Mountain Top Party Line

Judy Gardner (pictured left to right), Sue Hanks and Ivalien Reynolds. Looks like we are eating well. I think it was at Pastor Jim Churchwell’s church. The year was 2011. That was 19 years ago.

By Ivalien Reynolds

Here we are again trying to dodge the virus as best we can. We had a big number of new cases in Patrick one day, and Virginia has been hit hard. It’s a sad time.

On Saturday I called Elizabeth’s Pizza and ordered a turkey sub. I put my mask and gloves on and picked it up. It was big and delicious, and I made three meals out of it. Got a diet Pepsi also — so good! They have the best food. Maybe I can go in soon.

When I take my daily ride through Patrick Springs, it’s pretty quiet. Some people are working in their yards. I really will miss seeing my neighbor Danny Dehart. I was sad to hear of his death. I’m glad I stopped that day and said hello. He was working on his lawnmower. Love and prayers go out to the family.

The Food Ministry at church is going well. We were blessed with a big load of milk. The people that came were so glad to get the milk and told me so. I’m so thankful I can go and help do that. I love working out in the garage part of the building and giving out the milk, veggies, fruits, etc. and talking to the people. Love that Sam, the church dog, is there. Now, I have a little visitor every day, a cute little gray cat from next door.

Also, I love taking the neighbors some food from the Food Ministry and seeing the cute baby. I stay in the car but love having time to talk to them when they come to the car.

It sure did brighten my day when I got a nice telephone call from Beverly Woody of Martinsville. She’s like us, staying in. Hello to Mark and the dog Blue. She said, “can’t hardly get Blue to go outside these days.” Maybe Blue is trying to not get the virus.

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Lane Cockram, formerly of Meadows of Dan. He was a great musician. When we were young, he took me for a ride in his pick-up truck. It was fun.

Glad Cheryl Sutphin’s son is doing okay. She may come home soon. Keep her in your prayers. Thanks for the card, and you are in my prayers.

Mary Ann from up in D.C. called. We had a nice long talk and covered a lot of topics.

Everyone be safe and take care until next time. God bless you all.


Food for thought- Blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love say before his face. True friends embrace this reality.



Italian Meat Loaf


½ small white onion

2 tbsp butter melted

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

10 oz lean ground beef

10 oz ground pork

1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese

1 egg beaten

Pinch of fresh ground pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp whole milk


Sauté onion butter and olive oil. In a bowl, combine beef, pork, cheese, egg, pepper, and salt. Add meat mixture to pan and press down well with a spoon, cook on medium heat until golden brown; turn and brown the other side. Add milk until meat is completely covered. Reduce heat to a medium. Cover and simmer for one hour. Remove cover; if there is too much liquid, let it simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or as necessary.

From the cookbook, “A Taste of Italy,” given to me by Jerry and Rhonda Morgan.


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