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Silver Foxes Den — A cultural center for older adults

Bed Booties Part 1

I kept track of the garbage bag out of the corner of my eye, waiting for my boss Musetta to get her morning coffee. I had a plan. The name alone piqued my curiosity, let alone the creative color combinations and the spin surrounding them. This year I decided that I was going to discover the legendary bed booties for myself.

The day before, Liz Schnell, via her charming husband Al, sent a full garbage bag of her bed booties. I peeked in the bag and observed the small colorful slipper-like socks. Colorful like “Clash Day” in junior high. Or like Jelly Belly jelly beans. Or the 70s. I wondered if they stretched, and why they were so popular. I remembered my people clamoring for them last year.

The Foxy Ladies asked at Thanksgiving if she was bringing them, because Liz had a skiing accident and they didn’t know if she was still knitting. They gave me a Foxy Lady Testimonial, more reliable than the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, of the warmth, stretching capabilities and the comfort of Liz’s gifts. Mae explained that Liz had been donating them as long as she could remember and that she knitted them out of donated yarn. She admonished me that the booties were for sleeping in, not for walking around because they could be a slip and fall danger.

Musetta finally left the office for coffee. I checked to see if anyone was looking and went straight to the bootie bag. Quickly and surreptitiously, I chose a small pair of gray, orange and lime green ones and stuffed them in my purse. My evil plan was to take them home to try them on, judge the extent of their rumored charms, and bring them back no one the wiser. I couldn’t wait to get home.

I steadied myself, hand on my cool kitchen counter and kicked off my shoes. Carefully I untied the bow keeping the pair together, donned one and then the other. Standing straight with my bootied feet on the floor I completed a mental body scan. Oh yes, a podiatric comfort dream. I think the lights dimmed, a disco ball threw colored lights and Bob Seger began to sing. My Foxy Ladies were right on, these booties were magic. I imagined myself in my new ninja Angelina Jolie outfit, black leather jacket and pants, black gloves and psychedelic socks sliding Risky Business style across my hard wood floors singing “Old Time Rock and Roll” before I set out to save the world.

Then the garage door opened signaling that my husband was home. Ooooo, I did not want to have to explain how I was not jacking my people’s socks. I carefully removed the magic booties and tucked them back in my purse to return them to work. But I knew that owning a pair was not going to be enough. I had to learn to knit them.

Thank you

Thank you, Michelle Jamison, for the cake for our people. They loved it!

Thank you, Bob Moomaw, for your years of service, for always listening and taking care of us. We will miss you.

Thank you, Michael Whiting, our new Archuleta County commissioner, for hanging out and talking with us. We look forward to your visits.

Ask a financial planner

On Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 12:45 p.m., Bob Scott from Scott Strategic Investments will be here to give a presentation on personal finance.

He has been in investments and investment banking since 1987.? In 1999, Bob and his family relocated to Pagosa Springs and later affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., and formed Scott Strategic Investments, LLC.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Denver. Bob is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) professional education program offered by the College for Financial Planning.

Emergency boxes

We have emergency boxes of snacks and easily prepared “meals” for a suggested donation of $6.50 in our office. The emergency boxes were designed for use in case of power outages or inclement weather. They are also great for winter travel in your vehicle.

Weekly Activities

Friday, Jan. 14 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI Board Meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17 — Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 18 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Piano Music by Michael Monk 12:45 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19 —“Ask a Financial Planner” by Bob Scott 12:45 p.m.; January nutrition available.

Thursday, Jan. 20 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 21 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website: Look it up.

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 begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14 — Tilapia fish with mushroom sauce, peas, cucumber salad, mandarin oranges, bran muffin.

Monday, Jan. 17 — Closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 — Spaghetti with meatballs, seasoned greens, tossed salad, mandarin oranges, breadstick.

Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Chicken cordon bleu, brown rice, California vegetables, spinach mandarin salad, whole wheat roll.

Thursday, Jan. 20 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 21 — Spinach lasagna, green beans, salad, tangerine, breadstick.