Don't forget, Sunday is Mother's Day

Friday, May 9, 2008

I hope all mothers have a happy day and to all our mothers who have gone on, we will remember them with grateful hearts for their tender loving care. I always write these words by President Abraham Lincoln every Mother's Day: "All I ever am and hope to be I owe to my dear mother."

I had a wonderful mother and I pray that I can be the mother to my girls that my mother was to me.

"There is something on this earth,

More precious than silver or gold,

More beautiful than diamonds or roses,

For all the world to behold.

It's the love of a Christian Mother

Who has faithfully followed God,

Who taught her children the things that are right

As down life's way they trod."

My Mothers Day came a little early this year. May 11 is really Mother's Day but Doylene took a vacation day Friday, May 2, so she could be off on Saturday, May 3, to attend Ladies Day. She carried me over to "Whispering Hope" on Ostella Road Friday morning for me to buy the flowers I wanted to put in my porch boxes, in pots and around our pear trees, in old tubs, and pop corn cans. The beautiful plants at Vicki Wilburn's and Nancy Dawson's green house and the beautiful neat gift shop is a pleasure to visit and shop for gifts for all occasions.

Today, Monday, I worked most of the day getting my plants set out. I am happy that our well is OK and I'll have plenty of water to keep them growing, I hope. The nice rains have been coming to fill up wells, ponds, and creeks that went dry last summer and fall and we are glad to know the water level is up to about normal and this will be a good garden year, I hope.

We have been a little chilly due to locust winter, they are blooming everywhere and now in several days we will have blackberry winter. After that we should have nice spring weather to enjoy before June 20, when summer begins with hot days.

The decorations in May I will repeat. The cemeteries I know about: the second Saturday will be decoration day at the Short Cemetery at Spring Place.

The second Sunday in May the decoration will be held at Medium Cemetery at Delina, Old Orchard at Petersburg and Lone Oak at Lewisburg.

The third Sunday, Talley Cemetery at 2 p.m. Benny Burns is the speaker and Ray King the song leader. Donations can be given at services Sunday and also on Friday and Saturday. Joyce Burns is the treasurer and her address is 6989 Delina Road, Petersburg, TN 37144.

The decoration will be the third Sunday at Unity Cemetery near Howell. Mrs. Ray Sawyer is the treasurer; her address is 18 Sawyers Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

The fourth Sunday, New Hope Cemetery, Fishing Ford Road, and the Welch Cemetery, Fuss Hollow Road, Petersburg.

Don't forget the Morgan/Petersburg High School Reunion will be the first Saturday in June (June 7) with registration at 10 a.m. and lunch at noon.

Saturday morning was a rainy time for the flea market on the square in Petersburg. The Library Book and Bake Sale folks were grateful to Mr. Dillenback for putting up a tent over their tables.

I carried food over to the bake sale but Doylene, Janice and I went to the Ladies Day at Westvue Church of Christ in Lewisburg from 8:30 until 12:00. We enjoyed a light breakfast and book browsing (H&C Bookstore, Chattanooga) until 9 a.m. The scripture reading, prayer, and singing and introduction of the speaker were all well done. The speaker (Cindy Colley of West Huntsville Church of Christ in Huntsville) did an excellent job of presenting two sessions of "My Life Is a Lighthouse."

She is a great Ladies Day speaker and we all enjoyed hearing her.

The luncheon of delicious salads was delicious and bountiful. Everyone received nice gifts for being present. It was a great morning and we enjoyed it so much. Doylene, Janice and I were there from Catalpa. We love the Ladies Days and will go to all we can.

Doylene and Janice attended a play at the Lincoln County Museum entitled "Murder by the Book" by a delightful cast of the Carriage House Players of Fayetteville. We have always enjoyed the Carriage House Players and the plays they present.

Saturday night, May 10, will be another Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' night from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall in Petersburg. We had 13 pickers (two or three vocalists) and a house full of grinners last second Saturday night (April 12). We ate at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the pickers and sing along with them, clap your hands and pat your feet. We have lots of fun so come on over to the Town Hall every second Saturday night in the month.

Don't forget that every third Saturday morning in each month from 8 a.m. until noon is the Morning Market at Collector's Closet, Tate's Store in Belfast. Anyone wishing to set up a table on the grounds for a fee of $5 will be welcome. Bring anything you want to sell. On the porch, Elwanda Owens will have delicious home made bread and coffee cakes. Mary Carrol brings Bill Gold sausage. I hope to have relish, pool room slaw, apple jelly, a pie or two. Mary Rodgers brought lots of nice books last time. Maybe she will come again. For more information call 659-9136.

The Collectors Closet is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for everyone to enjoy on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Carl Poarch is there on Friday for all who need used furniture or appliances.

A Gospel Meeting will be held at Cane Creek Church of Christ beginning May 18. John Vaughn will be the speaker and Billy Pigg the song leader. I do not have all the times, but I will repeat this next week. Mark May 18 on your calendars.

Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack, Alice Pack, Doylene and Janice attended the appreciation dinner at NHC Merihil, Thursday evening. The dinner headed up by Patsy Graves at Merihil was real nice and bountiful. The program was enjoyed and door prizes were given. Mrs. Graves is a wonderful help to Merihil and everyone loves and appreciates her.

Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack, Alice Pack, Doylene and Janice enjoyed going to see the senior class play at Siegel High School, Murfreesboro. Jared Pack was in the play and they enjoyed the play (a musical). Jared will graduate Thursday evening, May 15, at 7:30 at MTSU Murphy Center, Murfreesboro.

We have received several graduation cards and we congratulate the graduates and wish for them much success in life. The church received an invitation to the graduation of Lindsey Mae Clouser from Madison Academy. She is the granddaughter of Bro. Carpenter and Alice.

I am a little late on some of my news especially Mr. & Mrs. James Lenox of Texas coming to spend a few days with the brother Jesse Frank Head and Marilyn. I know Nadine misses her mother, Mary Head, when they come back to Petersburg.

The Catalpa Church and community extends sympathy to the family of Lillian Haley, 87. She suffered a fall, breaking her hip, and could not survive. She was a sweet Christian lady and a good worker in the Farmington Church of Christ. Her funeral was Sunday afternoon, May 4, from the Chapel of Cornersville Funeral Home with Don Hudson officiating. Burial was in Mars Hill Cemetery. She was born in Lincoln County, a homemaker and a faithful member of the Church. Our love and sympathy go out to two daughters and two sons and two sisters, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All loved Mrs. Haley who knew her and will miss her, but will have many precious memories to cherish. A large crowd and many beautiful flowers attended visitation Saturday evening and the funeral Sunday afternoon.

She was a good cook and was always willing to share her recipes with others. She had handwritten cookbooks for her grandchildren and I know they will cherish them. I have some of her recipes and wish I could have received one of her cookbooks.

This is one of the recipes she sent me she had written (beautiful handwriting).

Miracle Pie Lillian Haley

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 cup coconut

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking powder

Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend well. Pour into a 10 inch buttered pie plate. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 50 minutes. A crust will form on the bottom, a filling in the middle and the coconut will rise to the top. Mrs. Haley's birthday was January 21, the same date as Doyle and my anniversary. She always called me on that date.

We are still having sickness at church. Our prayers are with them all to soon get better. Get well wishes to Gary Douglas, David Hemphill, Terri Pack, Tammie Kellar, June Douglas, Gail Porter, Mr. & Mrs. Chapman (Willene Foster's parents in NHC Merihil). We welcomed Phil and Linda Jones from Madison, Ala., Sunday morning and Michael Head Sunday night. We appreciated him leading the singing in the absence of Tony Williams.

This community extends sincere sympathy to Mr. & Mrs. Travis Foster of Catalpa in the death of her father, Ralph Calvin Thompson, 79, of Lewisburg, who passed away April 28 at Maury Regional Hospital. The funeral was conducted May first from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home by Paul Lucas. Burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery. May the Lord bless and comfort his loved ones is our prayer.

Those who didn't attend the Ladies Day at Westvue missed a wonderful spiritful feast. I must close, it is 2 a.m.

and the delicious salads at noon. I really loved my door prize (a recipe holder).

Seven-Layer Salad

Layer in a large flat-bottom glass bowl:

Lettuce, broken in bite size pieces

Celery-1 cup diced

Onions-1/2 cup diced

Peas-10oz frozen pkg. (not cooked)

Cauliflower-2 cup chopped

Bacon-1 lb fried, drained, crumbled

Cheese-1 cup shredded cheddar

Dressing- 3/4 cup mayonnaise

+3/4 cup sour cream-

spread on top.

Refrigerate 24 hours

Corn Salad

1 15-oz can black eyed peas

1 15-oz can lima beans

1 15-oz can black beans

1 15-oz can corn, drained

1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/3 cup Italian dressing

Combine ingredients and refrigerate to blend flavors.

Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast

1 cup chopped celery

1 1/2 cup green or red seedless grapes

3/4 cup chopped pecans

11/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise

1/2 tsp salt

Combine ingredients and refrigerate to blend flavors.

Raspberry Congealed Salad

2 large boxes raspberry jello

2 cups boiling water

1 large can crushed pineapple in juice

2 Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce

1 pkg gelatin mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients, pour into 9x13 Pyrex dish, chill until firmly set.