Can you believe it? We are already into the first week of December! I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. I did not join the crowds of shoppers who went out to the stores on Thanksgiving or even on Black Friday, I stayed home. I did not even get into Cyber Monday. There’s a very good reason I did not join in the fun. Last Wednesday afternoon, I tripped over a speed bump at one of our local grocery stores. I bruised my knee so bad I drew the attention of the store’s assistant manager and the Payson Fire Department. The firefighters were very helpful getting me to my car and suggested I go to Urgent Care, but I insisted I was OK. Well, it has now been one week and my knee hurts like %$#%$#! I am finally going to see my family doctor to see if I did some serious damage. The whole episode was my fault; I was looking in my purse for my car keys and did not even think of that darn speed bump. So much for looking where I am going.
Fireflies and Domino Divas
The annual get-together by these two groups is Wednesday, Dec. 11. It will be held at the Tonto Village Fire Station and the fun should start around 1 p.m. There won’t be any dominoes played that day, but there will be a gift exchange, great food (a spiral ham) and a raffle for a live Christmas tree. So make a side to go with the ham and bring a gift to exchange (no more than $15). The party should break up about 4:30 p.m. before it gets dark.
Benefit for Deborah Sampson
Most of the details of the benefit and yard sale were in last week’s column, so this is a reminder to get to the Walmart parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be a huge yard sale and all the proceeds will go to help Deborah with her massive medical bills. Financial donations are welcome along with gently used items, such as furniture and clothes.
Please call Susan Slenk at (928) 978-3237, Sandra Scott at (928) 978-9047 or Lindsay Jaeger at (928) 978-1452 for more information on the financial details or where to bring other items for the sale.
As I mentioned last week, Karen our mail lady has asked me to remind you to pick up your mail in a timely manner. Karen has said that this year there are more people who are buying gifts online, so there are more packages to be delivered. As you know, there is limited space. So be sure to pick up your mail every day.
Duane Long of Long Ranch and John Digman of Tonto Village I will be celebrating their birthday on Dec. 14. On Dec. 15, Tonto Village resident and the local locksmith J.R. Alliger will share his birthday with Flo Haulot of Tonto Basin and Tonto Village. Rita Spalink of Tonto Village II gets to have her birthday all to herself on Dec. 19. Rita makes the most splendiferous potato rolls! She is a great cook and baker. By the way, her recipe for those rolls is in the “Fireflies Can Cook” cookbook. Do you have a copy yet? If not my e-mail address is at the end of this column (get in touch and we can arrange a purchase or few to stuff some stockings).
Recipe for the holidays
Do you need a good recipe for a punch? This recipe comes from my sister-in-law Ellie in Berwick, Pa. She owned a beauty shop there and for the holidays she made this punch for her customers.
Ellie’s Christmas Perked Punch
In the bottom of a coffee urn combine 9 cups of pineapple juice, 9 cups of cranberry juice and 4-1/2 cups of water.
In the urn basket (where the coffee grounds would go) add 4-1/2 teaspoons whole cloves, 4 cinnamon sticks and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Perk until light comes on.
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