January 20, 2011
Get well wishes to Charlie Douglas
The weatherman says, once again, that we need to hunker down - bad weather is coming our direction. This time, they are saying we need to expect freezing rain and snow, instead of the gorgeous powder snow we received just last week. Sad truth about it is that four-wheel drive does absolutely no good on ice! However, as Carlton Gibson and Larry Hutchens can attest, sometimes it doesn’t fair too well in snow, either! Thanks to the both of them, we got pulled from the cemetery last week (obviously, I was unsure about how to work the four-wheel drive.)
Nonnie always said growing up after a snow, if there was some left on the ground, “it’s waiting on some more.” Although most of our ground cover has melted, there are still a few patches here and there, even some remnants of snowmen in yards. Waiting on more? Only time will tell...
Since winter is settling in, it is a reminder to have your pet spayed or neutered. The recovery time is not too long and since it is not too pet conducive outside, it is the best possible time to have the procedure. This not only helps control the pet population, it also helps with puppies and kittens being abandoned and left for dead. There are so many loose animals roaming the streets in town and most especially out in the county, fixed or not. If you are a pet owner, be a responsible one. Make sure your pet is attended at all times on a leash (which, I think, is a law) and not running amuck chasing random children.
Get well wishes go out to Frances Gresham, Vivian Smith and Walter Webb, who are all home and recovering well from procedures performed last week.
Charlie Douglas received a new hip Tuesday. Hope to see him back on his feet again soon!
True Southern food – greens!
January has always been my favorite month. All my life I have been very busy and I’ve been thankful I was able to work to get things done. But in January I could rest. It’s a time of renewal; everything is starting over. The snow was so glorious, then yesterday, all the magic white stuff was gone and winter rain is here – some other folks feel as I do about January.
The schools now have a January holiday and people plan winter vacations, sometimes up North.
I had a terrible scare last Tuesday morning. I woke up to my husband, Ira, having disappeared. His clothes were folded neatly beside the bed but he was nowhere. Our house isn’t big, it’s little, but he was nowhere to be found. I kept calling him – Ira, Ira – but no answer. I began to think that the end time had come, the rapture had happened and Ira had been chosen and I was left behind. Then I checked to see if the car was there and it was gone. Then I remembered that he was at the men’s prayer breakfast at the church. Whew!
Last week a man came into the museum from North Carolina. He is doing a book on “Greens” in America. I told him the extent of what I know about greens is that my favorite is turnip greens, mixed with a few mustard greens. I told him that greens are everybody in the South’s favorite food. We are addicted to greens. The man wanted to know about what all people around here grew in their gardens. I told him that gardening has kind of gone out of style with the new generation, that everybody used to have a garden but not anymore. Everybody used to have a cow for milking everyday, sometimes even a goat. They used to have a hen for fresh eggs everyday and a few chickens for eating. Today, do you know one person in the world who can go in their backyard and catch a chicken, a fryer, a young chicken by the neck and wring his head off, and cook him for supper? I don’t know one. That kind of fried chicken went out with the gardens. A few people may grow a tomato plant or two on their patios.
Now, greens are different from anything else, as they are a winter vegetable. You plant them in the fall. Greens are filled with chlorophyll that keeps it from freezing when everything else is dead. The chlorophyll gives you a vitamin that is a cancer preventative called selenium.
If you eat this greenery everyday, you will be healthy. People across America plant greens in different forms. That delicious turnip green also has a root, called turnips or rutabagas – the ultimate food; my favorite in the whole world. Mustard greens have that funny little ruffle around the edge that improves anything you eat.
There are many greens such as spinach. Remember Popeye and how strong he was with his muscles from eating his spinach everyday? Then there is kale and the beautiful red beet with its greens. There is a poke salad, but one must be careful; as it matures, it turns bad, really bad. I told the green writer that greens were very definitely in Elvis’ upbringing. We all ate greens.
Now is a great time to catch up on your museuming and bring your children to teach them a living lesson in history. Everything and everybody changes everyday so don’t miss anything. Come on in.
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