Every once in a while, I hear someone say, “There’s not much to do in Payson.” When I hear that, I feel like turning on the person and exclaiming “Not much to do? Where have you been?”
Ah, October in Rim Country! Invigorating air as we get to the second half of the month, lightly scented with wood smoke on chilly mornings. Sunlight slanting at an angle that in late afternoon paints everything in its path golden. Pine cones take the place of acorns on the patio.
Say October and what comes to mind? Halloween, of course, when mothers are busy making or shopping for costumes for their little darlings. (Maybe some fathers help with costumes, but I don’t know any.)
Seems like every time I walk through my front or patio door these days, I find myself immersed in spider webs.
September — the golden month! Days grow shorter, temperatures cool, afternoon showers are no longer a daily event, and gardens and orchards still yield fresh fruit and vegetables.
If it seems a little crowded in Payson lately, it may be because August is the month chosen most frequently for vacations in the United States. With temperatures at triple digits in the Valley of the Sun, it is no wonder folks head north to Rim Country.
“Summer is not done yet,” August declares, as the thermometer sizzles and the Arizona sun outdoes itself.
Midsummer — and the livin’ is easy, especially if you have a functioning air conditioner!
Happy Second of July!
Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day, a time for honoring and celebrating fatherhood and the influence of fathers in society.
Welcome, June! What’s not to like about this delightful month?
Our days are growing longer! No more getting up in the dark and cold.
I’ve lived in Payson for nearly 17 years, yet I still am surprised at all that goes on around town.
“April hath a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare.
Do you remember life without computers?
March! Sounds like an order, doesn’t it?
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.
Are you ready for more holidays?
Have you had a good laugh today?
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.
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.
Do you have juniper trees around your house?
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.
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.
According to the “Old Farmers’ Almanac,” winter of 2014 will begin early and be a hard one.
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.
Summer may not be officially over, but subtle signs of fall are appearing.
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.
What does midsummer mean to you? Gardening? Fruits and vegetables and berries ripening?
There will be a $1 bag sale of clothing every day for the immediate future at the Thrift Store.
Does anyone do embroidery these days or has it become a lost art?
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 Mother Nature’s gift to Rim Country.
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.
Has the early beautiful weather put you in the mood for planting?
March this year certainly came in like a lion didn’t it?
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!
It may just be February, but there are subtle signs of spring if you know where to look.
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.
Wow! How did it ever get to be December so soon?
“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.”
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?)
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?
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.
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.
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.
A warm welcome to Todd Youtz, new cook at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.
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.
Attention, seniors! Please be very careful in giving out personal information via computer, telephone and regular mail or in person.
June is pure magic. It transforms Rim Country into a fairyland of blossom and birdsong.