If you have a home garden, right about now you are probably awash in cucumbers. These fruits of summer (botanically they are a fruit although most of us consider them a vegetable) are prolific and easily grown. They are one of the oldest cultivated plants, having been cultivated in India more than 3,000 years ago.
Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing the cucumber to the new world where the natives eagerly added it to their corn, squash and other food crops.
“Cool as a cucumber” is more than just a catchy phrase — because of its high water content, the interior of a cucumber can be 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Cucumbers are rich in vitamins A, C, folic acid and potassium and are tasty additions as is to salads and sandwiches, not to forget making them into pickles.
There are many uses for cucumbers other than culinary, that you may not know about. Facial masks made from cucumbers are extremely effective in improving skin quality, tightening skin and smoothing wrinkles. Cucumber slices placed over swollen or burning eyes have a soothing effect. Rub a cucumber slice along the surface of your bathroom mirror and it will not fog up while you shower. If grubs and slugs are ruining your garden, put a few slices of cucumber in an aluminum pie tin among the plants — the chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to emit a scent that will drive the pests away.
Have you ever been about to leave the house for an important engagement and notice your shoes are scuffed? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoes and its chemicals will shine them up like new. Oh-oh, the door is squeaking again and where is the WD 40 when you need it? Rub a cucumber slice along the hinge and the squeak will be gone.
Everyone is “going green” so try rubbing cucumber on your sinks, faucets or stainless steel for tarnish removal and a nice, shiny surface. And finally, if you have partied too hardy and don’t want to wake up with a hangover, eat some cucumber before going to bed. Cucumbers will replenish electrolytes and essential nutrients and you will feel fine the next morning.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., will be selling food during the August Doin’s Rodeo Parade beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. There will be egg burritos, cinnamon rolls, hot dogs and hamburgers, coffee, iced tea and water for a nominal cost.
Ann James and Friends entertain with live music at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday in the Center Dining Room. The programs are free and open to the public. Please make advance reservations at (928) 474-4876 if you plan to stay for lunch.
“Exercise Your Brain” is the topic of a presentation to be given at 11:15 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22 at the Center.
Jadee Gardner and the Payson High School science class will present a program about their new agricultural science building at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Center Dining Room. If there is sufficient interest, a tour of the facility may be scheduled.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. is having a sale on all men’s and women’s summer clothing, 10 garments for just $1. The store will be implementing 10 Percent Tuesday beginning today, Aug. 16, whereby customers will receive a 10 percent discount on full price items.
Aug. 17, National Thrift Store Day will be observed at the Thrift Store. There will be refreshments all day, hourly door prize drawings (need not be present to win), balloons for children and much more. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Corene Reynolds is Volunteer of the Month for August. She works in sorting and pricing items for the Thrift Store.
Beginning computer classes are resuming Sept. 15 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. Advance sign up is required and may be made by stopping in the Center or calling (928) 472-9290. The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Senior Circle volunteer Paul Affeldt will be teaching.
Yahtzee, a new offering at Senior Circle, is played at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Circle. Bridge and Wii Bowling groups are forming, sign up if interested.
A self-defense seminar for senior citizens will be presented at the Senior Circle from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Registration is required; call (928) 472-9290 for additional details and to register.
Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store
In observance of Payson’s Rodeo Days, the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine will have
western wear on sale Aug. 17 through Aug. 20. Prices on most western garments are $1 and $2, unless otherwise marked. Men’s and women’s jackets and blazers are three for $1. Women’s sleepwear is half off the marked price.
The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Think about it: You know you are growing old if you remember when a family went for a Sunday drive and everyone got in the same car.