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Under the shade tree

Last updated: August 03. 2014 4:00AM - 270 Views
By Marie Faircloth Contributing columnist



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Greetings to all of you. Sorry I missed writing the article last week. Time just gets by us sometimes. Blessings to all as I write this week.


This week’s thoughts are mostly about the aging process — that it is a blessing to be called an elderly person. Think how long God has let us stay us. He has blessed us with so much. Think of where we have come from and where we are going. If we could possibly change our name, it should be “Blessed.” Blessed when I go out; blessed when I come in. Blessed in the city and blessed in the country. Our pastor would say, “Let’s bless the ‘Blesser.’” Think about it.


Lately I’ve been reading some nice posts on Facebook. I love the nice posts. Now it seems like everyone is posting things they remember. They will say, “I’m so Clinton, I remember…” So, I’m so Clinton, I remember Ruben Jones camp meetings,when a lot of us attended tent meetings. I’m so Clinton, I remember the day the tower was put up for WRRZ Radio Station; the Plaza Restaurant, Leo McCullen’s old store, as a child buying coffee and sugar with “Ration Stamps,” buying a nickel piece of ice, going with the whole family to the ice house on Sunday. Now do you think I’m Clinton? I would really like to see stories from some really old folks!!!! I love it. Shade tree stories are wonderful. Soon you will see many more of my stories. Shade tree stuff is a good stress relievers. When we think and talk about them, it sometimes let’s us laugh and cry when we share. Just try remembering shade tree days, and share with others.


Please call Mattie Murphy at Butler Court, 910-592-5604. She has a great diabetic program every Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. Call her for all the information. The Baptist Association’s Valley of Home Women’s Program will join us at the Garland Senior Center on Aug. 14, for a day of Bingo. Come join us at 10 a.m. and enjoy the fun. Everyone will receive a prize.


Sampson Home Health will be here on July 31, for blood pressure checks. The Rev. Roy Hilburn will be our guest speaker on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10 a.m.. Come join us for a great blessing.


Please visit the Garland Senior Center on Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. We will have Stephanie from North Carolina Department of Insurance presenting Medicaid fraud. This is a very important program, especially for our elderly.


Ms. Daisy Burnes, I won’t tell her age, canned 14 quarts of peas last week. They are so pretty. She shelled those peas by hand. She said, “I washed them good. Put them in sterilized jars with a tsp of sugar. I pat them in the canning pot; that is it.” She’s a smart body. I prefer freezing; it seems easier. Oh well, I enjoyed her canning tips.


The garden is wood. We picked peas; the seniors shelled. We cooked a “Big” pot with fat back. Um, good. Thanks Edna Hayes, lots of squash shared, cucumbers, plenty of butter beans. Work, work, and more work!


Until next time, share some love, laughter and hugs. It’s contagious.


Oh yeah, we plan to go to Henrietta Riverboat lunch crusise on Aug. 21. Cost is $27.50 per person. Cruise and lunch are included in the cost. Call 910-529-3931 or 910-305-0252 if interested. Seats are limited. It will be a nice trip.


(Marie Faircloth is director of the Garland Senior Center.)


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