Check out the 4-H Fair at the Fairgrounds if you haven't gotten there already. At least the weather sounds like it will be fairly dry for the remainder.
Niece Erin's plane arrived safely and was even a little early landing in Indy. John and Eva Kay were there to meet her even if they were on the wrong level at the airport. They had not seen their daughter since Christmas. Mike and Karen, Denny and I joined them for supper at Mario's. As John would say and did, "We ate the legs off the table."
The ladies are planning lunch at Sugar Ridge on Saturday. The whole Roach clan may have dinner and a movie after church on Sunday before Erin departs Monday. It is so good to see the kid. We want to spend as much time as possible with her while she is home in Harmony.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, July 28 in Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Rose Marie Pell will give the lesson. Rosie and Barbara Pell will be hostesses and provide a light supper. The group will be discussing more fundraiser ideas to provide money for missions. All ladies are asked to bring items for the upcoming basket and dessert auction. Items will be sorted into themes and placed in baskets.
One of the peach trees out back has gorgeous ripe fruits. They taste wonderful when the birds don't beat me to the gathering. It was a tree that I bought on sale and wasn't sure what I would get. The fruits are very tiny and cling to those seeds like super glue but the battle is worth it. The juice just runs down the fingers when you bite into one. The other peach trees are a later variety and the fruits are still green. They will be good to put a few in the freezer. The apples look awful. The blackberries are huge and wonderfully sweet. Some food crops have liked the rain.
My only good veggie crops are the ones I put in the flowerbed near the back door. I have one cabbage, one zucchini, a broccoli, and a bell pepper. It looks a little strange with gladiolas, petunias, and marigolds blooming next to veggies and herbs but they all seem to like each other. All of their sister and brother vegetables in the real garden had too much rain to prosper.
The plant energy went into just surviving. The flowerbed is surrounded by sidewalk and dries quickly. Usually it requires a lot of watering but not this year. I picked the first zucchini this week and am looking forward to cooked cabbage with a little bacon next week. It will be the one and only cabbage.
Ward and Arline Myers had invited me to pick out some hosta starts the first week in June, when they planned to return from vacation. I looked forward to it all during the month of May but, now it is July, and I still haven't had a chance to call them. There are a few scraggly geraniums and a rhubarb plant, sitting in little starter pots, that never made it into the ground.
A whole basket of seed packets stare at me from the shelf. There is a pile of cedar lumber that was going to become my first raised-bed veggie garden. I would not have wanted the Myers beautiful hosta plants to have suffered this fate. Maybe we can get together later. Arline showed me a beautiful chartreuse hosta last year that I just loved. It was called Guacamole, I think.
It just wasn't a typical spring. If there was a good day to work in the garden, I had to be somewhere else. Those good days were few and I am a little slower at the 'git-done' than I used to be. Or am I just less organized at planning my time?
The freezer is cleaned out for all those containers of vegetables that won't get there this year. We ate the last box of last year's green beans. The chunked up bell peppers were gone months ago. There are still a few ears of old corn-on-the-cob. I will probably fill water jugs just to keep something frozen in the empty freezer spaces and conserve some electricity. Half-empty freezers consume a lot of energy and I am trying to go as green as possible in the little house on Jackson Street.
Vacation Bible School will be scheduled from Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25 in the evenings. It will be a combined program with First Presbyterian. The first three nights will be at Harmony United Methodist and the next two nights will be at Presbyterian. A van will be available for anyone who needs a ride to either church. Directors for the new program will be Sarah Lawrence and Nicole Tipton. There is always room for one more.
Happy Birthday to Shea McCoy (18th), Seth Head (22nd), Bell Killion (28th), Marsha Nicoson (29th), Clyde Bryan (30TH).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
July 17 -- Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m., Admin. Board 7 p.m.
July 20 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
July 21 to 25 -- Vacation Bible School
July 23 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Women's Bible Study 9 a.m.
July 28 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.