BY NANCY RACKMYER
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to take down the trees and decorations.
The Home always has beautiful trees, and it’s not quite the same taking the Christmas tree down as it is putting it up and decorating it.
The Bird Watchers met in December and made Christmas presents for our fine feathered friends. The delicious mixture of peanut butter, lard, cracked corn, sunflower and other seeds were spooned into fat pine cones, dried and hung on our outdoor Christmas tree. Last year there were deer tracks near the tree where the deer had munched on our homemade treats, but none so far this year.
January birthdays were celebrated with Margaret Rees, Nancy Rackmyer and Anna Zorawska. A party was given for them in the Living Room, which was decorated with blue and white balloons and streamers. Darcey Schilling prepared the cake, iced in pale blue with white snowflakes and it was delicious!
Saturday’s movie, “Strictly Ballroom,’’ was enjoyed by Bobbie Mook, Sue Stevens, Natalie Laidlaw, Pat DeBaun, Wally Pickhardt and Jeanette Hansen. Art class is always a big hit.
Every Wednesday Fred Blatt donates his time to teach and help residents paint. Fred is a sculptor and retired teacher. Bill Bowes, Dot Gardner, and Ireland Gable always attend, but on this Wednesday Susan Kenyon, activities director, joined the group to start a painting of Otsego Lake.
Deanna Gable, administrative assistant, flew to Florida with her husband and children, Ireland and Jameson. Residents enjoy having children at the Home and we are all excited to hear about the trip to Disney when they return.
“A very good vision is needed for life and the man who has it must follow it- as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.’’ Chief Crazy Horse At our Home there are many books so wherever you are, you can pick up a book and read it. A few inspirational books were recently donated by our administrator, Laurie Blatt. Leon Rathbun also recently donated a beautiful set of six volumes on George Washington that are extremely interesting.
Our big news this month is the retirement of Joyce Haney, a dear and wonderful Housekeeper who has served the Home for 29 years. Joyce’s retirement party was held on Jan. 14 and included her family, staff, residents and a few friends including Nils Anderson and Pat and Paul Donnelly.
In addition to the gifts from the Home, and individuals, staff bought Joyce a beautiful handmade oak rocking chair, a bottle of champagne and chocolates. Darcey Schilling made a beautiful cake decorated with roses, to match her rose bouquet. The cooks prepared an array of food and a festive punch.
Facility Manager Frank Miller created a photo presentation set to music, with pictures of residents and staff from 1981 to the present.
Everyone enjoyed the presentation and there was laughter and tears as we reminisced together and wished Joyce well. All in all, it was an extremely well put together party.
On Jan. 16, Pat DeBaun’s daughter Eleanor and great grandaughter Lila Mae visited.
“Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the way.’’ Traditional Zen
BY NANCY RACKMYER
- Home Notes
- April activities fool many as spring comes, goes There were many April fool jokes played here at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home on April 1. Some of us found our door name plates turned upside down or swapped with one from another door and furniture and objects were mysteriously moved around in our rooms. The dining room was completely transformed from its usual formal setting into a hodpodge of mismatched china and … horrors, plastic tablecloths and paper napkins. Each table was decorated with a different theme, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter. Christmas carols played in the background. We suspect that Dee Bouck, of Personal Care and John Santello, Activities Director, were mainly responsible for this mayhem.
- Pete Rose on deck for TLC The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn't being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Holiday celebrations have begun We have decked the halls of the home with garland, the greenhouses delivered a magnificent wreath for the door and the largest poinsettias we've ever seen, with pristine white cyclamen to accent the tables.
- Home welcomes new residents We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country.
Summer has been busy at the home
In the spring we held a workshop to create a shared vision of a summer program that would provide meaningful and enriching experiences. Residents and staff partnered to brainstorm creative ideas, then a planning committee of residents and staff worked out the details to organize and schedule the events from June through August. We’ve had many enjoyable and actionpacked days, and our journey will continue in August.
Home Notes: Celebrations abound at the Thanksgiving Home
April was a month of celebrations and much to appreciate. We had a 90th birthday celebration for Wanda Noyes on April 4 including her family and friends. Personal care staff Dee Bouck worked with residents to hand paint Easter eggs for the tree in the activity room.
Home Notes: Workshops held for Thanksgiving Home residents
We welcomed Linda Keller, Ph.D. of the Bassett Research Institute and Ida Baker of NYCAMH who presented a six-week workshop for residents and staff.
Home Notes: Residents enjoy harvest dinner
The month of October was absolutely GOURD-geous at The Thanksgiving Home. We started off the month with a beautiful and festive harvest dinner for both staff and residents. As one big family, we sat around warm plates of turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious corn casserole and fresh rolls.
Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September
“Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” -- Sylvia Voirol
The month of September began on a damp note at the home. The rains of Hurricane Irene, flooded basements andwashed out roadways making it impossible for some staff to get to work during their scheduled times. Thank you to all who helped cover for each other during the rains!
Home Notes: August is opera season
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” - Langston Hughes There is a never a shortage of humor at the Thanksgiving Home, andAugust was no different.
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