Monday, July 26, 2021


What’s your plan? (05/15/2019)

I have been reflecting some lately. I will admit that the journey to this point is somewhat strange; I have been scouring cookbooks. I wonder how unique this is considering that I’m not a restaurateur. This is my personal library and it is quite large. How many cookbooks are in the average home? I also have a few recipe boxes. These I value because they are mostly handwritten in my Mom’s, Grandmothers’, Greats’, and friend’s cursive. Oh, the lost art of cursive writing.

Where I am focusing my interests are the smaller, spiral bound fundraising books. I have an 18th Anniversary of the Arbuckle Forever Young Seniors printed in 1991. A 1976 California Assessorettes has me scratching my head, I can’t for the life of me figure how I came to have this one. It appears as if the other 57 counties are well represented, but there is nothing from Colusa to help solve my dilemma. The Bicentennial Edition (1976) of the Grimes Church Cookbook I understand; Edith Goodrich’s (my great grandmother) Tangarina recipe is on the 1st page. Another 1976 compilation is from the Arbuckle Ladies’ Golf Group. My Mom submitted the family recipe for a molded jello salad. This collection is a hand me down! I noticed that 1976 was the year for cookbook.

It’s the name’s printed with those recipes that cause my reminiscing. Before I went to work full time on the family farm, my world was high school and part time work at the Arbuckle Golf Course. I got really good at Bag Shaggin’ range balls and washing clubs. I could also operate a pro shop, a snack bar, and wear the greenkeeper’s hat before I moved on. These ladies and their husbands were those that I grew up with and maybe more so; are those that grew me up. Their gift of association is a debt that I can’t repay.

Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad fame educates on the concept of reality. This goes back to mindset and what a person believes. One of the things I preach from my soap box is believing and its power on a positive mental attitude (PMA). My daughter has been fore warned that the next time I hear her shout, “Oh, I am such an idiot!”, she will be experiencing a father/daughter council that will leave her with one long lasting impression.

Your mind is not you! It is a supercomputer like nothing on earth. It will always produce the result that you code it to do. Garbage in will equal garbage out. It will be your best friend or your worst enemy. You direct your reality; your world can be average or achieving. Your choice! I can’t do that, that’s impossible, and I can’t afford it produce garbage out. Reprogram your thoughts; your brain will gift you into creating results. Start this week to focus on how you self-talk. When you catch yourself programming your mind with trash, replace it with positive input. Remember, the one who says they can and the one who says they can’t, are both right. ■

— Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email

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