Catalpa notes

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today, Monday May 25th was a holiday, Memorial Day. It was a nice day. I hope everyone had a nice safe holiday. Doylene was home and we worked in the yard getting many of my plants set out. I have 20 tomato plants out but still have several of my flowers needing to be set out. So today, I had some help and "you tell me I'm getting old, I tell you that's not so, The house I live in is worn out and that of course I know. It's been in use a long, long while, It's weathered many a gale. I'm really not surprised you think, It's getting somewhat frail."

I hope I can continue to work in my yard and flowers and I love this poem

"Age Is a Quality of Mind."

If you left your dreams behind,

If hope is lost. If you no longer look ahead,

If your ambitious fires are dead -

Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best

And if in life you keep the jest,

If love you hold -

No matter how the years go by,

No matter how the birthdays fly,

You are not old!

Two fine Gospel Meetings are in progress and we are hoping to go every night but I regret both are in May 24 through 27. We went to Lone Oak Church of Christ Sunday night and heard a great sermon by Bro. Corey Barnett. Catalpa was well represented; the following attended: Mr. & Mrs. Meriel Pack, Alice Pack, Jeff and Charlie Pack, Larry and Joan Smith, Doylene, Janice and I.

Cane Creek's Gospel Meeting is also in progress and we will all be going there each evening at 7 p.m. Bro. Bill Cantrell is the speaker. The meeting will close on Wednesday night.

Our Bible class on Wednesday night will not meet and we will all attend Cane Creek's gospel meeting.

Saturday June 6th will be Morgan/Petersburg Schools Annual Reunion on the Morgan Prep School and the Petersburg High School grounds. Registration begins at 10 a.m. A catered lunch will be served by Angie's Catering at $7 per plate.

Diana Singing is coming up and it will be their 40th anniversary. Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday June 13th will be Old Glory Day on the Petersburg Square beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free hamburgers and hotdogs, Bluegrass music (all musicians welcome). Pickin'n'Grinnin' will be there to perform instead of at the Town Hall. After 9 p.m. Professional Fireworks will be displayed by Michael Head. Mark June 13th on the Calendar and be on the square in Petersburg for Old Glory Day celebration.

Bro. Carpenter and Alice were back Sunday after spending two weeks in North Carolina. They had visited Bro. Carpenter's brother and family. They reported a great time in some beautiful country.

The first Sunday in June (June 7) will be our anniversary with the Carpenters (32 years). It was the first Sunday in June 1977 when he began preaching for us. Happy Anniversary to the Carpenters and to the Catalpa Church of Christ.

Happy Anniversary to Sheila and Terry Upchurch, May 22; Happy Birthday to Aaron Murdock, May 24; Pat Richardson, June 1; and Ricky Douglas, May 28.

Ricky's parents, June and Gary, spent a few days in Texas with Blake Douglas, Ricky's son, and attended his graduation prior to joining the U.S. Air Force.

At our Sunday morning service we were pleased to have several visitors. We were so glad to have Tracy Hemphill and sons. May the Lord bless them, comfort and strengthen them. We miss David too and he would be glad for his family to be in the service at Catalpa. He was there when he was able. David's sister Gail Porter and several of the Porter family were all welcome visitors. We hope all of David's relatives will come back.

This community extends loving sympathy to Dot Hastings of Petersburg in the loss of her sister, Robbie Lyn Sowell, age 85. I do not have an obituary and will write more later. Robbie died May 22. The funeral was Saturday, May 23, from the Chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home; burial was in Talley Cemetery.

We also regretted to hear of the death of Arliss Haislip and I will write more after I get an obituary.

Dale Daniel of Nashville was a welcome visitor at church. He came home with us for lunch and visited awhile. He is the son of Mrs. Audalee Daniel and the son of the late Hoyle Daniel.

The Fourth Sunday NHC program was conducted Sunday afternoon. Jeff Pack had a fine lesson.

Here are 2 good easy Apple Pie recipes that Doylene is planning to make.

Apple Pie Plate (9-inch pie plate)

6 Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly

1 egg

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

1 tsp. cinnamon

Put apples in pie plate, sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, and butter; mix in egg. Pour over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Apple Raisin Pie

1 9-inch unbaked pie crust


1/2 cup sugar

3 tbsp. Flour

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of salt

5 cups thinly sliced tart apples (Granny Smith)

1/2 cup raisins


1 cup flour

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

Mix filling ingredients and place into the crust. Mix the topping ingredients until crumbly. Place on top of pie filling and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

I made the strawberry pie for Sunday dessert that Doyle liked so well and I had in last week's recipes. Real easy, no cooking, delicious.

Another recipe for strawberries that I plan to make to add to my collection:

Strawberry Jam

1 quart strawberries

2 cups sugar

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 cups sugar

Stir strawberries and 2 cups sugar together. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 more cups of sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10 more minutes stirring frequently. Let stand for 24 hrs. Spoon into jars and seal.

I plan to try this Marinated Carrot Relish.

1 cup cooked carrots cut in thin strips and pour enough Cider Vinegar over them to cover. Set aside to marinate for 2 to 6 hours. Drain in drainer and then mix ground red cayenne pepper into carrots to taste.

Also this recipe Orange Spice Glazed Carrots

1 pkg. (32 oz.) baby carrots

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

3 tbsp. butter or margarine

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients except cornstarch and water in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until carrots are crisp tender. Spoon carrots into serving bowl. Remove juices to small saucepan. Heat to a boil. Mix cornstarch and water in small bowl until blended. Stir into saucepan. Boil 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over carrots.

Texas Hash

4 cups cooked pinto beans (I use leftovers)

1 can Spanish rice

1 can tomato sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

1 lb. ground beef and 1 lb. pork sausage

1 tablespoon sugar

Mix and simmer for one hour.

My favorite recipe is:

Chess Pie with Coconut

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tbsp (rounding) flour

2 eggs

2/3 cups milk

1 cup or 1 can coconut

Cream butter, sugar and flour together until fluffy, add eggs, milk and coconut. Mix and pour into deep pie shell. Bake in 350-degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes.

Janice and I have had a pleasant surprise today. The Baptist Church in Belfast is having a meeting and the preacher is an old long-time friend of ours, Murrey Mathis of Murfreesboro.

About 56 years ago, Murrey was living in Lincoln County and was dating Nadine Head. Nadine was a close friend of ours. Doylene was 2 1/2 years old in December and on Christmas eve of 1957 Murrey brought her and Nadine each a Cocker Spaniel puppy. His parents had the mother of the puppies. Doylene called her puppy Freckles and loved her so much. In a few years she begun selling Cocker Spaniels and sold them for over 20 years.

Needless to say we were happy to see Murrey and his wife Loretta and enjoyed a nice visit with them.

Petersburg Senior Citizens spring gospel singing and supper will be Saturday, June 6, at the Senior Center, 509 Railroad Street, Petersburg. The Melody Five will perform at 7 p.m. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. The menu is baked ham, potato salad, baked beans, roll, desert, and a drink for $6 a plate. Carry-outs will be available. For more information please call: Kay Boles 659-9654, Frances Welch 659-9050, or the Senior Center, 659-9706.