Senior citizen with ingenuity

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece our friend Donna Skinner loves to tell this story about this senior citizen’s ingenuity.

An elderly gentleman was preparing for bed one evening when his wife reminded him that he probably had left the light on in the shed.

So he got dressed and went out to check the light when he saw some people in his shed, through the shed window. The little old man hurried back into his house and called the police department.

The police dispatcher asked him if someone was actually in his house. The senior gentleman said no, but these strangers were in his shed and they were probably stealing his tools.

The patient dispatcher told him to stay in his house, lock the doors and she would send an officer as soon as one was available.

A few moments later the senior citizen phoned the dispatcher again and said to her, “I called you a little bit ago about some people in my shed. Well, there’s no need for police to hurry ‘cause I just shot them,” and he hung up.

In just a few minutes several anxious police officers arrived at the little old fella’s home and caught the burglars. One of the officers said to the smiling senior citizen, “We thought you said you shot them,” to which he replied “Yeah, well, I thought the dispatcher said there were no officers available.”

From Koebbe’s Kitchen:

Cucumber Salad

4 cucumbers

1 yellow onion, sliced thin

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

Peel and cut the cucumbers into thin slices, mix with slices of onion. Bring to a boil the sugar, water, white vinegar and dill. Pour over cucumber and onion and chill, the longer the better.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way:

The Preserve Military Club has 3-x-5 American flags for sale at $10 each. Call Frank, Wayne or Ruth Ann for information.

Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. in the Community Center.

Friday, May 29 — Cancer support meeting at 3 p.m. in meeting room 1. Survivors and caregivers welcome. No meeting in June or July. For information, see Linda Sprague.

Monday, June 8 — Communications Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. For information, see Carol Griffith.

Saturday, June 13 — Family Feud Night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. Sponsored by the Aristocrats. See Heather for information.

Arthritis pool exercise — Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. For information, see Judy Lebio.

Craft Fair vendor applications now available at the Community Center outside the office. Apply as soon as possible. Tables assigned first come, first reserved. For information, see Dee Grkovich.

Modification Committee meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. during May.

Sunshine Club contact, effective in May 2009, call Teri Parker with the name of any Spruce Creek Preserve resident who is hospitalized, sick, shut-in, or who has a death in the family. For information, see Teri Parker.

Every Tuesday morning, newspaper and aluminum recycling by the On The Level Club. Help the crippled children’s hospital in Tampa.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m.

‘Til next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.