This time of year can get a bit challenging for those who have many names on the gift list but a limited amount of money to spend. I came across a quote the other day that said: "I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can't be bought." I can certainly relate to that quote and I want to make that the theme of my column today.
There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The 4-H clubs have an opportunity to nominate a person they believe is deserving of this prestigious award and then 4-H Council members each have a vote. The two couples honored this year were Bruce and Carrie Bitter and Jeff and Sally Mauler.
Busy families often fall into the trap of preparing convenience foods or going through the drive thru after a hectic day. Especially during the winter months it is nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Public Library is one you will not want to miss.
Thanksgiving this year was very special for us. We had friends of many years appear in Hoisington for the holiday. We have watched the kids grow and go to college and have seen gray appear in our hair. It seems like time flies, but the quality moments are so good as we renew the relationships that they slow the pace. The new babies and the rapid evolution of the older kids still take our breath. New people appear as kids start looking for mates. These offspring are learning so many new things with new technology-it is terrific to see ...
The saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words" is so true. In the case of our four grandchildren the texts and FaceTime minutes help us manage in between visits. Still nothing compares to actually seeing, hugging and interacting with the kids. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that Nov. 20 through the 26th, is designated as National Family Week.
More and more baby boomers are reaching age 65 each year and have an opportunity to apply for Medicare benefits. People under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are also eligible for Medicare. As a SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselor, I can help Medicare recipients take a look at their Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) and hopefully find them a more affordable plan.
If my memory is correct, that was/is the logo for the state of New Mexico. I remember thinking that "Land of Enchantment" would be appropriate for lots of places all over the world. I have been very fortunate to have been able to travel to a lot of them-and have some more on my bucket list. I never thought in my younger days that a wet spot in Kansas would be the poster child of my ideas about enchanted places.
Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.
October 29, 2016|
Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County
Since I was about five years old, the fall has absolutely kept me in a state of excitement. My father started taking me with him on his weekly quail hunts at that age. I would walk as far as my skinny legs could go, and he would carry me for as far as he could, and then he would leave me in a dry wash or creek bed (there is no more water in the Texas Panhandle than there is in central Kansas…) and he would make a 30 minute hunt and come back to get me. I always remember ...
Barton County 4-H members in the archery and small bore rifle participated in shooting sports events at the state level to finish up the 4-H year. For the second year in a row, Sam McGinnis placed first overall in the Bowhunter archery class in the senior division and will get an invitation to shoot at National. Colton McPherson placed first as a junior in Barebow in FITA and second in 3D with a second place overall finish.