Catalpa notes

Friday, October 30, 2009

Winter Garden

My flower garden was a spring delight,

A summer joy and part of autumn's glory.

Then silver-sickled frost flashed by one night;

The morning after told a poignant story.

But all was not lost of brilliant coloring,

The ravished garden daily blooms anew,

With birds on scarlet wings, seed foraging.

My window frames a lovely winter view.

By Mrs. Webb Dyers, Duck River, Tenn.

This poem describes my once-beautiful flowers that bloomed all summer and now I am cutting them down, but most of them will come again as volunteers next spring. I am saving seed, too. My moon vine has been beautiful. It only blooms at night (beautiful white blooms). I will have lots of seed for those that would want any. Hundreds of spider plants came up volunteers, also touch-me-not, marigolds, vincas, chrysanthemums, daffodils, day lilies, iris, and cannas.

I will go to Whispering Hope for my pretty annuals along about Mothers Day, Lord willing.

I have enjoyed my flowers and I hope to be able to work in them next year. I whisper a prayer, "Dear Lord, give me the wisdom, the grace and the faith to always appreciate your wonders of nature."

Thank you for letting me tell my readers about my flowers.

Today is October 26; Doyle's birthday in 1917.

Writing the Catalpa News tonight (Monday) has been good for me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

The family at Petersburg Church of Christ invites us all to join them for "Truth Seekers Day," Sunday, Nov. 1. Bible class at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., and dinner following worship.

Lincoln County First Sunday Singing will be hosted by Petersburg from 2 until 3 p.m. Nov. 1.

Marshall County Second Sunday monthly singing will be hosted by Ostella Church of Christ from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8.

I wish to correct a mistake in last week's column.

The Friday night area-wide singing will be at Lone Oak Church of Christ at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, instead of at Ostella. I apologize to Lone Oak and also to Ostella.

October 31, the last night of October, will be Halloween (Trick or Treat). I hope all the "little spooks" have a good time and will enjoy a nice night, weather-wise.

Now folks, get out the November calendar and notice that Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 1. In the fall we "fall back" an hour.

November is full of events. I will mention them briefly, but will repeat them several times.

November 10 we are so happy to hear that the popular Ann Throneberry will be back for another one of her delightful programs at 10 o'clock in the Church Street Church of Christ annex.

November 14 will be Lynnville's Christmas Village.

Nov. 14 will also be Pickin'n'Grinnin' night in the Town Hall in Petersburg. Ya'll come! Pickin'n'Grinnin is the Second Saturday night of every month from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 15, Westvue Church of Christ invites young people of all ages from Marshall County to get together for a time of worship and fellowship. There will be singing at 5:15 p.m., worship at 6 p.m., fellowship and food at 7 p.m., and singing and a devotional from 7:45 until 8 p.m.

November 21 is Christmas Village at the National Guard Armory, Lewisburg, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Anna Childress if you want a booth.

Also on Nov. 21 there will be a Fish Fry at the Senior Citizens Center in Petersburg. I will write more when I know more.

We were so happy to have Jesse F. Head at church Sunday morning after suffering a fall from a ladder.

We were glad to have Matt Watson as a visitor.

Willene Foster was back at the morning service after missing a few Sundays.

Julie Murdock and children, Ella, Neyland and Landry, were all missed Sunday due to the serious illness of Julie's father, Steve Reavis. Our prayers are with Steve.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Williams were missed. They attended services at Odd Fellows Hall's Friends and Family Day at Odd Fellows Hall Church of Christ.

We welcomed Bro. Carpenter and Alice back Sunday. They enjoyed a week's visit with friends in South Carolina.

This was NHC Day (the fourth Sunday) at Merihil. Those going from Catalpa were the Carpenters; Larry and Joan Smith; Meriel and Juanita Pack; Alice Pack, Jeff and Charlie Pack; and Doylene, Janice and I. Bro. Carpenter led the singing; Jeff Pack made a fine talk. We appreciated Matt Watson and Marty Lowe of Ostella also attending with us.

Catalpa Church and Community extends sincere sympathy to Larry Richardson and his family in the death of Larry's mother, Mrs. Clara Ruth Richardson, age 89. Her obituary was in the Wednesday issue of the Tribune. I will write more next week.

I will also write more then I get an obituary for Lester Hastings of Petersburg.

"May the Lord bless all these loved ones. Things aren't easy for you, but in the midst of hard times, God is sheltering you with His love. Sometimes He speaks directly to your heart and sometimes He shows you His love through the people who care about you."

Now for the recipes.

Chicken Patties

3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup minced onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cracker crumbs

Combine chicken, mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, and salt. Make into 8 patties. Dip into cracker crumbs and fry on both sides until golden brown. These are good served with slaw.

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

1/2 cup chopped green peppers

1 pound ground beef, browned

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1 pint tomato juice

2/3 cup cooked rice

1/8 to 1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and cook until peppers are done.

Cranberry Salad

1 small box cherry gelatin

1 1/4 cups boiling water

1 cup cranberries, ground

1 cup sugar

Water, enough to cook cranberries and sugar

3 cups ground apples

1 cup crushed pineapple

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and set aside. In a large saucepan combine cranberries, sugar and water and cook until berries are soft. When cool combine with gelatin mixture. Add apples and pineapple. Chill well before serving.

Swedish Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add syrup and stir well. Combine flour and soda and add to creamed mixture. Roll into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune.