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Carol Zebb

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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

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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.

Celebrate Thanksgiving by giving

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you most grateful for on this holiday?

Make changes in your home to be ‘fall safe’

Recently Len and I attended a program on fall prevention at the Powell House presented by Toba Robinson, director of therapy services for KC’s Home Health Care in Phoenix.

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Don’t toss out the pumpkin scrapings

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, don’t waste the inside. Cut out the pumpkin meat, scraping away the seeds and pulp.

A little of this and that

Does anyone remember playing Cat’s Cradle or Hangman or Tic Tac Toe?

Fall coming on fast around Rim

Signs of fall: squirrels harvesting a bumper crop of acorns in the back yard.

Enjoy September’s gentle days

Now that Labor Day is over, we can settle into September and enjoy the cooler days and nights.

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Senior Center plans celebrations

The month of August has no official holidays. It is a quiet month, some may even say dull, but August has its own charm. After the excitement of July, the pace slows down (until the rodeo comes to town in Payson).

Birds in yard a thing of beauty

“Ooo? Oo oo oo” — It is a little after 4 a.m. and still dark outside. From the back yard comes a sleepy call of our resident mourning dove. He must have decided it was too early to get up; no more calls for another half-hour.

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Dance lessons at Senior Center start July 10

This month deserves to be in big, bold print. July is filled with activity, excitement, picnics, outdoor sports —and fireworks! Some manmade and some from Mother Nature as the summer storms roll through Rim Country. If you are planning a July wedding, you might want to change your mind — July is The Unlucky Month For Weddings. Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who was married in July.

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Celebrating quilts at thrift store

June is here, that delightful month of long, sunny days and warm evenings. June is a gentle month made for being outside, whether having lunch on the patio, gardening, stargazing or simply savoring life in Rim Country. It is a month of blossoms. The honeysuckle at the side of our house just finished blooming and is now threatening to take over the rest of the building. We try to keep it trimmed, but if we turn our backs for a day or two, its tendrils sneak out and grasp whatever is within reach. It is lush and green and seems to thrive on neglect. June is the month of roses.

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Enjoy the wonderful Rim evenings

May is the prelude to June — the month when hours of daylight are the longest. In the midst of winter, we yearn for this time of year, but when the sun lingers late in the sky and the temperature climbs, we like to sit out on the patio in the cool of the evening, watch the daylight slowly fade away, and, as our family says, talk smart. Sometimes it is just Len and me, sometimes we are joined by other family members. There’s usually a lot of laughter — it doesn’t matter what the topics are, whether the day’s events, politics, gardening or whatever, it is a pleasant end to a summer’s day. And, remember, the days will begin growing shorter after the summer solstice on June 20, so enjoy this while you can.

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