It’s amusing to watch someone eat persimmons

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 24, 2015

Peeping through my Venetian blind, I watched in some amusement as Clay Clyde Clump pulled a persimmon from a tree and bit into it. Oh, the face that he made!

Seen at David’s were Wayne and Lenora Johnson, Mike Jones (the teacher), Susie Davis, and Pat and Gerri Greathouse.

Pat and Gerri had been to Natchez, and we had fun talking it over. If you like Natchez, as I do, it’s also fun to discuss it with Richard and Georgette Pass, who lived a long while in Natchez. Dan Shehan’s brother, Pat, used to live in Natchez and lies buried there. Put a visit to Natchez, Mississippi, on your “bucket list.”

Have you seen the blood-red periwinkles beside the entrance to Walker’s on the Golden Square?

Seen out and about were Archie Shakespeare, Harrison Hayes, Carla Mooney, Katie Tyler, Melissa (Lawson) Bullard, Patty Ashworth, Angela Brown, Mike Wells, and John Allen and Rosemary Gantt.

Anna Lois Nall was treated to a birthday supper October 15 at Hilltop by two of her sons, Tony and Tim Nall, and Tim’s wife Tammy. Joining the party was the Portly Gentleman.

Anyone who attended Samford University is invited to join a fellowship of Samfordites for an annual gathering, time to be determined. Call Joe Wingard, if interested.

Jimmy and Sue (Bass) Wilson hosted members of their family and a guest, Joe Wingard, for a good, old-fashioned, Sunday dinner October 18.

Enjoying the country dinner were Shannon and Wynne Glenn, their son Tucker, Blaine “Radio” Wilson, and his son Brunson.

The culinary offerings were ham, potato salad, butter beans, pear salad, rice, deviled eggs, orange congealed salad, Sister Schubert’s rolls, and Southern pecan pie.

Yum! Yum!

Jimmy Ponds, retired librarian at Straughn Elementary, attended the October 19 meeting of the Alabama Education Association (District 24) at Reid State, Evergreen.

District 24 includes three counties – Conecuh, Covington, and Escambia. Representatives of members of AEA in these three counties meet monthly for business and supper.

Fifty Forward, the fellowship group for senior adults at First Baptist Church, Andalusia, met October 20 in Fellowship Hall for a meal and program.

The speaker was Pamela Roquemore (rock-more), who helps run the new Andalusia Garden Center up Highway 29.

She came to “the Dimple of Dixie” in 2010 after having lived in New Orleans 32 years.

Her husband is John.

Once a student at Tulane University, Pam has a major in public relations and a minor in marketing and advertising.

Pam shared about a dozen plants, explaining arrangements and care.

She then took questions from the audience.

She was assisted by Jerry Andrews, who also works at the garden center.

Gordon Vickers, director of senior adults at F.B.C., presided.

Jerry Andrews worded the blessing. Mr. Vickers worded the benediction.

Fellowship Hall was decorated with scarecrow displays and centerpieces of fall leaves, candy corn and pumpkins, and matching napkins, all arranged by Trudy Vickers, Kittye Wyatt, and Betty Bass.

“Happy Birthday” was sung to Rebecca Kinard, Barbara Linder, and Sue Carlisle, who have October birthdays.

Gary’s of River Falls catered the lunch of fried catfish, cheese grits, baked beans, hush puppies, green salad, and lemon cake.

Sherry Buck has published a cookbook called Yes, You Can Cooking, which features easy recipes, many from a can.

Comfort Care Hospice sponsored the Covington County Fall Summit October 15 in the Family Fellowship center of Bethany Baptist Church.

This six-hour program was designed to advise senior citizens in a variety of areas.

The Pilot Club provided a breakfast.

Billy Boles offered the opening prayer.

There followed “Elder Scams and Abuse” by Walt Merrell, “Hospital Readmissions” by Sharon Kinsaul, and “Long Term Care and Rehabilitation” by SalLee Sasser.

During a break William Blocker oversaw door prizes.

Two more sessions followed: “Alabama Law” by Mike Jones (state representative, 92nd district) and “Culturally Congruent Care” by George Hill.

Lunch was catered by David’s Catfish House — fish, chicken, hush puppies, grits, and slaw.

More door prizes were distributed.

Linda Castleberry of Red Level told of the local museum and encouraged all to visit it.

Three sessions followed – “Living with Diabetes” by Dr. Rex Butler, “Break That Fall” by Shelly Tomberlin, and “Thoughts on Living the Good Life” by “Uncle Bob” Brooks.

The program ended with door prizes.

Mitzi Butler is the administrator of Comfort Care Hospice, and Vickie Wacaster is the consultant.

This annual conference is free to senior citizens.

Once again, I ask the citizens of Andalusia to join the Covington Historical Society and pay its annual dues of $25 to help preserve the history of our county, whether you attend meetings or not. Mail to CHS, P.O. Box 1582, Andalusia, Alabama 36420.

The mysterian is the member of the AHS Class of 1926, still living.

Born this week were Christopher Wren, English architect; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet; and Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer and pianist.

“Old Ironsides” was launched this week, too, in 1797.

That’s the nickname for the U.S.S.Constitution, still afloat on the Charles River at Boston. After its success in the War of 1812, the famous ship was set to be destroyed; but a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes helped save it. So, the ship off which cannonballs would bounce, still lives!

Wren’s best known building is St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He is buried there and once called it his monument and tomb.

Coleridge wrote “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in which the famous lines appear – “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink,” which every high-school graduate should be able to quote.

Liszt wrote “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” perhaps the greatest solo piece in all of music. He also began the custom of a performing pianist sitting in profile at the piano.

Now, gentle reader, allow me to join Buffalo Bob Smith in encouraging each of us to be in his place of worship this weekend, Lord willing.

Fare thee well.