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March 27, 2014

Hope for spring springs eternal

It seems that Punxsutawney Phil was correct this year with his prognostication that it will be a long winter. We have had lots of snow and many below zero days and nights and it seems to go on and on. Several people have told me that they spotted robins on their lawns where snow has not accumulated. That’s a good sign. Spring officially started on March 20, which BTW was the 92nd anniversary of my birth.

We ended February with a chicken and biscuit dinner which was shared by residents and staff. It’s always a fun time when we get together like that for a meal. It brings us all closer; figuratively as well as literally. It’s a tight squeeze with all of us in the dining room.

We celebrated Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, March 4. The living room was appropriately decorated and each of us was given Mardi Gras beads to wear. I just learned that in New Orleans at Mardi Gras time one has to display certain parts of the body in order to earn a string of beads. Of course, we didn’t carry on that tradition here at CWTH. We played “Name That Tune.” All the songs were jazz and performed by well known entertainers. Actually they were not so well known to many of us and we didn’t do very well. But we had lots of fun.

Susie Conklin came on Ash Wednesday and on behalf of St. Mary’s Catholic Church administered ashes to everyone who wanted them. We thank her.

We look forward to Mondays and Fridays when Doris Loiacono, proprietress of Sheer Elegance Salon comes to do hair and nails. Everyone on whom she works her magic leaves feeling relaxed and beautiful. Wally Pickhardt has an ongoing joke: when it is announced that Doris is here, he says he wants to make an appointment with her. Wally is devoid of any hair on his head. That is a polite way of saying that he is completely bald.

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