Mountain Top Party Line – April 5th, 2017


By Ivalien Reynolds

Pictured, my brother-in-law, Bernice Belcher, with his goat. That’s quite a few years ago, isn’t it?

Here it is April. March flew by, but I got a lot of things done, plus I read some good books.

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

I was so sorry to hear of the death of Buddy Pendleton, a well-known musician famous for is fiddle playing. He won many awards. His music will live on. My love and heartfelt sympathy goes to the family in this time of sorrow.

I was so sorry to hear of the death of Paul Layman and Dot Via. Love and heartfelt sympathy to those families.

“Miss Claudine” Wood is sticking with her therapy and really likes her therapist.

My adopted son, Danny Reynolds, surprises me a lot with the cute dancing figurines. Thanks! And we appreciate all the hard work you do in the Food Ministry. He’s a good coffee maker, too.

The Ladies Ministry members at Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church are busy making their famous Easter candy that will be for sale.

I had a nice visit with Papa Ronnie the other Saturday, and we enjoyed sitting out in the yard and getting some sunshine. Now Papa has a “snazzy” red scooter to get around in. Sorry that he lost his little dog, “Precious,” who had been his companion for many years.

I really got a nice surprise the other morning when I answered the telephone and it was my flower friend Pauline Martin from Rocky Mount, N.C. It was so good to hear her voice. We write back and forth all the time.

It was good to see Sue Hall again and thanks for remembering me. Sue is always thinking of others. She and Mike have a good Thursday Night ministry. Sue makes soap to take to shut-ins and Mike sings for them. They love it.

The soup kitchen thanks Dick and Kathy Salmon for the boxes of jars. Lots happening there. Drive by and see – the garden is plowed and raised beds also are in progress.

Supper solution: Pasta salads offer a fast way to get rid of leftovers. For a speedy meal, toss cooked pasta with morning bacon to last night’s leftover chicken, and check the pantry for olives, canned beans, pimentos, and use Italian salad dressing to taste.


1 lb ground beef

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 bag Mozzarella cheese

2 c uncooked macaroni

1 pkg. pepperoni

1/4 c chopped pepper

1 chopped onion

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp. salt

Cook macaroni, drain well. Brown ground beef with onion and pepper. Mix in oregano, salt and tomato sauce. Put half of the macaroni in 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish. Layer half of meat mixture, pepperoni and cheese. Repeat procedure, adding pepperoni last. Bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

Food for thought:

Prayer allows us to access our greatest resource —  the God of the universe, who is more than sufficient for our trials.