Here’s a story about Jeanerette’s most devoted gardener:

Julaine Schexnayder, of New Iberia, says, “In the late 1950s, it was the custom to have home gardens in every usable space.

“My husband Isby’s father even used the area on the side of their home on Main Street in Jeanerette.

“To add to the productivity of his tomatoes, bell peppers and butter beans, he’d regularly compost the manure he gathered from the chicken coop in the back.

“As luck would have it, one day the circus came to town and there was a parade on the street right in front of his house.

“It included elephants, trapeze artists, horses etc.

“Well, you guessed it: the elephants dropped a big offering just a few feet away from the garden plot.

“Mr. Schexnayder ordered Isby, ‘Grab a shovel!’ and held up traffic so ‘Tee Bay’ could ‘mine the gold’ from off the street.

“Needless to say, the family watched that year’s crop very closely — and swear to this very day that the yield in both size and quality was the best they’ve ever had!”

Sure shot

Ernie Gremillion had a typical South Louisiana reaction to a golf story in The Advocate.

Covering the state amateur golf tournament in Lafayette, we wrote that a Baton Rouge golfer “shot an eagle on number 7.”

Ernie’s first thought was, “I wonder if eagle jambalaya was on the menu for the champion’s dinner?”

Stamp collectors

Mention of S&H Green Stamps jogged some readers’ memories:

Laurel McCarley of Watson says, “My mother, Del McNabb, used the last of her books of Green Stamps, before the store closed, to purchase a child’s rocking chair for her grandson Travis’ first birthday.

“He will turn 35 this September, and we still have the rocker — which is being used by our five grandkids.”

And Pat Tomancik reminds us that those yellow Top Value stamps were also useful:

“Our orange and yellow picnic basket we got with Top Value stamps traveled as far as Michigan, to Grandmother’s.

“My family used it at a picnic in City Park a year or so ago.

“I refuse to let go of it!”

Up a notch

Howell Andrews agrees with Bill Smith that some fresh basil on a tomato sandwich “to steal a phrase from Emeril, ‘kicks it up a notch.’ ”

“Purple basil is the most peppery,” he adds.

“The ultimate ’mater sanrich’ also contains a thick slice of Vidalia onion, and should be washed down with ice cold milk.”

Thank-you note

Helen Hudgins thanks Central’s Fire Department emergency medical responders, plus Dr. Romagera and the staff of the Lane Medical Center emergency room in Zachary for the help after a fall.

Daughter Cathy Hudgins Arnett says Helen made this comment after the firemen left:

“One of those men asked me who the president was. I told him it was the same one we had last year.”

Says Cathy, “Apparently her slight concussion didn’t interfere with her sense of humor!”

Post time

I can say I know a guy who writes for the Washington Post op-ed page.

How cool is that?

The Advocate’s own Danny Heitman penned an article for the Sunday Post titled “Encounters with biblio-amnesia.”

He describes the feeling he got when he bought a book at a rummage sale, then got home to find a dog-eared copy of that same book on his bookshelf.

Special People Dept.

Gertie Landry, of White Castle, celebrates her 101st birthday Thursday.

P. Kirby and Gladys Goudeau, of Greenwell Springs, celebrate 66 years of marriage Thursday.

Thought for the Day

Bo Bienvenu says this thought “applies to individuals, the state, and the country:”

“If you’re not careful, you’ll wind up where you’re headed.”

Off the list

Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, came across two book titles that he doesn’t plan to add to his summer beach reading list:

“What’s Wrong With My Snake?” and “227 Secrets Your Snake Wants You To Know.”

Wear and tear

Buddy Abraham asks, “Smiley, I was just wondering if I should feel lucky for living long enough to completely wear my body out? What do you think?”

Sure — just think of all the fun you had getting it in that terrible shape …