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Friday, December 09, 2016

  • From a crazy honeymoon to 23 years of bliss
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    New Hope Christian Church brought these two together and they just celebrated their 23rd anniversary. Had such a great time with them, lots of laughs.
    In fact, the giggles began when they told the hubs and me about their “romantic” Lobster Sea Cruise in Cancun, Mexico. They had enjoyed a lovely wedding at her parents’ large country home and were looking forward to their time together on their honeymoon. 
    Well, the boat had hit a bridge the day before so no one was allowed on the top. Everyone was squashed together on the bottom deck. The “cruise” was just up and down a short piece of the Gulf of Mexico. The lobster was fixed on a gas grill and by the time a drunk, obnoxious guy was corralled and they finally got their lobster, it was cold! What a honeymoon as next was a bull fight as they were told not to miss the national sport. Since it is Mexico’s sport, they were used to it but most tourists are not. Kids were crying and many, including our newlyweds left. Just the luck, they dragged the first kill right beside them. 
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  •  After a brief stint down on the farm, he eventually bought a business
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:00 AM
    Just met this week’s man, but my gal guest and I go way back! She not only worked at the A&W for us, she babysat our young’uns, as well. It was fun for us to interview an early employee when we owned only part of the business back then. When I asked her what she liked about working there, she smiled and noted, “Everything! I simply loved everything about working there.” Explaining further, “The food was amazing, customers awesome (even if they didn’t tip or tipped poorly, it didn’t matter because we loved ‘em so), the fun we had, friends I made.” Then my hubby beamed, “The bosses were so nice,” and she wrapped-up by announcing, “There is simply nothing like that nowadays!” Working at Aryway when they changed to Target, she also was employed by Giles Ford when she found herself pregnant with her first child. Afterwards, she stayed home with her own three and babysat some. 
    One day, an employee of his asked him to go to the city bowling tourney. This was at the old bowling alley out by the Holiday Inn and she was in the tourney. The friend introduced them. Two weeks later, they went out and it was love thereafter. They complement each other nicely.
    My guests have been married 15 years and I asked them what they liked best about their spouse. Her answer was that he had the ability to see what’s needed and makes it work; threw in that he loved her on a personal basis, as well, and that’s very important. He noted that he loved her sincerity and that with a blended family, she loves everyone equally. 
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  •   Not from our area, their 5 children are North grades
    Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Neither of my two guests are native Hoosiers, he from the south and she a northerner. Yet, it was in the West they met. His first assignment as a minister with Village Missions was in Gilbert, Iowa. He and first wife, Remona were well-loved by their congregation members, and it was hard to leave Gilbert for Crawfordsville, his second and permanent assignment, yet off they went. 
    Sadly, it was just three months after their arrival here that Remona was suddenly called home. At the Gilbert services for her, one of the mourners was a special friend to the dear woman and admired him in regards to his preaching and love for the Lord.
    When he preached a wedding back in Iowa two months later, the two talked a great deal about Remona, whom she had adored. He knew her character was excellent and in January, he called and asked her if she’d be willing to pursue a relationship that would end in marriage. Her answer? “I’ll pray on it!” He told her he’d call in the morning.
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  • This couple believes in paying it forward
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    An accident changed this couple’s course of life forever. From a working fool who craved all the over-time possible, to someone who has days when he can’t get out of bed, he said, “My wife is great support!” They strongly believe in their wedding vows. “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health,” they’ve been through all these facets.
    His regular job was at Raybestos in 2004, having worked there 21 years. While off one day, he was cutting wood as he had done so many times before. No big deal; this was to be one different story. A tree broke wrong, hit him and hurled him in the air 50’ away. At first, he thought all was well except being shook-up and bruised. For a few days, he even went to work; then, one day, he awoke and could not move. His trauma has created to date 13 serious medical conditions. 
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  •  Karen found some golf gurus this week
    Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    Golf gurus I have this week. Well, okay, perhaps not gurus, but they certainly love golf, and she didn’t learn until they were married 23 years ago (on his 50th birthday). You can see them most of the nice days at the Turkey Run Golf course, but they also enjoy one or two day trips. Their short adventures often steer them to a golf outing of some sort, such as staying at the Four Seasons resort at Lake Monroe and playing at Eagles Pointe. 
    These two are care givers, taking a friend here, a mom elsewhere, or a sister or brother to an appointment. Constantly doing for others. They were exceedingly excited about helping organize what they hope will continue, a golf scramble for Bright Beginnings II, the Waveland preschool. Great sponsors and members playing made it a complete success, tallying $5,000.
    From being a shy member of the second-graduating class at Southmont, our gal is a fun-loving individual. She did join choir plus SSS and tried to mingle, but South was just so large. Thirty years out of high school she went to college to become a nurse, graduating in 2004. She worked some in hospitals but it was long term care she really loved, mainly working at Ben Hur Nursing Home.
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  • Responsibility is the key to raising their kids
    Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    This young couple recently had their 13th anniversary. They met at New Hope church, everyone telling her about him and him about her. It was a homerun as they were married six months later by Rev. Harold Keck, her in a beautiful ivory dress with bead work; he in his black tux. The wedding took place in the Lane Place gazebo on a lovely Sept. 27, 2003, but it wasn’t looking good the rainy evening before. This young man is a fun guy and was planning on surprising her with a Hawaiian theme at dress rehearsal but his mom let out the word. However, the joke was on him when she had on a grass skirt and coconuts at the top. His son stood up with him and his daughter was flower girl, her son fell asleep on her dad as they brought down the bride. All-in-all, a lovely wedding and I’m wishing many more anniversaries their way.
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  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:04 PM
    It is a major thrill to watch a young person grow-up and become a remarkable adult. I was privileged to do just that with our guest this week. Used to play baseball with his mom at the Waveland Park almost daily (we were usually the only two girls and she was great, I was decent) and he, in turn, played there with my nephew Rob and others. He has played baseball or been involved with it pretty much his whole life, as our family has. 
    “I miss Waveland. Growing-up there was living a laid-back, simple life. Everyone knew everyone else and we all watched out for each other. I grew-up in my grandparents’ home and it was definitely an example of small-town USA, he said.”
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  • Three generations make for amazing acting experience
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Literally, I watched this gal grow-up, she and my daughter being close friends since Kindergarten. She worked for us at the restaurant, went on vacations with us, and, well, I just love her dearly. More talent wrapped up in her little finger than I ever thought of having. Beauty, brains, and a beaming smile, that’s my girl.
    During her younger years, her momma had a hilarious one-woman comedy show. In fact, she entertained our family at Jim and my 25th wedding anniversary and had us rolling on the floor laughing. My guest helped her Mom from the time she was very small. Her mother got involved in the Sugar Creek Players and it was just natural for her daughter to follow along.
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  • Thursday, October 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    This week’s lady was a bit older than me at Waveland High School, but our lives have crossed several times and I’ve always admired her beauty, charm and genuineness. She recently had a wonderful and exciting 90th birthday given by her family and a few days later, flowers, balloons and cards still decked her dining room table. Her enthusiasm was still quite apparent and we had an absolute blast!
    A passionate Browns Valley student, her first six years were spent as one big, happy family. She loved her teachers, especially Rose Glascock and Doris Grimes, especially as she “treated us like her own children” which meant so much as she and husband, Mike, weren’t blessed with any. In first grade, she had a bad experience though. Darling outfits with an outside dress and matching bloomers with pockets, my sweetie hiked her dress to retrieve her hankies, erasers and such. Her teacher, Ms. Milburn was irate and eventually, the outfits became what Ms. Milburn felt were properly pocketed.
    With two classes together, she felt brilliant in third grade as her class had heard the stories two years in a row. “Frances Milligan was extremely grouchy,” but she enjoyed the rest of her teachers. For the six years she attended Browns Valley, she told me that Mrs. Lou Miles cooked the food that the parents canned and left at the school for the meals. 
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    Although my gal didn’t dwell, “Way down South in the land of Cotton,” she did grow-up in the small southern Knox County, Ind. town of Freelandville. A graduate of Bicknell High School, she had just one sister, Rita, whom she’s close to yet today.
    The sisters did everything together, including working in the small town restaurant. “It would be midnight, and we’d walk home in the pitch black, waving at people still out and about. Sometimes, we’d even catch a ride home.” Back in that time, there was really no fear. Even if you knew someone only slightly, if they were from your home town, they were a-okay. My lady still loves a tight-knit community, having lived in New Market for a few decades. 
    Her virtue of saving and planning out her money began early on when she was a sophomore and she and Rita began work. They made 52 ½ cents per hour and thought they were rich. Besides toiling at school and the restaurant, the girls helped plant, grow and harvest a large garden. Every year, gardening is still an important aspect of her life. 
    Upon graduation, it was off to be a Sycamore, where she graduated in English. Later picking up her masters, she went (30 more hours) on to get her counseling license. She was wonderful, by the way!
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  • Where North and South live happily ever after
    Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    “I can’t believe I married a Mountie,” said my gal this week. Ditto from my fella’ for marrying a Charger, but that was 19 years ago and they’re still as happy as ever, not in the least combative. 
    She noticed him first at his cousin’s house, but he always had a girlfriend with him there. “Oh, Melissa, your cousin is so hot,” she would say. He shook his head and said, “She had drunk goggles on!”
    Well, we had lots more laughs and did some catching-up as I’d not met her except possibly briefly, but had known my fella’ since he was a boy as I watched him in basketball, wrestling and football through his school years. He and his sister were in my daughter Suzie’s class and I always enjoyed those two great kids and their activities.
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  • From shenanigans to Southmont to sunshine
    Thursday, September 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Although my gal this week was only in 4-H a few years, the rest of her family are all 10-year-members. My guy was a member who showed cattle all his 10 years. Their son and daughter showed cattle and were in 10 years, two of their grandchildren were too and the youngest, age 13 is working on it. I was quite impressed and he said, “4-H is a great organization to teach kids so many responsibilities!” Agreed!
    These two met on a blind date. She had taken piano lessons from Waveland’s Mr. Norman Walker, although grew-up in the New Ross area. One of the other students she played with during the recitals was Roxie. Roxie had asked if she was interested in dating a nice boy. Finally, Roxie wrote a letter explaining what a shy, quiet, sweet guy he was. Judy, another student of Mr. Walker’s said she and the guy she was dating would double with them. So, the date began and the turquoise Chevy Impala he drove was a plus. 
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  • Queen and Colonel are almost golden!
    Thursday, September 01, 2016 4:00 AM
    Can you imagine making slaw for 36 years? Can you get your head around a job where everyone benefits? These are just two items unique to my couple today.
    Well, the summer of ’69 was a “very good year for this small town girl and boy!” She, a CHS beauty and he, a Ladoga sports stud met at the Dairy Queen where she worked. One of his friends was dating a DQ girl and they had been spatting. So, this DQ beauty was forced to lug the Ladoga boy around in her ’59 Chevy so the friends could fix their fight. He made fun of her car and she just didn’t like his attitude. Told her co-worker, “You owe me big-time!” Two weeks later, he mustered the nerve to ask her out. She was leery, but evidently, it was a wonderful decision as they have been married 45 years coming up this spring.
    I first got to know her as my son, Jay’s, second grade teacher. One great one, too.
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  • She's 103 and a very lovely lady
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Two firsts this week, a mother-daughter combination and someone over 100. In fact, our Momma will have just turned 103 as you read. They were our neighbors out on 300 South; our 100+ gals’ husband, did some landscaping for us and the music from their daughter entertained us for years. Always held this family in high esteem.
    My first question was how my gal met her husband. His family lived in Greencastle but often attended her Church of Brethren in Ladoga. He was, “Handsome, kind-spirited, a gentle man and extremely witty.” 
    The answer to the biggest changes: “Back in the other days,” we made our own fun. A neighbor girl and I rode horses in the pastures, into town. “We went to close affairs like neighborhood or church picnics; now folks take off to Las Vegas for fun.”
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  • Their love is as strong as Karen's mailbox
    Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 AM

    Ever lived in the country and ya’ just couldn’t keep a mailbox?  Well, I have, the last couple of times losing it to kids with their ball-batting fun. Problem solved, as my fella’ this week fixed us right up with a tough, steel mailbox that hubs put on a railroad tie.  That baby was still as strong as could be when we moved a couple of decades later.

    He and his employees did interesting work far beyond our mailbox: steel work on the Williamsport Library, Comfort Inn, M-16 Gun racks for the National Guard (20 guns/rack); Black Creek Bridge; secured the north wall at the Masonic Temple; the most unique being the circular stairways in the Elks building.  Not only a hard worker, he’s one smart fellow, too.  After all, he chose his interesting and adorable wife.

    She was born near Soltau, Germany (with a slight hint of that in her speech even today). Her mother had cousins in the Russellville area who had come over by sponsorship on a freighter a couple years earlier.  Tough voyage.  Although her father had been a tool and die maker in Germany, he and his family were sponsored by the (Leonard) Pyle Farm near Marshall to come to America to work.  Her father soon discovered he didn’t like farming.  Father Hans, mother, Sophie, brothers Hans and Wilfred and our little lady at age 9, almost 10 came on the passenger ship, Olympia arriving December 31, 1953.  Hans had been forced into the German army in 1939 until the end WWII.  Not what he wanted for his children, although his son joined the service in 1957.  My gal took the test, passed, and was ready to head out with her brother.   Her grade school years were in Marshall but she then went on to Rockville HS where she actually met our man. 

    He grew-up not far from where Riverton Parke HS is now, with two brothers and two sisters.  The home where he grew-up was designed by his father who also sawed all the wood from their property.  It was top of the line and they paid the carpenters $1/day.  This was in the early 30s.  They made a beautiful slabbed 12’ trestle table with four benches from one of their Oak trees, as well.  

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