Remember The Twilight Zone? I was there this past weekend. Last week was a blur for me between two trips to Indianapolis in two days and working. Saturday, I was So determined to get to church that I paced my kitchen and back yard for a couple of hours midday fearing that I would pass out if I sat or laid down. After church, I made it home and crashed. I was asleep shortly after 6 p.m. (Saturday) and did not get out of bed until 4:30 a.m. (Sunday). The sun was going down as I fell asleep and not completely up when I woke. Sunday being primarily overcast, it was kind of drab which really didn’t help my internal clock any. After stumbling around the house for a couple of hours, I decided I was hungry, but exactly which meal do you eat when your body can’t figure out if its a.m. or p.m.? I started out with breakfast items which slowly evolved into sautéed salmon and rice. The meal was delicious but when I started to add it to my diet diary, I had to decide which meal it was again. Then afterwards I had to decide how to most efficiently spend my time. Sundays, I normally spend reading. This, however, not only didn’t feel like Sunday to me but I kept thinking it was early evening, not early morning. My normal action filled television programs just didn’t seem right, so I settled on Gaither Music videos. Fortunately, old gospel music is good at any time of the day, any day of the week. I topped off the gospel music with a lap full of a very old and fading puppy dog. Sam is 17 years old and God love him, he is nearly always as confused as I was that day. Boy, are our lives connected to clocks!
Residents of Patriot are encouraged to stop by the Post Office, Fisk’s or Town Hall and voice your opinion on the date for the Christmas Dinner. Traditionally its always been on Sunday. Last year, the Park Board moved it to Saturday. It was decided at the November 6th Patriot Town Board Meeting that the residents should make the decision. Regardless of the day, the Dinner will be the third weekend of December. The final decision will be announced at the December Town Board Meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on December 6th at the Patriot Town Hall located at 352 3rd Street in Patriot.
There was recently a problem with a damaged 12 inch water main on McCreary’s Ridge that affected numerous Patriot Water Company customers. A boil alert was issued utilizing the Emergency Management system and an explanation and photos were provided on the Facebook page dedicated to notifying the customers living in the five counties and serviced by the Water Company. Everyone is encouraged to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ this page with family and friends. The purpose of this Facebook page entitled PATRIOT WATER COMPANY is to advise of water outages, boil alerts and other pertinent issues.
My friend Patty Chase and I are keeping each other posted on whatever local news we have available. She is such a lovely lady and we are all blessed to have her in our community.
Condolences to the family of longtime Patriot resident Austin Dunaway, 85, who passed away at the Dearborn County Hospital on November 3rd. Although I have met Mr. Dunaway in the past, I know his son Steve and daughter Angie better. Such a wonderful man and a great family!
Working retail again, I had the pleasure of selling two Vevay newspapers to Bill Evans this week. He was sharing with his sister. I introduced myself as being responsible for the Patriot article. I really wish I had more information to share from the community, but people would rather share their personal life on Facebook immediately rather than wait a week to see it in print. Just a sign of our times, I am afraid. Again, as always, I encourage people to contact me with their local news. You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note or message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281; or by 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.
The next meeting of the Red HOT Hatters will be Thursday, November 16th at Shell’s in Vevay beginning at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend! With or without a hat! Bring a friend or family member and come and join in on the fun! Unfortunately, we will not be going to the Historic Hoosier Theater this weekend, as I have been told the play has been re-scheduled for December.
Plans are also underway for the Red HOT Hatter Christmas luncheon at Patty’s Reach on Monday, December 11th. We have agreed upon a $10 gift exchange. The cost of the meal will be no more than $15 per person. Friends and family are welcome! Hats are not required! And there is no membership fee! Anyone wishing to attend may do so by contacting Kay Cook at (812) 594-2281 prior to December 4th. Patty’s Reach Farmstead is located at 8651 Little Hominy Ridge Road in Florence.
It has been decided that beginning in 2018, all Red HOT Hatter monthly meetings will occur on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. The January 18th, meeting is planned for Jewell’s on Main in Warsaw, Kentucky.
Prayers of healing for Jake Rader, Pam Hutchinson, Mary Ruth Poling, Colton Schirmer, Mary Christiani, Erin Schmitt, Leona Ware, Travis Griffith, Wayne Dawson and June Lack.
In the “Lessons Learned” category this week, simply put: getting old, stinks!
In the “Critter Corner” this week, the feral Scaredy Cat has decided she might just like me after all because I allow her a warm place to sleep and have introduced her to treats.
I’m never been much of a green bean person, but this recipe makes even my mouth water! Hope to try it for Thanksgiving:
Green Bean Casserole
4 cans (14.5 oz.) any style Green Beans, drained
10 slices – Bacon, cooked
2 Tablespoons – Soy sauce
¼ cup – Light brown sugar
¼ cup – Butter, melted
1 teaspoon – Garlic powder
¼ teaspoon – Pepper
¼ teaspoon -Salt
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Place drained green beans into a large mixing bowl.
Prepare bacon. Cut into large pieces.
Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, melted butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Stir until well combined.
Pour mixture over green beans and add bacon. Gently stir until beans are evenly coated.
Place the green beans into a 9 x 13 casserole dish or baking pan. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.
I received a nice note from Doris Shadday from Madison about the 2- Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins. She made hers with spice cake mix and cream cheese icing and was very pleased. I froze some of my last batch that I made with the yellow cake mix and the muffins are still wonderful! This recipe has quickly become one of my favorites – right up with there with my Fluff Cake and Cobbler recipes.
1 box – Spice OR Yellow cake mix
1 (15-ounce) can – Pure pumpkin puree
Mix in 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts if desired.
Simply mix the pumpkin and the spice cake mix together and
drop by heaping tablespoons into greased muffin cups.
Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Servings Per Recipe: 18
WITHOUT ICING OR NUTS, Per Serving Calories 113.8;
Total Fat 0.4 g; Saturated Fat 0.0 g; Cholesterol 0.0 mg