Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"The Lord is good..."

More on the Alabama farm---John and his brother always spent a week or so there each summer with their cousins, seeing what was going on all over the farm, riding the trucks through the fields. The first 21 years of his life, John never went anywhere but to Alabama. Two things John always remembers about his uncle---he always called his wife "sugar" and his favorite saying was, "two much sugar for a dime". It was said that when his father in law married, he had $2 in his pocket and when he died, he was a millionaire and he made his money by buying farms. John's aunt was left land from her father and his only stipulation was that if sold the money had to be put back into land. That was one reason they ended up with so much land/farms! During these years, the boll weevil invaded the south and helped ruin many cotton farmers. After that they sold to the Space Center and moved on to another farm. John's brother was so impressed with this farm that he was majoring in agriculture when was taken in the air force for World War II and ultimately was killed in the war. He was the only cousin who died in the war.
I have several recipes of his aunt: Here is one of them...
Hot fruit casserole
1 large can each: peaches, pears, pineapple Drain well, arrange in casserole, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 TBSP flour...Add 1/2 cup butter. Bake one hour at 300 degrees, add drained stem red cherries, and 2 TBSP sherry extract, baking another 45 minutes. This is so good with ham or pork...especially in the winter.
More great family memories. We have the family Bible from the 1840 era Family that John's uncle gave to us, and our son has the family dinner bell, from that last farm. We are so blest with all these family memories.
Today was my two MRI's, and along with a very nice medication, I hardly knew it happened. I almost slept through the entire hour and a half. The best way I know to do an MRI!!! The head on was good, with no tumors! Thank you God!!!The liver MRI will be explained on Monday when I go for the first chemo of the new kind. Meantime, much happiness for more good days. Psalm 118:1, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."

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