I gave myself a treat this morning and spent a few minutes in memory lane. Awakening later than usual, I realized that for once I didn’t have to rush around to be somewhere, so I got up and fed Q, our cat (priority), turned up the heat, plugged in the coffee maker and crawled back in bed. The gurgling sound and delicious scent of coffee brewing took me back to my childhood when those sounds and scents were a regular morning event. The preparations were much different, however. First, my parents had to build a fire in the wood-burning kitchen stove, then fill an enamel percolator from the water bucket, grind the coffee beans in a hand grinder and wait until it had perked to the desired strength. After morning coffee, the pot was refilled and pushed to the back burner where it kept warm throughout the day.
Coffee is among the world’s most popular drinks. It is grown in more than 70 countries, Brazil being the largest producer of coffee. Its first known use was in Arabian Sufi monasteries in the 15th century. From there it was brought to Venice and was proclaimed a “Christian drink” by Pope Clement in the 1600s.
Hm-m-m — I wonder if there’s enough left in the pot for another cup ...
Pine-Strawberry Thrift Store
The P-S Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 is still well-stocked with Christmas items at bargain prices. Last-minute shoppers will find a good selection of Christmas cards for 5 cents each, ornaments, lights and decorations, holiday wear and gift items. There is an abundance of new and gently used clothing. Ladies pants and tops are three garments for $1. Check out the daily sales of selected items. Hours of the store are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The store will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The monthly Birthday Bash will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment. Persons with December birthdays can put their name in the Birthday Barrel in the Center Lobby to be eligible for a gift drawing. Menu for the day is spinach lasagna, peas and carrots, zucchini, bread stick, birthday cake and beverage.
There will be a Christmas dinner party for Senior Center and Thrift Store volunteers beginning at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17 in the Center Dining Room.
Betty Moore will call Bingo at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21 at the Center. The game is open to everyone; you do not need to be a member to participate.
Celebrate the arrival of 2010 at a New Year’s Eve party at noon, Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Center. There will be a festive lunch, music by the Starlighters, dancing and door prizes. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or reservations.
The Center will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Menus and event schedules will be available by New Year’s Eve for January meals and activities. Pick up yours at the Center information desk.
The Senior Thrift Store will have a half-price sale of remaining Christmas merchandise Dec. 21 through 26. The store will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 but will reopen Dec. 26.
Beginning Dec. 28, men’s and women’s garments with yellow tags will be 25 cents each; green tags, 50 percent off; and orange tags, 25 percent off marked prices.
Don’t know what to get for that hard to please person on your gift list? How about a gift certificate from the Thrift Store — they are available in denominations from $5 to $20.
There will be a bake sale and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18 in the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway. If you are not in the mood for baking, here’s your chance to stock up on those special goodies for holiday guests. You can also do your last-minute gift shopping from among the variety of items made by Circle crafters.
The Senior Circle will be closed for Christmas and New Year holidays from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. Interested persons may pick up the organization’s schedule of events for January, February and March at the Circle office beginning Jan. 4.
Think about it: Happiness is good health and a bad memory.