October 31st is usually a day of getting dressed up in crazy costumes, going to Halloween parties, going trick-or-treating, eating lots of candy, going to corn mazes, going on hayrides, going to haunted houses, etc....but for those who are Girl Scouts, October 31st symbolizes something more important! Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was born on October 31st! In honor of her birthday, our Girl Scout troop is going to participate in a nation-wide project that was started by a troop in Wichita, Kansas. It is called Birthday-in-a-bag. Our girls have decided that they want to donate their birthday-in-a-bag to help a very special child! After they do so, I will tell you all about it! :)
Fall is here! :) I am so excited. I love this time of year! I love the trees changing colors, the grass dying (and my allergies to grass fading!), the pumpkin patches, the yummy food, the holidays, the weather....pretty much everything that fall has to offer. I LOVE FALL!
In celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th year anniversary and in honor of our hard-working girls in our troop, our girls are creating a troop cookbook that we are going to sell to raise money for summer camp or possibly some other trip. We are needing recipes! They can be any kind and come from anywhere. All contributors or recipe creators, please put your name how you want it printed in the book, your city/state, and if you have any Girl Scout affiliation (parent of a GS, leader, asst. leader, volunteer, current GS, former GS, etc.) and if you remember what troop, council, or city/state your troop was in, that would be great too! We need as many recipes as we can get! We need to start getting this put together and hopefully have it sent out for publication by December or sooner. We will be taking pre-orders and also will be selling extra copies. If you are interested in contributing a recipe or more, or if you would like to put your name down for the list of pre-orders, please email me at GSTroop20074@gmail.com. My name is Jami. Thanks!
WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
DON’T TELL me I’ve nothing to do.
From the window of my barn I see Ozzie coming through the hedgerow from next door. I like Ozzie a lot, but I’m not sure he feels the same. Efforts to pet and feed over the years have been a flop at best.
What Ozzie likes to do is hunt. I mean really hunt.
You see, Ozzie is a brindle, bob-tailed, three-legged cat and he loves to feed on whatever he can find in the hedgerow across my back yard, including field mice and squirrels.
Ozzie is flat out deadly, too.
Since losing his right front leg to a tumor a couple of years back, he has taught himself a new way to hunt. He keeps stalking to a minimum. But with the patience of Job, he settles down and waits for a meal to come within striking distance.
When the meal does, it’s “Wham” and Ozzie heads for the dinner table.
He’s a wonder to watch ...
IT IS A typical day at the Smith Estate. I am out in my barn kicked back in what I call “Archie’s Recliner.” I am reading a book, listening to Merle Haggard on the stereo, and watching TV (how’s that for multi-tasking, huh?) The blonde is out and about.
The phone rings. It is from the blonde. She is at Sears in the Quintard Mall ...
“Sweetheart, I’m at Sears looking at vacuum cleaners. I can get a small one to go with a regular one. What do you think I should do?”
Recovering from the shock of her asking my permission for anything, I agree to the double dip and then make a mistake with “What’s going on, you asking my permission?”
From the other end, there is a happy laugh with:
“It’d be different if it were shoes and a dress.”
I managed a quiet goodbye (without choking), hung up, and went back to singing along with Merle. It seemed fitting he was in the middle of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Here And Drink” at the time.
JOE ESTEP deserves a standing ovation. Joe runs the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame and, this past Saturday night, put together another classic.
Held at the “new” Oxford Civic Center, the 2013 induction played to a near packed house.
Outstanding Joe, outstanding.
FOR THOSE asking, the Peach Man’s tomatoes are a week away, but Ken Easterling will be at Regions in Oxford on Friday morning at 6 with another load of Chilton County peaches.
If no sell-out in Oxford he heads for the Anniston post office along about 8 . . . but don’t bet he gets there.
IF YOU’RE lining up at the Walmart deli at Lenlock, I hope you get lucky and a young lady by the name of Vanesa Durham waits on you. She did for me a few days back and while I’ve had an unpleasant moment or two there, Vanesa left me feeling pretty good.
Walmart could use more like her.
BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – Annette Vice; June 14 – Sage Snow; June 15 – Twins Brettnie and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd; 11; June 18 – Don Beabout.
And Jeff Jones, June 17. A member of a vanishing breed (The Great Generation), Jeff drove a “weasel” jeep ashore at Normandy, June 6, 1944.
QUOTABLE: “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
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George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: email@example.com.