Your children eventually reach the age when you can entrust them with family heirlooms. For daughters, that is around 22. For sons, it's 45. When it arrives, daughters get jewelry, place settings and quilts. Boys? Cigar boxes, pocket knives and money clips. But last week I went out on a limb and decided it was time to give son Tommy something I truly valued. And while I deliver the punch line, refrain from that sip of coffee. Because I gave him some of my neckties.
What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are absolutely right. Since January is Radon Action Awareness Month it is the perfect time to bring you up to date on this important topic.
A long and healthy life doesn't just happen. Everyday choices influence your quality of life. From healthy food choices, becoming more physically active, to working to improve a bad habit or behavior, there are many strategies to try. I will be presenting "Action Plan for Healthy Living" twice next week, sharing 15 lifestyle strategies for you to try.
Thanks to all the people that donated their time and efforts to making lap robes and caps for the Fort Dodge Christmas Project. The Ladies Auxiliary for American Legion Argonne Post 180 collected donations and presents that were delivered to the residents of the facility all of whom served in some branch of the military. Among the presents delivered were 75 lap robes and 50 adult winter caps made by RSVP volunteers and other volunteers from our community. According to Carol Danielson who helped with the delivery, the veterans were so surprised and pleased to receive the handmade items. The ...
In two weeks, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) will hold their annual meeting in New Orleans. I am not invited. Neither will I be participating in their 9th annual Get Organized Month, which is designed to "focus national attention on how getting organized empowers people to take back control over their time, inboxes, paperwork and possessions."
With temperatures hovering into the teens it is hard to envision the subject I want to talk about today; that is gardening. Yes, you heard me right. There are actually two applications I want to share information with you about so that we can put our sights on warmer weather activities.
There is nothing like watching the Sunday School children's Christmas program to get you in the spirit of the season. Our four year old granddaughter, Calyn, took her part seriously as Mary in the manger scene. The message and songs of the evening reminded us that it is not the expensive gifts, but rather time spent together that makes the holidays special. Make sure that your holiday traditions exemplify your values. Time spent playing board or card games together, viewing your communities' Christmas lights, or enjoying a sing-a-long can help define the holidays in a way that is meaningful ...
People who feed birds often curse them, but for viewing fun, you can't beat a fox squirrel. With tree branches stripped of leaves, these furry aerialists' antics are easily viewed from the comfort of your home during the winter season.
Heartwarming stories about people thinking of others at holiday time are surfacing in the news. Today I want to share a story about some thoughtful youngsters who are at work right in our own community. Earlier this fall I met with Cindy Warner, with the Great Bend Recreation Commission, to plan some basic sewing skills classes. The first project was to teach class participants how to construct a pillow or quilt from T-shirts. Our project in October was to make a quilt from Relay for Life shirts donated in memory of Sister Lorena who was killed in a tragic accident ...
The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families' enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants.
Someone famously said that Christmas comes in four phases. First you believe in Santa, then you don't, next you become Santa, and then you look like Santa. But enough about me.
Each year the Executive Board selects someone who has dedicated a significant amount of time to Extension educational programs in Barton County to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. This year the honoree named was Karen Kramp from Ellinwood.
It's that time again. My wish list for the coming year. I want just a couple of things, Santa.
Ian J. Watkins was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force after completing officer training school at Montgomery Air Force Base, Alabama. He has been assigned as a Combat Systems Officer and is now stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station where he is undergoing flight, weapons and aircraft system specific training. Ian is the son of Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, Kemper S. and Melissa Watkins of Denver, Colo., and the former Renalda J. Hoberecht of Yorktown, Va. He is the grandson of Gretchen and Julius Scheck of Great Bend. His brother Tyler is also in ...
As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...
Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.
Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.
Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.
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