We have been celebrating birthdays this week and will continue until Brother John's on Friday. Birthdays are a big deal in our family.
The Roach family went to St. Mary of the Woods for brunch on Sunday. Son Josh drove up from Bloomington to join us. He had just returned from a week of working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. It was a good experience for him. We were glad he had a safe trip getting there and back.
After eating at St. Mary's everyone came over to Jackson Street to continue the birthday celebration. I made some peach crispy and a maple pecan cake. Eva Kay made strawberry cheesecake. With added ice creams, we had a dessert buffet in the evening after the guys opened their presents.
Just like kids we sang the familiar song as the big boys blew out their candles. Aunt Ann Killion and Cousin Debbie Akers joined us. Denny is now officially the big 6-0 but don't tell him I told you.
Denny and Brother John are getting the royal spoiling. I fixed Denny his favorite meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and corn on his special day. We then went to see the movie, Swing Vote. It was really good. There was some swearing, drinking, and smoking but it fit the characters they were trying to portray.
The movie folks did an excellent job on this one. Kevin Costner was terrific and the little girl that played his daughter was excellent.
Even if we know the plot isn't plausible, we want life to give a down-on-his-luck guy a chance for his moment of fame and redemption. We want to believe that a poor kid, with an alcoholic father, can be bright and sensitive with hopes and dreams for a better life. We want politicians to answer real questions rather than just make speeches. Denny and I both liked the film.
On Friday, the Roach group will meet at Mario's for supper. This will conclude the August birthday celebrations except Denny still wants to go to Washington's Black Buggy to have his favorite fried chicken. That keeps the special day going on just a little longer.
Denny treated himself to seeing the movie Step Brothers but he was not impressed. He generally likes Will Farrell. Denny tolerates a lot more crudeness, as long as it is funny, but it was too much for him. He said it was just crude with little to no humor. He rated it as just get the popcorn to go and save the price of admission.
Harmony United Methodist will have a Gospel Sing on August 10. The service begins at 7 p.m but fellowship starts at 6:15 p.m. This is part of the Second Sunday services that have been held each month. Everyone is welcome.
Emma Crossen, the Ministerial Intern, is organizing a field trip to St. Mary of the Woods for this Saturday, August 9. The group plans to leave about 9 a.m They will tour the White Violet Center and see the alpacas. Anyone wishing more information should contact either church. The number at Harmony U. M. Church is 448-2917.
Emma has been conducting a Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. She will be leaving around the 20th of August but it is hoped the study will continue. Contact the church for more information.
Thanks to whatever road crew put another "Road Closed" sign on our street. It is placed at a good point. There has been a sign at the intersection with Harmony Road but many drivers didn't see it for some reason. There is a huge moon crater in the middle of the street that drivers try to avoid in order to save their shocks and hubcaps. The chuckhole seems bigger than the warning sign and definitely catches more attention. The gravel pile barriers are the same color as the road.
We neighbors see drivers hit their brakes when they realize there is a mountain of gravel at the bottom of the hill. Some have left skid marks. Sometimes we see dust and gravel fly into the air. Until this past week, they had all managed to get stopped just in the nick of time.
This past week an older couple, searching for the home of a friend, drove up on the gravel pile. It was the time of day when the huge trees cast a shadow on the gravel and it looked like a hill rather than a barricade. They had to have a tow truck to pull their automobile to where they could get traction again.
I am sure it was embarrassing to them to be stuck on a pile of gravel but they were certainly not the first to think the road went on through. It was a good thing they were not going faster or they could have ended up in the giant hole where the bridge used to be and isn't now.
Several neighbors rushed to the scene to try to help but the car would not budge. I hope there was no major damage to their vehicle.
Happy August Birthdays to John Roach & Judy Maurer (8th), Johnny Pell (10th), Karson Butts (11th), Barbara Pell (13th)Nete Clark (15th), Janna Short (22nd), Rev. Bob Kumpf (24th), Sailor Clark (25th), Schuyler Brinson & John Bridgewater (26th), Jeni Bridgewater (30th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Aug. 9 -- Field Trip to St. Mary of the Woods White Violet Center 9 a.m.
Aug. 10 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Gospel Sing at 7 p.m., Fellowship starts at 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 13 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.