Green Acres Manor News - December 2007
Happy New Year!
As I sat down to write this newsletter I began thinking about what happened in the past
year and what is to come in the New Year. First thing to come to mind are the fun times
we’ve had this past year. The 4th of July BBQ and 2nd Anniversary party, playing bingo
in Oakmont with residents, staff and family members, the picnic outing to the redwoods,
the pumpkin carving day, the ice-cream social and all the monumental birthdays that took
place this past year.
In December Charlie celebrated his 86th birthday and Jack and Patricia turned 88. Happy
Birthday to each of these residents!
It is with great sadness that I tell you of Catherine Rice’s passing. Catherine was 93
years old and passed just before Christmas. When Joe and I think of Catherine we picture
her smile and think about how thoughtful and kind she was. She was always very concerned
about others, had a great sense of humor and was truly a Saint on earth. Joe frequently
commented that when Catherine said she’d pray for you, you knew it was a direct line into
God’s ear. We all miss her dearly but agree with her daughter that her spirit lives on
here and now we all have another guardian angel keeping us safe.
December started with Santa Claus coming to visit the residents and staff compliments of
the Kenwood Fire Department. We had the Kenwood elementary 3rd grade class come and sing
carols. They were all so well mannered. They were very kind and spent time with each of
the residents and brought them each a holiday card. Everyone had so much fun that we’ve
decided to make it an annual event with the 3rd grade class. We were also very fortunate
to have a holiday piano recital featuring 13 students with one of the students doing a
trumpet recital. Each student did a wonderful job and we all enjoyed meeting the students
and their family members. Again, this could be an annual event.
We made holiday cookies with flour and frosting getting everywhere. We sang carols, made
holiday crafts, and decorated the house and tree.
Thank you to all the families who came to help the residents and staff celebrate
Christmas on the 25th. We had a great time as usual and I know it meant as much to the
residents as it did to Joe and I. The pictures are really cute and are available to be
seen on our website at www.greenacresmanorsonoma.com.
We’ve had a very blessed year and look forward to what the New Year has to offer.
As always we wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!