On Thursday, July 31, we held a garden party at St. Mary’s Home. Invitations were handed out to Residents the day beforehand, and the weather could not have been better. Jazz music, ice cold lemonade, and cake made for a perfect summer day. Residents were able to bask in the sun and enjoy the warm weather— and help with a little gardening. Understandably, after months of sheltering-in-place in their rooms, Residents have been itching to venture outdoors.
Because of the coronavirus, of course, access to St. Mary’s Home and even the garden has been restricted. Consequently, quite a few weeds had popped up and plants were overgrown and in need of attention.
Resident Jim G. wasted no time in taking up the pruning shears to attack unruly vines and pesky weeds. As a younger man, he was the proud owner of a bicycle shop and a bike enthusiastic himself. In his long career, Jim also previously worked in cemeteries maintaining the lawns. “I love the outdoors—and I’m excited to be out of my room today,” Jim declared, energetically clipping the overgrown bits of foliage and adding, “Working with my hands makes me feel useful and happy.”
Maggie Olofson, our new activities director, has been planning delightful happenings just like this garden party—always with an eye toward careful social distancing, of course. “We want our Residents to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful summer weather,” said Maggie. “We can’t wait to do this again soon—and do more!”
Judging by the smiling faces, Maggie is going to be very busy devising a lot of outdoor activities for the coming weeks.