My dear sister and friend, Jackie Chappell New, has been telling me about the renovations of her bedroom and bathroom suite. I finally got to see it on my recent visit and it is truly as beautiful as she described. I spent the afternoon and night with Jackie and her husband Reid and Jackie and I attended a matinee showing of the movie ‘Downton Abbey.’ The three of us then dined at a Mexican restaurant and shared stories and laughed into the night.
Jackie and I grew up in Richland and are friends and classmates; Richland was a great place to grow up and I am proud to call it my hometown. It was a village full of friendly people who helped one another. The time we share is always enjoyable; Jackie is the ultimate hostess, I hated to leave but I was expected in Richland the next afternoon.
My drive to Webster County and Richland was filled with enjoying studying the farm land; I enjoy seeing the fields and the tending and harvesting of crops. I guess it comes from growing up around farm acres and having friends and family who earn a living working the land. My paternal grandfather was a proud Terrell County farmer and instilled a love of the land in my soul.
Marcia was house and pet sitting while her daughter-in-love, Candice, had back surgery and Nick Todd accompanied his wife during her stay at the hospital. Once I unpacked my car, we drove to Columbus to give Nick Todd time to go rest while we stayed with Candice. Later that afternoon, Marcia and I decided to visit a few establishments in Columbus and then ate at one of my favorite restaurants, Country’s Barbecue, at the original location near the old Columbus Square Mall.
We spent our youth driving back and forth from Richland to Columbus; Columbus was where we went to the movies, ate fast food and enjoyed fine dining, and had appointments with doctors, dentists and used the various medical facilities.
One afternoon we drove to nearby Shellman and ate one of the best grilled steaks we have ever eaten at the “Back Porch”, I highly recommend this local restaurant. We drove the scenic route back to Richland and Marcia laughed when I described a huge planting of cotton ready for harvesting as southern snow but it looks like it to me. For a while we followed a group of guys on farm equipment driving similar to a parade on the highway, it is something that brought back great memories of our younger days living in rural Georgia.
Thanks to my dear friends Sonny and Paula Stapleton, I was able to bring home several buckets of green-peanuts to share and boil for the freezer. There is no treat quite like fresh boiled peanuts, clean them up some, soak in brine for a while and then boil them until done to your taste. Gosh those Webster County peanuts truly are the best in the world.