Mountain Top Party Line – August 9th, 2017



My dog friend Harley with his owner, Connie Greer. Harley loves posing for the camera. I love for him to come visiting. Thanks to Connie for this photo.

Here it is August. July was a busy month with so many things going on:

Bible school at the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church was really good. I enjoyed the adult class. There were around 125 children in attendance. On the last night, the children had a lot of fun with a “bouncy” inflatable.

I want to thank a special telephone man for fixing my telephone in just a few minutes. After 10 days without a home phone, it just about frayed my nerves. The problem was up in the road about 1,000 feet. Thank the Lord for a very kind repairman. God bless you.

Blueberry Hill has the best berries ever. I enjoy going out there and picking, and talking with other pickers, some from afar. I’ve enjoyed eating the berries also, so good and healthy.

A cat friend is enjoying the “cool of the evening” on my porch most evenings. We’ve become friends. Every morning I find him sitting on the deck in a chair or on the deck railing.

I was saddened to hear of the death of my neighbor, Jerry Branch. We enjoyed many conversations. My love and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.

Danny Reynolds seems to have more hummingbirds than anyone I’ve heard from. He has a lot all the time flocking to his feeder. I dread when it’s time for them to leave. They are so much fun to watch.

I was so sorry to hear of the death of Ruffin Lynch, a well-known gentleman up Meadows of Dan way. My love and heartfelt sympathy go to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I really enjoyed a conversation with Steve Greer the other evening. I’m so anxious to hear him play music again. Steve is so talented.

Jo Ann Shirley made some delicious slaw for the Soup Kitchen. Good job, Jo Ann, and thank you.

Every day except Sunday I call “Miss Claudine” Wood on the mountain and she fills me in on the news that’s happening in the Mountain View community. At 97 years she is doing so well. Love, you, Miss Claudine.

Keep Donna Rowe on your prayer list as she is having knee surgery.

Thanks to my friend Arlene Shough for a beautiful bracelet. I’m thankful Arlene is doing better from a broken arm.

Something to think about: humility is the Christian’s greatest honor and the higher men climb, the further they are from Heaven. We know that it is only when we humble ourselves that the Lord will lift us higher than we could ever have imagined.

Household hint: Stir 1-2 Tbsp. flavored gelatin powder into a container of Cool Whip for flavored frosting.

Add dissolved grape gelatin to blueberries and sweeten with honey. Pour into jars and you have a shortcut to blueberry jam.


(Amish recipe)

4 qts. shredded cabbage

1 pepper (optional)

2 medium onions

1-1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup vinegar

3/4 cup salad oil (Mazola oil)

1 Tbsp. salt

1 tsp. celery seed

Bring sugar, vinegar, salad oil, salt and celery seed to a boil, then pour over the cabbage and onions. This keeps a long time in the refrigerator.

Food for thought

Lord, sometimes I’m overwhelmed when I see all the suffering in the world and I know I can’t help everyone. Lord, please show me and others which assignments belong to us and help us to focus on them.





Pictured: My dog friend Harley with his owner, Connie Greer. Harley loves posing for the camera. I love for him to come visiting. Thanks to Connie for this photo.