It is still hot and dry at Catalpa with the temperatures in the high 90s. It is sad to see the pastures so brown, corn crops not making, ponds and small creeks drying up but we keep hoping and praying for the drought to end. The year 2007 has been a strange year.
I have been fortunate getting plenty of garden produce given to me and that I am able to take care of it. I appreciate getting cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, okra, potatoes, purple hull peas and some corn, a half bushel of tomatoes for canning. My tomatoes are coming in well and we enjoy them. Thanks to everyone for all the kindness and thoughtful deeds done for us.
We have some gospel meetings in progress and coming up soon. This week Hardin Chapel with Bro. Winford Claiborne the speaker and Wendell Pigg, song leader. We hope to go Tuesday night. The meeting closes Wednesday night.
The gospel meeting is in progress this week at Molia Church of Christ, with Ted Kell the speaker. We are hoping to go Thursday night, that will be the last night.
Next week we can still attend two gospel meetings close by.
The Church of Christ at Wilson Hill invites everyone to their gospel meeting on Aug. 12-15. Stan Butt Jr., of Chapel Hill will be the speaker and Clay Derryberry, the song leader.
Bledsoe (Church of Christ) better known as Po. Grab invites everyone to a gospel meeting Aug. 12-15. Tom Holland will be the speaker. It begins at 7 p.m. each evening. Larry Hastings is the regular minister there.
Aug. 11 will be Ladies Day at Lynnville Church of Christ.
Cindy Colley will be the speaker. She is great! I hope we will get to go. Registration is at 8:30.
Cornersville Church of Christ is having Ladies Day August 18. Registration is at 8:30. The program will begin at 9:30. Refreshments for breakfast. Clyde Ann Willis will be the speaker. Her theme will be "Keeper of the Gate." A light lunch will be served at 11:45.
This will be Cornersville's first Ladies Day and I hope many ladies and girls will attend. Ladies Day is a great spiritual feast. We always enjoy going to every one of our sister congregations.
I won't be able to attend as t his is our morning at Belfast's J.C. Tate Store. The third Saturday morning from 7:30-noon.
However, I'm hoping Doylene and Janice can go to Ladies Day at Cornersville. I hate to miss it.
Don't forget that the second Saturday night from 5-9 will be "Pickin & Grinnin" night at the City Hall in Petersburg. Mrs. Karen Fulcher heads this enjoyable occasion up with anyone playing an instrument or will sing are urged to be there. Light refreshments are always enjoyed. All grinners are welcome to come join in the fun.
The Petersburg FCE Club has their annual picnic in the Petersburg City Hall on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 4-7 p.m. Juanita and Meriel Pack had the devotional. Boys Down the Road, Phil Ross, Harold Foster, Mack George, Allen Buzan, Mr. Walker, Mr. Pollock, Wilburn Irvin the fiddle player (nicknamed Pigg), and C.W. Mulliniks really could get our toes to tapping and our hands to clapping. They brought us fine entertainment and the club appreciated them doing this for us. A delicious and bountiful table of food for the boys to eat was spread for them in the kitchen by the ladies of the FCE Club. We teased them for having to "sing for their supper." We were happy to have Charlotte Foster, Mrs. George, Mrs. Pollock and the fiddler's wife, Betty come with their husbands. We would be so happy to have all of the boys and their wives come to our "Pickin and Grinnin" on Aug. 11.
Friday night, Aug. 4, Doylene and I from Catalpa attended the singing at Ostella Church of Christ. Ostella was host to the Friday night singers. It was a great singing. Many congregations are hosts to these singings. Mr. Tankersly of Church Street Church of Christ is the master of ceremonies at these Friday night singings. Catalpa will be host to the singing Sept. 7. I hope lots will come to hear some of this great singing. I'll keep repeating it.
Aug. 24, Lynnville Church of Christ will be host to the Friday singing.
We hope to got to see "Steel Magnolias" at the Dixie Theatre. The dates are Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. We say this production several years ago at the Dixie but we are looking forward to seeing it again and it will probably be at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 when we go.
We love to go to the good plays at the Dixie as long as they are nice good entertainment that we can enjoy.
Happy birthday and happy anniversary to some very special people.
Happy birthday to Clara Ruth Richardson, Aug. 13 is her special day. She and her late husband, Fred Richardson, formerly lived at Catalpa. They were good neighbors. We all wish for Clara many more happy ones to come.
Our good neighbor Mrs. Gwen Green at Ostella is having a birthday Aug. 13. We wish for her to have many more nice birthdays to come. She and her husband J. used to attend church Ostella Church of Christ.
Two of our favorite people, Alice and Ed Carpenter are celebrating their anniversary on Aug. 14. The church here loves and appreciates them so very much. They have been working for the church at Catalpa 30 years. Our prayers and thanks to the Lord for these two fine people. Alice is slowly recovering from a broken hip and we pray that she can be coming back soon with Bro. Carpenter. We miss her so much.
Happy birthday to Junior Richardson from the Catalpa community. We hope the will have many more birthdays to come. His specialty will be Aug. 14.
Aug. 16, will be Tony Williams birthday. His many friends wish for Tony to have many more happy birthdays to come. Tony is our fine member at church. He and his wife, Melissa, are good workers. She teaches a class and Tony leads singing. He is famous for his good barbecue at the Lions Club in Belfast.
We are sure going to miss Scott's Orchard come apple time and the last of June the beautiful delicious peaches we couldn't drive down for. It is so sad that the 150 acre orchard, I guess the largest in Tennessee was completely wiped out in April by freezing weather. Mrs. Scott is a good friend and she always appreciated me advertising the fruit orchard every year. So many people always called me to get the phone number of Scott's Orchard every year.
I called last week to see if they did have any fruit at all. The man I talked to said all they has now was watermelons.
Fruit here in the stores will be high I'm sure and not as good as Scott's Orchard. However, I have bought several pounds of Rome Beauty at Harber's to make apply jelly. I have quite a few orders for apple jelly. I make all my jelly with Jell-ease that I get at Save-a-Lot is much cheaper than Sure-Jell and I like it better. Just go by the directions that came with Jell-ease except I cook mine eight minutes after it comes to a rolling boil.
Scott's Orchard always have real good cider, molasses, apple butter and sweet potatoes. I don't know if they will have any this year.
I will end with my recipes.
4 quarts apples
2 quarts water
1 1 /2 quarts cider
1 1/2 lbs. sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
Wash and slice apples. Cover with water and boil until soft. Press through a sieve to remove skins and seeds. Bring cider to a boil, add apple pulp and sugar. Cook till it thickens, stirring constantly. Add spices, cook till thick enough to spread. Pour in jars and seal.
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boil all together and cool. When ready to use add apples, bananas raisins and 1/2 cup of English walnuts, chopped. Stir Cool Whip or whipped topping into mixture. Refrigerate.
Chocolate Chip Bars
1/2 cup soft margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Mis all together and pour in buttered or non-stick sprayed 9x13x2 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Meal in One
1 round steak
5 medium potatoes
2 small onions
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Place steak in casserole dish. Place peeled potatoes on top of steak. Then put sliced onions on top of potatoes. Pour soup over all. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add carrots if desired. Bake at 375 degrees.
We like Potato Puffs
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 or 2 beaten eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup flour
Mix well and drop by teaspoon in deep fat. Fry until brown on both sides.