Mason County News
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Romance will soon be in the air! August is officially Romance Awareness Month, and we have an intriguing array of romance writers in the library: Jane Austen, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Maeve Binchy, Suzanne Brockman, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Luanne Rice, Bram Stoker (yes, he’s on the official list), Stephanie Meyer, Iris Johansen—just to name a few.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Somewhere between the admonition to avoid looks at gift horse’s mouths and the dangers of Greeks bearing gifts should be warnings about acceptance of gifts from offspring. This is particularly true if they are “far out” presents and/or are received at non-holiday/anniversary/birthday calendar junctures. At such times, offspring—in this case, our youngest of three daughters—flashes her best smile, gurgling something about “just because” at the same time. And just about every time ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Triple digits. They’re heeeeeeeeeere. 100 degrees. Hot town. Summer in the country. Get the hat. Get the water. Get the sunscreen. Get the ice. Get the drinks. Get in the shade. Or get outta town. Like to Ruidoso or Colorado. It’s hot. Almost too hot for chiggers. Almost. And to think— Something so small causes so much discomfort. And it ain’t even a full-fledged bug. So says trusty Webster. It’s the larva of mites. Babies of the Trombiculidae family. Tiny, red, ...
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
I spent 2 days this week teaching about food safety for restaurant managers. Since I have food safety on the brain, I thought I might share some tips for handling those delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that are in abundance right now. Just remember that when you slice into a fruit or veggie, everything that is on the outside of it will be transferred all through the middle by the knife.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Recently, I did some research on a bunch of the early explorers, such as Columbo, Vasco de Vasco, Ponch de le Own, and others. Well, not exactly research, per se. What I actually did was rearrange some paper clips into ship configurations on my desk and wore an eye patch for a while.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 15th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 28 members and two visitors in attendance. Lion Ken Cordero was responsible for the program and he spoke to the club about swimming pool pumps and plumbing. Ken has been in the swimming pool and spa service business for a number of years in California, and most recently in Mason and surrounding towns.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Not exactly true! First of all it’s not trash, it’s STUFF! Then if one really wants to know, men don’t have that much STUFF. And, if they do, they don’t get rid of it. Thus, it should be, “One person’s STUFF can be sold or traded for another person’s STUFF. Women, have yard sales.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Genetics have lots to do with who we are and what our health is like, particularly as we age. We tend to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure, a little weight around the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms of age as determined by our genes. Scientists are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup – and more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst aspects of it as it applies to our health.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Last week I thanked several people in conjunction with the Roundup float. I want to continue now—the list was long--and thank Carmen Griffith, Julie Harrison, Wendy Hastings, and the children who all rode on the float with Margaret. Be sure to congratulate Margaret for being chosen as a Duchess! NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries) Audiobooks: Sea of Love by Susan Donovan (CD F DON) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (CD F ANG) Large Print Trouble in ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014 • Photos
Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use. Anyway, it reminded me of a couple who “got hitched” many moons ago—back when gasoline prices were in single digits.
, CEA-FCS
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Spicy Grilled Watermelon Try this savory side dish for a new twist on watermelon! Serves: 8 to 10 Ingredients 1 tbsp lime zest 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup honey, divided 2 tsp garlic chili sauce Pinch salt 1 Medium-sized Watermelon 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro Directions Preheat grill to high. In bowl, whisk together, lime zest, juice, 3 tbsp of the honey, garlic chili sauce and salt.  Cut watermelon into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick wedges.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Last week the City Commission met for their regular meeting and there were several items that were dealt with that I would like to share so that you will know what is going on in your town. Chief Deputy Lewis Herrington met with the Commissioners and discussed recent law enforcement activity and answered questions that had come up in the past several weeks.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 24, 2014
Cash? Credit card? Debit or credit? No one writes a personal check anymore. Paper or plastic? In some places that question has disappeared. You bring your own. Or else buy a bag. Leaded or unleaded? That, too, has disappeared. No one pumps gas anymore. With or without fries? How would you like that cooked? Regular or decaf? Sweet or unsweetened? Questions, questions, questions. Wonder what the very first question was. “Any more beer?” Probably. The question mark itself h ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
Our ‘Question of the Day,’ alluded to by informed reader Patrick Wentworth, is – Are the people in charge of peta really aliens from planet Wingnut? Or what? This is an interesting suggestion, especially in light of some of the articles Pat sent in as evidence that the peta hierarchy, while they’ve always hovered at the fringes of society and acceptability, has lately degenerated into space cadets of the first water.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014 • Photos
The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 8th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members and eight visitors in attendance. Lion Chuck Bearden was responsible for the program and he introduced Mario Arteaga, Director of the Senior Center, who spoke about the Senior Nutrition Program and the Mason Senior Center. Mario recognized his assistant, Jerry Wright, who had to stay at the Center to help with the meals.