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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Dinner at the Rec Hall

Many Leisure World residents attended a great meal at the rec hall for Christmas dinner.
One of our special guests was Theo Soland who attended and all sang happy birthday to her. Theo turned 86 on December 28th. As if we didn't get enough at noon, all (or most) went back at 5:30 PM to finish off the great food. Everyone had a great day with their family and friends.



There was pumpkin, pecan, lemon chiffon and other pies, plus many different dishes making up the menu.









Thanks to the park for suppling the turkey. As you can see, the hall was quite full as friends and families all joined together for a great Christmas dinner.


Friday, December 24, 2010

'Twas the Night Before

Happy Christmas to All....and to All a Goodnight!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joe Petaway

We were shocked today to learn of the death of Joe Petaway. He had been in the hospital lately,but was not considered critical. He had two operations and finally had to have a tube inserted to aid his breathing. The tube was recently removed, he was so happy because he could finally talk. Then we got the call today that he had passed away from complications. Joe and Ruby lived at 157 Queen Palm. They loved their home and being in the park.Cards can be sent to Ruby at 1624 E. Arlington Rd. Springfield, MO. 65804. Their home phone number is 417-883-1187. I'm sure Ruby would love to hear from you. She said that Joe read every name on the get well card that was sent from the park.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

blizzard

I would take a picture so you could see how bad the weather is up here but you can't see anything for all the snow blowing. Worst I have seen in years. Iowa is not passable right now. Guess we will be hiring someone to clean the driveway. Always have to have one bad storm before we leave here. We don't have a lot of inches of snow just wind blowing what we do have.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Festival of Lights

The Hidalgo Festival of Lights - You have to see it to believe it! On December 8th, a few Leisure World residents braved the cold weather and traveled to Hidalgo to have a great meal, ride the trolleys and view the many, many lights throughout the city.
The meal was great - mash potatoes, beef with gravy, green beans, corn, dinner roll, cookie and coffee or tea.
The Festival of Lights was "A Fairy Tale Christmas" with all the beautiful fairies from Hidalgo School serving the guests.

The fairies from the back view with their helpers.

Some of us "Seniors" tried to remember our "youth" as we got in-between all the little fairies...

Jim (Linda was busy elsewhere), Dick, Ray and Millie waiting for the trolley rides to begin.

Ray was trying to stay out of the cold weather, keeping his hands warm with his "John Deere" greens on...

The other half of the group -Bobbi, Trudy, Sue, Stan, Carolyn and Larry also waiting for the trolley rides to begin...


Bobbi and Phyllis found a cute guy to chat with while they were waiting... The trolley arrived and we drove around the city viewing all the beautiful lights.



Everywhere you looked there were more lights of so many different "stories". There were many large displays of cards the children had made which all were beautiful. If you get a chance, you definitely should go to see the display. We all had a great time.

December Pancake Supper

Wednesday, December 7th - the rec hall smelled like pancakes and eggs. Even though Kay Monroe was not in these pictures (the photographer was also cooking, and Kay had so much on her mind as hubby Harold was in the hospital waiting for gall bladder surgery), Kay definitely had things under control as her pancake crew was busy preparing for their first pancake supper.

Pat LaFoe is patiently waiting for our first customers to come in for the evening, while Jim Edwards (below) can't wait to sell that first 50/50 ticket.


Besides the regular "syrups" for the pancakes, there was blueberry, cherry, peach and apple toppings plus whipped cream which Dorothy Nill and Trudy Hauserman just had to make sure they tasted just right as they were in charge of that department...

Phyllis Connett is patiently waiting for her skillet to return (Dennis was emptying in-between). Phyllis and Coleen Cain were in charge of the 16 dozen eggs which they whipped up - and all were served)...

As fast as he could, Larry Richeson worked on the pancake mixture for the guys to put on the grill. Carolyn Richeson was in charge of the ham but in-between was cleaning up as we all did along the way...

Dick Connett and Larry Hauserman were the pancake flippers - you can also see Dennis Cain behind as he was the "master of all trades" and kept everyone well supplied and in good hands while all was going on...

Some of our first customers waiting anxiously for the tasty pancakes while another group is waiting for the dinner to begin.

We served approximately 81 residents.
Even though there was a lot of work involved, we had a great time working together for this event and I don't think anyone went away hungry.
Thanks to Gary Bringham and Al DeCock who helped the crew in setting up the tables. Thanks to all who joined us for the dinner and a big THANKS to Kay Monroe our great leader - all the time while her hubby was in the hospital.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December Illinois Breakfast





The Illinois Breakfast group is gradually growing. This is our third breakfast with an attendance of 18 residents from Leisure World. On December 8, 2010, we gathered for a nice time at La Gloria which is located on Airport Rd. We were all surprised as the manager had each one draw a folded slip which had either a discount or a "Good Luck" message. Our next gathering will be Wednesday, January 5, 2011 and will be held at Los Gallos.



Christmas

Christmas
Every time a hand reaches out
to help another... that is Christmas.
Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding
That is Christmas.
Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other
That is Christmas.
May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!
Christmas has long been the season of sharing, caring, giving, and providing one of the best opportunities for bonding with family and friends. May you all have a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tears of Joy



On Monday, December 6th, the three sisters (Phyllis Connett, Trudy Hauserman and Carolyn Richeson) shared a cup of coffee with their dear friend Theo Soland at Savory Perks where they presented some Christmas cheer to Theo. Although it was a complete unexpected surprise, Theo was delighted to get the chance to venture out of her comfort zone from the Weslaco Nursing and Rehabilitation home. Afterwards they drove through Leisure World Community to look at the Christmas decorations and stopped by the office to say hello to Shirley. Theo assured us her tears were "Tears of Joy" as she enjoyed her little venture out.


We all enjoyed the desserts and had a great time together.


Whoops!!!Date Error

My apologies to all. The next Gospel Jam will be January 2, 2011. I'm sure most of you caught the error immediately. My mistake, but not the first one I've ever made. I'll blame it on aging,
what do you think???? Sorry.

Mary Gainer

Gospel Jam

Sunday December 5, 2010 was the first Gospel Jam of this season in Leisure World. Quite an
impressive group turned out for the event. Approximately 90 Winter Texans were there for the
Jam. 25 were jammers, (musicians and singers) with 75 listeners enjoying the music.

Refreshments were served at break time with a big Thank You going out to several Leisure World Ladies for their generosity again this year. The ladies donating refreshments were:

Carolyn Richeson
Trudy Hauserman
Millie Dennis
Bev Thompson
Kay Monroe
Millie Lombard
Jeanette Thompson
Marilyn Thompson
Yvonne Grimmius
Mary Gainer

Musicians from other parks in the Valley provide their talents as Stage Band to provide back up for the jammers. Don Barnard, Rodney Crause, John Barrett and Red Merryman volunteered as the stage band with our own Jim Staton playing with them for the first hour. Jim had other commitments but agreed to play for half of the jam. This is no easy task for musicians as they must carry their musical instruments and amplifier if playing an electric instrument. Thank You, Jim and we look forward to the next jam with you. I'm sure most of you know the drummer, Red Merryman, who is a former Leisure World resident.

We could never do this without the help of Larry and Carolyn Richeson taking care of the kitchen and any other tasks required to provide refreshments and comfort for our guests.
Thank You Larry and Carolyn.

Our next Gospel Jam will be Sunday January 5, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Stan and Mary Gainer

Monday, December 6, 2010

Residents' Computers Upgraded

Thanks are extended to Nodel Parks for upgrading the computers provided for the use of Leisure World Residents. Two new computers, operating on Windows 7, plus two new flat panel monitors have been installed in the lounge at the office. Internet and laser printer access are available on both to provide quick access to your e-mail and other browsing sites, and to let you print that letter you've just written.

One quick reminder, the computers are for use by all Leisure World residents, so please budget your time if others are waiting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kansas Breakfast at Beto's December 2, 2010

We had a nice group of Kansas residents that attended the breakfast at Beto's. Eleven gathered for laughter, fun and chats and of course food!! Those in attendence were Floyd & Ruby Lowderman who were in charge and done a terrific job. Red and Sharon Decock, Linda and Alfred Decock, Charlie Green, Larry and Trudy Hauserman and Jack and George Napier. Floyd tested us "old folks" brains by making as many words as possible from "Merry Christmas" and could only use the just those letters, no repeats and no plural's. Now that really got all of us to thinking!! George got a total of 73 words, the smartest student of us all. You may be surprised on some of the words we came uop with, just ask Red Decock!! Floyd ask several questions about Kansas History and Linda won so many times he decided to elimate her of any more games!! For the Kansas residents that missed this gathering, please consider coming next time. It is such a nice way to get acquainted with your fellow Park members and have such a good time. I took several pictures but found out the camera was sat on video instead of pictures SO much for that. Floyd with have to send this student to learn how to use her camera. Sorry!!