Betty’s Week

By Betty Shearer

  Thursday was Bridge night, so after work I packed the van and headed for Jimmie’s and Bill’s. Packing took awhile, because we had to be ready for an early departure for Jackson on Friday morning. We were spending a couple of days at the TBZH Print Shop in the MS Ag Museum, getting ready for Harvest Fest Weekend in November. Again, let me invite you to to attend this event—activities on this weekend are great. You’ll see most everything the Museum has to offer, up and running. The sorghum mill will be making molasses, the blacksmiths will be demonstrating their talents, biscuits will be baked, the quilting guild of MS will be present to show you their art and also will have numerous quilts to exhibit, and sometimes there are demonstrations of spinning and weaving. All the buildings will be open and staffed, the little train will be offering rides, numerous concessions will be available, along with the general store, where you can get some great goodies and souvenirs. The church, school, Masonic Lodge, doctor’s office, and all the exhibit building will be open And we’ll we at full force, hopefully, to show you how hot-metal printing was done in the early part of this century. We have our shop clean (as clean as you can get it), all the machinery in working order, and Jimmie printed lots of great stuff to give you and we’ll print more during Harvest Fest Weekend. If you enjoy farming, ag aviation, early farm homesteads, and everything that goes with these, come on out for a wonderful trip back into time. As time for this event draws nearer, I’ll remind you of the date, which is the second weekend in November.

  Back to Bridge, as usual I took low and I think it was a record for me. Had one decent hand all night and was bluffed out of bidding its limit. Hostess Eddie Claire Rowsey, with the help of Husband Tommy, fed us an excellent meal and the fellowship was great, as always. As we were leaving though, Claire says, “Watch you step, there may be snakes.” She reported having a dog bitten recently. Says the snakes are really moving about with the cooler weather. I was ready to go home, but then remembered that I’ve seen several snakes on the Cole carport and also on my front walk, and even in the house. Can’t get away from those pests.

  Weather was great all weekend and we kept the doors open to the shop both days until about three in the afternoon—west sun finally necessitated closing up and turning on the AC.  We’d left a couple of jobs on the press ready for printing, so after Mary Sue (Anderson) and Jimmie swept out the cobwebs and dust, Jimmie began printing—she’s turned into a pretty good pressman. I set and made ready another form for her and then resumed my Ludlow 101 Course—I’ll master that thing yet. Set one job, with Bennett doing the actual casting. After interrupting his work on the Linotype every couple of minutes for a time, I decided to bite the bullet and cast for myself. I made the first cast, with no squirt (hot metal spewing all over you) and then continued to cast my lines for the rest of the day, without even breaking the machine (which I did the first time I tried to run it). T. J. (Ray) had brought lots of cute stuff for us to set and print—don’t know where he gets all his material, but some of it is priceless. While we were all busy at our jobs, Mary Sue was greeting our guests. When she needs us, we all stop and help her explain our operation.

  Jimmie and I visited with Brother Terry in Brandon Friday night. After he treated us to dinner at Logans, we came back to the house and watched the conclusion of the debate. Then we watched some of the rehash. Was pleased to hear many of the commentators remark that even though Mississippi is often listed on the bottom rung, they saw a prosperous looking, dignified area, with an overflowing of Southern hospitality. I’m proud that we came off as a class act—with nothing bad happening on our watch. When you host an event of this magnitude, you always hold your breath, because there are radical folks everywhere, often imports from other places.

  On our trip down and back we enjoyed the wildflowers and turning foliage. It looks like we are going to have a really beautiful fall. Goldenrods, as much as I hate them, and the coreopsis  were in full bloom—looked like a sea of gold. Jimmie was suffering with a severe headache (sinus infection caused from the pollen), and every time I mentioned the flowers’ beauty, she yelled, “No those things are ugly”. She survived the weekend with sinus pills and have to admit I had to partake a few times.

  The produce in the garden in back of the shop was down to okra, but its yield was enough to make the trip to Jackson worthwhile. We went out to cut the big pods, so that the stalks would keep bearing, but discovered lots of eating size. So our good deed was repaid instantly. Then we spied pears in the top of the trees and attempted to get them down. Gathered about half bushel by shaking the trees. However, they were so juicy that when they hit the ground they burst. We did pick them up and I took them home and pealed them—about half of each fruit was salvable. Made a cobbler (which was delicious) and put about five quarts in the freezer. Arriving home Jimmie and I ate a couple and when we discovered how delicious they were we wished we’d found a ladder and picked pears on Saturday instead of printing.

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  Was so sorry to hear of the death of Steve Moore on Monday. He had fought a long battle with cancer. Sympathy is extended to his wife, Viola, Son Chad, Daughter April, and all the Moore and Hughes families. He will be missed.

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  Betty Johnson Ford (wife of the late Joe Ford) was in for a short visit on Monday. She had visited the graves of loved ones to place flowers. Shared that the monument, marking the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Ford in Oak Hill, had been pushed off its foundation. This caused her concern and it does me, also. I encourage the personnel at the cemetery to be very careful when mowing or digging other graves—if at all possible don’t disturb another gravesite.

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  First of the Fall Music in the Park presentations will be Saturday night. Playing will be the Hudu Engineers. I’m looking forward to hearing them. Concessions will be available.


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