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Ruby McBeth: Jigsaw puzzle proverbs

'Don’t count your chickens before they hatch'
The Seniors Hall presently has 84 puzzles to lend out.

Over Christmas, our daughter Joyce was visiting. She had picked up a jigsaw puzzle at a Value Village store. It was a picture of chickens and roosters with sayings like “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”

When I was at the Seniors Hall, I looked for a puzzle with words and pictures and found one. The Seniors Hall presently has 84 puzzles to lend out. You do not have to be a member to borrow one. While most have 1000 pieces there are also puzzles from as low as 300 pieces and as high as 2500. The hall is open between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for their social days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The puzzles are near the front door.

If you want to check out the social days more closely it is free for visitors. After that it costs $4 each day just to cover expenses. The lunch is still free but you need to arrive before 10 a.m. and sign the list as a visitor so that you will be counted.

Care home questionnaire

The office of the BC Seniors’ Advocate is doing a survey of long-term care facilities with the aim of improving them. But they need volunteers to do the survey. If you think you might have some time in February and March then contact Emily Jurek by email at or by telephone at 1-877-952-3181.

So far there is only one volunteer in Fort St. John and none at all in Dawson Creek. The government is not likely to improve conditions in our care homes without having scientific evidence of the need.

Descaling coffee makers

I have a Keurig coffee maker, which has the descale light on. I tried descaling but it did not help. When I was in Peace Coffee picking up some more decaf coffee and hot chocolate for the grandchildren, I got talking to the owner, Grace Skolos. Grace tells me that the only way to prevent scaling is to use bottled water. She recommends the water store across from the museum – Canadian Water. Because Grace has dealt with coffee makers for a long time I took her seriously.

Learning the lingo

This week’s term is ‘livestream’. This is when you get to watch an event as it is happening. Another term for this is “in real time”.

Quote of the week

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Kay Wills Wyma

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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