It is not too late to sign up for the Beef and Boards Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 17. The cost for the dinner theater is $77. This pays for the transportation, meal, and entertainment. Robin Swalls at Riddell Bank is handling the reservations and making the arrangements for us. Call Robin at the main branch.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. I had a great day at John and Christine Clarks. Dinner lasted all day because some of the folks had to work. Dave came by before heading home to have Thanksgiving at his own home. Meaka ate at 3 p.m., Nete came in after 5 p.m., and Nurse Kathy did not get home from the IU Med Center until almost 9 p.m.
Mary Ann Froderman has made arrangements for all the retired teachers to meet for coffee at Double N Diner on Dec. 15. The group will get together at 9 a.m., in the back room away from the smoking section. One or two folks will be on hand to answer questions about community projects. The final details were not available as of this morning.
Carolyn Tausig reminds all the retired teachers (even those who are not members of CCRTA) to bring their tally sheets for community service. Carolyn collects everyone's totals to show legislators how much time retired teachers spend volunteering in the community. It is also helpful, when you have an occasional low, to look at the hours you have spent helping someone else. It feels good.
Some retired teachers drive folks to the doctor, some work at churches, some help with voting, many tutor children, others help with food for the needy. There are many ways that we all try to help where we can. If you cannot attend the coffee, please send your volunteer hours to Carolyn Tausig at 3127 W. County Road 300 N., Brazil 47834-7472. You can call her at (812) 864-2736 if you don't have a tally sheet. Thanks to Mary Ann and Carolyn for taking the time to make the arrangements. Count those hours, ladies.
Four classmates got together with Kitty Pettit when she and John were in town for the Veteran's Day activities. Donna (Fisher) Kaufman, Rachel (Pell) Fagg, Kitty, and I met for lunch at Chaney's Diner and Deli. We had a good visit and talked to Kathy Knust and Carolyn Kumpf on their lunch break.
The sanctuary at Harmony United Methodist took on its Christmas look the day after Thanksgiving. I had hoped to borrow a couple of volunteers to help me with the bulletin board but the decorating crew was shorthanded. I spent the entire day making things for the bulletin board but did not get it finished. Thanks to Pastor Bob and Carolyn Kumpf, David Brinson, Betty Evans, and Susie Pell for making the church look so beautiful. Hopefully, my job will be done soon, too. It did not help that my computer printer decided to run out of ink right in the middle of the project.
Eva Trout-Roach and I headed to Rockville on Saturday to attend a wedding. We had to make a pit stop at the variety store on the square. You can't go to Rockville without a stop at the old five and dime. We talked to a lady and her father from Chicago. They had this month's Midwest Living magazine and were checking out all the covered bridges that were pictured in the article. We told them to stop at Benjamin's for supper.
Brother John joined us at the wedding after he got off work at CarQuest. An old friend of the family married her best friend. Janice Pinegar and her best buddy Max vowed a lifelong partnership at the Methodist Church just east of the town square. It was a beautiful ceremony and the church was just lovely in all its Christmas dressing.
After the wedding, we had a nice supper in Fellowship Hall. The food had been prepared by friends of the couple. Janice was beautiful. Max was hadsome. Janice's brother Bill was a groomsman and her grandsons were ushers. Several family members that I did not know also were involved in the ceremony and reception.
Brother John practically lived at the Pinegar's when he was growing up. He was best friends with the twins, Bob and Bill Pinegar. My brothers lived with Grandma and Grandpa Roach in West Terre Haute and I lived with my mom's mom, Olyn Killion. We joked that I was the real sister and Janice was their adopted sister. Growing up in two places we had separate friends but several shared friends. We are all very happy for the couple.
There are several good Christmas activities going on this weekend. Bridgeton and Rockville have events planned from Friday to Sunday. Don't forget our own Forest Park and our various local shops. Tri-Kappa has their home tour on Sunday, too.
As I am writing (Wednesday morning), the chicken for dressing is cooking on the stove. Tonight is the Harmony United Methodist Women Christmas Pitch-In. When the dressing is finished, the pudding is on the counter to make a German chocolate pie. Aunt Christine will be my guest.
All the church ladies have a great time each year sharing the goodies and investigating the paper bag presents Debbie Gottsche assembles. She finds really cute gifts for next to nothing and puts them in brown paper bags. We have good-natured squabbles over who gets which one until everyone has a package to open.
Happy Birthday to George Lawrence (today), Amy Morgan (4th), Brother Mikey Roach (5th), Rae Anne Howald, Tia Jones (10th), Opal Schopmeyer (11th), Cousin Dave Clark (13th), Betty Evans & Warren Bell (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), and our Christmas babies Chris Pell & Brad Pell. Happy Anniversary to Mike & Suzy Morgan (11th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Dec. 6 -- Worship Service and Communion 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 8 -- Christian Bowling League 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 -- Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Dec. 20 -- Handbell Choir Christmas Program 6 p.m.
Dec. 24 -- Christmas Eve Communion Service 5-7 p.m.