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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Harmony United Methodist Women met at the church on Monday evening. We cut out scarves at the meeting in January. Barbara Pell had finished serging the edges of the squares and I took them home to write our name and address along the edges. We now have 12 scarves to deliver to the Hux Cancer Center at Terre Haute. These will be given to any women who need them as they go through their treatments.

During the regular meeting, the ladies discussed the Mother/Daughter Banquet and set the date for Monday, May 3. This year's theme will be "Bloom Where You Are Planted." The ladies are asking anyone with extra artificial flowers to bring them to the church in the next few weeks.

HUMW is planning a yard sale for sometime in June. Start cleaning out your closets and the garage. We will use the money from the sale for various worthwhile missions both local and national. The group thought it would be good to have Bargains for a Buck. Almost everything will be $1.

Those donating items can have them already bundled into $1 packages or we can do that before the yard sale. A few items may need to be priced higher but most will be kept at the same price. This makes it easy for those doing the pricing and easy for the customers. Anything left after the sale will go to the Light House Mission or the House of Hope.

Barbara Pell was the hostess for the HUMW meeting and also presented the lesson. Her topic was Joy. Barbara read three scriptures and ended with some readings from The Best of Martha Bolton.

Bolton had concluded that the Big Bad Wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" fame must have been middle-aged. A young wolf wouldn't be huffing and puffing after visiting only three houses in the neighborhood.

For our dessert, Barbara had made a chocolate, caramel trifle. It was just as good as it sounds with chunks of brownies, caramel syrup, chocolate chips, toffee and Cool Whip. She also had a beautiful tray of nuts and candy.

The next meeting will be March 22. Sheila Termeer will be the hostess and I will do a lesson from the UMW magazine, Response. All ladies are invited to attend.

After church at HUMC on Sunday, a group started talking about the tenderloins from the old Brinson Restaurant that was on Highway 40. It was near the old Twigg Plant, close to what is now Sherwin-Williams.

Grandson David Brinson still has the secret recipe. Judy Maurer talked him into making up a batch for the church. The rest of us will bring covered dishes. It is tentatively planned for May. More info later.

The tenderloin discussion is one of the nice things happening during that social time between Worship Service and Sunday School. This past Sunday Judy, Fritz, and Susan Maurer fried up homemade doughnuts during that time. Folks dusted the fronts of their shirts with powdered sugar as they devoured the warm sweets and washed them down with coffee and/or milk. I mastered holding two napkins at two levels and escaped almost sugary free.

Next Sunday three of us have teamed up to bake cakes for our short time of fellowship. Cheryl Brinson is baking a chocolate, caramel turtle cake. Sheila Termeer will bring a yellow cake and I am debating on making either a pumpkin or pineapple cake. Join us for a sweet time.

The next Harmony Town Council meeting should be on Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m., in the Harmony Community Center, corner of Border Street and US 40.

Food Share Pick-Up at First Christian Church, at 9 a.m. The next sign-up day will probably be the second Saturday in March.

Lena United Methodist is having a Lasagna Dinner and While Elephant Sale on Saturday, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

The Clay County Christian Quilters are going to try having a Monday night work session. They will meet on the first and third Monday of each month starting March 15, from 6-9 p.m. Beginners and experienced quilters are all welcome to join the group.

Soapbox: Is it just me or is there nothing on TV? Spending more time at home over all the cold snowy weather has made me question the money I am spending on that satellite every month. In February, I called to tell them to disconnect the thing. They offered a $20 reduction per month and two free movie channels for six months so I stayed with them for another half-year.

Almost all channels are paid programming from 4-7 a.m., some extend it throughout the day. Although 4 a.m. is not one of my favorite times, I often wake up early.

A pleasant program will put me right back to sleep. There are no pleasant programs any more.

The Home and Garden Channel used to be my favorite. Now it is mostly cheap real estate shows. The few gardening shows are only on Sunday morning and I'm at church. The producers don't have to pay actors, writers, or keep a camera crew for months while a house is remodeled or a garden grows. They just send a camera crew to follow them through three houses, the folks buy one, show over.

Many channels have opted for this form of cheaper programming. They just follow around some poor folks that we were told to be nice to when we were kids. Don't make fun of people who have a problem. TV exploits them all: big people, little people, addicts, ill-tempered brides, prisoners, people with tumors. They don't have to write a script. They just point a camera and wait for them to do or be something that is not "normal." Producers should be ashamed of themselves but somebody is watching this stuff.

A&E doesn't have Art anymore and there is very little Entertainment. Syfy finally just left the Science out of the title because it is mostly just monsters and wrestling. The only good Sci-fi shows are the reruns of old shows. How many times can you watch the same Star Trek? Fine Living channel is mostly booze and overeaters. On satellite, USA and Hallmark are about the only channels I watch and Hallmark only has about one new show a month.

Is anyone else tired of Forrest Gump and Miss Congeniality? Both are good movies but enough is enough!

The two movie packages sounded really good until I tried to find something to actually watch. The only good movie I have seen since the end of January was Paul Blart.

Maybe I am just an old foggy but I hear many people complaining that there is nothing on TV. Sports enthusiasts and teenagers might disagree with me, but we Baby Boomers need something to watch, too. Like many of you, I still keep it on for noise or distraction while I am working.

I watch CSI's, NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, Medium, and the Mentalist on the local Cable channels. Most of the time I just waste electricity the rest of the day. I almost never watch all of the "good" shows either. Whenever the working music comes on, I know to close my eyes. The coroner is about to dissect a body with the chain saw.

My Mother would be giving me a good talking to if she knew I had been watching shows where people were being cut up. Those seem to be the only shows that actually have a plot anymore. I'd prefer Agatha Christie but that is too tame for the rest of the American audience.

How many times can we watch a woman roll off a giant mud ball, or eat a bug, and call it reality?

I love to read. Why don't I just pick up a good book? Often I do but the noise box is still on in the background. I am as addicted as the rest of the country.

Happy End of February Birthdays to Lori Pell (25th) and Ron Stanfield (27th). Happy March Birthdays to Missy Ray and A.J. Bablowski (2nd), Rita Jones (8th), Josh Long, Rick Smith, Marvin Bell and Shandra Sanders (9th), Ethan Shorter and Jim Sheese (10th), Mark Howald, Sarah Lawrence and Phillip Butts (11th), John Day (13th), and Nancy Mace (15th). Happy Anniversary to Jim & Deanna Sheese (9th) and Rose Marie and Johnny Pell (10th). There are so many important days in March that I will have to do them in installments.

Events at Harmony United Methodist:

Feb. 27 -- Methodist Men's Breakfast 8 a.m.

Feb. 28 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

March 2 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

March 3 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Call me 448-8734 with your birthdays, news, and announcements, all the Harmony Happenings.