Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
She started dating again & somehow during that time became very ill, contracting hepatitis & ended up in the hospital. I remember going to visit her on a Sunday afternoon & being alarmed at how golden & frail she looked.
Shortly after that her family moved from Kansas to Indiana, leaving her behind, living with friends. Bob & I stayed in Kansas also & we tried to keep in touch with Sherry but we were all busy working and we didn't see her often. We knew she continued to date Calvin but were quite surprised to learn one weekend, they had gone away to another state and gotten married. That was in September, 1968.
4 Generations/ Mother, Grandmother Winiegar, Sherry & Baby Kevin
I remember keeping Baby one weekend while Sherry & Calvin went to the Missouri State Fair with his family. That was my first experience of keeping a 3 month old all by myself...& I quickly learned that Baby needed a lot of attention! Sherry got sick on their little vacation and we ended up keeping Baby an extra day. We took him home on Monday evening, in early September, & I was surprised once again how frail Sherry seemed.
One by one, Mother Thompson took us in to see Sherry. I'll never forget how she softly touched Sherry's forehead, told her how much she loved her, and that Jesus loved her too. I saw a tiny, tiny tear slip out of the corner of Sherry's eye. And that was the last time I saw her alive.
Later that night, we went back to Columbus to relieve Vickie & dear Pauline from their babysitting duties. In the night I heard the garage door open and felt my heart ache as Mom, Dad & Calvin walked in the door. Sherry was gone.
We mourned...but somehow we knew that she was safe in the arms of Jesus. You see, during the ambulance ride to Indianapolis, Mother was able to ride along and she prayed her heart out with Sherry. And Jesus took her in His arms & held her close until He decided He needed to take Sherry where she wouldn't have to be sick anymore.
Maybe these thoughts should be private. But somehow I needed to share them with at least my children and possibly with Kevin...Bob's youngest brother. You see...that precious 6 month old baby that lost his mother, was adopted by his grandparents & raised as their son. It's something we didn't' talk about when he as a little boy. It was something that was unspoken when we gathered around the table....but maybe it should have been talked about, maybe it would have helped him to understand all of his older brothers & sister a little better. Oh, he heard the story later on, but not when he was small.
Often I wonder what Sherry would look like as a woman in her sixties. I'm sure she would have been beautiful. But I can't imagine that raven hair turning silver or white. So Sherry will forever be a young, beautiful thing in our memories.
Have a Heavenly Happy Birthday, Sherry!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Just think...when you turn the next decade, you will have just celebrated your 15th anniversary, Kerrigan will be 18, Carter almost 14, and Brycen 12!!! (And I'll really be an old woman wearing purple & a red hat! :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I remember him telling of the many piano lessons he had to take as a young boy growing up in West Virginia. His mother had found out who was the best teacher in town & she made sure her children took lessons from Mr. "P". They laugh about it now but at the time I'm sure it wasn't funny--the time that the teacher made inappropriate remarks! Mom was told & she knew that the teacher was the best in town and she didn't want to loose him as a teacher! So from then on, she sat in on the lessons, holding a hard bottomed purse in her lap...ready to swing into protective action...just in case! After that Mr P was on best behaviour & the children learned more about music than they wanted to know.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Just for my sister & a few friends---here is what I did to an inexpensive metal table I purchases at Hobby Lobby a couple of summers ago. I think I got a little carried away with the spray paint!
Jeff's kids were here yesterday & Kerrigan thought it was pretty ( but she loves purple!) and Carter wasn't quite sure what to think of my new art work. He spotted my chair from the patio window first thing & said "look at your black chair". Black????
Anyway...does anyone think I should tone these things down? Help!!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I do believe that the old metal lawn chairs might be older than me. That definitely qualifies it to be an antique!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
But is 60 really that old? I'm only a few months behind, & believe me, time passes quickly.
My Senior Banquet Date...18 years old
One year ago...
Baby "Bobby Gene"
Bob & his sister Sherry...11 months apartHere is wishing Bob many more healthy, productive, enjoyable years ahead. He isn't that old yet!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
There is no way I can describe what has happened to our city. I've made several trips in town, camera in hand, and when I went to take a picture of the tremendous loss, had to put my camera down. I don't want to exploit the terrible loss of others just to make a statement on my blog. I will post a few pics of landmarks, but not of personal homes.
Entrance to Mill Race Park, Downtown
at East Fork of White RiverBut that is just a little corner of our county's devastation. Darin & Amy live just down the road from Windsor Place. Their subdivision was one of the first to flood. Their finished basement completely filled with water. At one point a wall of mud & sand burst the window open & tons of the muddy mixture came spilling in. All of their neighbors suffered the same loss, but not all had as much mud & sand.
Over the bridge from them is Candlelight Trailer Park. It was swamped with water & many homes are in ruin. Central Avenue became a lake. Kerrigan's Daddy lives there & he has major damage to his home.
Around the corner Cummins Engine Plant I was flooded. Their medical buildings windows were smashed in by the wall of water & swamped. Cummins Child Daycare & the Tech Center, just across the creek were in the pathway of the water. Along Pleasant Street homes were ruined, including the father of Martha, one of our church members. Mariah Meat Packing Company was flooded. Premier Ag's grain elevators were flooded & were in danger of collapsing. Yesterday a convoy of semis helped empty the bins.
Up Washington Street White River overflowed & raced into the two lagoons which are surrounded by beautiful homes. Many with lower levels lost there things. The Coca Cola Plant & other businesses & homes were ruined.
Eastbrook Plaza was one of the worst hit. Irwin Union Bank, the bridal shop, Alley Frame Shop, the grocery store, a pet store, The Furniture Shop, The Ark Book & Gift, China Buffet, a furniture rental store, a tanning booth shop, & more lost almost all of their merchandise.
On the west end of town Hwy 46 was submersed in the muddy muck. McDonalds was flooded & is still closed today. Other restaurants & businesses suffered damage but most have reopened.
There has been loss over in Hope. We just learned today that our friend, Danny, has lost his home. All of Hope is without water because of a break in the main water line.
Saddest, is Columbus Regional Hospital is closed, possibly for months. Today's Republic showed pictures of the inside of the building, letting us know how extensive the damage was. Doctors are having to get credentials for other hospitals, emergency medicine for our area is being planned. All employees have been told to not return to work until further notice. But they are receiving a paycheck tomorrow, have been told they may need to be available for clean up, and are having several employee meetings on Friday.
Bartholomew County was only one of twenty counties in Indiana that have been declared disaster areas. It is hard to imagine how quickly this happened and how huge of a loss there is. Most people do not have flood insurance so they will not be covered. FEMA has been here & says the Federal Government will help by giving "no interest" loans. But how can some pay the mortgage they already have, pay on a new loan, and perhaps have no work or maybe fewer hours?
Our city has stepped in and is quickly cleaning up this mess. Some of the mountains of trash are already disappearing. Street sweepers are scouring the streets, getting rid of the already stinking mud. Volunteers are walking up to home owners & offering to help however they can. Some that haven't been affected are pulling out their charcoal grills & cooking lunch for their weary neighbors. Amy told me of two sweet little girls that came around pulling a wagon full of water bottles, giving them to the thirsty workers.
Washed out area inbound on Hwy 46 West
Sinkhole at 46West & Willow Trace (old Carr Hill Road)
litered with dead, stinking fish!For those of you that live far away, maybe this will give you a glimpse of what has happened. There is no way I can even touch on it. Our lives have definitely changed. We have to reach out to help our neighbors in need. Now you know why my posts have been quiet for a couple of days....I wasn't even sure I wanted to write this one.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Without thinking this morning, I went to the frig & filled my glass with iced cold water & downed my daily dose of pills. Yuck! That crystal clear glass of water suddenly did not taste quite right and I quickly did a lot of spitting and sputtering around. I had forgotten that we are on an advisory not to drink the water without first boiling it.
I decided I needed to make a necessary trip to Sam's Club to load up on some bottled water...& maybe a few other beverages. :) (Angie Davis...notice my Starbucks Cappuccino!)
Bob had called earlier & asked that I not venture into town today as the traffic & roads were terrible. Hwy 46 was going to open up around noon, but before that all local traffic was detouring up to the Taylorsville exit and I had heard that traffic was extremely heavy. Bob said it was taking him about an hour to get into town & it just wasn't worth me getting out in that mess...even though I do have a bad case of "cabin fever"! (I could be doing yard work, but it's extremely hot & humid & it will just have to wait.)
Anyway...we are now supplied with beverages and I did get to make a little trip. I tried to get a few pictures but my camera just doesn't capture what is really there. The fields are sodden with water...corn stalks & weeds everywhere...the ponds on each side of Carr Hill Road filthy with debris and mud. And no telling what is in town, just across our beautiful Red Bridge.
Hopefully we will never see anything like this happen again. It was record breaking so none of us alive should be around for the next "100 year" flood. However...1913 wasn't quite 100 years ago, was it?I found out that water was still running across Carr Hill Road. It actually was pouring over the roadway rapidly & I was a little apprehensive about driving through it but saw that cars ahead of me made it just fine. The long building in the picture is the back of Menards and Sam's Club is just west of there.
Down in the cornfield, I noticed 4 white birds, unusual ones for this area. They looked like egrets to me. I "googled" them when I got home, and sure enough, they are egrets, a type of heron. They were described as "fish eaters, also known to eat worms & snakes"! No wonder they were having lunch in that field! I was so glad I hadn't gotten out of my car to go see what they were feasting on! I'm also wondering what happened to all of the wildlife around Mill Race Park, Driftwood & White Rivers. Did they escape? We sometimes see deer in the cornfields near the rivers edge and I'm sure there were a lot of other animals living in that habitat. Surely some of them were able to outrun the flooding waters.
A view of Hwy 46, now opened, with the receding East Fork of the White River behind our new Walgreen store, on the north side of the highway.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Waves in an unplanted field
Old Nienaber Farm
Heading into Columbs on 46West