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Lynn Sheffield Simmons/The Place is Argyle

Riding the range doesn’t come easy

Since Argyle is a bedroom city and most people have established a routine to shop at their favorite stores on the way home from work or have set aside a day to do all their store shopping at one time, I, too, follow this custom except when I needed one item for an important recipe.

A close friend who lives in Bartonville called to ask for a cake recipe I had taken her to sample a few weeks before and when she called I told her I would drop it off that afternoon. After our conversation it dawned on me she was probably hinting she wanted that cake for her birthday party the following day.

Quickly, I brought out the cooking utensils, measuring cups and the items I needed. As I put the ingredients in a bowl I found I didn’t have any brown sugar. I looked in the cabinets. There wasn’t any. I called the convenience store. They were out.

I called a neighbor.

“No,” she said, “and I don’t plan to go to the store until next week. By then the week’s grocery specials will be advertised and I collect the ones I need, take them to a store that honors the other stores specials and get it all done at one time.”

Hurriedly, I got into the car and drove to a near-by store that I didn’t normally patronize, but I was in a hurry. When I returned I put all the ingredients into a bowl and got out the electric mixer. It didn’t work and the clock on the microwave was blank. There was no electric power. I ran to the outside closet and began flipping switches on the circuit-breaker panel. When I returned, there was still no power.

I called the electric company and was told there was trouble on the line, but the electricity would be on shortly. I got out the egg beater and began working it. After I got the batter in the cake pan, the electricity returned and while the cake baked I prepared the icing.

Once the cake was carefully covered and placed in the car, I drove to Bartonville. When my friend opened the door, I proudly announced, “Here is the cake recipe and the cake.”

She turned and called out to a friend visiting her, “Helen, here is the cake recipe you wanted.”


Ongoing events

*The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall community Room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

*The Argyle Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She can be reached at Her website is