Pat’s Chat (February 3)

I have told most of you that I live with my daughter, Cheryl “Robin” Bucklew. She moved here when she retired from her government job in Kansas City, Missouri several years ago. Some of you have told me that you never met her. I decided to introduce her to you in my Chat. I am including a picture of her with me at Christmas a couple of years ago.  

She does most of the cooking around here. She makes sure we have fruit of various kinds and vegetables, especially greens and broccoli. We usually eat our fruit with breakfast and our vegetables with our evening meal. She likes to try new recipes. I cook mostly beans and cornbread, egg gravy and biscuits, grits, (especially yellow grits or polenta - (frying any leftover regular or yellow grits), sliced red potatoes (from a wonderful invention, the mandarin slicer).  I use a little olive oil when I fry eggs or anything. You can see why I have gained weight since she moved in, but it is not her fault if I eat too much. She collects recipes from everywhere and tries them. Yesterday she made vegetarian cabbage rolls but the cabbage was sliced and cooked in with the other ingredients which included plant-based sausage, and it was delicious. I have been mostly vegetarian most of my adult life, but as I told you once before, I have become what I call a flexitarian. I will eat what the Bible designates as “clean” meat, but if I have a choice, I usually choose the vegetarian alternative. Tomorrow on my birthday, I asked that we NOT go out to eat but rather that they bring me a plant-based burger from somewhere and bring whatever they (Sheri Lyn Sapp and Robin) want. Mary Ann, my only sibling since we lost our wonderful brothers within days of each other last year, and her helper will have a choice of burgers. Mary Ann never eats any meat, so she will be fine with the plant-based alternative.

Robin is a wonderful “secretary” and has taken over my Christmas card list and does 99% of our shopping for whatever.  It frightened her a bit when I got two problems with my legs, first with a bum knee that was horribly painful, but it has improved with taking it easy and using Ibuprofen - a lot of it - at first.  Then when that was getting well, I fell on my right hip and had lots of pain with that (no fracture, just arthritis added to the damage from the fall).  It is nearly normal now, though I walk like an old woman sometimes (even though I will be only 88 tomorrow).  I have not gotten back to our daily walks, though Robin continued them without me. When the ice is gone, I think I can walk again regularly.

I have spent my last few hours of being 87 writing this Chat. I don’t feel a day older than 87, though I don’t know how I will feel when I start back on our daily walk.  I am so grateful to God to be able to do most things I have always done and for all the blessings of my loving children, my wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I want to thank all of you who pray for the folks I post on Facebook who need prayer. I appreciate each one of you.  We have seen miracles happen.

I got a call from Shirley Shires who is sister to my late classmate, Eloise Williams. Eloise’s husband, Curtis Everette, died the other evening at age 94.  He had no problems, just died peacefully in his sleep. There are a few of us graduates of 1951 from Burnsville High School who are alive and in various stages of health. We hope that danger from COVID variant, etc., will not again prevent the High School reunion another year. We wish we could get together one more time. I hear from classmates Helen Phillips Conley (she is cousin to Eloise and just as pretty), Kenneth Pulliam and his wife Betty Graff Pulliam, Carl Sizemore, Homer Heater, Buncy Bosley Marple, Peggy Skinner Morris, and at first, I heard from Clifford Strader and I am not sure if Vonda Taylor Douglas, Hazel Brown Hawkins, Iva Lou Love Eubanks, Dorothy McCauley Hartman are living. My memory is not what it used to be, so I am fairly sure that Iva Lou died. If any of you can update me on these, or perhaps someone I have missed, just email me at [email protected] God blessed our class with many good people, many good friends whom we have lost, and I pray He will bless the rest of us with a peaceful contentment for the rest of our days on Earth. I thoroughly believe that our old Earth will soon be greeted by the Promised Savior who said, “If I go, I WILL come again,” and promised that He is preparing a place for us and He will come again and receive all of His people living or dead and take us to Heaven for a while before He comes to cleanse the earth and make it better than the original Garden of Eden. Then He will bring us back to live in the mansions He has prepared for all of us and we will then go out and build country homes and live in a world where there will be no plagues, no war, no killing, no evil. I can’t wait. You have a part in it too, if you believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins. That is the reunion we must be a part of, people.



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