Friends stop by Round Table with good food

The time has arrived for us to get pecans. If all goes as planned we should have them in the store by Nov. 15.
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We are blessed with many friends and some just seem to go out of their way to do thoughtful deeds that make a good day better. Bill Smith of Grand Prairie, son of Joe Donald and Emma Lee Smith of Diboll, has been known as a good cook for several years and now we can vouch for that. For lunch one day Bill brought a pot of delicious Santa Fe soup and served it with homemade broccoli-cheese cornbread. He also made a dessert using apples and sugar cookie dough. Bill wasn’t pleased with it but there wasn’t any left so that must mean it was good.
Before arriving in Diboll on Wednesday, Bill spent Monday and Tuesday at his home in Grand Prairie without Internet service, which also included telephone and TV services. In almost total isolation he managed to survive. The next day he drove to his parents’ house in Diboll and that night a storm left them without electricity for almost 24 hours and the only road in and out was closed. Bill said there is not much one can do without electrical service but take a lot of naps. Bill is a retired school teacher, having taught in Diboll, Grand Prairie and nine years in Germany where he lived in a 22-room house and had maid service every week for $25. It was a good nine years, except learning to deal with lots of cold weather and shoveling snow.
Thank you Bill for learning how to cook during those years and sharing your cooking talents with us at the Round Table. It was a delicious meal!
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That same day, Margaret (Cook) Smith came in bringing two loaves of homemade bread that were still warm from the oven, and the aroma filled the store. Andrea was trying to convince Margaret to make her some dinner rolls that could be frozen until Thanksgiving. A few minutes later Carolyn (Conner) Smith (no relation to Margaret) brought several mini loaves of sweet potato bread. What a day! We thank all of you for remembering us with good food.
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Jimmy Terrell came in to buy his hunting license and had with him his wife, Consuelo, and pretty 1-year-old daughter Layla. Corrigan’s Bo Smith came in for the first time since being thrown from a horse almost three months ago. He had very serious injuries, and his doctor said had it not been for his bones being much younger than his age he would not have recovered as quickly.
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Woody Ingram decided to try a new product we are selling, Big & J, it is a mixture designed to attract deer. He put it in the back of his Tahoe and called back to say before he got home, he had deer following him.
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Gary Hendrick stopped by the store dressed in hunting clothes. When someone asked him had he been hunting, he replied, “I guess if you call sitting in a deer stand hunting, I would have to say, yes.” He and his wife Delana recently returned from another trip to Round Top where they enjoyed looking at all the antiques along the roadside and in various buildings around Warrington, Carmine and Shelby. They enjoy it so much that they go twice a year and stay in their RV. He was bragging about a good place to eat on County Road 319 in an old house called The Catcus, which is famous for their fried onion rings. One fourth of an order was more than enough for four people. He also recommended the Burton Café for the best pies and a French restaurant, the Brazos Bell.
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What a surprise I had when a young woman came in asking about mayhaw jelly.  She was from Tennessee and was in town visiting her dad, longtime Dibollian Amos Lewis.  Donda (Lewis) Kreatschman lived in Alaska for a while but has been in Tennessee for a couple of years. Her brothers are Randy and Stephen; her mom is Nanree (Turner) and her grandfather, Don Turner (Loree was his wife) was the pastor at Diboll First Baptist back in the 1950s. It’s a small world!
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Eule Mann was proud of his first deer he shot at Ryan’s Lake Hunting Club. 10-year-old Avery Benton was excited about going on her first deer hunt with her granddad, Joe Bearden. Joe Allen was in getting a new battery for his deer feeder. Monica Gilbert was in buying pinto beans. Martin Tamez is a happy owner of a new Stihl blower. John Shadow stopped by for a few minutes to catch up on his and John Ralph’s mutual retired “logging” friends. Dr. Charles Kent stopped by checking on the delivery date for the pecans. Rodney Cheshire shared that his mother, Ruth Cheshire, celebrated her recent birthday in Branson, Mo. Gerald Kendrick stopped by for alfalfa hay on his way to his hunting club.
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Enjoyed a short visit with Robert Ellison. He and his wife Tammy moved back to Beulah near where his Burchfield grandparents lived. Tammy works at Shabby Bliss and their son Jacob attends eighth grade in Diboll. Daughter Faith plays softball while attending Angelina College and son Micah is a freshman at Monticello, Ark., and plays third base for the Boll Weevils.
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Mary Lou Havard came in with her longtime best friend from when they lived in Lafayette, La. Therese “Teet” Touart  now lives in Pensacola, Fla., with her husband, Jim Crumlish. Teet’s hertitage comes from the Quina family, whose original home built in the 1800s  is now a small museum in the historical district of Pensacola. Teet loves to dance and is an excellent seamtress and has made hundreds of costumes for her daughter’s dance studio. Jim Crumlish retired from McDonald Douglas after having lived around the world and met Teet at a dance about five years ago. He swept her off her feet and they married about two years. Even in their 80s they still love to dance and recently were featured in an old fashioned variety show dancing in the historic Imogene Theatre in downtown Milton, Fla., wearing 1940s clothing that Teet had designed and made. Their picture was so cute!
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The Christmas box for toys here at the store is still empty. Please remember to donate to the Christmas Blessings project that will benefit more than 250 children in our community. Volunteers, gift cards and monetary gifts are needed. For more information contact Bessie Furgurson at 936-829-4217 or Delana Hendrick 936-635-2812.
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You don’t want to miss seeing The Texas Bible College’s musical and stage presentation of “The Gospel According to SCROOGE.” We saw it last year and it is outstanding! It will be Dec 5-7 and tickets are available at tbcstore.net. or call 936-633-7799.
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Come see us…’round the table.

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@poulands.com or 936-829-4040.