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Mountain Top Party Line

The weatherman predicted snow and he surely was right this time. Patrick County ended up with a foot or more.
It’s been a sad time for my neighborhood these past few days. We lost a community treasure when we lost Marilyn Archer. She fought a brave fight with cancer. She had great caretakers in Hospice and family members Mary Ann and Vanessa. I helped what I could and took care of Sandy Man.
Marilyn loved snow, and the Lord sent her some. She loved the long dark nights also. Once she said, “I should have lived in Alaska.”
Old Mill Road has some great neighbors: Brian Ratliff, Darren and Tracy Layman, Larry and Teresa Martin, Mike and his wife. They pushed snow, took trash away, put wood in, and were always there if we needed them.
Brian cleared my driveway and porch. Mike Belcher and his wife cooked a delicious meal and brought it to us, and put wood near the wood stove. A big thank you and God bless you all.
Once someone said to me, “You surely do brag on your neighbors.” Yes, I do, and will always brag on them. They are so wonderful.
I was saddened to hear of the death of Howard DeHart. Keep the family in your prayers. Everyone on the mountain knew him.
“Miss Claudine” Wood was warm and toasty at her daughter’s house, but was happy to be back home. There’s no place like home, is there?
If you are wondering how “Sandy Man” is doing—he is getting the very best of care and a lot of people love him.
Congratulations to the Patrick Springs Soup Kitchen for being the Cook of the Week in the Martinsville Bulletin. You deserved it for all that hard work.
Keep Danny Hundley on your prayer list at this time.
It’s a pretty picture in the snow when the cardinals come out to eat. They are so beautiful.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Thelma Spangler. I always enjoyed working with her in community projects.
There was a knock on the door this morning and there was neighbor Connie Greer with a homemade sausage biscuit for breakfast. What caring folks in my neighborhood. You are a blessing for looking after the seniors.
Household hint: Something quick to fix when busy: apple butter sandwiches. Spread sliced bread with butter, spread one slice with pimento cheese, apple butter and chopped nuts. Cover with a second slice. Toast and serve at once.

EASY DORITO
CASSEROLE
1 lb. ground beef
1 bag Doritos
1 head lettuce, shredded
1 large can tomatoes with onion
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 small bottle French dressing
1 large can kidney beans
Brown and drain beef. Mix beef, lettuce, tomatoes, beans and cheese in a big bowl. Put a generous layer of Doritos in the bottom of a large casserole dish and spoon mixture over them. Drizzle the whole bottle of French dressing on top.

Food for thought
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.

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