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The mystery of the librarian in the lounge

It began the day after I brought a stack of books to donate to the library that is in our lounge. I went to find one of the books I donated for a specific passage to quote and it was already shelved appropriately. Who had done that? I investigated further and found that the same person had taken care of the videos and the returned books. Who could it be?

Thinking like stealthy Nancy Drew, I donated more books and staked out the library. Nothing. The next day, thinking like ditsy Gracie Allen, I forgot I was staking it out. When I remembered, I discovered the books were shelved and one was checked out.

I questioned our diners, “Who is this mystery person that cares so well for our library?”

No one knew.

For two months now I have casually watched the lounge for the mystery librarian, and I have not been able to catch her. Until today. Today I checked the shelves for new activity and came back to my desk.

Musetta Wollenweber, the fearless executive director of our Silver Foxes Den, said, “Jodi, you look perplexed. What is wrong?”

I told her my tale of intrigue.

With a twinkle in her eye, she revealed, “Oh, it is Judy Estelle. She has done it for years.”

Well, then. Mystery solved.

The lounge and the library it contains are located next to Musetta’s and my office inside the Ross Aragon Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. Within it are books, CDs, DVDs, VCR videos, two computers and a television with a VCR and DVD player for the use of our seniors. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Senior Spotlight

By Shelby Chavez.

Jim Plant is originally from Brookville, Penn. He had a typical childhood, sharing it with one brother, who now lives in Kentucky. He graduated from high school, and then attended Kent State for three years, in Youngstown, Ohio. He studied accounting, advertisement and business. Following college, he joined the Navy.

Pursuing his career as a Kmart manager, he traveled to many states for short periods of time, to work for different stores, Pagosa Springs being one of the places his career brought him to, working at Alco.

Jim finally retired in 2003, and has been living here ever since. He is on the board of Archuleta Seniors, Inc. here in Pagosa Springs. Jim is an accomplished digital photographer and shows his work at the Serenity Trail Art Gallery. He lists photography as one of his favorite things to do. When interviewing Jim, I asked him my most important question: “Of all the years you have lived, what life advice could you give to me?”

His response, which was very simple and amazing, was, “Trust in God.”

A chocolate valentine

By Dezzi Ewing.

The Silver Foxes Den Valentine’s Day Celebration is on Friday, Feb. 12. They will be serving some good, hearty hot chocolate and Jodi’s shortbread cookies in the dining room, beginning at 9 a.m., through Stitchin’ in the Kitchen and the Tai Chi classes, until salad is served at 11:30 a.m. Following the festive lunch of a chicken enchilada, spicy beans, corn confetti, stewed tomatoes, fruit parfaits and chocolate pudding will be Laurie Robson’s bag pipe music.

Speaking of hot chocolate, how many of you are chocolate lovers?

Well, the AARP Health Discovery bulletin states that drinking skim milk mixed with cocoa twice a day for a month lowers the levels of certain markers in the blood which may reduce the inflammation that contributes to heart disease. Also, keep in mind that other foods, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, also contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

The sugar in chocolate may reduce stress and have a calming and pain relieving effect.

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.

Thank you

Thank you, Greg Schulte, for reading “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak, to the Seeds of Learning students. You were better than the movie.

Services

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 living closer to town four days per week, with 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, Feb. 5 — 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.

Monday, Feb. 8 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Seeds of Learning 11:30 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 — Chair Massage 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Dennis Driscoll Piano Music 12:15 p.m.; Blood Pressure 11 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Tina Gallegos “Five Wishes” planning rescheduled.

Thursday, Feb. 11 — No lunch, administrative day.

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, bagpiper rescheduled; ASI board meeting 1 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.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you 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. to 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.

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. 5 — Chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, asparagus, apricots, bread.

Monday, Feb. 8 — Beef and broccoli stir fry, brown rice, carrots, grapes.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 — Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, pineapple, roll.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 — Salmon cakes with cream sauce, brown rice, mixed vegetables, orange, nut cup, bread.

Thursday, Feb. 11 — No lunch, administrative day.

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