Seven of my African friends and ten friends from Tennessee joined me at the cabin for New Year's Day! Ed Williams brought his accordion and my brother Lowell brought his new Christmas present, a Fender "Starcaster" guitar. Well, I think "Starcaster" is the right name. We had a wonderful time of singing traditional southern gospel, interspersed with a few African choruses.
For a 10:30a.m. brunch we had grits with bacon and eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits, "Sand Mountain" syrup, coffee and hot tea. This was all served up in royal style on royal paper plates! Also, my son-in-law, Curtis, cooked hot dogs and chicken on his new portable gas grill. (The dogs were great Curtis! Sorry - but I was too stuffed to try the chicken.)
After brunch for those who were still hungry we had made a dutch oven full of chili which stayed in the fire a little too long - but that did not seem to deter everyone from eating. It only took me an hour to scrape the burnt mess out of the bottom of that pot! My personal thanks to my friend Ed Williams for doing more than his share of cooking and cleaning up. Thanks to Mike, Ed's son, for cooking the three pounds of bacon. Also to my sons-in-law, Curtis and Rick Durham for their cooking skills and their helpfulness with the clean-up. I must add a big Thank You to God for making it possible for us to have this place to relax.
And I must tell you about the African's reaction to guns. At first about half of thm did not want to shoot any gun at all. Peraps that is because I started them out first with the .30 calibre Marlin. When they heard the loud report of the first shot ringing in their ears they all jumped back, with that wide scary eyed look and began to protest the noise. But then when I changed to the .22 and demonstrated the ease with which it can be shot they all finally joined in. Some even liked it...and one loved it! Wish all of you could have been with us.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!