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Monthly Archives: January 2016


Today is National Puzzle Day, and our puzzle of choice is a jigsaw puzzle.  Here’s a bit of trivia… did you know that John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker, invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767 as a map learning tool for children.  From there, it was commercialized and children and adults of all ages developed a love for the game.  Personally, I was an avid jigsaw player in my youth and got back into it as a senior with more time on my hands.  Today, we have 10 puzzles with the same picture and level of difficulty… a lovely ocean scene… how appropriate for our little beach community.  Our usual number of  teams participated, and then, the fun began.  Each team had two hours to solve the puzzle.  Notice Murry in the photo below.  He’s so serious and formal–he always wears a tie.  He’s difficult to get to know, but once you do, he’s a sweatheart.   A real mensch.  The team with the most completed puzzle won.  And, our winners were Jeffrey, Nicole, John and Pam with 90% of their puzzle solved, their prizes being… you guessed it… a puzzle!   A large, beautiful seascape that will give them hours of enjoyment.  Pam is already planning on mounting her completed jigsaw on her wall.  We all had an enjoyable day complete with a nice lunch before the tournament.  Chef went for a summer theme with hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers (my favorite), coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, chips and salsa, dill pickles .. and a fresh fruit salad and delicious chocolate cupcakes decorated with jigsaw puzzle pieces–how fun!  After the games, game tables were cleared away and we all gathered around.  Some watched TV, others went outside to soak in the warm ocean air and read or mingled about.  Others slipped into the dining area to sip coffee/tea/hot cocoa and eat leftover cupcakes. It was just a nice relaxing time to wind down the day.



Popcorn… yeah, one of my favorite foods.  All flavors, all shapes, all sizes… I’ll eat it.  And, today is National Popcorn Day.  Boy, did we have fun with this holiday.  First, Sam rented an “official” popcorn maker for us and Chef made popcorn in a variety of flavors.  Cheddar, kettle, spicy–for us daring ones, herb blend, and a dessert batch with chocolate chips.  I tried to be among the first to taste each batch as the popcorn was nice and hot.  Yummm.  For today’s event, we decided to have a popcorn & Yahtzee tournament.  We teamed up in the 12 teams of 4.  10 were women versus men.  The extra two tables were because some of the staff wanted to join in. We all ate popcorn, played Yahtzee and had a hoot of a time during the afternoon.  Winners… Jake and I… yes, I won!  And our prizes, great big bowls of popcorn… just kidding.  We won miniature popcorn makers for our rooms.  What a great idea when we curl up with a good movie or family come to visit.  My grandchildren will love this!  It’s very heartwarming that the staff of Holiday Villa East truly enjoy our company and want to participate in our lives.  It’s more than a job for them and we, residents, truly appreciate them.


Today is the birthday of a great man who changed the face of our nation.  He was the father of the American Civil Rights Movement and deserves to be celebrated and honored for his part in changing history and making such an impact on millions of lives.