AMONG OURSELVES – JUNE, 2016

PURGING THE PAST AND REMEMBERING…
Hello Readers:
May has been such a busy month! With the help of friends and relatives, I have spread mulch, fixed the pond, planted flowers, cut down trees, cleaned closets, and (the most important chore that I am delighted to relate to you) I have purged papers, articles, and all kinds of “stuff” from my office. I have had to look at each piece of paper to deter if it was worthy of saving or safe to chuck, until I was seeing double. File after file has been searched, papers worth keeping placed into a new file with a label! I can’t stand myself! I’m getting organized!

While purging, I found sewing patterns size 10 and 12. I have a bunch of them to give away if you would like them. Contact me: [email protected] and they are yours!

I found precious cards and letters from my hubby and appreciated once again reading his thoughts. I was a lucky lady; my husband loved me for being just me. I even found a good luck token that was stamped, “Patty & Billy.” That token is 59 years old and was stamped when we first met and were then just fifteen-year-old Patty and eighteen-year-old Billy, not the adult Pat and Bill we matured into. I couldn’t believe I found it; a good luck charm that is worth absolutely nothing to anyone, but is priceless to me. Remembering…

I can also remember speaking at a senior day care center in Rhode Island, watching a gentleman who had his head bent and appeared to want to be elsewhere. After my program, someone asked how long I was married. I answered and, always willing to share, related the happenings of my wedding day. Truthfully, the Monsignor was being buried upstairs, and we had to be married downstairs, the outside of the church was draped in black, nuns were covered in heavy, black veils, and a cop on duty was telling everyone there was no wedding, only a funeral. How about that list of omens for the future? After answering, I asked if anyone would like to share what happened on their own wedding day. The gentleman I had been watching picked up his head and began talking. He described the day, what his bride wore, some of the funny things that happened, and how happy they were. All the while he talked, he was smiling. Later, I found out the man always stayed to himself, his head bent, and he hadn’t spoken to anyone. The question was a break-through in his sadness. I hoped he would always remember the good times.

Remembering is good for you. So, I have to ask, how did you meet the love of your life? Was your wedding day a day to remember and then some? Through this column, I have shared quite a bit of my life, and would love to learn about you. How about it?

Back to today, although I am not quite finished with the files, it feels so good to know that I know where things are and organization is not something foreign. In essence, in my quest to organize my life, I literally traveled Memory Lane…and it was quite a journey. PAT

BEING HELPFUL
Hi Pat,
This is for JOYCE, who is having a problem with IBS. A very helpful website is www.helpforibs.com . There is a ton of info, as well as books and products. Good luck!
ANONYMOUS
Dear Pat;
The easiest way to rid the yard of moles is to get rid of what is really destroying your yard. It is the grubs that are eating the roots of her grasses and plants. The grubs are the bad guys. The moles eat the grubs and aerate the lawn. They dig up the lawn and that makes the moles come out looking like “the bad guys” when in fact they are doing double good in their pursuit of lunch. JANET FRAGAPANE
THANK YOU!
Dear Pat:
I look forward to your “AMONG OURSELVES” column every month. Not only for the recipes, but for all of the helpful hints you offer. Keep up the good work. LOIS
NOTE FROM PAT: I really appreciated your note, LOIS, and hope that you will share some of your favorite recipes, hints and ideas, too. It is what makes this column happen every month. 

BEST POTLUCK RECIPE
Dear ANOTHER PAT,
I have been making and taking this recipe to gatherings for many, many years, and always get requests for the recipe. Hope you try it and like it as much as we do. This recipe is so good!
THREE BEAN BAKED BEANS
1/2 pound ground beef
5 bacon strips, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans, undrained
1 can, 16 ounces, butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 can, 16 ounces, kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In large skillet or saucepan, over medium heat, brown beef, bacon and onions. Drain. Add beans. Combine remaining ingredients and stir into beef mixture. Pour into a greased, 2 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for one hour or until beans reach desired thickness. Yield: 12 servings. NO NAME

GREAT TO TAKE, TOO
Dear ANOTHER PAT,
This is a wonderful recipe to take for any kind of occasion. I love the crispy topping on this cobbler.

MAGIC PEACH COBBLER
3 cups canned sliced peaches in juice, drained
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Drain the sliced peaches and arrange them in the bottom of the baking pan.

In large bowl of mixer, cream the butter with 3/4 cup sugar. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.

Add the milk, flour, salt and baking powder to the sugar butter mixture. Mix until creamy. Spread the batter over the peaches and smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with the cornstarch. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter.

Pour the boiling water over the sugar mixture making sure to cover all of the sugar with the water. This makes the crispy topping.
Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving. JUST A FRIEND

NOTE FROM PAT: Wonderful recipes shared above! Does anyone else have a good recipe they are requested to bring to get-togethers? Share it, please. I would love to publish more of your favorites!

RESPONDING…

Dear Pat,
Your article entitled, “LOST FOREVER?” relating to a void in our educational system (cursive writing no longer taught) struck a chord of fear in my mind. That fear relates to the fact that far too much that is basic to our wonderful nation is simply not taught in our schools today. Ask a child: Why we went to war against Japan in 1941? Who set foot on our continent prior to Columbus? Who was Benjamin Franklin? Who was Audie Murphy? What was the Continental Congress? Who wrote the Declaration of Independence and what is its importance for us? What can you tell me about the Constitution of the United States? Who was the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of WWII? What about the Tuskegee Airmen? What did Charles Lindberg do that won him fame? Name one person who was awarded the Medal of Honor and what is its significance? What does “one if by land and two if by sea” mean? What was ‘The Marshall Plan?
The above listing can go on and on and it is most certain that a child from our current educational system will respond with a blank stare simply because the history that IS our nation is no longer taught to them either at school or at home. And that is truly frightening.
If our youth don’t know the who, the what, the when, the where, and the why of this United States of America, can we possibly survive? Perhaps we are destined to be “lost forever!”
GORDON GARTHE, COMMANDER, USN, RETIRED

NOTE FROM PAT: Your note spoke volumes of truth. On Memorial Day, I visited my husband’s grave at Florida’s National Cemetery in Bushnell and watched so many, young and old, pay their respects to their loved ones, loved ones who had fought for our freedom and paid the supreme sacrifice. It was a very moving experience. Freedom is precious…we never want to forget. Hopefully, soon, common sense will not only rein in our schools, but in our lives. We may seem to be lost at the moment, but we can be found. Thank you for your service, Sir.

OOPS!
Hi Pat,
Last month, you mentioned a woman called Gwen at Absolutely You in Inverness. She does permanent eye liner; sounds wonderful to me. However, I could not find her ad in the Crier, nor could I find her telephone number in the phone book. Perhaps you would be kind enough to let me know where the ad is, or alternatively, let me have her telephone number.
I love your page; it’s like going back into the past. Such fun! SUSAN LAPORTE, HERNANDO
NOTE FROM PAT: Gwen and Marty would be so happy that you responded to my delight in permanent eye liner. They are located in the Highland Square Shopping Center, just behind Insight Bank, 219 E. Highland Blvd., Inverness. Telephone 352-726-1100. The ad was not published in all editions, just Ocala. Thank you for your kind words regarding my column. Some months I wonder what I am going to say and once I begin, the pages are full. I have been writing that column for years and years and it never is the same! Enjoy Gwen and Marty!

DID YOU KNOW…?
Hi Pat:
This little trick will save beautiful bouquets of flowers: Just add a few pinches of table salt to the water. The salt slows down the growth of harmful bacteria. LOVE TO GARDEN

SOOO CUTE!
Dear Readers:
This is a pattern I found while going through some papers. It is an oldie but goodie, and easy to do. Do you remember wearing Mary Jane shoes? Here is a crocheted pattern for an infant.

CROCHETED MARY JANES
Finished Size: Fits infant’s 3 1/2 to 4-inch sole
MATERIALS: 2 ounces red acrylic sport yarn; 2 black ½-inch shank buttons; G crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE: 4 STS = 1 INCH; 4 SC ROWS = 1 INCH; 2 HDC ROWS = 3/4 INCH
BASIC STITCHES: Chain, slip stitch, half double crochet, double crochet

NOTE: If smaller slipper is desired, use a size F hook. For an even tinier slipper, use fingering or baby-weight yarn. For babies age 3 to 6 months, use size H hook.

SLIPPER (MAKE 2)
RND 1: Starting at sole, chi 10, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 7 chs; for toe, 5 sc in last ch; working on opposite side of chs, sc in next 7 chs, 2 sc in last ch, join with sl st in first sc. (22 sc made)

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 5 sts, hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in each of last 2 sts, join with sl st in top of ch-2. (30 hdc)

RND 3: (Ch 2, hdc) in first st, hdc in next 12 sts, 2 hdc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, 2 hdc in each of last 2 sts, join (36)

RNDS 4 – 5: For sides, ch 2, hdc in each st around, join.

RND 6: Ch 2, hdc in next 11 sts. (dc next 2 sts tog) 6 times, hdc in last 12 sts, join. (30 sts)

RND 7: Ch 2, hdc in next 10 sts, (dc next 2 sts tog) 4 times, hdc in last 11 sts, join. Fasten off.
FOR STRAP: Chain 15, hdc in third ch from hook (ch-2 forms buttonhole), hdc in each ch across. Fasten off. Sew end of strap to two stitches on inside edge of slipper. Sew button to outside edge of slipper corresponding to buttonhole. PAT

IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH,
YOU DON’T HAVE TO REMEMBER ANYTHING.
Keep smiling!



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