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Joan Knows: Skip spring; get in mood for June

Doesn’t it seem that the prolonged snow and iffy weather have more or less canceled springtime? 

With Memorial Day just ahead and after a taste of hot, humid weather, why not just get in the mood for June?

Excitement abounds here at Pine View. For many years now, activity leader Kathy Johnson has planned and staged a softball game.

Kathy shared her scrapbook, featuring highlights of previous games – gathering at the main parking lot; and after a flag ceremony and the national anthem, staff and selected residents paired off, batting from a T-ball device. Other ballpark favorites, including hot dogs, chatting and sharing baseball memories.
Holy cow!

Cheering, clapping and the good spirits of the day support the goals, which are to build relationships, promote mobility and as Elliot Triplett, the administrator, emphasizes, “Above all, have fun!”

The Pine View version of spring training – staff mentoring residents – is in progress. Rain or shine, the event is open to families and interested others. The table decorations, baseball and fireworks motif – and other baseball decor – are in evidence.

Calendars are circled for June 13 at 2 p.m. Root, root, root for the home team!

As I daydream about June activities on the other side of the fence, so to speak, I am heading out to Norton’s farm (west of St. Charles on Route 64 just before what some of us still call Wasco).

Had a chat with my wise farmer friend, Dexter Norton, the other day. He’s got the sense of my needed vegetable plants and favorite flowers, so all Mister Z needs to do is gather my order and see if our handy Mike from across the street will keep things watered and weeds pulled as he watches from the patio and recovers from his surgery.

There’s got to be some great stuff out at Tom Stopka’s Trellis on Kirk Road. Got to feed those birds who have shown extraordinary loyalty.

While on the road for me, skinny spouse knows to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts to greet Sonny and the gang and get a best-in-town iced coffee. (Keep an eye on the roof for the police crew and their annual fundraising roost.)

Meanwhile, back at Pine View, let me begin the lengthy list of five-star people who have been so capable and so kind, always keeping on the sunny side.

Congratulations on this, her wedding day, to Jill from therapy. Lexie from therapy keeps me on the straight and narrow, but has just the right touch. CNA’s are unquestionably the backbone, heart and soul here. 

Hail to Hansa, Neesha, Cheryl, Thelma and Waja. 

Dining room servers George, Heled and D.J. are not only courteous and quick, they add the needed translation of menu language with sophisticated names down to the basics! They know where the strawberry vault is located, too. Ishmael from maintenance can fix anything.

Speaking of talented fixers, in just a few short minutes, our hairdresser, Lena, transformed my sad mop into a highly praised and shiny fresh look. Lena is excited to announce her new shop at her home on the west side of St. Charles. Contact her at 630-806-5010. She’ll still book clients here, too. This is great news for me since she has searched everywhere for a gray hair and reports with a straight face that there are none to be found.

As ever and always, Donna Harris is the most valuable player. Check with her about admission and every other question will be answered with a smile and a solution.

My table buddies, Barbara and Margaret, are a joy to know as we reminisce about times gone by and sift the hottest news of the day.

Together we would make a fine panel for “The View”!

Life is good.

• Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at

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