Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crossroads of America

Do you know your state emblems?
Recently we had a quiz and I was made aware of the Indiana state motto, Crossroads of America. This month will prove it true as we welcome visitors coming through almost every week. 


I so enjoy the fresh flowers we get to pick at the community farm.

Sunday was Karen's birthday, but we didn't celebrate till Monday night meal. I made her favorite--peach pie.



Tuesday evening we had a dear family over for dinner and fun. They are a family of artists.

 So, where's the mom?

One of the many chalk art masterpieces in the driveway

Michael, my very own resident artist, had a very sad thing happen to one of his prized pieces.Ready at last to be bisque fired, it suffered a fall in the kiln and the lovely dancer broke off of her pedestal, lost a leg and a few fingers. I think she is still beautiful. Venus de Milo lost a few limbs as well.

What's left of "Abandon"
Thursday we prepared for overnight guests from New Mexico. Nocha and I met in college and our paths crossed many times as we both served with Operation Mobilization. Our last stint together in the same community was on the ship Doulos where she met Dallas.

The Myers with granddaughter
I had never heard of music Fake Books and was very impressed with the results of this method of learning to play the piano when I heard seven-year old Trinity play after only four lessons this summer.


Friday evening, after a long day of many errands for me and golfing for Mike, we decided to stroll the festival in a neighboring town and eat fair food. It was unusually windy and cool so we did not linger. We did, however, stop in to visit the youth center they are working on, a vision patterned after the mission of the Red Barn in our town.



I went back Saturday morning for the Kernel Klassic, their popular 5K race and fortunately the weather was very pleasant.

Before
After
Mike was riding as usual with his cycling club, only four today. They stopped by here to see the house as it was on their route, but were gone before I could get a photo.

Well, these are snippets and snapshots of our week.

9 comments:

sara said...

NINE children? wow.

I can't wait to see Abandon. I am so sorry to hear it fell in the kiln. I know he has worked so hard on it.

oldfangled said...

Were you pleased with your time in the race? It was *perfect* weather for running!

Kim said...

So sad about Mike's piece. Once this happens, is it not able to be repaired? (I'm pretty ignorant about clay.)

Another full week at the Koch house!

Peach pie is Ivan's favorite too :) Well, peach anything! Especially fresh peaches and vanilla ice cream. Now that we're living in Argentina I try to have that for his birthday dessert. Most years we do have fresh peaches by then, but not always.

Trinity did an amazing job! I've never heard of Fake Books either. Wow!

How many 5Ks have you run this year? Do you have more planned?

rita said...

Karen, I just looked up my time from last year and couldn't believe my eyes--3'12.3" faster this year!? So, yes, I was pleased and now I am very happy!
Kim, I got back into running to support our local festival. This year they are hosting their first 5K, Sept. 3. Don't know beyond that.

About Abandon: she's already been re-repaired and is now beyond repair. Pobrecita. I think Mike lets go more easily than I would. Maybe a bit like Stephan who lets them melt away. The learning process is what counts.

momma frans said...

Abandon is beautiful, even broken!

The Bug said...

Trinity is playing the very piece I would play very LOUDLY when I got mad at my brother - ha! Oh the memories it brings back...

So sorry about Abandon - she's lovely even in her imperfection.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I know he must be disappointed with the miss hap with that sculpture. It is beautiful!

Great week!
R

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I just read your comment about begin able to let go of pieces that your husband has worked on. I am learning this in a very rudimentary way as I am learning to work with the clay myself. It is so fragile and one small little knock and it's a goner. But you are so right it is all about the learning process. I also think there are lessons in there about not holding on to tightly to the "things" as well!

Lots of life lesson built into the learning process I think!

R

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I just read your comment about begin able to let go of pieces that your husband has worked on. I am learning this in a very rudimentary way as I am learning to work with the clay myself. It is so fragile and one small little knock and it's a goner. But you are so right it is all about the learning process. I also think there are lessons in there about not holding on to tightly to the "things" as well!

Lots of life lesson built into the learning process I think!

R