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Friday, November 30, 2018

Mountain Palace Open Weekend

OPEN Again!
Mountain Palace Open This Weekend
Spring Mountain Palace
November 30 is finally here!
Lacy is excitedly making preparations for opening the restaurant. She only has three treatment people this morning so that is a break. I am supposed to get this reminder posted before vacuuming, etc. Plugged in the multi-color ever-changing ornament projector light and it works. So I've covered Christmas decorating.
Shredded Potato, Hot Pepper & Ground Beef with Rice Special This Weekend
Guaranteed to warm you up!
This Weekend:
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 288-3872
724 717-8614

My New Ligonier Friends



With trepidation, I made the hour-long drive to my favorite town of Ligonier by myself to do a reading for residents of a care home. The rain had been pouring earlier and my mood became as gray as the day. My husband is usually with me on this trip, and I am always excited and filled with warmth to visit this beautiful place. It felt daunting driving there alone though. Alone with my thoughts, and my lack of confidence. Alone with elderly folks in a place like the one that had housed my mom before she passed away a little over a year ago. How would it affect me? What would they be like?

 The further I went however, the more peace descended on me. I felt God as my passenger. I began praying for the residents, their caregivers, and families. I prayed that God would give me the right words, and that I would be a blessing to them.

The facility was charming and clean. I noticed plants, a beautiful fish tank, bird, and resident kitty. I couldn't help but smile. My set-up was in an airy room overlooking a moving stream. Ducks waddled about enjoying themselves below. Well, at least they're enjoying this wet weather, I thought.

Residents began arriving along with two of the workers. I felt instantly at ease in the presence of the elderly. It has always been a calling of mine to be around them. I immediately feel a kinship. I see the young girls and young boys they once were. I wonder about the lives they've led. Some of their eyes hold sadness, and others, mischief. Some of them are serious, and others, child-like and playful.


A few arrived in wheelchairs and with walkers. Others seemed spry and healthy. Every one of them had a most beautiful smile. I was charmed by their presence, and spoke heartily with them.

I'd chosen one silly cat story to read, a tender poem about my father's passing, and a short Christmas story. Tears were being wiped away at the end of my reading. They clapped and thanked me. I'd made little gift bags for them, and passed them out. Their gratitude as they received them, warmed my heart.

A gentleman invited me to stay longer and have lunch with them. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with them. During my time in the dining room I met several others--people I will treasure in my heart.

One lady is a bird lady, and the resident parrot just loves her. She knows this woman and eagerly awaits for her to scratch behind the little feathered head. I was taken on a tour of the facility and learned that the bird lady also loves to crochet. Her work is impeccable and I would like to learn from her one day. She is ninety-years-old, and had lost a daughter in the late 1990's. She still choked up while speaking of her.

Another lady couldn't stop hugging me. She said, "I think you and I could be very good friends." She loved the little teddy bear from her gift bag, and I saw her walking around with it. My heart felt warm and full. My mind was completely at peace.

The best resident I met today was the gentleman who bought me lunch. He is a retired teacher, veteran, and very well-spoken. He held himself with dignity and charm. We had a lot to chat about. He was thrilled that an "author" came to visit them. That title didn't matter at all to me today. For today I was just me, but better. Today I learned, grew, and blossomed.

Today I did what I loved, and loved what I did. I didn't think back on any sadness from the past. And I made a few new friends in the process.



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lemongrass wreaths for sale

Beautiful fragrance lemongrass wreaths
Many colors to choose from
Call joy at724-600-9476
To order yours today!

Mountain Palace Open This Weekend!

Mountain Palace Weekend Special

Shredded Potato, Ground Beef & Hot Pepper with Rice

We will be open this weekend as it is the first weekend of December
Friday Nov. 30 5 to 9, Saturday Dec. 1 12 to 9 & Sunday Dec. 2 12 to 8. 
"First Weekend of the Month Open" 
We hope you continue to enjoy Mountain Palace. We will be serving the same authentic Northern Chinese happy healthy food. Come see us this weekend! 

Our next open weekend will be January 4, 5 & 6

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mountain Palace - Open This Weekend!

Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Pork, Wood Ears & Chinese Cabbage with Rice 
Buttermilk Falls - New Florence, Pa

We will be open this weekend as it is the first weekend of November
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8. 

"First Weekend of the Month Open" 
We hope you continue to enjoy Mountain Palace. We will be serving the same authentic Northern Chinese happy healthy food. Come see us this weekend! 

Our next open weekend will be Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & Dec. 2

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872