August 11 -- Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens with us 

 

Our nest is empty again after we took our youngest and a U-Haul to Kingston this weekend to set him up in his first apartment for his second year at Queens. He will be doing school virtually this year just as we are here at Walker House for the moment, but he and his room mates are still looking forward to school and together they will also be Gaels doing virtual orientation programs for the first year students just beginning their journey.

 

I have been busy here rounding up some new programming for us in the fall and winter and I am equally looking forward to learning and experiencing new things, especially on Zoom. In the meantime, we have our usual Tuesday afternoon coffee and craft Zoom which is always a fun chat, and the Wednesday afternoon art visit. On Friday mornings the knitters have begun meeting in the shade on the lawn with a Zoom meet as their rainy day back up. Hoops and Hooks also enjoyed their first park meet in July and they will be doing that every second and last Wednesday morning, but with no plans to meet on Zoom if the weather doesn’t cooperate.  Our carving group is the same and plans to meet here Wednesday afternoons weather permitting but aren’t really into Zoom at the moment.

 

The big news for our Seniors Centre Without Walls this week is our presentation with the Royal Botanical Garden at 2pm on Friday. Karin has altered a video presentation to work with our telephone platform so you need to register with me in advance and I will send you the photo presentation. We will do the same when we travel to Australia with Vicki on the 19th to visit the Sydney Opera House. Many people are already calling and requesting both packages and don’t forget that I will print them out for you if you don’t have a computer at home.

Thank you to our board of directors who met with me last week over the phone to approve our kitchen renovation and to the other dedicated volunteers who are keeping our gardens green and who help me deliver our SCWW events. There is no way I could do what I do without your support. 

 

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July 30 -- Creative Connections

 

Like all of us I imagine, I am tired of this “new normal” that we are living with and part of me is still mourning the way things used to be. I am preparing reports for the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility that does so much to support Walker House and it shines a spotlight on how different our 2020 calendar is from last year’s. It’s certainly not at all what I had planned for us this summer, but then magic happens and I marvel at our resilience and the wonderful ways we have been staying connected and supporting each other. There were many occasions last week where we spent time together in ways I wouldn’t have dreamed of last year.

It was a week full of poetry and music. Jean Paul Richter, an author from the late 1700’s, said that “music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life” and he was spot on! That theme kept coming up as we reached out to each other. We gathered in our backyard to sing Happy Birthday and wish our dear friend Edith a wonderful trishaw trip Saturday morning to celebrate her 95th birthday. We came together over the phone lines and magic happened when Melissa Morris and her new husband, Jose Miguel, dialled in from Nova Scotia and told us their love story complete with the lullaby he sang to her when they first courted. Yes maybe the line was a bit fuzzy so the acoustics weren’t perfect; but the warm feeling we shared definitely was. I think the word I am looking for is “serendipity” because Rev. Tracey spoke of music too and what an important role it plays in worship. We connected in different ways; we told stories, went swimming, shared knitting patterns, called friends, and met for walks. So maybe it’s not my planned summer full of day trips and performances but it’s still a really good summer because it’s full of friends and community.

This week along with our regular programming, we have Hoops and Hooks gathering in the park on Wednesday morning and over the phones on Wednesday afternoon at 2, our member biography will highlight Gary Jessup. Hmm….Gary is known around town for his karaoke so perhaps the musical theme will carry on for a bit? Dial in to see what he and Jo have planned.

I will be taking some time off so there will be no Seniors Centre Without Walls for the first week of August, but it will return for the rest of the month with more special guests. I’ll have Zoom links set up for the week so you can meet from your homes if the weather is bad. Thanks to all who have completed the survey that I sent out last week by email and a reminder that you have until August 6th to share your voice.  Stay strong, stay patient, and keep smiling!

 

Here are the survey links for you, if you have time to complete them:

The service delivery review survey for the town of Prescott is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TDTVJQ

The Covid 19 response for recreation centres is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OACAOSurveyEastern

July 22 Prescott Love Stories live from Nova Scotia! 

 

 

I can finally let the cat out of the bag and it’s a very pretty kitty called Melissa Morris! She and her new husband, Jose Peralta, will be phoning in from Nova Scotia for our first ever Tele-Theatre on Seniors Centre Without Walls. Jose was here when Prescott Love Stories debuted years ago at the Shakespeare Festival and played a role in some of the skits and they will be phoning in together at 2pm on Wednesday (the 22nd). If you haven’t participated yet on one of our calls and want a refresher on how it’s done, please call me at 613-925-5300 and I’ll help. It’s free and it’s really easy. It’s also a surprisingly flexible delivery method for programs as we learned when we held our first arm chair travelling session last week. We found a couple of tweaks for next time concerning how people opened the slide show on their computers, but aside from that, it went very well. I actually had to cut it off at the hour mark as we were still happily sharing memories and asking questions. Vicki has graciously offered to return in August with another story from one of her travels. Our Weekly Faith Lift returns this Thursday at 10:30 with Rev Tracey and I’m inviting our poets to participate in our Read Me A Story on Friday afternoon.

CPHC is offering a fun program called Cycling Without Age and they will take seniors or adults of any age with cognitive or physical barriers for a free ride through town. Pick-ups can be either at Fort Wellington of Walker House and you have only to call Hillary at 613-342-3693 ext 2039 to book.

Have a wonderful week my friends and continue to help and support each other. Your kindness, generosity, and creativity is an inspiration and helps make our little corner of the world as special as it is. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.

July 14 Pausing for Poetry

Things seem to be changing again at a more rapid rate with the introduction of Phase 3, but most members I speak with are with me in the desire to stay safe and see what happens. For many of us the new requirement to wear masks in public buildings is a welcome one and is increasing our confidence to step out to patios and shopping (oh, how I have missed shopping!!) What does this “Phase 2.5” look like for Walker House? We continue to have our Zoom meets every week and I will happily set one up for any groups that want to add one. Our regular schedule is Tuesdays at 1 for our coffee and craft groups, every other Wednesday morning at 10 for Prescott Hoops and Hooks, Wednesdays at 1 for Art Studio, and Fridays at 10 for our knitters. I send out the links each week in my member’s email by Tuesday morning.

 

Our Seniors Centre Without Walls will continue on the phone and the schedule changes each month. This is a simple no-tech, phone based program and it is open to all community members over the age of 55 regardless of their membership to Walker House. This week includes Tele-Travel with Vicki Cameron sharing her presentation, “Emergency in Amsterdam” I am emailing out the slide show to participants who have pre-registered by Wednesday morning. You can still do that by email at walkerhouse@prescott.ca or give me a call at 613-925-5300 and I will hand deliver the photos in town if you don’t have computer access. It’s happening on Wednesday the 15th at 2pm.

All regular programs (Monday Morning Mindfulness and Use Your Noodle) are taking place with the exception of our Weekly Faith Lift on the 16thwhile Tracey takes some well earned down time. She will be back with us on the 23rd. We are very please to have Frank Taker returning on the 17th at 2 to read us another of his short stories. Our author for the 24th is having some scheduling challenges, so I am switching gears and going with aPotpourri of Poetry. If you have a favourite poem that you would enjoy reading to us, please let me know, it would be great to have 4 or 5 voices. It doesn’t have to be one that you wrote (although that does get you Brownie points) Keeping with the theme of scheduling challenges, I am not able to announce with confidence who our guests will be for Telephone Theatre on the 22nd at 2 but I have a plan B in the works, so do call in!

 

Many members meet at the beach to swim and with the public washroom safely cleaned and open (daily from 11-7) it has been a wonderful way to stay in touch, stay active, and stay cool. Another option that is working well is to plan a back yard meet here under the shade trees. Please, if you would like to try it, keep in mind the physical distancing requirements and bring your own lawn chairs and drinks. I can help coordinate and can offer a Zoom meet as back up in case of inclement weather. Another consideration for now is that the doors at Walker House will remain locked so everyone must be able to make the trek to the pool building to use the rest room. Again; kudos to town staff who are keeping it clean. If you would enjoy some face-to-face time instead of FaceTime let me know what I can do to help make that happen.

 

June 30 Happy Canada Day! 

 

This summer continues to race by… It’s almost like when we were kids and because we wanted it to last with every fibre of our being, the summer holiday defied both our desire and the rules of time and sped by even faster!

 

We had a lovely week here and our kitchen sharing garden is thriving thanks to the faithful watering of our volunteers. Stop by for some herbs, Swiss chard, or lettuce to add to your table.

 

We met a new author, Melanie Robertson-King who read from one of her novels. I’ll be ordering her books for our library and will lend them out once they’ve arrived.  Having guests call in each week is a highlight of our programming and that reflects in the July calendar for Seniors Centre Without Walls. Reverend Tracey is taking some time off and so am I, so you will see a few days without programming but check out the new additions!

 

We are going  armchair travelling with Vicki Cameron. If you pre-register with me by email or call at 925-5300, I can email you some photos to accompany her talk, tantalizingly called, “Emergency in Amsterdam”. I am more than happy to deliver a paper copy in town for anyone who hasn’t got a home computer and would like to play along as well. For those of you who are missing live performances, I’ve also added Telephone Theatre…and I can’t wait to tell you all about that!

 

I am so grateful to Una, Winhara, Mary, Jo, and Tracey who call in with our returning favourites too; our telephone events have become something members look forward to each week and your voices add colour to our days.

 

Now that the water is warming up , a few members are making their way to the beach for a swim in the early afternoon and when time allows and the temperature calls for it I will head there myself around 1 (except for Tuesdays when I’ll be zooming with our coffee and craft group). Feel free to call me if you’d like to come down and want company but I suspect you’ll see some familiar faces. Don’t forget that I have a Zoom meet each week for our coffee and craft group, our artists, our knitters, and our rug hookers. It’s a great way to visit with your friends especially on rainy days and I can help talk you through joining in. Stay well my friends and enjoy the sunshine!

Susan

 

 

SENIORS CENTRE WITHOUT WALLS

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Steps to Connect:

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June 23 Happy Blursday!

The gorgeous sunshiny days are not helping my struggle with tracking the passage of time at all! I am astonished to see that we are soon going to be in July.

We continue to meet virtually at least once a day either on Zoom or by telephone. I know its Thursday because we have our Weekly Faith Lift with Reverend Tracey at 10:30, and I know the weekend is over because I am excited for our Monday Morning Mindfulness meditations with Una and Winhara.

It helps me a lot to have a weekly routine, but I still goofed up the monthly calendar! I mistakenly added a special guest event to the Seniors Centre Without Walls Calendar for next Wednesday not realizing that June is over then.

Our month’s activities conclude with the weekly “Use Your Noodle” on Tuesday the 30th at 11am where Mary Campbell joins us each week with fun brain teasers. We always laugh and usually learn something weird and wonderful at the same time.  Also on deck for this week, our member biography on Wednesday afternoon is Judy Lingard and Melanie Robertson-King joins us to read from her books on Friday afternoon.

It being the last Wednesday of the month, I’ll have a Zoom link in my email for Hoops and Hooks who want to visit in the morning.

As our outdoor group size is increasing to 10, I know that some groups are starting to meet in parks and backyards which is lovely. If your comfort level is not there yet, just remember that I can schedule a virtual meet for you any time. You can reach me at 613-925-5300 and I’m happy to help you stay connected with your friends.

We will be closed on Wednesday, July 1st for Canada Day and I want to wish you all a great one. I was raised to be a proud Canadian; I mean that literally – as a kid in the 70’s, my bedroom door was covered in “Proud Canadian” stickers from my father’s favourite Royal Reserve Rye.  My taste in decorating evolved, but my feelings on that haven’t changed much as I’ve grown and I still feel blessed that I was born and raised in South-Eastern Ontario and have been able to raise my children in this beautiful corner of the world. I won’t be at Walker House on the first, but wherever you find me around town I will be proudly wearing my red and white birthday colours!

The herbs and romaine lettuce are ready to be picked so please stop by in your walks along the river and take some home to your table. Thanks always to our dedicated garden volunteers who come to water each day – especially when it is so dry, their help in invaluable.

See you in the river folks!

June 10 -- We Have Many Visitors this Month 

I hope everyone is feeling safe and confident as we start to venture forth and that you are enjoying your new freedoms. It can be unsettling as things change and I want to remind you that your friends are here at Walker House if you need support. We continue to meet daily on Zoom and over the phone so regardless of your level of comfort with computers and technology you can stay in touch.

Last week our coffee and craft group that zooms together on Tuesday afternoon’s had a great lift when Ginette surprised us with a virtual visit from Alberta! It was so good to see her bright smile and to hear all her good news. On the phone, we enjoyed learning more about the incomparable Edith Van Dusen during our biography and Sharon Flood read to us from her stories and poems on Friday. What a blessing that we have such generous members who share their gifts with us.

The Angel Lady herself will be our featured biography on June 10th as we visit with Una Rhodes and learn more about her past.  Next week instead of a biography on June 17th we will have a number of callers sharing their stories from the book, “Fort Town Memories”. I also have our guests confirmed for the rest of the month’s Read me a Story on Friday afternoons at 2. This week on Friday we’ll be joined by another of our creative members who writes when Frank Taker calls in with one of his short stories. On June 19th the Seaway Valley Queen of Crime, Maggie Wheeler, will be reading from her current book in the Farran Mackenzie Lost Villages mystery series. My book club caught up with her years ago for a reading and to have our copies of “A Violent End” signed. Because we had all read it we had a great discussion and Maggie didn’t need to worry about spoilers. This time the book we are discussing is still in the works – how exciting to be possibly the first to hear about it! On June 26th, local author Melanie Robertson-King will be our guest. She writes in a couple of different genres so I look forward to learning what she will bring us. Someone asked me today if I would continue with the virtual programming once we are back on line and although Zoom is especially good for long distance meetings, I am not sure that I will use it as much when I have the option to meet face to face. I do however think that we will keep up with SCWW especially in the winter months when travelling in to Walker House can be difficult. How wonderful is it that we can spend time with so many interesting people without having to leave the comfort of our homes? Special thanks to our enthusiastic garden volunteers who help with our sharing kitchen garden. I’ll keep you posted as things ripen and are ready to be picked.

This being the second Wednesday of the month, we have a Hoops and Hooks meet up as well as our usual Art, Coffee/crafts, and knitters Zoom meets. If you’d like to try one out, I am happy to walk you through it – just call 613-925-5300!

June 3 -- Let the Drops Drip

Though we are not meeting these days, we are chatting often on Seniors Centre Without Walls and over Zoom and you have given me many bright spots. One of the best moments from last week (which was a very good week!) came out of the mouth of our dear Anne Carter. Let me set the stage for you:

Our special guest on Wednesday was Richard Sheridan Willis, who read to us from his one man show, Strolling Player, and answered our questions. We kept him on the phone for an hour and would have continued except that is our maximum length for a call. He was captivating and we were still talking about it on Thursday morning for our Weekly Faith Lift with Rev Tracey. She read us the story of the Good Samaritan and lifted all our spirits which led to us sharing how help has come from unexpected places and how grateful we are for the caring community we call home. Thursday afternoon we had a Zoom visit from author Sherry Pringle who read us a story of a Canadian female spy during the war. Sherry also shared a little bit from a child’s perspective of WWII in London and we marvelled at how resilient children are and at their ability to find the best in many difficult situations. I suspect that many kids who have been homeschooling these past weeks will look back on this as a time when they enjoyed themselves playing games and hanging out at home with their families.  This brought memories of growing up in England to Anne who was reminiscing with us about how it was there during the war. Talk of rationing brought up a common link between then and now.  Apparently this is not the first time toilet paper has been in very short supply in the world. And that’s when Anne shared her mother’s words of wisdom for when times are tough and toilet paper is scarce: “Let the drops drip”.  I’m still smiling as I type it!

I asked for feedback from our participants about your favourite events from May and have finalized June’s calendar with that in mind. Please reach out to your friends who may be feeling lonely and let them know that anyone over the age of 55 is welcome to participate in SCWW and they can call me at 613-925-5300 if they would like more information. We are keeping Monday Morning Mindfulness with Una and Winhara who guide us in meditation and help us get set for the week. Mary Campbell from Alzheimer’s Lanark Leeds Grenville joins me on Tuesdays for trivia games and fun with Use Your Noodle. Wednesday afternoons we spend time getting to know each other better with Member Biographies where Jo Savage helps me and interviews a member live on the phone. This week is the marvellous Edith Van Dusen. On June 17th I am inviting people who contributed their stories to Fort Town Memories to share them with us, so you won’t want to miss that and I’m holding June 30th for a special guest to be announced later.  If you are looking for updates from the town and province or have good news of your own to share then call me on Friday mornings and in the afternoons tune in for Read Me a Story at 2.  I’ve invited local authors to phone in and read to us. First up on June 5th is a Walker House member and published author, Sharon Flood with one of her favourite funny short stories. 

Have a magnificent week everyone!

   WALKER HOUSE

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May 26 -- Introducing Cyber Seniors 

 

I know it can be easy to fall into a trap of negativity these days but I am also finding wonderful surprises and generosity around every corner. Our new Seniors Centres Without Walls (SCWW) program that offers phone based programming for anyone in our area over the age of 55 has been generously subsidised for the month of May through the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and training for the technology behind it was supported by the Older Adults Centres Association of Ontario to allow us to hop on board quickly. The South Grenville Journal has graciously printed a clip-out version of our calendar to make it easy for us to keep track of events and now I have something new to share with you. 

 

Cyber Seniors is a multigenerational organization that partners youth mentors with seniors wanting to learn more about technology. Seniors can contact them to access daily group sessions on line covering everything from how to use Zoom, paypal, listen to podcasts, use Skype, Pinterest, Spotify, Excel. There are so many ways that computer confidence can enrich your life while we are isolating and now it’s easy to get the information you need. You can even register for a call back to have a one-on-one session with a mentor. How wonderful is this? I encourage everyone to take a moment and check out www.cyberseniors.org to see what they have to offer to improve your tech game or call 1-844-217-3057 if you need help to get on their website. During this time their fees are being waived for an organization to join and I am looking for a community partner who wants to explore that with me. We could then access online training for youth volunteers and coordinate pairing them up with local seniors who need their help. This would be something we can carry forward into the future when the mentoring sessions could then move to the library or coffee shop or here at Walker House for face-to-face training. If your organization wants to partner up with me to start a local Cyber Seniors chapter let me know.

 

We had a wonderful week with SCWW and enjoyed a visit from author Sherry Pringle on Friday. She will be our guest on a Zoom meet on Thursday afternoon at 1pm (May 28th) and our special guest on the phone at 2pm on May 27th is Richard Sheridan Willis so please phone in (call 1-866-279-1594 then enter the password 595056 when prompted) Your friends are waiting to visit with you or you can make new ones if you haven’t joined us before.

 

My number is 613-925-5300 and I am happy to help you with any questions. I’ll be sending the Zoom links out by email so be sure to get on our list by emailing walkerhouse@prescott.ca.  Stay Strong, stay patient, and stay careful so we can protect our most vulnerable members. Oh…..and Smile!!

May 19 -- Hail Caesar!

This past long weekend is my favourite of the summer as it always represented the opening of the camping season for me as a child and most years it means a big gathering of cousins, bocce ball, bon fires, mosquitos, birthday cake for my husband Chris and my niece, Tabitha, and lots of laughs. Today often referred to as the May two-four weekend, it began in the late 1800’s during the time of Queen Victoria’s 63 year reign. Canada held a government holiday on her birthday, each May 24th, that was celebrated with picnics, parades, sporting tournaments, cannon salutes and fireworks. (so not dissimilar to how we celebrate it today over 100 years later) After her death in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday, Victoria Day. Because holidays are always better on a Monday apparently, it was decided that the day would be celebrated on the second last Monday in May which in this singular year falls on May 18th.

As I write this, our weekend plans include a weiner roast in the back yard, a hike somewhere, and perhaps a board game or two but the highlight for 2020 when we are not able to camp or gather together for fireworks is an event in honour of our national cocktail – the Caesar! Born in 1969, the Caesar is celebrated with its own day of remembrance on the Thursday before the long weekend in May and has long been a family favourite so we’ll be joining relatives and other patrons over Zoom as we virtually tour 5 pubs in Ottawa and their bartenders help us make their signature version safe at home. I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week!

We have our regular Zoom meets scheduled for next week including Hoops and Hooks on the 27th (last Wednesday of the month already!) Una returns on the 25th for Monday Morning Mindfulness at 11.  I’m adding an additional Zoom in with author Sherry Pringle on Thursday the 28that 1pm for those who couldn’t phone in for her visit on the 22nd. Our special guest is none other than the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festivals artistic director, Richard Sheridan Willis dialling in on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm. I’ll be sharing our June schedule too as I have more surprises and special guests up my sleeve to keep us busy, connected, and entertained as the world slowly comes back to life. 

 

May 13 -- Friendly Voices 

This past week has been full of gifts.

In partnership with the Older Adult Centres Association and with sponsorship by the Ministry for Seniors’ and Accessibility, Walker House has been able to offer 7 telephone based programs each week. It feels really great to have a calendar full of events to offer you again. I am not alone in this venture and must thank Mary Campbell, Una Rhodes, Winhara Burrow, and Tracey Smith who dial in to deliver some of the programs and Jo Savage who is interviewing other members for our bi-weekly biographies.

Our first subject was the lovely Nora Taker and I chose her partly because I knew she would have some fun stories to share but also because her soft accent delights me, and I just wanted to listen to her chat with Jo! This week we have Edie Batstone joining us at 2pm on Wednesday the 13th to share her special gifts and Sherry Pringle will be our host for “Read me a Story” on Friday the 22nd at 2:30 when she will read from her book, “Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Times” Canadian Women of WWII, including the story of our own Ann Steiner. Sherry will also join us via Zoom on Thursday the 28th of May at 1pm so you can chose your preferred method to meet with her. It’s no secret that we think the world of Ann who was such a champion for Walker House and held a position on our board for so long that she has the unique honour of being named as a life-time member.

This being the second Wednesday of the month, we will have a 10am Zoom Hoops and Hooks meet-up in addition to our other weekly meets. That would have been the day of our trip to see “Hamilton” in Toronto and I’d like to mention again that anyone wanting a refund of their tickets can contact me and I’ll get a cheque out to you.

This will be a long weekend coming up so our Monday programming is suspended and I will be adding my “Chat with Susan” call-in to Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. Our biography that week is Pat Marshall and I’m look forward to learning some new things about her. 

As I develop our calendar for June I welcome your ideas and feedback. In particular I am interested in having presenters phone or Zoom in to us so please let me know at 613-925-5300 if you have someone in mind. Continue to support and protect each other, have fun planting your gardens, and have a Happy Victoria Day everyone!

 A few of you had troubles opening the Calendar for Seniors Centre Without Walls so I’ve included it here:

 

MosaiCanada 150 Topiary Exhibit

Here is the chair from our chair workshop, with members Rosemary and Steven enjoying their creations.