Just right for autumn

By Rachel Hale

Autumn is here! I love this time of year when it’s not too hot and not too cold. Everywhere you look there are beautiful colors! The leaves on the trees as I drive through the countryside add some warmth to the green grass and blue sky. This is the time of year that people bust out their pumpkins, mums and other fun decorations to welcome their guests as they walk up to their front door.

As the weather changes and we find ourselves limiting our outdoor activities it’s time to look at what we can do inside. There is always the “fall cleaning list.” Washing windows before we have to close them for the season, perhaps you are one that still cans their garden harvest and of course there is always the wardrobe changes. Time to pull out the sweaters and boots and put away the shorts and flip flops. I am “old school,” I trade out my closets after Labor Day. I can still hear my Aunt Myrtle say; “You can not wear white from the waist down after Labor Day and not before Easter!” I have been told by many that this is not followed anymore and I don’t have to worry about it, but I just can’t shake Aunt Myrtle’s voice in my head.

I know that for me autumn means Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon! I was at one of the local stores recently and they already have their Christmas decorations out! I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but I will admit that last year I broke that rule. I love all the different fall candle scents and I always look forward to getting a bite or two of a pumpkin pie or roll.

If you are looking for things to do that are indoors this fall, check out the annual Fall Fundraiser at the Senior Center! It will be held Friday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a bake sale, book sale, lunch café and a wonderful White Elephant sale! This area will have lots of arts/crafts, household items, decorations, large furniture items as well as great gift ideas! Come down and check it out!

The Senior Center is a place for anyone over the age of 50 that wants to stay active, meet new people and try new things. Our “Fall Special” began on Oct. 1. If you join now, you get the rest of 2021 free with your 2022 membership! As a non-profit organization we depend on membership dues, fundraisers and grants for our funding.

The Shelby County United Way is one of our grant sources and their campaign is in full swing. I encourage you to go to their website, www.shelbycountyunitedway.org, and learn more about the programs that the United Way supports locally. Their campaign theme this year is “Spirit of Generosity.” Why do I support the United Way? It’s because they support us here at the Senior Center.

Until I see you at the center.

Have a blessed day!


By Rachel Hale

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.