Thursday, April 11, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Salt-free Greek seasoning and brick oven bread
• You meet the nicest people working at the newspaper. Some of them are weekend Mississippians and weekday Memphis, Tennesseans, but they’re Mississippi friends.
I got a package last week here at work. I picked it up and took it home as I’d just left the doctor’s office after being told I was dying of an intestinal virus. Well, OK, Dr. Hawkins didn’t even remotely imply that I might be dying, but I’m still inferring it!
Then, it took me a couple of days to open, while I waited to die. When I didn’t die, I opened the box and found a canister of salt-free Cavendar’s Greek seasoning.
My new friend said, “A few weeks ago you wrote that you could not find salt-free Greek seasoning. I knew Cavendar’s made a salt-free version...and I am enclosing a container that I found in Memphis. It’s funny but I actually did not find it as easily as I thought I would.”
Jill and her husband Sam bought a second home in Laws Hill about three years ago, when their son started attending Ole Miss.
“Right away I subscribed to The South Reporter and we have really enjoyed learning more about the Marshall County community. I so look forward to it every week and enjoy your column and all the columnists so much. We try to spend most weekends in Mississippi. Our permanent residence is in Memphis.”
Jill said she thought I lived in the Laws Hill area as well. “It is so quiet and just a perfect place to be -- and being close by our son and getting to see him at some point most weekends is also great.”
Jill ends her letter saying “Tell Barry to keep up the good work! The South Reporter is much appreciated.”
• Daughter Dana was struck by inspiration after she read Jill’s letter.
She’s been building an outside baking oven for a while now and run into the “I’m doing something else now, I’ll get back to that.”
She is now re-inspired to get back to her outside brick oven. She wants to make Jill and Sam bread baked on bricks.
I suggested that Jill and Sam would probably be OK with a loaf of bread baked in a plain ole oven. She’s thinking about it.
• She doesn’t have time for much anymore. She has gone bonkers over really old Singer sewing machines. She’s fixed her great-grandmother’s 1919 Singer (or maybe 1916?) and my mother’s 1940ish Singer. That one has been a doozie! It was full of dirt dauber nests and all kinds of crud -- including a long-dead mouse.
Maybe by the time she gets around to making Jill and Sam’s bread, I’ll be well enough to eat it...
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