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Monthly Archives: November 2015


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – This was the very first holiday that my family and I celebrated when we came to this country.  I can still see Papa standing over a huge turkey, large carving knife in hand.  And, Mama serving all the delicious food, a plate at a time… with the anticipation building as all of us children waited with bated breath.   Now, my children and grandchildren come celebrate with me – as do many of the other residents’.  We had a great big setup in the cafeteria and even spill over into the adjoining Events Room.  Beautiful centerpieces were on every table and we had  pre-dinner entertainment–live music with a DJ that Sam brought in for our listening pleasure.  There were 5 huge turkeys, 4 equally large hams, tons of sides, “vats” of stuffing, cranberries, yams and crunchy green beans–everything traditional.  And, who could leave out the pies… pumpkin, yam and apple.  There was something for everyone.  It was absolutely delicious.  After dinner, those who could move played scrabble with the staff  joining in.  There was also Dominoes for the children… others watched the replay of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Personally, I was relaxing in a big easy chair and fell asleep.  My granddaughter, Beth, woke me to say good-bye.  Hope I didn’t snore.




If you’re a regular reader of our blog, then you know how much we all love tournaments… cards, dominoes, scrabble, etc.  Well, today we had a game that we haven’t played in a long while.  Inspired by the fact that today is National Play Monopoly Day.  So, we did!  We had the usual 10 tables of four players each, playing one game.  The winner of that table got to play other winners until there were just two players left… Amanda and Ben.  And… the winner was… Amanda with the silver shoe for the win and second place, Ben with his “go to jail” card.  Amanda won a $10 gift certificate to Ben & Jerry’s, Ben a $5 certificate to Starbucks.  But, boy was this a kick.  Someone pasted a little sign on Park Place saying Holiday Villa East, and do we all feel that way.  We have everything here.  Good weather, good people–staff and residents–good location by the beach, safety and a great feeling each morning.  We do live on Park Place.monopoly-game


It’s time for our annual Sadie Hawkins Day Dance… and boy, am I looking forward to it!  It’s a fun day with all the women running around, picking their favorite guy.  And, the guys are all puffed out and proud of their pickers.  I have to say though, I was surprised at some of the pairings.  As usual, the entertainment room was decorated with pink and blue streamers and at the head of the room hung a pair of old-fashioned woman’s ruffled panties, and a pair of cowboy boots.  Sam had a D.J. who played great dance music from all eras.  Since it was raining, we had an indoor barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, roasted veggies, and lots of sides and chips and salsa.  We had a little more dancing and then, dessert while listening to the music, savorying one of our Chef’s delicious cakes.  White cake and frosting with cream cheese icing and strawberry filing.  It was decorated with hand-drawn ruffled panties and cowboy boots.  Boy, was it delicious.   As the evening wound down, we gathered in the common areas for coffee and hot coco.  Everyone seemed to like their dancing partner and I deem it another Sadie Hawkins Day success!


Veterans’ Day is a bittersweet day for us.  We honor our family, friends and all those who served so that we may have a better life.  We have Veterans from many wars here at Holiday Villa East–even as far back as WWII, one being Wyman. Doesn’t he look splendid in his uniform… still fits!  We placed a large flag outside the front door to show our support of our country.  Basically, it was a day of reflection for those we lost and those who survived, and the many wars we lived through such terrible wars and how they affected our lives.