Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 20, 2013

Scottish proverbs, mountains of produce and many thanks

— The other day I ran across a book of old Scottish sayings and proverbs. It contained observations on everything from vice to marriage.  

Some of the maxims were merely amusing, especially the ones about troublesome wives. But others were based on good common sense, and a few seemed particularly appropriate for our situation at the Senior Center: “A penny saved is a penny gained,” “From saving comes having,” “Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves,” “Willful waste makes woeful want.”

We certainly try to be thrifty and make good use of our resources here at the Senior Center. So when Deborah and Floyd Richards of Chubby’s BBQ & Grill gave us a truckload of fresh produce last week, our staff flew into action.  That same afternoon I stayed late to put a case of cauliflower into the freezer. The next day our Assistant Director Linda Gilley took over. Kitchen cooks Garry Reynolds and Edwina Cason and volunteer Tina Littlepage joined her to peel and chop mountains of onions, squash, cucumbers, carrots and more. 

Then Linda spent the weekend canning it all for Senior Center use.  We are grateful to the Richards for their generous donation and to our home team for processing it so quickly and efficiently.  

We were excited this week to welcome Tom and Mary Nicklas, owners of Alpine Construction as new Taste of Palo Pinto County sponsors.

They join Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Titan Bank, April Martin State Farm, Gene’s World KVCE 1160 AM Radio, First State Bank, Brazos Animal Hospital, Jack Powell Auto Group and Holiday Hills Country Club as supporters of our event.  We are grateful to all these individuals and groups who are making this July 15 fundraising event possible.

Our gratitude also extends to the food vendors who will be supplying sampling dishes for the evening. These include Chili’s, Natty Flat Smokehouse, Mesquite Pit, Pastafina, Taste and See Bakery Treats, Chubby’s BBQ & Grill, Shotguns BBQ Restaurant, Tastefully Simple, Holiday Hills Country Club and Hayes Station Coffee. A $40 ticket offers attendees the chance to taste the best cuisine from all these vendors.

Summer fun revs up tomorrow, June 21, with a Karaoke Party after lunch. Singing will commence around 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

We’ll be opening the building for another garage sale this coming Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. If you’d like to reserve a table for selling, contact the Senior Center at (940) 325-6470 and we’ll add your name to the list.

There is still plenty of room for anyone who’d like to attend the free Progressive Dinner Party on Tuesday evening, June 25.  Lakewell House will serve appetizers at 4 p.m., and then the group will move to the Senior Center for a pot roast supper at 5, followed by dessert at Palo Pinto Nursing and Rehab at 6. Breath E-Z and Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehab will add to the door prizes awarded at all three venues. Anyone over age 50 is welcome to join in the fun. Call to let us know if you’re coming.

This will be a busy summer at the Senior Center. If you’d like to know what’s going on, stop by and pick up a monthly activity calendar and menu from the front desk.  That old saying, “The more, the merrier,” holds absolutely true around this place!