March 20 was my birthday and I turned 40. I still feel young, but I remember when I thought 40 was very old. Oh yeah, that was last year when I was 39. With the milder days and cold nights, it does seem that spring has sprung. With the snows this winter and all the rain, the weather pattern has finally changed after all the drought we have seen in recent years. Last year farmers had to worry about too much rain. Hopefully, we will see a productive year for our large farming community. Hope does spring eternal for the hardy folks in Petersburg.
"Catalpa News" columnist Juanita Pack is back home after suffering a stroke last week. Juanita's daughter, Connie Davidson, said that the stroke more than likely happened late Tuesday night or early Wednesday, but wasn't diagnosed until Thursday. Juanita is affected on her left side, arm and leg. She also can only see light and dark out of her
left eye and has only peripheral vision in her right. Juanita said she is having a therapist and a home health nurse visiting during her recuperation. Daughter Sheila is helping Juanita get the column out. Let's all check in on Juanita or send her a card to wish her a full, speedy recovery. Get well, Juanita, and thank you for all the nice comments about my new column. Thanks to my old pal Connie for calling.
Our thoughts are with Becky Gleghorn and her family as she is at home under hospice care. Ms. Becky is a beloved member of our community and, among other things, is widely known as an expert pastry chef. She and her late husband, Phillip, produced a whole gaggle of children, grandchildren, greats, etc. and I know she is surrounded by lots of people who care about her. Best wishes.
Last issue Tommy Metcalf was recovering from pneumonia and this issue I can report he has been nursing his wife, Shirley Metcalf, after she suffered several episodes with her blood sugar that landed her in the ER.
Billy Joe Marshall is still suffering with his hips and legs and recently learned he will be looking at another surgery in the near future. Faye Dyer is still having some illness after having kidney surgery recently and we hope she is better soon.
Welcome home to Petersburg gal, Teresa Woodlee Knighten, and husband Stacey. Teresa and Stacey have moved back to the burg and are living on College Street. Teresa is the daughter of Norma Woodlee. It is good to see Norma some better after her illness. Best wishes to Norma's son Richard Wilkes as he prepares for surgery for an illness in his feet and hands that he has suffered with a long time.
The Petersburg Lunch Club had its inaugural meeting Wednesday, March 24. Several attended the lunch at the home of Evelyn Beard and laid the groundwork for further club meets. Evelyn, along with members Ellen Doss, Shirley Metcalf, Debra Williams, Kay Talley, and others, enjoyed a light lunch of miniature sandwiches and fruit. Ice cream and cookies were served for dessert. Ellen Doss gave a presentation on workshops, galleries and quality craft programs offered through the University of Tennessee Extension Service. Anyone can join. Contact Evelyn Beard at 659-9060 or Shirley Metcalf at 659-9819.
Early next month, I will be attending SHIPP (Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program) orientation and training along with my aunt, Linda Boyce of Shelbyville. SHIPP is a small part of the larger agency on Aging and Disability. After some training, we will be able to counsel people on a vast array of issues including Medicare,
TennCare and other health coverage options, elder abuse, scam alerts and other areas pertaining to the well-being of older citizens. I plan on doing this in our own community, on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, somewhere in Petersburg. The training is an ongoing process as new problems arrive and I will eventually concentrate on areas that affect our community the most. I'll keep you informed.
Don't forget the benefit trail ride for Randy Wells this Sunday, March 28, from 1p.m. until ? It will be in Wells Hollow, east of Petersburg off of Hwy 129. Barbara Hargrove says it should be a great time, even if you don't ride, you can come out and socialize with your friends and have some great Wells Hollow cooking and hospitality.