Welcome to the Friday 5ive, a weekly-ish blog post featuring five things that caught my attention this week. Happy April Fools' Day!
1) I attended a mass and ribbon cutting for the new Advanced Memory Care Unit at Archcare at Ferncliff in Dutchess County this week. Timothy Cardinal Dolan said the mass and visited the new unit which is dedicated for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. The unit is so lovely, the walls are painted sky blue and it brightens up the whole floor. The resident dining room even has a decorative fireplace, and lots of windows with a beautiful view. The staff are wonderful too. The residents even sang two songs for the Cardinal!
2) We stopped for lunch at Foster's Coach House, which has this very cool stagecoach inside the restaurant. My husband's family has been going there for years, and if you ever find yourself in Rhinebeack, NY, stop in. They are known for their London Broil, and where else will you find Lasagna listed under "Side Dishes"?
3) My birthday is next week and it's a big one. The birthday gifts have been arriving early, and they include some really cute bookish stuff from my brother, sister and mom. They know me so well....
4) I watched this week's episode of This Is Us and sobbed through it. Kay Oyegun's script was just brilliant and moving, and if somebody doesn't give Mandy Moore an Emmy for the last two week's performances, there is no justice in the world. She is playing a 60-something mother to three people in their 40's and she is just 37 years old. She is amazing in this role.Have a safe an healthy week.
5) I read a fantastic book that will be publishing in June- Matt Cain's The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle. It's the lovely story of a lonely postman in England whose entire life is his job. When he finds out he must retire at age 65 (which is a few months away), he decides to open up and share his true self with his coworkers and the people on his postal route. With their encouragement, he decides to look for his lost love, a young man he loved as a teenager. It's a beautiful story, perfect for anyone who loved The Guncle (me!) and The Story of Arthur Truluv (me again!).