Catalpa notes

Friday, September 11, 2009

I am still in shock from a Surprise 90th Birthday Party Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, given by my daughters, Doylene Hastings and Janice Harris, in the beautiful annex of the Cane Creek Church of Christ. It was truly a surprise! One hundred and fifteen signed the guest register and a basket of 147 cards was on the register table. I appreciated all who can by to congratulate, hug and kiss me. It was a wonderful day!

A beautiful cake, punch, mints, and nuts were served by Alice Pack, Mary Harris, and Janice and Doylene. The evening was from 1 to 4 p.m. Among the guests were three of Doyle's cousins from Alabama, and Bro. Harvey Floyd and Mrs. Floyd, and their son, of Nashville. Bro. Floyd retired from teaching at Lipscomb University, and preached in 1962 and 1963 for the Church at Catalpa.

We have really enjoyed the cards, gifts of money inside, and all the nice handwritten notes. I am really enjoying them and I hope to send thank-you notes.

I can't express my words of love and appreciation to everyone who has made, and is still making, my 90th birthday so wonderful. I will celebrate my actual birthday Sept. 8.

We enjoyed eating Sunday at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lewisburg.

I appreciate my card from the Tribune with the nice notes of congratulations from 10 of the staff. They have all been great to put up with me over the years. I am not a fancy writer, but I have enjoyed it. At the end of this letter, I am sending in my favorite poem.

I also enjoyed the Friday night area-wide singing here at Catalpa Sept. 4. The building was almost full. We had 24 song leaders to lead beautiful songs from 25 congregations. The singing was great and we appreciated all who came to sing praises to God. Mr. William Tankersley is a delightful and capable Master of Ceremonies and a good song leader. We always enjoy his wife being with him at all the Friday night singings and hearing her beautiful alto singing.

We loved having the singers eat food several of the ladies spread on the tables in the annex.

There are a few events coming up that we need to attend:

A Gospel Meeting and Home Coming at West Fayetteville Church of Christ, 24 Boonshill Road, Fayetteville, Sept. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Tom Holland.

Ladies Day at Westvue Church of Christ, Sept. 12. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; breakfast at 8:45 a.m.; program begins at 9 a.m. The guest speaker will be Ann Zimmermann. Her theme will be "A Better World Begins with Me."

Sept. 11 and 12 will be the Diana Singing - 40 years of great gospel singing at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 12, the second Saturday night, will be Pickin'n'Grinnin' night from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Petersburg Town Hall. Potluck meal at 7 p.m. Y'all come!

The Petersburg FCE meeting has been changed to Tuesday night, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

I failed to mention Labor Day last week, but I'm sure it was an enjoyable holiday for many people. The weather was just perfect, however, we need rain.

Today, Tuesday, Sept. 8, I am happy to still be getting calls and cards. We were sorry to hear some didn't know the date of the party was Saturday, Sept. 5, but thought it was Sunday afternoon.

You are probably tired of my 90th birthday by now and I will get on with the recipes.

Doylene made the following recipe for our brunch Monday morning.

Country Brunch Skillet

6 strips bacon

1 bag hash brown potatoes, thawed

3/4 cup chopped green peppers

1/2 cup chopped onions

6 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook bacon. Remove from pan. Brown thawed hash browns in the bacon grease. Add green peppers, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir fry until almost done then pour eggs over the top. Stir in cheese and cook until done. Crumble bacon on top. We enjoyed the skillet very much along with country ham, red eye gravy, hot biscuits, and jelly. We ate at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. we had our BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, tomatoes, relish, and iced tea. Before going to bed we enjoyed Coke and ice cream.

It was a good day. Doylene played a CD I got for my birthday of Alan Jackson. I also got some Three-Day Ice Pickles canned in between times.

I forgot to mention the Lincoln County Fair in Fayetteville, their 105th, will be Sept. 12-19. I love to go in the Women's Building.

I thought of this recipe.

Country Fair Pie

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1 9-inch unbaked piecrust

In a mixing bowl, beat sugar, butter, flour, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the chips and nuts. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Since this letter is long I will close and try to come out of my big 90th Birthday Bash. I hope all will enjoy the poem I have given to you before, but I can truly say my cup has overflowed.

The children and grandchildren of the late Lyndell and Aloise Sowell met Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5, at the Hi-Way 50 Drive-In. Those attending were: Ermalyn and Terry Bedwell; Gary and June Douglas; Tony, Darlene, Bobby, and Amy Sowell; Ricky Sherry; Faith Douglas; Ricky, Donna, and Matthew Looney; Amber Douglas; Robin and Stephanie Bedwell; Karen, Kayden, and Alex Walker; Jamey, Wendy and Jeana Ridley; Billy and Mirdith Douglas; Randy, Angie, Nathan and Josh Taylor; Kim, Tyler, Lanner, and Taylor Fuller; Louise Hargrove; Ginger, Jake, and Ethan Chapman.

Happy Birthday to the September folk I know about: Sept. 13, Ermalyn Bedwell; Sept. 14, John Calys; Sept. 20, Cora Ann Beard; Sept. 21, Travis Foster; Sept. 24, Jacob and Joseph Hamilton; Sept. 25, Kim Fuller and Chris Bedwell; Sept. 26, Amanda Smith; Sept. 27, Billy Douglas; Sept. 27, Jennie Lee Moon; Sept. 30, Fern Watters.

Happy Anniversary: Sept. 12, Ford and Louise Crabtree; Sept. 14, Joyce and Benny Burns; Sept. 27, June and Gary Douglas; Sept. 28, Angie and Randy Taylor.

To all these special people - many happy returns of their special days.

Drinking from the Saucer

I've never made a fortune,

And I'll never make one now,

But it really doesn't matter

Cause I'm happy anyhow.

I go along my journey,

Reaping better than I've sowed.

I'm drinking from the saucer

Cause my cup has overflowed.

I don't have many riches,

And sometimes the going's tough -

But while my kids still love me,

I think I'm rich enough.

I'll thank God for His blessings,

His mercy bestowed -

I'm drinking from the saucer,

Cause my cup has overflowed.

If He'll give me strength and courage,

When the road grows steep and rough -

I'll not ask for other blessings -

I'm already blest enough.

May I never be too busy

To help bear another's load.

I'm drinking from the saucer,

Cause my cup has overflowed.

John Paul Moore