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July 14, 2011

Home Notes: June full of fun, laughs at Thanksgiving Home

— Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” Now that the summer sun has returned, there is an abundance of laughter inside and outside The Thanksgiving Home. Last month’s lovely tulips have been replaced with brilliant red geraniums and striking lime green hostas. The sun brought a dynamic energy to the home, and we came alive with laughter and a renewed sense of family. We had many June birthdays to celebrate including Jackie Renwick, Ireland Gable, Frank Miller, Mary Butler, Leon Rathbun, Dee Bouck and Donna Runcorn. As always, we partied in style in our cozy living room with lots of laughs and adelicious chocolate vanilla marble cake. A good time was had by all!

Our book club enjoyed Erma Bombeck’s “All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann’s Dressing Room.”

Hilde Parr, Wally Pickhardt, Patsy De- Baun and Sandy Brown spent the afternoon giggling uncontrollably in the library. After we finished, we began reading one of Hilde’s books about ghost stories from local places in the Adirondacks.

It was fascinating to read about spirits and ghosts that are said to still inhabit this area. Now, we are reading articles by columnist Dave Barry and continue to fill our afternoons with laughter and fun.

We tried some new games for our surprise activities on Wednesdays. Pictionary was a big hit, though none of us will ever be Rembrandt! Deanna Gable and Janet Saporito exhibited superhuman talent at both drawing their words and guessing the right answers.

Last week, we played “Quiz Show,” featuring trivia from the 1940s and 1950s. Though it was a close game, it was no surprise that Art Laidlaw took home the prestigious title of “The Smartest Person in the Universe.”

After the formal game was finished, Ireland Gable quizzed Bill Bowes one on one to test his knowledge of trivia. Bill astounded us with his extensive knowledge and great sense of humor. 

Finally, we held the Thanksgiving Home talent show! It was wonderful to see everyone’s hidden tale ts.

Carol Affourtit sang and danced to three songs karaoke style. Laura Black played three beautiful songs on her wooden flute. Art Laidlaw showcased his fortune telling talents dressed as “The Great Karmac.” Laurie Blatt, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema, Leon Rathbun and Kathy Lindberg brought down the house with their singing group, singing several songs that lifted our spirits and kept our toes tapping. Fred Blatt played the saxophone while Laurie and Kathy played guitar with the group. What a fun way to spend a morning!

Doris Blomquist moved to Keene, N.H., to be closer to her son and daughter. Though we will miss her sense of humor and wonderful stories, we are glad that she is able to spend more time with her immediate family. Our loss is their gain.

On June 13, we lost our dear friend Ellen Hankin. A beautiful celebration of her life was held on June 20 and attended by family, friends, residents and staff. Ellen was a gentle and gracious woman who always had a kind word to say to everyone. She was very intelligent and kept up on current events by reading The New York Times every day. Ellen was a treasure to the Thanksgiving Home. We will all miss her sparkling blue eyes and loving presence.