I am usually an early riser but on these chilly mornings when the sun doesn’t make an appearance until after 6 a.m. it is very tempting to linger beneath the warm covers. Back when I was a kid, beds came in two sizes — single and double. And back in those days, box springs were unheard of. Instead, there was a metal coil thing that sometimes poked through the mattress.
The mattress was no cushy pillow top either — it was lumpy and stuffed with something like cotton batting. No foam pillows — wealthy folks had goose down stuffed pillows, but the rest of us slept on pillows filled with chicken feathers or worse.
Sheets came in white and white only, and fitted sheets had not yet been invented. As soon as you were old enough, you learned how to fold the corners for a properly made bed.
Bedspreads were usually chenille and were used so long that most of the fuzzies wore off.
It is said that Louis XIV owned 413 beds and often held court in the royal bedroom. And, if you bid someone “sleep tight” the phrase comes from early times when mattresses were placed on top of rope frames that had to be tightened frequently.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Prime Time Classics — recordings of favorite TV series — will be shown at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. This month’s program is the Andy Griffith Show. The event is free and open to the public.
John Stanton, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be guest speaker at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27 at the Senior Center.
“The Importance of Winterizing Your Vehicle” is the topic to be discussed by Steve Miller of Miller Auto Works at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Tom Booth will speak on interesting occupations at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.
For information on any of the above programs, call (928) 474-4876.
How’s this for a delectable Halloween lunch? Fried worms and eyeballs, glazed chicken fingers, baked troll toes, tombstone toast, spooktacular dessert and goblin juice? Oh, yum! In case the menu sounds a bit extreme, on any other day than Friday, Oct. 31, it would be called spaghetti and meatballs, carrots, potatoes, Italian bread, dessert and orange juice. Be sure to come in costume and enjoy the festivities, which include a talent show and prizes.
Mah-Jongg has been added to the events offered at the Senior Center. Games are scheduled beginning at 1 p.m. Fridays in the dining room.
The Senior Center will offer free transportation on Tuesday, Nov. 4, within the city limits to voters 18 years of age and older, to and from their homes to designated polling places. Those taking advantage of the service must call prior to Nov. 4 to request a ride, and must give the street address of their polling place at that time. This is offered as a service to the community and will be only to and from polling places. The tran-van will operate as usual for other transportation needs. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or to make a reservation.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a sale on men’s and women’s clothing marked with yellow tags beginning Nov. 3. The Thrift Store will remain open for First Friday on Main Street events Nov. 7. There will be refreshments, hourly door prizes (need not be present to win), entertainment and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
A CPR/first aid class will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 25 at the PRMC Education Center. Pre-registration is required. Call (928) 472-9290 for information or to register.
Exercise for Arthritis is held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Senior Circle. Call the above number for schedules, or stop in the Circle office to pick up a newsletter with information about all programs offered through Senior Circle.
Think about it: A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.