Last week I forgot to thank Wendell Shelp when I mentioned others who had helped after the passing of my Uncle Junior. We Roaches like to send live plants when a loved one passes. We called Kroger's and Wendell did a beautiful arrangement of roses among the live plants. Thanks to my old Jackson Township Elementary friend.
While you are reading the Harmony Happenings, I have a date with Dr. Stephens and the staff at St. Vincent/Clay. The doctor is going to run the roto rooter through my plumbing. Say a prayer that the works are all okay. I like Dr. Stephens and his staff. They are kind to cowards.
Again, here is a reminder to all those readers over 50: Don't forget those exams. You need mammograms and pap smears every year. A colonoscopy to check your plumbing should be every three years. Bone scans are a good idea. Nuts, like me, probably need a check for Alzheimer's too. I can't afford to loose anything between my ears. Guys, you are supposed to have a prostrate check, but I don't know how often -- just get it done.
Have you looked at Harmony Road lately? It looks different. A few weeks ago when the snow melted, it was disgusting. Some ill-mannered litterbugs had really trashed it over the winter. It looked worse than a landfill.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, as I left church and headed toward Pinckley Street, I noticed a difference. A gang, of teenage boys, was stealing all the trash. What a great community service. The Clay County Correctional van was following them with a trailer. The trailer was piled with the trash bags they had already filled.
I want to thank and commend the crew. Obviously, the boys have gotten into trouble for some reason. They spent this Sunday morning doing a good deed, making the area look so much nicer. It gave them some exercise and a chance to be out of doors in a supervised activity. Maybe it will be a good lesson, too. A pat-on-the-back is sent to the Correctional Staff for a job well done.
Although it was a good deed, it was a deed that should not have had to be done. Most of us Harmonites would just prefer that people take their trash to a trashcan. How hard is it to keep a Wal-Mart baggie in your vehicle and throw your cups and papers in it? When it is full, dispose of it properly. Most people are respectful of the environment.
If just a couple people throw out a soft drink cup and sandwich wrapper every day, it creates quite a mess in six months. Be nice.
Talking about flowers from Kroger's got me to thinking about yogurt. I have been frustrated for months because I had to go to Terre Haute to buy my favorite brand. Kroger's have that DanActive vanilla yogurt drink again. They could not get it for awhile. I would drink that stuff even if it were not healthy. One lady said she had been going to Baesler's for her yogurt fix, but our local folks have come through for us again. Thanks.
We used to hear, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Now we hear take an aspirin, don't eat anything that tastes good, have two yogurts a day, and call me in six months. Times change.
Easter Sunday was spent with the Clark's. John and Christine are always wonderful hosts.
We ate and visited and ate again. It is always good to get together with everyone. Thanks for the invite.
I stopped by to check on the folks at the Health Department on Monday. It was so good to see everyone again and meet the new face in the office. Although, I seem to be busy all the time, I still miss working with such a nice group of people. They do wonderful services for our community.
The Health Department assists folks in solving many problems. They have well test kits, literature on medical problems, birth and death certificates, environmental complaint forms, real estate inspections, and information on the health departments in other counties and states. They can tell you where to find the Welfare office, contact the sheriff, or find a particular cemetery.
The Health folks conduct various clinic type activities, too. They do education programs for schools, smoking cessation programs, immunizations for kids, tetanus shots for adults, and sometimes flu shots. When time permits, they will even help you to track down your ancestors. Don't forget to say thanks to a great group of people.
Harmony United Methodist will soon have a new ladies restroom. There had been two really small restrooms, male and female, plus one larger handicap accessible room for either.
Due to some water leaks, the men's room has been out of commission for a long time. The ladies room was so small and cramped no one liked it. Good thing most folks waited for the larger one to be empty.
When the repair people took up the linoleum in the ladies room last week, a foot went through the floor. It was way past repair time. When I stopped by Saturday, a nice gentleman was ready to paint the new, much larger, ladies restroom. It had a new floor, too.
I shudder to think of the number of times my ample self visited that little restroom. I sometimes work all day when doing bulletin boards. A couple of times, I was by myself. The visions of what-could-have-been are not pretty, humorous, but not pretty.
The spry young man that discovered the old floor's weakness was not hurt but probably a bit surprised. Thank goodness God was watching over him.
There are several church meetings going on this month. United Methodists will have a District PPRC Training Session at Center Point UMC on Monday, April 12. There will be a Chrysalis Flight at Merom April 9-11. Peniel will host a Cluster Training Event on Saturday the 17th and the Men's Breakfast on the 24th. The 22nd has been set for the Packing Day for Operation Classroom. The group will start at 9 a.m., and continue until all the supplies are packed for the mission schools.
Sheila Termeer and I will travel to Ellettsville for the upcoming West District Spring Gathering. We will represent our Harmony United Methodist Women's group.
Officers will meet with officers that do the same job in other groups. Kate Walker from the Northwest District will be the guest speaker. Everyone is still getting used to all the redistricting in our conference area. If I am correct, our West District is the largest now.
United Methodist Women are planning a visit to the Red Bird Mission in October. They hope to have 40 ladies to tour the mission and see the services they provide to a poor area in Appalachia. The cost is $130 for each lady. This will cover lodging in the girl's dorm, six meals, and the bus transportation. They need 40 paid sign-ups to cover the costs but can only take 40. As of the end of March, there were still available spaces.
Don't forget the Mother/Daughter Banquet on May 3 starting at 6:15 p.m. The theme is "Grow Where You Are Planted." Jana Sinders from Outback Garden Center in Clay City will provide the program.
Virginia Mathis and Rick Hester have the most beautiful magnolia trees that I have been enjoying this week. This has been an excellent year for daffodils, too. Mine have never been this pretty. The peach trees are blooming. You just can't look at all those wonderful sights and not feel good. God has blessed us with several pretty days to make up for that winter. Say thanks.
Happy Birthday to Danielle Brinson (9th), Becky Clausen, Iain McCoy, & Mara Bowen (10th), Rusty Long (11th), David Brinson & Jim Cox (14th), Dan Dierdorf , Zach Escott, & Virginia Mathis (15th), Kathleen Sanders, Avery Wolfe & Paula Fulk (17th), Sara Kester (20th), Erie Bell & Jim Lunsdon (22nd), Debbie Jones (24th), Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th) and Damien Tackett (29th). Happy Anniversary to Warren and Sandy Bell (18th).
April 11 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Study of Revelations 6 p.m.
April 13 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
April 14 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 15 -- Admin Board 7 p.m.
April 19 -- Evening Quilting 6-9 p.m.
April 26 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.