Remember last week when I said I was heading out to spread some mulch on the flowerbeds? I procrastinated. The bags were still on the truck just hours before the cookout on Saturday. Typical me, put it off and then rush to get it done.
That truckload of mulch bags had gotten really heavy lying in rain for several days. The top ones whipped right off the tailgate and around my flowerbeds in record time. The bottom ones took some strenuous tugging and smacked the ground like an earthquake. My last minute yard work, before the big cookout, turned into a twisted back. Mine.
Luckily, I had all my food prepared except for popping it into the oven. Brother Mikey and Karen took care of the grilling. Everyone helped out. I gritted my teeth and made it through the evening and spent the rest of the holiday weekend taking Advil and whining.
It was so good to see everyone at the cookout and eat in. We all stayed where it was cool and I did not have to do much walking. Hardly anyone even saw that mulch or flower beds that twisted my tailbone.
Our Aunt Jean Roach, her daughter Becky Cribuehler, and her daughter-in-law Sharon Roach had traveled from Marshall, Illinois. Doug and Leslie Cronk drove down from Indy.
Debbie Akers came over from Terre Haute. The Clay County folks included John, Eva, Mike, and Karen Roach, John and Christine Clark, Joetta Jensen, Kate Trout, Betty Julbert, VB Classmates Rachel and Melvin Fagg.
After a trip to Dr. Frankville on Tuesday, another planned for today and again on Friday, I hope to be back to normal.
Times like this make one really grateful for wonderful family. Thanks to Sister-in-law Eva & Karen, Brother Mikey, Cousins Kathy Sanders and Nete Clark, John and Christine Clark. All came over to help or bring me stuff this weekend. You guys are great.
Indiana United Methodist Churches will have their Annual Conference from June 10-13.
There are several worthwhile events coming up soon. The Strawberry Festival is this Friday at the Courthouse. Eat good berry desserts and help out Christmas in the Park. It runs almost all day and has entertainment scheduled for the afternoon.
You can help the Popcorn Festival folks by eating supper Sunday evening before the band concert at Forest Park.
They plan to serve twice in June, once in July, and then twice in August. Apparently, the menu goes with the music.
I am not sure what music goes with chicken and noodles but that is scheduled for June 6.
The band concert starts at 8 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will be like having several Orville Redenbachers to serve you. Tickets are $7.50. Sounds like fun. You will get to see the new concert benches, too.
Some of the flowers have been really pretty this spring. Several folks had what looked like a tree of wisteria about a month ago. Gorgeous.
I especially notice the houses that I pass every day.
There are still a couple of properties along Harmony Road that need major attention but there are many more that look so nice along and near that busy road.
Turning south off Highway 40, Chaney's Diner and the Antique Shop always present nice pictures on opposite corners. The house to the west of the antiques has such pretty landscaping out front.
The casket company seems to be making additions out front and planting roses in the back. The house on the east side of the antique shop is always beautiful. No weeds ever grow there. I can't wait until their fence is loaded with blooms.
The Brinsons keep their property looking nice even if their pretty tree was a casualty this past week.
Some of the houses across the street from them have had remodels in the last couple of years. Looking good. The Wolfe family has such a pretty porch.
MacDonalds and Thompsons are always neat with nice landscaping touches. The little house on the corner, that had been for sale for so long, has new owners. There are little patches of pansies and other flowers adding sunshine to the lawn.
New lights outline the sidewalk. The next house south always looks nice, too. The Hardee house has been transformed.
Most of the mess from Tom Miller's explosion has become a memory.
The Deans are still working on their house. Most of the damages have been repaired. Farther south, there is a new porch and another house that sports new siding.
The front of one house, the one with the two boys and big dog, has such pretty flowers planted. Darlene Clark has added a new garage, I think.
Even farther south, there are some beautiful houses peeking through the trees and even an angel looking down from a hillside. I don't know all the names of all the homeowners but wanted to let good neighbors know that their efforts are appreciated.
I've mentioned this before but it is worth revisiting the subject. Thanks for making my drive out and home again a pleasant one. I probably forgot someone so thanks to you folks, too.
Thanks to all my great neighbors on Jackson Street and thanks to the guys that filled the potholes. That makes for a pleasant drive.
Congratulations to all the graduates. Good luck in your future endeavors.
The big yard sale from Baltimore to St. Louis along the Old National Road is this weekend, June 2-6. I don't know if anyone is participating locally.
A couple of years ago, folks said there were several sales in Greencastle but very few between there and Terre Haute.
If you live on Highway 40 and do participate, let me know how it turns out for you.
Happy Birthdays to Kathy Bell (4th), Jan Bowen and Rose Marie Pell (10th), two of my Aunts Christine Clark & Jean Roach & Caleb Escott (12th), Carole Weaver & Jay Bridgewater (17th), Andra Wolfe (18th), Kate Trout (19th), Bill Pell (20th), Maxine Beaman (21st), Craig Dierdorf & Stoney Stitzle (22nd), granddaughter Auriel Sidney Long & Dan Pell (23rd). Happy June Anniversaries to David and Brenda Shorter (6th), Rev. Bob & Carolyn Kumpf (16th), Bruce & Mary Lou Thompson (18th), Brad & Barbara Pell (19th), and Jim & Shirley Pell (20th).
Events at Harmony United Methodist:
June 6 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m., Study of Revelations 6 p.m.
June 7 -- Clay County Quilters 6-9 p.m.
June 9 -- Bible Study 9 AM, Clay County Quilters 10 a.m.-3 p.m.