Thursday, July 2, 2015


It's been ages since I had 'company' over for dinner! I had even slowed down, and I mean slowed way down on invitations that I extended even toward my family. During Elbert's illness it became a way of life for me to just do what had to be done and nothing extra.

After he was gone, I stayed in that mind-set. I'd tell myself, I am just getting older and can't cook for a bunch of people. "My back would hurt", I'd say. Or, since I moved into my apartment "I don't have room".

I let myself get into a real rut. It was some CORN that brought me to my senses!

Yep, I said, CORN. The kind you eat. Good ole Silver Queen white corn, fresh from the field. Yum.

The Stephensons Farm in Wakefield always have a trailer of corn sitting out on Hwy. 460 along about the last of June, first part of July. 

So, I got this big idea, drove up and bought 24 ears.

I had invited some friends that I have here at the Commons apartment complex to an early 4th of July apartment picnic of sorts.

All of a sudden I got excited and full of energy. I decorated some (don't have a lot of stuff to decorate with here). 

Three of the gals offered to contribute to the menu and we were in business.

It was so much fun. And, now, we are talking about doing it on a regular basis.

The point... growing old should not limit our social contact with family and friends. Being with friends, enjoying good fellowship and eating good food (and corn) lifts our spirits, makes us feel useful, needed and yes, younger. Try it. It works.

                                                                             Stay happy, stay young,


  1. Hello, I love the silver queen white corn, so sweet and yummy. It was a great idea to have your friends over, especially when they can bring a dish to help out! Enjoy your Thursday and have a happy 4th of July!

  2. Awesome! I love how this came together all because of your love of fresh summer corn. I think you probably made your neighbors happy with this spur of the moment gathering. You have a zest for life that is contagious.
    Love your patriotic header.
    Happy Fourth of July!

  3. ooooooh this really made me smile and I am so happy it lifted your spirits!! So how was the corn?? Was it yummy?? We had our first jersey corn yesterday, six ears for lunch (all we had was corn) and it was outstanding!! Jersey corn, it's a big deal!!

  4. And I really like your new header!! Awesome changes everywhere!!

  5. Excellent advice! I am smiling to think of all the fun you folks had visiting and eating. Why not?! Life as it should be.

  6. How fun! I am so glad you decided to do this! I'm glad it was a huge success. I bet that corn was YUMMY! :-) Yes, it was great talking with you this morning. I love it when I'm up early and we can get on the phone...I may start doing that more often since I've started waking up earlier than I used to. It used to be 8:30, and now it's usually 6:30. :-) You being 3 hours later, that works out perfectly for me. I know Leslie's over there for dinner in the evenings, so an afternoon call never works. And I'm usually doing something and let the time get away from me till it's almost your bedtime. :-) Love you!

  7. What a sweet way to celebrate. I love the way you find ways to reach out, Latane; and look how your little good idea led to another. I'll bet the party will be greatly expanded next year....mark my words :) Now, I'm suddenly thinking of supper tonight and wondering if Dean and Don's has any sweet corn left in their bins. Happy 4th.

  8. Good for you! Sure looks like you all had a good time!


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