Mountain Top Party Line

Lately, I find myself going back to the Chapel Cabin, the home of “Miss” Bea. Photos are of the paintings on the window. She was a gifted artist. I met her when I was a child and I was always in awe of the stately lady.

By Ivalien Reynolds

On Sunday, we had a thunderstorm and a lot of rain. My neighbor Marilyn Archer would have loved this one. She loved storms.

Church service was in the parking lot again. It’s good but gets kind of warm before we are dismissed. Always glad to see ‘Sam the church dog,’ out greeting people. With so much going on, we just have to take one day at a time.

The Food Ministry at church is doing good and I love seeing the people. I just wish we didn’t have to wear masks.

I was very thankful to go to “On The Run” and get my gas and a chicken sandwich. Everyone is so nice and friendly there. Then, I went on to Outdoor Church.

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Shirley Leath. It was always a joy to see her and she was a good minister. I heard her speak a few times and she always had a smile.

Thanks to Keith for getting my trash and checking on me and picking up something at the store sometimes. That’s another blessing. And fixing my scanner.

Got the letter and photo and the pretty words that was written. It was so fitting. Thanks to Aunt Katherine’s daughter Joyce Sweeney for sending these to me. They will be in my special albums for Loved ones that have passed- One in Party Line later.

Went by William and Gladys Collins’ on Monday. Nice to see Gladys and talk with her.

Hello to Patti Benfield and husband. When I take my drive, I pass by your house almost every day. I remember good times working with Patti.

I was in the yard taking a walk and here comes the UPS man, handed me a package. I opened it and it was two bottles of Elderberry Chewies. Maybe they will fight the virus. They are tasty. Thanks to Mark and Beverly Woody and the dog Blue. And I’m still drinking on the water that they sent. It’s almost gone, but I still have a few rolls of toilet paper. You all have been a blessing. Thank you!

I’m so thankful for everything.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Carol Bowman. She was well known for her cooking in restaurants. I’ve enjoyed many meals that she cooked.

Everyone — stay safe as you can.

Until next time — God bless and keep you safe.


Food for thought — God loves us just where we are, but He also loves us too much to leave us there. He will nudge us when we start going down the wrong path.



Tater-tot Casserole


1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (16 oz.) can green beans, undrained

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup

1 bag frozen potato tots


Brown ground beef and onion; drain, add green beans and soup. Grease bottom on casserole dish and line with half of tater-tots. Layer ground beef mixture on top of tater-tots. Top with remaining tater-tots. Bake 350° for 45 minutes.

(Recipe from Book of Casseroles)






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