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Dec 3, 2019 - Christmas Lights in Livingston

Tonight Nancy Napier and I went into town to take photos of some of the Christmas decorations. She drove her car and let me out at each place to take the pictures. First, we drove along Church Street, where some of the businesses and government offices have some beautiful displays. Then, we continued on to Pedigo Park where the City of Livingston has many wonderful lights. There is no admission charge for driving through the park. This is where I went crazy with my camera! Our last stop was at tiny Penguin Park, which has some surprisingly...

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Dec 2, 2019 - Community Band Concert

Tonight a busload of CARE residents went to the First Methodist Church to hear the Livingston Community Band present their winter concert. I always enjoy them. The musicians range in age from the early teens to ninety-somethings. They have several concerts a year.

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Nov 30, 2019 - Two New Escapees Friends

This week I have met two new friends. One of them, Nancy Napier, has been here for several days and plans to stay at least until December 12. We clicked because she also has a Lazy Daze motorhome with the same floor plan as my Daisy. She came here to attend the Boot Camp for new RVers. She only recently retired and wants to visit the West. She rented her house for two years so she would have the flexibility to travel. The other one, Paula, is a “minimalist” who is still working online. She travels from place to place and rents an apartment...

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Nov 30, 2019 - Lights Tour

After dinner tonight two busloads of us went to town to see the Christmas decorations. Our first stop was at Good Golly Miss Molly’s antiques and gift shop to see the model train village. It would take a long time to see all the wonderful details. It is a project of several local people. From there, we drove to Pedigo Park to drive through the beautiful displays. Unfortunately, it began to rain about the time we arrived, so I didn’t get any photos. I hope to remedy that situation later.

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Nov 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving Feast at CARE

Today at noon the residents of CARE and some of our neighbors and friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. The CARE kitchen staff prepared the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, gravy and green salad. Others brought side dishes and desserts which they had prepared at home. I contributed a large can of honey-roasted mixed nuts.

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Nov 26, 2019 - Travelogue by Linda Scott

After lunch today we took an armchair trip to the far Northwest. Our newest resident, Linda Scott, showed some slides of her recent trip to Canada, Alaska and The Yukon and related some interesting stories. It whetted my appetite! She traveled in her motorhome in a caravan with several other women.

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Nov 25, 2019 - Christmas Songs and Carols

This afternoon we were treated to a “mini-concert” by volunteer Fran DeVoss singing Christmas songs and carols. The program was made up of twelve selections: six new arrangements of Appalachian carols collected by John Jacob Niles and six songs composed by him. The only songs I had heard before were “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” and “I Wonder as I Wander” by Niles. Fran has a beautiful, trained soprano voice, which was a perfect fit for the selections.

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Nov 16, 2019 - Farewell to Laura Martin

This afternoon there was a memorial service at CARE for former resident Laura Martin. I played several upbeat songs during the 15 minutes before the service began and then, at the end, I played “Amazing Grace” in a fast tempo. Laura hated songs that were “dragged out”. Since I typically play everything faster than it should be, she liked my performances. Every time I played the piano for our Sunday vespers service she would hug me and call me her “Sweet Angel.” By the way, you need to remember that title. :>) Laura had been in a nursing...

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Nov 2, 2019 - CARE Halloween Party

Tonight we had our annual Halloween party at CARE. There were several visitors. As usual, Brian Brandenburg did a bang-up job of putting it all together. Activities included a Trivia game, Pictionary drawings, a sing-along and a costume contest with three categories. No one would have won a prize for the Pictionary drawings or the singing, though. :>)

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Nov 1, 2019 - “Honey Do” Jobs Completed

This afternoon the weather was very nice, so it was a good time to do some “honey do” jobs on my list. Brad aired up all my RV tires, added insulation to my water hose and helped me install my outside windshield cover. I used to be able to do all these types of jobs myself before my back surgery. I tell you, these CARE volunteers are worth their weight in gold!! The biggest job was airing up the tires, of course. I have an air compressor, which I’d never used, so there were some details that we had to learn. It needed to be plugged into a...

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Oct 31, 2019 - Adult Day Care Halloween Party

This afternoon there was a Halloween party in the dining room for the Adult Day Care participants, which was sponsored by several local healthcare organizations. CARE residents were also invited to attend and wear costumes. There was a prize for the best costume, several bingo games and plenty of treats.

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Oct 27, 2019 - Visit from Carl

This afternoon Carl drove up from Houston for a little visit with me. We sat on the porch swing in the garden, enjoying our cold drinks and the beautiful weather. We attended the vespers service and then had dinner at Patrón Grill. By then it was time for Carl to head back home.

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