Mountain Top Party Line

It has been so rainy lately that the grass is growing rapidly and weeds also. I surely do enjoy the periods of sunshine, don’t you?
I was so glad to get a letter and photos from one of my favorite people, Pastor Jim Churchwell and Julie. Please keep them in your prayers. Pastor Jim is in Texas taking care of Julie.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Gene Trent. I’ve enjoyed some good conversations with Gene. He loved to laugh and he could make you laugh. My love and heartfelt sympathy go to the family.
It was good to see my friend Jerry Morgan at the Jesus House. He calls me “Grandma” because I remind him of his grandmother. Love you, Jerry!
Congratulations to Maxine Simmons who got the Mother of the Year award this year from the Patrick Springs Ruritans. Maxine is famous for her cakes—and I love her pintos and cornbread.
The bears are out, so beware. They have been spotted at the Blueberry Patch and at other places in our neighborhood. I live near the blueberry patch so they are getting close. They come out in the daytime now and aren’t afraid.
I enjoyed doing a bit of shopping for the Patrick Springs Holiness Church’s food ministry. Thanks to someone who cares about people and is constantly doing for others. Thank you.
If you didn’t attend the testimony service by Pastor James Shough, you surely missed a blessing. Several people gave their testimonies, some from the church and several visitors.
I was so happy that Kathy Trent stopped by for a little visit on Tuesday. I surely do miss her and her good cooking at Back Porch Grill. It was my very favorite place to eat and enjoy some good conversations with friends and neighbors.
Please put Donna Rowe on your prayer list, and pray for her eyes as she faces surgery. Love and prayers to you, my dear Donna.
Something for fun—and to ponder—why are church people so kind, polite and sweet-spirited—until you sit down in their pew?
Household hint: untangle necklaces with baby powder. Tease apart knotted pendants by gently rubbing baby powder into the chains, completely covering the tangled area. This will loosen the knot, making the jewelry easier to pull apart without breaking.
COWBOY COOKIES
2-1/2 sticks butter
1 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (12-oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup coconut
Cream butter (don’t melt). Beat sugar, add eggs and vanilla, then add flour to mixture. Add coconut and chocolate chips. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.
Food for thought
God still uses honey to remind us that His ways and words are sweeter than the honeycomb. So, then, the words we speak should be like the honey we eat—both sweet and healing. Spend time counting your blessings, not airing your complaints.

Pictured are everyone’s friend, Pastor Jim Churchwell, and daughter Julie on a good day in Texas. It was good to hear from Pastor Jim and get some photos.
Pictured are everyone’s friend, Pastor Jim Churchwell, and daughter Julie on a good day in Texas. It was good to hear from Pastor Jim and get some photos.
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