Perfumes, colognes -- where have they gone? Used to be, not so long ago, a woman wouldn't go out without a splash or swish of scent, but one seldom catches a floral or spicy whiff anymore.
I stopped wearing scent many years ago due to allergies. My favorite was lavender, for its old-fashioned fragrance. Lavender has many other applications beyond perfume.
It is prized for its herbal applications, as a tea, in aromatherapy, as an aid to sleep and relaxation, treatment for skin burns, even as an insect repellent.
A member of the mint family, its origins are in the Mediterranean regions, Africa and India, and in the 1500s was brought to England, where it flourished.
English lavender is believed to produce the best scent.
I think I have a bar of Yardley's lavender soap tucked away in a drawer somewhere. Guess I'll go dig it out and enjoy the fragrance.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Dr. Jaber Abawi will lead the Jan. 19 meeting of the Fibromyalgia Support Group at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. The group meets at 11:30 a.m. and a light lunch will be served. Dr. Abawi also will present quarterly seminars on arthritis on Feb. 20, May 15 and Aug. 21. For reservations or information, call (928) 472-9290.
A class on journaling is scheduled to begin at the Senior Circle in February. Class outlines will be available soon in the Circle office.
Book Talk is the title of a new program being offered beginning this month at the Circle. Each month, one book is read and it is discussed at the next month's meeting. A list of books and book guides for discussion is available at the Circle office. There will be a 15-minute social time prior to each meeting, then discussion will take place and dessert will be served. Call the Circle office for information.
Several craft classes will be offered in 2007, including woodworking, sachets and more. The group is collecting low, wide pots or bowls approximately 14 inches in diameter for a spring craft project. Donations may be brought to the Senior Circle.
The Senior Circle Health Fair will be held from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25. Cholesterol, HgALc and PSA testing will be done. Call (928) 472-9290 for an appointment.
Thyroid Disease is the topic to be discussed at the Jan. 23 "Lunch and Learn" health talk at the Center. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Two computer classes are being offered at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. A beginners' class meets at 10 a.m. Mondays and an advanced class is held at 1:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or to register.
If an exercise program is on your agenda for 2007, consider New Line Dancing Lessons at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays, Aerobics at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays or regular Line Dancing at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.
The Senior Center was presented a $1,000 check from Wal-Mart today, Tuesday, in a ceremony at the Center.
The Birthday Luncheon for members celebrating January birthdays will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, at noon in the Center Dining Room. Menu for the day is chicken breast with cheese and herbs, baked potato, brussels sprouts, dinner roll, birthday cake and ice cream and beverage. Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance.
Donna Merkel, a tax specialist, will be at the Center January 23 to answer seniors' income tax questions such as who needs to file, how to file and other concerns. For information or reservations, call (928) 474-4876.
Looking ahead, there will be a Valentine Bake Sale on Feb. 14 at the Center. Donations of baked goods will be welcomed and you'll be sure to find just the right dessert for your Valentine's Day dinner.
Shoppers are invited to browse in the Senior Thrift Store's new Antique Boutique located in the front of the store at 512 W. Main St. A good selection of antique and collectible items are featured at reasonable prices.
The sale on men and women's clothing continues through the end of January. Garments marked with yellow tags are .25 cents each. Green tags are 75 percent off the marked price and orange tags are 50 percent off. Selected boutique clothing also is on sale. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Friday when it remains open until 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Think About It
As income tax time approaches, did you know that if you put THE IRS together, it becomes THEIRS?