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May 12, 2011

Home Notes: Spring is in the air at the Thanksgiving Home


— The signs of spring began like a whisper on the cold winds of winter, but with a crescendo they now shout from the hilltops to the valleys. Dot Gardner, Pat DeBaun, Jeanette Hanson, Dottie Bly, Wally Pickhardt, and Art and Natalie Laidlaw have been enjoying the local spring scenery thanks to country rides provided by Personal Care Assistant, Melissa Bard.

We’ve all enjoyed walks around the home and in Cooperstown, and some of us have been seen sitting outdoors on the porch and patio. The birdwatchers, led by Nancy Rackmyer and including Barbara Mook, Natalie Laidlaw, Dot Gardner, Dottie Bly, Hilde Parr, and Peg Hage, are enjoying the birds as they return for spring.

On April 12, we had coffee, tea and sweets and thanked Karen Lottridge for her years of service and dedication to the home. Karen moved out of town and she will be greatly missed, but we will watch for her at the Yankee games as we know her favorite pastime.

On April 15, we had an indoor picnic followed by the April birthday party. We celebrated resident birthdays for Wanda Noyes, Doris Blomquist, Art Laidlaw, Julia Gil and Ellen Hankin.

We celebrated staff birthdays for Darcey Schilling, Kristen Hext, Kathy Lindberg, Laura Black, Chris Hickling, Sheila Jones, and Sandy Brigham. What a fun celebration!

Dot Gardner, Pat De- Baun, Carol Affourtit, Jan Scrafford, Susan Kenyon and Laurie Blatt enjoyed a bowling game. The fun and fit classes provided by Amy Porter and Maureen Moglia are always popular with the residents. We have also stayed active by continuing our winter exercise competition. We started in January and have continued to track the time spent walking, using the wellness room and any other type of exercise.

On April 27, personal care staff, Jaclyn MacDonald and her husband Scott narrated a spectacular photo tour of their trip to Scotland.

They took us through Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness (complete with pictures of Nessie), the highlands, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye to name a few locations. We learned about the history of Scotland, some of the clans, including the MacDonalds and the Campbells, the castle in Edinburgh, the depth of the lochs (lakes) and the fine whiskeys of Scotland. We extend many thanks to Jaclyn and Scott for sharing their journey of a lifetime!

Spring brings renewed life to our environment, as our close knit community at the home experiences a renewed sense of joy, friendship and family.

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~ Buddha