One of the Harmony Park Shelters is officially reserved for Sunday, Sept. 21 for our family reunion. Thanks to Rozanne Aker for confirming our reservation.
Killion-Roach-Jenkins, and all the other relatives, spread the word. We will plan to gather at 1 o'clock and eat at 2 p.m. That should give everyone enough time to get there after church. I will have to check to see if the road into the park has opened by that time. It is usually one way in and another out but the 'Innie' went with the June floods and made the "Outie" a two-way street. If it rains, the date will be Sept. 28.
The Schlatter Family has the last scheduled reunion of the season at Harmony Park. Their get-together is scheduled for Oct. 5. The pot of beans will be cookin'.
Jackson Street in Harmony is still closed. The second road-closed sign has been a big help. I haven't seen anyone hit the gravel pile since it went up. The school bus can't turn around so the neighbor boy walks from Harmony Road.
The huge moon crater chuckhole is still keeping people's attention from the original warning sign but the second sign does the trick.
Clark's and Judy Schopmeyer's each get their shares of turn around vehicles. Most of the time there is very little traffic.
Some folks haven't really minded the road closing too much. I am sure the delivery people don't like it but it sure is a quiet. We are getting used to being able to just stand in the road and talk to neighbors. Several folks are using the road for walking and biking down to the big gravel pile that blocks the bridge collapse. I am not saying we don't want the road fixed but the quiet has been nice, too.
My good friend Arline Myers surprised me with two beautiful hostas. One is called guacamole and the other color is June. The gorgeous plants will be making their home near the shade of the deck. Thanks, Arline. Next time we will get together for coffee/tea and goodies.
Two of my good friends from Southern Indiana visited for a couple of days. It was so nice to see Jane and Pat. I made lunch and sister-in-law Karen came over, too. Jane and her husband live and farm out in the boonies of Richland, Indiana. They raise prize beagle hounds. Pat and Jane both worked for insurance companies in Jasper before retirement. Pat is very active in her church, with family, and in helping with food bank, church tours, and volunteering at the hospital and nursing home. She is a very busy lady.
Jane surprised us by telling us she now has a cat. Jane has always loved dogs but just didn't like cats. First, the poor stray kitten needed to be fed. Then, it needed to stay in the garage until they could find it a good home. Next came a bed on the back porch. Well, Kitty found a good home alright. Jane and her husband Marshall have fallen in love with the little feline. She said they never knew cats could be so much fun. Now she has to keep an eye on Marshall to keep him from feeding Kitty right out of his own ice cream bowl. It is a happy family of four including the beagle, Rex.
I took Pat and Jane on a tour of Mansfield, Bridgeton, and Rocky Fork. They wanted to see the area before the festival hoards. The towns looked very nice. The landscape around the Mansfield Mill and Bridge is so beautiful. Even with the water level low, it was like a picture to be painted from every angle. We walked across the Bridgeton Bridge and examined the huge pieces of wood, hard to come by these days. Then we toured Forest, Craig, and Harmony Parks. They enjoyed what we Clay Countians take for granted quite often. We finished the evening at Mario's getting our bellies full of nachos and pescado. It was a good day.
After brunch at my house on Thursday, Pat and Jane headed south. They stopped to see our mutual friend recovering from heart surgery (Linda is doing well) before heading to their homes. It was such a good visit.
The rest of the Roaches were over on Memorial Day to cook out and eat in where it was cool. Kate Trout joined us, too. John and Christine Clark were over on Tuesday to help me out with the leftovers. They had been to the Kentucky Lake area to visit friends who were celebrating a 50th Anniversary. They had a good visit with the Simonson's and a nice trip, too. I enjoyed hearing about their adventures.
Happy Birthdays to Stace Pell (4th), Brady Pell (8th), Betty Jarvis (10th), Suzanne Neier & Johnny Tom Clark (11th), Jim Pell (17th), Allison Pell (24th), and Fritz Maurer (26th). Happy Belated Birthday to my good neighbor Judy Black. Sorry, I'm late, Judy.
Don't forget the VB Township Fire Department Fish Fry at Carbon on Sept. 20th. I haven't hear from anyone but they usually need donations.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Sept. 7 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 9 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Sept. 10 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Sept. 14 -- Second Sunday Contemporary Service 7 p.m., Fellowship starts at 7 p.m.