March 1, 2011 Vol. 25, No. 1 [p. 1]

February 10th- winter

February 15th- spring


From Winter to Spring in One Week

On February 10 we had 4 inches of snow- that's quite a snowfall for this part of Mississippi! But spring was not to be outdone by a little winter weather. Now the spring flowers are determined to bud forth- and the humans are getting interested in pruning!!

Our pecan crop this year netted us 160 pounds- which, after cracking, gave us approximately 30 pounds of meats. Not as many as some years in the past but considering the drought of last summer, the trees made a valiant effort. Of course, we can only guess how many squirrels fed their families before we got there!!

Many thanks to all who have donated their time and services in so many ways. Many have helped us with mailings and with the yard work. Many have served on committees and helped us plan and dream. Some of you have donated materials for the people in Honduras- ready for when Mary goes in July.

From the Kitchen---
When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat, please!

For the kitchen---
We so appreciate any casseroles, bread, soups or surprises that you could donate for our food service.

Hermitages are often available during the week and on weekends when we have groups in Umbria. Give us a call to check on this- when you want to get away to be still.

A Glimpse of Mardi Gras Drawdown

The band helped set the mood.

February 4, 2011- Despite the horrible weather leading up to the day (what can we expect- its the first weekend of February!) over 80 brave party-goers gathered at the Lee Home for a great party, fantastic food, good music, and the hope of prizes.

Guitarists Tom Hannigan, Ed Swain, Larry Priest, and drummer Bob Damm entertained us with oldies but goodies with perfect voice and rhythm.

Since the lights were low for a perfect atmosphere, all the photos I took were too dark to be included here. However, the highlights of the evening were the good food organized by Karen Henry and all her generous cooks who donated the hors d'oeuvres, the wine served by Toney Torrez, the beer donated by St. Joe K C s and the many prizes prepared by the Dwelling Place. Decorations by Anna House and Jean Wrather put us in the spirit of Mardi Gras.

Of course, the main event was the drawdown for the $2500. The last ticket drawn (which was the last ticket sold) was that of Joe Johnson of Vicksburg, a young minister who leads a house church. Even though all 190 of us lost, we were happy for him.

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