Recently, my friends Sandra and Kirk were here visiting from the Chicago area. It was wonderful seeing them again and catching up on their many and varied activities which are always interesting beyond description. In her note that followed, she said: “Visiting you, kind of felt like a cruise ship—you could eat with a group if you want; have many different activities and functions in-house, and when you want an excursion off-premise, there’s a van to take you.”
She’s absolutely right. Living here is a lot like living on a cruise ship and this week is full of excursions….Monday was lunch at a Jalisco’s, a Mexican food restaurant, with my friend Lynn. Last night I had dinner at Martinelli’s with birthday girl, Ally, and friends from Abilene, Cathy and Nancy. Tonight I’m having dinner in Lindsborg at the Swedish Crown with a group from here. The Palace bus will be leaving here at 4:00 for the short trip to Lindsborg. Tomorrow night I’m having dinner with Todd and Karen. Friday I’m joining Lynn, her mom and friends at Olive Garden. If I were still living alone at home, I wouldn’t experience a fraction of this activity.
There are a few things that are different from cruising …there is no shortage of alcohol but there isn’t a bar or grill. There is no casino either, thank goodness. But there are other splendid things like “life boats, on-board medical help, social mixers, and I suppose dancing classes should one request them.” And, at the Palace no one seems to intentionally rock the boat.
I love living here.
They are nearing the completion of my apartment. They are waiting for cabinets and then the carpet layer. Then it has to be cleaned completely. That means there is a possibility…possibility…I could move Aug. 16th. That would be the earliest I could move. I still don’t have anyone lined up to do the move. Until I know for certain I can move, there is no point in lining up a crew to move my things.
I went to a new podiatrist yesterday and really do like him. He’s Richard Bradbury and, as it turned out, a friend of Todd’s. He is such a pleasant and thorough doctor and a real relief from the last one I saw who has to be the rudest guy in the business. Bradbury is a very popular choice among the residents here, who like me, can no longer reach their feet to trim their toe nails. He also married the sister of the guy who has the Sandstone Bar and Grill in Brookville. They were all friends from Marymount days.
My next door neighbor to be, Hazel Beggs, made scones yesterday. I was on the receiving end of them…blueberry and apricot. With my Assam black tea, it was a perfect way to start the morning. Hazel loves to share food, as do I, and she is an excellent cook. So is Amy Hoffman…a great cook and loves to share. They have reputations for being the best cooks in the Palace. Lucky me. After I move, Hazel will be next door and Amy lives directly across the hall. I think the three of us will have great times sharing and enjoying the products from our kitchens. Yes, that will be fun.
Now off to sittercise class…
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