It is that time of the year again. The stores are filled with school supplies, and I am filled with allergy medication. One is a welcomed sign and the other is a necessity.

It is that time of the year again. The stores are filled with school supplies, and I am filled with allergy medication. One is a welcomed sign and the other is a necessity.


At this time of the year when the weather outside is so hot that I feel like I might melt if I stay there too long, I like to spend time indoors walking through the aisles of school supplies looking for cool and unusual things. The pens kids get these days are so much cooler than the ones we had back when I was going to school. I don’t think I owned a pen that wrote in pink ink until I was in college. Now they are everywhere and one can get several different shades of pink ink. Mind you, I am talking about writing ink, not markers or paint pens.


And pink is just one of the great colors. I am sure teachers only allow students to turn in papers written in blue or black ink and I can understand the reasons behind that, but just the idea of being able to take notes in all of those other colors is quite mesmerizing. At least, it is to an ink junkie like me.


Once I pick a color of ink and go back out into the wild Texas heat, I invariably start to sneeze or cough. And that is after all of the allergy medication. I seriously take one medication as I go to bed at night and another when I get up in the morning. And I am still sneezing. I know I might get run out of the state on a pole for even suggesting that the rain needs to return, but I sure would like some fresh cool air.


I would also like to go to sleep this weekend and wake up after the first hard freeze. No, not really. I LOVE the fall. But I might go to sleep and wake up in September. I wonder if I have enough vacation days left to make that work?



Happy birthday Friday to Jimmie Halpain and Georgia Richardson, both of Howe; Randy Harmon and Rebecca Moon of Denison; Margaret Kemp, David Lewis McBurnett, Brenda Brown, Kenya Keller, Byron Holloway, Harvey "Big Jack" Balton and JaBraedyn Posey, all of Sherman; Pat Hedrick of Gunter; Derrick Harris; Anthony Holland; Stanley Lindley of Mission; Donna Cook Hannah of McKinney; Mary Durham Mackey of Bryan; Rashund Rido of Friendswood, Elayne Petty of Trenton.


Happy anniversary Friday to Mark and Wanda Edwards of Denison, 43 years.


Happy birthday Saturday to Shirley Cantwell, Lonnie Magers and Ken Taylor, all of Sherman; Donna Claunch Trice of Plano; Bennie Smith of Denison; John K. Ertel of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Luke Gibbs of Mulberry; and LaKeisha Dunlap of Dallas.