time laughing every day.

David and Debi Whitmire spent the night with their daughter Taylor Bennett en route to Virginia for Debi’s Aunt Wilma memorial service. David and Taylor took a three-day deer-hunting trip to eastern North Carolina, but returned home without a kill. However, this past weekend Taylor killed a 6-pointed deer with his Hoyt bow.

CHURCH NEWS

The Faith Baptist children recently celebrated Shelia Jones’ granddaughter’s birthday. Her name is Izzy. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. every Sunday and worship is at 11 a.m.

On September 30, Oak Grove hosted breakfast for the faculty and staff at the TC Henderson School. They plan to continue this once a month to show how much the church appreciates what the school is doing for the community. The Quilting Department visited the Quilt Fair at the Agricultural Center. They will continue to meet weekly to make quilts for community members. The church will have a Trunk and Treat at the church on October 30 starting at 4 p.m. All are invited for games, food and fun activities. The fellowship meal and Bible study continue Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. There are studies for preschoolers, youth and adults. Sunday school meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m.

BINGO

Come and have a fun evening at the Center communautaire de Québec this Saturday, October 15th. Food starts at 6:00 p.m. and Bingo starts at 7:00 p.m.

CLUB NEWS

The Eastatoe Community Center will be inviting Kim Bailey from Transylvania EMS to speak to the 55+ group on October 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. Everyone from all regions is welcome to attend. As we age, we need to know everything that is available to us.

To rent the Quebec Community Center, call Ann Hendrix at (828) 862.4974. For news articles, call me at (828) 506.0062.

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