Blessings of the Season

Tuesday was our team Christmas pot luck luncheon. There was no shortage of foods to choose from. Appetizers included smoked fish, herring, beer cheese dip with pretzel chips, cheese & […]

Tuesday was our team Christmas pot luck luncheon. There was no shortage of foods to choose from. Appetizers included smoked fish, herring, beer cheese dip with pretzel chips, cheese & sausage, and Rolo pretzel treats. The main course was baked ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Dinner rolls, a zucchini-tomato-pepper salad and cranberry pineapple fluff served as sides. Desserts included cheese cake with cherry or blueberry toppings, cherry pie, pumpkin pie and Cool Whip candy. And, of course, no Christmas luncheon would be complete without eggnog.

Even though we have a community lunch every week day, it isn’t often that we are all together for lunch. All of us sitting down to break bread together is a special opportunity for fellowship. And while we always have tasty food to share at these community lunches, having the opportunity to partake in the culinary talents of fellow team members is also a special treat. We shared stories of Christmas traditions and past Christmas meals.

Luckily, our luncheon was planned for Tuesday, as Wednesday and Thursday brought winter storms that kept staff home and residents in. Just after noon on Wednesday, the freezing rain accumulating on power lines took the power out for a couple of hours. Then in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the snow that was falling caused another electrical mishap that lasted almost seven hours. Worse than the power loss, which we have become pros in dealing with, we were – GASP! – without cell service!! We had to depend on the smoke signals rising from the chimney to let outsiders know we were OK.

As they waited for the power to be restored Thursday, JustBob and Tracy busied themselves with snow removal, and Candy and Marge made an impromptu gratitude list: gas stoves, percolators, cold cereal, peanut butter & jelly, a fireplace with lots of wood, snow-shovelers and snow-plowers. Perhaps we need to add one more item to our gratitude list: that when the weather outside is frightful, our staff members can work while staying safe at home.

For the many blessings of the season, for the time to share stories, food and fellowship, for the electricity that powers our lives and for the occasional inconveniences that remind us of how blessed we really are, we say Deo Gratias!

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