Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

January 23, 2014

Getting Back to Basics . . .

Mineral Wells Index

— It started as strep throat two days before Christmas, which then evolved into a throat infection and bronchitis. After three consecutive weeks on antibiotics, I actually felt well for two whole days before coming down with a plain ol’ head cold which has lasted more than a week now.

I ran the gauntlet of prescription and over-the-counter cold medicines to soothe my sore throat and control a nagging cough, all with no success. Finally I became desperate enough to try the treatment my mother had been urging me to use all along. Mix an eighth teaspoon each of ginger powder, ground cloves and cayenne pepper into 8 ounces of hot water. Gargle with it, and follow by gargling some unsweetened pineapple juice. Yes, I said gargle it. Repeat three times a day.  I couldn’t believe it – the folk remedy worked better than all the high-priced name-brand drugs I’d been buying.

There’s a lot to be said for getting back to basics. Advances in technology are great, and I use them every day. But some things just can’t be improved upon – things like laughter, friendship, and good old-fashioned fun.

All of those will be coming together this weekend at the BBQ benefit Lakewell House is throwing for us from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. With door prizes, a silent auction and plenty of good food, it will be a party the whole community can enjoy. Spread the word to your family and friends and come on down to Lakewell House this Saturday for an evening of food and fun.

What’s better than watching the Super Bowl at home? Watching the ball game at a Super Bowl party with friends and food! We’ll have plenty of tailgate fare on hand at our Senior Center Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 2. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in time for the 5:30 p.m. kick-off. It would be great if everyone could chip in a $3 donation to cover food expense, but if that’s too steep don’t let it stop you from coming. All adults are welcome.

IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at the Senior Center to offer free Income Tax preparation assistance beginning Thursday, Feb. 6.  There is no need to call for appointments. People will be helped in the order that they sign in from 8 a.m. until noon every Thursday through April 10. Come prepared with the current year’s tax package and or label, all W-2 and 1099 forms and information for other income, information for all deductions or credits, a copy of last year’s tax return, proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check), Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices (cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents), and proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse.

I thought I’d give you a heads-up so you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your recipes. The Senior Center’s annual Chocolate Contest is coming up on Valentine’s Day.  Plan on joining us for some Valentine festivities on Feb. 14. I’ll elaborate on the contest details in next week’s column.

It’s not too soon to mark your calendars for our annual Gigantic Garage Sale coming up in March.  The event will begin with an Early Bird sale from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Admission is $10 for the Early Bird sale, but the Garage Sale is free to the public on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.  

The  Senior Center is a great place to get back to basics. We hope to see you here.