Catalpa notes

Friday, December 11, 2009


The first snow of the season came as a surprise to everyone, even the County Highway Department, I guess. Usually, salt is put on when snow is expected. Our Delina Road was fine, but when we got to the highway and up on the Belfast Hill, our truck began fishtailing and we just couldn't make it and were stranded in the middle of the road. We sat there while other vehicles were going by. Finally a nice looking white pickup truck came by and stopped. It happened to be the Johnny Whitakers, our neighbors on the Delina Road. Johnny got our truck off to the side of the road. We had started to the Ham Breakfast at the Elks Lodge. Janice had gone in her car and we called the Elks Lodge. She was out looking for us and we met her at the Belfast Gas Station. We went on to the Ham Breakfast, and the Whitakers went on their way to Lewisburg. Needless to say, we will never forget them for their wonderful help.

The breakfast was good as usual, and we waited for the snow and ice to melt so we could go back to get the truck. Since it was close to the guardrail, Doylene was afraid to back up, afraid of getting into the guardrail. Janice called Terry Haislip to come help us. He was there in 30 minutes and got us on our way home. Terry is another dear friend and we are so thankful for his help and will never forget him.

Doylene and I went on to Whispering Hope's Open House and enjoyed it, but were we ever happy to get home?! I hope you haven't minded reading about our first experience in being stranded on Belfast Hill and the great help these two friends gave us and that we weren't hurt.

Tonight we had planned to go to the Dixie for the Christmas Singing, however, yours truly is here writing, sitting in my recliner, but Doylene and Janice have gone. I'm writing the Johnny Whitakers and Terry Haislip thank-you notes.

I was sorry we didn't make it to Mr. Sam Hart's 90th Birthday Party at Cane Creek Annex from 2 to 4. I'm sure there was a large crowd there and he had a great birthday. I hope to be able to write about it next week.

I am still filling orders for Pool Room Slaw, Ruth's Relish, and Apple Jelly. I have sold 250 or more of my summer canning and appreciate all who have bought from me. I'm about ready to go into hibernation until about Poke Sallet time 2010. I hope it will be a good fruit and produce year and will appreciate all the surplus people have to give us.

Maybe we can enjoy the winter months. The Petersburg Community Library has many books we can check out.

Doylene loves to read the Amish books and has read 25 or more. Several people are checking them out. The Library is open Monday, 9-12 and 2-4:30; Friday, 2-4:30; and Saturday, 9-12. Volunteer workers work Monday, Friday, and Saturday. Derrell Cowden is the head librarian and Gladys Tudor the assistant.

I enjoy getting a copy of the Petersburg News the first of every month, a Lions Club service to the Community. It is a free paper and it helps us know what's going on in Petersburg. We were happy to read A.J. Medical Services will be operating a clinic that was formerly used by the Lincoln Medical Center.

Hopefully, the Dollar Store that has been hoping to open will get underway soon.

A Middle Tennessee Gun Shop & Service is located in the building formerly occupied by the Bank of Lincoln County. The bank closed September 5th.

Be sure to pick up the Petersburg News and read about the modern day pioneers in an article entitled "Where are they now?" Also, if you would like to receive your copy of the Petersburg News three to four days before the paper copies are published and see the photos in color, you can get the paper via e-mail. Just send a request to

Saturday, Dec. 12, the Five Points Fire Department will have an Appreciation Dinner at 5 p.m. in the Fire Hall at Ostella. No charge - donations appreciated.

Also on Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. the Marshall County FCE Holiday Luncheon will be held at the Cane Creek Church Annex. All FCE Clubs are urged to come - bring a potluck dish and canned goods to be donated.

The entertainment will be Phil Ross's Christmas singing and leading the group in Christmas songs. Phil is a member of the "Pickers and Grinners" who meet every second Saturday of the month at the Town Hall in Petersburg. This month it is Dec. 12 from 5 until 9 p.m. Y'all come!

On Friday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brenda Smith, our new Avon lady, invites all of us to a Christmas Open House at 7341 Delina Road, Petersburg. Refreshments will be served, and you can register to win door prizes. Avon gifts will be available for purchase. For more information, call Brenda at 659-9145.

I hope the Best Little Christmas Ever Festival Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, was a great success. Imogene Ledford was to be crowned as the Festival Queen inside the Dixie Theater at 1 p.m. Saturday. Congratulations to this fine lady.

December 27, the 50th anniversary of Juanita and Meriel Pack is being held in the Cane Creek Church of Christ's Annex from 2 to 4 p.m., given by their children, Sheila Upchurch, Connie Davidson, and Jeff Pack.

December 27, Jared Pack will preach at Catalpa. We look forward to hearing Jared. He does a great job. The Carpenters will take their Christmas holidays Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. Bro. Mark Massey will preach for us Jan. 3. We will enjoy hearing Mark.

The 3rd Sunday in December (Dec. 20) the Church at Catalpa will have a potluck dinner after the morning worship service at 11 a.m. in the Annex. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy lots of delicious food and the fellowship. After the meal all will enjoy

singing and Bro. Carpenter will speak. This will end our evening service. No night service.

Let us pray for the church here at Catalpa to grow numerically and spiritually in 2010, with all the members coming regularly. All visitors will be welcome.

We have some whose health is not so good, but our prayers are going up for them to soon be back in their regular place in the service.

Tammie Kellar had surgery on her back this week after suffering a fall recently.

Charlie Pack had surgery on his leg today (Dec. 7). He came through it fine. Charlie is a brave little boy and loved by us all.

We were happy to have Judy Dirting as visitor Sunday morning. Judy grew up at Catalpa and formerly attended church here. She now lives in her late mother's home (Mrs. Frances McClinny). We hope she will come back.

The Catalpa Church and Community extends sincere sympathy to the family of Melba Porterfield Luna. Janice and I went by London Funeral Home for a visit with the family. Her funeral was Monday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. James Hickory officiated from the chapel of London Funeral Home. Burial was in Short Cemetery.

Her obituary was in the Nov. 25 issue of the Tribune. Janice and I worked with Melba at Leonard's Hospital and we loved her; she was a fine lady. To know her was to love her and we will have precious memories of her. May the Lord bless and comfort her loved ones.

Before I close, I'd like to write this prayer and dedicate it to our good friends who helped us on the snow and icy Belfast Hill (Elk Ridge).

"Thank you God for little things

that often come our way -

The things we take for granted,

but don't mention when we pray -

The unexpected courtesy,

the thoughtful, kindly deed -

A hand reached out to help us

in the time of sudden need.

Oh make us more aware, dear God,

of little daily graces

That come to us with sweet surprise

From never-dreamed-of places."

Now for the recipes.

Breakfast Pizza Delight

1 1/2 lbs sausage

1 1/2 cups pizza sauce

12 slices bread

12 slices cheese

3 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

5 eggs

Fry meat, drain fat, and add pizza sauce. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9 x 13 pan, top 6 slices of bread with 6 slices of cheese. Add meat mixture, rest of cheese, and remaining bread. Beat together milk, salt, and eggs, and pour over bread. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until done and golden brown.

Hot Chicken Salad

1 cup diced celery

2-3 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup

2-3 eggs, hard boiled and chopped

1 teaspoon minced onion

1 cup cooked rice

3/4 cup Miracle Whip

Salt and pepper to taste.

1 cup crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine celery, chicken, soup, eggs, onions, rice, Miracle Whip, salt and pepper. Put into greased casserole and cover with the crushed potato chips. Bake for 25 minutes.

No-Cook Fudge

2 sticks butter

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 lb. sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

Melt butter and blend all ingredients until creamy. Put in pan and refrigerate until firm.

Fresh Apple Cake

2 cups grated apples

1 cup chopped pecans

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut

3 eggs

2 cups self-rising flour

Mix sugar, oil, and eggs. Beat well. Stir in flour and cinnamon. Add apples, nuts, and coconut. Mix well. Pour into a 9 x 13 sheet cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


1/2 cup milk

1/2 stick margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Punch holes in warm cake and pour glaze over cake.

Merry Christmas to all! Hope to see you again next Friday via the Tribune.