Oh my gosh -- it's only the beginning of July and it's been so hot.

The world has gone nuts, as you all know, if you have been watching television at all. I really did enjoy the extravagant program put on in our capitol. I don't care how much it cost. It was an amazing display of exactly why we are the United States of America. I want us to be proud of our country, honor it and our veterans. If you can't, just leave it. It's your choice.

I am so excited about the new business that will open this weekend in Metropolis. It is called Becker's Treasures and will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Steve and Connie Becker are the owners and operators of the new store. Inside are many items and ideas for you to check out.

Steve Becker had a furniture store there years ago. It's on the way into town to the left. I don't have exact address, but it's on U.S. 45, and I can't wait to go check it out.

I attended the 50th wedding anniversary of a dear friend, Elsie Hinkle, and her hubby, Norman, but everyone calls him Dennie. They have lived around the Cypress are for the past 50 years, but they also have a camper and they don't miss a chance to use it.

On display was the dress Elsie wore on her special day, and I was told that Tina Stubblefield Ragsdale also wore that dress on her special day.

It is funny how things kind of mingle together, isn't it? It was a beautiful celebration of love, and Elsie was surprised when the preacher announced they were going to renew their vows, a surprise that was Dennie's idea.

Several places are starting to collect school supplies for the upcoming school year. School bells will be ringing in just about a month.

It is a good time to get those physicals you will need. Check with local health departments about shots your child may need. Don't wait until the last minute to get these things done. Trust me, it is better to get it over with and then you have to remember where you put that paperwork. Well, that was always my problem.

Stay cool folks, because Christmas is only five months away.

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