I had the pleasure of sharing a meal and an evening with the women of Young Moderns Home Extension Club last night. We met in the beautiful farmhouse of Brenda Wiley near Mooreland.
As I listened to these friends share time and life together, I started taking notes because, well, I had an idea. I thought I’d post a blog about them. Instead, I’ve decided to talk about them and their club, which dates to 1964, and has met every month since then (with the rare winter-weather exception) during County Club Night in October. I don’t want to spoil what I’ll have to say (no worries, it's all good) but suffice it to say I’m honored to have spent the evening with them.
When I’m with Extension Homemakers, I’m home.
For now though, here’s their photo, and a thanks to the ladies for having me, and to Brenda for inviting me.
Mail call …
Isn’t it exciting to get a surprise in the mail? When I reached into the box today, I pulled out a medium-sized package from my friend Debbie McCray from Ohio, and thought, What in the world?
Debbie has been on a family trip, and is busy with her volunteer work with an organization called Cancer Hope, which is very important to her, and we hadn’t had any recent email conversations that would indicate something was headed my way.
I opened it up to find something wrapped up and tied with a bow in tissue paper. It was this … a Sweet Land of Liberty ornament / decoration! I love it.
Debbie had come across it at a friend’s sale and thought of me. Debbie, thank you! And with it came a lovely homemade card (she is an expert at making beautiful, one-of-a-kind cards) explaining the gift, and with the fall colors and phrasing on the front of it, expressed how she looks forward to the fall just ahead. Me too!
Speaking of Mail …
Yesterday’s mail also brought a surprise card, this one from our friends John and Debby who spent a chunk of Labor Day with us here. Debby thanked us for the meal, for catching up, and said we need to get together more often. That we do. That we will!
And thanks to them for coming up to visit. Next stop together: Jungle Jim’s in Ohio! And Red Lobster on the way home.
Give me Liberty …
Sweet Land of Liberty is, of course, our great nation, the U.S.A. To me personally, the phrase also relates to my love for my hometown of Liberty, Indiana, and to my book that takes place in a fictional bed and breakfast, and novel by the same name, Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast.
This weekend I’ll have copies of that book, and the sequel, That Sweet Place: At Home in the Heartland, at Founders Day(s) on the courthouse square in Liberty, Indiana. I’ll be wearing this, a pioneer-ish ensemble. (emphasis on ish). I’ve got some storytelling to do tomorrow. Come see me!