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Monthly Archives: July 2015


Pizza is one of my favorite foods.  It’s just so reminiscent of younger days.  Not to mention it taste so good!  The chef went all out.  He brought in some pizza stones and cooked away for hours.  We had all different toppings, per our request.  Though no anchovies.  We had choices of veggie toppings, sausage and pepperoni.  We also had caesar salads, and a vanilla cake and chocolate frosting for dessert.  Afterwards, we adjourned to the entertainment room, chatted, watched TV, and had biscotti with coffee and tea.  Boy, was that Pizza good!


Today was cause for celebration.  If not for HVE, we would be living quite a different life.  I have been here for 16 years now and the staff and residents make me feel like I’m in a great big extended family.   My children and grandchildren live very busy lives, and here at HVE, I’m not lonely.  I always have a buddy to do something with, or just sit and talk over coffee.  There is a calmness here that is very reassuring, and the staff go out of their way to be helpful and show how much they care.  This is not just a job to them!  Well, to celebrate HVE, we had a great big ole’ party complete with entertainment.  The tables and ceilings were decorated with beautiful purple banners.  There was a keyboardist playing the night away with a number of residents dancing and others bopping their heads away.  It’s nice to know how many of us still have a zest for life.  We had a blast dancing to the oldies.  For dinner, Chef Andre out-did himself.  He made Hawaiian Chicken, cheddar stuffed potatoes, green beans almondine, Caesar salad and vegetable soup with fresh buttermilk biscuits.  It must have taken Andre and the staff hours to prepare dinner.  But, boy, was it worth it.  And, for dessert, we had a huge double layered vanilla cake with blueberry and strawberry filling. And, on top of the cake was a little ocean scene complete with waves, sand, beach umbrellas and some little people.  There is an artist somewhere back there.  After all the goings-on ended, we retreated to the parlor for some cool down time.  That meant hot cocoa, tea and left over cake.  As I retired to my room, I couldn’t help reflect on how my life might have been without HVE. All I can imagine is that it would not be as good as it is now.  I am truly blessed to have found HVE.


Okay, today, it was the men versus the women, playing Scrabble.  Yes.  That’s a game that I’m really good at.  It was a hot and heavy competition.  We had tables set up for 8 teams, 4 per table.  We always get a large turnout for this game.   We took the winner of each team and had them play each other.  We then took the winner of each of the 2 tables and had them play a game against each other.  Well, guess who won, it was Betty.  Was she excited.  She won a $10 gift certificate to Mrs. Field’s.  That should satisfy her chocolate tooth.  The tournament took all afternoon.  Afterwards, it was time for dinner and, after that, we all retired to the entertainment room to relax.  Well, I didn’t win, but it was certainly fun.

Ben & Jerry’s Outing

Okay, what is Summer without ice cream… nothing!  So, what does that mean, why another trip to Ben & Jerry’s… our favorite ice cream parlor.  Plus, we get the fringe benefits, by the ocean, fresh air, and people watching.  I especially like to view the teenagers playing with their phones.  They seem to  interact with each other more through the phone that talking over the phone.  My, hasn’t the world changed.  Anyway, as usual, the ice cream was delicious.  I had a triple scoop of chocolate raspbery in a Belgian Waffle cone.  Mary a double cup of chocolate, she’s watching her figure.   Manny, Fred, Joe, Alice and Betty were also there.  We had a crowd!  Afterwards, a couple of us walked down to the ocean, and some stayed to relax.  We went home about 5pm, just in time for dinner.  Yes, we could eat again.  Just because we’re older doesn’t mean we can’t pack it away.   After dinner, I pulled up a lawn chair and reveled in the fact we have such a lovely home, filled with great people, fun things to do, a lovely garden, fresh ocean air and, not to forget, a really nice room.  I couldn’t afford another place like this.


Independence  Day… 2015.  Who would have imagined.  So much time and so very much change!  Well, the Holiday Villa crew celebrated in our own way with a barbecue and games.  And, did we have a very fun day.  First, we invited our families to join us.  there were people our ages down to George’s 3-month granddaughter.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a youngster.  We had hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, macaroni and cheese, tons of sides, chips, a huge chocolate cake and watermelon.  Everything for a traditional 4th gathering.  As well, we laid out game tables inside for backgammon, poker, scrabble, bridge, dominoes and monopoly0–some for the kiddies too.  Many of us chose our game of passion and went to it.  Others, curled up with a good book by the windows taking advantage of the warming sunlight.  And, still others, crouched by the TV, watching the big game.  Of the games, Sara ended up being the team champion having started at the backgammon table.  Her prize was a gift basket filled with assorted European chocolate, French cookies, fruit, sparkling cidar, and lots of other goodies.  Boy, wish I had won.  All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day.