Fall officially arrived on Thursday. The days are getting a little shorter, the mornings and evenings are a little cooler the mosquitoes are not out in full force so life is good.
The grass may need another mowing or two but it is almost over for the year.
I am not the grass mowing person in my family but I am quick to point out when it needs to be done. I guess I am like the back seat driver no one likes to hear from.
Soccer and fall baseball is about to begin at the Manila park, football is going strong, golf teams are playing in the tournaments and basketball teams in all of our towns are gearing up for the season soon to begin.
There seems to be something for everyone to do. It is a good time for reunions, also. I recently attended a portion of the Leachville School reunion and the talent review at the Melody. Those people really know how to have fun and there is a lot of talent among those former Leachville students. During the same day the Leachville Harvest Festival and Car Show were held at the city park.
I attended the BIC Mustang Cook-out recently in Monette. They welcomed me and made me feel right at home. I especially enjoyed meeting the new mascot Big MAC, the Mustang.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Lost Cane, Little River, Whistleville, and Lost Cane Reunion. They are a great bunch of friendly folks who remember and know the definition of being a good neighbor.
In the afternoon on Saturday we gathered at the park with family and friends to help celebrate our youngest granddaughter's fourth birthday.
Coming up this Saturday we have the Big Lake Chili Cook-off in Manila and I always look forward to lots of chili and the showmanship and entertainment. It will be a good place to be for a great day.
If you stop and think about it we live in a great place. We may not have "something" on every corner or big shopping malls like the cities but we have something they don't -- a safe environment where people take time to know their neighbors. I am confident in the fact if I was in need or stranded with car trouble in any area across Buffalo Island someone would be there to offer help.
Our friends and neighbors are willing to volunteer their time and talents for fund raising events to help their friends, neighbors and even people they do not know personally.
We hear a lot of negative about the world today but really our part of the world is still a good place to live and raise children.
We are truly blessed.