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Satisfy mind, body and soul at The Den

Come to the Silver Foxes Den every Monday to satisfy your mind, body and soul.

How, you ask? Read on.

Satisfy your body:

OK, maybe “satisfy your body” is not the phrase. “Work your body” is more accurate.

However, Harriet Wright, three other people and I on that particular Monday agree that the scheduled Gym Walk every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11:15 to noon is satisfying. Harriet walks around the gym at the community center every chance she gets. One time, she came on a Thursday (the Senior Center is closed on Thursdays) and walked and no one had the heart to tell her otherwise.

On Monday I asked her if I could join her and she drawled sweetly, “Of course.” We entered the gym and the beginning lunch din faded behind me as I was encompassed with the relative quiet of the gym and the spritely enthusiasm of Harriet. I counted three other walkers and asked Harriet if there were usually more or less and she answered that it varied.

We talked as we walked discussing basketball, how she played in high school in Winfield, Kan., when she was young, always being underestimated, thus making key plays, and how I was a statistician in high school, always traveling in the players’ bus when the cheerleaders were not allowed. We laughed and picked up the pace. Harriet divulged she knew some old school Dallas Cowboy players and coaches and declared her love for the Dallas Cowboys to this day. She talked about how much she enjoys walking and how great it is there is a place in little ’ole Pagosa Springs to do it in when the weather is bad and the sidewalks are icy. We talked and walked all the way around to lunch. Thank you, Harriet.

Satisfy your soul: Just come for lunch and dine on our gastronomical masterpieces with your friends. I will write an entire column on this another day. Trust me in the meantime. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon.

Satisfy your mind: After lunch on Mondays, a dedicated group of Canasta players gather in the lounge to play cards. On this particular Monday there were six ladies and I was told by all of them that they would love to have more players. Carolyn Beach explained to me that they draw cards to see who gets to sit at which table and that they are a congenial bunch whose members like to laugh, and yes, like to win. I asked if it was a difficult game to learn.

Carolyn extrapolated saying, “It isn’t hard, and we love to teach new people. We all had to learn. Sometimes we forget where we are at (in the game) and we will whine about the hands we are dealt. But mostly we have fun.”

As they played they talked about their travels and their children. A short discussion of diets began and concluded with one player stating, “I figure muscle weighs more than fat so I gave up on working out since it will make me heavier.”

Everyone chuckled. I asked if they ever engaged in talking trash to each other and was answered with some stern looks. Carolyn rebuked me strongly insisting that there would be no such thing.

A concentrated silence followed until a player dramatically laid down a hand. Hattie Mary Hurchalla said, “You shut up” in the teenage vernacular meaning to express equal measures of surprise and disdain.

I laughed heartily and said, “No trash talking, huh?”

Carolyn replied, “If you can’t handle it, don’t play.”

Hattie Mary joked, “We don’t want to use our tax dollars to pay her to play Canasta, anyway.”

Canasta is played every Monday at 1 p.m. in our Silver Foxes Den Senior Center Lounge.

Take Me Now Rack

The winner of the contest to name our shelves that have the free items for the seniors is Patti Stewart. A panel of 15 distinguished judges voted on the names submitted, and “Take Me Now Rack” was the winning entry. Patti Stewart wins four free lunches here. I win the smirks and twinkling eyes of the people who discover what the shelves are named.

The Take Me Now Rack is for people to leave the things they don’t want and for seniors to take home what they need.

Thank you

Thank you Janie Bard, for your three years of service to our seniors, delivering meals and love without fail. Our out-of-towners will miss your smiling care. Thank you Merlin Wheeler for recovering from your surgery and gallantly volunteering to take Janie’s place. We are humbly grateful.

Thank you to the volunteers that make serving lunch in Arboles possible. Of the 32 diners, 15 of them volunteer for one job or another to make this rocking meal a reality. You guys are the best.

Weekly activities

Friday, Jan. 15 — 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.; Structural Integration Bodywork by Eric Siler 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18 — Closed for the holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Healthy Cooking 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Three Wishes by Tina Gallegos 12:45 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 22 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.

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. 15 — Chicken and mushrooms, brown rice, cauliflower and broccoli, apple pear salad.

Monday, Jan. 18 — Closed for the holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 19 — Meat lasagna, Italian vegetables, salad, bread stick, Jell-O with fruit.

Wednesday, Jan. 20 — Oven crisp chicken, baked potatoes, sunshine carrots, bread, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Jan. 21 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 22 — Pork chow mien, brown rice, cooked cabbage, banana, fortune cookie, bread.

Our November Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s Web site,