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November 4, 2010

Home Notes: A busy October at the Home

BY ANNA ZORAWSKA

The summer is now over; however the Thanksgiving Home is still enjoying many activities and a lively fall.

On Oct. 15, we celebrated a birthday party for all of our residents and employees with a nice cake and the traditional singing of happy birthday. Our October birthdays include Dorothy Bly, Martha Quinn, Alex Melniczenko, Samantha Klein and Lauren Miller.

Saturday, Mary Butler, with those residents who enjoy cooking, made a Chicken “Casablanca” dinner in the slow cooker, and then most of the residents watched the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart in the library.

On Oct. 20, Maureen Micek, Pat DeBaun, Wally Pickhardt and Hilde Parr took pleasure in a bowling tournament with staff including Frank Miller, Deanna Gable with her son Jameson and Laurie Blatt.

On the 21st, the residents and staff celebrated the renewal of our designation as an Eden Alternative Registered Home with a tasty Harvest Dinner consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and wonderful homemade recipes from Leon Rathbun for Cranberry, Orange, Apple Relish; which was then topped off with many delicious desserts made by staff volunteers.

This dinner was a true group effort with the assistance of Chrissy Karpowich, Kathy Lindberg and Sue Walker in the kitchen, and much input from the Food Committee.

The group then participated in singing songs, telling jokes and giving thanks for friends, families, companionship and our wonderful home.

On the following day, the residents celebrated a tea party and enjoyed delicious cakes prepared and donated by Susan Kenyon.

In October, Laurie and Fred Blatt traveled to Boulder Colo., to see their first grandchild born in September. Their grandson Quinn was born at 8 pounds with thick dark hair. Also in October, Mary Butler traveled to Florida with her husband Dave. We can’t wait for her return to find out all the details.

As we come closer to the winter months and expect our traditional cold winter, our life in the Thanksgiving Home will be warmed and brightened by the activities and friendships that we are surrounded by.

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