Thursday, November 8, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Bits, pieces and dollops
• Voting Tuesday morning was a bit different than usual. I had to stand in line, even at 7 a.m. Turned out, the poll workers were given the wrong key and couldn’t get in the community center until the correct key was brought.
It was interesting. Like many “newcomers” to a community — we’ve only lived in Laws Hill for 27 years now, I know most of my neighbors by sight, but not by name. When your neighbors are sometimes a half mile away or more, it’s hard to chat over a fence or across a yard.
But, as we were standing in line, a couple of ladies standing behind me were discussing Thanksgiving dinner — stuffing versus casserole type dressing, green beans and new potatoes, fried turkeys, sweet potato casseroles.
Needless to say, by my turn to vote (I was third in line), I was hungry! It was really nice to spend that 30 quiet minutes listening to neighbors talk.
• The editor and publisher Barry says that we talk way too much about food here in the office. He likes to eat as much as we do though.
Monday afternoon’s food discussion centered around a new food discovery I’ve made — chocolate gravy. Several were talking about how they wanted chocolate gravy and hot biscuits for supper on Facebook Saturday evening and I asked for a recipe. Got a really good one and at 5:30 Sunday morning, I was making chocolate gravy for me and my granddaughter Grem. Her mom, Mere and Trey were in Birmingham on a rock hunting field trip, so she and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of hot, buttered biscuits, chocolate gravy and Grem added left-over pizza to her plate.
I was amazed at how much I liked it! I can’t believe that I’ve lived all my life and never eaten chocolate gravy before.
• Jim Tuttle of Byhalia died last week. His obituary is in the paper this week. He was a very interesting man.
I’d done a couple stories with him and his wife over the years. The first one was about the truly amazing display of Christmas lights they put on for many years.
Then I spent time with them and assorted family at their hunting compound. One of the Tuttle’s many generosities was deer meat donated to “Hunt For the Hungry.” They had special freezers for the donated meat and Jim and his family put quite a bit of effort and hard work into organizing that.
He was a really nice man and I enjoyed meeting him and his family. He will be missed.
• November 11 is Veteran’s Day. Find one and give them a hug and a big thank you.
And God bless ’em!
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