Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our New Home....

The back of our apartment...that's our patio where the brick columns are and the large overhang.

The view from our living room and bedroom windows....

The walking path behind the building...it goes all the way around the facility.

View of the front of the facility..

The parking lot that leads to the back where we parked Bertha and the rig....

Bertha and the rig in their new home...

An herb garden that someone has out back by our patio...

We spent today getting the rig squared away. Emptied and cleaned the frig...moved more items in and got them settled and have met some of the residents. Our apartment is bigger than I thought it would be. The kitchen is galley style with a full size frig (all the items from our RV frig fit on one shelf IN THE DOOR), dishwasher, garbage disposal, bunches of cupboards, electric stove and sink area. The living room/dining room kitchen area probably measures 12' x 30'. The bedroom/bathroom area is the same size...it's huge. At this point it appears that the furniture here will remain. There is a sofa, chair, TV and stand, 2 end tables, table and floor lamps, queen size bed (that is so comfy), 2 dressers and 3 large closets. Lots of storage space ! We're very happy with everything.
Our bedroom with a view of the grounds out back...

Whew....based on the three meals we had today, we're going to need to hit the exercise equipment upstairs if we don't want to pack on the pounds. For breakfast we had juice, coffee/tea, scrambled eggs and french toast casserole. At lunch, we had shrimp creole over rice, fresh baked roll, salad, broccoli spears and cake for dessert. Dinner consisted of home-made soup, egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, french fries and dessert. Yumm !! It was all wonderful. I keep thinking that we need to leave a tip when we get up from the table since we've been waited on by servers. All of the staff members that we've met seem super. We are really enjoying getting to know Rick and Susan. I think we are going to have a great time working with them....it seems like we will work really well together.

We've met several of the residents already and they are all super nice, funny and very anxious to have us come on board. There are lots of great activities here. Our room is right next door to the activity room so we got to listen and watch some of the bell ringer group when they met today (they're called the ding-a-lings - how cute). It was cool to watch how they played these tunes by using color coded bells and flash cards with the corresponding colors. You see your bells color on the card when she holds it up, you ring your bell. And all the various size and type of bells ringing made for some beautiful music. It was really cool to watch. Tonight there are groups playing dominoes (Hey Bobbie and Jim - it's Mexican train!). There are some guys shooting pool. There are some others having a wine tasting party....Lots of neat stuff going on ! Linda has already spied several areas where there are big puzzles being put together - I think if she disappears some days I might find her in these little alcoves working on them. :)

We're trying to get permission to do our paperwork and start work tomorrow but no word yet. If not, then we're going to go out and explore the area to see what is nearby. I had a good feeling about this place when I drove through from the highway to here and passed Robin Hood Road, Guinevere Lane and Sherwood Forest. I love anything to do with Robin Hood....I'll save that story for another time. Stay tuned....

1 comment:

Jim and Bobbie said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to be. Looks like a upscale hotel where you are vacationing! Good for you both. You deserve nice quarters, great staff to work with and a place to make a real difference with both of your quick smiles, positive attitudes and accepting philosophies. Good for you!!!