For the past twenty years my friend has enjoyed winter at Girasol Sur, a condominium located in Mismaloya, Mexico. Located near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Girasol Sur has the gorgeous turquoise waters of Bahía de Banderas, beautiful white sand beaches, a tropical savannah climate with dry winters, and bougainvillea that made me gasp with delight. I asked her what she thought contributed most to her experience at Girasol Sur. Expecting the obvious references to the beaches and salt air, her response surprised me. She said the dining space and the large front entrance make us friends rather than strangers.
I would love to live with an ocean view, but that will have to be in my travel life. In my home life, I look forward to living with friends rather than strangers. Like Girasol Sur, the dining space and the welcoming front entrance at Prairie Spruce Commons are two design features that will contribute to community.
Condo living seems to be designed for people to live next door to one another as strangers. At Prairie Spruce Commons the community and building design helps us to become friends. We are already creating friendships through our monthly community meals, enjoying games and sports, making decisions together, hanging out at the Information Centre, and taking road trips to see other cohousing communities. If you are looking for condo living where you can be a friend rather than a stranger, we are looking for you.
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. – Jon Katz
Are you interested in cohousing but not at a point in your life where you are ready to live at Prairie Spruce?
Cohousing groups create social and cultural opportunities that individuals themselves may not have. As we’ve done regularly over the last year, Prairie Spruce can host speakers, musicians, artists and special events. We can also engage in initiatives and lobbying for better, more sustainable communities. While our common community voice and presence is stronger than that of any one individual, our voice would certainly benefit from your additional participation and involvement. Having more “Friends” makes our voice stronger. Plus, social events are more fun with more people!
8 Benefits of Joining
We expect many of our “Friends of Prairie Spruce” may not be prospective owners at Prairie Spruce but that shouldn’t prevent you from being part of the broader Prairie Spruce community and experience. For now, being a Friend would give you access to participate in:
Workshops on group facilitation, active listening, & conflict resolution
Organized group classes (yoga, beer making, cooking, etc,)
Concerts, art shows and film screenings
Lobbying for better community
Special community potlucks
Special early access “Friends Only” tours of our new homes
Random acts of generosity, kindness and support (aka, friendship).
Plus, you’d get to meet and become friends with some of the best people I know in Regina!
Consider this your invitation to join our Friends of Prairie Spruce group. We’d love it if we could welcome you in person by joining as at our free screening of the Happy Moviethis Sunday at the Cathedral Community Centre. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Friends” and include your name, email address and phone number. We will create a special email list of our Friends and should you ever decide you want to be removed, you can easily unsubscribe. There will be no fee for becoming a Friend of Prairie Spruce (although there may be cost recovery fees for specific events).
With Halloween only a few days away, I thought I’d share this yummy Halloween delicacy!
My friend Barb and I often get together before Halloween to make Crispy Witches’ Fingers.During our traditional visit, we take great delight in sharing stories of people’s extraordinary reactions when the Fingers have been served to family and friends.Reactions have ranged from roars of laugher, to screams of horror! Give them a try, if you are brave enough!
Prairie Spruce Commons – Crispy Witches Fingers
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup whole blanched almonds
1 tube Red decorator gel (aka blood for fingers)
In one bowl beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla.In a second bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.Beat the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture.Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough so it is similar in width and length of medium sized pointer fingers.Place on greased baking sheets.Pinch the dough slightly together ¼ and ¾ up the finger.At the ½ way point of the finger, press lightly with a small three pronged fork, to form the middle knuckle.At the top of the fingers, use one whole almond to press slight nail indentations into the dough.
Bake cookies at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.
Decorate the fingers after they have cooled.Squeeze the red decorator gel about the size of a medium round garden pea at the end of the finger where you will be inserting the “nail”.Before the decorator gel dries, lay one whole blanched almond onto the nail indentation and red gel, then gently press into the gel.Allow time for the red gel to set, before moving the fingers or putting into a container to store.
Thanksgivings weekend, the weather is beautiful and I have a lot to be thankful for: family, Bekah’s returning health, this beautiful and generous planet – for starters. But this weekend I was also thankful for friends in community…
It goes like this.Last week I learned that the City of Regina has a Leaf-Yard-Waste Program. It’s all very simple in principle: get some big biodegradable brown paper garden bags (we got ours at the Co-op); stuff them full of all the leaves and grass and plants you are cleaning up as you put your garden to bed for the winter; haul it to one of the depots in various neighbourhoods. From there, it gets hauled to a farm and turned into soil.
While the leaf and yard waste depot is just three blocks from home, I knew I needed a truck to get the stuff there.Being a farm girl I have had truck envy for a very long time. But hey! Murray, one of our Prairie Spruce Commons neighbours, has a truck and he was willing to help us. How lucky is that!?
A couple of days ago I was cleaning up in a long neglected corner downstairs.I hauled out Brenda’s old canner and told her it was going.She didn’t take to my idea at first but then she brightened up and said: “Well we’re moving to Prairie Spruce Commons and I bet Joanne (another farm girl) will have a canner!”
See in cohousing, people help each other out and we are willing to share stuff, including trucks. And hopefully canners too!