Don't forget Harmony Trash Day. All residents should have received a flyer with the date and times. This is your chance to shovel up all that trash, bag it, and take it to the firehouse. Pick up the yard and clean out the garage. No charge except for tires. This is for Harmony residents only. Other communities have their own days planned.
Harmony United Methodist Church is in the planning stages for Vacation Bible School. Could some please volunteer to head up the program? Of course, volunteers are always needed to help with snacks, games, crafts, and lessons, too. Call the church if you can help 448-2917.
A special fund was started last Sunday to help pay for the new ladies restroom. It is nearing completion. Throw a little in the fund can to fund the can if you can. Can do?
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet in Fellowship Hall on Monday, April 26. Carolyn Kumpf will prepare the lesson and Barbara Pell will be the hostess. The group will finalize plans for the Mother/Daughter Banquet and discuss the upcoming yard sale, tentatively planned for June.
The Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on Monday, May 3, starting at 6:15 p.m. The theme is "Grow Where You Are Planted." We started circulating the sign-up sheet last week and will continue this Sunday. Ladies are asked to jot down the number of attendees and the dish(es) they will provide. Everyone is asked to bring her own table service so we won't have too much clean-up after the event. Jana Sinders from Outback Garden Center in Clay City will provide the program.
I headed down to Outback to discuss a couple of door prize plants with Jana. She will bring them to the meeting on Monday. I had to check out Bob and Angie's salad bar while I was in Clay City. A piece of caramel apple pie followed me home. My resolution to only have dessert on Sunday is often broken when I hear the words, "homemade pie crust". It was worth it.
A couple of cherry trees, and some flowers for the planting boxes, followed me home, too. Today, I have the sore muscles to prove I did plant those trees in holes that were twice as wide, and twice as deep, as the tree balls.
My vision of an orchard is so much grander than the few little trees in the back yard. Come spring, the blooms burst out, and it is all worth the back breaking. If ever they start really producing fruit, I will be one happy orchard tender. I did get delicious peaches two-years ago and have my fingers crossed for this year. So far no significant apples or pears have appeared in the back yard. Now I can dream of future cherry pies, too. I don't like sprays and most books tell me I need sprays. We'll see.
A friend is a resident at Cobblestone Resident Healthcare. It is so nice there. You feel more like you are walking into a hotel lobby than a nursing home. Last Thursday was family night. Family members and friends are invited for a special evening once a month. Sometimes they have music or a movie and snacks. For $4, you can eat supper there, too. This month it was the Yegerlehner Dairy/Farm that put on the program and furnished the snacks.
Mr. Yegerlehner showed pictures of the cows, the shop, the farm, the family and told about how they keep everything as organic as possible. The cows feed in a pasture and they keep moving to fresh pasture. During the months they have down time with the bovines, they concentrate on piggies. The milk waste feeds the pigs.
Farmers are always busy. All three children work at the farm but the daughter heads up many of the operations. Yegerlehner talked about their three-mile cattle drive each year and how all the neighbors and friends help them to move the cows. (The Times ran an article and pictures a few months ago.)
After the PowerPoint and questions, we were treated to cheese, crackers, and three flavors of ice cream. The dairy supplied plenty of taste treats for us plus all the toppings you could imagine. They were so generous that I could not finish my sundae. Mr. Yegerlehner explained that they sold these products plus meats in their shop at Clay City. They are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., on Saturday, closed during the winter months.
I have been impressed with Cobblestone each time I have visited there. The staff seems so friendly. We had supper there, too. It was surprisingly good. I remember our Ruritan Club helping at a nursing home in Jasper when I lived there. It was a very nice residence for folks that just could not live alone anymore. I will never forget seeing all the supper trays with a big chunk of mystery yellow. To this day, I don't know what was on the plate. I was dreading the supper at Cobblestone even though I wanted the time to visit.
By contrast, the meal at Cobblestone looked like real food and tasted like it. We were served tenderloin, sweet potato fries, green beans, and a choice of pistachio pudding or sherbet. A large wedge of lettuce, onion, and mayo were on the side to put on the sandwich, if desired. High school volunteers brought the plates and joked with the mainly elderly residents. Folks chatted at little tables like at a café.
The two residents from Brazil talked about their "Out and About" and the nature talk they had earlier in the day. The staff takes them on short bus trips around town. Sometimes they go to MacDonalds or the Dollar Store. They joked about trying out golf on their little golf course. There is a small open-air courtyard with grass and benches. It is surrounded by the building on four sides. Some of the windows in the eating areas and hallways look out to the courtyard.
We peeked into the recreation room, the area for church services, the other cafeteria, and some rooms designed for bigger family dinners. Three of us visited in my friends' room. She has a nice area with a small refrigerator and microwave, twin bed, storage, desk and a couple of chairs. It is rather like a nice motel room but residents can bring items from home to feel more comfortable. New friends in adjacent rooms called out greetings as we passed by their open doors.
Do we have anything like this in Clay County? Greencastle has residential/health facilities, too. Most elderly folks would prefer to stay in their homes but there seems to come a time, when that is just not possible anymore.
My only experience, prior to this, was when my Aunt Nelle was at the Clay County Health Center some years ago. Most everyone seemed really nice there, and they had a good physical therapy department, but it appeared more like a nursing home rather than a residential center. It seemed to be more for people who needed medical care rather than a more social environment. The people were more like patients rather than residents.
I really don't know what is offered here in Clay County for the elderly. I know the names of some of the facilities but not the accommodations. A group of us were talking about it this week. If we don't have something similar to Greencastle and Terre Haute, maybe we need that here, too. Many of the elderly are still able to get around and enjoy friends but just not able to care for a home and yard. They need that in between place with access to more medical care when required.
The Clay County Retired Teacher's Association will have a Barbeque Dinner on Tuesday, April 27, starting at 6 p.m. The dinner will be held in the basement of the Riddell Bank. Turner Coaches will present the program. Any retired teacher who taught in Clay County, or any retired teacher living in Clay County, is invited to join the association. Contact President Jesse Pitts or any of the officers for more information.
Happy Birthday to Erie Bell & Jim Lumsdon (22nd), Debbie Jones (24th), Gail Weaver (27th), Mitch Maurer (28th) and Damien Tackett (29th)
Events at Harmony United Methodist:
April 25 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.,
Study of Revelations 6 p.m.,
April 26 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.,
April 27 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m., and
April 28 -- Bible Study 9 AM, Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.