Patriot News


I need to add a name to my Red HOT Birthday list for this month! Diana Barry will also be celebrating her birthday this month, on January 28th! So, the updated and (I hope) corrected list of Red HOT Wishes to Red HOT Hatters for the month of January should read Deanna Graham (01/16), Patty Chase (01/20), Mary Christiani (01/21), Doris Jenkins (01/27), Diana Barry (01/28) and Helen Hounshell (01/28). I have been trying to update my membership information and fortunately I found my mistake today just in time to make it into the column.

  Speaking of the Red HOT Hatters, this past Friday at Mo’s Steakhouse in Vevay the Red HOT Hatters held their January meeting. This was truly the closest thing we have had to a business meeting to date. Shannon Phipps was a first time participant and I hope she decides to return! Those in attendance  were: Joyce Johnson, Doris Jenkins, Deanna Graham, Mika King, Ann Farnsley, Claudia Dawson, Marie Cole, Jan Bixler and Kay Cook. It was decided that the meetings will continue to be held on the third Friday of each month.

  The February meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be at the Captain Hook’s Seafood Restaurant in Carrollton, Kentucky on Friday, February 15th at 11 a.m. Marie Cole has suggested that we carpool over and those interested in doing so should meet at the YMCA where they will leave at 10:30 a.m. Those of us living on the ‘other side’ of the county, might want to meet up with me at the Markland Shell and carpool over and again, we should leave no later than 10:30 a.m.

   A blast from the past hit me last Monday! Last June when I had decided to stop writing this column, I received a beautiful card and very inspiring letter from a total stranger. It was her words that gave me the courage to start writing this article again and I will forever be in her indebtedness. Unfortunately, its too cold for Sharon McClure and me to meet for lunch so that I can thank her in person, but we are already making plans for Granny’s come spring. As soon as I hung up from our phone conversation the other day, I went into my notebook and pulled out her card. I have kept it in my ‘special place’ all this time and will continue to do so. The front of the card, by the way, reads “One of the nicest things in the world, is knowing someone cares”! Wow, what an understatement! Thank you again, Sharon, for your kind words of encouragement last year when I was so terrible distraught, and it was so good to hear your voice on the phone this past week. It’s hard sometimes when you aren’t really sure that there is anyone out there that even reads your articles, let alone actually enjoys reading your rantings. Thank you, again to Sharon, Doris Shadday, my friend John Campbell in Cincinnati and dear Eddie Trinkle from Virginia. You keep me pumped up enough to stay up all night Sunday to make my Monday newspaper deadline and attempt to be entertaining and sometimes even informative. You folks make it all worthwhile!

  Eddie Trinkle called while I was the Red HOT Hatters last week. He’d read how I had nothing else to do but talk to Patty Chase on the phone a couple of weeks ago and he was offering to brighten up my life a little with a call from him. Great to hear he is doing so well. Of course, I had to share with Patty when we spoke on her birthday Sunday. I think she might have been jealous. (Tee hee!)

  Doris Shadday sent me an email about the increase in U.S. postal stamps. It seems that now is the time to buy before the new Forever stamps go on sale after January 26th, for 55 cents a piece! The rate change is the largest increase for the USPS in 28 years. Buy stamps now, you only have a few days left to save 5-cents on each stamp purchased. I just found an extra sheet of Christmas stamps and now I’m treating those guys like gold.

  I was dumbfounded this week when the UPS driver delivered a dozen red roses to me! I tried to give them back to him, but he insisted. I tore the whole box apart and nearly missed the card inserted inside. The flowers were from and were for the loss of my precious puppy Hershey Chin last month! Just the previous week, I had called Chewy to cancel a couple of my pet food shipments. The three pooches I have now are not finicky eaters, but Hershey was so sick and so hard to please that I routinely ordered a diverse assortment of treats and goodies for him. I have since found out that I am not the only customer to receive flowers at the loss of an endeared pet. I do have to admit; however, I wonder if I may be spending too much money with that company if they can send flowers like that.

  Critter Corner: Again, I’m keeping my critters inside and warm as much as I can. All of us — canines, felines and me, the human — are beginning to get cabin fever. As I was peacefully sitting in my favorite recliner the other night reading, my Two Terrible Twin Tomcats had me bookended — one on each arm of the chair. Of course, I was trying to pet each as fairly and as often as I could but alas, I failed.  merr—ow! They simultaneously began attacking each other with poor me in the middle. Off went the book, my pillow and both critters! Didn’t realize I could move that fast!

  Prayer list: Mike Bear, Tony Christiani, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Freda and Harry Walker, Eddie Trinkle, Sue Bear, Rev. Stephen Ward, Sharon Ward, Mike, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Eileen Wiesmann, Lura Riga, June Lack, Sandy Dawson and Sondra Stave. I think we could all use some prayers for spring! Although we have been blessed so far with some fairly decent weather, its still cold and gloomy! Yuck! Give me some sunlight and temperatures in the 70’s.

  You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue, please get it to me early.