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Senior Column: February birthdays

Senior Column: February birthdays

Had we been back at the Ralston senior center today would have been birthday cake day. Celebrating a February are: Al Andersen, Beverly Couture, Marlene Cross, Joan Ehrenberg, Esther Jones, Florence Howell, Patricia Irons, Charlotte Killion, John Kopiasz, Charlene Lauer, Joan Patrick, Sonja Ruby, Patricia Walkemeyer, Ron Wilson and Sandra Kapple. Hope you all had a great birthday.

Last month Bev Sadler was doing some chores at home that she’d done many times, this time she fell. Landing on her face she knew something was wrong so called her son. After x-rays, scans and a short stay in the hospital she is back home and recuperating.

When her Nurse commented on how well she did getting up from and sitting down in a chair, Bev told her she’d learned that technique in Tai Chi. The nurse said she would include that technique in her exercise routine. Bev is grateful for all her friends, neighbors and church ladies for their assistance and meals.

The February activities calendar at the La Vista senior center has numerous fun activities to choose from. The bus trip to the Great Plains Black History Museum was cancelled due to the weather and icy roads, it will be rescheduled when the weather improves. The ladies that came to work on Valentine crafts enjoyed making Valentine votive candles.

They used the non flammable candles so they are perfectly safe. Bob has been busy doing his woodworking and made us cute Valentine gifts. I got a new refrigerator magnet, a purple teddy bear with a sign saying “I miss you”. At Tia Chi class Shari gave each of us a crochet heart that she’d made. The bingo this week was Valentine themed, instead of numbers there were titles of Love Songs. When the title was called, we marked the square and if we knew the words and sang a couple lines we earned an extra prize.

There were a lot of songs I did not know at all and must admit it took a lot of courage to raise my hand and sing a few lines of two of the songs. There were a couple others I did know but lacked the courage to sing out loud.

Words do stick with us and I well remember way back when I was in high school and we were singing, the nun came up to me and said “Janet, just mouth the words”. We had a variety of donated food items to pick as gifts and some chocolates which quickly disappeared.

Last Thursday the bus outing was to the Cheesecake Factory and included a slice of cheesecake which the ladies were looking forward to. We’ve had a few less than our usual number at Tai Chi and the Wednesday exercise class but instructors Margaret and Angie have been faithful about getting there regardless of how cold it is.

If the schools are closed due to weather then the senior is also closed. Hopefully the snow will hold off so we can make it to the entertainment and other fun events that are scheduled for the rest of February.

It is a nice change to instead of hearing about people we know having Covid we are hearing of many getting vaccinated. A lot have received their first shot and some have already gotten their second.

Those in Sarpy County that got their vaccine said it went really smoothly. I made my appointment on douglas county-ne.gov and have an appointment for later this month. With all the new strains we hear about many of us will still be faithfully wearing our masks, washing our hands and social distancing.

Thank you for your comments and input. Stay warm and safe.

— Janet Rentko is a meber of the Ralston Senior Center.

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