Olga

It surely is spring!  Out our kitchen windows I see Robins, Blue Jays, Woodpeckers, Juncos, Finches, Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals and Blue Birds who are collecting nesting material for the four houses we have put out for them.  I am so grateful this year to have finally fashioned a small square of hardware cloth around their entrances to hopefully keep the black snakes out of them and away from the babies.  Every year, it seems a pair of hard working parents suffers through an attack by a black snake.  According to the conservation department, these little “cages” around the entrances will deter snakes due to the prongs that stick out away from the house.  I sure hope it works.

We so enjoyed spending last Saturday afternoon at what I thought would be a small auction for farm animals.  I have to tell you that it was no small auction.  There must have been more than four hundred people there and it seemed to get more crowded as the auction continued.  We have heard about this auction for several years, but never taken the time to attend.  This year we decided to go to see what varieties of chickens were there.  It was overwhelming to say the least, but lots of fun!  Besides chickens, there were goats of every shape and size, sheep, pigs of all ages and a calf.  As I sat there, surrounded by friends and neighbors, listening to the cadence of the auctioneer loaded with the beautiful melody of our Ozark dialect, I smiled.  There is nothing like it.  I’ve sat in huge sports arenas in some of the biggest cities of the nation, experienced plush private boxes completely catered next to the Mayor of St. Paul, but nothing, I mean nothing compares to the pleasure of being at home at a small town auction surrounded by hard working Ozark people who love this way of life as much or more than I do.  What did I buy?  I was a very good girl.  I only brought home one set of empty cages.  The birds I went to find weren’t there this month, but I sure was tempted to get every good deal that came onto the table!  Oh, I forgot the adorable rabbits.  There were rabbits of every color there too!

I do have several announcements to make for local events and happenings.  Being spring, everything is just getting started!

First I must tell you that a friend of ours in the Olga area, Jerry Inman, who has been serving us for many years through his EMT work has also decided to take the leap of selling insurance in order to make that area of our lives easier too.  So for all us that would rather not work through the headache of figuring out how the whole insurance thing works, Jerry has it figured out.  He has and still is raising a large family and lives where we do, plus has years of experience in the medical field.

Scheduled on April 19th, is Fordland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade.  Everyone is welcome to join the fun.  There will be horses, floats, classic cars, motorcycles, 4-wheelers and walkers.  Line up is at 12:30 pm, Parade at 1:00 pm beginning at the Fordland overpass.  The Egg Hunt will be held at the Fordland’s City Park at 2:00 pm with over 8,000 eggs for the children to find.  If you would like to enter the parade, contact Pam at The Fountain Café, 417-767-1142 or 417-300-9452.  Also, the Springfield Kilties Girl Band will be performing in the parade.

There is a new business opened up in downtown Fordland that we had the pleasure of visiting last week.  It is called Safe Haven Now.  It is second hand shop that is funded by a few of the local churches and will also serve the community as a Food Pantry.  They will be taking Food Pantry applications at the end of March.  They are located across from our wonderful United States Post Office and their hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 2 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm.  If any other local churches who are not involved in this wonderful community effort, and are interested in supporting such a wonderful ministry, please contact Gail at 417-241-8688 or safehavennowfordland@gmail.com

Have a blessed week!

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