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At home, working on my staycation

I happily announced to someone at the office that I would be on vacation the week of Aug. 1. The natural question following my announcement was, “Where are you going?”

“Nowhere,” I replied, “I’m excited to stay home and tackle odds and ends of things that don’t ever seem to get done. “

I was told that this is a “staycation.” So, I’m on staycation, writing from home.

The front yard is on its way to what a former employee/friend would call “beautimus. “ I happily removed the landscaping tarp only to upset three, not one or two, but three garter snakes. A slight scream and a chuckle and I was back to work. The rocks are moved and my back does not thank me for it, the reward is not too far out of reach.

My husband has been thankful that I wasn’t too tired and actually made dinner this week, well maybe not, but he seemed to be. The critters are thankful for the day long company and the house thanks me for the much needed attention.

Stitchin in the Kitchen friends: I did find my project, a crocheted afghan I started for my girlfriend’s first child, errrr... OK ...second one included, oh wait, now it’s number three and he’s almost 6 At any rate, I’ve added a few rows to it and it should be done by the next time we meet on Friday at 10, all three of her kids can cuddle under it soon.

An unplanned visit by my husband’s brother from Georgia and his daughters from North Carolina was a nice treat and good timing. A quick trip to the grocery store so we can feed our unexpected guests and I see at least ten of my people; most of them didn’t see me as I dashed around the aisles.

This afternoon I realized it was time to write the column again. Where did the week go? My kitty Emma is making this difficult, the incessant walking across the keyboard, relocating of the mouse to the floor, twice I might add, and back and forth in my lap with her tail in my face has been a bit distracting, I wonder if she wants attention?

Staycation has been good, I’m ready for a real vacation, the kind where you just sit and relax. The beach sounds good to me; I think I hear the waves …

Mail fraud

With the information contained in this article, along with the numerous other resources available, we hope consumers continue taking the initiative to educate and protect themselves and their families against the unscrupulous behaviors of these fraudsters.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

This week’s topic we have discussed numerous times with some success. Many of you have brought your “winning letters” to me and I’ve made sure they have been turned in to the proper authority. We would all like to think we “won,” the down side is, some still think they have, only to have their bank account ripped off and yes, I’m talking about my people right here in Archuleta County. My people, take this very seriously, you did not win. If you are still questioning the validity of the letter and are uncomfortable taking the letter to the postmaster, drop it by the office, I will assist you. Shredding the letter is an alternative, however, this choice does not help stop the crime.

Take the following information seriously:

Consumers should be wary of any of the innumerable offers received through the mail. Sweepstakes, lotteries, or fabulous offers that require money to be paid up front are usually fraudulent. Many of these offers are accompanied by products that do not live up to their description or the promise of large sums of monies won.

Most foreign lottery solicitations are typically sent from what appears to be a legitimate foreign government agency and looks authentic. These offers typically include an enclosed fraudulent check and requests the consumer to use these funds to send monies to cover “taxes, administrative fees, international processing fees, etc.”

Never respond to these direct mail inquires and never send any money as this is fraud. Along with being fraudulent, federal statute prohibits mailing payments to purchase any ticket, share, or chance in a foreign lottery.

Along with foreign lotteries, it is also illegal for direct mail sweepstakes to require a purchase as a condition of entering the sweepstakes.

As mail fraud falls under the purview of the U.S. Postal Inspector, please report any fraud scheme in which the U.S. Mail is directly used to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at:

(Brought to you by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.)

Paper airplanes

We’re having a Paper Airplane Lesson and Contest. Airport Manager Bill McKown and friends will share their expertise on simple and intricate paper airplane construction, followed by a contest. So, you think you’re the best at making paper airplanes, or at least you used to be? Or will it be beginner’s luck? Join us for lessons and a contest. How far will your plane fly? Find out on Monday, Aug. 15, at 12:45 p.m.

Picnic in the Park

Our final Picnic in the Park of the summer! This time we’ve added a pie eating contest (tart size). How fast can you gobble yours down? I’m known to have a big mouth, but can you beat me?

Jack Colinsworth returns to entertain us with more Country Western music so, ladies, fasten your seat belts! Reservations are required to attend; call Rob at 264-2167 and sign up for the contest, too. Friday, Aug. 26, at noon.

Back seat drivers

We have a bus load of them.

Lena has been affectionately telling our driver where to go for years, but that’s her job as our faithful volunteer. Now I know there are more of you out there who could utilize this service and Lena could probably use a hand telling the driver where to go, so why stay home listening to the clock tick or waiting for the phone to ring? You could be out getting your errands done or joining us for lunch and or activities without having to rely on someone else. Granted, it’s a little like the first day of school to take that first step and ride the bus with people you don’t know, but come on down — you’ll end up being glad you did.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., we’re here to serve you. Service is available for those 60-plus; suggested donation is $2 per day. Our service area is limited; please call 264-2167 for details.

Knock knock

We know you are out there, so give us a call, perhaps check us out for a week. 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 and weekends. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, Aug. 12 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15 —? Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.: paper airplane lessons contest 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Administrative day.

Friday, Aug. 19 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Founding of Australia 12:45 p.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 via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $11.51. 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, Aug. 12 — Smothered chicken, cornbread stuffing, plums, peas, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll.

Monday, Aug. 15 — Porcupine meatballs, whipped potatoes with onion gravy, peas and carrots, tossed salad, almond peaches, whole grain bread.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Oven fried fish sandwich on hamburger bun, glazed carrots, mandarin oranges, broccoli salad.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Beef taco on homemade tortilla, refried beans, salsa, fiesta corn, fruit salad.

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Closed.

Friday, Aug. 19 — Fish Creole, cheesy potatoes, broccoli, tossed salad, sliced peaches, bran muffin.

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

ASI memberships

A wonderful organization, but not the same as the senior center. Archuleta Seniors, Inc. is a non-profit organization for folks age 55-plus. The Senior Center works very closely, so close, that ASI sets up in our dining room to sell their memberships.

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2011 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

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