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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Clay County Retired Teachers Executive Committee met at the home of Odena Harper, Carbon on Monday, Sept. 13, to make plans for the Fall Social. Pictured are (front row) Odena Harper, Mary Ann Froderman, Hazel Miller; (second row) Jesse Pitts, Carolyn Ledgerwood, Carolyn Tausig, Gail Roach; (third row) Tommy Dale Thompson and Denzil Adams. Not pictured Pat Wilkinson.
Harmony United Methodist Church will be having a Pie Auction after church on Sunday, Oct. 17, to help Van Buren Elementary. They need volunteers but the law requires a $35 background check on every person.

We hope to raise enough money to pay the fee for 10 volunteers.

A small group study continues on Wednesday nights. They are exploring ways to help the community. New folks are always welcome.

Lena UMC has invited Harmony UMC to a Barn Party at Mace's Barn on Oct. 23. If I have the correct info, the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Costumes are welcome.

They will have finger foods and games. Thanks for the invitation.

Clay County Retired Teachers will have a Fall Social on Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Bingo Hall on Kennedy Crossing.

Odena Harper has gotten several prizes but raffle and door prizes are still needed.

Dues for CCRTA are due in September but are usually collected at this October meeting.

Treasurer Pat Wilkinson will be collecting those and issuing new membership cards.

Dues are $5 per year for our local unit. State membership is encouraged but not required to belong to CCRTA.

All officers must be members of both the local and the state.

Pat Wilkinson and Mary Ann Forderman throw around ideas while Carolyn Ledgerwood (left) records the decisions.
I met one of my new neighbors yesterday. Don Edwards was trying to mow a path through the woods behind my property. We talked across the fence. He and his wife Lisa plan to put a home on their acreage and have been doing some major clearing and cleaning. They are from Plainfield and are looking forward to getting away from city life. I told them they would like it here in Harmony.

The Town Council was to meet on Tuesday night but I have not heard any particulars about the meeting. The next one should be at their regularly scheduled time on the first Tuesday of the month, Nov. 2. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Harmony Community Center.

I headed to Vincennes last Thursday for a check-up with the allergy doctor. Basically, no one in Indiana is breathing well through this dry spell. Otherwise, I'm good.

Jasper friends and I had arranged to meet at Montgomery for lunch that day. A couple of antique shops along the way caught my attention. A washtub for flowers followed me home.

The Gasthof Restaurant at Montgomery is always a favorite. Friends and I talked and laughed for over two hours. The waitress was about to charge us rent on the table. One couple spends the winters in Florida and we wanted to get together before they headed south. It was a terrific meal.

When I left the restaurant, I headed down some of the side roads toward Oden. There are so many beautiful Amish farms in that area.

The horses were handsome; some looked like Clydesdales. I know nothing about horses but they sure are pretty. I did not stop to take any pictures.

I was disappointed that there were few cows on my route that day. I love cows. They are great to photograph.

You say, "hold that pose" and a cow spends an hour chewing and thinking about it, staring straight into the camera. Love 'em.

Horses have not cooperated with me since I was 10. When I was a child, the old Forest Park ponies became rodeo bronchos whenever they saw me. Ponies with less energy than a merry-go-round creation become psychos whenever I approached. Because most animals liked me, those ponies really hurt my little feelings. I was always nice to them.

In my early years as an artist, a lady hired me to do a painting of her favorite horse. It was a beautiful animal. I left behind all my childhood fears of crazed ponies and accepted the job.

After teaching all day, I headed out of town to take pictures of the beloved animal. I followed that horse critter all over the pasture in my school clothes trying to take the perfect photos. It didn't bite or buck, it just wanted to be anywhere my camera was not.

The client also wanted the blooming catalpa trees in the painting. Catalpas were no problem. They were relatively still. Before I could get the right setting on the camera, prima donna pony would be at the other end of the fence. As soon as the camera clicked, the horse was gone. Clients aren't excited about retreating butt shots.

The patron of the arts seemed pleased with the final results but the horse in my painting was a composite of several photos. I learned never to paint horses or pit bulls. They are both beautiful but never hold still. At least the pit bull liked me. But it is not easy to photograph something that is licking you in the face. I will stick with people and scenery.

Now, to find the time to paint either of them.

Call me at 448-8734 to add birthdays or tell me what's Happening at your house.

Happy Birthdays to Pam Hood (14th), Greg Jones, Susan Maurer, & Adam TerMeer (19th), Jimmy Pell & Carson Lawrence (20th), Betty Julbert (21st), Ryan London, Alisha McCoy, & Sheila Termeer (23rd), Kelly Pell (24th), and Trent Pell (28th). Happy Anniversary to A. J. & Heidi Babkowski (15th), and Gail & Carole Weaver (22nd).

Harmony United Methodist Calendar

Oct. 17 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Pie Auction

Oct. 19 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Quilting 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oct. 25 -- UMW Meeting 7 p.m.