Seniors Situation Room – Screech Owls & Heart Month. By Dawn Ford

February 5, 2024 – Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence recently held a food drive to benefit Centre 105 of Trinity Anglican Church. Thank you to all the residents who so generously donated and a big thank you to Claudette Quesnel for all her work making it a success.

Centre 105 offers for those in need a free breakfast, a safe place to socialize , a laundry program, referrals to other programs, nurse visits, an addiction counsellor, housing programs visits and Pastoral counselling. For information on Centre 105 Drop-in call 343-585-4360 or email at:

A snowbird relative in Florida walks Screech Owls as a volunteer once a week at the McGough Nature Preserve. She said that the owls are about 8-10 years old. All of them are there because they can no longer stay in the wild. Some have lost an eye or wing and others were kept as pets and don’t know how to fend for themselves. There are ten screech owls in a large cage. They are taken out at least every day if possible so they can get fresh air, sunlight and see nature.

When she walks one, it is attached to her glove with two little tethers that are around the owl’s feet so it can’t fly away but can move around. She enjoys it very much.

Limericks are fun:

” Is it me or the nature of money

That’s so odd and particular funny.

But when I have dough

It goes quickly I know,

And seeps out of my pocket like honey.”

February is Heart Month. It is a time for not only fundraising but also to raise awareness of the heart and stroke problems which can be a higher risk for individuals with an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, unhealthy weight, smoking, stress and excessive use of alcohol and drug use

Early warnings of a heart attack include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, nausea, sweating and may also include discomfort in other parts of the body such as the back, jaw or neck. Call 911 for help immediately.

The word FAST can help us remember more easily the signs of a stroke such as: 1) FACE – is it dropping?

2) ARMS – can you raise both?

3) SPEECH – is it slurred or mumbled?

4) TIME- call 911 right away.

A brochure on the stroke symptoms said that the quicker you act the more of the person you save.

In Cornwall the Heart and Stroke Foundation office phone number is 613-938–8933 for more information.

Remember the old jukeboxes? I vividly remember one restaurant which had a large floor model. You could select whatever song you wanted , put your coin in the slot and hear your favourite song or singer instantly. Some restaurants had small machines at each booth along the walls for your selection also.

A friend sent this funny joke to me:

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked: “What’s on TV?”

I said, “Dust!”

And then the fight started.

Have a good week, Dawn