Catalpa notes

Friday, August 14, 2009


Believe it or not: I don't have a lot of events coming up! I have really enjoyed some happy ones and I appreciate getting to attend them.

Friday night, Aug. 7, the Friday night area-wide gospel singing was great! A large crowd attended. Those who didn't go really missed hearing many beautiful songs sung a cappella by fine song leaders.

The next one close enough for us to attend will be Aug. 28 at Lynnville Church of Christ, and then, on Sept. 4, Catalpa Church of Christ will be host to the Friday night area-wide singing.

The Second Sunday monthly singing was here at Catalpa Aug. 9. We had good attendance with several sister congregations coming: Ostella, Cornersville, Wilson Hill, Farmington, Westvue, Lone Oak, and Church Street. There may have been more. There were 20 song leaders. Thanks to all who came.

We were hosts to lunch in the annex for Brother Carpenter and Alice. Others bringing food instead of having to go home after the morning service and coming back to the singing were June and Gary Douglas, Alice Pack, and Jesse and Marilyn Head.

Saturday morning, Aug. 8, Doylene, Janice and I from Catalpa enjoyed going to Lynnville's Ladies' Day. A large crowd attended and enjoyed Janie Craun, the guest speaker. She is editor of The Christian Woman magazine. She spoke on "Heirlooms." The entire program was so nice and so well organized. All the visitors - 50 or more? - received a nice door prize. Lunch was served and the food was bountiful and delicious (I never saw such a feast) and would love to have lots of the recipes. It was a great day at Lynnville and I'm sure everyone appreciated the hard work all the ladies did to make their Ladies' Day the great success it was.

Doylene and Janice attended a birthday get-together at Donalson Care Center for their aunt Avis Sawyers (my sister-in-law). Her birthday was Aug. 5; she was 95 years old.

Saturday night, Aug. 8, was our Pickin'n'Grinnin' night at the Town Hall in Petersburg. It was a good one! The 15 or more Pickers outdid themselves and the Grinners encouraged them by foot patting and hand clapping. The second Saturday night in each month at the Town Hall is a fun-filled evening from 5 to 9 p.m. We have food for the musicians at 7 p.m. and all Grinners bring a dish or two and enjoy the food and fellowship. The Pickers play again from 8 to 9 p.m. Bluegrass, country and gospel are enjoyed by everyone. Nice clean entertainment and good foods.

Aug. 15 I hope folks will come by Tate's Old Store for a "Morning Market" from 8 a.m. until noon. Collector's Closet will be open for folks to go in to shop or browse.

Petersburg FCE Club will have its annual picnic for the members and their families at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Town Hall in Petersburg. A potluck dinner will be enjoyed at 6 p.m. The entertainment will be by Boys Down the Road, playing from 5 to 6 p.m. The Club appreciates them coming every August to our picnic.

Another Ladies' Day we hope to go to will be at the Church of Christ in Cornersville the morning of Aug. 22. I don't have the details, but I hope the Ladies' Day will be as good as it was last year, which was their first one.

September Special Days: Sept. 1, Sheila Upchurch; Sept. 4, Tim Pack; Sept. 8, Mrs. Doyle Hastings; Sept. 12, Ford and Louise Crabtree's wedding anniversary; Sept. 13, Ermalyn Bedwell; Sept. 14, Joy and Benny Burns (anniversary); Sept. 14, John Calys; Sept. 20, Cora Ann Beard; Sept. 21, Travis Foster; Sept. 23, Jacob and Joseph Hamilton (twins); Sept. 25, Kim Fuller and Cris Bedwell; Sept. 26, Amanda Smith; Sept. 27, Billy Douglas and Jennie Lee Moore; Sept. 27, June and Gary Douglas (anniversary); Sept. 28, Angie and Randy Taylor (anniversary).

May all these special people enjoy "Many Happy Returns" of a wonderful day.

What is a Birthday?

It's knowing you're some-

body special today

And waiting to see what

the hours bring your way,

Forgetting the things that

you don't like to do,

And doing the things that

seem pleasant to you.

It's enjoying those marve-

lous little surprises

That come from all over in

all shapes and sizes.

A phone call or letter you

didn't expect,

Warm wishes and greetings

(how fast they collect).

It's blowing out candles

that nobody counts,

And having a light-hearted

feeling that counts.

As more and more folks

pause to smilingly say

'Many Happy Returns of a

Wonderful Day!'

Sept, 8, 1919, I was born a little bitty baby. This Sept. 8 this poem, I hope, will repeat all the wonderful things I will have happen on my 90th.

Catalpa folks were happy to see our Gary Douglas' picture on the front page of the Tribune last week (Aug. 7). Mr. Douglas, owner-operator of the Hi-Way 50 Drive-In Theater was interviewed by Mary Whyte, artist, and CBS Sunday Morning, focusing on vanishing jobs. All the drive-in staffs' pictures were in the write-up and we enjoyed seeing them. The Hi-Way 50 Drive-In is good entertainment for Lewisburg and many other places. I hope it won't be a vanishing job!

The Catalpa Church and community extends sincere sympathy to the family of Raymond "Ray" Bills. Ray died at the age of 82. Visitation was today from 3 to 4 p.m. The funeral was Tuesday, Aug. 11, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, with burial in Collins Cemetery.

I do not have an obituary, but I want to pray for his loved ones to have the Lord's strength to be with them during these hard times. Ray was a fine Christian man in the Hardin Chapel Church of Christ. I will write more next week. There was a great crowd at visitation and many beautiful florals.

Today a good friend brought me five 5-gallon buckets of nice large cucumbers to make the Three-Day Ice Pickle. I never dreamed of getting so many large cucumbers when I started making the pickles. I must have done something good.

Since the Gospel Meetings are over to go to, I will have more time to can and freeze all folks give me. I have been glad to get lots of hot peppers brought to me. Mrs. Helen Hatfield gave me a jar of Hot Pepper Jelly and it is real good. I am sharing the recipe.

Hot Pepper Jelly

3/4 cup ground or grated bell peppers

1/4 cup ground hot peppers (depends on how hot you like it - I grind up about 10 hot peppers in mine)

6 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups red vinegar

1 (8 oz.) bottle of Certo or pectin

Keep juice from green peppers. Mix sugar, vinegar, peppers and juice in pot and bring to a hard boil. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Add 6 oz. Certo and mix. Pour into small jars and seal.

I also have a big bag of yellow squash I have to work up. I have given you the Pickled Squash and Squash Relish so won't repeat them, but we enjoy them. I make this

Mixed Up Squash Casserole

4 cups squash

2 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 small onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1 can chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1 pan cornbread (8-inch pan) I use an iron skillet using my cornbread recipe.

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Mix together squash, butter, onion, salt and pepper. Cook until done. Crumble baked cornbread. Mix cooked squash with sour cream, soup, carrots, and cornbread. Pour melted butter over the top and bake until firm at 400 degrees (about 45 minutes).

Fried Fresh Corn

Six ears of sweet corn

Cut corn from cob, scraping it. Add half as much water as corn. Pour into 1/2 cup oil or bacon grease and cook over low to medium heat about 30 minutes. I usually mix 3 or 4 tbsp. flour in a bowl of warm water; mix well and add to the corn to thicken it.

Banana Cream Cheese Pie

1 graham cracker 9-inch pie shell

2 bananas

2 cups milk

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

1 pkg. (3 1/4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix

Toasted coconut

Slice banana into crust. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk to cream cheese, mixing until well blended. Add pudding mix and remaining milk. Beat about 1 minute - I hand beat mine. Pour into crust. Sprinkle coconut over all and chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.