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JANUARY 2021

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Don’t fall for your old diet tricks

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IN THIS ISSUE

National & Regional Award-Winning Publication JANUARY 2021 | Volume 31 | Issue 1

Publisher & Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Anthony Welch

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Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Multimedia Editor Lauren Berg Graphic Designers B. Bigler Melissa Levad Customer Service Manager Stacey Splude Advertising Executives Bruce Schlabaugh Jil Goebel Classified Advertising Natalie Schlabaugh Delivery Eulogio Martinez Diane Salkovich Lucinda Perry Robert & Kathy Wernly Gerald Wilson David Zahara P.O. Box 50125 Colorado Springs, CO 80949 Phone: 719-900-7664 Classifieds: 719-418-2717 Email: Info@LAFifty.com Website: www.LAFifty.com Life After 50 is published by Pendant Publishing dba BEACON Senior News P.O. Box 3895 Grand Junction, CO 81502 Phone: 970-243-8829 Life After 50 is published at the beginning of the month and is distributed at more than 250 locations throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Our mission is to give hope and help to seniors and those who serve them in Colorado Springs, Black Forest, Monument, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Security, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek and Green Mountain Falls. Publication of advertising does not necessarily constitute endorsement. Columns are opinions of the writers, not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. Deadline for advertising and announcements is the 20th of the month preceding publication. Display advertising rates are available upon request. © Copyright 2021 • All Rights Reserved

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4 Fun After 50: Senior Center Activities 5 Editor’s Column

20 20 Cooking small: Tips, tricks and recipes for empty nesters

6 Cover Story: Passing on family traditions

22 Weird and wonderful holidays in 2021

8 Don’t fall for your old diet tricks

25 Buy and sell with ease: How to use online classifieds

10 Recipe

24 Faith: Trust God with the new year

11 Ask the Old Bag: I’ve fallen in love with a snowbird

26 Ask Miss Kitty: Herbs for cat happiness

12 Why can’t my doctor tell what’s wrong with me?

28 Calendar

13 Dear Pharmacist: Lower your cholesterol without “drug mugging”

31 Irene’s Divine Discounts Question of the Month

14 Laughing Matters 16 Business Highlight: Enjoy life at The Inn at Garden Plaza 17 Close Connections

27 Canine Column: The bane of canines 30 News Bits

32 Fun & Games 34 Classifieds 38 Hit the gym. Your life depends on it.

18 A go-to guide for indoor house plants

Par for the course! Sharon and Bill Fowke enjoyed a round of golf at World Golf during a sunny 64-degree day in December Sharon beat Bill by three strokes. The high school sweethearts have been together for 47 years and married for 40.

On the Cover

Becky Van Vleet turns stories about family traditions into children’s books.

Photo by Anthony Welch


FUN AFTER 50 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs The senior center remains closed, but still offers virtual and limited in-person classes. To register, call 719-955-3400 or visit www. csseniorcenter.com

IN PERSON CLASSES Parking Lot Bingo Park your car in a designated bingo parking spot at the senior center, turn on your radio and get ready for some fun! Registration required.

1-2 p.m. | January 29 | Free

VIRTUAL CLASSES Pump Up the New Year This class uses hand weights to build and tone upper body muscles and functional exercises to build strength in the legs.

1-2 p.m. | Mondays | $25

Yoga Flow Gentle enough for beginners but challenging for those who are more advanced.

2:15-3:15 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | $35 Taijifit Flow from posture to posture with standing sequences to tone and strengthen, seated postures and deep relaxation. No equipment required.

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $30

Techniques of Drawing Learn drawing basics, then move on to adding line, shape, space, composition, proportion, value, color, mark, etc. to individual subject matter and content.

9:30-11:30 a.m. | Fridays | $33

Mosaic Trivets Design and create your own trivets using tiles and mortar. Pick up your kit from the senior center before class starts.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | January 5 | $6

Zoom 101 Learn how to use Zoom and get started in participating in virtual classes, meetings, family reunions and more.

1-2 p.m. | January 6 | Free

Healthy Eating for One Meal prepping and cooking for one can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help make meal prep, cooking and planning easier.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | January 7 | $3

Community Connects: Blank Slate! Learn and play this fun board game! The objective is to complete phrases with any word, but you score points for matching your word with any one other player.

UCCS Aging Center Learn about the Aging Center, a community-based nonprofit mental health services facility administered by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).

mobility. Class requires the ability to sit on the floor for at least 20 minutes.

Bookmaking Create your own books using paper and a sewing needle. These books can be used for writing poetry or drawing pictures. Pick up your kit from the senior center before class starts. Kits include sewing needle, thread and paper.

Doodle Game Create fun doodles with an interactive game. It’s a fun way to practice drawing and interact with others! Pick up your kit from the senior center before class starts.

10 a.m. Wednesdays | 12 p.m. Sundays

1-2 p.m. | January 8 | Free

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | January 12 | $6

Pay Off Debt & Budget Right for the New Year Begin 2021 with a plan and learn a strategy to pay off any existing debt you may have. Once your debts are paid off, learn a budgeting strategy to help stay out of debt and build your financial wellbeing.

1-2 p.m. | January 13 | $3

The Risorgimento: The Making of Modern Italy Learn about Italy’s disunited principalities and kingdoms

9:30-10:30 a.m. | January 14 | $5

Learn Sudoku Tired of crossword puzzles and want to learn something new? Try Sudoku!

11 a.m.-12 p.m. | January 14 | Free Community Connects: Trivia Virtual trivia is back by popular demand! Sign up and put your knowledge of random facts to the test.

1-2 p.m. | January 15 | Free

Card Stencil Making Create stencils, which you’ll use to create greeting cards for holidays, or just for fun. Pick up your kit from the senior center before class starts. Kits include cardstock paper and paint.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | January 19 | $6

iPhone Basics Learn iPhone basics and beef up on a few of your technology skills to access more of the world through your fingertips!

1-2 p.m. | January 20 | Free

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Getting Your Ducks In a Row Plan for 2021. This class will cover what documents to gather, paper retention guidelines, a document locator and more.

1-2 p.m. | January 27 | $3

Fire & Ice: Majestic Volcanoes of Antarctica Learn about volcanic activity in Antarctica, the ring of fire concept, western Antarctica’s volcanic zone, newly discovered volcanoes, global warming and the reduction of the ice shield.

9:30-10:30 a.m. | January 28 | $5

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CLUBS Book Club Discussion on latest selection. Coffee and snacks provided.

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FITNESS Chair Yoga Improves circulation and range of motion and promotes stress reduction and mental clarity.

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Gentle Yoga A slower-moving traditional yoga class focusing on strength and alignment.

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The Body Shop Great blocks of work and cardio conditioning.

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Total Body Strength Muscle conditioning using a variety of equipment to build strength and endurance.

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Yoga Vinyasa Flowing movements connected to breathing.

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Westside Community Center

1628 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs The community center will operate on a limited basis for the duration of the COVID-19 Level Red restriction. For updates, visit www.ourwestside.org. • The Westside Cares Food Pantry will be operating from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 719-389-0759 for details. • Silver Key Connections Café grabn-go meals for seniors are available for pickup each Tuesday. Call 719884-2300 to make reservations no later than 2 p.m. Monday. To enroll in the program, visit www.silverkey.org/ services/connections-cafe.

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EDITOR'S COLUMN

This year, be like Elvis

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lvis Presley and I share the same philosophy on life. I discovered this while vacationing in Las Vegas and browsing rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel. Included was a postcard on which the King had written, “Someone to love, something to look forward to, and something to do!” My thoughts exactly. My family—along with a desire to keep busy— is what drives me. For me, having someone to love was a goal I had at an early age. Following a 20-plus-year search for love, I’m grateful to finally have found someone I want to grow old with. Not only is my wife, Ashley, very supportive of all the things I do, she’s also very talented and an inspiration. I’ve watched as she’s excelled with her art and created a successful career for herself in just four years. During the pandemic, she challenged herself to learn a new skill—playing the drums. As to Elvis’ second declaration, I’ve always thrived on having something to look forward to, perhaps to a fault. I can’t sit still. The dopamine kicks in when I’m booking shows and planning rehearsals, family outings or trips—you name it. I love glancing at the calendar and seeing all of the things planned, or at the weather forecast to see when I might be able to golf next. Heading into the new year, I’ll have to get a little creative in order to stay busy and not get too restless. The pandemic has halted many of the activities I look forward to doing. In the meantime, I’ve brainstormed some new ideas for 2021: record music at home, take guitar lessons and hopefully observe the inner workings of a recording studio. Interviewing Becky Van Vleet for this month’s cover story further confirmed my belief that you’re never too old to try something new. For Becky, it was publishing children’s books and becoming a writer in her 60s, which you can read more about on page 6.

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One positive side of the pandemic is that more people are out trying things they might not have done before. It’s evident at the busy golf course, and in the fact that items like bikes were sold out for months. I’ve also heard it from many seniors, who all agree one can create happiness by staying active and busy.

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COVER STORY

Turning a new page To preserve family memories, Becky Van Vleet turned to storytelling By Anthony Welch

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etired teacher and principal Becky Van Vleet wanted to memorialize the tradition of passing down a family heirloom. As she wrote down its history, the story led her down a new career path as a children’s book author.

THE TRAVELING SKIRT

Becky Van Vleet is a former educator turned children’s book author.

WHEN I WAS TEACHING, I WAS REALLY INTO PROMOTING READING.

Omadeen Stuckey, a childhood friend of Van Vleet’s mother, gifted a hand-sewn, plaid skirt to her back in 1948. Since then, the little skirt— fit for a 2-year-old—has been worn by Van Vleet and her three sisters, their daughters and now even their granddaughters. As part of the tradition, professional photos were taken of each child wearing the skirt, which has continued on even after Van Vleet’s mother passed. Van Vleet and her husband have four daughters and eight grandchildren. Initially, she considered writing a memoir about the history of the plaid skirt, hoping to share something that her family would enjoy. “I wanted to write something about that family tradition and preserve the memory,” she said. But as she started writing about the intergenerational skirt, the story expanded. She contacted an editor, who suggested she turn it into a children’s book. By the summer of 2019, Van Vleet published her first children’s book based on the little skirt titled, “Talitha, the Traveling Skirt.” It won Young Becky Van Vleet wearing the Talitha skirt in 1955.

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Top: Van Vleet’s first book inspired by the plaid skirt. Bottom: Her second book honors her father who played tunes on his harmonica.


COVER STORY being able to write these books has been very joyful for me,” Van Vleet said.

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Van Vleet at a Barnes & Noble book signing for her book, “Talitha, the Traveling Skirt.”

TAKING UP THIS NEW ENDEAVOR IN HER 60S HAS INFUSED VAN VLEET WITH BOTH ENTHUSIASM AND EXCITEMENT. second place in the general category at the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. “I’ve learned a lot. I had no idea what all went on in the publishing industry, so I feel like I branched out with my own personal learning,” Van Vleet said. “It reminded me that I’m a lifelong learner.” She didn’t stop there. This past September, Van Vleet published her second book, “Harvey, the Traveling Harmonica,” also inspired by a true family story. The book honors Van Vleet’s father, who she said, “played tunes on

Omadeen Stuckey holds Van Vleet’s first book, inspired by the skirt she gifted her mother in 1948.

his harmonica sweeter than candy!” Her third children’s book continues the traveling series and is due out in 2021. “I have really enjoyed getting the books in my own hands and reading them to my grandchildren. I’ve enjoyed hearing about others purchasing them for their children and getting some good feedback,” Van Vleet said.

EDUCATOR TURNED AUTHOR Van Vleet taught for 15 years before serving as principal for The Classical Academy’s Cottage School Program in Colorado Springs, where she worked for another nine years. “When I was teaching, I was really into promoting reading,” Van Vleet said. “I feel like that’s important for children today to read good quality books.” She encouraged parents to read to children at home, to take them to the library and to have family reading time every day. She sees her writing as an extension of that passion, and taking up this new endeavor in her 60s has infused Van Vleet with both enthusiasm and excitement. “My own love of reading and

Currently, Van Vleet is expanding her writing horizons beyond children’s books. She has already completed a rough draft of a young adult novel based on her father, Walter Troyan. Troyan served in the Navy on the USS Denver during World War II. As part of her research, she’s read all the ship’s deck logs and other Navy accounts from the war. Van Vleet’s best resource for the book, however, has been listening to recordings she made of her father recalling his time in the Navy. The two-hour cassette recording was made back in 1991, long before Van Vleet had any writing aspirations. “He had a good mind and a good memory, so I asked him to sit down with me and tell me all his stories and recollections from being on USS Denver. It was a gold mine for his personal stories, his close calls with death and how he quit high school because he wanted to serve his country,” Van Vleet said. She started research for the book in 2019. The stay-at-home orders for COVID-19 helped her dig into her research even further, and she hopes to publish the book in 2021. “My goal with this book is for

the reader to come away with an appreciation of patriotism, and the sacrifices of the young teenagers who dropped out of high school to fight in a war for their country,” Van Vleet explained. Writing has provided another hobby for her to enjoy during retirement, along with gardening, oil painting, hiking and biking. In addition to her book and novel writing, To supplement her writing, Van Vleet posts regular blogs on her website www.beckyvanvleet.com. She encourages others to likewise try something they’ve never done before, no matter their age. Especially if it’s something they’ve also wanted to do. “If you want to try something new and you’re in your older years, I’d encourage people to take that step and make their dream come true,” she said. ■

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LIFE AFTER 50

Don’t fall for your old diet tricks By Sandra Gordon

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ittle white lies aren’t so bad when you’re gifted a not-sogreat sweater. But when it comes to your diet, honesty is the best policy. The small food fibs you tell yourself (“I need to eat this macaroni and cheese to get through the pandemic”) can sabotage your health goals. Here’s a few common examples of diet self-deceptions, and how to combat them. • “I’m not losing weight because my metabolism is slow.” Your resting metabolic rate—the rate you burn calories during inactivity—could be to blame for those stubborn pounds. But, chances are you’re just eating more than you think and not exercising enough. With any weight gain, behavior is often a big component. Still, why not test the theory? Some physicians’ offices (and some upscale gyms) offer an indirect calorimeter to check your metabolic rate. This simple test, which costs $50-$100, measures the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide going in and out of your lungs and determines your caloric output. An abnormal (slow) result could signal a thyroid problem or a sleep disorder. However, it’s more likely that in order to budge the scale you’ll need to track calories with a food diary, get a good night’s sleep and exercise more to build muscle—the engine that drives metabolism. Doing all of those things may raise your metabolic rate by 5 to 10 percent, or an extra 100 calories per day. • “I can just eyeball my portion sizes to gauge calories.” “Most of us aren’t good at perceiv-

ing how much we eat,” said Sandria Godwin, RD. In her research, when subjects judged portion sizes just by looking at them, they underestimated amounts by an average of 23 percent. If you’re serious about controlling portions, don’t guesstimate. Weigh meat with a food scale (aim for 3 ounces per meal) and measure everything else with teaspoons, tablespoons and measuring cups for at least a week, tracking it all in a food diary. After that, you can eyeball amounts. But go back to weighing and measuring every few months to tweak your portion-size perception. “Portions tend to get a little bigger and bigger over time,” Godwin said. To outwit your appetite, use a 10-inch dinner plate so portions don’t look too small and tempt you to return for seconds. Of course, you can’t exactly haul this equipment to restaurants, so keep eating out to a minimum or just eat less of what you’re given. Because no

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matter how much you think you ate, you’ve probably eaten more. • “My body needs a detox every once in a while.” In reality, you actually need to detox every day. The good news is, you don’t need to do anything special beyond eating a healthy diet.

“Your body is well-endowed with the apparatus to take care of the job,” said David L. Katz, MD, co-author of “How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered.” Your liver, spleen, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract constantly filter toxins out of your system. They break down metabolic gunk such

LOAD UP ON FRUITS AND VEGGIES. THEIR HIGH WATER AND FIBER CONTENT SPEEDS WASTE THROUGH YOUR GI TRACT.


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LIQUID CALORIES COUNT JUST AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE, THAN SOLID FOOD CALORIES DO. as fat molecules, spent red blood cells, urea (a byproduct of protein metabolism) and other waste products, all of which are expelled through poop, pee or sweat. To keep these systems in good working order and so that you can continuously detox more efficiently, load up on fruits and veggies. Their high water and fiber content speeds waste through your GI tract. Get plenty of fluids, too, so that your kidneys can flush water-soluble byproducts through your system. You’re hydrated enough if you urinate every three hours and it’s pale or clear and odorless.

just as much, if not more, than solid food calories do. Unfortunately, they are less nutritionally satisfying. “When people drink milk, fruit juice, Pepsi, Red Bull, a smoothie, or whatever beverage, they don’t compensate for those calories by reducing their food intake,” said Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D, a professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Health. In fact, adults down an average of 533 beverage calories per day, which has doubled over the past 30 years. Aside from nonfat milk to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, avoid drinking calories. Stick to water or noncaloric beverages like unsweetened iced tea between meals. Additionally, realize that when you do drink something caloric, including alcohol, it won’t fill you up but it will fill you out. That is, unless you exercise more or make a conscious effort to account for the calories—for example, saying to yourself “this is lunch” while sipping a smoothie. • “I’ll eat less if I skip breakfast.”

Regular exercise also helps keep your blood circulating through your arteries and delivers a robust supply of blood to your spleen, liver and kidneys. Meanwhile, avoid toxins by not smoking and steering clear of foods high in refined sugar and saturated and trans fat. • “Calories don’t count if I drink them.” The truth is, liquid calories count

A major study analyzing the breakfast patterns of 12,316 men and women for five years found that breakfast skippers were more likely to have a higher body mass index than breakfast eaters. The breakfast eaters also set a healthier tone for the rest of the day, consuming fewer foods high in fat and sugar. But the study also found you’ll only get that morning advantage if you start your day off with foods low in energy density, such as unsweetened hot or cold cereal, whole-grain bread, fresh fruit or nonfat milk. Otherwise, breakfast can backfire. Your overall daily calorie tally will be higher if you feast on the likes of pastries and breakfast sandwiches, which can lead to weight gain. ■

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Why can’t my doctor tell what’s wrong with me? A PERSON WITH CELIAC DISEASE MAY HAVE I NO SYMPTOMS, BUT THEY ARE STILL AT RISK. receive many questions from readers looking for help in diagnosing their health problems. As a journalist, I’m extremely careful to avoid giving personal medical advice. Only a doctor who has examined a patient is qualified to diagnose, and even they have trouble figuring out what’s wrong with patients sometimes. Celiac disease is a good example of a condition that’s hard to diagnose since some of its symptoms contradict each other. It’s also commonly underdiagnosed because some symptoms can be confused with those of irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Celiac disease is a digestive ailment that damages the small intestine and interferes with nutrition. People with celiac disease

cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. This can result in gas, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea and constipation, weight fluctuations, bone or joint pain, mouth sores, tooth discoloration, skin rash and more. It’s estimated that about 1 in 100 people has celiac disease, but more concrete data isn’t available since Americans aren’t routinely screened for it. Many health care professionals aren’t knowledgeable about the disease and only a small number of U.S. laboratories are equipped to test for it. Celiac disease runs in families. Sometimes celiac begins after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional

stress. Symptoms can develop at any age, and although celiac disease can affect anyone, it tends to be more common in people of European descent. A person with celiac disease may have no symptoms, but they are still at risk. The longer they go without treatment, the greater their chance of developing complications such as malnutrition, calcium loss, intolerance to dairy products, cancer, and nervous system disorders.

The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet. For most people, this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further harm. Fortunately, there are gluten-free substitutes for most problematic foods, including breads, pastas and cereals. Gluten is also found in many processed foods in addition to cosmetics, household cleansers, stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines and vitamins. See your doctor if you notice or experience any of the signs or symptoms common to celiac disease. ■

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or years, we’ve heard that statins are the gold standard pharmacological treatment for high cholesterol. But there’s more to the story. Statins, which were introduced when I was a young pharmacist in the 1980s, do not sweep out the cholesterol in your blood vessels. They only block the internal production of it by your body, and in doing so, can lead to devastating drug mugging side effects. “Drug mugging” is when a medication causes nutrient depletion in the body, which statins happen to do to ubiquinol, the activated form of CoQ10. First, I want to note that I don’t think cholesterol is bad at all. It’s not cholesterol itself that leads to heart attacks. Instead, it’s the ratios of certain particles that need to be kept in a healthy balance. There are many particles of cholesterol, but the two most famous ones are LDL and HDL. To keep this superbly simple, you want to keep the HDL level high and reduce the amount of LDL. Even though I prefer natural approaches to medical problems, there’s a new therapeutic option for high cholesterol: a category of medications called PCSK9 inhibitors. The PCSK9 are a new class of LDL-lowering medications given by self-injection every two weeks. As humans, we carry a gene called PCSK9, which stands for proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9. The PCSK9 gene provides the blueprint for our bodies to build a protein that shares the same name. This protein regulates the amount

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LAUGHING MATTERS NUMBER JOKES Submitted by Thelma & Nathan Humphrey The guys got together once a week to tell jokes, but they decided it took a long time to tell them all. So, they decided to assign a number to each joke. The next time they got together, someone said “Number 17,” and everyone laughed and laughed. Another said number 54. Laugh, laugh! Then a third man said “Number 22.” No laughter. He said, “I don’t understand! No one laughed!” So one fellow explained, “Well, some can tell a joke. Some don’t know how!”

GETTING OLD Submitted by Jan Weeks • Having plans sounds like a good idea, until you have to put on clothes and leave the house. • It’s weird being the same age as old people.

• When I was a kid, I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected. • It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult. • Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So, remember…don’t sing! • I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out. • I see people about my age mountain climbing. I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance. • I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my humor suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m not dead yet. • I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

• You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up. • We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Submitted by Sally Cliff As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband’s ranch. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years, Uncle Jack left the box alone until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he found two doilies and $2,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. “My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told me to make a doily to

Submitted by Tim Smith A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon, so he placed four worms into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol, the second was put into a container of cigarette smoke, the third was put into a container of chocolate syrup and the fourth was put into a container of good, clean soil. At the conclusion of the sermon, the minister revealed that the worm in the alcohol was dead, the worm in the cigarette smoke was dead and the worm in chocolate syrup was dead, but the worm in clean soil was alive and well.

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LAUGHING MATTERS The minister asked the congregation, “What did you learn from this demonstration?” Maxine was sitting in the back and quickly said, “If you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms.”

OBSCENE PHONE CALL Submitted by Bob Breazeale A mad scientist clones one of the devil’s sidekicks. Of course, he’s a bad guy. Mean, rotten and especially talking dirty to everybody. The scientist realizes his mistake, and invents a spray mist that will dissolve the clone. He confronts his creation on the 13th floor (where else?) of a building. As the scientist advances, the creature retreats, stumbles and falls through a window to the sidewalk below and dies. The cops show up and arrest the scientist. The charge? Making an obscene clone fall.

YEAR-END WITTICISMS Submitted by Jan Weeks • At what point can we just start using 2020 as profanity? As in, “That’s a load of 2020” or “What in the 2020?”

for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like. • If you can’t think of a word, say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

• Life is like a helicopter. I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.

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Looking forward in 2021 L ike all important messages about life, “looking forward” is vital. Sure, we also need to “be in the moment” to see clearly what is happening and to keep anxiety at bay. And, we need to “study the past” to see what works and to keep from making the same mistakes again. For many, being in the now may be too stressful. We’ve faced numerous challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will likely continue into 2021. It’s been a long time since looking forward has been as important as it is now. What does this mean? Basically, it’s anticipating a reward in the future—something we desire, wish for or want to experience. Here are ways anticipation can help us now: • Having something to look forward to means there will be a tomorrow. It offers the promise of a different time, different activities and different challenges.

• Getting ready for what hasn’t happened yet can lift our spirits today. When we feel ourselves sinking into sameness, finding something to look forward to can lift us up again.

Due to COVID-19, we’re advised to put a cap on gatherings, limit travel and even take fewer trips to the grocery store. In light of our daily limits, what has to happen for us to anticipate and look forward to something? The things we anticipate don’t all have to be joyful. Scrape the bottom of the barrel, if necessary. Anticipate things that keep you moving forward, like doctor’s appointments, home improvements, exercise, commitments to keep and emails to write. Likewise, we need to balance looking forward to things big and small. They may look different than what we’re used to, but we need both short-term and long-term pleasures to enhance our days. Here are some possibilities: • Buy a calendar and write every little thing on it (going to the store, favorite TV show, phone calls). It’s a reminder of the potential of tomorrow.

• Change things up. Wear different clothes for work and lounging. Try different foods.

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aving plants indoors is a wonderful way to experience life around you through winter. Developing a green thumb for potted plants took me longer than learning any other concept in gardening, but finally it clicked. Here are a few tricks I figured out along the way.

SOIL HEALTH With houseplants, you’re zooming in on one living thing and creating an environment in which it can thrive separate from any larger ecosystem. My journey to become someone who can keep a potted plant alive began with recognizing and accepting this concept. I’d always crinkled my nose against fertilizers, wanting to opt for the “natural” path. But potted plants are not in a natural environment. They’re isolated. Because of this reality, adding nutrients is key. I’ve liked using “Kelp Help” and “Mary’s Alpaca Poop” as a microbial food source and plant fertilizer. Additionally, I recommend repot-

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ting every year. I like to refresh the soil in my potted plants each year in late summer. It’s a great time to clean up a plant’s roots, add fresh potting soil (natural and organic, with slow-releasing fertilizer), and give it a thorough watering. A little fresh soil goes a long way.

» Glass containers are great for carnivorous plants, since they won’t add any nutrients to the soil like terracotta pots will. » I’ve had great success keeping my aloe plants in cardboard pots without saucers underneath, which keeps me from overwatering them.

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WHAT ABOUT WORMS? A fun way to create a garden ecosystem inside is by adding composting worms to a windowsill planter box. I’ve had luck with a non-sealed wood planter box that’s half plants, half worm bin. The plant gets to enjoy the worms wiggling through the soil, leaving nutrients and pockets of air in their tracks. And I like to think the worms enjoy navigating through the plants’ roots. The idea behind worm composting is that waste is something that doesn’t exist in nature. We

created it. Mary Appelhof was a torch bearer of ecological awareness and a full-hearted lover of worms. Her brief and insightful book, “Worms Eat My Garbage,” is an approachable guide to maintaining a home vermicomposting system—turning food scraps into rich organic matter using worms. It’s a quick read, and interesting enough even for those not sold on housing worms (though she’s very convincing!). By exploring the process of worm composting, Appelhof invites us to appreciate the fantastic abilities of some of nature’s smallest creatures, and the beauty of life itself. I don’t think I’ll ever be done experimenting with how to bring nature indoors in interesting ways. The resourcefulness that comes from manipulating an indoor environment to make a plant happy is a fun challenge that teaches me more about how nature works in the subtlest of ways. ■

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LIFE AFTER 50

The art of

cooking small

By Corey Colombin

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am the mother of five grown children. As our family grew, I adjusted my shopping, food prep and cooking methods to accommodate. One by one, as my children began to leave the nest, I found that shopping and cooking meals for a smaller household presented its own challenges. I went from preparing meals for a family of seven down to two—my husband and me. So, at the ripe age of 55, I was faced with a choice: throw in the towel and buy frozen dinners, or divert my energy and creativity into making flavorful meals for the two of us. I decided that we’re worth the extra effort. It’s not about making do or simply cooking less—it’s about doing it better and with pride. After some trial and error, I learned that planning and executing savory meals for two is an art form—the art of cooking small.

PLAN, FREEZE, ENJOY Grocery store bargains are often best when buying in bulk. Even though you may only need a twopack of pork chops, it can cost the same as a “family” pack of six. So, what do you do with the remaining four chops? The key to utilizing bulk bargains is twofold: menu planning and organized freezing. I utilize a weekly menu template I created on my computer with the days of the week listed at the top, followed by the space needed to list the meals. Underneath is my grocery list, organized by the path I take through the store. Creating a weekly menu is a good prompt to look for ingredients in the kitchen before heading out to shop, which eliminates repetitive purchases.

SAMPLE MENU

• Monday: Pot roast (carrots, onion, potatoes, celery) • Tuesday: Sausage pasta and asparagus tips in lemon crema, salad, French bread • Wednesday: Beef tarts, soup

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• Thursday: Leftovers • Friday: Soup and grilled cheese sandwich corners (made with French bread), pasta salad • Saturday: Saturday chicken over rice, asparagus, or peas • Sunday: French toast breakfast, leftovers • Soup of the week: Broccoli potato and cheese

SAMPLE GROCERY LIST • Dairy: sliced cheese (variety), grated sharp cheddar, half and half, eggs, butter, rolled pie crust. • Deli: lunch meat, pasta salad • Bread: English muffins, sandwich bread, French loaf • Meat: chicken thighs, pot roast, mild Italian sausage • Canned: evaporated milk (12 oz), cream of mushroom soup, Better than Bouillon. • Frozen: peas • Dry goods: boxed bowtie pasta, instant rice, Lipton Onion Soup Mix, cornstarch, instant mashed potatoes, paprika. • Produce: salad, carrots, potatoes, yellow onion, small bag

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THIS MENU IS AN EXAMPLE OF VARIED FLAVORS WITH OVERLAPPING INGREDIENTS, RESULTING IN NO WASTE

of broccoli florets, asparagus, lemons (2-3). This menu is an example of varied flavors with overlapping ingredients, resulting in no waste. All recipes are easy to execute, using readily available and affordable ingredients. If you begin with the pot roast on Monday, you’ll use the leftovers on Wednesday for the meat tart filling, which you can pair with the homemade soup. On Tuesday, start another meal creating leftovers for Thursday. Throughout the week, you’ll use slices of French bread for dinner on Tuesday and Friday, and for breakfast on Sunday. The yummiest way to finish off a loaf of French bread is to make French toast for breakfast. After you’ve served homemade soup on Wednesday and Friday, you can freeze to enjoy another day. Soup is one of the most freezer friendly things to make. A typical serving for two fits nicely in a quart-

sized freezer bag. Label and lay flat to freeze. Once you’ve frozen several varieties, it’s like having a soup bar stored in the freezer, waiting to heat and serve. Freezing is essential to menu planning and food storage, and most of these menu items are freezer friendly. For successful freezing, keep on hand gallon-sized and quart-sized freezer bags and a Sharpie pen to write what you are packaging and the date it’s being frozen. If you have a vacuum sealer, even better. When buying bulk packages of meat, always separate it into proper portions before freezing, and double bag to avoid freezer burn. Besides meat and leftovers, other common items that freeze well include grated cheese, butter, rolled pie crusts, tortillas, bread products (short term) and homemade cookies and brownies.


Featured Recipes POT ROAST • Small to medium beef pot roast • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters • 4 carrot stalks, peeled and cut into chunks • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix • 1 Tbsp. Better than Bouillon beef paste • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch Place roast in the middle of a large roasting pan. Add water or beef stock until roast is mostly covered. Add bouillon. Sprinkle onion soup mix on top of roast. In oven, cover and cook at 350° for at least an hour. Tuck vegetables around the

roast in the water or broth. Make sure the water level is adequate throughout the process and remove the vegetables when tender, even if the roast requires more time. Cooking takes about 3 hours. When done, remove the roast. To make gravy, mix 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with cold water to make a paste. Stir paste into drippings and whisk until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste.

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SAUSAGE PASTA & ASPARAGUS TIPS • Mild Italian sausage, loose • Box of bowtie pasta • 2 lemons, washed • Evaporated milk • Asparagus tips (can be substituted with frozen peas) • 2 Tbsp. butter Boil and drain pasta per box instructions. Brown sausage in frying pan, remove and set aside. In the same pan, soften asparagus in sausage grease and 1 Tbsp. butter. In a small saucepan, add evaporated milk with remaining butter and simmer on low heat, stirring frequently with an egg whisk. Grate some zest from washed lemons. Set aside. Extract juice from both lemons. When milk mixture is frothy, lower temperature and gently add lemon juice,

whisking continuously. The result is a thin, lemon crema sauce. If it’s too thin, gradually introduce cornstarch paste to thicken. In a casserole dish, toss together the sausage, pasta, asparagus tips, lemon crema sauce and zest.

BEEF TARTS (Savory seconds of pot roast) • Leftover pot roast and vegetables • Leftover gravy • Rolled pie crust • Flour • Egg wash (1 egg, 1 teaspoon oil) Chop leftover meat and vegetables into small pieces. Mix with gravy. Roll pie crust onto a floured surface and thin it just a bit. Place a salad or dessert plate on the crust for a pattern and cut around the edges. The size of the plate dictates the size of the meat tart. Place a little pile of filling on half of each circle, not touching the edges. Fold over, roll the edge and pinch together. Mark the edges with a floured fork. Poke fork holes in the top of the tart. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350° for 40 minutes. Mix egg with oil to make egg wash. After 40 minutes, brush tarts with egg wash. Cook for ten more minutes or until brown.

BROCCOLI POTATO CHEDDAR SOUP • 1 small package broccoli florets (or one head of broccoli, tops only) • Vegetable broth • 2 cups water • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese • Mashed potato flakes (for thickening)

In a large soup pot, simmer broccoli florets in vegetable broth until tender. As the broccoli absorbs broth, add water to replace fluid level. When thoroughly cooked, mash broccoli with a potato masher in the pan. Add remaining water and stir. Sprinkle in potato flakes and stir until desired thickness is achieved. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese. If you like thinner soup, use more vegetable broth or water. Add seasoning to taste. Top with cheese when serving.

FRENCH TOAST • French bread, sliced to desired thickness (no more than ¾ inch) • 1 egg • Splash of half and half • Cinnamon • Sugar • Powdered sugar

SATURDAY CHICKEN • 1 family pack chicken thighs, skin on • 1 can cream of mushroom soup • 1 cup half and half • Paprika

Trim excess fat from chicken thighs. Take six thighs out of the pack and freeze the rest. Place thighs in an oven-safe casserole pan, skin up. Liberally sprinkle with paprika. In a small bowl, mix mushroom soup with half and half. Pour over thighs. Cook in the oven at 350° for approximately one hour. Then, turn the oven up to 400° and cook an additional 15 minutes to brown the sauce. Serve over rice with lots of sauce.

Cut 4-5 slices of French bread. Mix the egg and half and half in a shallow bowl. Add sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir. Lay each slice in egg mixture for about 15 seconds on each side. Place on a hot, buttered skillet. Brown on both sides, making sure the egg is cooked. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. ■

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Weird and wonderful holidays By Jan Weeks

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f you overindulged on December 31, rejoice, because January 1 is both National Hangover Day and National Bloody Mary Day. Those are just a couple of the little-known holidays you’ve probably never heard of or observed before. Here are more weird and wonderful reasons to celebrate in 2021.

JANUARY

4 National Trivia Day, founded by Robert L. Birch in 1980, preceded the debut of Trivial Pursuit in 1981. You can tip your trivia hat to Alex Trebek, beloved host of “Jeopardy,” who passed away in November 2020.

FEBRUARY

APRIL

7 National No Housework and National Beer days. Forget spring cleaning and drink a brewski in the spring sun. 16 Wear Pajamas to Work Day, if you aren’t already. 30 National Honesty Day, as well as National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

MAY

2 Attention all gardeners! It’s World Gardening Naked Day. 6 International No Diet Day, unless May 2 was too humiliating. 11 National Twilight Zone Day. Cue those four memorable notes and remember: “You’re traveling through another dimension—a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.”

JUNE

4 National Donut Day, followed by 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day and 19 National Martini Day 1 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. But save room for... 2 National Tater Tot Day 14 Valentine’s Day, the holiday we all know and love, is also National Organ Donor Day. 17 National Act of Kindness Day. In the midst of COVID and after a contentious election, that’s one we can all get behind. 20 At noon, go out, raise your hands over your head, and yell, “Hoodie Hoo!” Hoooo knows why?

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2 National Dr. Seuss Day. Grab your favorite grandchild and children’s book and read. 2368 Research Parkway Colorado Springs, 80920 Day of Unplugging, 6 CO National ® A Residence of Legend Senior butLiving you probably won’t get LegendSeniorLiving.com your grandkids to go along. 9 Napping Day gives you an excuse to relax.

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21 Don’t let your cell phone overheat on National Selfie Day.

JULY

6 World Kissing Day and National Fried Chicken Day 17 Wrong Way Corrigan Day. In 1938, Douglas Corrigan flew from Long Beach, California to Brooklyn, New York. Instead of returning to California, he flew to Ireland. He claimed it was a navigational error, but maybe he knew an Irish lass in need of a kiss!


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AUGUST

7 National Mustard Day 5 National Oyster Day

6 Free your feet on National Wiggle Your Toes Day. 14 Get thrifting on National Garage Sale Day. 27 National Just Because Day

NOVEMBER

1 National Author’s Day and National Family Literacy Day 4 Ladies can get on board with National Men Make Dinner Day. 8 National Harvey Wallbanger Day (Does anyone still drink those?) 13 World Kindness Day, so be nice like Li’l Abner and ask a guy out on Sadie Hawkins Day. 19 The Great American Smokeout might make you nervous, so keep your hands and mind occupied with National Play Monopoly Day.

OCTOBER

1 International Coffee Day and National Homemade Cookie Day give you two reasons to smile for World Smile Day. 6 National Plus Size Appreciation Day supports those of us who aren’t a size 00 and 16 years old. It’s also National Mad Hatter Day. 16 Bring out the Scrabble board for National Dictionary Day. 27 National Black Cat Day 29 National Frankenstein Day (for non-morning persons, we celebrate this every a.m.) 31 Halloween is also National Magic Day, National KnockKnock Joke Day, Caramel Apple Day and Doorbell Day.

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1 National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day (as if to prove there’s a holiday for everything) 3 National Lazy Moms Day idles in. 6 National Read a Book Day, which pairs well with tomorrow’s 7 National Beer Lovers’ Day. 12 Encouragement Day. We can all use some of that! 19 Don’t forget to Talk Like a Pirate. Arrgh, matey! 22 Give the auto a rest on CarFree Day and eat a second breakfast to celebrate Hobbit Day. 25 Singles can hunt for ghosts on National Singles Day and National Ghost Hunting Day. 28 National Voter Registration Day

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25 Blasé Day. I feel indifferent about it. 26 Buy Nothing Day is held the day after Thanksgiving. Can you do it?

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4 National Cookie Day and National Sock Day 5 Bathtub Party Day. Maybe this should follow Gardening Naked Day! 8 Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day (You’re a time machine to grandkids!) 10 Dewey Decimal System Day 14 Monkey Day, which is pretty ambiguous (buy one as a pet, or fool around?) 15 Cat Herders Day. Good luck with that! 16 Barbie and Barney Backlash Day, because sometimes parents need a break. 18 National Wreaths Across America Day. 21 Yule (Winter Solstice) and Phileas Fogg Wins a Wager Day 23 National Regifting Day 31 National Champagne Day, National Make Up Your Mind Day, National No Interruptions Day. Maybe to get ready for National Hangover and Bloody Mary days? ■

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esus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

As we leave 2020 and look forward to a new year, let’s remember that God’s love is unchanging! So, no matter how difficult this year has been, let’s focus on God, who he is and what he means in our lives. As you enter the new year, ponder the following additional names, titles, metaphors and descriptors of Jesus. Think about what each name means in the situations you may find yourself in this year. You’ll find that he is sufficient for every circumstance—large or small. Advocate, Alpha and Omega, Author and Perfecter of our Faith, Beloved, Branch, Bread of Life, Bridegroom, Bright and Morning Star, Chief Shepherd, Chief Cornerstone, Christ the Lord, Christ the Wisdom of God, Christ the Son of God, Counselor, Dayspring, Day Star, Deliverer, Door, Faithful and True, First Begotten, First Born of the Dead, Foundation, Fountain, Friend of Sinners, Good Master, Head of the Church, Heir of All Things, High Priest, Holy One, Horn of Salvation, I Am, Image of God, Immanuel, Judge, King of the Jews, King of Kings, King of Glory, King of Zion, Lamb of God, Light of the World, Light to the Gentiles, Living Bread, Living Stone, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Lord of Lords, Lord of All, Lord of Glory, Lord, Strong and Mighty, Master, Mediator, Messiah, Mighty God, Offspring of David, Passover, Physician, Precious Cornerstone, Prince of Peace, Rabbi, Redeemer, Resurrection and Life, Rock, Root of David, Savior,

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Servant, Son of God, Son of Man, Stone, Sure Foundation, Teacher, Truth, Vine, Way, Wisdom, Wonderful, Word Became Flesh. You might want to look up each name and see the context in which they were given. I pray you’ll be blessed as you discover all that Jesus can mean in your life. This new year will be one that gives us the opportunity to draw close to him, seek his face, trust him and sing praises to him as never before. As we press into the new year, remember the words of Paul in Philippians 3:13-14, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Because this is a new year, we can start with a clean slate—the opportunity to put our trust in him! Does this imply perfection— that we will never fail? No, but we can approach 2021 with the same attitude as that of the apostle, Paul: “I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I have not learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.” (Philippians 3:12, TLB). May the Lord bless you as we journey into 2021 together. ■

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TALKING DIGITAL

Online classifieds: Buy and sell with ease

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y family has been decluttering since March. In addition to the lockdown, three of our four kids moved out. We seized on these life developments as the opportunity to eliminate 20-plus years of build-up. Most of the stuff went to the garbage or was donated. But, a few things had too much monetary value. While some people like to sell items on sites like eBay, I prefer to sell locally on online classified sites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. The final selling price may not be as high, but I don’t have to figure out shipping or pay a percentage of the sale to the host site. Both Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist occasionally charge, but most items can be listed for free. Facebook Marketplace requires a Facebook account. For Craiglist, you can both list and view ads without an account, but if you take the time to set up a free Craigslist account, you can track your ads and buyers can communicate with you easier. Facebook Marketplace allows you to list items for either local or national buyers, whereas Craigslist is designed to be local. While print classifieds (like Life After 50’s) can help you sell your items meant for a specific demographic, online classified ad sites offer many advantages. There’s typically no word limit for the description, and you can add

IN MANY WAYS, ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS ARE LIKE HAVING A 24-HOUR GARAGE SALE OR THRIFT STORE AVAILABLE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. offer”—prices are always negotiable. But you should clarify if your price is firm.

several pictures of the item you’re selling. Plus, communication is easy, as most ads allow you to contact the seller just by pressing a button. Buyers can also search the classified ad site for keywords. Despite their benefits, online classifieds are also quirky, and there’s an online etiquette that impacts whether you successfully sell or buy an item.

• Know how you want to make the transaction ahead of time. Some people are nervous about inviting strangers to their home. The police department has special transaction areas in their parking lot for those who are concerned about safety.

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Before you sell an item, take lots of pictures. Imagine the item in a yard sale. How would people look at it? Take photos inside and outside, of all angles. If there are problems with the item, take photos of those, too. Potential buyers won’t take the time to ask a lot of questions about omitted details; they will just move on to the next item. That means that you need to be thorough, anticipating and answering as many questions as possible. Follow these rules: • Always list the price. • Be honest in your description of the item and be specific about problems. • You don’t need to say “or best

Before you inquire about an item that is for sale, read the ad completely. Sellers often filter out bots and scammers by ignoring messages asking questions that are answered in the ad. Additionally, don’t ask, “Is this item still available?” Instead, ask something like, “I am very interested in your vintage ironing board. I would like to come and take a look at it tonight or tomorrow. When

would be a good time to meet?” This type of message tells the seller that you’re interested, you intend to meet them locally, and you will buy the item if it’s satisfactory. I’ve been able to poach some great deals from other potential buyers simply because I got straight to the point. While everyone else was asking questions, I was driving to the meeting place with cash. Always take the time to test the item out thoroughly. You won’t offend the seller by asking to plug in an electronic device or test ride a bike. Trust your gut, and be willing to walk away if the deal doesn’t feel right. Almost every purchase I’ve regretted has been something that I had a gut feeling about, but bought anyway. In many ways, online classifieds are like having a 24-hour garage sale or thrift store available at your fingertips. You can also make some nice spending money by selling stuff you no longer need. Just remember to be careful, and keep in mind that all online classifieds transactions are as is. ■

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Dear Happy: Catnip is a member of the mint family of herbs and can enrich your cat’s life. It’s usually a safe plant to give your cats, but you may want to see how they react at first. Catnip has a chemical called nepetalactone that triggers a euphoric response in the brains of susceptible cats. Cats typically respond by rolling or rubbing and may bite and kick a toy with catnip stuffing. The effects of catnip are short-lived, usually about 5-15 minutes. Not all cats react to catnip, but around two-thirds of cats have an inherited response to it. Kittens do not usually respond until they are about six months old. Your cat’s reaction will depend on whether they sniff or eat the herb. Sniffing produces a stimulant effect, while ingesting has a sedative effect. Experiment with different forms of catnip—some cats enjoy dry herbs and some like the fresh plant. Try offering catnip toys, sprinkling dry catnip on a scratcher, or offering fresh leaves. Some catnip toys have just a pinch of the herb, while others— like the Yeoww brand—are stuffed with all catnip. Your cats will let you know what they prefer. Storing cat toys in a container with more catnip can make them extra exciting when you take them out for playtime.

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Catnip will not turn your cat mean, but some cats can temporarily get more aggressive when stimulated. Watch to see how your cat responds first. If your cat tends to get puffed up with a little ’nip, consider separating him to avoid conflicts between cats. That way, everyone in your house will have a better time until it wears off. If your kitty is a catnip non-responder, consider offering silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle or valerian root instead. Look for natural, organic products that come from North America to enrich your cat’s experience. If you find that your cat reacts strongly, offer cat grass instead. This is a non-stimulating herb and can be grown from oat, wheatgrass, rye or barley. Cat grass will typically be viable for about two to three weeks. It can last longer if watered from the bottom and refrigerated overnight. Catnip will not respond well to refrigeration; however, it can live for a long time if kept from getting root-bound. It’s best to limit access to these plants until your cats learn to control the amount they eat. Catnip planted outdoors will spread, so containers are helpful. Harvest fresh leaves for your cat to enjoy or dry the plant and store it in a sealed container. But remember, outdoor catnip can also attract roaming cats, which can be stressful for indoor cats. Catnip, cat grass or even sprouted sunflower seeds offer a variety of nutrients and enrichment for cats, especially indoor-only cats. ■


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WE WATCHED AS ONE OF THE BUGGERS STOLE OUR SMALL U.S. FLAG AND DRAGGED IT INTO A HOLE IN ONE OF OUR TREES. our small U.S. flag and dragged it into a hole in one of our trees. I am certain we will find remnants of red, white and blue on the ground below when the flickers take over the nest in the spring and commence their house cleaning and re-decoration efforts. Don’t get me wrong—I think squirrels are cute, even amusing, at times. I admit that I have doled out a peanut or two to several that have all but knocked on our deck door to pitifully plead for a morsel. And while I try to do this without my dogs knowing, I’ve been busted. Face to face with the brazen beggars, the dogs snort, whinny and lunge at the glass—then look back at me as if I’m the nut. “Are you kidding?” they seem to say. “Those are squirrels!” I won’t be going out on a limb for Squirrel Appreciation Day. I’ll smile from the kitchen window as they maneuver along the wire to the bird feeder. I’ll be a little more mindful of their sudden darting into the street—then changing their mind at the last minute. I’ll even look the other way as they scurry along the lights traversing the back deck. Heck, they’ve chewed most of them off anyway. But I most certainly will not divulge to the dogs that such an event exists. ■

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Commonwheel Holiday Market

Shop for the finest art and craft items, all made by local Colorado artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs

The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble brings you this cherished holiday tradition, featuring music and spoken word recorded in both indoor and outdoor settings. Watch event on Facebook. www.facebook.com/cvae.org | Free | 719-577-4192

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“Babette’s Kitchen” Comedic Cooking Class

Anette Hellwig of Millibo Art Theatre teaches you how to let loose in your kitchen as you prepare a different, delicious dish every day. Watch online and click: online/streaming. www.themat.org | Free

January 1-31

Mountain Country Virtual Concerts

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Kimballs Peak Three Virtual Screenings

Stream “Nomadland” with Frances McDormand and “News of the World” with Tom Hanks from the safety and comfort of your own home. “Wonder Woman 1984” coming soon. www.kimballspeakthree.com | $6.50 and up

January 1-31

Wintersong: A Virtual Celebration of the Season

The Music Matters Concert Series goes live every night starting at 6 p.m. and will feature a great many local musicians, including Tejon Street Corner Thieves and Marcy Grace. Tune into 107.3 FM, 1530 AM or 97.7 FM. 6 p.m. | Free | 719-359-9336

January 1

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari

See over 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures while celebrating the season with our many zoo animals.

Advance timed tickets are required. Call for reservations. 4:20-8:30 p.m. | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs | $14.75 | www.cmzoo.org | 719-633-9925

January 1-3

Holiday Cabaret

The FAC Theatre Company is packaging up joy and merriment and sending it directly to your home. Heat up a warm beverage, settle into your cozy chair, and watch over a dozen unique acts in this special holiday experience! fac.coloradocollege.edu/holidaycabaret | $25 | 719-634-5581

January 2

Theatre Costume Sale

Get ready for post-pandemic masquerade balls, Mardi Gras and Halloween in 2021! First Strike Theatre is selling costumes at low prices. Cash only. Call for the downtown sale location. 10 a.m. | Downtown Colorado Springs | 719-471-3405

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Sunday DAV Bingo!

Colorado Springs Chapter of Disabled American Veterans hosts bingo games to raise funds to aid local veterans. Eight fast-paced games and weekly progressive bingo. Wear masks to enter. Arrive early as seating is limited. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. | 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs | Packets $7 | 719-591-8787

January 4 & 16

Geneaology Basics

Pikes Peak Library hosts this virtual introduction to basic genealogy research, which provides tips for getting started, organizing research, and selecting and searching for records. Call to register. 10 a.m. | www.ppld.org | Free | 719-389-8968

January 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 Virtual Radio Philharmonic Performances

Brilliant Colorado Springs Philharmonic performances are rebroadcast on KCME 88.7 FM 7-8 p.m. | Free

January 6

Healthy Cooking for Winter

Learn how to make Mushroom Wild Rice Soup using one pot along with other delicious healthy meals for the winter months. Call to register. 6 p.m. | www.ppld.org | Free | 719-389-8968

January 7

Virtual FAC Play Club

Join Fine Arts Theatre’s artistic director Scott Levy for some lively conversation about plays. Each month a new play is dissected and celebrated. Check the website to see what play will be “on stage.” 7 p.m. | fac.coloradocollege.edu/ events | Free

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AdAmAn Club: Myth vs. Reality

Mountain climbers offer a virtual lecture on how the AdAmAn started in 1922, sharing real or imagined stories. The second female member, Cindy Bowles, shares the good, the bad and the ugly of hiking with a group of men each year. Visit the website to register. 2-3 p.m. | www.cspm.org/ scholarseries

Immune Support 101

Natural Grocers presents this virtual seminar on how keeping your immune system fed with the right stuff will ensure your body is ready to handle whatever comes its way during the winter months. Call to register. 3 p.m. | www.ppld.org | Free 719-389-8968

January 21

First Aid, CPR, AED Classes

The course blends an online portion with an instructor-led classroom skill session at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Preregistration with payment required. 6-7:30 p.m. | 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain | $75 | 719-520-6977 Built during the Great Depression, Rainbow Falls displays fascinating geologic rock layers and a unique history, which will be explained by park interpreters and caretakers. Preregistration required. 10-11 a.m. | Rainbow Falls, Manitou Springs | $3-$4 | 719-520-6977

January 10-17

Sleigh Rides at M Lazy C Ranch Small family groups can take a sleigh ride with holiday lights in the mountains. Enjoy hot beverages, s’mores and other treats around the campfire. Four time slots available. Reservations required. 4-8:30 p.m. | 801 County Road 453, Lake George | 719-748-3398 | $150 (1-8 people)

January 23

“Finding Your Family” Genealogy Class

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January 21

Virtual Book Club

Take part in a discussion and Q&A about “Newport in the Rockies” by Marshall Sprague. 7 p.m. | Free | www.ppld.org | 719-389-8968

January 23

The Great Fruitcake Toss

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January 26

German Schnitzel & Spaetzle cooking class

Learn to make delicious schnitzel and spaetzle in this virtual cooking class, held over Zoom. A recipe kit with all the ingredients is available for pickup at Gather Food Studio. Each recipe serves four. The link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to class. 6-7 p.m. | 2011 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs | $25 | 719-308-2992.

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January 31

Winter Hobby Wine Competition

Enter your best homemade wines in the third annual Winter Hobby Wine Competition by February 1, 2021. Go to the website to register. Winners will be announced at the Wine Tasting Event and Awards Ceremony on February 15. $10 per entry | 719-520-6977 | communityservices.elpasoco. com/hobby-wine-competition ■

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History Exhibit commemorates Colorado Springs’ 150th Anniversary

In honor of Colorado Springs’ anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum unveils its newest exhibit, COS@150. This robust exploration features 150 objects

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OVID-19 is a terrifying wake-up call for out-of-shape Americans. More than four in 10 U.S. adults are obese, and 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, putting them at high risk of serious COVID-19 complications—or worse. Individuals with chronic illnesses are 12 times more likely to die from the virus. For decades, health care professionals have cautioned people about the dangers of obesity. But those warnings have largely gone unheeded. Until recently, too many Americans viewed exercise as just the ticket to a beach body, not the first line of defense against deadly diseases. COVID-19 is changing that mistaken belief. Now, it’s incumbent upon health professionals to help Americans get in shape. While everyone knows that exercise promotes good health, many don’t understand how. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, meaning that more immune cells can circulate at a higher rate. Over time, that immune response builds up. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that for people who engaged in aerobic exercise five or more times per week, upper respiratory tract infection decreased by 40 percent over 12 weeks. Staying active also reduces body fat and inflammation, which helps to fend off infections and prevent chronic conditions. Americans are starting to finally realize that staying fit isn’t just about looking good—it’s about strengthening the immune system. Fortunately, the fitness industry

is trying to accommodate this mass awakening by moving classes outdoors and online for the first time. Further transformation of Americans’ relationship with exercise will require the help of exercise science professionals. Their job is to develop individualized wellness programs that consider a person’s age, health, culture and other factors that influence their ability to maintain a healthy routine. For example, someone at risk of developing high blood pressure may know they need exercise but have no idea where to start. An exercise science professional can help set realistic and achievable goals with something as simple as a short morning walk. That person can then develop longer-term habits that incorporate more vigorous exercise into their routine. Or, exercise science experts can educate chronic disease patients about the ways physical activity can help manage their conditions, from reducing the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis to increasing insulin sensitivity for diabetics. These professionals can also adjust their methods based on clients’ individual comfort levels. Many Americans still don’t feel safe entering brick-and-mortar gyms. In response, exercise science professionals can use other innovative tools and training models, such as remote platforms and outdoor workout settings. COVID-19 has disrupted our society. But it has also created an opportunity to improve our country’s health by transforming exercise into the primary weapon in our fight against the virus. ■

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