It was so sad to lose Debbie Hood. We know that she is with God and no longer suffering, but she will be missed.
Debbie was one of those rare folks that had a bubbling personality. She was an instant friend with an infectious laugh. Our hearts go out to her daughter Elizabeth, husband Kurt, and all of her family.
My cousin Martha Waite had fought a long battle with cancer and we lost her just two weeks ago. Martha had struggled with a rare blood disorder and kept going for six years.
Through blood transfusions and chemo she stayed strong for a very long time.
Keep husband David, son Bryan, brother Jim, sister Mary Ellen and their families in your prayers, too.
Both ladies left a huge hole in the lives of their families and friends.
Harmony United Methodist Women are having their annual Green Picnic on Monday, Sept. 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be held here at my house. Rose Marie Pell will give the lesson. I will provide the meat, a vegetable, and a dessert. All ladies are invited to attend. Invitations were distributed at church.
We try to use no paper or plastic for this event. Save the earth.
We will pass a picnic sign-up sheet at church on Sunday. Sorry the sniffles laid me low and that did not get circulated last Sunday.
Invitations have also been sent to other churches that don't have a UMW. Please call me at 448-8734 if you can attend and we will add your name to the list.
All ladies are asked to bring their own table service. Those who would like to bring a salad or dessert are certainly encouraged. The most important thing is fellowship and learning together. Methodist Women have been active for many years helping with missions both local and worldwide.
These social events help to spread the Word, too.
October 7 is sneaking up on us. That is the packing day for Operation Classroom.
If you are intending to donate school supplies to help needy children in Africa, this is the time. Besides the usual items, they need toiletries, home economics materials, tools for shop class, baby items, sports equipment, and religious materials.
Help if you can.
HUMC is planning a fix-up day sometime before the big fish fry in November. Every house needs a little fall cleaning, including our church home. I will have the date for that later.
Clay County Retired Teachers' Association has set the date for the December Coffee. It will be on Dec. 6 at Goodies Galore.
I think the time is set for 9 a.m. but will have to check on that.
We get together to turn in our volunteer hours to Carolyn Tausig and just to enjoy a little socializing. Folks will order what they want from the menu. Mark your calendars.
CCRTA has rescheduled the Fall Social for its original date of Oct. 26 at the Kennedy Crossing Bingo Hall.
All retired teachers should receive a call soon. If not, contact Jesse Pitts or one of the other officers. Mark your calendars for that, too.
Coleen Thompson and I hosted a picnic for family and friends at Harmony Park last Saturday. It was a perfect day even if the weather had been terribly dry.
We managed to schedule the outing on a day when there were dozens of other events taking place.
I did the table decorations and Coleen did the grilling. Everybody brought something. We ate too much and had such a good visit.
George and Norma Hoten had traveled the farthest to come to the picnic.
They live at Leavenworth but said they had a pretty drive up through Bloomington and Spencer. Dave and Jennifer Clark, Sidda, Sailor, and Shiloh came from the Reelsville area. The girls had to run off a little early. Mom had promised them a trip to have their toenails done for a wedding. Debbie Akers, Ann Killion, Coleen, her husband John, little Brooke, and Evan came from Terre Haute.
Travis and Emily Killion had planned to drive over from Dennison, Ill. Their son Tyler was scheduled to be in a parade in the morning but they hoped to spend the afternoon with us. After all the events, the day just wore out the little ones.
Finally in late afternoon, they called to say they were just heading them home for a nap.
All of us from Clay County enjoyed the company of the travelers. John and Christine Clark, Mike, Karen, and John Roach, Jim and Sandy Jenkins caught up on the news and just visited for hours.
Pat and Dale Killion had called to say that they were under the weather. We wish them a speedy recovery.
Thanks to Mike and Karen for helping me with the tables and decorations. It helps to have a brother that can hang up stuff without needing a ladder.
A big pat-on-the-back to the folks that make the Harmony Park look so nice. The little ones in our group loved the playground. The adults liked the nice shelter with plenty of plug-ins for the crock-pots and fans.
Two different families had birthday parties at the second shelter house. One really did it up right with all kinds of decorations. The other kept it a little more simple with pizza and soft drinks. Both groups seemed to have great time,too.
It did my heart good to see so many folks enjoying Harmony Park. A mom and daughters played tennis. A couple sets of ladies walked the track. A friend and neighbor jogged several laps. A couple of bicycles rode through. Many kids enjoyed the playground.
It is always so cute to see how one or two kids just melt into another group. One of ours strayed over for pizza, another came our direction for a hamburger.
The house next to the old railroad tracks on South Harmony Road sure looks better. It has needed work for several years.
When we saw the dumpster, we thought the house might be torn down but there is a building permit on display. It is great to see all the weeds gone. Good job so far.
A lawn tractor was working Sunday in the acreage behind my house.
Apparently, someone is continuing the improvements on that area, too. The folks that bought it a couple of years ago made major improvements. They tore down old buildings, bush hogged a large portion, and cleaned up trash.
Then there were For Sale signs. I haven't heard if they sold it or if they are still working on it. It looks good.
A couple of businesses have really had a facelift. The casket company has a new exterior and landscaping. The abandoned gas station has new siding that makes it look more like an office. Nice.
I still say Harmony needs a convenience store/gas station that has easy access in and out. Hey, Casey! Come on down.
The home improvement projects, business spruce ups, and lawn care around Harmony help to make all of us look good.
Yes, some still need a giant dose of elbow grease but many have really improved. Thanks to all the hard workers.
The Maurers have a gorgeous new driveway. I really wanted to leave them some handprints but curbed my enthusiasm. Did any Lab tracks get immortalized in the new concrete?
Happy Birthdays to Mike Kester (23rd), Allison Pell (24th), Fritz Maurer (26th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kester and to Mr. and Mrs. Trent Pell (23rd).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
Sept. 26 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 27 -- HUM Women at my house for annual Green Picnic 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.