19 September 2017

Evacuating The Mansion. All Was Well. Kudos To The Staff.

By: Jon Katz

Evacuating The Mansion

Red and I were visiting some of the residence when the fire alarm sounded, it was no drill and the order was given to evacuate the Mansion immediately. All of us – me too – went from room to room making sure the residents knew they had to leave and helping them when necessary, many use walkers or wheelchairs. Others are frail and unsteady.

The police chief pulled in the drive in a minute or two and some of the maintenance staff – they are trained firefighters – started a room to room check. The staff was extraordinarily calm and quick without showing any signs of panic and alarm, which could have been passed on to the residents.

Everyone was out of the building in under ten minutes, and the staff – supervisors and aides – carried chairs out quickly for those who needed to sit down. I was struck by the calm and professionalism, which was transmitted to the residents, who moved quickly and quietly outside.

There was no fire in the Mansion, all the rooms were carefully checked, something set one of the sensors off. Nobody got excited or too alarmed,  everyone got to safety as quickly as humanly possible. It was a nice thing to see, we chatted with the residents, made sure they were comfortable, and then helped everyone back into their rooms.

I was especially impressed with the staff's demeanor, everyone knew what to do and where to go and the residents picked up quickly on their calm and quiet authority. I was thinking of all the possibilities, and felt especially grateful. Getting those people out so quickly and calmly was an impressive feat and would have made an enormous difference if the fire had been real.

I am a big fan of the Mansion staff,but I was much impressed with the way they handled it, and happy I was there to help out. Red was as usual, his efficient self,  he got right to work, moving from resident to resident, and every one wanted to pet him and talk to him.

 

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Gus And Maria In The Mist

By: Jon Katz

Gus And Maria In The Mist

Gus is the King of The Hill, here he sits in the middle of the pasture and often waits for the world to come to him. He is very devoted to Maria and is alway near her

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Last Dahlia At Sunrise

By: Jon Katz

Last Dahlia At Sunrise

Got up at sunrise to catch one of the last Dahlia's in our Dahlia garden at sun rise as the sun came over the hills and cut through the fog and mist behind the garden.

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Sheep In The Morning Mist

By: Jon Katz

Sheep In The Morning Mist

I sent Red out into the morning mist to bring the sheep out – we are using another pasture for them to graze. I loved the sight of them coming up out of the mist, Red following, breaking off to meet them at the top of the hill.

This photo is for sale, an  8 1/2 by 11 print for $75 plus $10 shipping. Signed and on archival paper, contact [email protected], thanks.

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The Gray Hen Perseveres

By: Jon Katz

The Gray Hen

After a mysterious disappearance yesterday, the gray hen reappeared this morning and took up her post on the back porch where she spends most of the day. She doesn't move away, either for us or for the dogs. She has persevered longer than I thought, she sleeps somewhere on the grounds,  and she has escaped predators so far. She seems disoriented and off-kilter to me, but we have decided to let nature take its course. I think it is true that the gray hen is not ready to go.

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