August 21, 2008
Several families enjoy the Wild River Country Water Park in Little Rock
Terri and Tommy Garrison and sons, Garrett and Christian Bailey, along with Jacob Garrison recently enjoyed the day at Wild River Country Water Park in Little Rock, Ark.
Carri and Larry Huthchens and daughters, Alison and Mary Catherine, along with Christie Scruggs and children, Breanna and Landon, and Chad McClatchy also enjoyed a short trip at Wild River Country Water Park in Little Rock, Ark.
Becky Cupp joined Beverly Fitch and children, Shelby and Trey, in Collierville for dinner last week before Trey went back to the University of Tennessee.
Vicki and Walter Webb travelled to Birmingham, Ala., last week. They were babysitting Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton’s twins, Mary Grace and William.
Jimbo, Mary Beth, and Chelsey Gilliam traveled to Greenville for Mary Beth’s grandfather’s 87th birthday over the weekend. They met up with and enjoyed visiting with other family members also.
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., was the guest of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. He came to watch the Lady Patriots softball team in action Monday and Tuesday. While here, he also visited with his youngest daughter, Laura Wheeler.
Bea and Drew Tolsdorf of Jackson, joined Alex McCrosky and Ann Yager Hamlin of Danville, Ky., and Lexington, Ky., for a long weekend of visiting.
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Clay and Amanda Mansell of Clinton announce the birth of a daughter, AnnaBelle Grace, born August 3, 2008 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson at 5:47 a.m.
Maternal grandparents are Steve and Barbara Puryear of Canton. Great-grandfather is John Dabney Brown of Holly Springs.
Paternal grandparents are Mike and Anne Mansell of Canton.
Amanda Mansell is the former Amanda Puryear of Brentwood, Tenn.
The fabulous fig
Figs! God’s fruit! About 10 years ago, my children gave me three fig trees to plant in my backyard. What a gift! I looked forward all year to the end of July because that’s when the figs are ready to eat. They first give a bumper crop, then they keep bearing until October, but sparingly.
In the Bible, figs are spread from Genesis through Revelation. Jesus even gave a parable at the fig trees. Remember Adam and Eve dressed in fig leaves to cover themselves. In other times figs have been used as coffee substitutes. Try it, it’s great!
Of course, the reason the figs are so delicious is the fact that they are 60% sugar (that’s why I like them! They sweeten my disposition!) They say in a four-gram serving are 244 milligrams of potassium, 53 milligrams of calcium and 12 milligrams of iron and I won’t mention the number of calories in each fig. If you wait until the fig is really brown and ripe, that’s when they are best! By this time, they are nearly all sugar.
Fig trees have no blossoms, as the blossom is on the inside of the fruit and make little seeds that make the unique texture of that delicious little morsel. Some people don’t know how to eat figs and are missing one of the delights of life. If you eat a greenish one, it’s akin to eating a green persimmon, so you wait until they are really ripe. It’s better than a piece of chocolate fudge.
Birds like figs as much as I do, so the birds and I vie for the figs. I love birds but love figs better. Each season I put up two fake owls in the tops of the trees to scare the birds away from the figs. The other day I looked out and the birds were sitting on the owls’ heads, using the head for a handy perch. They forgot to be scared of the owls.
I like the looks of the fig trees in winter too. None of the bare branches are straight; they are all curly and crooked. They would be beautiful at Christmas strung up with lights and that way the fig trees would be working all year to make me happy.
Early each morning I go into my garden to collect myself for the day and for breakfast I eat the figs directly from the tree. One day I noticed from inside my house that the fig tree was literally dancing. I went out there and in the tree was a big, fat raccoon, gleefully gobbling my figs. I chased him away but the next day he came back with his brothers and kin to eat supper. They finished off my figs that year and I’m glad to report they haven’t been back.The Fabulous Fig
Has made me a pig
a summertime treat
so succulent and sweet
that is eaten so neatly
and devoured completely
’cause no pits will be found
no core to bite ’round
so gorge just like pigs
on fabulous figs
but remember to share
with birds who are scared
of snakes in the trees
eating all birds they see
and you also must share
with wasps so beware
and even with bear
but that would be rare
they’re easy to grow
there’s little to know
cut a twig from the neighbor’s
and with minimal labor
stick the twig in the ground
and water it down
it will soon make roots
growing green shoots
then wait a few years
after which you will cheer
as you eat fresh fig fruit
grown from your own shoot
you’ll know what I mean
as you wipe your mouth clean
that the fabulous fig
has made you a pig
By Jack Scheper
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