Regular People

My great aunt “Neet” was a “seven months baby.” That’s how she told of her premature birth, adding that she only weighed three or four pounds.  The doctor delivered her and set her aside to die.  He left the house and her mother asked for the baby, held her up to the breast and she nursed.  Aunt Neet always used to say …

Warm in Winter

Old man winter gets a bad rap sometimes.  Cold weather is often blamed for aches and pains, and depressed moods, especially on rainy, gloomy days.  There is conflicting research about whether weather actually does anything to alter moods, worsen depression or cause arthritis pains.  I think everyone can agree that a cold, rainy, gray day makes one want to curl …

Holiday Encouragement for Caregivers

I ran across this article and I’d like to share it for those of us who try to do way too much, and in that trying forget to do what’s most important. Try Being A Half-Assed Caregiver My favorite line:  “Love twice as much. Do half as much.” May we all remember that this holiday season!!  

Thanksgiving Memories

Up early this morning to bake sweet potatoes for my casserole, I started thinking about Thanksgiving memories. I always get emotional around the holidays, especially since my family is far away. So I throw myself into making way too much of my Granny’s cornbread dressing, my mama’s sweet potato souffle’ and green bean casserole with beans from my daddy’s garden. …

Who Won the Cookie Contest, and What IS Cherry Bounce, Anyway?

Our “Homemade Happiness” week finished on a high note with our homemade cookie contest and then happy hour featuring homemade Cherry Bounce made by residents . Chef Frank Brigtsen with cooke contest winner, Maria Cangemi Ledet Mrs. Maria Cangemi Ledet won our cookie contest.  Her original recipe, the product of years of trial and error, produced the most amazing chocolate …

Hometown Heroes

On Tuesday, 9/10/13, St. Francis Villa honored our “Hometown Heroes.”  We have several of our own who have fought for our nation in World War 2 or Korea.  POW and Purple Heart are among those who live at St. Francis.  As part of National Assisted Living Week, we took time to honor our vets and celebrate the achievements they made …

Homemade Happiness Week

National Assisted Living Week  kicks off on Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Grandparent’s Day).  The week will feature special events based around the theme “Homemade Happiness.”  Come join us for any and all of the following events!!   Kids Say the Darnedest Things  featuring resident grand and great grandchildren, Sunday, September 8, 4:00pm  “Most Grandchildren” award given.   Hometown Heroes  featuring …