I reported a few months ago that Wayne King had bought one of the properties that had been abandoned on Harmony Road. The property is to the south and behind his parents' house. It also runs full length of my back yard. No one told me I had reported the wrong brother. Earl and Vicky bought the land and have been cleaning the area. It is starting to look really nice. The King family suffered a loss a few weeks ago when their father/grandfather died. The neighbors were all saddened.
My up-to-date information on the King land was necessary when one of the beautiful trees on their property decided to come over to my yard and took a section of the fence with it. Vicki and I worked out a deal that they will cut it up and I can move it to my campfire spot. The fence is in need to repair, too but it is too cold now to deal with either problem.
I love to look back at all those trees on the King property and see the occasional critters. That was where I first spotted the little pot bellied pig that was the Harmony mascot for awhile. The little porker was seen around town for months. No one has spotted him for a long time now. Vicki King said she wished he were still in their woods because she would love to take him to her house. I just hope he has a good home somewhere.
The Kings are planning to build a home for their daughter, on that acreage, when she gets married. It will certainly be a beautiful place when all the old junk has been cleaned out of it. It has beautiful mature trees, gentle hills, and is supposed to have a pond back there somewhere. Mother Nature hides the litter most of the time until they get the big job completed. They have already cleared some of the old buildings and yards of junk.
On Tuesday, Patty Escott, Stoney Stitzle, and I planned to work on repairing the church nativity scene. Over a year ago, a big crew had helped to sand, repair, and primer the almost life-size statues. It took two full Saturdays and several extra hours. At first, we had thought we would repaint them in the traditional colors but almost everyone liked them in the white primer coat. We decided to just give them a final white semi-glass coat but just never got the job done.
Our small group of three this Tuesday thought we would do some minor repairs, and start painting, but close inspection changed our minds. I had called Dan Pell at Pell's Shopping Center and he was holding some paint and caulk for me but we never made it that far. One of the kings was completely broken in half. The donkey was cracked along the back bone.
Pastor Bob said the king will need major repair and dowels for reinforcement. Stoney took some of the figures to his workshop and said he would experiment with repairs when we had a spring thaw. He said the adhesives would need to be done in a warm, well-ventilated area.
No one knows what the nativity figures are made from but it is almost like molded linoleum. Pastor Bob said that he remembered standing under them when they were much taller than he was at the time. Not to tell any ages but that tells us the statues have to be at least 50 years old.
Well meaning helpers have repaired the statues with expandable foam, various glues and caulks, and with high gloss enamel paint. These efforts have preserved them over the years but they are definitely showing signs of age. Some figures look almost brand new while others appear ancient Roman. We thought our sanding and a coat of Superbond would cure all ills but we were wrong.
We have discussed displaying the figures on skids to keep them off the ground at Christmas time. That may cause more wind to blow under and around and tipping them over even more than before. Pastor Bob suggested some concrete bases for the tall figures much like the ones we use for flags. That sounded like the best solution. The figures were originally hollow (before the expandable foam) and still have enough space on the interior for some kind of pole to be anchored into a heavier base.
The statues look much better than when we started two years ago but some problems have yet to be solved. McCurdy's had experimented with the ram's head and their solution worked beautifully on most of the figures. But then there's poor Mary, for example. A band across her eyes had been repaired at some time with something very shiny. We had her sanded and all primed white but even Superbond did not stick on that eye band. One year later, she looks like a raccoon. The underlying color has come through the cracked white primer. Other figures have areas that are having similar chipping problems.
With watching the inauguration, eating lunch, and encountering more than expected problems, our Tuesday crew accomplished almost nothing. We did have a good visit and came up with a plan of action. Thanks in advance to Stoney for taking on the job of solving the remaining problems. Once all the surfaces that need to be re-sanded and re-primed are done, we will have a Saturday work session to get the figures painted. Some are in good shape and can be painted now. We had a great crew last time and had fun, too. Let me know if you can help paint some Saturday when the weather gets a little nicer.
Harmony United Methodist is holding a workshop on the "Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition". Sessions will meet on Thursdays from Jan. 22-March 12 at 7 p.m. Contact HUMC at 448-2917 or David Brinson at 446-2487 for more information. The cost is $10.
Ladies are reminded to bring RADA knife orders to the next meeting of the Harmony United Methodist Women on Jan. 26. We will meet at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. It will be the first regular meeting since October. Rita Jones will present the lesson and Carolyn Kumpf will be the hostess. The new officers will take over at that time. Our new President will be Sheila Termeer, Vice-President Barbara Pell, Treasurer Carolyn Kumpf, and Secretary Gail Roach.
You can still order RADA knives from www.helpour-fundraiser.com. Customer number: 501674 and the password: harmony.
Memorial United Methodist is hosting several workshops on Jan. 25 from 2-5 p.m. These workshops are held annually to help train church volunteers and officers on how to carry out their various tasks.
Grey's Carquest will have new hours of operation soon and my brother will be working a different schedule. Eva Kay Trout-Roach and I thought we might have to reschedule our birthday celebration but Brother John will still be off at the right time on the right day. Grey's will now be open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hours for Saturdays are still being debated. E.K. and I did not want to postpone that trip to Red Lobster and getting our annual dose of being spoiled.
The Harmony Town Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Harmony Community Center at 7:30 p.m. The Center is located at the intersection of Highway 40 and Border Street. Meetings are open to the public. The Council does a good job of addressing resident's needs and problems.
Remember to keep your dogs and other pets on your own property. Animals running loose are not only a problem for neighbors but the animals are in danger of freezing in these awfully cold temperatures. I have seen a couple of dogs so hungry that they were looking for seeds under my bird feeders. A dog has to be pitifully hungry to eat birdseed.
Happy Birthday to Jennifer (Pell) Clark & Carolyn Kumpf (24th), Marc Maurer (25th), Eva Trout Roach (29th), Rachel (Pell) Fagg (30th), Sharene Wallenbrock (31st). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Bill Pell (31st). Happy Belated Birthday to Debbie Akers.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Jan. 25 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Jan. 27 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 -- Women's Bible Study 9-10 a.m., C. C. Christian Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 22 -- Wesleyan Workshop 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.
Febr. 17 -- Phillip Gulley will discuss his new book