Sunday, October 04, 2015

With the tip of a hat, it’s a LaGrange adventure...

Here is the link to this week's column and my adventures into the
world of millinery. Just click on the KPC link and there you are.
As always, thank you for reading!
I took these photos on the morning I visited!

A milliner's dream table.

Jacqui from Chicago.

...and more hats!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

October's Bright Blue Skies

This sunflower graced my garden last year.

There is something so spectacular in turning the calendar to October especially here in northern Indiana. Everything smells crisper...the colors brighter...and most folks appear to be in a state of pleasantness. When I was a teacher in the public schools one of my colleagues always read this to his class on the first day of October. Each one in turn had to memorize it. It may be the only poem that the students knew by heart. 

Today my two grandsons were over for breakfast before walking off to school. As is my habit, we had breakfast by candlelight and then the poem recitation. This was, of course, today's poem for them and for you. Happy October.
“October’s Bright Blue Weather”
O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather;
n loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;
When Gentians roll their fringes tight
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
Without a sound of warning;
When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;
When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;
When springs run low, and on the brooks,
In idle golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;
When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers, hour by hour,
October’s bright blue weather.
O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.
Helen Hunt Jackson

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In case you missed the Sunday night Singing on the Square at Six!

Photo by Justin Young

I think there are some nights that leave a person speechless, and this was one of them.

On Sunday evening there were over 85 folks gathered on the square for our sing. There was a brand new baby and several elderly folks in wheelchairs with all ages in between.

With chairs curved around the monument we sang for an hour with interludes by WOW (a women's barbershop quartet), and my piper buddy, Mark Gropp. Kent Bowen kept time on his drum and Lynn Syler helped lead the way with her expert directing skills.

We took this photo at the end and sang a couple more songs. (See the video at the end of this post.)

It was an extraordinary event. When we sang "I'll Fly Away" two flocks of geese actually crossed overhead in V-formation heading South. What more could we ask for?

Thanks to everyone for participating and until next time?

Lou Ann

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We’ll be Singing on the Square at Six on Sunday...

Here is the link to this week's column. Please pass it on, and we will
be singing on the square at six on Sunday. I am so excited 
for this opportunity!!
Tell all your friends and neighbors!

The photo was taken by Bill Eyster.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The calendar says Autumn, but my garden says Summer.

Will there really be a "Morning"?
Is there such a thing as "Day"?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like Water lilies?
Has it feathers like a Bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh some Scholar! Oh some Sailor!
Oh some Wise Men from the skies!
Please to tell a little Pilgrim
Where the place called "Morning" lies! 
Morning glories on my back fence.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Angola Cruise a farewell to summer...

Here is the link to this week's column. Just click on the KPC site. As always, enjoy. The proceeds of the auction will go toward new Christmas decorations and lights for our public square including Miss Columbia! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"You light up my life..."

Today Jonah turns 11. It is a magical age only to be matched with 22, 33 and so forth. I call them the golden years of our lives

I was "there in the room" when he was born. It was probably the first and only time I was speechless. It was a spectacular moment when I absolutely couldn't believe the miracle of life. 

I have been lucky enough to spend all these years with Jonah as we live in the same town. Matthew also lives here. It is sad for me that the two granddaughters live in Phoenix though I try to see them often.

But today is Jonah's birthday, and a happy day for all of us. I am indeed blessed. And yes, he does light up my life.