Unit 27 Neighbor Profile
In addition to the monthly update of Unit 27 activities, we are highlighting some of our newer residents. Many residents moved to our neighborhood during the pandemic shutdown and have not had a chance to meet their fellow residents. This month, we feature Kathy and Dan Booher, who moved to SaddleBrooke in November 2020.
Kathy and Dan, along with their cat, Lucy, moved to SaddleBrooke after checking out other locations for several years. However, someone told them about SaddleBrooke, and, after they drove over the hill, they were smitten, just like the rest of us! Dan’s son lives in Tucson, and Kathy’s cousin also moved to SaddleBrooke in March. Needless to say, she is thrilled!
Life before SaddleBrooke was in Lodi, Calif., which is a designated viticultural (wine) area, and they like wine! Kathy was born and raised in Lodi and was an accountant for the state. Dan lived there for many years and was a truck driver. They met in a park where Dan was trying to teach his grandson to ride a bicycle, and Kathy was kite flying with her sister and brother-in-law. It turned out that Kathy’s brother-in-law had worked with Dan. After that wholesome introduction, they began to date, and now they have been married for 22 years.
They both like antiques, especially Dan, and their house is furnished with an eclectic mix of old and new. Dan is also a collector of vintage cars, and Kathy is fond of vintage books. Kathy enjoys scrapbooking and doing genealogy searches of their families. In fact, in discussions with Ron Talbot, they think Dan and Ron may have a common ancestor. When the final boxes are unpacked, Kathy hopes to become a library volunteer.
Asked about their interest in travel, Kathy and Dan enthusiastically talked about their many trips to national parks. They have been to many and especially love the Utah parks. Here in SaddleBrooke, they are looking forward to Unit 27 activities where they can meet their fellow residents in person.
Welcome to SaddleBrooke and Unit 27, Kathy and Dan!
Unit 17 Really Knows How to Beat the Heat
Residents of Unit 17 cooled down with a delicious salad and dessert buffet at the home of Faith Fromson. There was an amazing array of sumptuous salads and decadent desserts for all to enjoy. The salad and dessert buffet is a June tradition for the unit. Faith has hosted this gathering since the start.
“Every dish is so flavorful!” and “I can’t believe how absolutely delicious everything is!” echoed again and again throughout Faith’s home and patio. There were also many recipes exchanged. We not only have a great number of amazing cooks in Unit 17, we also have great friends.
Next month is our traditional ice cream social, so our Unit 17 friends can get ready to cool down even more. This is another of our annual festivities held each month. There will be some homemade ice cream, as well as a selection of favorite ice creams. In addition, there will also be homemade cookies, brownies, and favorite goodies to top the ice creams. Unit 17 needs to get ready to come hungry and enjoy the fellowship of our unit.
Unit 27 Activities
Now that things have started to open up, our residents are getting out more. On Memorial Day weekend, Bunnie and John Gill traveled to the Rocky Mountains to attend the graduation of their grandson, Liam Yaconiello, from Soroco High School in Yampa, Colo. Liam will attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., where he plans to study computer robotics. The graduating class of 20 received their diplomas at an outdoor ceremony, followed by outdoor parties. The next day, the family traveled to Keystone, Colo. to spend time among the pine trees and aspens and continue to enjoy the cool weather. Bunnie says they ended their trip by eating their way through Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge.
Eileen and Jeff Depka spent several weeks in Wisconsin, visiting their daughter and doing yard work at her new house. When they arrived, it was 40 degrees and raining, but two days later, it was in the 80s with 90% humidity. Eileen says that brought back memories she would have preferred to forget. The yard work included pulling weeds, putting in a flower garden, spreading 20 bags of mulch, cutting and edging grass, and trimming trees and bushes. Jeff also spent about 20 hours caulking the house. Eileen says their muscles talked to them, but she and Jeff survived to tell about it! In addition to all the work, they loved seeing both daughters, as well as other relatives and friends.
Jan Talbot reports that she and Ron were in Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta, for two weeks with Don and Karen Erickson and Jeff and Eileen Depka. According to Jan, the beach was wonderful, the city and tequila tours were great, but the most memorable part was the Pirate Cruise. She says they learned a lot about Karen’s dancing expertise and also that Karen and Don are excellent balloon poppers. You will have to ask them about that. As of the date this article went to press, Jan and Ron were on a road trip, first to a family gathering in Nebraska, followed by a week in Breckenridge, Colo. with all the kids and grandkids. Jan was looking forward to the trip but also to the July Snack and Chat.
Speaking of the July Snack and Chat, the first “regular” Snack and Chat since the pandemic will be held Saturday, July 24, hosted by Eileen and Jeff Depka. Eileen and Jeff also hosted an outdoor-only Snack and Chat for the unit during the pandemic, which was more sparsely attended than the normal events, which are both indoor/outdoor parties. Snack and Chats are typically monthly events, hosted by volunteer unit residents, where attendees bring an appetizer to share, plus their own drinks. This will be a great opportunity to meet all the new neighbors that have moved in during the pandemic.
Enjoy the summer and stay hydrated!