Harmony is looking pretty as folks get out the Christmas lights. I am the old slow poke on our street. All my neighbors are looking good but my poor little house has no decorations. Hopefully, I will get caught up (and the sniffles dry up) to start doing my part to light up the holiday.
Cousin Kathy Sanders and her granddaughter Alia came over Monday night to help me wrestle the large red storage boxes, cardboard containers, and plastic bags from the loft in the storage building. We were out there with a flashlight hoping no little furry creatures had made homes in any of the boxes. In our enthusiasm, and feeling our way through the darkness, we managed to get one box of car supplies to decorate for Christmas. Oh, well, I probably needed to know where those jumper cables and car scrapers were anyway.
Harmony United Methodist Women had a Christmas Party on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Fellowship Hall. The ladies brought covered dishes to go with the pork loin prepared by Rose Marie Pell and Opal Schopmeyer's homemade rolls. Carolyn Kumpf gave the prayer and we all dined on a very tasty meal. Mayme (Johnson) Cox had the tables decorated so pretty. She had left a Christmas card and ornament at each place setting.
Debbie Gottsche did an outstanding job of buying inexpensive but nice Christmas presents. Each was tied up in a paper bag. There was much trading, and stealing, and squeezing of the bags until everyone had a gift. Of course, Judy Maurer did the most serious investigation before the bags were opened. She even marked the bags she decided against so that she wouldn't get them again in all the trading. It is amazing how funny simple little paper bags can be when combined with a lively group of ladies.
Kenda Dierdorf distributed the RADA knives catalog at the end of the party. In order to get a shipment back by Christmas, we had to have our orders in by last Sunday. The ladies will continue to sell the knives and other goodies but the next delivery won't be guaranteed before the holidays. Those wishing to purchase the knives, spatulas, sets, etc can contact any member of H.U.M. Women. We will probably be selling them for a couple of months.
You can also go online to www.helpourfundraiser.com to place an order. When you reach the site, type in the customer number: 501674 and the password: harmony. You have to use a credit card but the shipment will be sent directly to you. There is a shipping charge.
Our group will still get credit for the sales. If you order from one of us, there is no shipping. Those of you familiar with the stainless steal knives know the quality. Money made from the sales will go to support missions locally and globally.
Harmony United Methodist Church is having a birthday party. Happy Birthday, Jesus will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 3-5 p.m. All children, ages 3-12, are invited to attend. The group will have crafts, stories, songs, and maybe even a puppet show. Everyone will get to share the birthday cake for Jesus, too.
Three ladies from church and I were going to the Journey at the First Christian Church but the weather and these persistent allergies kept me at home. I hear it was well worth the trip and the cold.
The Roach family celebrated Brother Mikey's birthday on Friday night. We pigged out. That is what Roaches do. The little brother opened his packages. He and niece Erin will exchange their gifts when she comes home for Christmas. It is always an event to see what the two of them have cooked up to turn package opening into the search for the National Treasure. I am not sure that Nicolas Cage could open some of their parcels. Will it be housed in a sealed Plexiglas box or encased in cement? Only time will tell.
The whole family is looking forward to Erin coming home the first week of January. She works at Disney World in Orlando. It is my year to have Christmas and we are doing it twice. We will get together on Christmas Eve, eat leftovers on Christmas Day, and then have our instant replay and gift exchange on Jan. 4. Erin arrives on Jan. 3 and will probably want to spend the first evening at Mario's. We always joke that we are not sure if she comes to see us or to see her favorite restaurateur.
Patty Escott's house is looking prettier every day. She has a new front porch, new roof, and working on new windows. Her brother, John Day, came by to do some repairs at my house last week. It was good to see the former neighbor.
It is not too late to donate to Toys for Tots. This is a good program to give gifts to local children that are in need.
Take time in all the hassles of the season to see all your blessings and to give thanks. It is a trying time for the country but we have much to be grateful for, too. If you need a lift take a drive through Forest Park. All the decorations just make you feel good. I especially liked the nativity that looked handmade. The Riddell Bank angels were pretty, too.
The contractors that put Santa on a backhoe thingie' made me smile. I remember one year when Santa was in a bikini enjoying a tanning bed. That was a good laugh, too, but I didn't see it this year.
Happy Belated Birthdays to Rhea Hood, George Lawrence, Amy Morgan, Rae Anne Howald, and Tia Jones. Happy Birthday today to Opal Schopmeyer. Happy Upcoming Birthdays to Cousin Dave Clark (13th), Warren Bell and Betty Evans (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), Brad and Chris Pell (Christmas Babies).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Dec. 14 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Happy Birthday Jesus Party 3-4 p.m.
Dec. 16 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Dec. 17 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.