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I love the smell of frying bacon in the morning

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I arrived at work just about the crack of dawn; the aroma of bacon on the griddle was awesome, but I hadn’t had a drop of coffee yet.

I have my priorities.

After a tad bit of coffee, it no longer felt like the crack of dawn. I needed a reality check: it wasn’t the crack of dawn, it was 7 a.m. when I arrived.

Time to get moving, there’s a pancake breakfast to be served!

We served right around 85 hungry folks supporting Senior Services — campers from the Folk Fest, our regular gang and members of the community. The wee folk were offered Mickey Mouse pancakes (my thanks to Eric for a fabulous artistic job on those pancakes) and the older generation certainly wasn’t left out. Eric had a request for the Grateful Dead, he did his best, but sorry dude, the report back was the pancakes looked more like a dancing bear. But your effort on Donald Duck was great.

Thank you all for your support; we raised $415.

Marijuana: medical and recreational

Health catalyst, stress breaker, sleep restorer, meditative aide — these are just a few of the applications of this still mysterious herb, which is now legal for adults in Colorado.

It’s also used as a powerful intoxicant by many in our society.

Bill Delaney (65-year-old owner of Good Earth Meds) will conduct an open forum, Tuesday, Sept.10, 1 p.m., at The Den.

 Great deal

Did you know there’s a sweet deal at Cafe Fox? Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday you can partake in a fabulous lunch. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main meal at noon.

Join a friend, bring a friend or make a new one and have a great time while enjoying the gorgeous view of the San Juan Mountains and the old-time decorations. Just make your reservation by 9 a.m. and come in for great food and company, all for a suggested donation of $4. We look forward to you joining us soon.

Caregiver support group

I haven’t heard from anyone yet, so please give me a call to let me know what you would like this group to look like and what meeting time during the day works for you.

Those of us involved in caregiving know the challenges at hand. Days/moments may be bright and cheery, other times can be flat, not so great and frustrating. At times, it is helpful to have the opportunity to be able to chat with others in similar situations. You can find suggestions on how to handle certain situations, gather information or just be able to vent. There are many facets to caregiving — don’t let it get you down.

I am in the midst of gathering suggestions concerning formation of a caregiver support group, but I need to hear from you to make it work. Please give me a call at 264-2167, Ext. 28, and let me know what day of the week and time is best for you. Without your input, I cannot put a group together. I look forward to hearing from you.

AARP driver safety class

A class will be held Thursday, Sept.12, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. AARP members $12, non-members $14. For further information and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

Transportation

Your ride awaits you.

Catch our door-to-door bus and get out in the community while we do the driving. Get to where you need to go: grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy, hardware store, visit a friend, lunch at Cafe Fox or …?

The service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day.

What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered meals

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness?

If so, let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door.

Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town , with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. 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, Sept. 6 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Monday, Sept. 9 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Sept.10 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Bill Delaney presentation; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 —11 a.m. blood pressure checks; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot card game.

Thursday, Sept. 12 — 11:30 a.m. AARP Driver Safety, (registration required); Medicare counseling by appointment.

Friday, Sept. 13 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Sept. 6 — Oven fried parmesan chicken, baked potato, Mandarin spinach salad, cornbread, peaches.

Monday, Sept. 9 — Crunchy baked fish, tartar sauce, mixed veggies, creamy coleslaw, mashed sweet potatoes, banana.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 — Cheeseburger, whole wheat bun, baked French fries, baked beans, peaches.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Chicken fajita, whole wheat tortilla, cilantro rice, pinto beans, salad, red grapes.

Thursday, Sept. 12 — Closed.

Friday, Sept. 13 — Red beans and rice, cornbread, orange wedge, banana, peach cobbler.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments and at the Senior Center.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60 plus is $4, 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 individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. 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.

This story was posted on September 5, 2013.