Catalpa notes

Friday, February 20, 2009


Valentine Day has come and gone but I will still write this poem to all of you.

Valentine Treasures

Valentine treasures are people who

have often crossed your mind,

family, friends and others, too,

who in your life have shined

the warmth of love or a spark of light

that makes you remember them;

no matter how long since you've actually met,

each one is a luminous gem

who gleams and glows in your memory,

bringing special pleasures,

and that's why this Valentine comes to you:

You're one of those sparkling treasures!

By Joanna Fuchs

I'm sure everyone had a nice day; the weather was nice. We had a nice weekend. As for me I spent a little visit with my favorite doctor Friday afternoon who checked a small place on my leg that has been bothering me for over three months. After he cleaned it out, and I got home that night I had a rough night, but by Saturday morning I was okay and enjoyed a great weekend.

We had our second Saturday night of Pickin'n'Grinnin' and all the pickers made good music and did lots of singing. We had close to 70 grinners and I was able to pat my foot and clap my hands. The Town Hall in Petersburg was full and running over and at 7 p.m. we had a table full of good eats. We appreciate all who came and made Feb. 14 a real Valentine sweetheart night,.

Sunday we had our morning and evening services at church. We were happy to have Nicky and Willene Foster back home after several months of absence. They moved in the house with Willene's mother, Mrs. Ruth Chapman, after Mrs. Chapman's husband died. She wanted to stay at her home so Nicky and Willene cared for her until she passed away Feb. 10. She was 91. We were glad Nicky and Willene brought two of their grandchildren with them Sunday. Hopefully all will be able to get back to Catalpa regularly.

Sunday evening Bro. Don Hudson who preaches at Howell Church of Christ spoke to us about the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort. He and his wife Rosemary are helping other volunteers help in the disaster zones following floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ice storms. Several of our neighboring churches, Howell, Friendship, Catalpa, Cane Creek, and others I'm sure, are helping with the Disaster Relief Effort.

Bro. Hudson and about 35 members from Howell, all bringing dishes of food, joined with our Sunday evening members for a joint meeting and fellowship. It was a real happy occasion and the Church at Catalpa appreciated all our visitors, and we appreciate all the hard work being done for the Disaster Effort.

Bro. Hudson is doing a fine work in the Howell Church of Christ. May the Lord bless him and Rosemary in their work for the Lord and His Church.

We still have sickness at Catalpa and we regret to hear that Gary Douglas broke his foot Saturday. He is having to wear a boot. We were so proud that Gary had got back to services and was doing so well. Prayers will be with Gary for his foot to soon be better.

Also we regret that Jessie Frank Head did not get good reports from his tests and the prayers of everyone will be for him to overcome his problems.

David Hemphill is in Skill Care of the Lincoln County Health Care Unit; we pray that he can soon get better.

Bobby and Gail Porter have Gail's mother Sadie Hemphill in their home caring for her.

Mrs. Tammie Keller still has health problems and also has sickness in her family and she and Mr. Mike are having to miss services.

The song Phil Rodd sings at the Pickin'n'Grinnin' makes me realize: "Your Burdens are Greater than mine." All of us who have good health and are able to be up and about should be thankful that we can be of some help to those who are less fortunate.

We were glad Teri Lyn Pack was at Church Sunday and we hope she keeps improving.

We have been happy to have some real nice warmer weather. I got to go to Belfast Wednesday after missing about four weeks due to the real cold weather. Maybe I can get back every Wednesday now.

I have already written that Mrs. Annie Ruth Chapman, mother of Willene (Nicky) Foster passed away Feb. 10. Her funeral was conducted February 12th from the chapel of London Funeral Home with Mark Irwin officiating. Burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery.

The love and sympathy go out to her loved ones. She had been in poor health for a long time.

I do not have an obituary, but she has a sister, Glendon Shaw, who Janice and I worked with for several years at Leonard Hospital on the 3 - 11 shift. We loved Mrs. Shaw dearly. She also was a worker at Wal-Mart until her health became poor. She lives with her daughter. Mrs. Chapman was a fine nurse at Merihil and was working there when my mother died in 1965. I loved her too.

Another death in the Catalpa Community was Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Tate McClenney age 83, who died at her home Sunday Feb. 8. Her body was cremated. A memorial service was conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the chapel of London Funeral Home.

She was a native of Marshall County, retired from Faber Castell and a member of the Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Lavoy and Judy Jewell Hobby Tate, her husband, Floyd McClenney, and a son.

She is survived by three daughters, Judy Derting, Josephine Neese and Myra Santana, all of Petersburg; brother, James Edward Tate of McBurg, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Catalpa Community enjoyed Frances and Floyd operating a good store for several years. The store was formerly owned many years by Wade and Edith Daniel before they moved to Lewisburg.

The death of loved ones will come to us all, but we know the Lord will give us strength and courage to keep going. May God bless the McClenney family today and always. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

The Petersburg FCE Club met Tuesday night, Feb.10 at the Town Hall in Petersburg. Seven members were present. It was a nice meeting and we all enjoyed the new agent Michele Ashley giving the educational report. We welcome Miss Ashley to Marshall County and are looking forward to our FCE meetings now. We had been without an extension agent for several months.

Doylene Hastings gave the devotional. We missed Dot Hastings due to the illness of her husband Alfred. Evelyn Soloman was missed. Our love goes out to Evelyn in the serious illness of her daughter and we pray she will soon be better. Mrs. Lorraine Nichols was also missed.

Mrs. Margaret Burns also has a daughter who is having health problem. Our love and prayers are with her also.

We have all enjoyed candy, cookies, cake and all of the Valentine's goodies, so I have some soul food recipes for this week.

We appreciated some good pork given us, ribs, backbone and sausage, also we are still enjoying turnips. We have had some cold weather, just plain old "hog killing" weather. There's nothing no better than pork.

This recipe is one of the late Essie Mill's.

One Pot Dinner

Peel and quarter 4 or 5 large potatoes. Place on bottom of Dutch oven. (I use a crock-pot). Cover potatoes with 1 lb. frozen lima beans. Slice 2 or 3 carrots on top of beans. To this add 1 can whole grain corn. Peel large onion and slice on top of corn. Add 1 cup chopped celery on top of corn. Next add one can of tomatoes. Lay meat, (pork chops or ground beef patties) on top of tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook at 350 degrees in oven or on high in slow cooker until vegetables are tender. Turn the meat over one time during the cooking. With this one pot dinner we pig out on it and a good salad, rolls or cornbread.

Mandarin Orange Salad

1 (8 oz.) box cottage cheese

1 small carton whipped topping or Cool Whip

1 box orange gelatin

1 can mandarin oranges, drained

Combine cottage cheese and Cool Whip in a bowl. Fold in dry gelatin and oranges. Chill well before serving.

Cheesy Broccoli Macaroni

1 cup frozen chopped broccoli

1 cup American cheese, cubed

2 1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni

3 or 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Cook broccoli in large saucepan, according to directions. Add the cheese. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted. Add macaroni and heat through. Sprinkle with bacon.

Cabbage with Sausage

1 lb. pork sausage

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 medium head cabbage, chopped

1 can tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Brown sausage, bell pepper, and onion in skillet. Partially cook cabbage in a quart of water. Add tomatoes and sausage mixture. Cook for 30 minutes in the skillet where I cooked the sausage, onions, and pepper.

Corn Chowder

2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup celery, finely sliced

1/2 cup onion, finely diced

1 cup half-and-half milk

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 can cream style corn

Cook potatoes, celery and onion together in water to cover over low heat until done (about 20 minutes). Do not drain. Add half-and-half, butter, salt and pepper and canned corn. Heat thoroughly, cooking down to desired chowder.

Hash brown Casserole

2 lbs frozen hash browns

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons finely chopped onions

1 stick margarine

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 can mushroom soup

1 (6 oz.) sour cream

Mix all together. Bake in a large dish (9x13x2) at 350 degrees for one hour.

Hamburger Casserole

1 tablespoon margarine

1 small onion, chopped

1 lb. ground beef

1 can whole grain corn

1 can French style green beans

1 can diced potatoes with green chilies

Saute onions in margarine. Brown ground beef. Add corn, green beans and soup. Heat thoroughly. Put into casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Dump Cake

1 can cherry pie filling

1 large can crushed pineapple and juice

1 box yellow cake mix (dry)

1 cup chopped pecans

2 sticks margarine

Put pie filling in a 9x13 inch pan. Pour pineapple over pie filling. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pineapple, then the pecans over cake mix. Melt the margarine and pour over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until brown.

Bye for now; hope to see you next week via the Tribune.