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Jul 4, 2020 - Independence Day at CARE

This morning the weather was ideal for our annual July 4th golf cart parade. The temperature wasn’t too hot and there was a nice breeze. I think there was a record set for the number of participants in the parade – 20 golf carts, a three-wheeled motorcycle and a four-wheeler. All of them were decked out with patriotic decorations and many of the people were dressed up, too. The parade began at 10:00 and lasted about an hour. I wore my red, white and blue (regular clothes) and rode with Nina Dobyns in her golf cart. She had candy for the...

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Jul 1, 2020 - Picnic in Pedigo Park with Paula D

Late this morning Paula and I met at Pedigo Park (a Livingston city park) for a picnic lunch. We found a picnic shelter close to the park entrance, under some large trees. Not only were we well shaded but there also was a wonderful breeze. It was just about perfect. This was our last chance to visit before she hits the road again. Paula was full of stories about some bizarre dealings with Motel 6 and the Livingston Municipal Library. The motel’s internet connection had failed late Friday and they refused to give her a full refund for the...

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Jun 23, 2020 - Visit by Paula D

This morning my roaming friend, Paula D, came to visit me. She is in Livingston for a few days doing the things she needs to do to become a legal Texan. She teaches online English classes for non-native speakers and does some other work online; so she can work from any place where there is good Wi-Fi service. It was good to see her again. We had our lunch in the CARE garden and had a very nice visit.

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Jun 13, 2020 - New-to-Me Camera

Earlier this week Lewis, a fellow CARE resident, gave me a 6.0 mega-pixel Sony Cyber-Shot camera from 2006. He said that it is too complicated for him! Of course, it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the newest models have, but it is still a versatile little camera. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and it came with a multi-function cable, a battery charger and a nice case. It is small enough to fit into one of the pockets in my purse, so I’ll carry it all the time. This morning I took it on a “test drive” in the CARE...

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May 29, 2020 - Karaoke at CARE

This afternoon after our usual root beer floats, we enjoyed some karaoke entertainment in the multi-purpose room. Kevin and Nancy brought their karaoke equipment, which is very nice and up to date. We had solos by Kevin, Nancy, Mary and Ashley; and I even tried my hand at it for the first time ever. I sang only one song (“Could I Have This Dance”) because I was hoarse from eating the ice cream.

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May 11, 2020 - Pandemic Rules Relaxed at CARE

Today the pandemic rules were relaxed a little at CARE. We are now allowed to eat all our meals in the dining room – still with the six-foot social distancing, of course. We must wear our face masks when we enter and have our temperature taken. Staff personnel and volunteers bring our meal trays to us and then bus the tables afterwards. The tables are still far apart and only one couple and one single person can sit at a table together. Those who still prefer to eat at home can have their meals delivered. The occasion was festive today....

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Apr 26, 2020 - Birthday Surprises

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I hadn’t expected anything special for my birthday today. However, when I stepped outside this morning to go to breakfast, there was a little gift bag for me! Nina had given me a lovely card and a bottle of Body Fantasies “Fresh White Must” body mist. I really like the fragrance. Nina is such a generous person! Later this morning all the volunteers at CARE surprised me with a balloon and piece of birthday cake, complete with a lit candle. They sang the birthday song, too. They are such special people. I...

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Apr 12, 2020 - Happy Easter!

This may go down in history as the most unusual Easter Sunday ever. It really seems strange not going to church and having the good live Easter music and sermon. Thank God for technology! Along with three others, I watched the live streaming of the sermon from our church. It was better than not having a celebration at all. We are still “sheltering in place” at CARE. Several residents had been quarantined because they had seen a doctor who later tested positive for COVID-19. So far, none of them have shown symptoms of the virus, thank God!...

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Mar 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Precautions at CARE

Until two days ago there had been no known COVID-19 cases in Polk County. The first case diagnosed is a local doctor, who is the primary care physician for several CARE residents. Three of them had seen him right before he was diagnosed, so they are now self-quarantined in their rigs for two weeks. CARE staff members and volunteers are taking extra precautions to keep all of us safe. Restrictions have been strengthened above those included in the original announcement by our CARE Board. Our dining room has been re-arranged (with several...

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Mar 19, 2020 - Stolen Mazda Found!!

Today we received the good news that our stolen Mazda has been found and recovered. It was on a four-wheeler path in the Big Thicket, about 26 miles from here. It had only minor damage. The keys to all the CARE vehicles were in the Mazda. Today our maintenance men have been busy re-keying all the cars. Unfortunately, the culprit has not yet been arrested but we’re confident that he will be caught soon.

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Mar 18, 2020 - Break-in at CARE

This morning we were greeted with the unsettling news that someone had broken into CARE during the night. The thief entered through the kitchen door and then broke into the business office, which is just across the hall from the kitchen. He rummaged through things on Laura’s desk, found the keys to the Mazda and stole it. It was the newest car in the CARE fleet. The crime is being investigated by the Livingston police department and the Polk County sheriff’s office. Most of us believe that the person was someone who has either worked here...

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Mar 17, 2020 - St. Patrick’s Day at CARE

This afternoon we had a little St. Patrick’s Day party in the dining room. We had some snacks and music by Brian Brandenburg singing and playing his ukulele and by Carl Perry playing a Native American flute to accompany backing tracks. We all enjoyed it.

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