Catalpa notes

Friday, January 30, 2009


The weather news tonight (Jan. 26, 2009) is still not so good but let us all hope the sleet and ice won't come and the roads won't be dangerous. It was February 10 - 15 in 1994 that freezing rain fell on Marshall County and we had no electricity for five days here at Catalpa and some were without power even longer.

Hopefully, our coldest winter weather will soon be over. I have this little poem I like and will share with you.

"When the Autumn seems too lonely

and December seems too long

and you think that love blooms only

In the garden of a song

Just remember that in the winter

Deep between the bitter chills

Lie the bulbs that when the sun comes

In the spring, wear daffodils."

All we can do, I guess, is plan for the worst and hope for the best. I'm sure all of us appreciate the call to Lewisburg to check on the correct day's time and the forecast. The number is 359-2727. The number at Fayetteville is 433-7011. I hope we can keep our pipes from freezing.

You are probably tired of this weather talk but as the old saying "misery loves company" and the weather is the main topic of conversation.

There aren't many places to go during the cold weather. We dread getting out. I haven't been to Belfast in three or more Wednesdays as the store is so cold. I guess everyone knows that I am slowing down and this poem will let you know, entitled

Slowing Down.

My days are so crowded and my hours so few

And I can no longer work fast like I used to do.

But I know I must learn to be satisfied

That God has not completely denied

The joy of working at a much slower pace

For as long as He gives me a little place

To work with him in the vineyard of love

And to know that He is helping me from above

Gives me strength to meet each day

As I travel along life's changing way.

The Fourth Sunday, Catalpa has the program at NHC Merihil from 2 to 3 p.m. Larry Smith made a good talk, Jeff Pack led the singing, and Meriel Pack led the closing prayer. Those going from Church were Larry and Joann Smith, Meriel and Juanita Pack, Jeff and Charlie Pack, Bro. Carpenter and Alice, Doylene, Janice and I.

Janice and I visited Mary Biega. We worked with her at Doctor Leonard's Hospital and our prayers are with her to get better. She was a wonderful caring nurse and the patients all loved her. She is in room 217. We had planned to eat at Miss Jenny's Country Diner before going to Merihil and were sorry and surprised to see the place was closed, "lock, stock, and barrel." We went back to Arby's and enjoyed eating there.

We usually ate at Miss Penny's on the Fourth Sundays before attending the service at NHC and enjoyed the food there. We will miss Miss Penny's.

Our attendance Sunday morning was low. We still have sickness and our prayers are with them to soon be better and back at the services. The cold weather may hinder some also.

We are all so proud that Gary Douglas is back with us and our prayers are for him to keep improving.

David Hemphill had to undergo surgery last week. The prayers of the Church are with him to overcome his illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kellar, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Porter, and Terri Pack were all missed.

Mrs. Nancy Dawson is in Maury Regional Hospital after undergoing major surgery last week. Nancy has many friends in this community. She and her daughter Vicki Willoughby have the green house and flowers, also a gift shop on the Ostella Road, "Whispering Hope." Nancy is doing well we are thankful to hear. She had a tumor inside her heart.

We regret to hear that Billy Pigg has not been as well. The church at Catalpa sends love and prayers to Billy and Joe Muriel. They are a fine Christian couple at Cane Creek Church of Christ where Billy is an elder and has been song leader for many years.

The First Sunday monthly singing in Lincoln County will be Feb. 1 at Howell Church of Christ. The time 2 to 3 p.m.

The Second Sunday monthly singing in Marshall County will be hosted by Farmington Church of Christ, Feb. 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.

I hope many will attend these gospel singings.

The Second Saturday night, Feb. 14, will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' night at the Town Hall in Petersburg from 5 to 9 p.m. Hope to see and hear lots of pickers and grinners. This will be Valentine's Day. We will enjoy potluck at 7p.m. Ya'll Come!

Another big day will be Feb. 2, Groundhog's Day. Maybe the sun will be shining and he won't see his shadow.

For some special people having February birthdays: Feb. 3, Evelyn Brown; Feb. 4, Gail Welch; Feb. 7, Bryan Bean; Feb. 7, Landry Murdock; Feb. 8, Alice Carpenter; Feb. 11, Tammie Calps. Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns to all.

This is a little early but Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, is coming soon. I will write more next week with some poems and recipes.

We are still enjoying some good hot bowls of soup these cold evenings. Chili is a favorite, and others: beef stew, potato soup, cabbage, momma's tomato soup, oyster, clam chowder, broccoli, chicken, and many others.


1 lb. pork sausage (mild or hot)

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 cups pinto beans

1 tablespoon chili powder or more if desired

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 cup water

Cook sausage, ground beef, and onion in large pot or slow cooker until meat is browned. Stir in tomatoes, including juice, beans, chili powder, salt, pepper and water. Cover and simmer about one hour.

Sausage Corn Chowder

1 lb. pork sausage (mild or hot)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup diced celery

4 medium boiling potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces

3 cups water

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 cans whole grain corn

3 cups hot milk

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Cook sausage in large soup pot or slow cooker until browned. Drain on paper towels using slotted spoon to dip. Cook onion and celery in drippings in pot until tender. Add potatoes, water and salt, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in corn and milk. Heat through, but do not boil. Season with pepper.

Corn Chowder

2 cans cream-style corn

2 cups diced peeled potatoes

1/4 cup diced onions

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 cup boiling water

3 cups hot milk

1 tablespoon cornstarch or 3 tsp. flour

Combine corn, potatoes, and onion with 1 cup boiling water. Cook about 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add hot milk and bring to boiling point, thicken with cornstarch and a little milk.

For a Quick Salad

Mix chopped fresh vegetables such as celery, peppers, carrots, and tomatoes with cottage cheese.

Hope to see you next week via The Tribune.