Grocery shopping sure is a lot of work these days, isn't it? Remember when you went to the store for a can of tomatoes and that's what you came out with? Now, it takes half an hour to find what you are looking for among the myriad of choices available -- sliced, diced, stewed, whole, low salt, no salt, garlic roasted, Mexican seasoned, Italian seasoned.
Then there are green beans. Green beans are green beans, right? Nope, you make your selection from whole, cut, Italian or French sliced or dilled, mixed bean salad and heaven knows what else.
It's not only canned goods. Consider milk. One percent, two percent, skim, whole -- the worst part is every store has a different color cap for different kinds of milk. And don't get me started on bread.
Packaged bread used to come in white, rye and whole wheat. If you wanted something different, like Italian or French bread, you went to the bakery. Now the packaged bread section has everything from the basics to thin sliced, sandwich, Texas toast, buttermilk, oatmeal, potato, seven grain, low carb and no carb.
Is this too much of a good thing?
Payson Senior Center
The monthly birthday luncheon originally scheduled for March 15 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 22, at noon in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Seniors with March birthdays may put their names in the Birthday Barrel in the Center Lobby to be eligible for a gift drawing.
Mary Triphahn was named Volunteer of the Month at the Center. Mary has been receptionist for three years.
Betty Pontious, R.N. has changed from Wednesday afternoons to Friday afternoons for pedicures at the Senior Center. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the Center at (928) 474-4876 or signing up in the lobby. A nominal fee is charged for the service.
The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a Bag Sale of remaining winter clothing April 1 through 5. No April Fool's joke, there will be exceptional bargains inside the store and out. Fill a standard-size grocery bag, which will be provided, for $1 in the parking lot sale (weather permitting) and get a second bag for 50 cents.
Inside the store, bags will be $1 each.
The store will be closed Thursday, April 6 to give staff a chance to restock the racks with spring and summer clothing. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, April 7.
Tickets are available for the Thrift Store's upcoming "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Forever Fashionable" fashion show and luncheon to be held April 8 at the Senior Center. You must get your tickets in advance, none will be sold at the door. They can be obtained at the Thrift Store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or at the Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for a $5 donation.
Jean Zimbal, a 12-year volunteer, is Volunteer of the Month at the Thrift Store.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Senior Circle members will receive a discount for massage therapy with Diane Dodge. To make an appointment, call (928) 970-1773 and mention that you are a SC member.
Senior Circle needs medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers with wheels, bedside commodes and bath stools for their Medical Loan Closet. This equipment is loaned free of charge to those in the community who cannot afford them. Donations may be brought to the Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or call (928) 472-9290 to donate or request needed equipment.
Remember the Women's Wellness Forum Saturday, March 25. For more information, call (928) 472-9290.
A little diet joke
For those of you counting calories and carbohydrates, here's something new: The Pasta Diet.
Walk pasta bakery,
Walk pasta candy store,
Walk pasta ice cream shop,
Walk pasta refrigerator.