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Mountain Top Party Line

Some folks liked my Amish photo last week, so I got this one out. Pictured is a young Amish farmer getting ready to go out on the farm. The horse is patiently waiting. My neighbor got out and talked to the young farmer. (Photo by Neighbor Teresa Martin)

By Ivalien Reynolds

Here we are still staying close to home but I’m coping ok. With all the nice telephone calls I get, it makes my days better.

I still take my rides around Patrick Springs and go to Elizabeth’s for my weekly nerve pill. Which is their famous hamburger. Then I have all the supplies I need. Thanks to Beverly Woody. Also I want to thank Danny Reynolds for sharing some food if I need it. Thank you for calling. Then Beverly Woody got me well supplied. I am so blessed Keith Medley got my trash, which was another blessing, and checked my heating oil.

Had a nice mother’s day card and money from my stepson, Connell. I always love hearing from him. Brightens my day.

Sure did enjoy talking to Sue Hall. You make my day end on a bright note. Love you and Mike.

Nice to see Ann at the post office when I went over to get stamps. I came back the Church Food Ministry and Danny Hundley fixed me a really nice box of fruit and vegetables, and I got to see Sam the Church Dog.

When I went to Elizabeth’s Pizza on Wednesday for my weekly visit to get my weekly nerve pill, I saw Curtis McBride out in his yard and stopped to chat. He gave me a real cute night light. I will enjoy using that. Thank you, you brighten my day. Take care.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr. Charles Dalton, a well known gentleman in our area.

Lately, I find all kinds of things left on my porch. On Wednesday, I had been in the house after I took my ride and picked up my hamburger, and I stayed in for a while. When I went outside, there was a package in a chair. Guess what was in it? Two Amish books I hadn’t read. That made me happy. Now I don’t know who sent them. Maybe I’ll know one day. Lately I find a lot of surprises on my porch. I’m so blessed. Thank you.

Stuart Methodist Church is doing good work. They are giving out 100 meals as long as the quarantine lasts. So many good things are happening.

Sure was nice to talk to Jean Belcher of the Mountain View neighborhood, who was my close neighbor when I lived up there.

Heartfelt sympathy and my loves goes out to the family of Kim Keckler. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this loss of your loved one.

So sorry to hear the death of Mr. Randy Rogers. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I saw him at Greene’s store getting flowers.

Food for Thought- No change endures unless it is accompanied by a change of heart. Remember God is faithful and will not let you be tested beyond your strength.

Recipes:

Ship Wreck

2 large potatoes

1 large onion

1/12 ground beef

1 cup uncooked rice

2 cups diced celery

1 can kidney beans

1 can tomato soup

1 soup can of water

Salt and pepper to taste

Arrange all ingredients, except soup and water, into layers in a large buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle each layer with salt and pepper. Mix soup and water, pour over layers. Cover. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove cover, bake for 15 minutes longer. Yields 8 servings.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

3/4 cup shortening

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes

3 cups flour

Work shortening, sugar and salt into potatoes. Then work in 2/12 cups of flour. Reserve 1/2 cup flour to pat out biscuits. Bake 450 for 10-15 minutes. Yields 3 dozens

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