Seniors Situation Room. By Dawn Ford – Tiger Passes Away & Thanking CCH & St. Joseph’s CCC For Great Care.

NOVEMBER 23, 2021 – The phrase, “One Day at a Time” can suddenly take on new meaning when we are battling a problem. Recently in August I was in the Cornwall Community Hospital for 3 weeks and underwent surgery. The staff in the ICU are angels…professional and very caring. I was also on the 2nd. surgical floor and the staff there were also wonderful and helpful.

A big thank you to all the staff at the Cornwall Community Hospital for your wonderful care.

From there I moved to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre on the 2nd floor Rehab unit for 6 weeks. Again, the staff were like angels looking after me. They were amazing – professional but helpful and very caring. They treated me like family. I can’t say enough about how great they all were.

This Rehab unit is vital to our community. Other people have told me that they also or a family member received the help they needed at the facility. We are so lucky to have it in Cornwall. A big thank you to all the staff.

I was to be discharged on Monday, Oct. 4th. I was looking forward to going home and hugging my cat Tiger. However, on Saturday, two days before, a friend who had been looking after Tiger for me told me that Tiger was ill. Since there are no Veterinarian services available on the weekends in Cornwall, my friend and one of my nephews took Tiger to the Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa. Apparently Tiger’s kidneys were failing and he only stood a 10% chance of surviving surgery. He was 18 years old and I would not put him through a painful ordeal. it was necessary to put him to sleep. My little Baby Cat, Tiger Boy gone.!! We had 13 wonderful years together. I miss him so much.

My beautiful Tiger Boy.

A local senior, Diane Chambers, who is a very talented artist ,has painted this gorgeous Snow Leopard. Diane said that she was attracted to this photo of the Snow Leopard and liked the colour of its eyes and beautiful beige fur.

Photo by Ray Chambers

Thanks, Diane for sharing this beautiful painting with us.

It is an incredible time for sports fans right now. We have it all: hockey, curling, football, soccer, auto racing, golf, basketball etc. etc. We even had the 2021 World Baseball Series. Keeps one very busy.

Limericks are fun. here’s a cute one:

A painter who lived in Great Britain

Interrupted two girls who were knitting.

He said, with a sigh, that the park bench…well, I

Just painted it right where you’re sitting.

Lots of fun.

Child Haven International ‘s latest newsletter is once more full of happy smiling children’s photos as well as the staff’s. CHI was founded by Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino and Dr. Nat Shah in 1985 to help orphaned and destitute children and women in need of food, clothing, health care, education, moral and emotional support. There are ten projects in four countries : Tibet in China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. They also aid and shelter some senior and destitute women and provide education for children not living in one of their homes.

Canadian Directors of Child Haven are Bernadette Caron, Dr. Nat Shah, Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino and Peter Freud.

On this page from the newsletter is some info about two people adults who grew up in the Hyderabad home. Hanumanth is now a Social Worker and Sowjanya is a nurse. Also is a photo of Bonnie visiting the home.

For information on Child Haven or to make a donation please go to their web site… or email Fred at or phone the office in Maxville at 613-527-2829.

The newsletter always closes with an inspiring quote of Rabindranath Tagore:

“Let me light my lamp, says the star,

And never debate if it will dispel the dark.”

We received a white little bag at our doors recently from the Tri-County Literacy Council. Besides valuable info on the COVID 19 virus there is a card announcing 12+ free courses for seniors at Tri-County Literacy, 101 Second. St. W. Phone 613-932-7161 or go to for more information.

Some funny lines sent in by a friend , Words of Wisdom for Seniors/Retirees:

1) My doctor asked if anyone in my family suffered from mental illness. I said, “No, we all enjoy it.”

2) I thought growing older would take longer.

3) My bucket list: just keep breathing.

4) Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say, “Close enough.”

5) I’m a multitasker. I can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time.

6) Sometimes it takes all day for me to do nothing.

7) Some people are like clouds. Once they disappear it’s a beautiful day. Some people you are glad to see coming; some people you are glad to see going.

8) If you can’ t think of a word, say, “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you are bilingual instead of an idiot.

9) I don’t always go the extra mile but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

10) Never sing in the shower!! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked . So remember…don’t sing.

Keep well and safe and have a good week, Dawn


  1. Dawn – Great to see you writing your column again. Good to hear your recovery is going well. Take it easy and be safe.
    Myrna Plumley Watt.

  2. Myrna: thank you so much. It is great to e back. .Dawn

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