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8/20/2014

THE PALACE ON THE HILL…

Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 12:44 pm

The Ivory Keys Cafe is a bevy of activity from 11:15 until 12:30 when things come to an abrupt halt and it  becomes nappy time for the inmates.  You can then walk up and down the deserted halls and feel the pulse of the building’s breathing patterns and what one might describe as close to a waxing-waning pattern of tidal volume and Cheyne-Stokes rhythm.  It’s a little like that game we all played as children when we would run around frantically flaying arms and legs and upon command, freeze in position, however awkward it might be.  For the most part, it remains stone silent with nary a creature stirring until 11:15 the next day when the buzzing of the hive commences again.

Speaking of lunch, we’ve had good lunches two days in a row.  Yesterday we had hamburgers that had been grilled outside, good broccoli/cheese pasta, baked beans and fresh fruit.  Today we had chicken stir fry, wonderful marinated green beans, and egg rolls.  Our new director, Brad Radatz joined us for lunch both days.  I don’t know if the two incidents of his presence and good food are a coincidence or fortuitous accident.   Either way, both are nice and I hope it continues.

This morning was library day at the Palace.  A librarian from the Salina Public library, brings a cart full of books and checks them out in our lobby area.  I ordered books last week which were delivered today:  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller that my grandson Tyler read and recommended; The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, a new-to-me author; and Donna Tartt’s The Little Friends that I hope to finish reading.  It’s a wonderful service to us readers and ever so convenient.

I signed up today for another International Night of good food and frivolity at the Korean Restaurant.  They have a special night once a month and you work your way on to their list in order to get an invitation.  Tim Bobbett will be the chef next month preparing more Sicilian food according to his family recipes. The dinner will be on September 15th and will include:
Appetizer: Beef Stuffed Artichoke with Potato.
Black and Green Olives with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and good Italian Bread and butter.
Soup:        Wedding Soup - Chicken, Vegetables, Little Macaroni.
Pasta:       Macaroni, Italian Sausage (Hot and Mild), Meatball, White Potato, Sweet Potato, Fried egg, and Onion all in a Tomato based Sauce.  The dessert is yet to be determined.  I vote for Italian Wedding Cake.

I missed the last Sicilian night and don’t want to miss this one.  Todd will join me for the evening as he’s always good about trying new and different cuisines and loves pasta.We usually go with Ann and Terry Headrick but they will be on a bus adventure and can’t make it.

We’re starting to gear up here for the Annual Soup Supper.  I volunteered to unwrap pies again this year.  I have the process down to a science now and can do dozens in nothing flat.

Joy is getting a lot of play out of her official duties as Palace Elevationist.  She’s in charge of all the elevator buttons and was told by Brad the director that when she lets people out on the Club Med floor, she is to remind them bathing suits are required.  I’m sure half the people here don’t “get” it, which makes it all more humorous.  You just don’t know how humorous some of our activities are.

I wandered downstairs to try to find Jack Gillam who lives in assisted living on the floor below me.  I can’t call as assisted living phone numbers, and many others in rehab and health care, aren’t listed in our monthly handout directory.  I don’t like to drop in around here as I find it better and easier, as it is in the outside world, to call first.  Well, I enlisted Kim’s help and we headed to Jack’s apartment after learning he wasn’t with Betty at the moment.  He was sound asleep so we didn’t disturb him.  I wanted to tell him about my recent visit with Sybil Scales and relay messages from Tad Scales.  But the trip wasn’t all in vain as we ran into Letha Haist, a lovely person for certain, who shared fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers with us. There are so many nice things that happen around here accidentally. I love living here.

That’s about all I have to relate from the Palace for today.

Thanks for tuning in…

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