Summer has arrived — a little later than normal. Unfortunately, the rain has slacked off at a time when we are already far behind the average. All we can do is pray for rain and more comfortable temperatures. We haven’t yet learned how to control the weather and it’s probably a good thing. I can image all sorts of complications if some could control such things as rainfall, snow, heat.

When I was in elementary school we had a lesson on this. We were shown a farmer who needed rain on his crops. Eventually, he got a big rain. Then we saw a building contractor who decried the rain because he had some construction that needed dry weather. It was ruined in the rain. I have kept that lesson in mind all these years.

It’s been interesting do all the downsizing of “stuff” at home. I am determined to get rid of things I haven’t used for years. As you can guess, I have found a lot of interesting things that I was glad to see again. I have made a donation of some very good books to a fundraising sale that will be held by the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association. I hope they go to a good home where they will be appreciated.

There is a collection of hardbacks about each state that was part of a WPA project. During the Depression, writers were given jobs writing these books. They are filled with wonderful pictures and many stories about the states. I didn’t own the entire WPA collection, but a good many. In certain markets, they would bring a good price so someone will be getting a bargain.

The sale will be held in Neosho at the Fall Festival. There are a lot of different items so be sure and get there early to get all the bargains.

Thanks to Clark’s Funeral Home for their generous donation toward the purchase of a building for the University of Missouri Extension Service. This group has been yanked around far too long so it’s nice to see them in a home from which they will not be run out of. Many folks have made contributions and that is what it will take to put them over the top, but Fred Clark and his family and staff should be commended for their special effort.

At the grand opening, Fred told a couple of stories. One was about his visit one year to every 4-H club in the country to teach the kids artificial respiration. He said it was a joy to work with these young people.

Thanks also to First Community Bank and Simmons for the lunch. I don’t think I have ever tackled such an enormous fajita. It was delicious.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.