It probably goes back to my childhood, growing up during the Great Depression, but I absolutely hate to see food wasted. Stale bread ends up as crumbs or bread pudding in our house, leftover roast chicken becomes chicken salad or potpie, the ham bone flavors a split pea soup. I could go on and on, but you most likely have your own food saving ideas.
I started thinking about this subject the other day when I cleaned out the freezer and found mystery packages of things I didn’t even know were in there. Now that we are older and less active than we used to be, we don’t eat as much as we once did, but there are some things one simply can’t make in small quantities. Did you ever make a two serving pot of soup or enough spaghetti sauce for one meal? Impossible! We are fortunate to be able to freeze leftovers, but maybe they should invent something that reminds you, “There’s a container of beef stew that’s been in here for two months” when you open the door. Kind of like that voice in your dashboard that tells you “Turn right at the next intersection ...”
Pre-packaged fruit and vegetables are always way more than the two of us can use. We don’t need enough grapes to start a winery or spears of asparagus that we could build a fence with.
Another wish I have is that more restaurants offered reduced portion meals for seniors. I rarely can finish all the food that is served and even though we bring home what used to be called a “doggie bag” (remember that?), too often it sits in the fridge until finally it gets tossed out.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
There will be open Medicare enrollment beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.
Adelphia Session of Pinal/Gila Council for Senior Citizens will be available for legal assistance beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Center. Advance appointments may be made at the Center or by calling the above number.
The Misfit Country Gospel musicians entertain at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the Center Dining Room. The program is free and open to the public but advance reservations are required if you plan to stay for lunch.
Volunteer instructors are needed to teach classes in numerous categories such as painting, ceramics, scrapbooking, needlepoint or other activities. If interested, please call Gayle at (928) 474-4876.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. is having a sale on selected knickknacks, 50 percent off marked prices. Clothing inside the store will be two garments for $1, garments on racks outside are .25 cents each. The store will be open until 8 p.m., Nov. 4 for First Friday activities.
Leona Hite is Volunteer of the Month for November. Lee works in the Thrift Store.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Lamps will be half price at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, Nov. 2 through Nov. 5. Selected ladies tops on the L-shaped rack will be three for $1. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Library Friends of Payson
A volunteer recording secretary is needed to take notes at board meetings and maintain contact information of officers and board members. This involves only a few hours a month. For information, contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call LFOP President Alice Natale at (928) 474-2838.
Other volunteer opportunities also are available, such as working the circulation desk, shelving and light lifting. For information, call (928) 474-9260.
In keeping with “waste not, want not,” Tuesday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. This is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. Earth Wise Exchange will have a booth outside Safeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explain the benefits of recycling. Visitors are encouraged to take the pledge to learn more about recycling options in Rim Country and to reduce personal waste by recycling. More information about the free local event is available at email@example.com or by calling (480) 294-2037.
Think about it: the years in your life are less important than the life in your years.