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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Hi Everyone!

How are you?  I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and were able to take a good look at your gratitude list.  I know I did!

Brian, our Van Driver,  is in between doctors appointments for residents and is vaccuuming the van.  Our Maintenance Director Jim is checking in with Hilda and Elma from Housekeeping who have joined the residents and Activities Director Sister Judy at our coffee hour.  We are serving huge, fresh croissants with all kinds of choices for toppings such as creem cheese and jelly (just try to lose weight here).

Sister Judy just announced she's heading out to get a video and Latkes for the Hanuka party.  She's always planning and running errands for the next party or get together.  Jim is lighting the foyer for the festival of lights.  Drive by, you can see it from the street!

Our residents came together in our dining room Monday and Thanksgiving day to celebrate together.
Being around those we love is important, especially during the holidays. If you do not have family and friends around you at least you can do loving things for yourself like get extra rest if your body is asking for it or read a good novel.

Some of our residents work full time and are happy just to have a day off to sleep in, or watch the sunrise and just relax and not have to be anywhere.

There's some folks from Canterbury who had to spend their holidays in the hospital or rehab.  I am thinking of all of them, and wishing they have peace, comfort and joy.

I heard this morning the comment "only the loving find love and they never have to seek for it".  When you walk in the doors of Canterbury you are loved right away, just because you are here!

Hurray, the mailman Ted is here!

Time for me to get to some paperwork...see you soon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Time Flies

Hi everyone!

I can not believe it is November 17th already!
Soon we will have snow.

There is ALWAYS something going on to pull me away from this blog!  Our Maintenance Man realized a resident wanted to ride to Walgreen's but hadn't signed up so he ran out to stop the van.  He asked me to call said resident to say the van is back and ready for her to get on.  So wait one moment.

I ran into our Activities Director who is organizing a dinner for residents who will be here on Thanksgiving.  She is checking the list to see who signed up.

Turns out Brian, if you remember he's our Van Driver, went to the third floor to escort the lady down :)  Awwww....that's service!

Speaking of service....our Maintenance Man, Jim,  took a walk with one of our residents  today because she was feeling a little "blue".  They went to the nearby school to visit with the kids.

This is a popular time for people to move into retirement living.  After paying for the leaves to be cleaned up many do not want to pay for snow plowers or worry about slipping.  Look through your checkbook to see what you pay for utilities and services for where you live now.  I believe you will find that The Canterbury has all those services, and more, for less money.  I'm told  a regular apartment around the corner with no services costs the same or MORE! After approximately 25 years in business we must be doing a few things right!  Have you noticed we rarely advertise?  Most of our residents come from word-of-mouth referrals.

The van dropped off a group of people who are full from eating at Hometown Buffet.  Now they are in the dining room enjoying coffee and conversation.  I hear "did you sign up for dinner in the dining room tomorrow, or are you riding the van to the grocery store"?

There are many choices here.  See for yourself at

Have a lovely evening and hope to see you soon!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Grow old with me, the best is yet to be, the last for which the first was made"

Hi folks!  I love that quote from Browning.  Yesterday, a Canterbury resident and friend gave me an article reprinted from the Detroit Sunday News, in Foward Movement Publications (Cincinnati, Ohio).  As our van driver battles the rain and pulls up to the back door to take Canterbury residents shopping, and our housekeepers pick up the garbage from each resident apartment, let me entertain you with some thoughts from this article.  If you were here you could join the residents who are together in the dining room sharing coffee and conversation about the election.

By the way, we had three residents move in just last week!!  There is "much excitement and ... promise.  Each age...has its special gifts and joys....the rule is to look back with gratitude and forward with hope".   Canterbury residents are 55 years or older.  Some work, some are retired.  Most have in common their downsizing into a smaller space.  Many were hesitant to move but once they did they wondered why they hadn't sooner.  It's easy living, and the energy spent with burdensome chores is now used for enjoyable pursuits!

This article my friend shared with me yesterday said some important things I relay to you today as I have watched people wait too long to make the move to Retirement living, and then need a nursing home by the time they are ready and really needing to move. I truly believe Canterbury is set up to help people stay younger longer, partly because of this well designed easier and safer lifestyle.  "In our youth culture, some persons dread retirement because it is a clear sign that age is upon them.  What our culture {sometimes} fails to recognize  is that youth is not at all the happiest time of life; indeed, because the young often have not found themselves and often lack perspective and inner resources to deal with life's problems, youth may be the unhappiest time".

"Browning was nearer to the truth when he said: "Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be, the last for which the first was made".

"One of the greatest things about growing olde{er} is the simplicity it can give to life.  We no longer are the prisoners of many desires; we know what we like and no longer try to keep up with the Joneses; we are content to find our joy in simple things.  There is outer simplicity as we learn to live on a reduced income and an inner simplicity of desire as we begin to "center down" on life's essentials".

"While retirement is an open door to many of the things we always have wanted to do (deepened personal relationships, travel-although it may be simply to see the sights in our own city-hobbies, and reading), we must not forget...many who seem to have retired in a creative fashion and have made their retirement "the last for which the first was made".

Our residents Gladys and June are two examples of these creative retirees.  Gladys is always busy with what she enjoys: gardening, cooking and most importantly to me, helping people.  She was at the office door with a plate of home-made muffins yesterday, making sure I "share them with housekeeping".  There were plenty for any resident who happened by the coffee maker area.  She often consults with our chefs, helps them chop, and more!

June started a bible study.  She puts what we will be focusing on up on the bulletin board early so those who choose to participate may plan and study and ponder ahead of time.  Our residents Eleanor and Bernice have become friendly visitors to those shut-in.

I noticed residents talking about IDEAS the other day.  The subject I believe, was jealousy, and the topic came up in the scripture they were reading in the bible study the day before.  A whole group of residents, many of whom who chose not to participate in the bible study, participated in a lively discussion about the concept of jealousy.

One of my Favorite quotes is "Great minds discuss ideas; avarage minds discuss events; small minds discuss people" (Eleanor Roosevelt).  When the residents were sitting in the dining room conversing the other afternoon, this quote came to mind and I was proud of our residents.  Of course there are discussions about people we care about and events that are coming up, but it is wonderful to hear Canterbury residents discuss ideas!  They are doing this because they are living life to the fullest here.

I just found a "Gladys muffin" left over from yesterday and had it for lunch  :-)

"The secret of good retirement is, after all, no different than the secret of life at any other time.  The advice to seek happiness directly always has been a fraud; happiness is a mysterious by-product of good battles, of having the wind in our faces, of getting out of bed because there is something God wants us to do...if we have talents we ought to use them..."

What are your joys and talents?  Bring them here and we will celebrate them!
Our Activities Director routinely puts the quote about happiness being like the elusive butterfly.  Chase it and it eludes, but sit quietly and enjoy what you are doing and it will land on your lap.  Just bring yourself, happiness will find you here.

We don't advertise much, for twenty five years we have thrived mostly by word-of mouth referrals.  We were one of the original retirement homes in West Hartford.  Now you have so many to choose from!  We like our size.  It helps our residents blossom and yes, just be themselves.

Speaking of blossom, there is a teeny-tiny dog living here now as of last week, named blossom!  Canterbury accepts pets!  Since I've been here we have yet to have a rabbit move in, but guess what!  Last week Timothy the clean, white red-eyed bunny arrived!  "I gotta go meet this rabbit"! our A.D. just stated.
Our new residents were able to bring their beloved pets with them to Canterbury.  Isn't that nice?!
Well, after some time away I have made up with a LONG blog!  I'll try to come here more often, and give you a little less to read at a sitting!

Take good care of YOU, and try to come over before the snow flies!  If you can't get to us, you can view us at


Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Brian!

We have the NICEST van driver!  Today the cards are rolling in because it's his Birthday!!!!!
His Godson is the developer's son Jeff Roy.  I have wonderful pictures of both of them to put on here next, I just need to go to Walgreen's....Wait 'till you see these great guys!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

As Promised!

Hi Everyone!  It's a beautiful misty morning here at Canterbury Retirement, and our front entrance is filled with flowers.  We may have to cover them tonight as frost is coming.

Okay- Jeremy sent some pictures from the Park Road Parade yesterday.  While our residents enjoy coffee in the dining room and get ready to go grocery shopping via the van, let's see if I can get the pictures here!

You will be able to see me, our van and most important: Eleanor and Barabara!  Inside are Ruth and Saul. goes.....

If you would like more information about Canterbury, please contact me at or come to our website

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The grace of this place

Hi Folks!

I was reading last night and the author unknowingly described Canterbury!  Here's an excerpt:

"...the felt as if everyone had relaxed...the tension had gone and its absence was palpable...a field of grace emerges as people come together...for acts of good intention, such as helping others after disasters.  You can sense the absence of negativity in a field of grace, for example, and though it may not last long, the sensation that negativity has evaporated is akin to the absence of...tension, as if a soft harmonious breeze has filled the room.  Everyone settles into an effortless place of calm and without being led into forming a chorus of breathing together they silently unite into one whole breath.  Such is the absence of negativity and rarely do people emerge rapidly from such inner tranquility.  They want to reside in this grace as long as they can, not because they recognize it as grace but because for a small second, they are aware they are experiencing a calmness that is not self-generated or contrived or imagined.  It is a calmness that has been bestowed upon them and this is a calmness they will seek to return to again and again."

The Author, Myss, is talking about meditating.  When I read it I thought about how it is being at The Canterbury Retirement Community.  Of course I do take some artistic license here as the occasional Ned negative does cross our path, and of course sometimes people do have troubles or emergencies we are here to respond to and help with. 

Overall I'd say the author did a wonderful job explaining one of the reasons Canterbury is so special.  Can this be accomplished at a bigger retirement residence?  Probably, but I think the fact that we are only forty-four residences helps with the true community feel.  People know each other here and both staff and residents have concern, respect and care for each other.  You can feel it when you visit, and you can see it and read about  it on our website ( under "resident testimonials".

We are  THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN TOWN, but not anymore! On Saturday we were where It seemed thousands were; at the Park Road Parade.  Hopefully Jeremy will download some pictures he took at the event (but show them to us before you post them please Jeremy-laugh).  I have some pictures too, but I still have not taken the time to figure out how to transfer pictures from the digital camera to the computer.  I had that on my "to do" list for the weekend but you know how that goes.  The Park Road Parade: sounds like a good topic for my next blog.  I do want to send my heartfelt thanks to the parade goers for clapping as we drove by.  My eyes are welling up with tears as I think about that so I'm going to sign off now!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hi Everyone and Happy Fall!

I heard this blog is popular already! How about that!!!  Thank-you for visiting! 
I have started and saved several notes to you (there's always a lot going on).  I am starting all over and am committed to pressing "send" instead of "save" at the end of this note.

Yesterday I went to the Elmwood Senior Center for their senior fair.  I heard a man say "oh yes, West Hartford's best kept secret!". We really are!  The people who utilize that community center are so friendly and down-to-earth.  It was good to see Gina, Jim from Parks and Rec., Susan from Human Services and so many others! 

Today, Friday, the van is busy taking our residents to doctor's appointments.  People are signing up for our Wednesday trip.  We are going to Sears and lunch at The Olive Garden.

Come on over Monday for a 2:00 p.m.Sing-A-Long in our recreation room, we would love for you to join us.  Call 860-232-4833 if you need directions and don't foget to check out our website:

I just went to the website link to make sure it worked and I re-read some resident testimonials.  Practically every day a resident expresses to me their gratitude for living in a place that supports them so well.  Today it was Ginny who said (don't worry, I asked her if I could share this with you) "people here are concerned about how I'm doing [during my husband's illness], but they're not nosey or gossipy.  I can't get over how generous the people here are with their care".

Bye for now, I think that's a nice place to end.  See you soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Let's celebrate! Choices!

Hi Everyone!

As happens, life will soon take me away from this blog for about a week.  I'll miss you but it'll be fun to update you with all the good news and happenings when I return.

Right now some of our residents are out of the house for an important birthday party; the 75th birthday of Social Security, held at the West Hartford Senior Center.  They are having a buffet lunch and a BIG birthday cake.  I'm told they are expecting over 100 people to attend! Fun!!!! For those who chose to stay home, several of our residents are getting together in our lounge for a game of scrabble.

  Speaking of Birthdays, join us tomorrow for our in-house monthly Canterbury birthday party that begins at 1:30 p.m. in our recreation room.  Dave Eberly, a wonderful piano player, will join us.  Both residents who go to Waldbaums via the van in the morning, and those who choose not to, will all be ready to come together downstairs to relax, eat, drink, sing and celebrate with each other.  Our Activities Director Sister Judy is busy making all the arrangements and shopping today.  If your birthday is in August (and your religion permits) your name is on the cake!
Veronika, our in house hair stylist/ barber, still has a few openings for today and Thursday.

Dinner in the dining room follows at 5:30 p.m., so I hope everyone saves some room for Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Rice Pilaf. Yum!
Update: Our Van driver Brian Soucy says channel 30's Tom Monihan was at the Senior Center event, so watch for us on the local news tonight! If you miss us on the news, you can always check us out at

Good bye for now, and good seeing you!


P.S. I believe you may click to the right to be a follower of this blog.  Please do!  That would be inspiring!  Come on along and Let's Celebrate Life at The Canterbury!

Monday, August 16, 2010

My New Blog

I'm new to this blogging idea, I'll need to warm up a little.  If I press "publish" by accident and this seems unfinished just bear with me.  I'll figure it out in time (smile).

Our Resident Gladys McFetridge has developed fabulous perennial gardens all along our grounds.  Everyone enjoys the beautiful flowers and plenty of our residents do stop to smell them!

We have a new resident moving in soon, to add to our great group of men.

 An owner (investor) just let me know he may selling his 1 Bedroom apartment with a Den.  His mom lived here and he's been like family to us.  He calls every once in a while to say "hi" and to see how we're doing.  Our larger apartments are very popular as there are only so many in the building (on the ends). They are also nice if someone needs a live-in helper later on. 

We have great meals here, for example, we
 are having Chicken Salad with Grapes and Avacado for dinner tonight along with Tomato Bisque. 
Come for a tour of our gracious dining room at

They are predicting storms tonight so stay in if you can and stay safe :)

The Pharmacy delivery person is waving to me, as I wave, well type, goodbye for now to you!



Hi Everyone,

This is my first blog and I would like to welcome anyone to take a look at it and enjoy! I am here to share updates on The Canterbury Retirement Community located in West Hartford, Connecticut. We are a small retirement home of condos and apartments.

 What sets us apart is that we have the friendliest community in West Hartford, our residents and staff make it the most pleasant place in town to work.   I enjoy coming in each and every day.

Here is a link to our website: Canterbury Retirement

Let me know what you think, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me.

Have a nice day,