A little bird called to tell me that Jeff and Shelley Minor celebrated their 20th anniversary earlier this month. Their big day was Aug. 12. The little bird did not want me to use her name but the Minors were going to her house for breakfast this week. Congrats to the couple. Twenty years is quite a milestone these days. We wish you many more happy anniversaries.
Our good neighbor Judy Black has been doing some home improvements. I forgot to mention her last week. Sorry, Judy. Her house is sporting a nice new roof. Judy has the advantage of having her special buddy, Rick Hester, to work and advise on all her projects. Looking good, Judy & Rick. Rick also did some nice looking repairs for good neighbor Patty Escott, too. Denny said to thank Patty for the left over cornbread, too.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, Aug. 25 here at the little house on Jackson Street.
I will fix the meat, potato salad, and provide the table service. Anyone wishing to bring a salad or dessert may do so. Rose Marie Pell will prepare the lesson. Mayme Johnson will provide a contest to test our Bible knowledge. All ladies are welcome to attend.
If the weather is hot, humid, rainy, or windy we will picnic indoors. A sign up sheet will be circulated at church on Sunday. Call me at 448-8734 if you have any questions.
Church Bowling Leagues will start on Aug. 26. Please contact the church for more information 448-2917.
Please contribute to New Souls if you can. This is a mission to provide shoes for local children who need them. Any help is appreciated. Also, don't forget the mission trip to build a home for abandoned children in Mexico.
Denny invited me to go on his chicken run. He has been drooling for weeks, thinking about fried chicken from Black Buggy at Washington, Indiana. Last Saturday was his D-day. We left early in the morning and stopped for mums at an Amish farm along Highway 231. The lady raises such pretty ones each year. Denny and I continued into the boondocks of Loogootee to put flags on the graves of his uncle and father before heading on to lunch at Washington. Denny likes to drive through his old stomping grounds even if he sometimes forgets which is the correct turn. Three rights gets you back to where you started.
As Denny ate his fourth and fifth pieces of fried chicken, I could hear the craft and antique shops calling to me.
We had already stopped at a couple of yard sales on the way south. That had cost me a grand total of 50 cents.
Several shops, many stairways, and countless cupboards later, I had spent a total of $17 but had great fun. Cheap thrills.
All that walking had worked up an appetite. We stopped at most of the fruit stands and orchards from Washington to Terre Haute. The car looked more like one of those vehicles heading out to Croy's Creek on a Sunday morning. The back seat was full of mums; the trunk smelled of cantaloupe, fresh peaches, and treasures wrapped in old newspaper.
Denny and I could not drive through Oaktown on a Saturday evening without having supper at McKinley Orchard. The taste and smell of those hamballs made plain old fried chicken a distant memory in my book. We always enjoy their small but tasty buffet and the critters that come to meet us while we wait on the front porch of the restaurant.
The basset hounds of years ago seemed to have had a close encounter with a Saint Bernard. The offspring of that union had a head that would have looked the right size on a bear. It was supported on 4 short fat fence posts resting on mammoth paws. It is a good thing that creature was friendly. It kept nuzzling a full grown cat that would easily have fit between its jaws, if the personality of the dog had been different. He was just a gentle out of proportion giant seeking a little petting on his huge head.
I am looking forward to next week. After hosting the H.U.M. Women on Monday evening, two of my friends from Southern Indiana are coming for a two-day visit starting on Wednesday. They want to go on a covered bridge tour before all the festival chaos starts. We're planning breakfast here and then just seeing which Parke county roads look appealing. Somehow we will make it to Mansfield, Bridgeton, and maybe Rockville.
One of my good friends, and former colleague from Jasper Middle School, is undergoing heart surgery today in Evansville. She had been seeing Dr. Dawkins for her rising blood pressure. He did a heart catheterization and then sent her by ambulance to Deaconess Hospital. She has always been so conscious of her family's heart problems and has worked very hard to avoid them. Heredity just slaps you in the face sometimes no matter how much you try to avoid it. Linda jogs or walks everyday and has always maintained her size 6. She and her husband John are on my mind and in my prayers today.
Happy August Birthdays to Janna Short (22nd), Rev. Bob Kumpf & Annie Pell (24th), Sailor Clark (25th), Schuyler Brinson, John Bridgewater, Mike & Mikey Escott (26th), Jeni Bridgewater (30th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Bob Nicoson (25th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Aug. 24 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Aug. 25 -- H.U.M.W. Picnic at Gail's house on Jackson St., 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 -- Bowling Leagues start at Brazilian Lanes
Aug. 27 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.