October presented as a month of fun… with many activities such as decorating the outside of the front entrance with mums, cornstalks and gourds of different shapes and colours to pumpkin carving by many residents with the assistanceof owner’s wife Alice, and myself, Sandee, Director of Care. Yes for anyone who came through the doors they found me with my sleeves rolled up , and my hands in the middle of the pumpkin cleaning out the inside. Of course I had a great time … a little bit of pumpkin guck and a lot of smiles and conversation made the whole experience pleasurable. After the cleaning outof the pumpkins several of the women residents were given markers to drawfaces on the pumpkins and then Alice and I found ourselves with tools inhand cutting along the lines and shaping these pumpkins into jack olaterns… each jack o lantern then was given a name and placed outside… for all to enjoy.
The following week we put our cookie making abilities to the test and again several of our residents came to the table and mixed the ingredients, rolled out the dough and cut the shapes in the dough… which then was bakedand later decorated and enjoyed by residents and families as the treat of the day.Did I mention that Eden Villa residents were surprised and amused Monday October 31, 2011 by a visit… from none other than MICKEY and MINNIE MOUSE… or on most days more commonly known as Sandee, Director of Care and Kelly, General ManagerYes I m sure that the North East corner of Chatham near Tecumseh Park was glowing from all the smiles and laughter from the residents faces… not one of them frowned nor scorned at us… especially as we turned to walk back to our offices with our tails trailing out behind us. Anyone who came to see us at Eden Villa that day left adorning a huge smile.