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What’s your New Year’s resolution?

As usual, both lunch tables — the Foxy Ladies and the Corner Intelligentsia — stared at me before carefully answering the following question: “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?”

The consensus at each table was that New Year’s Resolutions are frivolous, but that didn’t stop my people from responding to the question at hand.

Here are my top 10 favorite, entertaining responses:

10. “Stop cussing.”

9. “I already stopped drinking and gambling; what do you want from me?”

8. “Gain five pounds.”

7. ”Do more nice things for people.”

6. “Win more at the casino.”

5. “You should write about something different.”

4. “Will you marry me?”

3. “Is there a grant on the Internet that would help me pay off my credit card and leave a little left over for my savings account?”

2. “Did you hear that the government is going to knock down Chimney Rock?”

1. “You asked me what my New Year’s resolutions were and I don’t have any. But when I was a little girl I used to steal cats from my neighborhood, dress them up in baby clothes and push them around in a baby stroller.”

The question was treated with the respect it deserved.

Perhaps my resolution should be to only interrupt lunch with serious questions. Maybe questions like, “What can I do to make your life easier?,” “How can we improve our services?,” “What would you like to talk about?” or “Can I refill your coffee?”

I’ll do better next year.

Senior spotlight

Gerri Starr was born in Wausau, Wisc., in January of 1946. She was one of five children — one boy and four girls. Her father a milkman and her mother cleaned houses as well as farmed. She attended a one-room schoolhouse of 30 children total before moving to a bigger school district. Her favorite school years were from fourth to eighth grade where she was a self-described athletic tomboy and could “beat the boys at anything. After I would beat them they would ask me to be on their team.” In high school her favorite class was physical education.

After graduating, Gerri eventually landed in Wausau where she worked for Wausau Insurance in the cafeteria cooking for five years. Then she moved to Eldron, Wisc. It was here that she had her favorite job as one of the janitors for the high school. She loved the students and attended all of the sporting events. When she left, the school gave her an award for her outstanding service and dedication.

Gerri has two sons, Todd and Richard, and four grandchildren. She likes living in Pagosa Springs; enjoying the people, the weather, the mountains and living with her family, Richard and Jessica and their children. Shawna, a granddaughter, is a cheerleader here at the Pagosa Springs High School.

Volunteering at the Senior Center and the Humane Society, fishing with her friend, Della, camping, going to the casino and watching football are her favorite pastimes. She also witches for water, a process of finding water with sticks or wires. Gerri loves her dogs — a boxer and a puggle (beagle and pug mix) named Colby Cheese and Jack, respectively.

A perpetually happy woman, Gerri gives this advice: “You have to get out to meet people or you just sit home and cry.”

Thank you

Thank you to Archuleta Seniors, Inc. and to Jackie Schick and Judy Estell for planning really fun holiday parties for both Arboles and Pagosa Springs. Truly, they were the most heartfelt, familial parties I have attended in a long time. People were still talking about it the Monday following. I wish there were some dip left.

Thank you to two great honest, incorruptible, conscientious gentlemen, Zach Graveson and Matt Martin, both Pagosa Springs High School students, who found a deposit bag with a lot of money here at the community center. They returned it without even looking inside of it. The bag belongs to one of our seniors who accidentally misplaced it. If you know them, please give them serious praise.

Thank you to Maime Lynch for donating some really great books to our library.

Thank you Pat Vermilyea for purchasing a proper broom and dustbin for our dining room and then expertly using it. We appreciate you every week.

Oh, my beating heart! Karen and Dave Mawhorter from the Pagosa Ice Cream Company (next door to the movie theatre) donated handmade, homemade ice cream for 50 people for our holiday lunch before the 25th. Thank you from the bottom of our stomachs.


Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home-delivery program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus, for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, Jan. 1 — Closed.

Monday, Jan. 4 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 5 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Writing for Generations 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 8 — Geezers 9 a.m., Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m., Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m., Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m., Gym Walk 11:15 a.m. It’s wear your favorite Hat and/or Brooch Day.

Our November Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s Web site: Look it up!

Medical expense assistance

The Silver Foxes Den, in cooperation with Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI), may be able to help with excess medical expenses.? Items covered might be prescription copays, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.?Qualifying amounts are based on income and need. Recipients must be current members of ASI. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about how we might help you or your family, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2010 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and older will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 1 — Closed.

Monday, Jan. 4 — Chicken a la king, whipped potatoes, salad, orange and apricots, bread.

Tuesday, Jan. 5 — Reuben sandwich, French fries, zucchini, squash and onions, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 — Honey barbecue chicken, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, grapes, roll.

Thursday, Jan. 7 — No lunch.

Friday, Jan. 8 – Meatloaf, grabby cheesy potatoes, green beans, pineapple, bread.