My husband and I recently had to replace our refrigerator. When we opened the door on a Sunday evening, the contents were barely cool. The appliance had been making periodic weird sounds for a number of months, and it had finally given up.
This was one time that we were glad for the really cold weather. We filled three coolers with our old refrigerator's contents and put the coolers in our detached garage.
We bought the replacement fridge on Monday, but it was not scheduled for delivery until Friday. Thankfully, the frigid weather held until then and we were able to salvage most of our food.
Though this was a small change for us, it got me thinking about how some things just wear out. It's that time of year when many people begin to think of improving or remodeling their living spaces.
At the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, we have had a number of improvements. The men's and women's restrooms have been remodeled, thanks to the city. The floor in the main room was scrubbed and waxed. A replacement patio is in progress, with the old, worn decking being replaced with concrete.
Three decorative benches had been donated by a senior member and the Reynoldsburg Senior Citizen Association has purchased a fourth bench, providing comfortable seating in a number of outdoor areas. The game room walls were painted. Now brightened, they make perfect background walls decorated through the work of Brenda Mason and Judy Doran.
The Association board also purchased cubbies for the jigsaw puzzles. They are now easily accessible.
Dana Miller has constructed a "receiving box" for newly donated books and DVDs, helping to keep the library space organized.
If you get in the mood to do some spring cleaning, here are some items that the center can help you recycle: books, DVDs, crafting supplies, current magazines, old cellphones, used ink cartridges and eyeglasses.
Not only will the recycling help you to clear out some space around your home, the items will help others.
Speaking of helping, here are some upcoming events that may be helpful -- or just plain fun!
* April 9, 11:30 a m.: Driver Rehabilitation Program, presented by OSU Occupational Therapy, will cover changes to expect as we age and how to prevent common driving mistakes.
* April 13, 9 a m.: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny; call the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 614-322-6806 to make reservations.
* April 18-May 23: all Thursdays at 1 p m., "Healthy U" chronic pain program. Sign up for the six-week program by calling 614-866-5890.
* May 2, 2 p.m.: Burg Bookies Book Club. This month's selection is "A Gentleman in Moscow," by Amor Towles. All are welcome.
* May 11, 6-9 p m.: Senior Prom dinner and dance. The meal will be catered by Holly Hill Farms. For fun, dress up and bring one of your old prom pictures. The last day to sign up and buy tickets is Thursday, May 2.
Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.