November 7, 2013
Have you seen the commercial where the camel strolls through the office harassing employees with, “Guess what day it is?”
Well guess what .. the holiday season is upon us. The Christmas and winter catalogues are arriving from everywhere. Once upon a time, we only received winter catalogues from Sears Roebuck, J.C.Penney, and Montgomery Ward. Then a separate Christmas catalogue with all the toys came later. We referred to them as “wish books”, and they were the signal to start planning. Mind you, we did go through both Halloween and Thanksgiving, before Christmas holiday decorations went up in stores or at home.
Trick or treat has come and gone, so what are the family plans for Thanksgiving? Count your blessings and hopefully enjoy a bountiful meal, before going out into the shopping chaos. Just take a day of loving fellowship with family and friends first.
Thanksgiving when I was a youngster meant school dismissed on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday and hog killing at the farm of my Uncle Milton and Aunt Mossie Sharp. It used to be cold enough back then to prevent the meat from spoiling. Mother, Ella Mae Moody and I would go down on Wednesday afternoon and my dad Ruben Moody would join us on Thursday, along with Billy and Helen Mullins and son Wayne.
I won’t go into details of the processing of the meat, but suffice to say, I was not allowed near a butcher knife, all of which had been well sharpened for the occasion. But there was a big cast iron kettle being stirred over an open fire to make lard and sausage to be ground, seasoned and stuffed into sacks for smoking. Our bountiful meal did not include a turkey, but fresh ribs, tenderloin, and roast with multiple vegetables, breads and desserts. Aunt Mossie always made a stew from many of the “special” parts of the hog, like the tongue, heart, liver, etc., which when eaten with cornbread was one of my favorites.
There was no television and no football game, so after the sumptuous meal Wayne, his dad, and I would grab a rifle and head to the woods hunting. I’m not sure for what, don’t remember ever bringing home a trophy. After a great day there was still work to be done, salting and preparing the hams, shoulders, and sausage to absorb the smoke flavor while curing. Did I tell you Aunt Mossie also made souse? (Yankees call that head cheese.)
What a delightful memory. If you have memories like these, Thanksgiving day is a perfect time to share them with your children and grandchildren.
Coming up on Saturday November 30, a day has been set aside for National Small Business Day. Be sure and check out our local small business. Who knows, you might find something special. And show pride in our local national award winning small business Auburn Leather.
The Auburn Senior Center will be closed on Monday November 11, but will have a movie and popcorn on Tuesday morning following the walk with ease exercise class. Line dancing continues on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. On Friday, November 15 Kentucky Legal Aid will be hosting Medicare Part D Open Enrollment and will be answering questions about Health Insurance. Heads Up here folks, this is important to all seniors and their families.
As of this writing, we are still awaiting the arrival of director April Pawley’s baby. The Pawleys have been told this will be another girl and have chosen a name, but we will need to wait for the remaining details.
Lucille Bond is back in the hospital battling a stubborn infection.
Friends and acquaintances of the family are sharing memories of former teacher and Auburn native Fannie Washer who recently passed away at the age of 98.
Condolences to the loved ones of my gentleman feline friend Buddy C. Buddy lead a long and varied life, but remained true to himself to the end which came on Tuesday of this week. Recently he suffered a number of health issues including old age and blindness, but he bravely faced each day until the last and was buried in the family plot near his home. He left no known descendants.
Because of the quickly approaching holidays, we are asking for helpers and donations of new toys or cash for Christmas for Kids of Auburn. This 8th Annual event will be held at the Auburn Hosiery Mill location as usual and is again sponsored by the Auburn Restaurant and Pool Room.
Gayle Montgomery Gregory assures us that word has been sent to Santa Claus and we are awaiting his reply. Hopefully he will join us immediately following the Auburn Christmas parade on Sunday December 8. In the meantime, working elves are needed. Please contact Gayle if you are willing or have a donation.
Happy Birthday to Cory Mayes, Sally Carver, and Janice Ayers. If you see someone selling “poppies” this weekend, buy one and wear it on Monday to honor every man, woman, or animal who has served this country. Thank you veterans and have a blessed day.