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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Dinner at the Rec Hall

Many Leisure World residents attended a great meal at the rec hall for Christmas dinner.
One of our special guests was Theo Soland who attended and all sang happy birthday to her. Theo turned 86 on December 28th. As if we didn't get enough at noon, all (or most) went back at 5:30 PM to finish off the great food. Everyone had a great day with their family and friends.

There was pumpkin, pecan, lemon chiffon and other pies, plus many different dishes making up the menu.

Thanks to the park for suppling the turkey. As you can see, the hall was quite full as friends and families all joined together for a great Christmas dinner.

Friday, December 24, 2010

'Twas the Night Before

Happy Christmas to All....and to All a Goodnight!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joe Petaway

We were shocked today to learn of the death of Joe Petaway. He had been in the hospital lately,but was not considered critical. He had two operations and finally had to have a tube inserted to aid his breathing. The tube was recently removed, he was so happy because he could finally talk. Then we got the call today that he had passed away from complications. Joe and Ruby lived at 157 Queen Palm. They loved their home and being in the park.Cards can be sent to Ruby at 1624 E. Arlington Rd. Springfield, MO. 65804. Their home phone number is 417-883-1187. I'm sure Ruby would love to hear from you. She said that Joe read every name on the get well card that was sent from the park.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


I would take a picture so you could see how bad the weather is up here but you can't see anything for all the snow blowing. Worst I have seen in years. Iowa is not passable right now. Guess we will be hiring someone to clean the driveway. Always have to have one bad storm before we leave here. We don't have a lot of inches of snow just wind blowing what we do have.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Festival of Lights

The Hidalgo Festival of Lights - You have to see it to believe it! On December 8th, a few Leisure World residents braved the cold weather and traveled to Hidalgo to have a great meal, ride the trolleys and view the many, many lights throughout the city.
The meal was great - mash potatoes, beef with gravy, green beans, corn, dinner roll, cookie and coffee or tea.
The Festival of Lights was "A Fairy Tale Christmas" with all the beautiful fairies from Hidalgo School serving the guests.

The fairies from the back view with their helpers.

Some of us "Seniors" tried to remember our "youth" as we got in-between all the little fairies...

Jim (Linda was busy elsewhere), Dick, Ray and Millie waiting for the trolley rides to begin.

Ray was trying to stay out of the cold weather, keeping his hands warm with his "John Deere" greens on...

The other half of the group -Bobbi, Trudy, Sue, Stan, Carolyn and Larry also waiting for the trolley rides to begin...

Bobbi and Phyllis found a cute guy to chat with while they were waiting... The trolley arrived and we drove around the city viewing all the beautiful lights.

Everywhere you looked there were more lights of so many different "stories". There were many large displays of cards the children had made which all were beautiful. If you get a chance, you definitely should go to see the display. We all had a great time.

December Pancake Supper

Wednesday, December 7th - the rec hall smelled like pancakes and eggs. Even though Kay Monroe was not in these pictures (the photographer was also cooking, and Kay had so much on her mind as hubby Harold was in the hospital waiting for gall bladder surgery), Kay definitely had things under control as her pancake crew was busy preparing for their first pancake supper.

Pat LaFoe is patiently waiting for our first customers to come in for the evening, while Jim Edwards (below) can't wait to sell that first 50/50 ticket.

Besides the regular "syrups" for the pancakes, there was blueberry, cherry, peach and apple toppings plus whipped cream which Dorothy Nill and Trudy Hauserman just had to make sure they tasted just right as they were in charge of that department...

Phyllis Connett is patiently waiting for her skillet to return (Dennis was emptying in-between). Phyllis and Coleen Cain were in charge of the 16 dozen eggs which they whipped up - and all were served)...

As fast as he could, Larry Richeson worked on the pancake mixture for the guys to put on the grill. Carolyn Richeson was in charge of the ham but in-between was cleaning up as we all did along the way...

Dick Connett and Larry Hauserman were the pancake flippers - you can also see Dennis Cain behind as he was the "master of all trades" and kept everyone well supplied and in good hands while all was going on...

Some of our first customers waiting anxiously for the tasty pancakes while another group is waiting for the dinner to begin.

We served approximately 81 residents.
Even though there was a lot of work involved, we had a great time working together for this event and I don't think anyone went away hungry.
Thanks to Gary Bringham and Al DeCock who helped the crew in setting up the tables. Thanks to all who joined us for the dinner and a big THANKS to Kay Monroe our great leader - all the time while her hubby was in the hospital.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December Illinois Breakfast

The Illinois Breakfast group is gradually growing. This is our third breakfast with an attendance of 18 residents from Leisure World. On December 8, 2010, we gathered for a nice time at La Gloria which is located on Airport Rd. We were all surprised as the manager had each one draw a folded slip which had either a discount or a "Good Luck" message. Our next gathering will be Wednesday, January 5, 2011 and will be held at Los Gallos.


Every time a hand reaches out
to help another... that is Christmas.
Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding
That is Christmas.
Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other
That is Christmas.
May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!
Christmas has long been the season of sharing, caring, giving, and providing one of the best opportunities for bonding with family and friends. May you all have a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tears of Joy

On Monday, December 6th, the three sisters (Phyllis Connett, Trudy Hauserman and Carolyn Richeson) shared a cup of coffee with their dear friend Theo Soland at Savory Perks where they presented some Christmas cheer to Theo. Although it was a complete unexpected surprise, Theo was delighted to get the chance to venture out of her comfort zone from the Weslaco Nursing and Rehabilitation home. Afterwards they drove through Leisure World Community to look at the Christmas decorations and stopped by the office to say hello to Shirley. Theo assured us her tears were "Tears of Joy" as she enjoyed her little venture out.

We all enjoyed the desserts and had a great time together.

Whoops!!!Date Error

My apologies to all. The next Gospel Jam will be January 2, 2011. I'm sure most of you caught the error immediately. My mistake, but not the first one I've ever made. I'll blame it on aging,
what do you think???? Sorry.

Mary Gainer

Gospel Jam

Sunday December 5, 2010 was the first Gospel Jam of this season in Leisure World. Quite an
impressive group turned out for the event. Approximately 90 Winter Texans were there for the
Jam. 25 were jammers, (musicians and singers) with 75 listeners enjoying the music.

Refreshments were served at break time with a big Thank You going out to several Leisure World Ladies for their generosity again this year. The ladies donating refreshments were:

Carolyn Richeson
Trudy Hauserman
Millie Dennis
Bev Thompson
Kay Monroe
Millie Lombard
Jeanette Thompson
Marilyn Thompson
Yvonne Grimmius
Mary Gainer

Musicians from other parks in the Valley provide their talents as Stage Band to provide back up for the jammers. Don Barnard, Rodney Crause, John Barrett and Red Merryman volunteered as the stage band with our own Jim Staton playing with them for the first hour. Jim had other commitments but agreed to play for half of the jam. This is no easy task for musicians as they must carry their musical instruments and amplifier if playing an electric instrument. Thank You, Jim and we look forward to the next jam with you. I'm sure most of you know the drummer, Red Merryman, who is a former Leisure World resident.

We could never do this without the help of Larry and Carolyn Richeson taking care of the kitchen and any other tasks required to provide refreshments and comfort for our guests.
Thank You Larry and Carolyn.

Our next Gospel Jam will be Sunday January 5, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Stan and Mary Gainer

Monday, December 6, 2010

Residents' Computers Upgraded

Thanks are extended to Nodel Parks for upgrading the computers provided for the use of Leisure World Residents. Two new computers, operating on Windows 7, plus two new flat panel monitors have been installed in the lounge at the office. Internet and laser printer access are available on both to provide quick access to your e-mail and other browsing sites, and to let you print that letter you've just written.

One quick reminder, the computers are for use by all Leisure World residents, so please budget your time if others are waiting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kansas Breakfast at Beto's December 2, 2010

We had a nice group of Kansas residents that attended the breakfast at Beto's. Eleven gathered for laughter, fun and chats and of course food!! Those in attendence were Floyd & Ruby Lowderman who were in charge and done a terrific job. Red and Sharon Decock, Linda and Alfred Decock, Charlie Green, Larry and Trudy Hauserman and Jack and George Napier. Floyd tested us "old folks" brains by making as many words as possible from "Merry Christmas" and could only use the just those letters, no repeats and no plural's. Now that really got all of us to thinking!! George got a total of 73 words, the smartest student of us all. You may be surprised on some of the words we came uop with, just ask Red Decock!! Floyd ask several questions about Kansas History and Linda won so many times he decided to elimate her of any more games!! For the Kansas residents that missed this gathering, please consider coming next time. It is such a nice way to get acquainted with your fellow Park members and have such a good time. I took several pictures but found out the camera was sat on video instead of pictures SO much for that. Floyd with have to send this student to learn how to use her camera. Sorry!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mary Klenke

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mary Klenke. Mary passed away Wednesday evening November 24th of a heart attack. She had not been feeling well since they arrived in Weslaco but her death was unexpected. Cards can be sent to Ralph at 5490 Behm Rd. Lot 11, Celina, OH. 45822. Mary will be sorely missed by all the residents in the park.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Guest

Larry and Trudy Hauserman had their niece, Lori(more like a daughter) come to visit them from November 23rd thru Thansgiving Day. Lori is employed with the Glendale, Az. police department as a detective and investigates fatal accidents in that area. She also teaches fire arms for the Police Academy. We are very proud that Lori received "Investigator of the Year of 2010" in her area. We were privleged that she was able to get a few days off and spend the time with us. Lori enjoyed the nice Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rec Hall with our fellow Park residents. She seen what us "young" folks do when we come to the Valley!!
Our other daughters, Teresa from Waconia, Minnesota and Paula from Topeka, Kansas spent the Holiday home with their families.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Since we have been at Leisure World Community Park, we have come to the conclusion that all we do is cook, eat, sleep, cook, eat, sleep, cook, eat, sleep. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR??? Once again park residents met at the rec hall to be with their friends for a delicious Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 25th. If anyone went away hungry it was not because there was not an abundance of great food. "Mary - who is that lady who is sneaking that last piece of pie from the dessert table?". We're thankful for all the great cooks and great friends to share the special day with. And to think after a few fundrasiers, breakfast, cook outs, we'll all be together again for the biggest day (Christmas), and again we'll be cooking, eating, sleeping, cooking, eating, sleeping... My what a life.

Thea's Thanksgiving Dinner

On Wednesday, November 24th, Pat LaFoe, Mary Casey, Phyllis Connett and Carolyn Richeson surprised Thea Soland with a visit. We were honored to accompany her for the Thanksgiving dinner at the Weslaco Nursing & Rehabilitation home at 422 E. 18th Street. AND SHE WAS SURPRISED. Guests were invited to set at the dinner table with the residents at the home. A lovely meal of sweet potatoes, green bean cassarole, mashed potatoes with turkey and gravy, rolls, butter and pumpkin pie was served. As you can see Thea was enjoying her's as well as the company.

Mary Casey, Thea Soland, Pat LaFoe, Carolyn Richeson and Phyllis Connett sitting around the table visiting before the meal was served. Thea enjoys every minute of her friends stopping by to visit with her. She had a great Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Death of Former Resident

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Harlan Cress on October 28th, 2010. Harlan and his wife, Nieta, were winter residents of Leisure World from 2000 to 2008. Harlan's health problems made it impossible to return in 2009. Cards can be sent to Nieta Cress at 320 South 6th Street. Humboldt, KS.66748 Harlan's spot in Leisure World was RV#1 and boy did he enjoy it here in Texas.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Freezing rain

For those from Iowa already down there. We are having a freezing rain forecast for this morning. Just what we need!!!! Maybe it will warm up all the way to 35 this afternoon and melt. 29 tomorrow and chance of snow on wed. Time to head south. But can't go before Dec 16th.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Leisure World Illinois Breakfast

A great turnout of fifteen residents for the Illinois Breakfast. We met at the Frontier Cafe on Wednesday, November 17th. Thanks to Bob Clark who organized this event which was our second outing for this year. Next month's gathering will be organized by Brent and Rita Langman and will be announced as to the date, time and place.

Bob wanted to personally thank our "photographer" Dick for taking the photo's. I don't know what was in Bob's coffee, but as you can see we all had a great time.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I really enjoyed the pictures and comments. I am starting to pack. Will have my glaucoma checked Dec 10 and then be heading south the next week sometime. Have to check and see if we can get in any of the grandkids Christmas programs at school before we leave. We were about 45 here today. With the sunshine and no wind it did feel good, with a coat on. I have a few leaves to pick up around the deck and steps but they are all off the trees now so will be last time, I hope.

A November Afternoon in Leisure World

 It's Monday, the middle of November, and the residents of Leisure World are doing battle with Mother Nature.  No, not a blizzard, not a thunderstorm, not a hurricane, just trying to survive the balmy temperatures and brilliant sunshine.

 Tony and Verla Ziska are enjoying a shady spot. They can relax, all of the Autumn decorations are done.

It was while I was capturing this attractive scene at the front of their park model that I backed over the driveway marker light on their drive. (Does anyone know of an available driver's ed course for golf carts?) Let me know if the glue doesn't work, Tony!

Bob Lane was very busy conducting relaxation demonstrations.  He tried his best to convince me that he was really working on preparing the steps to his mobile for recovering. I'll let you judge from the photo what was actually going on!
Meanwhile Jim Edwards had removed his hands from his pockets, and was busy vacuuming his flower bed!  DON'T ASK! 
Gloria Leal was demonstrating the proper use of a rake.

Under the close supervision of Lupe!
Debbie Collins and Joyce Miller have done extensive research in determining which chairs are indeed the softest.

Glenn and LaVonn Rude were actually out there indulging in EXERCISE!
And Gary Bringham was congratulating himself on successfully dodging the  Demolition Derby golf cart.
Keith Bettys is caught in the act of bribing Alice Flores while Lila lurks just inside the door. 
Dick Connett seeks a shady spot between the car and the shed.
Maybe the dial on his thermometer hints at the reason.
There was a gnome-like creature stirring the soil in Bill Collins' flowerbed.
Knobby Meysenburg said hi to all who traveled by.
Association Prez Bill Hedlund was available to any of his constituents who were seeking his counsel.
While first lady Rosemary is rejoicing in the near completion of the Leisure World Cookbook. 
Alex Kane and Tramp have migrated to the shady side of the street.
Jack Fisher finds an easy chair by Bob Clark's park model.
Daryl Burkett keeps an eye on Jack while Bob edges into the picture in search of a chair.
And last, but far from least, there is at least one member of the family that is hard at her assigned task!