May 25, 2015


Accolades to the postal mail carriers of Diboll from Diboll Christian Outreach for collecting hundreds of can goods. Some time ago, brown paper bags were delivered to postal mail recipients asking if they would fill the bags with can goods and leave beside their mailbox to be picked up by their postal carriers. It was very successful this year. 25-year veteran volunteers, Billie Jean Capps and Isabelle Hardy ask to use this column to thank everyone who so graciously donated can goods. They are still praising the people of our community for their loyal support of Diboll Christian Outreach. The people of Diboll have always been so gracious to help when there is a need.

How about Diboll being the #2 best town. We’ve known that for years just as our Mayor John McClain stated, “It’s the best kept secret in Texas”. Jay Wyatt, a longtime resident of Diboll made the announcement at FBC about the good news and said he used to live in the #1 town, Borne and now he lives in the #2 town. Someone retorted his moving to Diboll may be why we are #2 and not #1.

Emmah Jones had the surprise of her life for her 16th birthday. Her parents are John and Misti Jones. Her maternal grandparents are Aundrea and Larry Ellison and her paternal grandparents are Troy and Wanda Jones. Last Sunday, Emmah thought she was going to Olive Garden to celebrate her birthday after leaving the services at the Apostolic Church in Burke. But Emmah was blindfolded and carried to the Old Burke School. She had no idea where she was when the blindfold was removed because the building had been converted into “A Night of Paris” with tons of tiny lights and posters of the Eiffel Towers and other Paris landmarks. A backdrop for picture taking included a black drape with hot pink accents, tiny lights and a chandelier. Her birthday cake was full of pink roses and topped with a sparkling tiara. The table for her and her friends had pink boas and a tall vase filled with pink plumes. The menu of Chicken Alfredo and green salad was served to approximately 100 guests. Emmah’s creative and talented grandmother, Aundrea Ellison, was very pleased with everything except for all the soreness she had the next day from the extensive decorating.

Several from the 1982 DHS graduating class, 32 years ago, enjoyed visiting over a meal at Los Jarritos. Those included Allison Amason; Laura Youngblood and son-in-law; Vicky Mullins and Mark Mayberry; Steve and Mary Brasher; Andrea and Kevin Swor.

Whitney (Wilson) Camp came in to buy a fishing license. She was looking forward to going to the Lake Livingston during the holiday hoping to find a really large gar. To bring her trophy into the boat, she planned to use fishing line, not attached to a fishing rod but to a bow and arrow. Hopefully, she was safe, successful and didn’t have to apply her nursing skills. Whitney is a nurse at Urgent Doc.

Margaret Smith brought us warm homemade cinnamon rolls to the RT apologizing for too much cinnamon but that wasn’t the case. They were perfectly delicious and thoroughly enjoyed. An empty pan testified to that. Thank you Margaret.

Rain, rain go away, come again another (summer) day has been the wish of many folks around here. Having the opportunity to be at home one rainy morning, I observed someone who doesn’t mind the rain or how wet it is; my recently widowed greenhead duck that lives in our backyard. During a thunderstorm and pouring down rain he calmly sat cleaning himself before waddling off to take a swim on the pond oblivious to the wind, rain and lightning. My nine hens did not want to leave their nice and dry house to wade through puddles of water and browse in the rain. They wanted their breakfast of hen scratch served inside. My two pigmy goats, Isabella and Sabrina, do not even want to consider stepping in puddles of water to go outside in the rain. They would rather run into the chickens’ house and keep them company. My bantam rooster Harold has two ladies that look like twins, Thelma and Louise. I’m pretty sure it’s Louise that is the proud mother of eight baby chicks. They stay high and dry and secure in a special cage. The same is true for two young white doves who live across from the new family in their own high rise protected house. They all seem to adjust to the weather whatever it brings, we should do the same.

When and if you can, come see us…’round the table.