ANNOUNCING: Your Annual General Meeting is being planned for April. The Board of Directors anticipates that it will, once again, be held via Zoom. This was quite successful for our 2019 meeting which was held in October. Directors are elected, at the AGM, for a 2-year term. There are 5 positions to be filled. The Board is looking for members who are able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a month to attend monthly board meetings. What did you do in your pre-retirement life? Would you like to use those skills again? Were you in finance, marketing, social sciences, or law to mention a few? If you are interested in finding out more or running for office, please call or email the office or any board member. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ first came out, I watched it and thought it was a chuckle. Never did I believe we would be living it. Now I go to bed at night and wonder what I did to pass the time and I realize that I did the same thing I had done the day before and the day before and so on and so on. We are living “Groundhog Day”. But the days are getting longer and the sun getting warmer so at least we will be able to sit outside soon.
I read an article in the Toronto Star about a new product Martha Stewart is putting her name on. It is dog treats. These CBD products are meant to reduce a dog’s stress, support mental health and maintain mobility. I think it is a wonderful idea as when kids get back to school and adults return to work our pets are going to be very stressed out. Cats, I am sure, will take it all in stride. The downstairs cat continues to ignore me even at bedtime. I have friends who have cats and at the same time every night the cats go upstairs to the landing and start bawling as if to say ‘it’s time to go to bed’. My downstairs cat only pays attention to me when it is meal time. Then she sits in front of the appropriate bowl waiting for it to be filled.
Did you know that Blue Jays (the bird) migrate south every two years? I haven’t seen any hawks or cardinals for a while but I did see a woodpecker. I check the birds on the bird cams through allaboutbirds.org. It should start to get really interesting when nesting starts in North America. Cornell Lab of Ornithology has bird cams in New Zealand, Panama, Bermuda, Canada and many states in the U.S. I missed the hatching of the Royal Albatross chick. I also check out the webcams at San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium.
I have decided that when hair salons re-open I will not get my hair cut. It is getting so long now that I can finally do something with it so that it isn’t in my eyes. That in between time when it is short and then when it is nicely long is too difficult to suffer through again.
This is national Black Awareness Month. I was researching months that are federally designated celebrations. Canada has many specially themed days or weeks such as National Flag Day (Feb. 15) or National Wildlife week (week of April 10), but not so many month-long observances. I ended up reading a research publication from the Library of Parliament entitled ‘Designation of National Days and Observances in Canada’. It took me a long time to find as I didn’t have the correct phrasing for the computer. Fortunately, I have the time to search.
Thanks to our wonderful staff we have exercises via Zoom. Yoga is being added to the program as are occasional Friday educationals or entertainment. Our food bank continues to offer food to the community. For details, please phone Syme at 416-766-0388. Feeling stressed out or just want a friendly person to talk to other than family? Call Syme and leave a message. Staff are working from home when they are not involved with the food bank so phone messages are checked frequently and your call will be returned.
We will meet again soon; vaccinations are being administered. Meanwhile, stay masked, socially distance yourselves and wash your hands for 15 seconds. Keep Safe.
President, Syme Board of Directors
I hope you are staying well and following the Covid-19 safety procedures. The vaccinations are now underway in hospitals, long term care homes and retirement residences so we are not far behind.
ANNOUNCING: Your Annual General Meeting is being planned for April. The Board of Directors anticipates that it will, once again, be held via Zoom. This was quite successful for our 2019 meeting which was held in October. Directors are elected, at the AGM, for a 2-year term. There are 5 positions to be filled. The Board is looking for members who are able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a month to attend monthly board meetings. What did you do in your pre-retirement life? Would you like to use those skills again? Were you in finance, marketing, social sciences, or law to mention a few? If you are interested in finding out more or running for office, please call or email the office or any board member. I can be reached at 416-781-5173 or at email@example.com.
A friend gave me an egg slicer. I was so excited. I examined it to see where it opened. There was a little doohickey on one end. I pushed it in. I tried to flip it up. I tried to hook my nail under it to lift it up. Nothing worked. This was a real challenge. I looked on the box, there were no instructions. I examined it once again, still nothing. I picked it up by the lid and suddenly the bottom fell and it was open. The doohickey was the hinge.
There was a Coopers Hawk or a Short-Shined Hawk sitting on a tree branch outside my living room window. It stayed for the longest time, looking around. It flew away when I turned my back to move and the floorboards creaked. I have lived here for over 40 years and this has never before happened. I hope it comes back to rest on my tree branches. Until then I will enjoy the Cardinals that come to visit daily.
Christmas was very different for me this year. In fact, I didn’t realize it was so close until the Friday before although I had been listening to Christmas carols since the beginning of November and planning on having Chinese food on Christmas Day. Normally I wrap presents for days which keeps me focused on the timeline. I didn’t have anything to wrap. I tried online shopping. What a fiasco!
I wanted to order an insert for my appointment book from Staples, so I went on their webpage. After looking at several pages I realized I had to narrow my search from the 2904 possibilities. I did narrow it down and eventually found what I needed. I filled in the order form but there was no “submit “button. That’s when I discovered I had to create an account first. Meanwhile I had lost my item as I didn’t think to write down the item number. I found the product number in my book, but when I submitted the number it was something entirely different. It was not the Staples number, it was the publisher’s number. I had to find the item again. This time I wrote it down. When I first started this exercise there were 4 inserts in the store. By the time I finished there were zero, none. I still don’t have a 2021 insert for my appointment book.
I purchased a box of chicken drumsticks from some grocery store a while ago. There was limited room in my fridge freezer so I took the stuff out of the box and put it into a clear plastic bag along with the cooking instructions before putting them in the freezer. A couple of nights ago I decided to have those chicken drumsticks for dinner. I followed the cooking instructions for the chicken exactly. Unfortunately, I forgot to cut out the name of the chicken dish. It did specify chicken in the instructions but it sure wasn’t chicken drumsticks. I wish I knew what it was because it was very tasty. I never thought to put the label in with the cooking instructions. I have a few more mystery packages in my freezer along with the cooking instructions. This will be an interesting month full of surprises of exactly what I shall be eating. I will survive.
I love Christmas carols but they are now off the music channels for another year. I am now back to jukebox oldies and classical.
January is a sad month; bills from Christmas come in, the sun doesn’t come out much, it’s cold and generally snowy. This year is different – less bills as less Christmas shopping, the sun hasn’t been out much but – WHERE IS WINTER? – the temperature hasn’t been too cold and there isn’t much snow and BEST OF ALL our vaccination is coming. My mom got hers the other day and said it was “a piece of cake”. She is in a retirement residence, not a long-term care facility. I have also heard from other members who have had their shot. Of course, if any of us are feeling the January blues we can phone each other or call Syme and staff will call you back for a chat. And we can go on the Syme web site for interesting tidbits; recipes, quizzes/jokes and exercises. Plus daylight is getting longer. Feeling bright and upbeat is important in beating covid-19!
Our exercise classes started again. The program has been expanded. It is never too late to sign up and sign in via Zoom. Zoom can even be done over the phone. We are also having workshops. There is one on January 29th on Covid-19 vaccinations. Phone Syme to register and for help getting on Zoom.
Wash your hands often. Wear your mask. Socially distance yourself from others. We will see one another again when this is over.
Winter in-person classes have been cancelled due to Covid-19.
The Board of Directors
The Syme 55+ Centre is governed by a 10 person volunteer Board of Directors. Each director is elected for a 2 year term to maintain continuity on the board. Each year we elect/reelect up to 5 new directors. Each Director may serve 2 terms of 2 years duration on the board and must stand for reelection every 2 years. Directors on the executive have the option to serve a third term of 2 years.