We started out the month of November with a trip to a craft fair. Aurelia, Ron, Jose’ and Marilyn admired the craftsmanship of local artisans.
Sheila, Marilyn, Aurelia, and Janet all made beautiful centerpieces for the Thanksgiving tables, then made new ones for Christmas, too!
Richard and Brian came to visit the manor for Veteran’s day. Aurelia, Janet, Sheila and Marilyn all made poppy crafts to present to them in honor of their service to our country.
Just after Thanksgiving, we lost our dear friend, Vinny. He was a great guy, always willing to help out a friend. We all miss
him very much. Thank you to Pastor Prause and Mrs. Prause for coming down to perform a lovely ceremony to honor him.
Sue and Eugene had a great night out, dancing the night away at a party with ARC.
One of my favorite trips this season was to the Osborne Homestead museum in Derby, a beautiful mansion decorated by local garden clubs for the holidays. It was absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, photography was not allowed. Ron, Marilyn, Janet, and Jose’ all marveled at the beautiful displays.
Ron, Jose’, Marilyn, Leo and Sue all went to see the beautiful holiday tree display at the Garden shop in Woodbury
Jose’, Aurelia, Olga and Marilyn loved seeing the gingerbread village at Saint George’s church in Middlebury.
Darlene and Jose’ went to watch the Nutcracker Ballet, performed by the Main Street Ballet company of Woodbury. Sue and Eugene also saw a performance of the Nutcracker with ARC.
Enid loves her manicures, and had her nails done red for the holiday season.
Monique celebrated hanukkah with a menorah on the fireplace mantle. She had coloring pages to honor the holiday.
All our friends came to visit for our holiday party! We had time to chat with Richard and Brian (The Vets), Barbara Lutkus, Rhonda, Bill and Cory, and of course, our special visitor, Santa! Brian Naylor and his wife Beth gifted a beautiful new dart board to the residents. Thank you so much for the very generous gift! It will be enjoyed by all! Thank you to Debbie and Stephen for making a delicious meal for the day! We had spiral ham, chicken wings, salads, ziti, and two enormous cakes!
We played a special game of Holiday Bingo, Jose’ won the $5.00 grand prize! Olga, Darlene, and Marilyn each won $1.00. Eugene, Sue, Ron, and Aurelia all joined in the fun.
To finish out our holiday festivities, we went to see the Festival of Lights display at Hubbard Park in Meriden. What a beautiful sight! Ron, Jose’, Marilyn. Aureelia, and Darlene all enjoyed the beautiful evening.
Ron and Aurelia carried on the tradition of decorating a gingerbread house for the manor. We had fun using frosting to “glue” candies on to the gingerbread. (And snitching a few pieces, yum!)
Sandy and Olga enjoyed several shopping trips to Kmart.
We have enjoyed many tasty lunches out, to Pasta Heaven, Subway, The Split Rail, McDonalds, and a new favorite, the pastor’s table luncheon at Saint John’s church in Washington. A delicious home cooked meal made by the church parishoners, and a lovely welcome with open arms by the church members has made this a very special lunch outing.
Happy December Birthdays to Albert and Jose’! I hope you both enjoyed your cakes!
We all wish Sheila a speedy recovery. We miss her at arts and crafts!
Thank you to everyone who made the holiday season extra special for the residents. The staff, who cooked amazing meals, and worked hard through out the holiday season, we truly appreciate all you do. (Stephen has really upped his culinary game, trying out some fabulous new recipes, the residents are very happy with the different food selections!)
Thank you to our volunteers, the Cub Scout troop that came to sing Christmas Carols, and Amanda Hetric, the clarinet player who played lovely Christmas music for the residents to sing along to. Thanks to the generous parishoners of Mary Magdalen church, for donating gift cards to some of the resident’s favorite restaurants for Christmas morning. Without each and every one of you, we could not make all of this possible.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the Boisvert family for making all of the holiday festivities so special, and for their generous gifts.
We wish you Happy Holidays, and health and peace in the New Year!
The Boisverts,Wendy Shreve, and Pleasant View Manor Staff