Altamont Senior News for Thursday, February 20, 2014

How fortunate we are here in upstate, New York where we consider snow storms an inconvenience but are able to carry on anyway, a place where we have the necessary equipment and manpower to keep our roads cleared.

This takes me back in time to the day after I retired, Nov. 3, 1993. The following morning, Nov. 4, I awoke at the usually go-to-work time, and looked out the window to see these thick beautiful snowflakes cascading down.

My thought was “If I were still working, I would now have to shovel a pathway to my car, start up the engine to warm it, and remove all the snow off the car, all before leaving for work”

With my coffee mug in my hand, still looking out my window at the beautiful view, I prayed, “thank you, God” for helping me to make the right decision to retire at this time. I no longer have to deal with icy and heavily trafficked roads in order to reach Corporate Woods

At Altamont Oaks, it is necessary for tenants to clear the snow accumulated on their cars and then move them from one area to another so the snow removal crew can clear our parking areas and the inner roadway. Some of the younger neighbors have been coming out each snow storm taking care of, not only their own vehicles, but also doing the same for those of us who find it really difficult to do.

They Call this “neighbor helping neighbor.” They do this with kindness for which we are very grateful.

Students Charm

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Altamont Elementary School third graders and their teachers visited us and entertained us with music played on their recorders and then sang some lovely tunes.

Then they played a game with us similar to bingo. We received our cards with numbers on them.

The teacher would call out a division example. If the answer number appeared on the card, we would place  disc on it. Until someone filled five spaces and called “bingo.” It was so much fun.

The students are so fast and smart. It also helped us seniors to exercise our little gray cells.

We love having them visit and hope they will continue to do so.

Bluegrass and Galumpke

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, we were treated to a delicious luncheon of Galumpke (also know as stuffed cabbage) and a dessert prepared by our newest kitchen angel, Karen Darling.

Thank you, Karen, and all the volunteer angels who do so much for us.

Following lunch, we enjoyed some wonderful bluegrass music.

Recently we welcomed new members to our group: Alice Brown, Flo and Ron Clough, and Elise Herzog. We hope they enjoy coming.

We are now looking forward to spring, warmer weather, and some day trips. If you would care to join us, we meet each Tuesday for a 12:30 luncheon. Please call Winnie at 861-5161. We meet at St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Center.

Keep warm.



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