Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Very Eventful Weekend!!!!

Well, since our last blog, Leslie DeBaun has joined and purchased the last house in the North Quad.  Welcome Leslie!  And today, Diana and David DenBeste have said they will be joining and buying the Western-most house in the South quad.  Welcome Diana and David!!!  This leaves two homes that are available and should be completed by next summer.  Visitors are always welcome!

This weekend was action packed.  It started with several of our members attending a class in Nonviolent Communication on Saturday.  Then Saturday night we had an AMAZING 60th birthday party for Meg, and Sunday we had a full day of meetings and a tasty potluck dinner.

Meg's party was an absolute blast.  She said for her birthday she wanted 60 songs.  So the 30 or so of us at the party found many creative (and competitive) ways to sing songs and parts of songs.  Even a couple of our gents who are generally pretty reserved were seen rockin' and rollin'.  We had percussion, keyboard, ukulele and trumpet..... and a lot of a cappella.

Birthday girl Meg with her partner Kelly, toasting the birthday with a tasty drink - champagne with elderberry liquor!
Kelly, who has a beautiful voice, sang a lovely, romantic song to Meg - 
and most of us were terribly teary-eyed

Below.... Kelly, Anne, Carl, Joyce, Marj and Amy.  A mix of Elderberry folks, Potluck Farm folks and area friends came for the party.
Rosemarie, Anne, Jeff and Amy at the drink bar!

Two delicious birthday cakes (and a bunch of people)!

 The music was a riot.  Mickey not only has a great voice but is an awesome ukulele player and led us in a game where we had to come up with songs that contained a particular word.  Michael serenaded us with his horn.
Michael, Hart, Anne and Jeff hanging out!

Richard and Jim - looking all too serious :)

We EASILY hit the 60 song mark!  Mickey kept track throughout the evening.

Dave in a very rare moment did a very short dance!!!

 Joyce and Cheryl light the candles.

 Crazy dancing and singing..... to When The Saints Go Marching In.  Hard to get clear photos when everyone is moving!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The South Quad is Complete!

We have finished the south quad and are beginning the move-ins!  Very exciting!  Today we moved Dick and Nancy from Potluck Farm to Elderberry.  And we had 18 people there helping out!!  It's wonderful to have a community of people (both at Potluck Farm and at Elderberry) to help and support one another.  We did the move in about 3 hours and then relaxed with snacks and drinks at the common house.  Cheryl was supposed to move today but her floor wasn't ready.  Mickey is arriving tomorrow.  Leslie very much wants to buy the last house in the quad, and is going through our membership process with the hope of moving in Sept or October.

 7am - we got an early start due to the heat!

 Marj, David and Dick loading the truck.

 We took over two full loads on the 20' trailer, plus several other vehicles and one other trailer full of stuff!

 Barb - one of the few of us who could manage to crawl into the back of the truck and root around!

 We had one crew loading at the old house and one unloading at the new house

 Nancy's job was to sit and tell everyone where to go with the boxes.  When we were done, this room and the kitchen and screen porch were packed full of boxes!

 Carl had some interesting contraption for moving stuff, but he and Dave decided that just carrying things the old fashioned way was easier

 Ann and Leslie hauling furniture

 David - he and Ann showed up at 7am on the dot!

 Vonda, Dick, Kate and Nancy - Kate helped Nancy to move all the fragile kitchen stuff and set up snacks and drinks for the helpers.

Several of our helpers relaxing after the move.  Done by 10:15!

On a completely separate note..... many of the women in the community get together on the full moon each month.  Last night we were having our gathering in the common house and Rosemarie went out to put up the chickens and saw an AMAZING cloud event.  She called us all out and we watched a huge, white, lightening filled cloud put on a 15-20 minute light show (no thunder - just a cloud that flashed continuously from within....very unusual sight!).  At the same time, we watched the moon rise and it was stunning.  One of our neighbors who saw the lightening-filled cloud took a video.  If I can figure out how to put that up, I'll post it!