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Monthly Archives: February 2016


Today we celebrate caregivers… some of our residents need a little assistance so they have caregivers.  These wonderful people allow them to have more independence… thus, enabling them to stay at Holiday Villa East.  And, they are worth their weight in gold.  They’re family and part of all of our lives.  Here are Cisero and Maria dancing away at our New Year’s Eve party.  We love watching these younger people take part in our lives.  Many of us would be lost without their kind, loving devotion.

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Today, we celebrate Presidents’ Day, honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of the most important presidents of our country.  Each famous in his own right, being responsible for shaping the direction of our country.  They even share a wondrous stone monument, Mount Rushmore, literally carved in the side of a mountain.  And, who can guess the other two presidents alongside them?  Why Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.  So, let’s give a cheer for President Washington, the father of our country, and President Lincoln, freer of the slaves.  We owe them both a tremendous debt of gratitude.



The day of love… or like depending on your situation.  This holiday is full of memories.  So many memories.  As a child trading Valentine cards at school.  As a teenager, going to my first Valentine’s Day dance with Fred Cohen.  And, finally, getting married on Valentine’s Day under the Chupa to my dear Meyer.  It was a beautiful wedding and marriage that lasted 55 years!  I still keep the spirit of the day, even now.  Here at Holiday Villa East, we’re like kids on Valentine’s Day.  The dining and entertainment rooms were decorated with red and white banners, there was even a large Cupid adorning the wall.  Each table had a little vase with a one rose and there were little heart candies spread around the table, along with chocolate hearts–one on each place.  We had a delicious lunch of baked fish, veggies, sweet potato fries, salad, veggie spring rolls, and for dessert… a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing complete with hearts and Cupid decorations.  Boy was it good!  I had seconds.  Afterwards, we retreated to the entertainment area for board games.  Checkers, backgammon, chess and scrabble.  The theme being board pieces.  It was a free for all, whatever struck our fancy with people huddling in groups for their favorite game.  Others cozied up to a comfortable chair or the sofa, reading, chatting… some going outside.  It was a beautiful day with a warm ocean breeze, unusual for February, smell of the ocean in the air.  What a lovely day ending with a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or coco, depending on your fancy… and of course, left over cake.  Couldn’t resist is was so good.





Yep… that’s right.  Today is both National Pizza Day AND National Bagel Day.  This is the week for special food and we love it!  We just could not resist, even after all that Chinese food yesterday.  For breakfast, Chef prepared a delicious bagel spread for all with lox, cream cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion… and fresh fruit.  We got to choose our flavors from onion, pumpernickel, rye, egg, everything and plain… boring, but no accounting for taste.  I enjoyed two bagels with all the fixings.  Just wonderful.  For dinner, it was a different story.  We had pizza… my favorite–what can I say?!  Chef made pepperoni, vegetarian (my choice) and cheese.  And, did he make a lot of them.  Everyone loved the treat and we ate like we were kids, well, kids with senior stomachs.  There was a lovely caesar salad to go along with the pizza, and for dessert… spumoni.  I haven’t had that since I was a kid.  Not to be forgotten were the sugar cookies.  I’m set for another 6 months until we have pizza again.  That’s one of the things that I especially love about Holiday Villa East… they make it fun for us in both deed and food.  You’ll not be bored here.

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Chinese New Year is a fun holiday for us to celebrate in that we get Chinese food for dinner.  Yes!  It’s my favorite and I’ve been known to thoroughly pig out to the point of being stuffed silly.  Brenda placed a large colorful Chinese Dragon on the wall for decoration and Chef went all out with a delicious Chinese meal of chicken chow mein, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, fried rice, mixed vegies, vegetarian egg rolls and a surprise for us vegetarians–tofu eggplant!!  It must have taken the staff hours to prepare everything, and it was well worth it.  We all enjoyed our meal tremendously and really appreciated it!!  And, at the end, fortune cookies were passed out.  My fortune read, “It’s time for some real excitment.”  A little corny and vague, but we’ll see.  We played a game when we read the fortunes.  You put the phrase “in bed” after every fortune.  So, mine read “It’s time for some real excitement in bed.”  Ha… we all had a good laugh.  I’ll let you know what happens.  After the meal, we retreated to the dining room, for Chinese tea, coffee, and hot chocolate along with  orange slices and assorted cookies.



Super Bowl Sunday–a great day in sports, something to celebrate even if you’re not a football fan.  We had a crowd of people over.  It’s an excuse for people to watch the game, talk, and eat all sorts of food until they’re stuffed silly, plastered in front of the TV, or off talking in the garden.  Just because we’re older doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves in a little football madness.  To that end, the weather was very nice–a warm ocean breeze–so we had hot dogs, hamburgers, three party-sized subs, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, salsa… there was something for everyone–including the greatest football-shaped cake.  It was such a hit last year, that Chef duplicated it.  Chocolate with chocolate icing and green and yellow M&Ms.   I don’t know how Chef had time to do that.  But he did and it tasted as good as it looked.  And, what Super Bowl Party wouldn’t be complete without tons of soda, beer… and margaritas!  Both young and old, gents and ladies enjoyed the game on our big screen TV, not to be forgotten was the half-time show and commercials.  Didn’t Lady Gaga do a fantastic job singing the national anthemn?!  Everyone had a great time, even the youngsters.  What a fun day and most especially sharing it with our family and friends.


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