Catalpa notes

Friday, June 26, 2009

This almost 100-degree weather needs rain! Let's pray that the driest year in history (2007) is not going to repeat itself. Gardens and corn are wilting. Just as our fourth season for the Farmers Market opened up Friday of last week in the building at Rock Creek Park. We will be looking forward to every Friday from 6 a.m. until noon. Some I know who have been selling very year since it started, Vickie Wilburn, Tommy Woodard, and Tom Blalock. I am glad to know it will be advertised on the local radio stations.

With the price of groceries going up weekly, if the rain comes right maybe gardens will help our grocery bills. We are glad Perryman's store (Home Town Grocery) is open now. The month of June is about gone; it has sure been a busy month. Several gospel meetings have been in progress and some from Catalpa try to attend all they can. Howell, Po-Grab, and Farmington Vacation Bible Schools have been enjoyed. This week we hope to attend Liberty Valley and Eastside, also our own Bible Study on Wednesday night.

We didn't have any visitors Sunday and we had some missing. Jeff Pack went to Delina to preach Sunday morning, but was at Catalpa and he preached there at the evening service. We missed Charlie Pack Sunday; he suffered a broken leg on the trampoline at his home last week. He is on crutches. Bro. Carpenter and Alice will not be here next Sunday and Bro. Mark Massey is coming to show slides and pictures of Egypt.

The highlight celebration of the month of June was the marriage of Kasey Cross and Jeremy Green, June 20, 2009, at Cane Creek Church of Christ at 3 p.m.

It was a beautiful wedding; hopefully a beautiful write-up with pictures will be in the local paper. I am not a professional writer, so I will look forward to reading about the marriage and seeing the pictures, and just try to write about Kasey who has been a dear friend of our family.

Kasey attended church at Catalpa Church of Christ; she was six years old and was in Doylene's class at church. Kasey had a beautiful singing voice and Doylene carried her to several singing pageants. In one at Lynnville she won $300.

At present, Kasey and Jeremy are working in Mount Juliet. Our prayers are with them to be happy, attend church services regularly, and come back to Catalpa often.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack of Catalpa. Bro. Edwin Carpenter performed the beautiful ceremony. A beautiful reception was held in the fellowship hall of Cane Creek Church of Christ. Janice Harris, Alice Pack, and Doylene Hastings served the reception. We were happy and pleased that so many of Jeremy's relatives and friends attended the marriage. Some of Kasey's relatives from Catalpa, Petersburg, Fayetteville, and Dixon also attended. Sheila Upchurch of Shelbyville made the beautiful and delicious cakes.

The 2009 Marshall County Relay for Life was a great success Friday night, June 19, at Robin Hood Road. It began in the late evening and ended the next morning.

I had never been to one on Robin Hood Road, but a great crowd was there and the Wednesday issue of the Tribune gave more details of this popular great fundraiser.

Some of our members at church had a booth cooking chicken, both plain and barbecued. Tony and Melissa Williams sold some $1,200-worth of delicious chicken plates. The Relay volunteers are to be commended for their hard work, but it was for a good cause. Many fine sponsors contributed to the great event of helping stamp out the dreadful disease of cancer.

I repeat I am not a professional reporter, but the Relay for Life was a great event and we will look forward to reading about its success. The fireworks display by Michael Head was awesome! The music made by local artists was enjoyed, and Gary Morris, Grammy award-winning artist (one of Doylene's favorites), kept us there until 11:30 p.m. Many stayed until the dawn of a new day.

Thus ended two great events, the Relay for Life (Friday night) and the beautiful wedding of Kasey Cross and Jeremy Greene on Saturday. I was happy to be able to attend with Janice and Doylene helping me. It was a long walk from the gate to the main stage on Robin Hood Road. We carried our lawn chairs and I kept my seat until 11:30.

I appreciated several people coming by and speaking to me and saying they enjoyed the Catalpa News and were hoping to get some of my relish, etc. again this year.

Happy Birthday and special days in July to some very special people that I know about. Happy Anniversary to Dot and Alf Hastings, July 3; and Tim and Melonie Pack, July 3 also. Happy Birthday to June Anderson, July 3; Tom Holland, July 10; Melissa Williams, July 12; Angie Smith, July 14; Jeff Pack, July 16; and Frances Renegar, July 17. To all the special folks, may the Lord bless them with more special days. Dale Daniel's mother, Audalee, widow of Hoyle Daniel, is in the nursing home in Madison. Dale visits her every day. He comes occasionally to Catalpa Church as our guest. His dad was Doyle's first cousin.

I regret to write of the death of Melba Carroll, 88, of Lewisburg, June 15, 2009, at her residence. Her obituary was in Friday's (June 19's) Tribune. The funeral was conducted June 18 from the chapel of London's Funeral Home. Burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery.

On a personal note, I grew up with Melba and her three brothers, Milton, Earl, and Coleman Whitsett at Howell. I loved Melba, she was a fine sweet girl. May the Lord bless her sister, Betty Wells of Petersburg, her daughter Wista (Larry) Fullerton of Petersburg, five grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. They will miss her, but will have fond memories of Melba.

Now for the recipes.

Frozen Strawberry Cake

1 quart strawberries, chopped

1 angel food cake, crumbled

1/2 gallon ice cream, softened

Mix berries, cake and ice cream in 9 x 13 inch pan. Smooth out, cover, and freeze.

Lemon Cheesecake Pies

1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

2 pkg. (3 oz. each) lemon gelatin

2 cups boiling water

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed

Lemon juice, to taste

1 cup sugar

4 (9-inch) graham cracker crusts


1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

2 tablespoons sugar

Pour milk into a large bowl, place mixer beaters in the bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In another bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool for 10 minutes. Add cream cheese and lemon juice, beat until blended. Set aside. Beat chilled milk until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until peaks form. Gradually beat in gelatin mixture. Pour into crusts. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over pies. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.

Pineapple Coleslaw

3 cups shredded cabbage

3/4 cup shredded carrot

1 can (8 oz.) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained

1/3 cup mayonnaise

4 tsp. sugar

4 tsp. white vinegar

In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, and pineapple. In a smaller bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar; pour over the pineapple mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

I made this casserole for lunch Sunday.

Southern Casserole

2 cups water

1 medium-sized head of cabbage

1 medium-sized onion

3 large potatoes

3 large carrots

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. pepper

1 slice of tenderized ham (I used canned ham)

Put 2 cups of water in slow cooker. Cut the vegetables in quarters and place them in the slow cooker. Add salt and pepper, and place ham on top. Cover and cook on medium heat about an hour or until vegetables are tender.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.