12-13-2018 Tri-City Area History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal

Outside our window I’m sitting at my desk in the TV room at our new apartment. And it is an apartment. I look out at the courtyard and snow is sifting down quietly, quietly. A peaceful scene and we are getting used to the place. It’s bigger than our former residence. We have three rooms… entrance and on the right is the kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Straight ahead our dining area. To the right our bedroom, bath, and closet. To the left our TV room where I am now sitting. The Chief Accountant is tipped back in her lounger… diligently watching the back of her eyelids! Our former residence had more emphasis on medical treatment and care. Here the emphasis is on living, with assistance available at all times. Marion is now in the process of bonding with the girls who provide our care. They seem to have more experience, and that does inspire confidence! At this time there are only 10 residents (with more coming in all the time), so plenty of help. When I took my first shower, three girls helped me. I felt like an oriental shah with his harem! I told them this little story: When I had my knee replaced about 20 years ago. First post surgery day this squatty little girl came in, bar of soap and washbasin, towel over her arm. I said, “Whaaat?” She said, “I’m here to give you a bath!” I said, “First we’ll wash up as far as possible, then we’ll wash down as far as possible… then I’ll wash the impossible!” She said, “I’ll even do that, if you want me to!” And I was thinking, hah! That’ll be the day! First morning we were here they wheeled us down to the dining room. It is huge with windows on three sides. There are three chefs who work in rotation. They asked us what we would like. I said, “What do you have?” “Eggs any style, bacon and sausage, pancakes, French toast, fruit, juices, and coffee.” I said, “Yes!” But I lived to regret that! I ate so much (eggs over medium) that I was not hungry all the rest of the day. And I have learned now to be more selective. I kept asking when we were going to have cheeseburgers. Finally pried one out of them, and it was delicious! For lunch we usually have soup and sandwiches. They make a terrific hot ham and cheese! Then for supper we have a regular meal again. This is the schedule on which we have always lived, and I like it that way. Needless to say, I quickly made an acquaintance with all the kitchen people. I know which side my bread is buttered on! And the maintenance guy, Jim, was very good about helping us with our furniture and hanging pictures. We have a pendant on a necklace, and when we punch the button, one or two of the girls arrives quickly. I said to them, “When you get more people here, it will probably take longer.” She replied that they will just be hiring more girls! At our former home a lot of the girls who cared for us were relatively new to the healthcare business. The Chief Accountant bonded with them, and while they were caring for us she was carrying on a dialogue about health care. She has a wealth of nursing experience, and they seemed to appreciate the tips she would give them. The lady who manages the place told me she appreciated that. Well, the downside is we miss all of them. And friends there too. We had regular places at the dinner table, and got to know the people with whom we ate. It’s no secret that broccoli and I are not good friends. So every time broccoli appeared as our vegetable, I’d ham it up… exaggerating of course. One of the other ladies at our table disliked peas. So when one or the other was served, we would put on a little show. Of course there is always payback! The first night we were here guess what we had for a vegetable. Yup, it was the dreaded broccoli!!! Other than that, no complaints. And I think our friends in the kitchen are going light on that side dish, because I was so dramatic vocalizing my dislike. One of the girls said, “I’m not so sure how much you really like most green vegetables!” All in all, we are pleased to be here. We are now residents of Texas Corners. A small community on the west side of Kalamazoo, it is only about a mile from daughter Becky and Jim. We have the same email address. Had a little trouble getting this atomic age confuser (computer) hooked up. But I have resumed taming my Dragon! We now hope to be weaving more threads into the golden tapestry of our lives in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.

Watervliet Library News Teen Table Projects – December Book-parts ornaments; yeah they’re messy! Do-it-yourself projects at the library for teens; all supplies provided. In Stitches Knitting Group Dec. 14, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Bring your current project or your interest – they’ll help get you started. Parents’ Night Out Dec. 14, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Hard working Moms & Dads: the Library has an early Christmas present for you! Sign up to register your little ones for lots of fun games, crafts and activities while you take a well-deserved break. FREE but space is limited. Snack donations are appreciated. Volunteers are needed for this special evening! Third Monday Book Club Dec. 17, 7 – 8 p.m. Great books, fabulous conversations! December – The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde; ask for a copy at the desk. Book a Social Work Intern! Thanks to an LSTA grant through the Niles Library, Watervliet Library is sharing an intern. Need help with on-line applications, unemployment or housing? The intern can help with questions or problems. Story Hours Picture books, crafts and fun designed to inspire the love of reading! Wednesdays 10:30–11:30 a.m., Thursdays 1:30–2:30 p.m. for ages 3 – 5. Library Garden Park Purchase a Legacy Walk brick and celebrate a memory! Bricks are $75; 13 characters, 2 lines. Pick up a form at the library. Yoga Mondays 9–10 a.m., Wednesdays 7–8 p.m., Chair Yoga Wednesdays 6–6:30 p.m. Call 463-6382 with questions on any Watervliet Library activity.

Berr. County 4-H Robotics Club kicks off Dec. 16 The Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club will be hosting its first meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Berrien County MSU Extension Office in Benton Harbor. The Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club is open to youth 5 – 19 years of age. Youth will be introduced to the engineering process and mechanics of simple machines. Additionally, youth will gain knowledge in programming and building robots to perform simple tasks. This club is a great opportunity for youth to learn about science, technology, teamwork and problem solving through robotics. Any youth interested in joining the Berrien County 4-H Robotics Club can register by calling the Berrien County MSU Extension office at 269-927-5674 no later than December 14, 2018. There is a $20.00 participation fee for each youth joining the club. For more information about Berrien County 4-H Youth Development program, please contact Kelly Stelter at 269-927-5674 ext. 4015 or via email at grandtke@.msu.edu.