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Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

My Grandmother Halstead used to impart cliches, like “No rest for the wicked” when she was working too hard, and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” when she would stay up too late ironing.

She said my favorite one when she observed someone casually throw something in the rubbish bin: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” flew out of her disapproving pursed red lips. Grandma would heartily approve of the development here at the Silver Foxes Den.

On donated metro shelving, we now have a recycling place. People who have unwanted items to donate bring them here. Seniors who need items take them. If you are familiar with the Free Box in Telluride, this is the same thing. We have seen cashmere sweaters, razors, calculators, dishes, small appliances, clothing, and knick knacks. Rumor has it there was even a singing fish.

We don’t have a name for the shelves where we leave these items so we are having a “Name the Recycling Shelves Contest.”

Call me, Jodi, at 264-2167, or e-mail me at with your inspiring name. Thus far, we have the following entries: the Recycle Rack, Take Me Now Shelves, Second Time Around and Your Size, Your Prize, The Lucky Rack.

Seriously, we need help.

The winner will receive a week of free lunches (four meals) from the Silver Foxes Den. Send me your name even if you are not a senior. We even have a committee of judges.

Stitchin’ in the kitchen

Beginning Jan. 8 and most every Friday thereafter, join Musetta and/or me at 10 a.m. in the dining room with your current needlework project of knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching or whatever else you have. We will be drinking coffee or tea, eating snacks, stitching and telling stories, some of them even true.

Sounds like fun, but you don’t have a project? Come anyway for the tea, snacks and the recreational lies.

Senior Spotlight

Beverly Bush (yes, she is distantly related to the famous Bush family) Arrendell was born in Victoria, Texas, in September 1938. Her father died when she was very young and her mother, two brothers and she moved to Cuero to live with her grandparents.

Before she attended kindergarten, her two older brothers would come home from school and teach her everything they learned. Because of her brothers’ tutelage, she graduated from high school two years early.

Beverly attended Wayland College for an undergraduate degree in English and education. While working on her master’s degree at Rice University, she met and married Charles. They moved to Iowa and had two children, Jeff and Paul. The Arrendell family moved back to Texas so Charles could complete his doctorate. Eventually they landed at University of Texas at Arlington where both Beverly and Charles taught. These were her favorite years, raising a family, traveling, and following friend Bear Bryant (renowned football coach) to the football games.

She moved to Pagosa Springs in 1997 onto land that was her mother’s. Her mother bought the property in 1971 and Beverly and her sons would vacation here. When her mother decided to sell the property, Beverly bought it to then resell. Her son said the land was too pretty to sell, so she kept it.

Beverly “retired” here, teaching part-time as an English professor at Southwest Colorado Community College in Durango, which she does to this day. “I learn more from my students than they learn from me. I love the people I meet.”

Beverly has always loved to travel, and has spent a summer studying at Oxford and traveling Great Britain, and went to Australia twice with the Citizens Ambassador program. She went back to Tasmania on a mission trip to play music. In addition to traveling, Beverly enjoys music (she is a substitute pianist at the Methodist Church), bridge, football, and volunteering in the community. For two years she was president of Archuleta Seniors, Inc. and one year she was vice president.

Her advice for a life well lived includes, “Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to travel alone. And honesty is always the best policy in every venture, in every challenge.”

Thank you

Thank you to Dustin Spencer, Michael Ford, Zack Thompson, Brandon Tims, Jim Miller, Dennis Ford, John Hebert and another gentleman for shoveling out the Senior Center. I know it is your job, but we really, really appreciate it.

Thank you to our home delivery volunteers and substitutes. They have braved treacherous conditions to deliver meals and it looks like it is not going to get better. Our fearless heroes are Eve and Ron Taylor, Ann Sadler, David Huerta, Ann Pongratz, Janie Bard, Dot Kirkham, Nelda Monjure, Jarrell Tyson, Christine Maestas, Anlaug Adams, Alilia Blodgett, Cherlyn and John Gwin, Frieda Martinez, Klaus Neubert, Jim and Linda Rigney, and Dan and Lee Schmeltz.

Thank you to Connie Giffin, Kent Schafer and Jim Plant for their hospitality and art presentations at the Serenity Trail Gallery of Fine Art. Our seniors really enjoyed it.


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, and frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, Dec. 25 — Closed.

Monday, Dec. 28 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 29 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 30 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; bagpiper Laurie Robison, noon; Alzheimer’s Support, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 1 — Closed.

Our November Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s Web site: Look it up!

Medical expense assistance

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.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2010 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays 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.


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, Dec. 25 — Closed.

Monday, Dec. 28 — Hamburger, onion, lettuce and tomato, baked beans, french fries, mixed fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, Dec. 29 — Chicken fajita, tomato and lettuce, cilantro rice, cabbage, grapes.

Wednesday, Dec. 30 — Swiss steak with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, seasoned greens, diced pears, roll.

Thursday, Dec. 31 — Closed.

Friday, Jan. 1 — Closed.