BY FRANK MILLER
On your mark, get set, go!!!!! We have certainly been off to the races as I am sure that everyone else feels the same way this time of year.
Lap 1: Two weeks, 200 strands of lights, 300 feet of garland, six trees decorated and the outside is decorated.
Lap 2: 46 pounds of turkey, seven sides, three different breads, six pies and 43 for the feast. Lap 3: One little dog came to visit giving 26 +/- smiles.
Lap 4: Caution comes out for three children in the house, Lauren Miller, Ireland and Jameson Gable, who performed one puppet show, one hula hoop show, and four dances for an audience of five.
Lap 5: Twelve different instruments and 18 musicians together make up Small Town Big Band (thank you) and with 18 residents joining makes for a great time. Lap 6: Caution comes out as 18 residents watch Horatio’s Drive.
Lap 7: Caution is still out as 13 residents and staff play Christmas Carol bingo receiving 39+ treats.
Lap 8: Three Christmas trees go up inside and 300 bulbs are replaced as two particular residents continuously pointed that lights were out.
Lap 9: 14 boxes of decorations are sorted through, brought upstairs and decorated numerous rooms. Lap 10: 200 Christmas ornaments go on the living room tree with 12 helpers. Lap 11: Another caution comes out and . . . . . .
Cautions are what we remember and should be out on every lap.
So this holiday season stop counting laps, whether you are the pit crew, the driver, crew chief or spectator and enjoy, appreciate, and savor every moment that puts a smile on your face no matter how little.
BY FRANK MILLER
- 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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