Another good year is drawing to a close and as I reflect on it, I’m more grateful than ever that I’m living here at the Palace. Although my kids and grandchildren are very attentive to my needs and wants, and share an endless amount of their love, I don’t want them to be unnecessarily inconvenienced or think they are responsible to supply me with attention. Living here takes almost all that stress off them and since they know I love it here, I don’t get lonely (it’s not my nature) and I have everything I need to be comfortable. That includes my computer, stacks of books, good music, The Wall Street Journal, and most of all…I’m surrounded by good, helpful, kind, pleasant people. The family comes to visit as often as they can and I love every minute they spend with me. That goes for friends too. When I’m with my kids and grand kids, that is life at its best.
I really, really, really miss my Ellsworth friends and friends elsewhere, but that’s what happens when you get old and life situations change. I can’t “get” to them and most people aren’t inclined to visit people in retirement centers. I know about that. I was in that position too for a long time. I miss them but can’t do much about that. I’ve learned that I’m physically uncomfortable when I leave the Palace, except when I visit Todd and Karen. Their house is user friendly for me and I’m comfortable there. I can’t do steps and it’s generally hard for me to “get around”. It’s best if I just stay “home”.
Since I moved to the Palace, Ally and Karen have changed my sheets. For months now Karen has been changing my bed and washing my sheets. I want to make it easier for Karen. Previously I have been doing all my own laundry as the facilities here are nice and convenient; however, the process just wears me out. Sometimes it thoroughly exhausts me so yesterday I sent all my clothes to the laundry here and am ecstatic with the results. They picked it up at 8 and by 10 it was returned neatly folded or on hangers.
They washed all my clothes in one 55 gallon load, containing only my clothes, and, I’m told they rarely lose anything as they label the washer as containing my clothes. When they move them to the dryer, they move my name tag to the dryer. That load can include my queen size sheets and pillow cases, large bath towels and wash cloths and almost the entire contents of my closets. They charge $10 for doing that, folding/hanging and returning them to my room…and putting them where they belong. It just took me this long to figure all this out. There are many kinds of service the Palace offers like this to make living here carefree. It’s perfect.
Sharon helps me for an hour every two weeks with my housekeeping. She’s marvelous and most helpful. That’s about all I have needed as my apartment is all new and not that large. She’s going to change that to include more time for me so that she can make my bed and tidy my closets, kitchen and refrigerator. She agreed I could scream and yell at her until she makes my bed perfectly as Karen does. No one can make a bed as perfectly as Karen.
I use a lot of distilled water in my humidifier and C-Pap machine. It’s about $1.00 a gallon at Dollar General just down the street. Todd and others would stop and get me as much as they could carry until I called Key Rexall and asked what they charged. I can’t recall exactly, but think $1.13 a gallon…and they deliver anything, or a truck load of stuff, for $1.48. So, once I figured that out, I order a case of six gallons quite often. Sean delivers it to my apartment, takes it out of the case and distributes it for me where I need it. And I give him a nice tip for doing all that for me and we both are happy. Todd is happy too.
Salina Public Librarian, Lori, comes to the Palace once a month and brings a random selection of books and ones I special order from her. I send her an email with what I’d like. She brings them here to the Palace, I keep them a month and she retrieves them. There is also a very nice well-stocked library here at the Palace. You just take a book and return it when you’re finished.
There is something new every day to learn about living here. It just takes time to make all those adjustments.
Shannon called me yesterday and we visited about his new driveway. What a wonderful improvement it is. I just love it that Shannon, Lindsay and their boys live there. They use the house just like Brit and I did for our family and friends. The house is still filled with company all the time. They love it just as much as we did. That makes me feel really good about living here and leaving it behind for his enjoyment.
We’re having a Noon Year’s Eve party shortly….baked potato bar and special things. I have to join my friends now and see what alligators are circulating the moat.
And, the “girlz in the hood” are gathering any time after 3:30 at Joy’s to put a dent in the New Year. They include Amy Hoffman, Hazel Beggs, Maybelle Mase, Dorothy Carmichael, Carolyn Eland, Margie Wilson, Joy Mansfield… and moi. Yay!
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