Hello, everyone. It has been a long time since I sat down to pen an Under the Shade Tree for the newspaper. I have so missed writing articles so let’s just hope I can stay on track this time around.
We are still continuing to grow here at the Garland Center. Over the last year we have lost a few participants but we have gained many more. Please try to join us as we gracefully age out loud.
Our sympathy goes out to the Brown and Wilcox families, and many others who have recently lost their loved ones.
We received our Green Thumb Garden Grant again this year. Thanks to Willa Smith for providing the land and Mr. John Jones for filling the grounds. We have had so much success, especially with squash and okra. Now we just need volunteers to help keep it tended. It is time to start planting fall stuff and with all of us working together we can make a huge difference, including healthy foods, exercise, great education, and much more included in this package. Let’s fight hunger!
Upcoming events include: exercising on the treadmill, stationary bikes, weights and much more. Join us as we lead the road to a better health life.
Roshanda Ruffin will begin monthly health programs on Aug. 10. Pam Leveller does crafts for us every Monday. Carolina Foot Care will be here Aug. 7 at 9:45 a.m. Please bring your Medicare or private insurance information. Vanessa Hill will be here July 31 at 12:30 p.m. and the public is always welcome. Lisa Henderson will also be in attendance with the positive approach to Alzheimer’s programs on Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
I have been doing some Grandma’s Kitchen stuff here at the center, cooking good ole pinto beans. If you want good thick gravy with your beans add a pinch of soda. Make sure you drain and cool corn good before putting it into the freezer; cold ice water will help get the silks off the corn.
Remember the elderly have so much to teach everyone, including myself. They have such wisdom and great knowledge. Sit down and listen, make sure to jot down recipes, take in the good words they provide you, know who your kin is, where you came from, and where this generation has gone.
You all see many programs you can come and get involved in so please come join us. I am happy to say I am the newest ambassador from Sampson County for Senior Homes. Soon we will be gearing up for the 2017 Senior Games. Since I last wrote I have encountered many health issues, as well as other things, with so many lessons learned over the past year. God is good all the time, yes, God is good.
Words to live by: together we stand, divided we fall! Birds of a feather flock together. No matter what we will gain, nothing matters unless we know God. Last but not least! Think about becoming a volunteer, there are so many areas that need our help, a great ministry.
Remember slow down, sit “Under the Shade Tree,” listen and share; memories are worth a million. Let things go! Let God handle all of your problems. Stay cool and drink plenty of water. It feels so good to write again. Until next time.
Marie Faircloth is the director of the Garland Senior Center.