20 Apr 2024


For Easter I usually got an "egg" from Rick. As nobody else offered me an "egg" I thought I will buy it myself and I am sure Rick would very much approve my choice !

It's very cute and cuddly and keeps us company. I have to admit that Rosie ignores it, once she had sniffed the feet.

Again it was horrible outside this time we had hail, storm and of course rain. Wonderful ! Fortunately the activity we had was very nice we were given a letter and had to find the longest word we could. That was quite funny because with a lot of fantasy some people found words, which of course didn't exist. Then as usual we had our coffee. Amandine our occupational therapist announced us that she will leave the residence for another one, where she has more opportunities to exercise her profession, because with us she rather feels like an entertainer ! I don't see much difference except that she will work with heavy brain damaged people ! She is really brave! It is not easy to deal with these sick people. We are all sad to see her leaving but on the other hand she is young and has to build up her career. 

My new friend Lina has her room just on the other end of the hallway, with a not so nice view on the street and houses. Now she got another room, just around the corner it's the same room I have also with view on the park ! Now we are 4 girls on the same floor, who fit well together. That's nice, but we respect each others privacy. 

Lina was not so happy with her new room, because she doesn't know how and where to put her furniture, which curtain to choose etc, etc. So she was happy to hear, that I love to arrange a room, and know already where I will put what I don't need a plan. So I told her what I would do and she was really happy that I would help her. She has a very nice family, her son comes each morning and has breakfast with her, he brings fresh croissants and then he is off to work, at lunch time her daughter always brings a salad and cheese and then they share the menu we get. I have never heard of a retirement home that visitors can bring their lunch to keep company to their relatives ! Even with dogs !

The terrace is cleaned and the summer furniture taken out, unfortunately this hasn't influenced the bad weather ! To us it looks very inviting ! We could play our games outside ! 

I have to force me to go out but I had to buy my fruits and go to the pharmacy. I could order my prescriptions here, but as long as I can move and drive, I will do it myself. 

We ended the Weekend activities with a cross word game. I have never done cross words, my mother could spend hours with her cross words. I didn't find a single one, while a 96 year old found a lot of words ! 

The park becomes green and more green and we are all longing to go out, but it's cold for the season we have almost winter temperatures. I had asked the nurse who was the Easter Bunny, and who is very tall, to look in my wardrobe just under the ceiling to see what was in there ! And she found all my summer clothes and blouses ! Was I happy ! I thought they had gone during the move, and it was dresses I had bought in Egypt for very hot weather, I am apparently an optimist. In a fit of energy, I made space in my closet and hung up the summer clothes, then I asked a young trainee to put my winter coats and jackets on the top of the closet. That made a lot of space. Now it just needs to get warm!

Little Rosie had such long claws that she got stuck everywhere and of course scratched me when she didn't want to. I called my lady groomer from long time ago when I had to go with my long haired Kim. I hadn't seen her anymore since the Covid prison. It was nice to see each other again and we chatted a bit about what all had happened. Rosie who had sang operas in the car, was an angel while her claws were cut. She didn't meow a word ! In the car she started again, but less and finally when we arrived, she smelled immediately where she was. In my room I let her out and she found her cat tree immediately, and finished her claws on her own scratching tower. 

Nearly everything is green by now ! (view from my window)


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  1. It sounds like you are just loving your new retirement community! the grounds are gorgeous!!
    That was so kind of you to offer to help your friend get her room settled.

    How wonderful that the children of your friend come each day to eat with her. That speaks highly of her parenting.

    I hope you have a good weekend with lots of warm sunshine.

  2. You have found very good company. All the rain is making the park beautifully green and soon the sun will come and you can enjoy yourself outside.

  3. I really enjoyed this post. You sound happy and settled in your castle home. Good on you for helping your new neighbor to set up her room. I commend you for continuing to go out shopping and collecting your prescriptions. As you say, while you still can drive and be mobile, carry on doing it. Your gardens are certainly green and lush. I hope you soon have sunny weather and can use that neat patio. xx

  4. All that rain is making everything green up. Hopefully it will stop raining long enough to be able to go out and enjoy the weather and the grounds. That sounds like a wise idea to keep doing your errands out while you can. That was kind to help your friend arrange her new room. I need to clear the winter stuff out of my closet, too. Have a great week!

  5. I hope the two tall trees don't block your view too much when they come into full leaf.
    You really did choose a good place to move to.

  6. It's good to have four of you so close together and able to visit. It's also good to have your privacy.
    Rosie is well cared for and she knows it.
    Thanks for the reminder to switch winter clothes to summer. (our weather hasn't signed up for the changes yet).

  7. It sounds like everything is working out so well for you now that you have your companions in the same part of the building.

  8. Your view is gorgeous! We had to complain last year at the supportive living home my mom is at because they don't take care of the courtyard at all. They let the lawn dry out and get full of weeds and never water the potted flowers they put out in summer. How is that supposed to be inviting for those who live there? It's nice they have activities for you for when the weather is not so nice.


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