May Newsletter

A Flower for Moms

Because of its beauty, hardiness and prevalence, the carnation is regarded as the official flower of Mother’s Day. The holiday’s founder, Anna Jarvis, chose the frilly, fragrant bloom because it was her mother’s favorite flower, and 500 white carnations were handed out at the first Mother’s Day observance in 1908.

Pick Hot Peppers

Adding some spice to your diet with chili peppers can bring a boost to your taste buds and possibly your health. Capsaicin, the potent chemical responsible for bringing the heat in the vegetable, has been shown to ramp up the body’s metabolism and help lower blood pressure.

Honoring Heroes

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” —Maya Angelou

Management Team

Steve Dean……………….. Interim Executive Director

Sal Vasquez………………….. Business Office Manager

Eric Asberry……………… Dining Service Director

Orlando LaRosa……………….. Maintenance Director

Eva hall…………………. Program Assistant


Martha K.


Margaret (Peggy) R.


Kay H.


Katherine L.


Jack K.


Earl B.


Royal Estates Resident Council Members
  • Lois Bates
  • Isabel Champion
  • Jack Kurtz
  • John Majercik
  • Viki Williams

Please speak with a Resident Council member if you would like to join a Committee!

Fizzy Favorites

Do you call your favourite soft drink “pop” or “soda”? No matter what it’s called, there are nearly 1,000 varieties to choose from in the U.S. Here are some more refreshing facts about soft drinks.

  • In the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, people tend to say pop; in New England and the Southwest, they call it soda. In the South, it’s usually Coke, even if the drink is not Coca-Cola.
  • Carbonated beverages were marketed as health drinks in the 1800s. They were flavored with ingredients such as dandelions, birch bark and ginger.
  • Coca-Cola is the world’s bestselling soda.
  • Pepsi-Cola was called Brad’s Drink when it was introduced in 1893.
  • A blend of 23 flavors gives Dr Pepper its unique taste.
  • The dimples on Sprite bottles represent the bubbles in the drink.
  • The Royal Crown Co. rolled out the first sugar-free soft drink, Diet Rite, in 1958.
  • Fanta produces more than 90 flavors worldwide. Orange is the most popular.
  • A&W Root Beer was first sold in California at a parade honoring World War I soldiers in 1919.
Gardens Around

the Globe With blooming flowers and budding trees, a garden in springtime is an inviting place to enjoy nature’s splendor. Take a virtual stroll through some of the world’s grandest gardens. Keukenhof. Called the “garden of Europe,” this park in the town of Lisse, in the western Netherlands, is famous for its brilliant display of Dutch tulips, along with daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and bluebells. More than 7 million bulbs are planted each year.

Gardens of Versailles.

Commissioned by King Louis XIV in 1661, this formal French garden outside of Paris covers 2,000 acres on the grounds at the Palace of Versailles. Visitors can view thousands of trees and flowering plants and hundreds of statues and fountains. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden. The coastal city of Pattaya, Thailand, is home to 600 acres that showcase and conserve hundreds of native plants. Thai culture is also highlighted in dance and martial arts demonstrations.

Stay Active as You Age

Moving your body and staying active is the focus of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the last Wednesday in May. Find inspiration in this year’s theme and learn why “Life Is Better in Motion.”

Helps prevent illness. High blood pressure, poor circulation, and high cholesterol are linked to conditions such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. These health risk factors can be reduced with regular exercise.

Boosts energy. The more you move, the more energy you’ll have, helping you carry out everyday physical activities with less fatigue.

Lifts mood. Would you like to feel happier and more relaxed? The endorphins released during exercise can provide emotional perks. Physical activity can also improve self-esteem.

Improves sleep. A regular fitness routine can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly and get better quality rest.

Reduces fall risk. Exercise strengthens muscles and bones, increases flexibility, and improves balance—all benefits that are key to preventing falls and broken bones.

That’s a Wrap

Filled, rolled, folded and wrapped, tortillas have become a handy ingredient for many meals.

The round flatbread was created thousands of years ago by the native peoples of what is now Mexico and Central America. They ground soaked corn kernels into a dough, shaped it into flat, thin pancakes and baked them. When Spanish explorers arrived in the region in the 1500s, they called the maize bread a tortilla, from a word meaning “small cake.” Today in Mexico, corn tortillas are still made by hand, but most people buy them fresh daily at local shops called tortillerias, which make the bread by machine. Tortillas made of flour are popular in northern Mexico and much of the U.S.

Tortillas are an ideal vessel for holding a variety of ingredients. Filled with meat, beans, cheese and veggies, they are used in traditional Mexican foods such as tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and quesadillas. Cut into pieces and fried into crisp chips, they scoop up sauces, salsa and guacamole.

The Anniversary of V-E Day

On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. The following day, May 8, was declared Victory in Europe Day, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the momentous occasion.

After six years of conflict, unconditional surrender documents were signed in Reims, France, at the headquarters of U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the commander of the Allied forces in Europe. As news of Germany’s formal surrender spread, celebrations broke out in cities around the world. Massive crowds gathered in the streets for parties, parades, dancing and singing.

V-E Day also fell on the birthday of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who had taken office only a few weeks earlier, after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In a statement, Truman dedicated the day to Roosevelt, who had led the country through most of the war.

Truman also reminded Americans that despite the victory, “much remains to be done,” since the war with Japan continued. It would be another three months, in August 1945, before the battle in the Pacific the after would end.

Wit & Wisdom
“There is nothing as sincere as a mother’s kiss.” — Saleem Sharma
“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” — Erich Fromm
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had.” — Linda Wooten
“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” — Mahatma Gandhi
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” — Jill Churchill
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” — Tenneva Jordan
“When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” — Mitch Albom
“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” — Erma Bombeck
“This Month In History” MAY
  • 1908: The first Mother’s Day celebrations are held at gatherings in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia.
  • 1936: Joe DiMaggio makes his MLB debut, taking the field as a New York Yankee.
  • 1942: To help the American war effort, gas rationing begins in 17 eastern states. By the end of the year, it was in effect in all 48 states.
  • 1963: The first James Bond film, “Dr. No,” premieres in the U.S. Scottish actor Sean Connery portrayed the fictional secret agent.
  • 1973: Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is the No. 1 song played across the U.S.
  • 1980: An earthquake triggers the volcanic eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens.
  • 1999: Discovery becomes the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station.
  • 2003: After a 16-year run on Broadway, the musical “Les Miserables” closes.
  • 2013: An 80-year-old Japanese man becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
  • 2018: England’s Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony broadcast around the world. The pair received the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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