Mountain Top Party Line – May 3rd, 2017

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Pictured left to right are Elva Howell, Sam Howell, Clarice Belcher and Edgar Belcher attending Lorene Howell Fain’s 55th birthday party. Thanks to Judy Fain Hughes for this photo from January 29, 1978. These people have special memories for me also.

We have had some nice showers of rain lately. It’s the most our community has had in a long time and we are thankful.

It was nice to hear from Judy Fain Hughes, and she sent me some nice photos. Thank you! I really need some photos for the Party Line.

I enjoyed lunch at Charles and Gloria Biggs’ home on Sunday. Then I came home and Connie Greer had left me a meal. I’m so blessed. Thank you.

Neighbor Larry Martin’s garden is growing with all this rain, especially the lettuce of different kinds. Larry surely has a green thumb.

I enjoy my neighbor’s cat coming to visit. Usually he stays awhile and we sit on the porch. Sometimes he follows me around as I work in the yard.

Linda Roberts gave me a hummingbird feeder. They will love that. Speaking of hummingbirds, “Miss Claudine” Wood is really enjoying watching the hummers eating at her feeder. She has a big one in front of a window.

I was so sorry to hear of the death of Robert Clark. My love and heartfelt sympathy go to Janet and the family.

After all the rain, things are so green. The grass is growing and so are the weeds.

It was nice to see the editor of The Enterprise at church on Sunday and some of her lovely family. I’ve known Debbie since she was a little girl.

It was good to hear from Robert and Susan Gasperson of Swansboro, N.C. Thank you so much for the memorial donation to Mountain View Methodist Church cemetery in memory of my beloved Ronald and Chris.

Claudine Wood up in Meadows of Dan way recently enjoyed a visit from the ladies of Mountain View Church.

It was good to see my friend Arlene Shough again. Love and prayers go out for you.

It’s always good to hear from Mary Ann and all the news from D.C.—then I can tell her the news here.

Mushroom hint: Mushrooms bruise easily, so handle them as little as possible. Be careful not to stack anything on them.

NOTE: In response to Ivalien’s question about the names of people in the April 26 photo of the Meadows of Dan Hikers, the two people on the right are Barbara and Jorge Newton, who recently bought the house where they lived before and have moved back to Meadows of Dan. Barbara has joined the Meadows of Dan Ruritan Club, and Jorge has volunteered to build three Little Free Libraries for the Ruritans to place throughout the community. He previously built two of the libraries in Blacksburg.

CORN CASSEROLE

2 cups whole kernel corn, drained

1 cup cream of celery soup

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup onion, chopped fine

1 pinch salt

1 tube Ritz crackers, crushed

1 stick margarine

In a medium casserole dish, mix the corn, celery soup, sour cream, onion and salt. Melt the margarine and stir in the crushed Ritz cracker crumbs. Spread this mixture over the top of the dish. Bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes.

Food for thought

Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. Maybe we had better use those gears before they rust.