We recently had a large tree removed from our yard that had grown behind our detached garage for some 70 years.
It may have been started by a mulberry seed that was dropped by a bird and it became intertwined with another trunk that was started in the same way. AEP crews have trimmed it multiple times to keep it from interfering with overhead power lines.
As a result, the tree began to send its new growth into the remaining large limbs, which overhung our back neighbor's yard and which were now threatening the power lines to his house. The trunk was leaning heavily against his now-slanting chain-link fence. It was time for it to go.
We got two estimates for its removal. It was going to cost us more than I had anticipated. One company said it would be December before their crews could get to it. Another estimate was just as high, and it would be well into November before their crew was available.
We decided to get a third estimate. This one was much lower and the same working terms applied. The crew completed the work the same day as the estimate, and they worked quickly and cleanly -- very professional.
It pays to investigate.
That got me thinking about how two friends and I investigated the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg some years back. I belong to a gym, but I found an additional exercise class which really benefits me. One friend enjoys dominoes (Mexican Train) with her friends, and through the center, found an additional group that likes the game as well. The other friend tried a dance group and truly enjoys it.
Since all three of us like to read, we joined the book club (Burg Bookies) and have found that we appreciate hearing others' ideas and perspectives and also sharing our own. We have ventured into literature that we may not have known about on our own.
Maybe you already belong to a sports group, a card club, needlework or quilting group, choir or travel group. Maybe you already enjoy arts and crafts or woodcarving. Why not investigate the activities at the senior center? You may want to invite people from your groups to investigate, too.
If you do not have an interest group, you might find a good one at the center!
SCOR is collecting membership dues for 2020. At $15 or $20 per year, it is a real bargain. Your investigation may lead you to some interesting activities and friends.
Here are some upcoming events. If you need to call ahead to sign up, the SCOR office number is 614-866-5890.
* Nov. 7, 2 p.m.: Burg Bookies. The selection is "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. The Dec. 5 selection is "Emma" by Jane Austen.
* Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Mystery Lunch. Call to reserve a spot.
* Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.: Making Soap, presented by Cherry Blossom. Call to make and take Thanksgiving soap.
* Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Dedicated Senior Medical Center will present information about managing diabetes. Call the center to sign up.
* Nov. 15, 9 a.m.: Attorney James Hardgrove will present "Gifting as an Estate Planning Tool and When Death Occurs -- What to Do."
* Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Call for a 45-minute session of one-on-one Medicare counseling with an Ohio Senior Health Information Program specialist.
* Dec. 5, 8 a.m. departure: LaComedia's "Elf the Musical." The cost is $42 per person and includes a holiday buffet luncheon.
* Dec. 6, noon departure: Vaud-Villities "Finding Christmas." The $15 fee includes a holiday tea party.
* Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.: Mystery Lunch. Call to reserve a spot.
* Dec. 13, 9:15 a.m. departure: "Sounds of the Season" rehearsal by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. Light refreshments will be served. Call the SCOR office for reservations.
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.