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Book Sale Events | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on Thursday, October 21, 2021:

The Friends of Rains County Public Library held their semi-annual Book Sale last Friday and Saturday. Publicity Coordinator Marsha Rakestraw had labeled the sale as an “event,” and her prediction proved to be true.

The book sorting team had warned that, because of the generous donations in recent weeks, some boxes might arrive at the City Centre unsorted. However, volunteers worked extra hours, and all inventory was broken down by fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and religion when the Road and Bridge Crew delivered several loads to the Centre Tuesday morning.

More volunteers made quick work of arranging tables, and unboxing and further sorting the contents into more specific categories.So much was accomplished so quickly that we knocked off at 1:00 pm on Tuesday. We began again on Wednesday morning, completing the finer sorting and adding genre and pricing signs throughout the room. Shopping bags were set out, and the check-out area was arranged. By shortly after noon, we were almost ready with only a few last-minute tweaks left for Thursday morning.


History of a Treadmill | by Linda Brendle

Published by the Rains County Leader on Thursday, October 13, 2021:

Two weeks ago I wrote about our appliance ordeal when the dryer went out and we unexpectedly bought a freezer, all in the same day. Space is too limited to recount all the confusing details that caused chaos in the Brendle household. Suffice it to say that some major shifts had to occur to make room for the freezer. One item that had to be moved was a rather large, heavy treadmill. This wasn’t just any treadmill, though; it was a treadmill with a history.

Several years ago a couple named Michael and Magrate began attending Believers’ Baptist. They were Malaysian missionaries who gave seminars on worship through movement. They had come to the U.S. to present a number of seminars and ended up buying acreage in Rains County where they planned to build a retreat and education center. Magrate came to our ladies Bible study where we became friends, and she and Michael invited us to their home for dinner several times.

After a couple of years, they moved to Tennessee to be closer to family during some health issues. The Texas property was listed for sale, and Michael asked David to keep an eye on things until it sold. As they prepared for the move, they invited us for one last dinner and gave us a complete tour of the property including an outbuilding where I spotted the treadmill. It was dusty and covered with cobwebs, but when we plugged it in, it still ran. I offered to buy it, but they insisted on making a gift of it.


School Pick Up | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on October 7, 2021:

I first became a member of the school pick up brigade when Christian was three years old. After several years of being a stay-at-home wife and mother, I rejoined the workforce and he entered the world of daycare. After a few false starts, we found a place we both liked, and I fell into a daily cycle of drop off, work, pick up, errands, and home. My quitting time was 4:30, so I avoided the pick-up crush of those who were on a 9-to-5 schedule.

By the time my little man was ready for kindergarten, I was working from home and we lived about two blocks from his school. When the weather was nice, we walked the two blocks together, crossing the one busy street with the help of a crossing guard. That orange-vested man with the hand-held stop sign became Christian’s hero. He says being a crossing guard is still on his bucket list. During bad weather, I drove, and sitting in line took longer than the drive to and from. Thanks to the same crossing guard, we always made the trip safely.

The summer between his first and second grade years, we moved further west. We didn’t like the local school system, so Christian entered private school, and I went to work in the school’s business office. One benefit of the job was on-campus childcare for staff, so we commuted together.

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