Catalpa notes

Friday, November 6, 2009


The weather seems to be our main topic of conversation still. However, there is always the hope of tomorrow to brighten the clouds of today. We keep getting rain and the sun doesn't come as much as we wish it would.

The Trick or Treaters had a good night, weather-wise, and then with the time change we got an extra hour of sleep.

We will soon be enjoying Thanksgiving, and just a "hop, skip and jump" until Christmas then a New Year. May God give us:

Hope for Every Day

God grant us courage and hope for every day,

Faith to guide us along our way,

Understanding and patience too,

And grace to accept what life

Gives us to do.

The month of November is now beginning and I will write about the events coming up that I know about.

Nov. 7 there will be a Ham Breakfast at the Fire Department in Belfast from 6 to 10 a.m. We are looking forward to it.

Nov. 8 will be the Second Sunday Gospel Singing at Ostella Church of Christ from 2 to 3 p.m. I hope lots will go sing praises to God.

Nov. 10 we will all be looking forward to the popular Ann Throneberry's program at the Church Street Church of Christ Annex at 10 a.m. Her Christmas recipes and others will be loved by us all. Be sure to be there.

Nov. 14 will be Christmas Village at Lynnville. Read all about it in "Straight from the Tracks of Lynnville" by Bobby Hollis, which also appears in this paper. We hope to go; hopefully it will be nice weather.

Nov. 14, the 2nd Saturday night, will be the popular Pickin'n'Grinnin' in the Town Hall of Petersburg. Y'all come from 5 to 9 p.m. A potluck meal will be enjoyed at 7 p.m., then back to the music at eight o'clock.

Nov. 21 will be the Christmas Village at the Marshall County National Guard Armory from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Anna Childress for more information, or to rent a booth. The Red Cross of Marshall County is the sponsor of this event.

Nov. 26 will be Thanksgiving (Turkey Day). We will all count our blessings and enjoy the holidays.

There are other popular events coming up, I'm sure, that I don't know about. I always enjoy reading the Briefs each week.

Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, Petersburg Church of Christ was host to the First Sunday monthly Gospel Singing. A large crowd attended and the singing was great. Twenty-three different song leaders led beautiful songs, and they had time to lead more before 3 p.m.

Bro. and Sister Carpenter, Janice, Doylene, and I enjoyed going from Catalpa.

Doylene, Janice, and I enjoyed eating at Tina's Place before going to the singing. The food was good and we enjoyed seeing Tina again.

I have left out a very popular event! Nov. 13 will be the Friday night area-wide singing, hosted by Lone Oak Church of Christ. This will be a great singing and I hope many will attend. The time: 7 to 9 p.m. Many fine song leaders will be there to lead beautiful gospel songs a cappella.

This community extends sincere sympathy to the family of Clara Ruth Richardson, age 89, of Petersburg. She died Oct. 22, 2009, at NHC Oakwood. Her obituary is in the Wednesday Tribune, Oct. 28. She was a native of Lincoln County, a housewife and member of the First Baptist Church in Petersburg. She was the widow of Fred Richardson Sr.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 24 at the First Baptist Church in Petersburg with Doug Brown and William York officiating, followed by burial in Old Orchard Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Richardson was a good wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by six sons and seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. All will miss her, but will have good memories of their loved one. She was a good lady and has many friends who loved her and will miss her. May the Lord bless them all and give them strength sufficient to bear their great loss.

The Catalpa Community extends sympathy to the family of Lester Hastings, 81, of Petersburg, who died Oct. 19 at his home. He was a native of Lincoln County. He was a farmer and a member of the Lone Oak Church of Christ at Richmond. He is survived by his wife, Martha Ruth Hastings of Petersburg; three sons, Ronnie, Robert, and Terry, all of Petersburg; and one daughter, Marilyn, of Atlanta; one sister; one brother; and several grandchildren.

Lester was a hard worker and will be missed from Petersburg. The funeral was Thursday, Oct. 29, at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Davis officiating, followed by burial in Old Orchard Cemetery. The obituary was in the Elk Valley Times on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

May the Lord bless his loved ones and give them comfort and sympathy in the loss of their loved one. Lester will be missed, but they will have fond memories to cherish.

I will close with the recipes that you will enjoy, I hope.

Cheese Potato Breakfast Casserole

2 pound package of frozen hash browns, thawed

1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 (10 3/4 oz.) can of cream of chicken soup

2 cups sour cream

2 cups grated Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped onion


2 cups crushed cornflakes

1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except topping. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cover with topping. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Apple Pancakes

1 cup pancake mix

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons salad oil

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 or 2 apples, peeled and sliced

Combine pancake mix, egg, milk and oil. Melt butter and brown sugar in an iron skillet and spread sliced apples over the bottom of the pan in brown sugar mixture. Pour pancake batter over apples and bake until set.

Honey Bun Cake

1 yellow cake mix

4 eggs

2/3 cup oil

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/3 to 1/2 cup milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and sour cream. Beat for 3 minutes. Pour 1/2 of mixture into greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over mixture in pan. Drizzle on other half of batter. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Poke holes in cake with a fork. Mix glaze ingredients and pour over cake while still warm.

Good Pink Stuff

2/3 cup cherry gelatin

2 pints hot water

2 cups miniature marshmallows

1 cup whipped cream

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Add marshmallows. Chill. When cool, add whipped cream and cream cheese.

Hope to see you next week via the Tribune, and hope the Yankees keep winning.