When we returned from vacation in October, I said there would probably be no interruptions in the Harmony Happenings. Hopefully the Happenings were missed these past two weeks. Life just has a way of throwing us a curve.
I assumed we would not have the Neighbor's page on Thanksgiving and took the week off. You know what they say about people who assume. Mrs. Sartor gets a pat on the back for being organized, even on a holiday week, and getting her column in for us to enjoy. Organization is a mountain I continuously scale but never reach the summit.
This past week I took a detour to the St. Vincent Clay Emergency Room and stayed for a couple more days. No one would have wanted to hear my thoughts on those days…ouch, oh! Friends and relatives diagnosed a moving kidney stone but the doctor wasn't sure about that. I am doing fine now. Thanks for the cards and especially the prayers.
Denny and I had breakfast at the Double N Restaurant yesterday. The new owner has kept the good menu and added French poster prints on the wall. They look nice with the wallpaper Vicky had in the establishment.
Mario said he would be installing a new venting system that would help to draw the cigarette smoke out of the restaurant. That has always been the one complaint about Double N that patrons had to walk through the smoke to get to the non-smoking area. Venting should be a good improvement. We hope Vicky does well in her retirement.
We wish continued good business to the new owner.
Harmony United Methodist will be sponsoring a Santa Workshop this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This will give parents a chance to help Santa while the kids have games, stories, music, and snacks. Contact the church 448-2917 or Sarah Lawrence at 448-3258.
United Methodist Women had a Christmas Supper at Oakridge Grille on the Green last Monday evening.
Those in attendance included Kenda Dierdorf, Barbara Pell, Mayme Johnson, Sheila Termeer, Rita Jones, Debbie Gottsche, Erie Bell, Judy Maurer, Marsha Nicosin, and Gail Roach.
After the meal, the ladies had a good-natured battle over paper bag covered gifts. Debbie Gottsche does a great job each year of finding inexpensive gifts for the fun activity.
Judy Maurer managed to squeeze and mangle most of the sacks without actually breaking any of them. A treasured bag of goodies was saved for several ladies who had other commitments that evening. The January meeting will be held on Jan. 28.
Everyone is invited to Harmony United Methodist Church this Sunday for the Worship Service and Children's Christmas Program. Be sure to stay for Sunday School, too.
Last year I noticed a few homeowners displaying pretty, lighted angels on their lawns. My favorites are the ones with white lights on the angel and gold lights on the trumpet or songbook. They seem to be made by the same process as the white wire reindeer. Does anyone know who sells those pretty Christmas statues? I looked at all the usual places but have had no luck. Give me a call if you have info 448-8734. Thanks to all the readers who have helped me find something in the past.
The Roach family is getting together at Mike and Karen's for a pitch in to celebrate Mike's birthday. Karen traditionally cooks all his favorites for his special day.
The rest of us will add to the feast. Erin won't be able to get home until Christmas but usually sends her Uncle Mike a special, impossible to open gift. The challenge goes on.
Mikey will be happy that I let everyone know that he will be experiencing double nickels this year, starting today (Wednesday). We won't discuss what his older sister will be facing in January but it has a "0" in the number. It is strange how you can be 25 one day and 60 the next. That sounds so old but feels pretty good (except for last week).
The one thing I really like about my age is that you learn to disregard the unimportant stuff. Not every purse has to match my shoes. My friends don't care if there is paint on my fingers. It's okay to leave dirty dishes in the sink when something more interesting comes along. The world won't stop if another driver gets there before I do. If someone is aggravating, there are 10 nice people just waiting to be appreciated.
In a culture where everyone seems to idolize youth, I am the oddball. I really don't want to be 15 again. God has blessed me with almost 60 good years. Life is good in Harmony, Ind.
Happy Birthday to Tia Jones (10th), Opal Schopmeyer (11th), Cousin Dave Clark (13th), Warren Bell & Betty Evans (22nd), Amaya Jones, Brad and Chris Pell. Happy Belated Birthdays to George Lawrence, Amy Morgan, and my little brother Mikey Roach. Happy Anniversary to Mike and Susie Morgan (11th).
Dec. 22 -- Toys for Tots
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Dec. 8 -- Santa Workshop 11 a.m.-1p.m.
Dec. 9 -- Worship Service & Children's Christmas Program 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 -- Bowling League at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 -- Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 20 -- Admin. Board 7:30 p.m.