2013-09-12 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Walnuts better after a good ‘washing’

Dr. Bill Branan has a beautiful Night Blooming Cereus blooming at his home on Poplar Drive. He says it blooms between 8 p.m. and midnight, then begins to subside. He has had as many as 25 blooms at one time. I wish I could see it, but that’s out of my night-travel range. l

Hooray for the Tigers. l

Be sure to take a trip up Lexington Avenue and see the nice new soccer field at the Washington- Wilkes Parks and Recreation site (old Wilkes Academy property.) They timed things just right with the rain and now the sunshine and the field is ready to go. They expect to begin playing on the field next week. A large crew spent at least three days last week in that hot sun, from sun-up to sun-down, putting up the fence and a new concessions stand to the rear of the field will be ready for the first games. Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation Director Pete Gartrell says everybody is excited and ready. l

There are George Tabor and Formosa azaleas blooming under the tree at CSRA Office Products (M&M) on East Robert Toombs Avenue (next to Fievet Pharmacy.) I don’t know if they are early or late (probably early.) They usually bloom in the spring in April and May. l Joan and Robert Spears on the Lincolnton Road always gather the many black walnuts that fall from my trees, process them, and sell them nationwide. Joan will be having knee-replacement surgery this week, so they will not be doing that this year. She has a unique way of harvesting the delicious nuts inside all that covering they carry. She likes to get them when they are still green, instead of when they have turned brown and dried. Then she runs them through a cycle in her washing machine and says the walnuts are easy to crack and pick out after that treatment.. l

A letter from Jean Newsome Casey of Cedartown says that she remembers a cold day in August in 1949 – and it may be the same one that I wrote about. She writes that her family was camping at Fountain Campground during the third week in August. On Saturday afternoon it began to rain and the temperature started dropping significantly. That night everybody was trying to find extra cover. Her grandfather, Jack Newsome, slept in his long-sleeved dress shirt. necktie, and pants for extra warmth. The next day was the coldest Sunday in August most of those attending could remember at Fountain Campground. Jean says that at that time there was no electricity or plumbing in the cabins. Cooking was done on a woodburning stove and the heat from the stove was quite welcome that weekend. l

Almost a thousand children in pre-school through the fifth grade enjoyed performances at the Washington Little Theater Company’s Bolton Lunceford Playhouse last week. Directed by April Shelton, and assisted by Joan Bowen, four actors presented the children’s play, “Why Do Heroes Have Big Feet?” by Katherine Schultz Miller. The actors were Nathan Bowen, Michael Bowen, Sabrina Dodgen, and Paula Stevens. Nathan is nine years old and Michael is 11 years old. The plays introduced the children to heroes of the past including Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. A total of eight shows was presented during the three days of performance. Children came from several area schools as well as ­Wilkes County. l

Darren Pharr does a lot of long distance walking around town during his after school hours, and from my observation, it seems that he is already getting his youngest son, Alex, to get in some training. As I was starting out from the Rider House Saturday morning to begin my daily walk, Darren and Alex came by in a rather brisk stroll. I met them again as I was coming up Spring Street and they were going down Spring Street. We met at the entrance to the City’s parking lot, and I heard Darren say, “Are you ready to go?” And Alex “took off” across the First United Methodist Church parking lot, up and down ramps, at a pretty good clip for jogging. I didn’t see them any more but I assume they got back to their home on Poplar Drive, ready for a treat. l

Tracy’s Clothes Line in downtown Washington is now Ms. Tracy’s and will be catering to just children except for the tuxedo rental part of the business. Tracy (McAvoy) says she will have children’s clothes, gifts, nostalgia candy, along with lots of fun. She will provide all you need for children’s parties and you can schedule them with her and she will do everything. l

Can you believe we’re back to praying for rain? Nobody reports having any rain in the past week and Sonny Johnson at Tyrone says the last rain he got was on August 21. l

Gas prices, west to east through Washington Monday afternoon were: $3.48; $3.44; $3.40; and $3.48. l

A big thank you to my readers for sending me items for this column. I welcome any that you send, and especially those that include ­Wilkes County names. An email from Rachel J. Arnold has some interesting things about growing up and getting older. Rachel says: Someone asked the other day, what was her favorite fast food when she was growing up? She told him that there was no fast food when she was growing up. All the food was slow. “C’mon, seriously, where did you eat?,” he said. Rachel explained that it was a place called home. “Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it. By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.”

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