Rains County Leader (Emory, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 15, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 19, 2006 Page: 4 of 26
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P Bains Countu Leader
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006
by Donnie Durch
The old adage is true; Acoms
don’t fall far from the tree. My
delightful guest last March
was Debbjp--f6nesT rey'deligjvf-
ful guesr last week was Kelli
Bryant; my delightful guest this
week is Robbie Poston. She’s
the mother-in-law and mother,
respectively, of the other two and
life for them is all about family
While bom and raised in Dal-
las, Robbie came to the Alba area
as a single mother with Kelli and
son Kevin- because her parents,
Joyce and Willie Harrison (now
deceased), lived there. The older
couple is probably best remem-
bered for working the entrance
gate at the Rains County Fair.
Robbie shared, “They so looked
forward to it every year.”
The Harrisons also owned a
Texaco station in Alba, which
later became Reid’s Fuel Stop
and is now T.J.’s Cafe. Robbie
worked at her parents’ station
one day a week, and a local
fellow named James Poston
came in quite often. After he
snagged her, which didn’t take
very long, Robbie said he told her
kids, “I should have taken that
short-legged, brown-eyed girl a
long time ago." About 10 years
ago they got married in Granny
Gene’s home, his mother, and
now live on 300-plus acres of
family property outside Alba.
Our guest’s home is the place
where many enjoyable family
gatherings occur. A claque on the
kitchen wall reads YMy favor-
ite recipe... eat out!" That's a
big joke! Robbie loves to cook,
especially sweets, but she has the
tiniest kitchen I've ever seen. The
animated lady said, “If you blink
you miss it, and when the girls
and 1 get in there, we’re really
Actually, it’s a one-person
kitchen, for sure. During fam-
ily gatherings Robbie said they
laugh about what cooking needs
to be done but just get in there
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and do it. “I wouldn’t take any-
thing for those moments,” she
Other special moments are
when the girls in the family go
shopping. Shop till they drop is
their motto - at Mineola, Sulphur
Springs, Greenville or even Dal-
las. Robbie explained, “My favor-
ite thing is to get my girls and go
to Dallas for the whole day. We
all get in my Trailblazer, eat out
and make a day of it.” The girls
consist of Kelli, Debbie, Devyn,
Megan and Taylor. And don’t
forget First Monday Trades Day
in Canton: They love that place.
Clothes, things for the house, and
spring plants and flowers are just
some of the things they buy.
Recently, all the girls went on
a trip to San Antonio. Robbie said
they shopped and shopped, hung
out on the river walk and just had
fun. “That place will never be the
same,” Mom said with a grin.
However, as with any human
who’s walked on this earth for
any length of time, Robbie has
had her challenges: She’s a two-
time cancer survivor. A bout with
breast cancer 17 years ago came
out okay, but in 2003 Robbie
heard those dreaded words she
thought she’d never hear again:
Robbie, you have cancer. That
time it was ovarian, and she
knows she’s a lucky lady to sur-
vive that often-fatal illness.
Her kids tell her she’s the
strongest woman they know. “I
guess I’m their rock,” she added.
When Mom lost her hair dur-
ing both cancer bouts, she opted
to wear wigs instead of using
hats or handkerchiefs because of
her kids. “I didn’t want to see
'that look’ in their eyes,” she
When talking about James,
who’s an oilfield consultant, a dif-
ferent look appeared in Robbie’s
eyes. It was one of adoration.
Our guest said he’s like a big old
gentle teddy bear. Ail the kids
- his and hers - call him Paw, arid
he loves it too when all the fam-
ily comes over. The boys usually
go out to the shop, and the girls
giggle and cook, she said.
“Yes, I do have a good life,”
Robbie said in response to a
statement I made. James is a
homebody who doesn’t like to
travel, so that works out perfectly
for him to be with the family that
enjoys nothing more than being
together. Robbie said she doesn’t
foresee anything different hap-
pening in the future. All the little
acoms are clustered together with
the giant oak-of-a-mom provid-
ing the towering strength.
Pineapple and Cream
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 20-oz. can pineapple,
1 c. chopped pecans
Cream eggs and sugar well; add
other ingredients and mix well. Bake
in greased and floured 9xl2-inch
pan or bundt pan at 350 degrees for
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese,
1 stick butter (soft)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar
Beat with mixer; cream cheese,
butter and vanilla until well
blended. Add sugar and blend well
until smooth. Spread on cake while
Com Flake Potatoes
2 lbs. frozen hashbrowns
1 pt. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 Tbsp. minced onion
salt and pepper
1/2 c. melted butter
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Mix all together and spread in
9x13x2 inch casserole dish.
1 c. crushed corn flakes
1/4 c. melted butter, drizzle over
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. vinegar
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. salad oil
1 Tbsp. water
Heat syrup until sugar dissolves.
Pour over vegetables. Marinate in
1 can French style green beans
1 can English peas (drained)
1 can whole kernel corn
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped green pepper
1 c. chopped onion
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
2 3.4-oz. pkg. white chocolate
instant pudding and pie
2 c. cold milk (divided)
1 8-oz. tub Cool Whip
1 6-oz. graham cracker crust.
Beat cream cheese and 1/2 c. milk
with wire whisk until smooth. Add
remaining 1-1/2 c. milk and pud-
ding mixes. Beat with wire whisk
for 1 minute. Stir in whipped top-
ping until smooth and well blended.
Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 4
hours or until set.
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TOPS TX 1244 met in regu-
lar session on September 20.
The meeting was called to order
by leader Betty Gothard. The
devotional was given by Lori
We all said the TOPS pledge
and sang the TOPS song.
Johnnie Dry called roll with
five weighing in. Ruby Raymer
was TOPS best loser. Margaret
Mierzwik won the money can.
The minutes were approved as
read by Lori Wilson.
Margaret Mierzwik gave the
program last week. Linda Frank-
lin will present the program this
We closed with our Helping
Hands pledge and sang the
We weigh in every Tuesday
night at Emory Baptist Church
from 5:30 to 6:00, and the meet-
ing is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
For more information call
Linda Franklin at 903-598-3205.
Monday: Steak and gravy,
mashed potatoes, vegetables
with cheese, roll, cookies.
Tuesday: Chicken casserole,
seasoned com, seasoned beets,
Wednesday: Meat loaf, sea-
soned peas, boiled cabbage,
combread, cup of fruit.
Thursday: Chicken tenders,
scalloped potatoes, buttered car-
rots, wheat bread, cake square.
Friday: Beef nuggets with
gravy, mashed potatoes, sea-
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Hill, Earl Clyde, Jr. Rains County Leader (Emory, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 15, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 19, 2006, newspaper, September 19, 2006; Emory, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth766944/m1/4/: accessed August 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rains County Library.