I admit it — I’m envious. A few weeks ago, our neighbor put up a clothesline. It’s not visible from the street and we can see just the very top of it over the back yard fence. But knowing it is there brings on a wave of nostalgia for the days before clothes dryers, when every yard had a clothesline.
There were even rules for hanging clothes properly: shirts should be hung by the tails, not the shoulders; clothes were hung so that each item shared one clothes pin at each end; whites were hung with whites, colored items with other colored items, and sheets and towels were hung on the outside lines so undies could hide in the middle.
Monday was the traditional washday, a good time to visit across the fence with other housewives also hanging up laundry. And is there anything more pleasant at the end of the day than snuggling into a bed made up with sheets dried on the line scented of fresh breezes and sunshine?
And, while we are on the subject of laundry, isn’t it sad that Payson no longer has a Laundromat?
Senior Center and Thrift Store
Joanne Conlin will fill the position of director of the Senior Center in mid-September. She formerly served on the Senior Center Board.
First Friday on Main Street activities will be celebrated Sept. 4 at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., with live music by the Senior Center’s Old Time Music Makers, a performance at 5:30 p.m. by students of the Dynamite Dance and Gymnastic Studio, refreshments and hourly door prize drawings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.
Meals on Wheels are available weekdays for the homebound from the Senior Center. The meals are prepared fresh daily and provide one-third of daily nutritional requirements. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
The Ann James Trio will perform Golden Oldies at 11 a.m. in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.
Flu shots will be given from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11. Call the above number for appointments.
Legal aid provided through Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be available beginning at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. Appointments are required and may be made at the front desk of the Center.
Mark your calendar for Sept. 18 — the Center will be having a Hawaiian luau. There will be a hula contest, prize for the best Hawaiian shirt, games and, of course, island food.
Wayne Todd is volunteer of the month for September. Wayne provides live musical entertainment on First Fridays, birthday and holiday celebrations.
Pine-Strawberry Senior Center
Flu and pneumonia shots will be available in the Dining Room of the Senior Center, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine, this month and in October. Flu shots will be given from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5. For appointments, call (928) 476-4633.
Vaccine for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus will not be available at these clinics.
Patients must present their Medicare and insurance cards prior to receiving shots. Cost for persons without insurance is $30 for the flu shot, $50 for pneumonia vaccine.
Feeling Fit exercise classes are held every Wednesday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Tai Chi classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.
Women’s Surgical Services is the topic to be discussed at the Sept. 9 Lunch and Learn program at the Circle. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP at the above telephone number.
Senior Circle’s 10th anniversary in Payson will be observed from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rumsey Park. There will be a picnic lunch with meat supplied by the Circle and members asked to bring a side dish to share. The event also will feature music, dancing, raffles and door prizes.
Think about it: If everything seems to be coming your way, you’re probably in the wrong lane.