The older I get, the more I appreciate the little pleasures in life. Used to be, I lived for gala events, the next trip to a faraway place, or getting something new. Nowadays, waking to birdsong brings a smile to my face. A pair of doves must be nesting somewhere near. Their soft coo-coo-coo gets my day off to a good start. Then, there's that wonderful first cup of coffee. Nothing smells or tastes so good as that first sip.
In my younger days, there was a cup of coffee nearby almost all day long but now one or two cups satisfies me. New clothes? No way. I love to pull on my favorite, well-worn sweats in the winter, or tee shirt and shorts in the summer. A hug from Len, my honey (we're celebrating 53 years of married life today) warms my heart more than Liz Taylor's diamonds would. Q, our cat, rubbing against my leg, my neighbor's cheerful spring flowers blooming next door, loved ones calling or e-mailing just to say "hi," a smile and friendly word from Eve at the grocery store, sunrise and sunset -- all these are jewels in my day.
Yes, there are irritations and frustrations and sometimes sorrows in life, but there also are so many blessings that are ours for the taking.
Here's a tip to save money if you need to use 411/information calls. Most cell phone companies charge up to $1 and even calls from your home phone can be charged. Instead of dialing 411, dial 1 (800) FREE-411 (1 (800) 373-3411) and you will not be charged for the call.
Our ballots arrived yesterday. I must confess, voting by mail just doesn't ring my bell. For one thing, whatever happened to the secret ballot concept? I don't want to have to sign my name to my vote. Also, there is something stimulating and exciting about going to the polls and actually casting your ballot there that sitting at home and marking a piece of paper can't duplicate.
Library Friends of Payson
Volunteers and library staff are collecting recipes for a cookbook to be published soon. Categories include appetizers, beverages, soup, main dishes, international cuisine, desserts and more. Interesting histories of recipes, cooking and cleaning tips also will be included. Recipes should be typed or clearly written, and may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk of the Library, 328 N. McLane, marked to the attention of Kathy Morgan. For more information, call (928) 474-9260.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The birthday bash for persons born in April is noon tomorrow, April 19, in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The menu for the day is stuffed pork loin, sweet potatoes, spinach, dinner roll, beverage and birthday cake. The cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 years and older. For those under 60, cost is $5 per person. No tax and no tipping. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876. Seniors with April birthdays should put their names in the Birthday Barrel prior to lunch to be eligible for a gift drawing.
If you are interested in taking part in any of the activities held at the Senior Center, stop by to pick up a menu and schedule of events. A number of card games, dominoes, line dancing, aerobics and other activities are offered.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., now has spring and summer clothing on the racks. There also is a nice selection of clothing for children and teens. Everything is very reasonably priced. Volunteers are needed to work in several areas of the store. To learn more about volunteer activities, call Marian Barber at (928) 474-3205, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Thursday, April 20 is the date of the next Senior Circle Health Fair. For information, call (928) 472-9290.
A passive exercise class is offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday mornings at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The class is lead by Judi Harmon and includes stretching and body strengthening exercises which also can be done while sitting in a chair. If you have questions, stop in Wednesday mornings to observe a class, or call the above number.
One more thing
If you have a young attitude, you have the key to eternal youth.