Green Acres Manor News - Summer 2014
It's been a little while since my last newsletter. It seems that we all communicate quite a bit via your visits and emails. I don't always know, however if everyone knows everything that is going on at Green Acres, and hence, the newsletter!
We have been experiencing a very nice summer to this point. We've had nice warm days, not too many hot ones, and no precipitation. I say no precipitation is good because of my taking care of the vineyards. With rains come increased disease potential. The garden is doing very well with all of the sunshine and warmth it is getting. Pretty much everything is starting to come in now...zucchini, squash, peppers, beans, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, peaches, plums, different lettuces, and all kinds of herbs. I don't even know all of the stuff Monica planted!
The peaches are coming from the two new peach trees I planted about 8 weeks ago now. I started a landscaping project out front that I'm sure you have all seen. We ripped out a lot of the evergreen shrubs/bushes nearest the driveway, and then I resurfaced the walkway there up to the house and installed low voltage lighting to make the path visible at night. The area where the evergreens were was then planted with the two peach trees and now includes a path and more lavender. This is all stage one! It was delayed some due to me having a herniated disk in my back. I've been moving a lot slower of late. I've been feeling better now this past week, and I think I am ready to start stage two. You'll just have to wait to see what that is???
Weather permitting, I have also started the process of repainting the house. I did this about 7 years ago, and it is time again. The sun can be very hard on the color and the wood siding itself. It always makes a huge impact on anything when you put a fresh coat of paint on it. I am also upgrading inside the house with new, updated smoke detectors for the hardwired system. There's nothing better than feeling extra safe. We also have a new washer and dryer in the long hallway laundry room.
Our charity wine event was a great success this past May. We raised over $10,000, and are well on our way to our $12,000 goal. You are more than welcome to continue to donate with all checks written to the Alzheimer's Association. It was great to see so many of you there, as well as previous families whom have already lost their loved one here. We appreciate the support and love having this very special fundraising event. It blends my love of what I do here at Green Acres with my love of the wine world.
We have our Sonoma County Fair outing coming up soon. We will be going on senior day, Thursday, July 31. Please let me know if you would like to join us. We can only take so many residents due to staffing, so family involvement means we can take more residents. We load up everyone here at 10am. The fair opens at 11am. We usually leave around 3pm give or take. We enjoy lunch there as well. I cover all of the expense, so it is a great opportunity to spend the day with your loved ones outside of our property.
Our next big event will be our 2nd annual harvest celebration. This has taken over for our summer anniversary party. The date has not yet been determined, but we are thinking late September or early October.
We had to say goodbye to one of our family here this past month. Jojo passed away on July 2, and is now at peace with her family that has gone before her, and is in a better place. She had been with us almost two years, and was a very special person, as all of our folks are. We will miss her very much.
Monica and I...and Buddy...will be going on vacation August 9-17. We will be heading down to my old home in San Diego to visit family and friends. We'll also spend a few days with friends in the Santa Barbara wine country.
I think that about covers it for now. Take care, and we'll hopefully see you all soon.