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Friday, January 17, 2014

Good People

Hi All!

By the time I got here I almost forgot what I was going to tell you!

First, It HAS been a while.  I can't tell WHO has been here but I see people are reading this and I'm glad.

I am trying to stay away from the computer so I have not been here as much, but I wanted to share with you a proud moment for me here at The Canterbury this week.

We had an informal gathering  to welcome new residents (actually, I ironed and used inherited linens).

One resident suggested we stop our chatting and go around the room and tell each other about ourselves.

a new resident, struggling and a little unsure, received an applause  of encouragement from our group after she spoke.

I wonder who the first person in the room was who put their hands together and started clapping.  That person, like Martin Luther King, saw and heard and felt a need, and made a difference.

So hurray for the good people at The Canterbury.

I hope everyone is able to get to a celebration or think about Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday (if not every day).

I have asked a new resident, who moved from a bigger, more expensive retirement community ("not fancier just more expensive" she says) to chime in about life at The Canterbury so far.  Here is what she said:

"It is very friendly".  "I certainly hope we celebrate Martin Luther King's Day".

So there you have it.

Good to see you again.  If you are thinking about making a move to eaaaasy living, and are at least 55 years young, please do come visit.  We only have two of our smallest units available right now, but we have a waiting list.

Call me for a tour at
(860) 232-4833

See you soon ,


Thursday, November 7, 2013

gentlemen and women

Hi All-

We took our residents on an exciting journey to the Mohegan Sun yesterday.  I love the story being told about another journey, one of Americans returning back from Afghanistan recently .  The way I heard it,  6 servicemen and women had first class tickets home, and 7 others were in Coach on the same plane. 

7 first class ticket holders gave up their seats so ALL the servicemen and women could travel home together in First Class! 

Let me tell you a story about a gentleman here at The Canterbury this morning. 

If our van is full, we have a second trip to the grocery store about an hour and a half later.  You decide which trip of the week is your first choice, and you get to sign up to go at 10am. For an additional trip that week you put your name on the waiting list, which decides if you go at 10 or 11:30am (everyone following this?).  Well ______ (I told her I was writing this but absolutely promised not to name her when I gently let her know what happened later) hopped on the van this morning but she was third on the waiting list (and the 10:00am ride was full).  So David, sitting in the dining room enjoying his morning coffee, gallantly stayed behind and went on the second trip instead of claiming his spot.

I got to hear David's story, from the war, that guarantees in his mind we have a soul.  I had chills. That is a long story short.

Some don't like to talk about the war and their service time.  When it happens I feel honored to listen.

Hope you are enjoying this very cozy rainy day; I am glad to see you again (I can't really tell who is here unless you sign in as a "follower").

Come on over for morning coffee with David next Thursday.  We'll show you around, and maybe tell you a good story.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November

Hi Everyone!  Happy Friday.  Ready to change the clocks back tomorrow night?  I am.  I like an extra hour.  I do hear a lot of complaints though, especially from new moms.

We are having a resident appreciation day, and in the sprit of collecting data for this event I will share some of the interesting tidbits here with you (no names on purpose).

He is a Yale graduate  w/ a degree in Political Science and was a reporter for the Bridgeport Post Telegram . He spent 2 years in the Army at Fort Dix as a public information specialist. A lifelong tennis nut, he worked in NY and also at Heublein in Ct., and then consulted for many yrs.



She taught at the University of Hartford for 36 years.  Since retirement she continues to teach one course each term with specialties in medieval literature, detective fiction, film and international studies.


She raised two children and 5 stepchildren- sort of a brady bunch experience- and now takes special delight in her 9 grandchildren.


Among other things, she has written a biography of Beatrice Fox Auerbach who ran G. Fox and Company where many of our residents have worked and/or shopped.


At present she is at work on another biography of a well-know Hartford citizen, Moshe Paranov who founded the Hartt School of Music and who was the first director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Want to know more?  Email me at
See you later, and Happy November!

Friday, October 18, 2013


Hi Everyone!

I have been neglecting this blog and I do apologize to those who do follow it (I checked the stats- It is SO NICE to be seen from all over the WORLD! Thank-you for that).

I took six days off to just lull, and today I am back and am reminded how it is like family here; not work.  No wonder I have stayed so long. 

Right now John is giving a tour, it is absolutely gorgeous outside, our resident Dorothy stopped in and showed me a mug her daughter made for her birthday, and our van driver, maintenance and housekeeping staff are hard at work.  Thanks Brian (Van Driver) for going to the bank for us...twice!Our cook has the night off; good for her, she deserves it.

Dorothy's daughter took a picture right from our Facebook page and made a mug for her mom.  Check out our page here:

The picture is from when our Property Manager's farm animals came to visit and spent the day on our front lawn.  Dorothy is bending down to pet a goat.  I remember taking a great picture of her with a horse named Sam also.

Linda has completed the Winnie-The-Poo topper for our Atheneum tree; "A beary Merry Christmas". 

I am working on our activities bulletin for next week.  Last week we went to Yankee Candle and this week we are heading to Burlington Coat Factory and the Cracker Barrel restaurant.  Fun!

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather.  The scenery out there is absolutely surreal.  Have a wonderful weekend until we meet again.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hi Everyone!!
I rec'd this email from a friend...I cut it down a little but thought it was important to share, even if I don't know if it is true:

My car's manual says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C.

Open the windows after you enter your car and then after a couple of minutes, turn ON the AC .

ALL of the plastic objects in your vehicle, emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin. A BIG CARCINOGEN.The "acceptable" Benzene level indoors is: 
50mg per sq.ft.

A car parked indoors, with windows closed, will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene - 8 times the acceptable level.

If parked outdoors in the sun, at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. People who get into the car, keeping the windows closed, will eventually inhale excessive amounts of the BENZENE toxin.

 So friends, please open the windows and doors of your car - give it some time for the interior to air out -(dispel the deadly stuff) - before you

enter the vehicle.
I have always wanted to be an Epidemiologist.  I FIND THIS FASCINATING!
Thinking of you, our readers-stay safe! Good to see you again!
Please share your thoughts about this on our Facebook page!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Hi All!!!!

Again I have not been here in a while!  After an awesome office renovation, new computer, and LOTS of new people moving in I am back here on blogger to say hello!

I took pictures through the entire renovation so I will get busy making an album for you to see (it is wonderful).  Brent did the whole thing- really amazing.
I have everything at hand, and life is good.

Our Activities planning committee is meeting next Thursday at 3:00 PM.  We are sure to have a new round of fun trips planned.  Today our residents went to the Clock and Watch museum in New Britain.  I'm not sure where they decided to go for lunch but they beat the rain! 

All our residents and our staff have been watering round the clock to keep our gardens happy.  Some weather huh!?

Jeff finally had a week off.  He went to a dude ranch and had a great time. 
Laura our cook gave us a surprise visit from Ryan at our 4th of July picnic.  Ryan was born on March 25th. He looks fantastic, mom and dad are doing a great job :)  Ryan's dad AND grandfather were here helping with the picnic too.  Take a look on facebook to see those pictures...and some others too (I'm there).

Again, please do not hesitate to be a follower on here.  It doesn't take much time and we sure do appreciate it.
Great to see you again!  Emily

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

So much good going on

Hi All-

We have been through a lot since I was here last.

That said, there's so much good going on here at The Canterbury.  Our residents have already started planning and planting, and now our garden club is meeting weekly because there is so much enthusiasm!

Our friend Nathan from across the street at Bristow Middle School has been running a "games" activity for our residents.  Our favorite so far is "Headbandz", but we will try the game Jeopardy next week, and that is sure to be a hit.

David Eberly is coming to play the piano at our Birthday Party on Friday (If you read this blog why not sign up as a follower... as a present to me- it is my birthday this month!  I would LOVE to hear from you).

We are planning a pot luck and have a lot of people signed up to bring many delicious items.

Bristow Middle school orchestra will be playing here on May 7th.

The list is endless!

I just wanted to say hi, and I hope you all have good things going on also!

Feel free to call us at 860-232-4833 to schedule a tour.  We would love to see you!

Take Care and have fun!  Also, thank you for reading this!