---Harboursiders Sing Out---
Connecting with our Community (4th in our series)

Susan has sung in the Sooke Community Choir for many years. Their upcoming concert entitled "Winter Heart" will be held in the Sooke Community Hall on December 7th,8th and 9th.     http://sookecommunitychoir.com/upcoming-events/  

David and Bob I. sing in the Victoria Soul and Gospel Choir which is presenting a Christmas Concert, December 15th at First Metropolitan United Church in the city.
https://victoriasoulgospel.tickit.ca/ 

Warren, Alice and Donja sing with the Ekoos Vocal Ensemble  which will present a seasonal concert at Harbourside on       December 14th at 7:30. 
Work Bees and Worker Bees

Recently we had an inspiring visit from two residents of a sister cohousing project, Belterra on Bowen Island. Sharing ideas on how best to engage the participation of our residents, we learned of their practice of holding regular work bees with posted lists of jobs. By making a community event out of work to be done, many small jobs can be completed in one short work session. 
 

Our first official ‘Work Bee” was held towards the end of November and was a huge success due to the enthusiasm of our many volunteers and the cooperation of the weather. Jobs were solicited ahead of time from teams and posted on the morning of the work bee. Volunteers arrived at 10:00 for fresh coffee and muffins and signed up for a job of their own choosing.
(worksheets pictured above left)
 
The weary worker bees arrived in the Common House at noon to share laughs and a hearty bowl of soup together. And all the jobs were done!
Jean gamely shares evidence of her recent knee surgery.
An Evening of Poetry
 
Many of us spent a delightful evening with Moki and Bev’s California friend, Doug von Koss. He amused and amazed us with his recitations of favourite poems. He began by placing in a basket the names and authors of many of his favourite poems and each person present was invited to pull 2 selections from the basket.
 
Given only the name of the poem and its author, Doug was able to recite from memory a random selection of about 40 poems. But it wasn’t just a feat of memory that amazed us about this self-confessed 85-year-old man, it was the way he was able to bring the poems alive. Each one felt like a revelation we needed to hold onto.
 
Since Doug is a poet himself, he included two of his own poems (the only two of his own that he says he has memorized!) Harbourside decided to purchase a copy of his poems for our library as a way of keeping alive our memory of this delightful evening of poetry with Doug von Koss.
One of two impromptu paintings  that Jean made on cardboard to cover windows in a guest room until blinds can be purchased. Thanks Jean!
John becomes the first man to be responsible for a co-care meal as he delivers a post-op dinner to Jean.
An evening in Mongolia with Gail
 
As part of our ongoing Speakers Series, Gail shared with us stories and images from her recent trip to Mongolia. The highlight of the trip was meeting and staying with the family and star of the film The Eagle Huntress, Aisholpan Nurgaiv. Many of us had seen the 2016 film about this thirteen year old girl who became the first female in twelve generations of her family to become an eagle huntress. 

Gail brought alive her experiences in Mongolia with lively anecdotes and wonderful images of the culture and landscape she encountered there. My favourite images were the ones showing Gail riding that most unlikely of animals, the camel. Nestled between the two humps she looked quite at home. Her natural ease with animals, allowed her to ride the camel on her own and to hold aloft a golden eagle. (Arlene) 
Doug sent out an impromptu invitation to all Harboursiders to join him on American Thanksgiving for a piece of his homemade pumpkin pies. Thanks Doug!
KUDOS

To Margaret for her commitment to building a community that works for us all.

To Wynn for her quiet and reliable behind-the-scenes work in the kitchen for community brunches and lunches.

To Frank and Bob I. for driving to Duncan to pick up our new large screen TV.

To Susan and Frank for bulb and battery changes in difficult to reach spots.

To Gail and Glenna for all the work they have done to create a functioning library in our Common House.

And to so many more, some of whom are named in the following stories.
Major Renovation Job Completed

“Many hands make light work” was a phrase heard several times over the past month as a major renovation of the two guest rooms and the library in our Common House was completed primarily with our own labour.
 
The first part of the job was to prepare the rooms for painting and the subsequent replacement of worn carpeting with wood flooring. Everything had to be removed including all the books from the library. That was all accomplished in one day by a large group of volunteers.
 
The second part of the job involved the preparation of the three rooms for painting by patching walls, removing baseboards and fixtures. This work, along with the more rewarding job of actually applying the paint, was done primarlly by Ann, Phil and Warren.
 
The third part of the job was done by professional floor installers who laid down an engineered wood floor in all three rooms in one day.
 
Finally, all the furniture, wall hangings and books could be returned to the rooms and this work was done again by a group of volunteers who were rewarded with a soup lunch and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. 
Frank gives the thumbs up after installing our new large screen TV downstairs. 
Edith and Victor's generous contribution of a whole salmon to our potluck dinner. 
Have you noticed Phil's gate modification? "[We] appreciate all you do around here Phil. I will let Santa know so that hopefully he will bring you a special present." (David)
Have you noticed the bloom on Doug's Fatsia Japonica? It is native to southern Japan. 'Fatsia' is thought to be an approximation of the Japanese word for 'eight' referring to the eight leaf lobes.
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