We started off the week at Grand Horizons with several activities, including a lively game of shuffleboard, card games, Wednesday’s coffee and doughnuts — which included checking our blood pressure — and so much more.
On Jan. 13, some 20 of us got together for a game of dominoes. This was so much fun, and after several years of playing, gets to be more enjoyable each time. Eugene and Nancy Martin originally brought the game to us. They sure picked a winner, as more and more people come to learn this fun game and usually end up sticking with it.
As Nancy and Eugene would say, “Reserve your seat for next week,” and they also mention, “Let us punch your ticket.”
There was a homeowner’s association town hall meeting at the community center the following day. Several people attended this meeting, which was quite informative, and there was an open discussion after the meeting.
Also, at this time, there was a book club at Nancy Martin’s house with several residents from Grand Horizons and a few residents from Spanish Trails. Once at the book club, we discussed portions of the very last book that we read, “Cross Roads” by William Paul Young. This was a good book, and Nancy Martin led the discussion.
Before the discussion, desserts were served, and there were quite a few. We also decided on a book for the next month, “A World Full of Strangers,” written by Cynthia Freeman.
Jan. 15 came upon us, and as usual, every Wednesday we have coffee and doughnuts. Rich Fulton brings us the birthdays and anniversaries that are to be celebrated during the week. We also hear updates on different activities that are going on at Grand Horizons. All in all, it is a great time to socialize and greet people who you haven’t seen during the week.
This was a busy day, as later on we had our writing group at Nancy Martin’s home and prompts were given to the people who attend this group to write on. Some of the prompts really get you to think, and I for one love this group.
Then later on we had a lively game of hand and foot in the community center. This is a game that flows so easily and can become exciting at certain points.
There was anticipation for Jan. 16 to arrive with a spaghetti dinner put on by Andy and Margaret Castonguay. The community had been looking forward to this for a good time, and they definitely were not disappointed when the day eventually arrived. There were approximately 110 people there to enjoy this dinner.
It started off when Cookie said grace before the meal started and did a splendid job of it. As each table was called forward to get their spaghetti, a crisp salad was served along with some garlic bread. Upon completion of the meal, cake also was served to everyone.
The people who helped out in preparing and serving the food were Dudley and Carol Newvine, Jack and Pauline Gadbois, and Ken and Cheryl Leone.
There were many other volunteers who helped clean up. Our sincere thanks go out to all of them. One thing that Grand Horizons has is many volunteers.
Our next dinner will be Feb. 6, and we are looking forward to a taco dinner that also will be hosted by Andy and Margaret.
On Jan. 17, several people were in the community center for a game of Rummikub. This also is a lively and fun game that can become very addictive. Before we knew it, we realized it was time to leave. I am telling you, we become so engrossed with the game that time just flies by.
We are looking forward to our next big show called “Ireland’s Happy Man” by Cahal Dunne. Terry Gardner will be the host for this show that I will tell you about next time.
By Helene Rubenstein
Published Feb. 5, 2014