Let’s Be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

Sorry this column was not submitted last week. I will try to catch up on past events this week.

Especially do I wish to say what a great job the WCJ did reporting on the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Dedication, the photos and the write-up.

There is not much I can add, but do wish to say it was a thrill for those who attended when the Meridian L-17 Formation of three planes flew low over the group as we stood saluting the flag as Mary Tabor sang our National Anthem accompanied by the Louisville High School Band. No! The sound of the planes did not drown out Mary’s lovely solo.

The LHS band did an outstanding job. It took three school buses to bring them to the site and they were most appreciated for the fine way they performed.

And many thanks to Elaine Thompson who coordinated the entire event and the three garden clubs of Louisville who sponsored it.

Thanks also to Rev. Mike Dowd, US Army, Vietnam War Veteran who gave the invocation and to Mr. Billy Metts, also a Vietnam Veteran, who gave the Benediction.

Winston Guards 2643, local chapter of the Mississippi Division of United Daughters of the Confederacy held their convention in Starkville recently. Attending were the following; Frances Woodruff, Judy Goodin, Kay Whitehed, Ruby Rogers, Eve Haggard, Connie Faye Estes, Beth Hemphill, and Susan Jones.

Teresa Ingram, also a member of Winston Guards, and her students, Steady On, entertained the convention at the Saturday night banquet.

The last week of October, Frances Woodruff, Judy Goodin, and Susan Jones traveled to Richmond, VA to General Convention of UDC. They reported a great time experienced. Although the scrapbook of Winston Guards 2643 won 1st place at the state convention, it did not place at the national convention.

At their regular meeting at Lake Tiak O’Khata in November a new member, Paula Fulton, was presented her membership certificate by Frances Woodruff.

Thanks to Senator Giles Ward, I finally received the recipe for marinated asparagus I requested in a recent column. He also had enjoyed it at the luncheon given by 1st Methodist Church after his mother’s funeral and had learned that Patty Mitchell brought it.

The recipe is very simple and Patty gave me permission to put it in this column. You may not like it. I served it at my thanksgiving lunch and one of my grandsons did not. I love it.

Patty’s Asparagus 1can long asparagus spears ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup white vinegar ½ teaspoon celery seed ¼ cup water 3 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick

Drain asparagus and place in serving dish. Combine all other ingredients in sauce pan; bring to a boil for a couple of minutes. Pour over asparagus and place in refrigerator overnight.

Murrey and Robin Black had their children and grandchildren from North and South Carolina for Thanksgiving and Robin prepared Thanksgiving lunch at W. L. Black’s home for all of their families plus Debbie and her family and Rev. and Mrs. Mike Dowd, twenty in all.

Nan Carr had all her children, grandchildren and great-grands at her home for Thanksgiving lunch. Nan is still unable to do much because of the severe pain she suffers. I am sure all her family pitched in and cooked the usual feast. She did not count but thinks there were fifteen present.

This writer enjoyed having most of her children and grandchildren and three great grands plus spouses and others for a total of twenty. Thank goodness I did not have to prepare all the food as everyone brought dishes plus David deep-fried two turkeys.

A Thanksgiving card from Jimi and John Goodnow said they were enjoying Let’s Be Neighbors in WCJ and that they would spend Thanksgiving in their condo in Florida.

Grandson Dallas Mills and Kim, Lindsey, Morgan, and Hannah left after lunch to go to Kim’s parents, James and Anne Reels for supper. Maybe Dallas did not have to carve the turkey and ham there like he did at my house.

If any of you readers of this had visitors for the holiday, please call me and I will get it in next week’s journal.