Seniors Situation Room. By Dawn Ford – Elvis & Things to do During Covid-19

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 – It seems that people are finding all kinds of other things to do during our restriction times because of the COVID 19 virus. One lady told me she actually washed and set her own hair because of the beauty salons closures. Now she ponders, do I dare cut it a bit?? She decided to wait until the salons open up again.

Another told me that although she is an avid crossword puzzle buff, she has discovered the Word Find puzzles. She really likes them for a change because she thinks they like playing a game and she is amazed at how well she has learned to spell words backwards and even upside down.
Another lady is making her own candles and soap. She found d out how to do it on the internet and says her soap ‘product ” is just great and economical”.

In the January/February issue of Good Housekeeping magazine are many articles to help us through this uncertain time. There are letters from readers of how they are coping and finding new strategies. Also the magazine has informative articles and ideas to help us cope more easily. Great issue.

A friend made a wonderful calendar of family photos through Vista Print. Every month has a full sized family picture. It is beautiful and a wonderful souvenir for all the family.

Another interesting phrase origin from a reader:
‘Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’, wore a tightly tied lace.’ (Must have been fun!!!)

A friend sent in this old photo of ice over Montreal Road and Louisa Street because of an ice dam.

He said that the photo should be attributed to Cecile Lafleur, a cabinet photographer at the start of the last century. The year is unknown but my friend said that this was one of the reasons the dam was built. Someone told him that they needed to put skates on their buggy sometimes to go to church on Montreal Road. Flooding was an ongoing problem.

Thanks so much for sharing part of Cornwall’s history of bygone days with us.

The’ Phone a Friend Program’ is available through the Glen Stor Dun Lodge for any lonely senior who would like to receive a friendly call once in a while. For information please call the Lodge at 613-933-3384, Ext 4250.

Some people were talking about the ‘good old days’ and some of the wonderful programs on TV then such as The Andy Williams Show, and one mentioned that it would be so nice to watch the Ed Sullivan Show again every Sunday night. Some shows are available on YouTube and fun to watch again for sure.

Remember when Elvis first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show? According to my Mom, they only showed him from the waist up. My Mom was amazed to see him ‘rocking and rolling ‘ on the show. It wasn’t long though before he was named ‘The King of Rock and Roll’.

An old book in my library, ” World’s Wit and Wisdom” is a really fun one to read. The cover is just plain black so I am not showing it here. It is edited by Norman Lockridge and published by the Biltmore Publishing company, New York. The first copyright was 1936 and this copy is 1945..76 years old now. There are 557 pages of articles and poems with 6 pages of author quotes listings from Shakespeare, Socrates, Thomas Moore, D.H. Lawrence to Plato among many many other authors. There are 15 pages of topic listings such as respect, spinsters, testimony, love, reforms, and all kinds of wit and wisdom. Great read to pick up anytime.

One quote from Socrates on the inside cover: “The Delphic Orcle said I was the wisest of all Greeks. It is because that I alone ,of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing. “

My friends Su and Stu Thompson sent me this beautiful photo Stu had taken of my favorite little Black Capped Chickadee for my January birthday one year. I see them out at the bird feeder every day. They used to come to my feeders when I worked in St. Raphael’s at Mount Carmel House. An old old little one used to come to my feeder on my outside window ledge often and just sit there and look around . I swear he was a little angel. So cute.

Photo by the late Stu Thompson

My Tiger Boy is a very spoiled little pussy cat. He likes to stretch out on his bed in the bedroom instead of coming into the living room and napping on his bed on the couch. Can’t blame him, I guess. The bedroom is warm, quiet and there is no one to bother him. When he does come out it is usually to tell me he wants a snack or to get brushed. He is a bit senile and often forgets that he was already brushed. But at 17 1/2 yrs. he is still a little sweetie.

A few cute new headlines from a friend:
1) Panda mating fails; Veterinarian takes over.( What a guy!!)
2) Juvenile court to try shooting defendant. (See if it works any better than an fair trial!! )
3) War dims hope for peace. (I can see where it might have that effect!!)
4) Cold wave linked to temperatures. (Who would have thought?)
5) Red tape holds up new bridges. (You mean there is something stronger than duct tape?)
6)Man struck by lightning faces battery charge. (He probably is the battery charge!)
7) Astronaut takes blame for gas in spacecraft. (That’s what he gets for eating those beans!)
8) Outside a second hand shop: We exchange anything – bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain??
9) Local high school dropouts cut in half. (Chainsaw massacre all over again!)
10) Hospitals are sued by 7 foot doctors. (Boy! Are they tall!!)
11) Typhoon rips through cemetery; hundreds dead. (Did I read that right?)
12) Kids make delicious snacks. (Do they taste like chicken??)

Have a good week, Dawn

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