November is the official time to give thanks. I personally think that appreciation and gratitude should be a daily happening. Today I want to thank beautiful, generous Mary, the leader of our senior exercise class. I feel so much healthier every time I attend your class. I also feel more energetic even after all the marching and cross-walking around the room.
Evie, who is Mary’s sister, also attends the class. She is the most caring, supportive person. Since my sister Barbie was diagnosed with cancer, Evie sends her cards very often. She has never even met my sister! Remember, stamps aren’t free and finding just the right card takes time. Thank you Evie!
Being in the class is fun and bittersweet. Dickie, who sat next to me, made me feel like I was back in seventh grade because of his teasing. Feeling that young and silly gave me great joy. Then Dickie unexpectedly died! We no longer had our “knight in shining armor who was always ready to put our chairs away.” We cried in the class after the funeral. We still talk about him and remember him.
One of our members had a stroke and is now in the nursing home. She is a tiny lady who helped serve communion at church. I miss you and thank you for the opportunity to get to know you, Donna.
Recently, another member of class whose name is Charlotte suddenly lost her husband. Some of us again cried in class when we heard the news. Charlotte is such a gracious woman that I think of her as a southern belle. Recently, I told her that. She laughed and replied, “I’m just Norwegian,” as she hugged me. Thanks Charlotte for always reading and complimenting me on this column!
I consider all the class members as a second family. We have laughed and cried together. We have shared treats with one another. We have dressed up for Halloween together. Some of us discovered during that class that a witch hat makes some exercises more difficult. We took pictures after that class so we would not forget all the creative costumes. I was so proud of my long black gloves when we did our “cat claws” routine. Don’t get me started on our “butt walks.” Thank you everyone in the class for all the fun and the memories and for all the times you have made me aware that life is precious and to appreciate life every day!
Poached Eggs the Easy Way
In a 6 cup muffin pan, add 2 Tbsp. water to each cup. Crack one egg into each cup. Place tin in 400 degree oven for 8 minutes or until yolks reach desired doneness. Check at 30 second intervals. Scoop out eggs with slotted spoon. Then enjoy them on toast or English muffins with a ham slice or bacon strips. I personally prefer using them to make Eggs Benedict. I even have a never-fail Hollandaise sauce that I’ll share at another time.