Love — What a strange thing it is… I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day.
Do you remember when your spouse proposed to you? I do — it was in Montrose Harbor on Lake Michigan in Chicago during the smelt run (for those of you who don’t know, smelt are small fish that are caught in nets off the piers in the Great Lakes in early spring).
Growing up in northern Wisconsin as a child, I was very familiar with fishing, and Len and I went down to the harbor to watch the catch. We had previously gone fishing together and dug worms for bait.
Returning to the car, he took my hand in his and said, “You are the girl I would most like to pick worms with, will you marry me?” Who could resist such a proposal? In April, we will celebrate 60 years of marriage, so I guess it must have been the right decision.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Work continues on repairs caused by a broken water pipe during the cold January temperatures at the Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine. The staff is aiming for a March reopening and plans are under way for a grand re-opening event.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Bible Study Group meets at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. All are welcome.
Pinochle is played beginning at noon Tuesdays and Fridays in the Center Dining Room. New players are welcome. For information, call (928) 472-9302.
A six-week series of I Ching classes for the beginner started Feb. 9 and will continue on Saturdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. through March 16 at the Center. I Ching is described as the inner pathway to health, happiness and self-knowledge. The classes are being led by Kim Young, who has been an I Ching teacher since 2000. She received her training and certification from the I Ching Institute in Stow, Mass. For information or to register for classes, call (928) 474-4876 or e-mail Kim at kimyoung99@ gmail.com.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Center Dining Room. Come and enjoy the music or join in if you play an instrument.
Anything Goes, Anne James and Friends, will provide live music beginning at 10 a.m. at the Center Monday, Feb. 25.
The Payson Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will offer chicken cordon bleu, side dishes and a drink at the Member Lunch, set from 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20. The cost is $4 per person and reservations are requested. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a seat.
A program by PRMC pharmacy director Scott Grassel is planned at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27. He will discuss superbugs, drug use and interactions and how to properly dispose of medications. Make a reservation at the number above.
The Senior Circle is planning a 3-day trip to Las Vegas on March 20-22 to attend a special program featuring Swing, a tribute to Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters and others. Contact Rene at (928) 472-9290 for more information.
PATH, Police Access To Homebound, is available to the elderly or disabled of the community through Payson Police Department’s Volunteers in Action program. Volunteers will make daily calls to disabled, convalescing or elderly who live alone to make sure they are okay. In the event the citizen is unable to be contacted by telephone after several attempts, the appropriate agency will be dispatched to check their welfare. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 209 or 220 to learn more about this free program.
If you need home nursing or assisted living care, physical, occupational or speech therapy, contact KC’s Home Health Care at (928) 468-5242 for information on how to receive this service which may be 100 percent covered by Medicare.
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens also provides home care and support for disabled individuals. Contact them at 1-800-293-9393.
Free educational classes on wellness and supervised open gym time are offered at Rim Country Health, 807 W. Longhorn Rd. Call (928) 474-1120 to learn more, or stop in for a brochure.
Think about it: If you want to live longer, give up everything you want to live longer for.