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Carol Zebb

Stories by Carol

We celebrate fathers and the first day of summer this Sunday

Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day, a time for honoring and celebrating fatherhood and the influence of fathers in society.

June brings the herbs of Medieval weddings

Welcome, June!  What’s not to like about this delightful month?

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Month of May is nature’s gift to the Rim Country

Our days are growing longer! No more getting up in the dark and cold.

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Tour of Zane Grey’s Cabin, museum worth admission

I’ve lived in Payson for nearly 17 years, yet I still am surprised at all that goes on around town.

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Time to savor Rim's spring beauty

“April hath a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare.

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A little longing for the old days and ways

Do you remember life without computers?

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March is our most unpredictable month

March! Sounds like an order, doesn’t it?

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All things change — just relax live with gratitude

Senior Moments

What a strange thing time is! It cannot be seen or heard, nor can  it be felt. It is both a second and an eternity, and sometimes a second seems like an eternity.

Short month, filled with celebrations

Are you ready for more holidays?

Senior Moments: Make sure you get a laugh a day for health

Have you had a good laugh today?

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Make some changes for the new year

January strode into Rim Country full strength over New Year’s, establishing its claim to being the king of winter by dropping a foot of snow, followed by temperatures that had us reaching for sweaters and warm jackets, and searching for the scarves and gloves we stored away last spring.

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November celebrations you may not know

November is known for many things — Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are the two most celebrated, but this month is also Aviation History and International Drum Month, National Adoption Awareness, Model Railroad, Native American Heritage and Peanut Butter Lovers Month.

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Juniper berries — a fruit of many faces

Do you have juniper trees around your house?

Our firefighters do more than put out flames

October is Fire Prevention Month and the week of Oct. 6-12 was Fire Safety Week — a time for awareness of the danger from uncontrolled fires.

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Cooler nights call for heartier meals

Senior Moments

Crisp is the word that best describes October mornings in Rim Country. There may be lovely, languid days, but mornings and evenings are brisk, if not downright chilly. Time to put away the T-shirts and flip-flops and get out the sweatshirts and socks.

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If ‘Farmers’ Almanac’ right, get ready for winter now

According to the “Old Farmers’ Almanac,” winter of 2014 will begin early and be a hard one.

Senior Moments

If September were a color, it would be gold — not the bright gold of early spring or the glaze of sun on new fallen snow, but a soft, mellow gold that matches this month’s gentle flow into autumn.

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Fingers of fall beginning to trace through our days

Summer may not be officially over, but subtle signs of fall are appearing.

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August days perfect for hammock

August is summer full-blown, a month to savor the cool, early morning hours with a glass of juice or cup of coffee sipped on the patio.

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Forgotten seeds make back yard bloom

Senior Moments

What does midsummer mean to you? Gardening? Fruits and vegetables and berries ripening?

Stock up at Senior Center Thrift

There will be a $1 bag sale of clothing every day for the immediate future at the Thrift Store.

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Remembering the lost art of embroidery

Does anyone do embroidery these days or has it become a lost art?

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Thrift Store lets you roll for discount

Feeling lucky? Here’s your chance to get a discount at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., adjacent to the Senior Center.

May is a gift to everyone

May is Mother Nature’s gift to Rim Country.

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Start today and every day with a laugh

Senior Moments

What’s not to like about April? Gentle breezes, warm sunshine, April showers (we hope), trees leafed out, flowers blooming — oh, sure, here in Rim Country we can still get a bit of leftover winter, but it seldom lasts more than a day or two. The name of this month is either from the Romans, meaning, “to open” or in honor of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

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Spring fever is sizzling

Has the early beautiful weather put you in the mood for planting?

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Seems spring can hardly wait in Rim Country

March this year certainly came in like a lion didn’t it?

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It seems 'spring is here'

A delightful surprise greeted me last week as I walked through the Safeway door. Alongside the floral department was a tall vase filled with pussy willows — real ones!

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Subtle signs of spring peeking out

It may just be February, but there are subtle signs of spring if you know where to look.

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January ‘celebration’ opportunities continue

Senior Moments

January is here and it’s usually a time when we see some snow in Rim Country. That hasn’t been happening this year, so far, although most of the rest of the country is getting more winter than they want.

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Much to celebrate this month

Wow! How did it ever get to be December so soon?

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Holiday bits and pieces

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men out fowling so that we might, after a more special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labors.”

November offers a number of notable occasions

Senior Moments

Sunday evening, Oct. 27 — We’d had an early dinner and were watching the fourth game of the World Series. Len, who was recently a patient in PRMC, was preparing to go to bed. Just as he was about to crawl under the covers — chirp…chirp…chirp. The bedroom smoke alarm decided to  make itself heard. (Don’t those batteries ever get weak during the daytime?)

Enjoy October’s envigorating air in Rim Country

SENIOR MOMENTS

Helen Hunt Jackson said it best in her poem, “October’s Bright Blue Weather.” Where better to enjoy this stimulating time of year than in Rim Country?

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Surprise visit makes ER trip nicer

SENIOR MOMENTS

No one enjoys being in a hospital emergency room, but that is where Len and I found ourselves a couple weeks ago. As careful as we try to be at our ages, he had taken a fall and was experiencing back pain.

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Cronut craze sweeping country

Have you discovered Cronuts yet? The pastries are a cross between a croissant and a donut and are sweeping the country from New York City to San Francisco.

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No major holidays in August, but lots of fun

August, the month with the royal name, is not very royal at all. It’s lazy and laid-back, time to sit on the front porch (if you have one) or on the patio, sipping lemonade, savoring the garden harvests, or stretching out in the hammock with a good book.

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Senior Center welcomes new cook

A warm welcome to Todd Youtz, new cook at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

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Get your game on at Circle & Center

It started when two Native American flutists, teacher and performer Betty Acker and new flute player and aficionado Tom Russell, decided to form a Native American Flute Circle in Rim Country.

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Watch out for scams

Attention, seniors! Please be very careful in giving out personal information via computer, telephone and regular mail or in person.

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Senior Center’s beginning yoga class time changes

June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong.

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Something new at the Center

The mourning doves that have nested near our back yard in previous years are back — we hear their cooing morning, noon, and yes, even at night.

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Native American flute program enlightening

It has been said that to stay young at heart one should keep open to new thoughts and experiences and never quit learning.

New yoga classes at Senior Center

April is such a cheerful month; filled with bright sunshine, warm breezes, birdsong and best of all in Rim Country, a multitude of blossoming trees.

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St. Vincent de Paul thrift store a delight

Listen up! I’m starting a campaign to banish the word “basically” from our vocabulary.

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Our pets are good for our health

Drive through any neighborhood in Payson and you are sure to see people walking their dogs — I don’t know if any survey has ever been done, but it seems to me that Payson has one of the largest dog populations in the country.

Remembering our marriage proposals

Love — What a strange thing it is… I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day.

Time to clean house — January is Get Organized Month

January is Get Organized Month, time to clean out files, closets, the pantry and if you are really in a cleaning frenzy, even the garage.

Our time is measured by the sun and moon

Senior Moments Column

Happy New Year! Up go the new calendars. The earliest known calendars date back some 10,000 years, although primitive man undoubtedly had some method of marking the passage of time.

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December has many holidays

Welcome to December — this year the month has five Saturdays, five Sundays and five Mondays.

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