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Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Float!

Good morning everyone!

It IS a Happy Monday here at The Canterbury!

I can usually tell when someone hasn't been here before.  They often pull on the front door instead of ringing the doorbell (our building is secured).

Today I heard someone pull on our door and when I went to greet him what did I find?

 A gentleman from the Park Road Playhouse carrying this:

I am trying so hard to remember my manners and not gloat, so I will just end this note to say Thank-You, we are honored to be a part of this wonderful event in West Hartford!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Supported and smiling

Hi all-

One thing that is true at Canterbury is you will feel supported!  Here is an example:

When I returned from my sad events there were cards...lots of them, and flowers!

A huge group of residents had gotten together to make a donation to a charity in my dad's name.

One gal who fills in for me works at a bank.  She paid attention to the one month anniversary of my dad's passing and asked if I'd like the day off.  She says she feels wonderful when she comes here, everyone is so warm and caring (she has had major losses of her own).  She wants to know if I want to have a long weekend "off".  She is doing for me what I wasn't doing for myself because she cares.  She said our van driver told her "thank-you for giving Emily a day off" and told me "you are loved" here.

Perhaps it is our size, maybe it is the length of time employees have invested in their careers here, certainly it is our wonderful residents who set the tone...Canterbury is truly a nice place to be!

If you are reading this because you are wondering if your parent will get support if he/she/they move in- they will!

Even our mailman is a riot!  I commented on how his hair had grown and he said he was having it cut today.  I suggested bangs and he talked about his ideas.  "Whatever I do I'm going to look good", he said.  Ha!

I'm smiling!

Take good care and be happy.


I had to come back.  Our former Live-In-Attendant is here helping a resident and she spotted another resident, and embraced her like a sister (this resident is one of the sweetest, kindest ladies I personally have ever met).  They re-created it for me so I could share it with you.  Unfortunately the first picture is a little blurry (charging the battery now) but here you go:

Friday, March 2, 2012


Hi Everyone!
Happy March.

I have been quiet because my dad passed away in February.  They say "a picture is worth a thousand words", is my family:

 I am the youngest.   Dad was 85 years old.

Here's Mom and Dad:

As a staff member so eloquently put it; I picked the good parents card, and I'm lucky.  Grief is not easy.  Perhaps some of our readers could chime in and give suggestions about coping with grief.  We would love to hear from you.  "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We need each other!

Take care everyone,