'Groundhog Day' is here, can we weather the weather?

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Whether the weather is cold or whether the weather is hot, whatever the weather we'll weather the weather, whether we like it or not." Another favorite tongue twister of mine. I hope the typesetter gets all those words, weather and whether, correct.

Feb. 2 will be "Groundhog Day." Maybe Punxsutawney Phil will give us the right weather to expect.

It is hard to realize the first month of the year 2008 has gone.

I am glad the Murdock estate sale had a pretty good day. It was a gloomy cold day but no falling weather like sleet and rain. I don't know just how the sale went but a large crowd attended and all I can tell about it is that it is still the Murdock place. The boys still own all the land and the Mike Murdocks own the house.

I hope all are happy the sale is over and I know all will be happy to still own the Murdock farm. It is a beautiful home built by Jerry and Theresia in 1975 and served the community Catalpa, Brown Shop Road. They were wonderful neighbors, civic leaders and attended services at the Church of Christ on Highway 129W. They have left us many special memories that we will all cherish.

Our love and prayers are with all their children and grandchildren to carry on the tradition of the lives of the Robert, Mabel, Jerry and Theresia Murdock families, who were great citizens that helped the Catalpa Community so very much.

Sunday mornings we are so happy to have Julie and Landry and the twins Ella and Neyland come to church. Tim has to work on weekends but maybe someday he can be on another shift and get back in church.

Landry is a great help with the twins and we all want to wish him a happy birthday, Feb 7. He will be 11 and attends school at Cornersville. I always enjoy getting a big hug from him. We all wish for Landry many more happy birthdays.

We were happy to have Linda and Phil Jones of Madison, Ala., at church Sunday morning.

The program at NHC Merihil was attended Sunday afternoon by Larry and Joann Smith, Gary Douglas, Meriel and Juanita Pack, Alice Pack, Bro. Carpenter and Alice, Doylene and Ruth Hastings from the church at Catalpa. Janice Harris sat with Mrs. Howard Harris who is in serious condition at Merihil, we regret to know.

Larry Smith had a fine lesson for all the patients who were able to be brought out in their wheelchairs. Gary Douglas led the singing and Meriel Pack led prayer and was in charge of the Lord's Supper given to the patients.

We were happy to have Tony Williams back for the morning service. He has had to work for several Sundays.

Teri Lyn Pack has been going to Huntsville for tests. Our prayers are for her to soon get better and back to church. We are happy Jeff brings the boys, Charlie and Logan. They are fine and well behaved and doing well in school at Cornersville.

We are happy the Randy Taylor family made it to church even though it is rushing for them to get back to their business "This and That" in Petersburg. Ice cream, pizzas, loaded potatoes are there plus other things can be found at "This and That" on the square. We hope they are having a good business.

I forgot to write about the "Soup and Sandwich Supper" at Five Points Fire Department at Ostella, Jan 19. Doylene, Janice and I from here enjoyed going. The different kinds of soup really "hit the spot" as it was a cold night. The crowd was kinda light but the auction table with cakes and pies to sell went real well. All that was done for the supper was appreciated. It is helping with the work now.

I have heard that Sisters Three Cafe is moving to Lewisburg. We will miss it at Belfast but hope it will do real well in their new location. We enjoyed eating there several times.

Petersburg has several places to eat and I hope all do well.

Lemley's across from the Cane Creek Church of Christ on 129W has a restaurant and Saturday is barbecue day I hear.

Jo's Kountry Kooking now has a nice restaurant on Highway 431 open on Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. I hear they have fish on Friday night.

We regret the King's Restaurant has sold out, but we hope Jo's Kountry Kooking will do real well. All food is homemade and from scratch and the price is right I hear.

Tina's Place on Railroad Street is doing real well I hear. They have good crowds eating there.

Another restaurant (the former Rinir's Diner) will be opening on the hill. Mr. and Mrs. Dillenback bought it recently and are making some much needed repairs on it before opening.

Another good thing that has happened to Petersburg: Ken Stem has moved back and folks are so glad he is back in his old place again.

I have heard rumor of a Dollar Store coming to Petersburg. We will be proud to have that happen.

Also the Tate's Store in Belfast has been rented and we will all look forward to it opening again. As soon as it does I'll be letting folks know about it.

I have some February birthday folks I will write about.

Happy birthday to Ted Kell of 2001 9th Street, Brownwood, TX 76801.

Happy birthday to Brenda Haislip, Feb 1; Gail Welch, Feb. 4; Brian Bean, Feb. 7; and Alice Carpenter, Feb. 8; and Evelyn Brown, Feb. 3. Happy birthday Ted, Brenda, Gail, Brian, Landry, Alice and Evelyn. They are all special people on special days. May the Lord bless them with many more happy ones to come.

Love and sympathy is extended to the family of Louise McCord, a dear friend and a wonderful nurse at Dr. J. C. Leonard's hospital. She was a native of Marshall County, a retired nurse and a member of the Church of Christ. She was the widow of Merrell F. McCord Jr.

The funeral was Jan. 23 with Bro. Charles Williamson officiating from the Chapel of London Funeral Home and burial in Lone Oak Cemetery. She is survived by six daughters; two sons; 22 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Louise was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and friend. She will be greatly missed but we will all cherish fond memories of Louise McCord. She was 77 years of age.

Another beloved nurse, Mrs. Martha Aldridge, who worked for many years at Dr. Leonard's hospital, died last week. I do not have her obituary and will write more next week.

The Second Sunday monthly singing will be hosted by Delina Church of Christ on Feb. 10. I hope many will go to sing praises to God.

Congratulations to Sara Helton. She celebrated retirement of 27 years from Lincoln Medical Center and was honored by many friends and co-workers on Jan. 15 at Lincoln Medical Center. She will be greatly missed, in the words of Chief Executive Officer Gary Kendrick, "Employees like Mrs. Helton have been the backbone of our hospital and healthcare."

I am enjoying my "Foster Family Feast" cookbook given to me by Charlotte Foster. I have made several of the good recipes. You will enjoy this cookbook, just call Charlotte to get one at 359-2200.

Banana Bread

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large very ripe banana, mashed

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients in bowl and blend well. Bake 45 minutes in greased loaf pan at 350. Cool and eat.

Chocolate Cobbler by Karen King

1 stick butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 cup hot water

Melt butter in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix 1 cup sugar, flour and milk together. Pour on top of butter. Do not stir. Mix second cup of sugar, cocoa and hot water. Spread on top of first mixture. Do not stir. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. This recipe is very similar to mine that I make often using fruit and leave out cocoa. The chocolate cobbler is from the Foster Cookbook.

Sugar Free Chess Pie by Teresa Wilburn

1 stick butter

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1/3 cup milk

3 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup baking Splenda

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 unbaked pie crust

Mix well, pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. If desired you can add chopped pecans. This recipe is in the Foster cookbook. My recipe for chess pie has sugar in it.