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It’s almost spring at the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

I love spring! And it’s almost here. The little acorn starts its voyage in the spring to become a majestic oak tree. The deer have their fawns. Mares have their foals. The ducks and geese head north. The countryside turns green and lush. The warm sun and gentle rain bring life back to the dormant earth. And one of the best parts of spring is I get to do my chores on my farm in the light. I can see the toy my soon-to-be 3-year-old Henry left out before I trip over it!

Spring is rejuvenation. Spring warms the earth, the body and the soul. It is a season of new life, of growth and amazing colors from the variety of wild flowers. Being outdoors without six layers of clothes rejuvenates me. Petting my goats and scratching my pigs without gloves is so much more intimate.

Spring can also be a mindset. It brings encouragement to those who have the right mindset. It is a whole lot easier to wake up encouraged when it is 55 degrees outside than when it is 15. Especially on the farm. I’ll trade a snowman or a frozen water bucket for a sprout or a baby duckling any day.

I was fortunate last week to spend some time with a beautiful lady named Ruby who has been blessed to enjoy 100 springs in her lifetime. I was amazed at how she was so full of life and how she looked forward to every new day. It was obvious to me there was no “autumn” in her life. I just hope I can have her mindset as I enjoy more springs in my lifetime. And it is my prayer that you, too, can enjoy life as Ruby does and may we all have many more springs to enjoy!

Oh, did I tell you I love spring? We can spring into the Osage County Senior Center together! Stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City, or for more information, call 785-528-4906.


  • Friday, March 11: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12: Fundraiser for the nutrition site 7-10 a.m., biscuits and gravy.
  • Monday, March 14: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; abstract art 12 p.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m., cards begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.; pick up commodity boxes.
  • Wednesday, March 16: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; birthday dinner.
  • Thursday, March 17: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.
  • Friday, March 18: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; hearing checks; HTHC foot care; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

Save the date: 7-10 p.m. May 14, 2016, dance and dessert with the Kings of Swing.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

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