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Walton-Smith – Comfort food is important in times of sickness

Cathy Walton-Smith/ View from the Lake

A big, hairy, coughing, wheezing alien took over my body last week. I believe in the all natural, herbal remedy provided by a double-dose of Benadryl and Nyquil right before bed. Well, it worked! I was only out of commission for two days. I still have a residual cough, but at least I’m feeling human again.Comfort food is important in times of sickness, especially when you have to fix it yourself. This time I had an uncontrollable desire for tapioca pudding. My mother always made it for me (she called it fish eyes), and I keep a box of the quick cooking variety in my pantry in case of emergency. I’m convinced it was an important part of the cure, along with what was left of the homemade English Toffee my daughter made for the holidays.If you’re looking for a way to get warm, and health/exercise were part of that New Year’s Resolution, check out Stillwater Yoga Studio on Hwy 34. Instructor, Lisa Turan offers morning, afternoon and evening classes at all levels. Through January, Saturday 8:30 a.m. classes are free! Call 970-531-2274.Max & T’s is getting into the winter groove with some great specials: Half-price on appetizers from 2-5 p.m., Buy One, Get One Free on selected Dinner Entrees throughout the week. Please note they are closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet at 1p.m on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Fire Station. The program will be presented by the Grand Lake Historical Society, with Georgia Eslick being an honored guest. All women are welcome to attend.This Saturday at 7 p.m., Jan. 23, is the first “Concert in the Pines” for 2010 at the new Grand Arts Center on Park Ave. in Grand Lake. Tickets $15 adults, $8 kids under 12, and $35 for the series of three concerts. You can purchase them at http://www.GrandArtsCouncil.com or at the door. Acoustic Eidolon, captivates audiences all over the world with their signature blend of Celtic, folk and acoustic sounds. Audio samples of the music are available at http://www.ThisSideofBerthoud.com. Upcoming concerts are Feb. 20, Hunker Down and Mar. 20, Jubilant Bridge.Flags of the nations will start popping up around town as the town gears up for “Winter Olympics – Grand Lake Style,” Feb. 6. Doris Braun is organizing the King & Queen contest. Candidates are: Carissa Eidson & Peter Mill – Pancho & Lefty’s, Lisa Jenkins & Shawn Murphy – Gateway, Tina Ely & Mike Carter – Sagebrush, Stephanie & Jim Kroepfl – Bears Den, and Julie & Jim Gasner – Lariat. Call Doris at 970-531-0099 to get in on the fun. Call Suzi at 970-531-1914 for details on all other events.