Spring has arrived!
While we are writing this short article, it is snowing outside and it is time to buckle up our coats. One more time! Our flowers are shivering, the tree limbs are covering the ground (because of the windy days) and the grass is turning a light shade of green. Oh no! That means it is lawnmower time!
Watching basketball games for four days in a row is just too much excitement. Seeing Michelle squirm as her favorite team fades away and then seeing her cheer for another team is very unnerving. When did she switch teams? Or, does she only go with the teams that win? We will never know. I do know that she taped games so that we could watch them when we got home. That made little sense because all the way home, we were reminded of the scores.
Lewisburg is alive and well!
Wednesday, April 2: Neighbor night 5-6:30 p.m. We attended this past week. The food was awesome as it always is and the fellowship was — let’s just say great!
Saturday, April 5: Recycle Wonders Family program presented by Bev Holland with the help of Beth Wright, Assistant Director of Preble County Solid Waste Management. Create a recycle wonder to take home. Spend time with your family hiking the trails at Garber Nature Center. This activity is from 1-3 p.m. starting in the Mary Hayes Pavillion. The Garber nature Center is located at 9691 Ohio 503 North, Lewisburg, Ohio. These programs are free with all supplies provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, call 937-962-5561.
The Nature Center sits on thirty three acres of forest, with nature trails, and four hundred foot handicapped accessible boardwalk and handicapped restroom facilities at the forest trail head. Bring a picnic and share nature. The facility is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Sunday, April 6: Attend the church of your choice.
Saturday, April 12: Bingo Doors open at 6 p.m. and Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.
Easter is coming. Be watching for that big, white Easter bunny hopping around in the park.
Movies are to start April 26. Details to follow.
What’s happening Judy and Janet?
This will be a quick article because we need to get home before dark. Darke Rural Electric Co-Op has a right-of-way on the south end of our property to maintain a path for servicing power poles and our dear little Emmy just happens to be parked right in the middle of that right-of-way. (If we have any new readers, let me explain that Emmy is our Chevy Equinox that is presently on an extended rest period.) A very nice gentleman called from the tree trimming service and asked that she be moved so that they can bring in the “big” tree trimming trucks. No problem, right? Wrong. Emmy has suffered a “cardiac arrest” and will need to be “jump-started” to see if she can be revived. We really think she is just acting spoiled because we drive Junie B. more than her now. Anyway, that’s why we have to get home before dark.
Speaking of trees, we learned Sunday that the Jewett brothers are quite the woodsmen. It is rumored that they are always willing to thin out dead and unwanted trees for their neighbor, Jim Thomas. Jim has warned, however, that even though they notch the tree in the direction they want it to fall, that is not always foolproof. Although they may deny it, a few of their felled trees have ended up leaning on the neighboring tree which can make for an interesting situation. Never fear, boys, the “Park Ranger’ Jim is always near and has plenty of advice to hand out.
We had dinner with some great folks from Wares Chapel on Sunday and were informed that we were dining with the “longest baby born in Preble County”, according to Lewisburg’s long beloved Doc Trittschuh. It has been a year or two since Jim Thomas was born, so we don’t know if the record still stands. Perhaps someone out there can let us know if they know of a baby over two feet long at birth!
It’s hard to believe that we are looking at less than forty days of school left. Other times, it seems like we started last year. As we sometimes (rarely) sit quietly and observe, we wonder why we’re not all in a mental hospital, but then we take a good look around at everyone and realize that maybe we already are!
One of Janet’s associates puts a riddle on the white board every day. (They were blackboards when we were in school.) Anyway, some are easy but most require just too much brain power. There was one last week that is definitely worth sharing. “I am black when you buy me, red when you are using me, and white when you are through with me. What am I?” This has stumped a lot of people. Think about it. If you think you know it, send us an email. If you don’t, look for the answer in next week’s article.
Pay it forward
This week, we want to recognize all the “losers” out there in basketball land. We use that term “losers” to identify teams who did not win. Are they losers? No way! Anyone who dedicates his or herself to excelling in any sport or any endeavor is the farthest thing from a loser. We are basketball fanatics and have spent hours watching “March Madness”. Michelle is heartbroken that her Buckeyes didn’t advance, but we are also thrilled that the Dayton Flyers are still in at this point in the tournament. I work with the mother of one of the Wright State Raiders women’s team who lost to Kentucky in the first round. Their coach simply said, “It just wasn’t our day, but do you know how many hundreds of players would trade places with you right now? You made it to the “Dance” and all they could do was watch.” Games are getting tougher and more “losers” will become statistics. Remember them as the winners celebrate. They all have something to be proud of.
Get out and enjoy the sunshine (when it stops snowing)! The weather sounds great for next week which happens to be our spring break! Maybe we will even take a stroll around the Village. Always remember: “There is spirit; there is grace in our peaceful country place!” See you AROUND THE ‘BURG!