Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rainier Emergency Food Center Honored

A special "Thank you" goes out to all of the volunteers who work at the Rainier Emergency Food Center for their outstanding, friendly and professional service to the people in our community.  You are the "Heart of the Community."  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

USPS Food Drive 2017

Monday, the Rainier Senior Center received a call from the local Post Office asking George (who regularly picks up and delivers food to the food bank) to pick up the food donated by local citizens.  Although we were all just getting ready to play BINGO, he ran to the Post Office and picked up the food.  Since it was raining, we all pitched in and quickly unloaded the truck and took the food inside.  Even with all the helping hands, we were still late starting BINGO.  

George had to move something else out of the Senior Center Monday and was working at the Tumwater Farmers Market on Wednesday.  The people at the Senior Center took the food to the Food Bank Wednesday after lunch.  WOW!

A very special "THANK YOU" goes out to everyone who donated food to the USPS Food Drive! The food collection was shared with many hungry people in Rainier.  Many people benefited from your generous donations.   

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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Good Friend Sent This to Me...

A good friend sent this to me and I am sending it on to you believing there’s a lot to be said for the comments made by the individual who created them and that you would appreciate many of them are truisms as they are stated.  Some of the messages won’t pertain. E.g., if you’re widowed or a widower might not relate to you.
I appreciated many of the suggestions of which I hope you will as well.
Blessings to you,

Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old. My friend Alan S Bame sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow.  I'm particularly interested in tune with #19.

1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it.  Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.

5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.

12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.

13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.

14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.

17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.

18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone - apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.

20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.

21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

AND, as Alan's message suggests. REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”   Or, in my case, bad Arnold Palmer.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What a difference a donation makes!

The people at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission sent Rosemary Sanders a picture of the clothes we donated - hanging up on their racks.  What a difference a donation makes!

And they're still not finished hanging the clothes we donated!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rainier Senior Center Rummage Sale 2017

A Special "Thank You" goes out to everyone who donated to the Rainier Senior Center Rummage Sale.  We really appreciate everyone who took time out to help with the sale, whether you helped set-up the sale, worked at the sale, priced items, or helped pack-up and clean the center.  We appreciate each and every one of you.  Your time, patience and teamwork made this the greatest sale ever!  

Even though we were very busy at the Rainier Senior Center Rummage Sale, we had a lot of stuff left over.  We extended our sale to go through Sunday afternoon, with $2.00 bags for clothing and 1/2 price for all other items.

We had 3 truck loads of stuff left over that went to a non-profit thrift store in Yelm.  The clothing and bedding that was left over was promptly picked up by two ladies from the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.  

The racks at the Union Gospel Mission were almost empty, before they received our donation.  There are many people in need of warm clothing, so their cupboards were bare.


Look at her sad face...


Our donations FILLED their van from top to bottom.  The bags of clothing fell out of their van when they opened their doors at the Mission...

That's a big smile!!!
Please feel free to donate to the Union Gospel Mission at:
You can contact them about donating clothing and bedding by going to their website.  

Current Olympia Union Gospel Mission needs: 

Please drop off items at 413 Franklin St NE, 9-4 pm Monday – Friday.  

  • Dental: good quality, soft toothbrushes
  • Hygiene Supplies: Women’s hygiene, deodorant, underwear (men boxers sizes 30-38 & women all sizes), socks, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, wash clothes.
  • Street Ministry: Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, backpacks, duffel bags, men’s pants (32-36 waist), women’s pants (3-15 size), hoodies, boots, sweatshirts & sweatpants
  • Kitchen: #10 cans of fruits and vegetables, fresh produce

Note:  The furniture is being picked up by Habitat for Humanity, in Yelm.