My family went to the Northwoods in Wisconsin. It took 7 hours to get there. 10 family members were in 2 nice houses. We had one boat for 10 family members. We took the boat to many restaurants. We had the boat all week for rides, Skiing/Tuning, Fishing and Night Trips. There was a Game room, TV, Movies, a Pool Table and Ping Pong. We went biking, paddle boarding. My sister’s birthday was celebrated. We ate awesome homemade Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. My favorite part of the trip to the Northwoods in Wisconsin was spending the week my family and my son. Who Doesn’t Like Wisconsin?
By Synapse House Member, Mike
As the summer approaches, I start dreaming about going up to the cottage. We call our caretaker and tell that we are coming soon and make sure our cottage is all set for us to arrive.
Sue checks her crib sheet to see what we need. She then goes to the various stores and makes and makes sure we have everything that we might need.
Once, everything is acquired, we are set to venture upward to the northern part of Wisconsin. The car is loaded with all things including clothes and fishing tackle. Early the morning, we set out for our cottage. It is a long drive for just one driver. I have it easy because Sue is very capable, when she is doing the driving. My main job, is to keep an eye on her and see that she is paying attention to the road, and is not distracted from the road. We try to see as much unusual wildlife as we can. It is surprising how much wildlife you can see, if you really look for it. While driving, we notice a large black cloud up ahead. As we get closer to that cloud, surprise that cloud is no cloud at all, but birds. There were several thousand of them, flying in close together flock It is impossible to guess how many there was. To estimate guess, there must have been over a hundred thousand birds in that flock. They flew up and down, riding the air currents as they traveled their way down south to the Gulf of Mexico. I was fixed on those birds until we too far away from them.
I then returned my watching to the landscape that was before us. We continued this way until my eyes veered to the left. There in the field, I could not believe my eyes. There in the field were two tom turkey’s battling it out, with about twenty hens watching the battle. We continued on, so I’m not sure who won the fight.
As we continued on, we drove close to Lake Michigan. We have driven that same route for years, and have never seen a large oil tanker out in this part of the lake. It was huge, riding the waves all the way down to south Chicago, where it would be unloaded.
We went to the Galena Territory and stayed in our home there recently. We enjoyed the country-like scenery and many delicious dinners. We saw deer, and I was on the lookout the black-bears, but unfortunately the bears didn’t show up. There is a chance an elephant will wander onto the property but unfortunately that didn’t occur this trip. They have huge tusks and a long trunk, and you need to be alert because they are known for charging people and impaling them on their huge tusks. Ouch!
I enjoyed having a few beers at the local restaurant, which accompanied a delicious steak and baked potato for dinner, as we gazed out the window at the lovely scenery. My wife had wine, her favorite, along with salmon and vegetables. Healthy! We indulged by having dessert, a frequent event. I had a piece of delicious apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yummy! This was paired with a piping hot cup of decaf coffee.
We walked country trails and went into town, a rustic little city that is famous for its lead-mining activity many years ago, In town, I really enjoyed going to several old-fashioned country stores which featured old-style clothing, which included cowboy-hats, blue jeans and leather vests. I imagined people a hundred years ago riding into town on horses and the dust flying up from their horse’s hoofs.
My favorite food on this trip was dessert -- a slice of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream along with a cup of steaming hot, black coffee. I also enjoyed a glass of cool water. For my dinner, I had salmon, a scoop of rice and carrots. Healthy and yummy!
We go to Galena many times a year, and it’s a great place to relax and unwind plus spend time with family and friends.
By Synapse House Member, Chris Z.
Synapse House has officially launched its Flour to Empower Bakery and Employment Program to provide much needed job training opportunities to individuals affected by brain injury and stroke. We are the only social enterprise specific to individuals with acquired brain injury in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
The Employment Program of Synapse House provides a Work Readiness Program, a Culinary Internship and Supported Employment at our bakery. Individuals will be trained by our experienced Pastry Chef, Christine and work to obtain their Food Handlers Card.
The Flour to Empower Bakery has wonderfully delicious muffins and breads including a blueberry lemon muffin, apple cranberry muffin, cinnamon roll muffin, chocolate bread and a carrot berry bread. These items are available for purchase, as well as cool t-shirts, on the website at synapsehouse.org/online-shop.html. We hope that you will support our mission by purchasing one of our delicious baked goods or products!
You are invited to stop by our booth at the Elmhurst Farmer's Market on Wednesdays to shop and to meet those individuals who are working hard to recover from acquired brain injury as well as the dedicated staff.
We at the Clubhouse, made pizzas for the members. We worked as a group, and constructed a very tasteful meal for lunch that everyone enjoyed. It was a very rewarding to see the members take a real interest in working together and perform.
All the members of the Clubhouse would like to take this time to invite you and yours to our Harvest Moon Gala. It will be held on Sept. 21st, 2017. This year it will be at the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge in Hinsdale, Il. A good and enjoyable time will be had by all the attendees. Your friends and coworkers will enjoy the fabulous spread that is placed before you. You will get a chance to converse with members, staff, and volunteers at our facility.
Starting this week you can find our delicious muffins for sale at the Elmhurst Farmers Market! Every muffin is made and packaged by a brain injury survivor from our Social Enterprise Bakery, FLOUR TO EMPOWER.
We hope that you will support our mission by making a donation, volunteering or purchasing one of our delicious baked goods!
Elmhurst Farmers Market
515 S York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126