Pastor Barr continues to put a Sunday message on line so all may keep in touch while no indoor services are being held due to the coronavirus outbreak. So far none have been diagnosed with the dreaded diseases in our area, but friends from outlying areas have. Pastor Connie's Palm Sunday request was for all members to place a white cross near their front door to welcome Jesus into our home.
Several in the community have been enjoying joy rides on their four wheelers of many makes. To me, they are all four wheelers no matter how fancy they are. We have some nice open fields in our farming country now since it has been too wet to work the fields.
Hope Diekhoff was excited with a gift from her dog, Chocolate, Sunday evening. The dog must have been in a nesting mode because she stole a couple little wild bunnies from their nest or playground. Chocolate brought them to the concrete porch and very gently lay them down.
There is no way to know where to put them back, so Hope snugged them into a box of llama wool, fed them kitten milk replacer with a medicine proper and hoped for the best. The bunnies are covered in fur, and we guess them to be about two weeks old. After they warmed up, and ate, they began to hop around the house, but one expired overnight. The other one appears to be a Palm Sunday gift.
The Suhre men had an experience with a wild rabbit, also last week. Their dogs chased a wild rabbit into a culvert then the bunny could not get out. The men worked until they released the rabbit and it hopped on its merry way.
Donna Kreutzjans held their school pet, BunBun, in her lap for a greeting for the Sand Crew students on line to say "we miss you." That bunny is a rescue one from the streets of North Vernon. Donna is the schools secretary and joined the teachers in keeping touch with students.
That is all my bunny stories for the week. After all, it is Easter week and time for that famous bunny to appear. Just remember if he brings you candy, don't eat it too fast or you will get a tummy ache. Don't leave Jesus' resurrection out of your Easter even though we cannot attend church.
We have been staying in the house mostly but have enjoyed one last trip to the Westport D.Q. before it closed; and we've set out on the porch as many others have done while the sunshine is nice and warm.
We have some delayed death notes which touch the area. Sympathy is extended to Emerson Boroks and family in the recent death of his mother, Mrs. Jenny Brooks. Also sympathy to the Clark and Gahmier families in the death of Mrs. Alice "Toodie" Gahimer. Sympathy to Travis and Wendy (League) in the death of his mother, Susan Harmon last week due to a heart attack. Her husband, Larry, also survives.
Ben Suhre, Abby Suhre and fiancee Adam Capes fulfilled another part of the unique Christmas calendar for Ray and Brenda Sure recently and scrubbed down the north wall of the house where it claimed green mold so typical on vinyl sided homes. Ray and Brenda are staying inside except for safety on the porch and open fields.
Tim Suhre worked on Abby and Adam's apartment above the Suhre home while Tim's store was closed last week.
Abby's bridal shower party was postponed until the virus scare is over. Hope Diekhoff was able to have her boyfriend out for a short visit on her birthday, but she had to settle for a sweet 16 air kiss. Her parents made a carry in supper from Chick-Fil-A since Julie had to work anyway. Hope said she is tired of Mom's cooking. She also had her choice D.Q. ice cream cake decorated in hot pink and lavender. Her brother, Paul and friend, Sabrina, were home for a couple days the week before, but had to return to Louisville early for fear the state line would shut down. They are dealing with work lay-off and staying close to home also.
Tina Hockersmith's brother-in-law, Mark Gearhart, is much better as he recovers from the virus in Greensburg.
Prayers are requested this week for Mrs. Bonnie Burgmeier and Mrs. Linda Swords. Both are seriously ill and in Seymour Hospital. Linda is Paula Bennetts sister. Mrs. Tim Thompson is also seriously ill this week. Patty Tempest is still quite busy at the Greensburg Walmart. Like other stores, they are having a hard time keeping stock on the shelves. Patty was moved to stock since the deli department closed last week.
Nadean Bryant is off work this week during Cummins Engine Company shut down time.
Lawn moving time has arrived once again and will keep many busy outside during this time of stress.
One little point I read last week follows: "God cannot bless who you predend to be, so be yourself."
Check on your neighbor by phone or holler across the road; just do not get close enough to shake hands! This shall pass and give us all something to talk about in the future.