If today is another holiday that you do not have to “go to work,” you are missing one of the real reasons to celebrate each year, only exceeded in importance by Christmas and “the reason for the season.”

Back in the 30s and 40s, when I was growing up, we did not have to “go somewhere” to have fun. It was all around us and lots of folks had no way to go. Friends and kin was the way to have fun — no radio or TV, the ballgame was “in town,” just about every house had a freezer of ice cream to crank ... it was rich and good.

This is not typical this year, so find an air-conditioned place — maybe on the lake. Everyone get your cell phone handy for some of us; have the baseball game on TV and spread the group out so we can talk if we want to. The food will be outstanding and folks will move around some (carrying the cell phone), letting the older ones doze off. If the weather will allow, some will swim, all will be full.

That’s not typical (I hope) at your place. We will be part of friends and neighbors and look forward to TODAY and all it brings. I personally enjoy having the holiday in the middle of the week, seems like more folks stay around. Pop firecrackers if you enjoy them.

Summertime is here and our spring gardens have had a difficult time producing like they should.

As Neil Sperry the “Texas Gardener” says, “There is are two huge hurdles in getting Texans to succeed with tomatoes in fall: 1 — getting gardeners to believe they need to be plated this early, 2 — finding transplants to plant.”

Fall tomatoes do not have early blight, spider mites, splitting fruit, tomato fruit worms, blossom-end rot and other problems like the spring planted plants. Tomato transplants need to be planted in the next two weeks. Again, plant the heat tolerant varieties. Hope you can locate a supply of the transplants.

“I’m a nobody telling everybody about Somebody who can save anybody”. — Adrian Rogers

“One man with courage is a majority.” — Thomas Jefferson

A catfish tastes not only with its mouth, but also with its skin, whiskers, fins, and tail. Now that is a smart fish and it must be a fact as it came from the Farmer’s Almanac.

The Tucker Estate Auction, held June 29 near Greenwood, Louisiana, attracted a nice crowd and lots of rain but all worked out well. Selling was a 144-acre farm, excellent outbuildings, barns, bunkhouse plus four tractors that had been well-serviced — all was in excellent condition.

When neighbors do a lot of the buying you know that the items are in good shape. The unofficial average on the land sale was $6,850 an acre with the equipment selling well.

It always pays to be a good sharing neighbor and maintain your land and equipment well. Dusty Taylor handled the auction and there are none better as longtime Keith Babb, of West Monroe, Louisiana, assisted Dusty, who is from Ruston, Louisiana.

The total sale was done by video and the buyers sat in a dry barn and every item was on the screen. Job well done.

One of the nation’s greatest western swing bands is coming our way this fall, with a concert by Ray Benson and “Asleep at the Wheel.” It’s a group that the late Bob Wills would enjoy. More details as they become available. I’ll be there and we should all make an effort. They are great.

For vegetable gardeners, the fall gardens should be among the best, with all of the moisture we have had. Be vigilant and keep the weeds and insects under control. Purchase the varieties that are developed for fall gardens and we could have a Farmer’s Market active until Thanksgiving. That’s a long time, probably until Halloween, which reminds me it is pumpkin planting time. Lots of different shapes and colors for pumpkins. I still enjoy the orange ones.

Our First Baptist Church of Waskom had a 5th Sunday singing last Sunday night with plenty of talent both young and old. Hopefully we can keep it up.

May we keep the spirit of “Family and Friends Gathering” that we are experiencing today the rest of the year. I believe it is proper to display our flag all the time as we do it properly and thank God for our many blessings.