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Nov 11, 2020 - Visit from Carolyn Nottleson

Today Carolyn Nottleson came to have lunch with me. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we had to eat in the garden. It was very pleasant out there, though, because of the perfect weather. She stayed until about 3:00 o’clock. Carolyn is staying in the Escapees Rainbow’s End RV Park for a few days and then she will head to Austin to visit her daughter and her family. She wants to be a CARE resident someday but wants to travel some more before coming here. Her RV has about 250,000 miles on it!

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Oct 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Cases at CARE

Three of our CARE residents have just tested positive for COVID-19. Yikes!! We have tried to be very careful to follow CDC guidelines, so this news comes as a shock. For over a week now, I’ve been battling what I’m 99% sure is a major allergy attack. I’ve been taking Claritin-D but it hasn’t worked for me this time. I went to CVS today and had a consultation with the pharmacist. She told me that the drug loses its effectiveness if it is taken for too long a time and that I need to change to a different medication. She suggested Zyrtec and...

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Oct 30, 2020 - Halloween Eve Party at CARE

This afternoon we had a Halloween Eve party in the CARE garden. The weather was absolutely perfect for such outdoor activities. We had snacks, music and games. Many of the people dressed up in costumes, some of which were pretty clever. The one that I thought was the cutest was Crystal Saulters as a queen bee.

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Oct 22, 2020 - Volunteer Appreciation Party

Right after lunch today we had a special party to show our appreciation to several volunteer couples who have gone above and beyond in helping us since the COVID-19 pandemic “officially” began in March. They helped us in countless ways, including delivering all three meals to us for nearly three months at the beginning. They have stayed here much longer than volunteers usually do (from three to seven months) because other volunteers who had been scheduled to come during this time had to cancel. Now they are getting ready to hit the road...

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Oct 20, 2020 - Visit with Paula D

Paula is here for a few days to take care of some business. She is camping in Lake Livingston State Park. She will head back to Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, with a possible side trip along the Natchez Trace. This would be a good time for that trip because there should be lots of fall color. Today we met in Pedigo Park for a little picnic. The weather was ideal, with a gentle breeze and mild temperature. As usual, we had a very nice visit. I’m looking forward to her next visit.

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Oct 9, 2020 - Harvest Decorations at CARE

Today is a rainy, gray day because we’re on the western outer band of Hurricane Delta. The wind is not very strong, so we aren’t in any danger from wind damage or flooding. We aren’t going to have a Hallowe’en party this year because of COVID-19 but our dining room and garden are decorated in the harvest motif. I like that idea better anyway. It’s much prettier than ghosts, skeletons and such!

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Sep 9, 2020 - Improvements at CARE

For the last several days contractors have been working at CARE. Today Great Lake Circle, the street around my section, is having blacktop applied and smoothed. It was in pretty good condition, so not much work had to be done on it – just scraped off. Tomorrow and Friday the gravel street in front of the CARE building will be completely re-done, with blacktop and some speed humps. That will be especially nice because the blacktop will prevent dust and the humps will slow down the traffic. We’ve seen vehicles going at 30-40 miles per hour in...

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Sep 7, 2020 - Labor Day at CARE

Today our maintenance supervisor, Dave Condit, grilled hamburgers for us; he always does an excellent job of grilling. The kitchen staff prepared the typical side dishes. Since they would be getting the afternoon off to spend with their families, they also packed brown paper bags with some sandwiches, chips, brownies and grapes for us to eat tonight. Several of us took our bags back to the dining room and took goodies to share for our “brown bag bash”.

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Aug 26, 2020 - Hurricane Laura

Today southeast Texas is under a hurricane warning because Laura is expected to be a major storm by the time it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast. It will affect us in Livingston even though we are about 100 miles from Galveston. The NOAA forecast for our area is for “below tropical storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.” That’s enough to do some damage. I’ve been playing with my new Casio keyboard but keeping an eye and ear on the weather changes.

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Aug 25, 2020 - New Digital Piano Keyboard

This afternoon UPS delivered my new digital piano keyboard, which really surprised me because I had ordered it yesterday afternoon with economy ground transportation. The new keyboard is larger than my old Roland E35 (76 keys versus 61 keys) and has a lot more bells and whistles. I’m studying the user manual to make sure I know what I’m doing! I’m looking forward to many years of pleasure with my new Casio. I bought the Roland in 1994 and it had served me well until just a few months ago. The new keyboard is a Casio WK-6600. It’s my...

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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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