A couple of nights ago...
...the warning sirens went off in our community and many residents gathered in the underground parking area for safety from any possible tornadoes. Some brought their pets with them. While down there we sang “Happy Birthday” to one member whose birthday it was. We actually had fun while checking the weather apps and warnings on our phones. After the “all clear” was given, we returned to our apartments.
This desert bar contest was so serious that we called in the Authorities!
Today we held the annual Bars Contest at Valley View. 16 bakers made their special bar recipe and entered it to be judged by the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments. This is always a popular event and today was no exception.
First the officers were introduced and each told why he or she thought they were qualified to be a judge. This proved to be very entertaining. Next the officers moved behind a screen in the Valley View Room to begin their taste tests. Each one received a plate with a bite from each bar entered. The bites were numbered and a test page was given to them to write their results.
While the testing was going on, residents were invited to choose bars for eating and a time for visiting. Then the drum roll for the winners: 3rd place was Nancy; second was Shirley; and first place went to Betty!
Twice a month we do Wii bowling at Valley View Cooperative and anyone is welcome to participate, or just come to watch. We have some terrific bowlers. For instance one bowler this year bowled a 253 game! Many bowled over 200. It’s a lot of fun and everyone is very encouraging.
In the Spring we hold the annual bowling banquet—a time to gather to eat out at a restaurant or to hold a potluck lunch. One individual keeps a record of our scores and gives us an accounting of our average.
Last week the third floor hosted a delightful dinner and program for the entire building. The dinner was catered and consisted of Waldorf salad, dinner rolls, glazed ham, glazed carrots, and cheesy potatoes. Dessert was a light angel food with lemon curd topping. A little “dirt” (crushed Oreo cookies) embellished the dessert because it was Earth Day.
Table favors were little particle board flower pots decorated with a packet of seeds—perfect for getting a head start on a garden.
Following the delicious dinner, we were entertained by a local senior group, Showtime Chorus.
This morning the monthly Pancake Breakfast was held at Valley View. This is a popular event with many of the men in our community making and serving delicious pancakes with sausages, fruit, orange juice and coffee. Today the men played some mischief by delivering a scant amount of food to a few of the guests. Apparently they had fun watching the expressions of the recipients. It was a harmless April Fools’s Day prank!