Green Acres Manor News - Winter 2011
Happy New Year all!
I know it's been a little while since my last post. I pray that everyone has had a wonderful start to their new year and that you all enjoyed the holidays. Monica and I spent a little time away in December for vacation, and then had a very nice Christmas here with our residents opening gifts and eating candy & cookies and gaining weight! We were also blessed to spend a lot of time with Monica's family who had just lost their patriarch, Monica's father, right before Thanksgiving. He was 91.
This season has at this point probably been the worst when it comes to illness. I believe every resident has been sick with something, as have most all of the staff. This has kept us extremely busy keeping everyone as healthy as possibly, seeing or communicating with doctors, staying hydrated, cooking up lots of chicken noodle soup, staying warm and comfortable, and sanitizing everything in sight. Unfortunately, we did lose two members of our Green Acres family. Marci Supple passed away in January and Lorraine Johnson passed away in February. Both of these marvelous ladies had been with us for quite some time, and will be deeply missed. We thank both families for giving us the opportunity to have cared for them, and to know and love them.
We will also miss one of our staff, Marilyn, who after four years with us is now going to nursing school to further her career in the medical field. Congratulations and good luck to her as she pursues her dreams and aspirations.
We did add a new little member to our family. His name is Buddy. He is the cutest little puppy you have ever seen. He is a Border Collie and Sheltie mix. He was three months old when we got him at the end of January and is growing by leaps and bounds. So, don't be surprised if you see him working in my office on your next visit! He has spent a little supervised time with the residents, and they love him. He will be able to spend more time with them as he is better trained.
The house has had a little work done on it as well. I have done a lot of painting this winter. Almost all of the bathrooms have been painted. We touched up all the trim work around the house as well as in the living room and entry way. We painted some new doors in the short hallway where rooms 3,4 & 5 are. I also had new flooring put down in that hallway to match the dining room. It really looks nice. We also did some work on the roof to help protect us from the rain that we haven't had yet this season! We're still hoping for more. Soon, we will be out in the garden.
I also have done a little wine making over the past few months. This season, I have made a Chardonnay, a Merlot, two different Rose style wines, a port, and a Zinfandel. It is all resting comfortably now! You all may have the opportunity to taste it soon at our 2nd annual Charity Wine Event for the Alzheimer's Association. This year we are thinking of having it in June...so...clear your calendars! We'll send out a save the date once we finalize the actual date. We appreciate all of your support.
I hope to see you all very soon. Take care of yourselves through this difficult cold and flu season. God bless.