Mountain Top Party Line

Pictured: My neighbors. The Laymans- Tracy, Tina, Nick, Colby and Rudy. The boys are grown up now, and aren’t they handsome??

By Ivalien Reynolds

Every day I am amazed by the number of residents who recognized me as the writer of the Party Line.

I’m so thankful to Christy for doing my clothes. You are a blessing.

We have had some beautiful days lately, but remember winter isn’t over yet.

I’ll be happy to be home with In-Home Therapy. I’ve enjoyed being here, but there’s no place like home. Today I saw a lady who took 3 or 4 steps in therapy – the most she had took in 3 years. The therapists had tears in their eyes. All the therapists here are so kind and caring- nice folks. Also, I will miss my roommate.

Thanks again for all the prayers and cards. I’m still getting cards from all over the U.S. The cards and notes mean so much. At the last count, I had  got 127 cards. Almost all of them had sweet notes and said I was in their prayers. Keep on praying please – and send me photos.

It was a good day when a tall handsome cowboy came by. I sure did enjoy my visit with Robert Lee Foley, and I enjoyed the flowers. They stayed pretty for a long time. Thank you.

I will miss my roommate here at Landmark. Both of us enjoyed a lot of the same things. “Santa Claus” seems to be doing well with his therapy here at Landmark. Why do I call him Santa Claus? His beard is white as well as his hair and he used to dress up in a Santa suit and come to church on Wednesday night during the Christmas season.


Food for thought- In our everyday communication, we sometimes make teasing remarks to each other. Let’s make sure they are “pleasant words,” not hurtful or degrading. Remember, we are fellow pilgrims on the journey of life. Our speech should lift up the struggling. Oh! How painful and destructive unkind words can be. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let our speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how you ought to answer every man.“


Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook

Molasses shoo-fly cake

3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

2 tablespoons shortening

1/2 cup molasses

3/4 cups boiling water

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 egg yolk, well beaten

Mix together the first seven ingredients. Cut in the shortening with pastry blenders or knives until mixture is crumbly. Combine four remaining ingredients. Alternate layers of crumbs and liquid mixture in pastry shell ending with crumbs. Bake 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degree and bake 20 minutes longer or until firm.