Catalpa notes

Friday, May 8, 2009

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


The rain has been coming down and now we are needing sunshine. The month of May will be a busy one and I hope it will be a good month for our gardens and yards so we can enjoy them. I'm sure most every one is getting tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, onions, radishes and beets out. I have longed for the wilted salad (lettuce, onions, radishes chopped with bacon slices cooked and crumbled in them. Then pour the bacon drippings over all. Stir well.) Also poke sallet is coming up. Both will be lip-smacking good. May 10 will be Mother's Day and I wish for all mothers "A Happy Day" and for all of us whose mothers are gone, to remember them with much love. I always quote Abraham Lincoln, "All I ever am and hope to be, I owe to my dear mother." I had a wonderful mother and I pray that I have been and can continue to be the mother that she was to me. I love this little verse and will share it with all my readers.

"God gives us friends-
And that means much,
But for all others,
The greatest of his gifts
To earth was when He
Thought of mothers."

I don't like to write about my ailments but I am handicapped with my writing and hope my typesetter can read it. I suffered a fall as I went into the Church door and my heel got caught and down I went. Doylene and I had a hard time getting me up but I was thankful I wasn't hurt bad. I am sore and my right hand and fingers aren't working too well, but Doylene is helping me out by writing the recipes and a poem for me. My typesetter has given me another day to get it in. Janice came today and helped me with the dogs and is coming back tomorrow and will pick up this column.

Several have called about me as I had to miss the Sunday evening service. I sat through the morning service after my fall. It wasn't easy but Bro. Carpenter had a good lesson Revelation 2:1-11. To the Church at Ephesus for doing much good, but had lost their first love. I hated to miss the night service after that lesson. Our services continue to be low in attendance.

We were glad to have Linda and Phil Jones as visitors from Madison, Alabama. The rain was coming down; that could have hindered some. We were sorry to hear that Sheila Upchurch cut her finger and had to go to the doctor and having seven stitches put in it. We missed the whole family, as they are always regular.

The decorations will be during this month. The second Saturday morning at the Short Cemetery; the second Sunday afternoon at Lone Oak Cemetery; the second Sunday afternoon at Old Orchard, Petersburg; the second Sunday afternoon, Medium Cemetery at Delina; the third Sunday afternoon, Talley Cemetery, Delina Road; the third Sunday afternoon, Unity Cemetery near Howell; the fourth Sunday afternoon, New Hope and Fishing Ford Road; and the fourth Sunday afternoon, Welch Cemetery, Fuse Hollow Road.

I will repeat these next week if I know more about them. The service at Talley Cemetery will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, with Matt Yuhas the speaker and Ray King the song leader. Someone will be present at the cemetery Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, or you can send donations to the treasurer, Joyce Burns, 6969 Delina Rd., Petersburg, TN 37144.

I will repeat Spencer's S&D Music at the Park at Cornersville City Park, May 9 from 1 to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the live music starting at 1 p.m. featuring: Jimmy Crowell & Friends, bluegrass, county and oldies at 1 p.m.; A Little Bit of Heaven, Southern gospel and country at 2 p.m.; Boys Down the Road, bluegrass at 3 p.m.; Calvin Chapman, bluegrass at 4 p.m.; Perrett and Friends, Newgrass at 5 p.m.; Dona and Katherine McCollum, violin and fiddle at 6 p.m.; and Vocal Union, a cappella gospel music at 7 p.m.

I hope it will be a nice afternoon, weather-wise, in the Park. Rain location: Cornersville Methodist Church.

I wish we could stay for the entire program, but we will have to leave after Boys Down the Road's program to be at the Town Hall in Petersburg for the Second Saturday night Pickin'n'Grinnin' from 5 to 9 p.m.

Don't forget that Pickin'n'Grinnin' is every Second Saturday night, please mark your calendar and come to good, clean, toe-tapping and hand-clapping music. We are having 12 or 15 or more pickers and a lot of good grinners.

Spencer's S&D will also be having a yard sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. There will be lots of stuff at great discount prices. There will be food and fun for the entire family. Come and enjoy Saturday, May 9, with the S&D crew.

They will be accepting donations for the State of Tennessee Storm Victims. All donations will be given to Cornersville United Methodist Church. It will be nonprofit through 901 C3. Also Jimmy Crowell and Friends will be selling CDs. Half of every purchase will go towards the Tennessee Storm Victims. Come bring the whole family. Again, Spencer's S&D would like to tell everyone "thank you" for their continued support. They are so glad that they can be a part of this community. God Bless.

Now for the recipes-

Quick Meal

1/2 lb. ground beef, browned in skillet

1 can pork and beans

1 tsp. chili powder

1 medium onion, chopped

Mix well and bring to a boil. Boil about 5 minutes and serve.

Beef/Bean Casserole

2 lbs. ground beef

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans Spanish rice

grated cheese

Brown ground beef, drain. Place in bottom of casserole dish, add pinto beans, Spanish rice, top with grated cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until mixture bubbles and cheese is melted well.

Corn Dogs

1 lb. hot dogs

2/3 cup meal

11/2 tsp. baking powder

2 Tbs. sugar

3/4 cup milk

2 Tbs. cooking oil

1 egg, slightly beaten

Mix dry ingredients. Add milk and oil, and mix well. Beat in egg. Dip hot dog in mixture. Cook in hot oil until brown.


1 cup sugar

3/4 cup flour

1 stick margarine

3 Tbs. cocoa

1 cup nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

miniature marshmallows

Mix all ingredients except marshmallows and bake 10 to 15 min. at 350 degrees. Then cover with miniature marshmallows and let brown. Ice with 4 tablespoons cocoa, 1 box powdered sugar, and enough butter and milk to spread.

I will close for this week with a favorite poem of mine.

Precious Mother

God made the world with richest splendor.

He gave us love and happiness.

The dearest joy was a precious mother;

A precious mother kind and true.

I know she's living there in heaven,

With the saved of earth to stay.

I know I'll meet her up in Heaven,

Where all tears are wiped away.

I hope to be with you and covet your best wishes next week via The Tribune.