Mountain Top Party Line

My first cousin, Shirlien Boyd Belcher, is the artist in our family. Pictured is one of her drawings she made in 1983. I have quite a few of them in my album.

I hope all of you fathers have a nice day for Father’s Day. I miss my dad a lot. He was a hard worker and loved to make things from wood. All the kids in the neighborhood loved that he made whistles and other things for them.

It was nice to have lunch with the Martin clan at Elizabeth’s Pizza after church.

Love and prayers go to Regina Shough and James. Hope you are doing better.

I enjoyed going out to All Seasons the other day and did a few things, but I’m always happy when I’m around flowers and I was surrounded by them. The soup kitchen flower and vegetable bed that they have at All Seasons was looking good.

Neighbors Larry and Teresa Martin have been busy since it’s time to get up the hay.

I’m so sorry that “Miss Claudine” is not feeling well since she has pneumonia and is coughing a lot. She says she wants to be on all the prayer lists.

It’s always nice to hear from my stepson Connel (Michael) Reynolds. He sent me a lot of interesting things that are happening in Morehead, N.C.

Linda Roberts and I want to thank a very nice lady for all the lovely potted plants she brought us at the food ministry, and for the nice note. The roses will be beautiful and I can hardly wait to see the vines. A great big thank you goes out to Sandra Shelton. God bless. You surely made our day.

The soup kitchen is getting a lot of fresh vegetables from their garden to use in their cooking. Van is all excited about having vegetables from the garden.

“Miss Dorothy” Vipperman is always surprising me with something like country fresh eggs or letting me eat at Elizabeth’s Pizza. Thank you so much. She also donates food to the food ministry a lot of times.

The squirrels are having a ball eating apples from my early harvest tree, but I manage to get some. It’s loaded this year. Also, the deer help

Please put Caroline Laprad on your prayer list at this time. She’s not feeling well. Also put Patsy McDaniel on your prayer list at this writing she is in the hospital and has suffered a stroke.

Thanks to Danny Reynolds for a bag of nice fresh squash. He has quite a garden and is good at growing things.

Something to think about: Mark Twain said “If we are supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.”

Household hint Add 1/2 cup whole poppy seeds to your batter when making a coffee cake.



Makes three cups.

2 large ribs of rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 oranges, zest grated, peeled and white pith cut away, fruit cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 lemon, zest grated

1 1/2 c sugar

1/2 c water

Combine rhubarb, orange zest and fruit, lemon zest and juice, sugar and water in medium saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low, simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until rhubarb is tender and relish thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cold with roast pork, chicken, turkey, ham or sliced pound cake.

Food for thought

How to escape temptation. Step one: Look for the escape route (pray). Step two: Take the escape route (RUN). Step three: enjoy your freedom (dance).


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