We are still luxuriating in the warmth of one of Cooperstown’s finest summers.
Our memories will have to hold us through the winter months, or perhaps that is our excuse for lingering over picnics on the patio and sipping our special mix of lemonade and iced tea while sitting on the porches in the afternoon.
It was just such a day on Aug. 17 when we were visited by two new medical students from Bassett Medical Center. They were eager to meet us and we shared our stories as they sampled a day at our gracious home.
They met several of the residents, taking time to see their rooms and learn about their lives, their dreams, and what they value most.
On Aug. 19 we had a special surprise activity hosted by Janet Saporito. Janet invited a few of her friends to join us on the porch. The resident’s smiles and laughter were all the thanks needed by our furry friends. We would like to thank Janet and Sophie (shar-pei puppy), Fred Werkmeister and Mia (bulldog), Celeste Gray and King Arthur (chow mix), Sandy Gray and Jake (standard poodle), Linda Hotchkiss and Mae (border collie), Vivian Beckmann and Socrates (Australian shepherd), Rosemary Throssel and Nena (Rodesian ridgeback), Eric Mazarak and Morgan (beagle/collie mix), Kimala Clark and Saydee (laborador retriever) and Cindy Ploutz and Mason (Labrador retriever).
The dogs were all very calm, well behaved, affectionate, and they brought much joy to residents and staff alike.
Nancy Rackmyer LPN led the Birdwatcher’s meeting on Aug. 19 with Wanda Noyes, Dottie Bly, Peg Hage, Jeanette Hansen, Bobbie Mook, and Art Laidlaw.
They read several articles and discussed the mocking bird and European starling. They also discussed the return of the Puffins to the coastline of Maine, thanks to work by biologist Steven Kress.
Our exercise classes continue to grow in popularity along with our relaxation and meditation sessions on Fridays. Activity is important, especially to allow us to continue our quest for the best ice cream in Cooperstown. Dottie Bly, Jeanette Hansen, Pat DeBaun and Melissa Bard, personal care staff, went to Jerry's Place and enjoyed their many flavors of ice cream!
We had a sing-along on Aug. 25 with Art and Natalie Laidlaw, Ellen Hankin, Fannie Navarra, Frank Rollins, Hilde Parr, Leon Rathbun, Peg Hage, Ralph Veenema, Wally Pickhardt, Wanda Noyes, Carol Affourtit (personal care), Judy Pooler (personal care), Frank Miller (Facility Manager) and his daughter Lauren, and Administrator, Laurie Blatt. We all enjoyed singing the songs of the 40s and 50s.
Janet Saporito shared some humorous laughlines with Ellen Hankin, Fannie Navarra, Hilde Parr, Martha Quinn, Maureen Micek, Pat De- Baun, and Wanda Noyes. On Thursday, Aug. 26 we enjoyed afternoon tea and sweets in the Dining Alcove with a lively discussion of summertime rituals, including husking corn.
The Eden Thanksgiving Circle was led by Laurie Blatt on Friday, Aug. 27. We discussed the Eden Principle of creating a human habitat where life revolves around close relationships with each other, children, animals and plants to make a life worth living.
We divided the group into five teams of residents and staff.
The teams created posters of their vision of the Home, including the importance of relationships with caregivers, family, and friends, images of gardens, pets, children, music, art, exercise, health, and other valued aspects of our shared journey.
The posters were presented by each team as beautiful collages depicting the joys and treasures of life at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.
``Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.’’ — Storm Jameson
We are still luxuriating in the warmth of one of Cooperstown’s finest summers.
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