Bob and Sue Thompson are happy grandparents again. They just returned from a trip to Bethesda, Maryland to be on hand for the birth of Robert Sawyer Thompson. He arrived on Dec. 11 weighing in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce and a nice long 20.5 inches. Robert was welcomed to this world by his parents, Dr. Robert "Tony" Thompson and Dr. Jenny Heidbrink-Thompson along with sister Hayden Lea, who is now a big two-years old.
Tony's sister, Leslee McDonald is anxious to see her new nephew, too. Her daughters, Madison and Bradee, and she are planning a trip east as soon as they can arrange it. The girls want to meet their new cousin. Congrats to all.
The Wednesday evening Bible Study continues at Harmony United Methodist Church. The group is reading, Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. The course runs for three more weeks.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet at the church on Monday, Jan. 25. Carolyn Kumpf will be the hostess and I will provide the lesson. President Sheila Termeer will bring patterns for us to cut out scarves for cancer patients.
Barbara Pell is getting the materials for us and will help with the sewing. The ladies will also sign up to host the meetings and/or provide the lessons for the coming year. New members are always welcome.
The weather will finally warm up enough for all of us to take down our Christmas decorations this week. I will miss the pretty displays everywhere. There were some really sparkly ones along Highway 40 just east of the Harmony Community Center. The one at the intersection with Pendleton Street was very colorful with a pretty lamppost. Another colorful one was just east of that. Across the highway was a very simple icy white lights display that was really nice, too. I always enjoy those along Harmony Road, too, because I drive by them so often.
Niece Erin Roach-Taylor made it in from Florida. Parents John and Eva Kay picked her up at the airport. They definitely would brave a snowstorm to pick up the cub and have her home for a few days. Brother Mikey and wife Karen came by to pick me up and we all met at Mario's for supper.
The Roaches all came to my house for the official Erin Christmas last Saturday. The competition on package opening went faster than the camera shutter. Erin had chained Uncle Mike's present shut with a lock. He had sandwiched her folding green stuff between sheets of Plexiglas and then had screwed the layers together. Both have gotten too smart over the years. We used to get countless photos while they figured out how to open their presents.
Mike managed to slide off the chains, leave the lock on it, and open his shopping bag for swap meets. Now he has an official sack to carry greasy car parts when he finds bargains.
Being a good uncle, Mikey tried to find Erin a Phillips screwdriver to open her see-through puzzle. He didn't like the one I had in my toolbox and rummaged through my junk drawer in the kitchen. Being thoroughly disgusted with my available tools, he returned to hand her a rather beat up old Craftsman screwdriver that should remove the screws.
Mike got laughter rather than action. We had let him search, for quite a while, for the perfect screwdriver. While he was hunting the appropriate instrument for extrication, Erin just slid the money out the side and into her pocket.
She has a knack of knowing how to get to money quickly. Mikey tried to help her remove the screws before he noticed there was nothing left between the layers. As always, when a pack of Roaches get together, we have a great time.
Bowen Ford has called to say that my truck will be ready as soon as they clean it up. My pick up time is 1:30 Friday, one day shy of three months. With each passing week, I have had more visions of it shaking down the road with bumpers falling off, leaving a trail of nuts and bolts.
Bob Bowen assures me that all will be fine and that it is better than new. Everyone said they would do a good job but, the longer it went, the more I worried about major problems. I would have worried if it had just had a scratch rather than multiple hits.
The truck is now over a year old and has less than 500 miles on it. Most of its life has been spent parked at the dealer. All I can do is trust that all is well. Say a prayer for my peace of mind. I just loved that little truck before it rolled down the hill. Hopefully, I will still be in love with the scary little critter when I start driving it again. Will that love affair last for 4 years until it is actually paid off?
Happy Belated Birthdays to Sandy Jenkins (Dec. 31) and Marilyn Smith (Jan. 3). We had birthday cake, and they blew out the candles, when we celebrated on New Year's Eve but I forgot to put their birthdays in the Harmony Happenings. I usually take time off during the holiday weeks so I am sorry for anyone whose birthday or anniversary that I missed. Happy Belated to Debbie Gottsche & Clayton Akers, too.
I am hoping to do as much celebrating as possible for my 62nd birthday on the 28th. Even Uncle Sam will send me a present this year, Social Security. I guess I can't call it a present because I sure worked hard for over 33 years to get it.
Eva Kay and I usually celebrate our special days together. I guess I should say she tolerates her birthday and I enjoy mine. Being spoiled is great. Mike and Karen are fixing a ham supper for us one night and the family will go out somewhere special another night.
Then I plan to get together with friends a couple of other times. If we're lucky, we can spread it out over the whole month. Often the date is cancelled due to bad weather so I enjoy the ones that don't get snowed or iced out.