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September 15, 2011

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.

Those of us who gather for the crossword puzzle challenge in the mornings  laughed and giggled ourway into a new vocabulary!

Some of us learned words we had never heard before such as “cerise” (which is a  shade of red, derived fromthe French for cherry); “shoat,” which is a young, weaned  pig; and “cloyed,” whichmeans satisfied or satiated.

Hilde Parr, Martha Quinn, Wally Pickhardt, Lois Warrell, Patsy DeBaun and Sandy Brown amused each other by trying to use the new words throughout the day. August was also Opera Season here at the Home.

Many residents and staff,  including Bill Bowes, PatsyDeBaun and Jan Scrafford, enjoyed “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Carmen”. We are fortunate to have the opera house so close to us and took advantage of it.

This month our ecumenical service was a family affair. Sandy Brown’s mother, Episcopal priest Marilyn Sanders, led the service and inspired us with a sermon about the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

Jeanette Hansen, Hilde Parr, Martha Quinn, Ralph Veenema, Alberta Bowes, Patsy DeBaun, Lois Warrell, and Ireland Gable enjoyed Reverend Sanders’ sermon as well as the beautiful music of Dottie Bly.

This month’s birthdays included both bipeds and quadrupeds: Fannie Navarra, Sandy Brown, Joanne Burdick and Ginger the orange cat all celebrated their birthdays at the August birthday party with a delicious applesauce cake.

We husked corn together, and then enjoyed wonderful picnics with all our favorite foods. We also took every opportunity to savor ice cream at local shops as well as ice cream socials and make your own sundae events at the home.

We welcomed two new residents this month, Lois Warrell and Norma Wagner. They are both so gracious and personable that their presence makes our wonderful community even more vibrant!

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  • 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.

    January 3, 2013

  • 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.

    December 20, 2012

  • 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.

    November 21, 2012

  • 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.

    August 30, 2012

  • 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.

    May 11, 2012

  • 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.

    March 9, 2012

  • 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.

    November 10, 2011

  • 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!

    October 14, 2011

  • 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.

    September 15, 2011