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Our Valentine’s Day memories

I couldn’t wait to ask my people about their favorite Valentine’s Day memory and/or first kiss.

I started with “the Foxy Ladies’” table. It was an unusual day at this generally all-women’s table because there were a few men visitors seated with them. Jackie and Charlotte remincesed about making homemade Valentines out of wall paper samples and with paste made from flour and water. Mae related the story of when she was 7 and a boy gave her cough drops for the big day. An anonymous gentleman reported a first kiss “not from his wife.” Another began, “This story starts out raunchy but ends up nice.” (I can’t relay the rest). They continued to discuss how days passed when they were in school, about sheepherding, chicken butchering and horse castration.

The second table I queried was the table I dubbed “the Dog Pound.” This table consists of mostly all men, who incidentally wear baseball caps. Their response? “It is a dumb, made-up holiday” and “What is for lunch?” Sammy asked me if it had to be a good memory and I responded, “No.” He relayed that he took his ex-wife to Ole Miner’s for steak and lobster unaware that she was allergic to lobster. Her airways closed and she nearly died. “What part was bad, Sammy,” I playfully asked, “That she was allergic to lobster or that she lived?” He slowly considered the question and answered carefully, “That she was allergic.”

The third table, the Corner Intelligensia, gave mostly unprintable answers, but one gentleman answered, “Jeanie Hafenreffer. She was rich and she was beautiful and she let me kiss her.” And Connie smiled brightly and imparted, “The best Valentine’s Day I had was when my granddaughter was born.” Words were exchanged regarding the state of society today, and how shocking it is to see what youngsters are wearing.

Later, I was relishing my savory lunch and heard the best story yet. A widower who had lost his wife to cancer had been dating an enchanting woman for a while. She broke up with him because he was reticent to marry again. After too long apart, she determined imposing her standard on him wasn’t worth the loss of their love, and he concluded he didn’t want to live without her. She returned to him and he proposed. On Valentine’s Day.

Join us for our Valentine’s Day celebration Friday, Feb. 12. We will be serving hot chocolate and my shortbread cookies from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bring pictures of the people you love.

Sanctuary

Della Truesdell and Geri Starr met each other at the Foxy Ladies table in our dining room. Della has lived in Pagosa Springs her whole life, has three sons and is widowed. Geri had just moved here from Wisconsin, moved in with her son and daughter-in-law. Della had been coming to the Silver Foxes Den for five years when Geri came for lunch.

They went to Gym Walk, exchanged stories and discovered that they both loved to fish. In time, Geri would meet Della at one of the local lakes and they would angle. They made a competition out of it, each winning some and losing some. They swiftly forged a sisterly friendship.

The first one awake in the morning calls the other to make sure they both made it through the night. When Della became seriously ill, Geri took her food and sat with her every day. When Geri had medical tests done, Della accompanied her. Della even extracts the fish from the hooks when they fish because Geri doesn’t like to do it. “We tell each other everything,” they report. And they love each other.

The bonds of friendship create a sanctuary where we rediscover joy and find refuge from all things gone wrong. Come to the Silver Foxes Den where your friends are waiting to meet you.

Ping-Pong table wanted

Do you have a fold up Ping-Pong table that is taking up extra space? Could you please donate it to us? We can even come and pick it up. We could have tournaments and Ping-Pong parties. Call me, Jodi, at 264-2167.

Senior Prom

Archuleta Seniors, Inc. hosts a Senior Prom every year, the day after the Pagosa Springs High School Prom — in the same place with the same cool decorations. This year it will be on Sunday, April 25. Hold the date!

Thank you

Thank you, Ruth French, for bringing in the Trivial Pursuit Cards for our tables. What a fun idea.

Thank you, Rick Sautel, for volunteering to clean the dining room after lunch on Mondays.

Tax-Aide cancelled

The AARP Tax-Aide program coordinator informed us that there would be no AARP Tax-Aide program in Pagosa Springs due to lack of volunteers. Unfortunately, we know of no other free alternatives.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, Feb. 12 — Woo hoo! Valentine’s Day celebration! Hot chocolate and cookies in the kitchen in the a.m.; 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. Laurie Robson, bag piper rescheduled; ASI board meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 15 — Closed for holiday.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Dennis Driscoll piano music 12:15 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.; Art in the Afternoon 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 19 — 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.; Musetta’s fraud presentation rescheduled 12:45 p.m.

Medical expenses

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, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

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, Feb. 12 — Chicken enchilada, spicy beans, corn confetti, stewed tomatoes, fruit parfait.

Monday, Feb. 15 — Closed for holiday.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean amandine, apricots and peaches, french bread.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Pueblo Stew, salad, squash, banana, roll.

Thursday, Feb. 18 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 19 — Crunchy baked fish, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple mandarin oranges, roll.