Mountain Top Party Line | August 20, 2019

By Ivalien Reynolds

I enjoyed listening to the Old Time Fiddlers Convention from Galax on the radio. Back during the Hippie Movement, I went to the convention with my friend. It was a huge crowd and I liked watching the people and hearing the music. When I saw a man with a snake around his neck, I said, “Lord if you let me out of here, I won’t be back.”

Blueberry Hill still has some berries and they are sweet and tasty. There were several people out there picking and everyone was so friendly. Some of them knew me from The Enterprise. I always love seeing new people.

I see that Edie Lemons is having a class on The Barn Quilt Paintings. I’m hoping to be able to take the class. They are so pretty and becoming very popular. Edie is so talented and a blessing to many people.

Thanks to Adam Willard for bringing boxes of food to The Church Food Ministry from Horizons. It is appreciated. We also got a lot of bread, thanks to the nice man who goes and picks up the bread. We appreciate you very much.

The deer population in our area is getting bigger and bigger. There are a lot of little ones now.

I’ve got to see several top of mountain people lately. Sure makes my day. I never forget the people on the mountain.

I see that the Hummingbirds are eating more now as they get ready to move on. I will really miss them.

Thanks to my sister in law, Hilda Nittler, for checking on me. I always love hearing from her. Love her and her family.

When I went by Mrs. Vera Plasters (my 103-year-old neighbor) she was all smiles and looking pretty. Her flowers outside are still pretty, and I enjoy them every time I go to her home.

Thanks to Dorothy Vipperman for her kindness to me. I always enjoy my visits with her and those cute little dogs.


Food For Thought – These words are from an African Spiritual – all night, all day, angels watching over me. Sun is a – setting in the West. Angels watching over me My Lord, Sleep my Child, take your rest; Angels watching over me.




Old- Fashioned Green Beans and Bacon

(From Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook)

3/4 lbs green beans

8 slices bacon

2 medium size potatoes peel and cut in 1/2 inch pieces

1 small onion sliced

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

Cook green beans in small amount of boiling salted water 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Dice bacon and fry until crisp. All green beans and the remaining ingredients and cook, covered or until the potatoes are tender.  Makes 4 serving.

The Pennsylvania Dutch is largely farm folk, their lives revolve around the home family and church. They have a deep appreciation for good food. They shun worldly pleasures, but enjoy the simple life to full measure.


Pictured Mrs. Thelma Wilson working at The Food Ministry at Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church. She always has a smile and it was a joy to work with her. Sadly she passed away recently.  I have a lot of memories of Thelma.


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