Russell and I have had "something" that put us down for a whole week. Even after we recovered, we stayed low to assure ourselves that it was over. I can't remember ever going through anything quite like that before.

Russell and I have had "something" that put us down for a whole week. Even after we recovered, we stayed low to assure ourselves that it was over. I can't remember ever going through anything quite like that before.
On top of it all, Russell developed something in his right arm. It was painful and he could hardly lift it. Our son took a day off and took him to the VA Clinic in Mt. Vernon for x-rays. He got some powerful and expensive cream to rub on it and it seems to be working.
We had to cancel several events, including working at the hatchery bookstore and going to an event put on by the Eastern Shawnee.
Thanks goodness, we are blessed with friends to help out. Our daughter-in-law, who is a great cook, made some delicious and nutritious meals. That really helped us gain our strengths.
Thanks everyone.
Maybe Mother Nature can read the calendar and see that it is almost spring. The last cold spell really played heck with our trees and flowers. We have planted a few hills of potatoes and they were just barely out of the ground when the cold snap hit. Every plant was killed, but I suspect they may come back and we will have new potatoes soon. I have been thinking of creamed new potatoes. I cannot make them as my mother did, but I will try.
I have been talking about a Newton County flag for a while. Shoal Creek Heritage Preservation has now got one to fly at the county museum. When the museum opens for the season we will run it up the flag pole.
The pole needs to be made ready for a second flag so we will be working to get that done. I think Tim Booyer will see to that duty.
I guess you could call me a wordsmith since I spend most of my time working with words and am always interested in them and their meanings and use.
My interest was taken in the phrase "alternative facts" which has caused such a stir recently. When I was a kid we called this double talk or even propaganda. At the height of the cold war with Russia and the United States trading moon shots I remember one of my high school teachers telling a story.
He said that the U.S. and Russia had a car race. America won. The Americans said that the American car won the race with the Russians taking second place. But the Russians announced to their people that there was an international car race and the Russians took second place and the Americans ran next to last.
What everyone said was true, but did "alternate facts" leave the wrong impression?
As my father liked to say, "there's more than one way to skin a cat." I don't know how much he knew about skinning cats, but I understood what he was saying.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.