I hope everyone had a really nice Thanksgiving. Mine was great. We all went to John and Christine Clark's home. Cousin Dave and Jennifer brought a great batch of "hanky pankies." Cousin Kathy Sanders made 20 pounds of mashed potatoes and a pan of delicious sweet potatoes. Cousin Nete Clark and her friend Mel brought scrumptious salads and cheese ball. Cousin John Clark brought fresh shrimp and dip. Christine did the noodles and ham. I baked turkey and dressing and made giblet gravy.
Each of us brought a dessert. These ranged from various pies to date pudding to two kinds of cake. No sweet tooth went unsatisfied. In my family you know it's been a good day if you're too full to move. Visiting was great, too.
The Black Buggy at Jasper gets four stars. In the Nov. 18 column, I told you Cousin Debbie Akers and I headed to Jasper to visit with friends. We met at the restaurant for lunch. I ran into old friends from Haysville, too. It was a good day and the food was excellent. The new restaurant is set up much like the Black Buggy was at Washington, Indiana.
After lunch we went to Bill and LaVerne Mangold's new home. It will be gorgeous when they are finished. It is already looking great. They just have that knack for making a house look like it came out of one of Martha Stewart's magazines. They have decks on two sides looking out to the lake with a screen porch on one end and a greenhouse on an upper deck. Bill has already redone the fireplace with dark marble hearth and a beautiful surround and mantle. They have several other projects started.
The Mangold's setting is much like the one where I used to live on a different lake. They are the lone homeowners on a peninsula looking out at the water. They can see neighbors across the lake but no one is right next door.
Verne had made three kinds of cookies to go with coffee after our house tour. We visited for a couple of hours and then headed out to explore. I love living in Harmony but still miss that lake.
Lake Helmerich has a total of six lakes with 85 homes but it does not have that crowded feel of some lake communities. Debbie and I drove by the lot I still have near the swimming pool. There is only one house on that small lake. So far, no buyers are pleading for my little spot of paradise. Keep your fingers crossed. I thought I would go there more often but I visit once a year and pay my lake fees and taxes.
We also drove by my old house. The new owners have restained the cedar exterior, but otherwise, it looks the same. Many of the things I added are still there. That made me feel good.
Debbie and I found a fun antique/whats-it shop at Huntingburg and Norm's Market at Jasper. We were hunting for the German bakery that had been there for three generations. It had moved to the Market. The new place also houses a special meats/grocery and gift shop. Nice. We stopped at a couple of Amish shops trying to find monster cookies for my brother. Sorry, Mikey.
It is not too late to join Pastor Terry Jeffers new Wednesday night group at Harmony United Methodist Church. The new session is called "Christmas Gifts that Don't Break".
HUMC is hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for children. It will be from 1-3 p.m., on Dec. 11. The kids will have stories, crafts, games, and goodies. Contact Suzy Morgan to help, donate, or to get more information.
We started our Jesse Tree last Sunday. Pastor Terry brought out five ornaments and read the scripture on each one. As he completed each reading, one of the children hung the ornament on the tree. It was a very special time.
Harmony United Methodist Women will host a Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Fellowship Hall. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. Ladies are asked to bring a wrapped gift, costing $5 or less, and a food dish(es).
Invitations and sign-up sheet were circulated last Sunday. Any churches that do not have a United Methodist Women's group are welcome to join us. Please call and let me know if you are coming so that we can set a place for you. My number is 448-8734.
We will have a pitch-in dinner and then our gift exchange. It is always a fun time. All ladies of the church are invited.
By the time you read this, HUMC should be all decorated for Christmas. Pastor's Wednesday night group and other volunteers were planning the work session for Wednesday. My throat will determine whether or not the bulletin boards get completed. I had planned to go and take a batch of Christmas cookies. My intentions are always better than my actions. It's pushing noon and the counter isn't even cleared off to make the cookie dough.
Food Share at the First Christian Church has its final sign-up this Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. The last pick-up date will be Dec. 18. It is too bad that there were not enough people taking advantage of this program to keep it going. Those who have served on the committee for so long will have their Saturday mornings back. Thanks to all of you.
As always, I seem to be the last one getting my Christmas decorations done. I love seeing everyone else's displays. I had some throat surgery that has put me a little behind schedule but hope to catch up this weekend. The holidays are always exciting.
My family is anxious to see Niece Erin. She hopes to be home sometime around the first of the year. She can't get away from Disney World until the Holiday rush is over.
Clay County Retired Teachers will host a Coffee at Goodies Galore on Monday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. I think we were supposed to do our call lists. Sorry to all my folks because I am behind schedule.
Carolyn Tausig reminds all retirees to total your volunteer hours. As I have written many times, these hours are used to coax legislators to grant us a cost of living increase on our pensions. Retired teachers do many services to help children and/or the community and do so with no pay. It is their way of giving back to the community.
The Coffee is a time to visit and to turn in volunteer hours. If you can't make the get-together, call Carolyn at (812) 864-2736 to report your hours. Hours can also be mailed to IRTA at 150 W. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2812. Be sure to tell them your county. Every little bit helps.
If you don't have hours to turn in, join the group for the fun of it. We always have a good time. Attendees will order what they want from the Goodies menu.
Happy Birthday to George Lawrence (3rd), Amy Morgan Tucker (4th), Little Brother Mikey Roach (5th), Rae Anne Howald (9th), Tia Jones (10th), Mary Lou Thompson & Opal Schopmeyer (11th), Cousin David Clark (13th), Ayden Babkowski (19th), Betty Evans & Warren Bell (22nd), Amaya Jones (24th), Christmas babies Mandy Escott, Brad Pell & Chris Pell (25th), and Cousin-in-law Sandy Jenkins (31st). Happy Anniversary to Mike & Susie Morgan (11th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar
December 5 -- Worship Service 9, Sunday School 10:30 AM
December 7 - Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 PM
HUMW Christmas Party 6:30 PM
December 8 -- Bible Study 9 AM, Quilting 10 AM to 3 PM
Pastor's small group study 6 PM