Retirement and Bingo!


Hi, all.  I have a dilemma. I call Bingo here where I live in Independent Senior housing two times a week.  I have been doing this for about a year.

On this past Monday, I played 6 games with them (about 30).  I introduced two new shapes for play.  I have never heard such complaining!  The Sat. before I had a new sheet also, but was told they were all too easy and boring.

Here’s the problem. I need to be diplomatic and let them all know that they must be tolerant of each other’s Bingo fun.  I can’t please them all, but I can be fair and play some hard games and some easy games.  They need to understand that everyone loves to play, but some are slower than others and some play 6 cards instead of 3 cards.  How do I convince them to keep playing and if a game seems hard, just play one card until they see the new pattern better.  I don’t want to hurt their feelings or make them seem “dull”.

Thanks for your comments.  I call Bingo tomorrow night!



Old and disposable…


Yes, some things get old and all you can do is throw them away!  Makes me think about being disposable myself.  My printer bit the dust after 10 years of service…mmmm.. in dog years that makes it 70 yrs. old, same as I.

These days you don’t even have to leave the house; just get online and look for printers.  Found one that was $69…great!  Hope it lasts 10 yrs. but don’t hold  your breath.

It took me quite a while to install it.  I didn’t go to bed until midnight!  So…I guess that was about a 3 hr. job…compounded by the software repeating all the steps several times.  Finally I just turned off the computer, rebooted it, and everything worked fine.  So happy to have it.  I use it all the time.

Next time something breaks, make sure you check it out on first.  If it can be fixed, you’ll find the solution there.  If not, just chuck it!  

Today is busy.  Have to play “high stakes Bingo”  jackpot $50.00.  Then bowling on wifi…last week I made three 200 scores!  Wow!  Second highest score at the Isles!  Wish me blessings!

God Bless.

Do You know if you are going to heaven?


Don gave us $150 to pay for the appreciation party last Monday.  The pizza is ordered; the drinks are cooling in the frig.  We have the menu planned, and we have door prizes to give away.  Everyone will have a nice time.  We even had fancy appreciation/thank you certificates made.  The tables were set up today and table cloths cover them.  The party is Tuesday at 11:30 am.  Today is Monday.

Don took his motorcycle out this morning.  He never made it back.  He was killed in a freak accident; he lost control of the bike.

Don was our lead manager at the Isles.  He wanted to show appreciation for those who volunteer right along side the managers, doing little things to make other residents happy and comfortable.  Thank you, Don, for caring.

We pray for you family and their loss.  We will honor you tomorrow at the party you planned.

Death is never planned.  It comes unexpectedly most of the time. I always hope the deceased knew the Lord.  Are you going to heaven?  How do you know?  There is only one way to get there:  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…for eternity…in heaven…with the angels and the saints…and the Lord.  It says so in the Bible:  John 3:16 and other verses.

God Bless.

Looking for Paradise on Earth?


Thought I’d tell you a little bit more about this Independent Living Place at the Isles of Vero Beach.  We are located about 2 miles from I95 and about 12 min. from the ocean.  Our complex is huge…like four buildings all connected, three stories high.  All the apartments have a sun porch.  Some of the porches are enclosed like mine, but some on the first floor have screened in porches with a little patio area.  The apartments are really spacious and cute.  Our apartment has one huge bedroom with walk in closet and a full bath.  We also have a den which houses an extra single bed, three curio cabinets, a chair, lamp, and my computer desk/etc.  There is a door to this room but no closet.  The den also has a large window and a door to the patio.

Our sunroom is really nice.  It holds another single bed, a desk (with my doll house on it), a table and lamp, and my c-pap equipment on one end on a table.  The entire room has windows!  there is also a huge storage area that could hold a washer and dryer, or you could use it as a storage room like we do.  There is free laundry with washers and dryers on each floor.

We have another full bath with shower, a full kitchen (mine has room for a table and chairs and a baker’s rack.)  Our living room/dining room is one big area.  Since we eat all our meals downstairs in our dining room, we have a drop leaf table and four chairs available if we want to have company for cards/games.  We usually just use the card room for that.

I really enjoy it here and stay very busy.  I am the new President of the residents’ association that meets together with all the people once a month.  I also teach a Bible Study on Tuesday nights and I host a story telling session on Sat. afternoons when different people here tell us about their life story.  It’s a lot of fun and everyone who comes enjoys it.  This Sat. we are having a couple tell about Madagascar…where they lived for awhile in the Peace Corp! Frank and I play cards/Mexican train with them once a week and they have an interesting story to tell.

I also stay busy with exercise (bike in our gym). On Thurs. we go to a home group from church. We spend about two hours at church on Sundays.  It’s a great Vineyard Christian church which has awesome music!

We enjoy entertainment at least once a week, root beer floats on Wed. afternoons, wii bowling (our team bowls on Fridays), horse racing on Wed., Bingo three nights a week, craft classes on Monday afternoon (this week we’re making Kentucky Derby hats to wear to our Kentucky Derby party), and other things that happen for special holidays.

We have a chapel and service three times a month with communion once a month.  We also have a beauty parlor with three hairdressers and a nail tech.Image  The pool is open year round and is heated.  We have water aerobics twice a week from April to Oct. We have a bus that is available for dr. appt. and shopping trips.  We also have a car that is available, too. You really don’t need a car here.

If you are considering retirement, this is a great place to live…We have folks from 65 to 102 !! We even have an apartment or two for rental when we have lots of company.  Small charge includes meals.  Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? It sure seems like it each week when someone vacuums, cleans the toilets, and changes the linens!!

God Bless!

Anyone Hungry?


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Just a short blog before dinner tonight.  At the Isles we are on a tight schedule..breakfast=8am, lunch=12noon, supper=5 pm….

You have to be there when serving begins because there is a process…first, out comes one tray on wheels that brings in am…hot cereals…lunch…the drinks and salads, and supper…the hot soup…So if you miss that opportunity, it’s gone!

Supper is usually light fare…sandwiches/salads and soup.  Of course we have dessert two times a day, which is great.  We are offered ice cream at lunch and supper…great choices=mint choc. chip, butter pecan, strawberry, choc., vanilla, and sherbet….

The food here is fantastic.  First off, I don’t have to do the grocery shopping anymore…or hauling it all inside and putting it all away!! cooking…no clearing the table…no washing the dishes…I tell you the truth!  The meals are varied and the chef is fantastic.  We have a food committee who takes issues to the chef once a month.

The other great thing about the food is the alternate choice.  For example, today at lunch we had pollack or we could have chicken Marcella..We also get a potato/rice/sweet potato and a vegetable…hot bread/rolls…and dessert…We can order half, regular, or large order, also.

Well, all this is making me hungry.  I only had a jello salad and vegetables for lunch..too much breakfast today.  NOW I am hungry!

God Bless!

My Funny Valentine


My Funny Valentine

Picture was taken on cruise a few years back…Frank and I have been married for 10 years. Tonight we went to a Valentine Dance here at the Isles. It was very nice. There was a band, food, drinks, and lots of people. I forgot to take my camera to get a few pictures, so this will have to do. Happy Valentines’ Day to all those who have lost their Valentine.

Mahjong, anyone?


Played a new game today called “mahjong.”  It is an old Chinese game that I’ve seen many Jewish women playing. It is played with 144 tiles that have pictures/characters/numbers on them and is similar to playing rummy.  One plays with three other people.

The hard part of the game is knowing what goes with what…example:  bams go with other bams, cracks go with cracks, dots, with dots, and flowers with flowers.  There are also tiles for the four winds, N, S, E, W and green and red dragons.  There are also tiles called soaps…don’t know how to use them yet.

I played three games and only needed one tile when someone went out…with “mahjong.”

I liked the game.  The game board costs $8 and each person has her own.  You try to pick a set of pictures (on the game board)  to match with what you have…I changed patterns after the game started.

If you want to learn a game that a lot of women play, it is bridge.  But the second most played game is mahjong…so watch a game or go online and read about it or play it.  The only way to learn is to play it.

Games are an important part of growing old.  Playing them keeps the mind active and you sociable.

God Bless.

All About heaven


Just returned from a visit to a funeral home in Vero.  My friend Dorothy died this past week , last Tuesday.  She was 92 and very active until Christmas day when she had a heart attack which was followed , over the past month, by four strokes.

Dorothy loved Bible Study…my Bible study.  Every week she would be the first one into the room and the last to leave.  As she left, she would hug and kiss me and thank me for that night’s study.  She made me feel worthwhile…and appreciated.  She was my fist student here at the Isles.  She wanted to learn all about heaven. The title of the study was:   Everything you’ve always wanted to know about heaven.  It took six weeks to find out, but during that time she wanted to accept Jesus as her savior and she wanted to be baptized.  She inspired others to want the same.

At one study, I baptized two women who had never read the Word.  Dorothy was one of them.  She smiled and clapped and was the most joyful person I have ever seen.  She told my husband Frank that she’d never felt so clean.  Isn’t that amazing what Jesus can do for someone in their 90’s?  He doesn’t care how old you are.  He is ready to be there for you whenever you decide.  Tonight while saying my goodbye’s, I told her family that she is definitely in heaven.  She is joyful and probably dancing with Jesus.  I am so glad I was a part of her life and her salvation.  She’ll meet me at the door to heaven one day and this time she’ll teach me all about heaven.

God Bless.

Thursday Night Outing


We have started going to a home group.  Home groups are small groups of Christians who worship, pray, and eat together much like they did when Jesus was here.

Our home group is special.  Most of us are “broken-hearted” Christians who have been healed by the love of Christ and His church.  We share and encourage each other.  We pray for each other as well.

Christ wants us to be with other Christians for just these reasons.  It is not easy being “green” as Kermit would say.  Christ told us that, too.  Along the road of life we have some unexpected twists and turns and sometimes a pot hole or two.  We need to keep the faith, keep on smiling, and keep in the Word.

Doing these things will keep us close to the one who makes life worth living: Jesus.

God Bless.

Picture taken in the Bahamas on board a cruise ship.

Picture taken in the Bahamas on board a cruise ship.

70 year olds, plus like Superbowl!


I’ve been at our Superbowl party for the first half of the game.  Quite a few showed up!  I was surprised, but don’t know why.  If you watched before you got old, you’d watch now..right?

Our chef made some great party food:  spinach pie, sesame chicken, mixed nuts, sauces for dipping, chips, drinks, etc.  We even  yell when appropriate.  Imagine that!  

I’m into a new book–an historical romance–which is very interesting…setting is Philly and Richmond, Va before the Civil War.  So…that’s all for today.  I’m going to listen to the rest of the game and read my book…on my Kindle Fire!

Not as energetic as younger folks, but we still can get excited about football and parties.  Being 70 isn’t as bad as we thought.

God Bless