Music club honors pianist in a big way

Yes, thank you, I finally got the Christmas decorations put away—except for that dead poinsettia I just spotted in the corner...and that one nativity scene in the bedroom...or the stocking on the guest room door. Why do we always find these stragglers when we think we are through?

Oh, and I have to say (he’s making me) that Bill did help me with the undecorating by putting things in the storeroom. He’s so glad to see it finally gone. Oh, except for that Santa hiding in the window in the plant....What next?


I was a guest Monday night of the Matinee Music Club for a delightful program honoring dear friend Gerry Selden- Janik, for her many years of contributing to music over the years in Rockdale in many ways, but specifically for being volunteer accompanist for literally hundreds of Big Blue Band from Tigerland musicians when they played their solos at UIL competitions.

The program was held in what was formerly home of the Selden family, now owned by Barkley Alford, and there were also a few former students there to play their solos with Gerry, including Barkley.

Believe it or not, Gerry has continued this tradition at schools in Bryan but she gets paid for it. During a phone call shortly after she got this job, she said, “Pegus, can you believe I actually get paid for doing something that’s so much fun!” You can read all about the evening in next week’s Reporter.


I can’t seem to get warm today (Tuesday) and, if we’re going to have more bad weather, we need to make some of this. Linda Whorton brought this to The Reporter office and it has been a very popular item with the staff. I used to make this years ago but hadn’t done so recently. It will warm the cockles of your heart and Linda has made it sugar free and lower calorie which won’t hurt your cockles either!

Spiced Tea Mix

1 cup unsweetened instant tea (or instant decaf tea)

1 cup sugar-free Tang (or use regular Tang)

1 small packet (2-quart size) Crystal Light

2 cups granulated Splenda (or use 2 cups granulated sugar)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon whole cloves (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)

Mix all together and store in air-tight container. Use 2-3 rounded teaspoons for each cup hot water.

I’m going to fix myself a cup of this right now.

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