December, 2011: The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson

(Book #20) All of us were in attendance for a great Holiday Book Club and Cookie Exchange Extravaganza! Geri served chicken pot pie, salad and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

(Looking back on this from a distance of seven years, I can’t recall why this book was chosen — not a clue.) A few of us really liked the book, some were impressed that a man wrote about women so well, some felt it didn’t go anywhere or give you anything as it wrapped itself up. We all appreciated Lorraine’s respect for the aging and hoped there will be someone like Lorraine there for each of us. Many of us offered our experiences with nursing homes and nursing home staff.  Thankfully, my experience has  been very positive and I talked about the party my family hosts each Christmas at the nursing home where my mother resided at the end of her life. I gave each of the girls one of the embellished card stock ornaments that I made to decorate the tree at this year’s party at the nursing home.

The bookmarks for 2012 were distributed — they are laminated this year — we’re moving on up.  We descended upon the cookie table which held fourteen varieties of holiday treats!