It may just be February, but there are subtle signs of spring if you know where to look.
The willows are turning that golden shade that precedes green leaves bursting out on the branches. The mourning doves, our annual visitors, are back from wherever they spent the winter (such as it was so far) and crooning their plaintive songs. The potted Italian parsley in our back yard weathered the season — it is sending forth new shoots that have me thinking I should make some spaghetti sauce.
Are you, like me, wondering when the other shoe will drop? Will we get a blast of winter? Hopefully, it won’t be when the flowering shrubs and fruit trees are in bloom.
Our thoughts turn to love this month, with the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays. The practice of sending Valentines had its beginning in the 17th century when hopeful swains brought notes or poems to the objects of their affection. By the late 1700s, Cupid made his appearance on cards printed in England and Europe. As immigrants came to America, they brought with them the custom of exchanging lovers’ greetings which were, for the most part, handmade and handwritten until commercial cards came on the market in the 1840s.
Along with cards, flowers and candy are traditional Valentine gifts. Whatever your choice, remember someone you love on the 14th, with a valentine, a gift or a big hug!
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 19 and at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 and 27. The meetings are at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Caregivers and family members of Alzheimer’s patients are invited to attend any of these meetings and learn ways to best cope and care for those afflicted as well as themselves. No reservations are needed.
The Star Valley Tram does pick-ups from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Wednesday and returns riders to their homes until 3 p.m. Users must contact the Star Valley Town Hall to make arrangements.
Are you ready for another Around The World Tour? How about a trip to Sochi, Russia, location of the 2014 Winter Olympics? The program begins at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Center Dining Room. There will be information about the area, events and culture and best of all, a Russian lunch of stuffed cabbage rolls along with other Russian delicacies. Reservations are needed if you plan to stay for lunch and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.
The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens offers legal assistance for seniors beginning at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the Center at the above number or stopping in the Center lobby any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
There will be live music and a special Valentine’s Day lunch Thursday, Feb. 13.
Free blood pressure checks will be done at the Center beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, on a first come, first served basis, no appointments needed.
Do you remember those Nifty Fifties? Remember Sock Hops? You can relive those days at the Senior Center starting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Have you heard about the Rim Country Forget-Me-Knots? It is a volunteer, non-profit organization partnering with the Payson Senior Center, providing emotional and limited financial support to caregivers of individuals in Rim Country with dementia/brain disease. Contact the Senior Center at (928) 474-4876 for more information.
Think about it: Be like a postage stamp: stick to one thing until you get there.
— Josh Billings