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Has anyone ever, in all their years here, seen so much rain?  My goodness, hardly anyone could get out for work or for errands.  The rain was pouring off these hills in sheets and filling the hollers below up so full that gardens, fences, and even roads were being washed away.  We know of at least one pond bank that is now spread across several acres due to the force of one of the storms.  Our faithful road crews are being kept very busy closing and opening roads, cutting trees across roads and rebuilding the roads, sometimes daily through all of this.  We can only surmise that the good Lord is blessing the earth by replenishing our water tables deep below and we should be grateful for all of this life giving water while we can get it.  Just please remember to be safe while driving and playing around it.

Even though all of this rain has it feeling like spring, we are being forced to realize that we are knee deep into August, which always has everyone running around either picking up last minute items for school or forcing you to get started getting ready for school.  Fall is fast approaching and I wonder if this wet weather continues, when the rain will turn into snow and how deep it’ll get!  Well, no need to get that far ahead of myself when there is still so much canning to do.

Speaking of which, there is nothing more delicious than a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread with a thick slice of homegrown tomato, cucumbers, and then topped with sprouts this time of year.  However, we aren’t able to eat all of the tomatoes fast enough so I went looking for a new Salsa recipe.  Boy did I find a good one!  It’s really easy too.

Salsa:  Core and roughly chop 4 lbs. tomatoes; 1 large yellow onion (peeled); 1 green bell pepper; up to 3 small jalapeno peppers; 1 Anaheim pepper; 1 clove garlic; 1/3 bunch of cilantro.  Remove all of the pepper seeds or leave them in for a hotter salsa.  Put all of it into a large bowl and add 1 Tablespoon and 1 scant Teaspoon each of salt, seasoning salt and lemon juice.  Sprinkle as much black pepper over it as you are comfortable with.  Stir in and refrigerate until needed.  For canning purposes, this makes about 4-5 pints.  This recipe is extremely simple and the best tasting one I have found.

On a more solemn note, this week has been a tragic week for Webster County and one of our own dear families.  The Hensley family has suffered the loss of two beautiful, promising children, Dara and Noah Hensley.  Not only has the family suffered a loss, but our community has suffered the loss of these lives.  The children of our community are the future of our community and this loss brings unspeakable heartache for not only Webster County, but especially for the Hensley family.  Though our family did not know them personally, our hearts grieve for their family and we pray that the Lord blesses them with peace and comfort through this time.  A tragedy such as this causes everyone to stop and wonder in disbelief how such beautiful children can be taken so quickly and how short life truly can be.  For those of you who know the Hensley family personally, please take the time to gather around them, lend them your strength, lend them your hearts and lend them your ears.  If you do not know them personally, please pray for their comfort and healing.  As the Hensley family’s community, we grieve for their loss and lift them up in our prayers.

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