You could feel the heaviness of grief in the air in Patriot this weekend. Richard “Rocky” Hutchinson lost his battle with liver disease and cancer early Sunday morning. My sincerest prayers of comfort and love to Rocky’s family and friends. His smile and quiet demeanor will be sorely missed.
I’m afraid that I am becoming a real homebody anymore. The unstable cost of gasoline has impacted me more than I wish to admit. And, of course the intermittent “chip and seal” projects and now having Patriot hill closed (Highway 250) doesn’t do much for my sense of adventure. Just six months after officially retiring from everybody’s work force, I rarely go farther than my front porch with my laptop and the privacy fence between my neighbor Robin’s yard and mine. Advanced planning assists in cutting unnecessary road trips and those I do partake of are multi-tasked. Sorry. My life is not much fun to write about once I became a recluse! Although the weather recently has been superb – not hot enough for the air conditioner or cold enough for the furnace – my body is already beginning to go into withdrawals just thinking of winter. Yuck!
The next scheduled meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be on Thursday, October 19th at 11 a.m. Lisa Fisher has agreed to host our October meeting in her home which will include a pitch-in and mandatory Halloween costume. This is possibly the first time we have ever met on a Thursday in our five years of being a club. Our ‘usual’ meeting days of the week are becoming difficult for too many so we’re going to try some different days of the week. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and may contact Kay E. Cook by email (Patriotnews1995@gmail.com), text (317-443-8857) or telephone (812-594-2281) for more specifics.
Past, present and future members of the Patriot Baptist Church are encouraged to come together on Sunday, October 22nd, at 4 p.m. for the 2017 Homecoming Service. Food will be served at Town Hall after the church services.
Prayers of healing are needed for Jerry Turner, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Bill Levell, Wayne Dawson, June Lack and Sharon Coplin.
In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, I have been reminded that old friends are indeed a treasure. My friends Buzz and Cathy were up from Florida and visiting family just across the river last week. Cathy and I have been friends since the second grade! Regardless of how long it is between visits, we share a very special bond of friendship. I am so blessed to have so many of my ‘old’ friends. Outside members of my extended family, my ‘oldest’ friend has known me since I was a toddler. My mother used to take me to his home to buy eggs from his grandmother. Wow! Thanks to Facebook, we still can keep in touch and again, there is a deep routed friendship that will last as long (or longer) than we will.
In the “Critter Corner” this week, I am still mesmerized by my Two Terrible Twin Tomcats and their feral Uncle Tomcat. All three are identically marked despite some questionable family history. My two are still in collars and Uncle Tomcat still won’t let me pet him but we are all making progress.
Aunt Bea (Sharon Levell) sent me another delicious recipe. For some reason, I become a total pumpkin freak every fall. This one is my next one to try:
1 box Yellow Cake mix (minus 1 cup)
1/2 cup – Melted Butter
Mix crust ingredients together keeping out 1 cup
of dry cake mix. Press mixture into a 9 inch by 12 inch pan.
14 oz. can – Pumpkin Pie filling
2/3 cup – Canned Milk
Mix all filling ingredients together. Pour on top of crust.
1 cup (previously reserved) Yellow cake mix
1/4 cup – Sugar
1 t. – Cinnamon
1/4 cup – Butter
Combine topping ingredients together.
Sprinkle over filling.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, contact KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at PatriotNews1995@gmail.com. If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue please be sure and give it to me early.