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Breakfast for lunch includes pajamas and a robe

I woke up Friday morning remembering it was pajama/robe day at work, held in conjunction with breakfast for lunch day.

Well, Alinea (one of our assistant cooks), pajama day was a great idea, but what about those who sleep in the nude? I stood there looking at my pajamas and decided it would not be in the best interest for those with a weak heart for me to show up in my pajamas, hence my robe was added to pajama day, and certainly for good reason.

We had fun and a good laugh and I must admit I felt a bit snuggly until it was too darn hot to be clad in jeans, T-shirt and a robe. Breakfast for lunch was a hit — pajamas and robes, but no fuzzy slippers.


My former program coordinator, Jodi, was recently purging some of her books,

“Etiquette,” by Emily Post, landed on my desk. Hmm, was that a hint? I knew it was coming my way and for specifically this reason — to have fun with it. Here it comes, take it or leave it:

First, I see some things that Emily Post certainly didn’t write about: cell phone never-evers.

• Leaving the ringer on in quiet places. While I do agree with this, the scream I let out when my phone is in my pocket and on vibrate, is probably more disruptive than the ring tone.

• Ignoring those you’re with. If you want your friends or relatives to think that your cell phone matters more than they do, then make or take calls when you’re in the middle of a conversation with them.

• Making repeated calls. Keep calls to a minimum in public, find a private place. Your phone call eventually exasperates even the most understanding captive listener. Have you ever noticed how people talk louder on the phone?

• Using offensive language. Enough said: that’s your own thing, to be shared with only the one on the other end of the phone, not the rest of us. Your language draws attention to your call.

• Hang up and drive

Next week we’ll look at the finer points of tipping

Survey says

A recent survey of our meal service was conducted in September at our Pagosa Springs site. We take pride in bringing you the best meal service possible with the funding and environment that has been provided for you.

Here are some excerpts of what you think.

Meal: Chicken fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes with country gravy, California vegetables.

Rate your meal today:

• Excellent 62 percent.

• Good 31 percent.

• Fair 7 percent.

Rate the cleanliness and cheerfulness of the dining room:

• Excellent 81 percent.

• Good 14 percent.

• No Answer 5 percent.

Rate the sanitation practices:

• Excellent 74 percent.

• Good 21 percent.

• No Answer 5 percent.

Rate the quality of the food:

• Excellent 31 percent.

• Good 52 percent.

• Fair 7 percent.

Has this meal program improved your emotional health?

• Strongly Agree 31 percent.

• Agree 59 percent.

• Disagree 5 percent.

• No Answer 5 percent.

Has this meal program improved your physical health?

• Strongly agree 21 percent.

• Agree 65 percent.

• Disagree 7 percent.

• No Answer 7 percent .

How would you improve the dining center?

Several respondents commented that the dining room is not large enough. One respondent suggested that we have a public address system so people giving presentations can be heard. Some people would like chairs that are easier to move.

Next week, we’ll provide the survey results from our Arboles and home delivered meal programs.

Flu shot clinic

It’s that time of year again and who wants that hacking, running nose, achy miserable flu anyway? If you missed the flu shot clinic on Oct. 5, don’t fret, the health department is providing clinics every Wednesday from 8-10 a.m., through Dec. 1, 502 S. 8th St. For further information, contact the Health Department at 264-2409. The shots are free if you are on Medicare; be sure to bring your card. Or, they are $25 without the card.

Arboles folks, roll up your sleeves; your shots will be given during the regularly scheduled senior lunch today, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m.-noon, in the basement of the Catholic Church.

Upcoming events

Area Agency on Aging. Executive Director Christina Knoell will be at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m. to share with you what the agency can do for you and provide information on the funding stream and thank heavens for the funding stream.

“A-Team” will be showing Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in our lounge. A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, which suspects the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed. Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley. Join in the fun of a free movie and popcorn.

Transportation service

Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

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. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

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

Monday, Oct. 24 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Scrabble 10:30 a.m.; Gym walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 — Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Area Agency on Aging presentation 12:30 p.m.; free movie and popcorn 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27 — Administrative day, no services.

Friday, Oct. 28 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book club 10:30 a.m.; Gym walk 12:30 p.m.


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, Oct. 21 — Hamburger with bun, lettuce, tomato, roasted sweet potatoes, tossed salad, fruit salad with citrus, chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.

Monday, Oct. 24 — Pork chops with gravy, brown rice, buttered beets, raisin-nut cup, bran muffin, chunky applesauce, 1/2 orange.

Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Chicken and egg noodles, chopped broccoli, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, apple crisp.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 — Chicken fried steak with country gravy, split pea soup, whipped potatoes, sliced pears with light syrup.

Thursday, Oct. 27 — Closed.

Friday, Oct. 28 — Roast turkey with gravy, winter blend vegetables, tossed salad, cornbread stuffing, raisin-nut cup, birthday cake.

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