In addition to our regularly scheduled shopping trips, we took an afternoon to soak in the sunshine with the adorable and amazing animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The weather was beautiful, and the animals were out in full force, taking in some rays.
We got very lucky and arrived just in time to see the seal show! Watching the trainers feed the happy seals as they splashed around the rocks and ate fish was a real treat. We were even a little jealous that they were enjoying the water on such a warm day!
After that, it was off to see the big cats. They were all lounging around on the rocks, beautiful and powerful as they slept the afternoon away. Next, we visited the small animal house. It was a hoot! We saw the cutest little meerkats, naked mole rats, and tiny tarsiers, jumping tree to tree in the dark. Sharing the same house were snakes, lizards and toads of all types.
By the end of the trip we were all hot, tired, and ready for a nap. *grins*
Residents will need to rest up as we prepare for the next round of the activities planned for this summer. We are ready to take advantage of all the good weather the city has to offer!
Most everyone knows that Chicagoans prize their outdoor space, since sometimes it’s hard to come by.
If you haven’t been on the Greenview garden terrace, you’re missing a treat. During daytime it is a lovely and comforting place to visit. You can spend time with fellow residents, view the city at large, watch summer campers from Saint Luke Academy play, or simply enjoy the weather while reading a book. As an extra special pleasure, you can even watch the rehearsal for the Chicago Air & Water show, as the fighter jets and cargo planes fly directly overhead in their routines.
BUT, if you haven’t been on the Greenview terrace at night, you’ve simply got to visit us to see it. It is now an enchanting experience where you can gaze at the stars, enjoy the nighttime city views, or unwind and relax as you sip a drink of choice before bedtime.
Lighting has been installed on the terrace by our crack maintenance team, lead by Bill P. These lights afford visitors lighted pathways in addition to creating a delightful ambience that will serve as the background for frequent dances and other evening events.
We invite you to make the Greenview terrace your outdoor destination in the city!
As the date of my son’s first communion is approaching, I can’t help but think about traditions. I would venture a guests that all families have their own traditions. Within our society there are subcultures with their own traditions.
I see traditions being established here at Greenview Place as we are in the fifth year as a Supportive Living community. We’re creating events and happenings that connect our residents and staff together, making them a family.
Some of the wonderful events that have been held each year are the luau held every summer, which is a BIG hit with our residents. Hawaiian dancers, food and fun make it a most memorable summer afternoon. Our hugely popular Senior Health Fair occurs each September, and we welcome the public to the property. The Fair showcases Greenview at its finest, and gives an opportunit for residents and visitors alike to meet and talk to vendors who serve the senior living community. Rounding off the list is our fabulous Anniversary Party on tap in November. We celebrate the exciting day we first opened our doors in 2009.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to be a part of one of our Traditions! Stop by and give us a try.
I don’t know about you, but everyone at Greenview Place is tired of hearing about “a polar vortex” and, more importantly, experiencing it. We all have cabin fever! We have been cooped up so long it almost feels like there is no end to this weather assault.
But each time I approach Greenview Place, I revisit the words of wisdom from Samuel Ullman etched by our front door.
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
(And check out the yucky, dirty snow that just won’t go away!)
Understanding those words of wisdom, I know that a snow storm, while a challenge, should be experienced as an adventure. We need to be able to take pride in our ability to persevere and enjoy nature in all its forms. The same way aging can drain our reservoir of enthusiasm for new and challenging experiences, endless snow and cold can eat away at our positive outlook.
Wrinkles and all – we are on the wonderful adventure of life. So let’s pick ourselves up, snow-brush ourselves off and get in touch with our ideals, enjoy our journey and reconnect with our spirit.
Spring is not far away.
As hard to believe as it seems now, in just a few weeks, spring will be upon us.
One of the most exciting things about spring at Greenview Place is that it brings Supportive Living Week! This is the special week set aside every year to celebrate and bring attention to the benefits of supportive living in Illinois. Now in its seventh year under the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition, the theme for this year’s festivities is It’s a Wonderful Life.
As part of our celebration here, Greenview will be hosting various activities the week of April 21 through the 25 with bowling tournaments, games, movie marathons and an open house celebration. As a part of the theme, we are collecting pictures of our residents from the past, to serve as our “then” pictures. We will also be doing makeovers, and taking “now” photos for a fun picture compilation. We think staff, residents, family and guests will get a kick out of seeing how the old and new pictures stack up!
If you have a family member here and wish to send us a picture for the project, we would love to include it. Maybe you have a fantastic wedding photo, or a picture from a special birthday celebration? Did your family take a vacation and someone snapped a great moment? Or perhaps you just have a favorite snapshot captured at home.
Any style is welcome, so long as it features a Greenview Place community member living a wonderful life! Pictures are requested by March tenth for inclusion in the project.
Let the memories begin.