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Harmony Happenings

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Harmony United Methodist Church is having a Family Game Night/Chili Cook-off on Friday evening Sept. 14. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Sarah Lawrence 448-3258 or the church 448-2917.

An Old Bag Auction is planned for Sept. 30. The UMW auction will be held after church. Ladies will place an item (items) in an old purse, paper, or plastic bag. Contents will not be identified until the bag has been purchased and opened. It should be a fun fundraiser for missions. Breakfast may be served but that has not yet been decided.

Harmony United Methodist Women will meet in Fellowship Hall on Sept. 24. Janet Bridgewater and Rita Jones will be hostesses. Debbie Gottsche will prepare the lesson. Join us.

Cousin Kathy Sanders and her granddaughter Alia stopped by for a chat this week.

Alia had wanted to "go find some simmons" earlier that day. They brought me a gallon of the tasty persimmons to turn into pudding. Last year Jack Harper gave me a recipe that I never did get to try. Apparently Jack's recipe is with the one I previously used and had cut out of a magazine. Both are obviously filed in the wrong place so I had to pull out my mom's old Farmer's Almanac Cookbook. Sure enough, there was a very basic recipe for persimmon pudding. The measures for pints will have to be converted to cups and I'll have to figure how to bake it "in a moderate oven".

The search used up all my baking time so the pulp is waiting in the freezer. Persimmon pudding is worth the wait. When we lived in Southern Indiana, Denny had a co-worker that kept us stocked up during the season. He had contacts with the little store at Cusco that sold it during the weeks the precious fruits were available.

Mother always said to never return an empty container. I filled Cousin Kathy's bucket with some yellow squash from the garden, a few tomatoes, and a quart of marinara sauce to make one of my favorite side dishes. If you haven't tried it: just add the sauce to chunked up yellow or zucchini squash (wash but you don't have to peel it) throw in some cheeses, garlic, and onion and heat until tender, salt and pepper -- really quick. If company comes over, dump it in a casserole dish and throw some grated parmesan and/or romano on top and throw it in the oven until brown. Anything that might taste good in lasagna, tastes good with the squash. The sweet acorn type squash probably would not work. Treat those like a sweet potato but that is a recipe for another time.

It is so nice to be close enough to relatives to trade garden goodies back and forth.

The Roach-Killion-Jenkins relatives are planning to get together at Forest Park for a pitch-in and a good visit. Many of us grew up in Forest Park. Many ties are still there. Uncle Emery has a walkway named after him, my grandmother talked about living in one of the log cabins, but I don't remember which one. As kids we thought we owned the playground because we were there so much.

My teenage friends and I used to have midnight picnics on the Forest Park golf course. You're not supposed to do that now. We probably weren't supposed to do that then, but we were never destructive. Teenagers today would consider us very boring but we sure had a good time doing nothing in particular.

During college days, Eva Kay and I used one of the shelters to make sand candles and our anticipated fortune. We ended up with more candles and hand woven belts than fortune when we tried to sell them at the Covered Bridge Festival. Memories.

Organizing a new reunion took several phone calls but we finally decided on a day and time -- Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. I had hoped to send out postcards as reminders but probably won't get it done. Most read the Happenings so this is your post card. Out-of-towners may actually get something in the mail if I can't reach them by phone. There aren't that many of us anymore. I will make the meatloaf, potato salad, and some kind of dessert.

How did people ever get anything done when they had to communicate everything by writing letters? I am so awful at real correspondence. The commuter has ruined the art and grammar of writing -- too many shortcuts… :(

Happy Birthday to Olivia Howald (13th) Jim Pell (17th), Allison Pell (24th), and Fritz Maurer (26th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Stace Pell (19th).

Call when you have news 448-8734.

Area Calendar:

Sept. 15 -- VB Volunteer Fire Dept Fish Fry at Carbon

Sept. 21 -- Emmaus Gathering, First UMC 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 -- Middle and High School students Meet You at the Pole (youth ministry)

Oct. 4 -- Operation Classroom Packing Day at Breden Memorial UMC in Terre Haute

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

Sept. 16 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

Sept. 18 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 -- Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sept. 20 -- PPRC 6:30 p.m., Admin. Board 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 -- Youth Sunday

Sept. 24 -- UMW 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 -- Old Bag Auction after church