Catalpa notes

Friday, March 27, 2009

Catalpa News....................Mrs. Doyle Hastings


The past three days have really been spring days, but in a few days we may have below freezing temperature again. I like the following poem: "Today" and will share it with you.


Sure, this world is full of trouble-

I ain't said it ain't

Lord! I've had enough, an' double,

Reason for complaint.

Rain an' storm have come to fret me,

Skies were often gray;

Thorns an' brambles have beset me

On the road-but say,

Ain't it fine today?

What's the use of always weepin',

Making trouble last?

What's the use of always keepin'

Thinkin' of the past?

Each must have his tribulation,

Water with his wine.

Life it ain't no celebration.

Trouble? I've had mine-

But today is fine.

It's today that I am livin',

Not a month ago.

Havin', losin', takin', givin',

As time wills it so,

Yesterday a cloud of sorrow

Fell across the way;

It may rain again tomorrow,

It may rain-but say,

Ain't it fine today?

D. Mallock

Don't forget the Gospel Meeting at Church Street Church of Christ. March 29 through April 1. Wayne Miller will be guest speaker and Bill Tankersley song leader. The time 7 p.m. Singing will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Doylene, Janice and I are so proud we have our double rock monument up on Doyle's grave at Talley Cemetery. We are well pleased with it and so thankful for it and appreciate Langford Monument Co. in Fayetteville for letting us pay for it as we could and for some dear friends who helped us.

Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Renegar visited their cousins in Columbia Thursday. Mrs. Charlene LeMay is on the sick list and has many friends who will remember her as a fine clerk at Wal-Mart. She worked there several years and was my favorite clerk. Her address is Charlene Le May, 115 Greely Drive, Columbia, TN. 38401.

Spring is bursting out the past few days and we are all hoping we are about ready to start our early garden. I'm sure onions, cabbage, lettuce, mustard, radishes are already planted and before long we can enjoy the Wilted Salad. I hate to be a "spoil sport" but I will remind us of some snows I have seen in March. On Easter Sunday March 30 we woke up to see a snow on the ground. On March 23, 1968, an 11-inch snow fell on Friday morning between 8 and 12. By 11 a.m. the school buses had to carry the children home. However, by Monday morning the snow had melted and school was back in session.

A terrible thing happened in April 2007, a hard freeze came and killed all the fruit and gardens on April 10 for miles around. The Scott's Orchard of 150 acres of apples and other fruit was completely wiped out.

Let us hope and pray history won't repeat itself this year.

People are mowing their yards now and today, March 23, I worked outside pulling weeds out of my iris beds. The forsythia, hawthorn bush, butter cups, flowering almond, hyacinths, pear trees are all so pretty. It is wonderful all these that winter put to sleep are alive and so beautiful.

I must get on with my news, you are tired of all the weather and flowers I'm sure.

I had a good friend and neighbor on the Delina Road, Faye Dyer, ask me to write about their dog, a Blue Heeler that has been gone since March 9. He is 2 years old, black with brown eyebrows. If anyone has seen him, please call 659-9357; there will be a reward. He has a short tail and no collar.

I hope Faye can find her dog. We can sympathize with her for our Cocker Spaniel Benji got out of the yard and was gone 18 days. We had thought we would never see him again but after 18 days he came home. Someone had cared for him, he was in good shape and we never knew where he had been.

So, maybe the Dyer's dog will get back home like Benji did. There will be an ad in the paper and I appreciate all who read it will let us know. The Dyers don't live over three miles from me and about a mile from Delina.

We hope to be at the Ham Breakfast at the Elks Lodge in Lewisburg, this Saturday morning, March 28, from 6:30 to 10 a.m. This is always a delicious breakfast, put on by the Elks Lodge and Kiwanis Club, with the proceeds going to help needy children. I hope all who like country ham and all the trimmings will be there.

The Second Sunday monthly gospel singing will be held on the third Sunday in April (the 19th) at Cane Creek Church of Christ. Please note that it will be the third Sunday instead of the second. The second Sunday, April 12, will be Easter Sunday and Cane Creek asked for the changes. Remember the change of April 12 to April 19.

Sunday, March 22, was the fourth Sunday in the month. Our attendance was a little better but several were missed. Dale Daniel, our cousin from Nashville, was a welcome visitor. He was our guest at Shoney's in Lewisburg. Doylene, Janice and I went to NHC Merihil for Catalpa's program after we ate.

Bro. Carpenter led the singing and Larry Smith had a good lesson for those present.

Alice Pack was missed Sunday morning; she attended services at Walter Hill Church of Christ. Her grandson Jared Pack had come home from a mission trip from March 14-20 with 16 others from Freed-Hardeman University to a Gospel Meeting in Aruba. Alice came back home for the evening service. Melissa Williams was absent due to being sick. Charlie and Logan Pack were missed, they were at their grandmother's house. We were glad to have Dale Daniel as a visitor Sunday morning. Dale is the son of the late Hoyle Daniel.

The Friday night area-wide Gospel Singing was held March 20 in the church at Odd Fellows Hall; the building was full. Fifty-one song leaders led beautiful songs. Those from Catalpa attending were Tony and Melissa Williams, Larry and Joan Smith, Juanita Pack, Alice Pack and friend Frances Dunnivan, Doylene, Janice and I.

Odd Fellows Hall Church of Christ in Giles County is a wide-awake church, friendly and we love to visit there. They have beautiful singing and Danny Hanson is the song leader. A free CD made at the Church (44 songs) was given to us and to every one who wanted one.

Saturday morning Doylene, Janice and I attended Ladies Day at Chapel Hill Church of Christ from Catalpa. One hundred and seventy-five attended and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. The recipes appear at the end of this column. The program was fine with the speaker Laurel Sewell from Henderson, Tenn. giving a delightful talk entitled "The Six Gifts of Hospitality."

We appreciated getting to go to Chapel Hill's Ladies Day, it was a great program, so well organized and we always enjoy buying some books and cards from the book store in Chattanooga that they have on display. I am sharing the recipes Chapel Hill Ladies made so pretty and so delicious.

Some other ladies from here enjoyed going to the Fabulous 50's Saturday in Fayetteville. The ones I know who went to a full house: Alice Pack, Juanita Pack, Barbara Woodard, Frances Dunnivan and Martha Watkins. They all enjoyed going together.

I have heard it was a great show. Maybe we can get a CD of it.

We would have loved to have heard John Edmondson of Petersburg as Frank Sinatra. He did a fine job we heard. We enjoy John coming to our Pickin'n'Grinnin' on the second Saturday night in each month.

Happy Birthday to the following: March 24, Evan Watson and also Brian Williams; March 27, Kim Carpenter Clouser; March 31, Brittany Taylor. Happy Returns to Evan, Brian, Kim and Brittany. On March 22, Bro. Mansel Carpenter was 91.

We are thankful to hear that Bro. Mansel is better after taking treatments for cancer and we pray he will continue to improve.

June and Gary Douglas visited their grandson, Blake Douglas, last week. Blake has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Our love and prayers will be with Blake as he enters the service.

Now for the recipes from the Chapel Hill Church of Christ Ladies' Day:

Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. sausage

4 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1 can crescent rolls

11/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

11/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Brown sausage; drain very well and set aside. In large bowl, beat eggs and milk together. Unroll crescent rolls in 9x13 pan and work it so that the bottom of the pan is completely covered. Put 1/2 of sausage on top of rolls. Top with 1/2 of the egg mixture and 1/2 of the cheeses. Repeat layers. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. This casserole can be prepared the night before and cooked the next morning.

Breakfast Rolls

2 cans crescent rolls

1 tsp. vanilla

2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese

1 egg yolk

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

Press 1 can of crescent rolls flat into bottom of a 9x13 dish. Mix vanilla, cream cheese, egg yolks, and sugar until creamy. Spread mixture over top of rolls. Press second can of crescent rolls over top of mixture. Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon with 1/2 cup sugar and sprinkle over top of rolls. Dot with butter or margarine and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.

Grape Salad

8 cups seedless grapes, washed and dried well

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

8 oz. sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Topping: 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/2 cup brown sugar

Use mixer to beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla together. Fold in grapes. Put in 9 x 13 dish or in a glass salad bowl.

Mix pecans and brown sugar in a small bowl, and sprinkle over grapes. Refrigerate.

Potato Casserole

2 lb. pkg. country-style hash browns, thawed

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 stick of butter, melted

8 oz. American or Cheddar cheese, grated

2 cups crushed corn flakes

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces

Mix first 7 ingredients and put in 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix corn flakes and cut-up butter and put on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Hope to see you next week in this column via the Tribune.