Well folks, is it fall or is it spring? I looked at the calendar and saw that summer was coming in, and I believe that Mother Nature must be behind on her days. I know that we can say this now, but I figure coming up in a month, we probably will complain how hot it is and that we need a break from the heat. The rivers are a little full, but it seems that last year it was a contentious flooding around our house. I am not complaining by all means, considering where we live — Missouri — and well, I need not say anymore.

Now that we've been here the past few weeks, the new Buffalo Senior Center has been working out swell, and every day we come in, it feels like home more and more.

I am excited to get our classes up and running, and we will start with a chronic self-management course. If you live with or have someone in your family who has a chronic disease and you are a support for this loved one, then this course will be a huge help in your everyday challenge. It will teach you how to manage your doctors and appointments, how to communicate with your doctors, and help make life easier for you or your loved one. The course is a six-week class beginning May 28. It’s about two hours, and it is full of very important information to help you get through your days. 

I am so excited to share the progress of the old Engles Center and the resale shop that has been up and running now for a few weeks. The shop is very excited to have the space to sell just about everything from scoops to nuts. The store’s hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have any donations that you'd like to drop off, the store asks for you to stop by during the hours and days the store is open, and the people at the store will be glad to help you unload your treasures for them.

Habitat for Humanity has been gracious. The organization gave the shop a huge amount of items that were processed and ready to sell — everything from wicker dressers and chairs to beautiful clothes and shoes. So, if you’re cleaning out a closet or a garage, then bring on by what you might not need, and all the donations that the store makes will be 100 percent used for the Dallas County seniors. 

Now for the fun, fun, fun news. The month of May is Older Americans Month, and we are proud to partner with the OATS bus and have fun-filled goodies. Doug and Ed and the crew will work with Christy, Angie and our crew to put together a meal of all meals. We will grill some hand-cut rib eye steaks, and prepare some awesome cheesy potatoes, steamed broccoli and homemade rolls. And if that’s not enough for you, we will cook some to-die-for homemade apple and peach cobblers, served hot with ice cream. Mark you calendar for this day, grab a friend and swing on in for the fun-filled day of goodies.

Well folks, that’s all for now, but I must leave you with one of the best-ever quotes for mothers, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Rudyard Kipling.

And one more for the kids and life, “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” — Angela Schwindt.

Well folks, thanks for letting me tug your ear for a while.

May you and yours have a blessed week.

Happy trails, happy life.

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