CCL Weekly Update – 11/4/2021

“Together with the people you love…” (Wiking, 2017)

It’s that time of year again when we switch the clocks back and welcome (or dread) shorter days and longer nights. This time of year can be challenging as we move more and more to indoor activities. Over the past several years you may have heard hype around hygge. Per Mike Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, hygge can be described as, “being consciously cozy, but it has also been described as the art of creating a nice atmosphere” (Wiking, 2017). In essence hygge is a choice to move toward embracing these long and cold nights as a time to slow things down, to indulge, to relax and to be conscious in spending time with the people we love (please, put down the devices!)

While admittedly COVID guidelines may change what connecting with close friends and family looks like this winter, it’s always a good time to put on your warm, fuzzy socks and Skype with a friend. How about putting on sweatpants and  catching up on that Netflix show on your watch list while indulging in that piece of chocolate cake you’ve been eyeing at the Co-Op. How will you  choose to consciously enjoy these shorter days and longer nights?

“It’s about relaxation. It’s about indulgence. It’s about good food. It’s about gratitude. It’s about equality. All of those things mixed together is hygge.” (Wiking, 2017)

Quotes from: 

Mary H.K. Choi, and Mike Wiking. The Scandinavian Hygge Lifestyle Taking The World By Storm, VICE News, COPENHAGEN, 27 Feb. 2017.

All my best, Shelby

802-468-7776 (cell)

News and Notes:

Don’t forget to Turn Back Time!

Daylight Savings Time happens this coming Sunday, November 7. Technically the time change occurs while (most of us are) sleeping going from 2AM, back to 1AM. Sorry to anyone who works third shift! For people with smart devices it should automatically sync to the new time. Be sure to check your manual clocks, stove, and any other analog clocks that might be around your home, car, workspace etc. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!   

Covid Update

Last week, the CDC issued updated booster recommendations. Following is a high-level summary. Always check with your doctor if you have questions about what’s best for you. For Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, at least 6 months after completing 2 doses, some people should receive a booster: age 65+, 50+ with underlying medical conditions, or 18+ living in long-term care settings. People 18+ may receive a booster, if they have underlying medical conditions or are at increased risk for Covid-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting. For J&J/Janssen vaccine, at least two months after receiving the single dose, people 18+ should receive a booster. In most cases, people may choose a booster of a different vaccine than their primary series. Click here to search for vaccination locations and make an appointment.

After a special FDA panel recommendation, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in 5-11 year olds on October 29th. You can review the FDA Press Release here. Additionally, from the Lyme EOC,  “ Is a video from DHMC describing their system wide efforts for vaccination of children 5-11yo with Pfizer and answers many of the common questions parents might have about the vaccine process.”

Contact CCL if you have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you the most up-to-date answers and help you may need. Email or call 603-795-0603.

Orford Senior Center Monthly Update 

To learn more about the November program offerings at the Orford Senior Center, including their schedule for this month’s Grab-N-Go Menus, please review their November 2021 Newsletter here

November is …

Family Stories Month. With the holiday season around the corner, and families traveling to come together,  family stories month is geared toward reflecting on our roots and celebrating our traditions and culture. 

Celebrate the first week of Family Stories Month by breaking out those old photo albums with your family and sharing stories that each image evokes. 

National Hospice Month- This year’s theme is, It’s about how you live.  You can learn more about Hospice and Palliative care at, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. 

In honor of this year’s theme, It’s about how you live, we are uplifting those who choose to live life to the fullest throughout the month. This week, we are uplifting a Middle School Student who #ChooseKind, by putting his own life at risk to save 17 people using an air mattress during the throes of Hurricane Harvey. You can see the video here

Season of Giving.  During the Holidays there can be a lot of pressure and added stress. It can be a happy time for people, and it can also be a very triggering time for people. This Season of Giving, our hope is to remind people there are so many ways to give that enhance our lives and the lives of others without being another source of holiday stress. 

This week, in preparation of Veteran’s Day on Thursday, November 11th we are highlighting the simple act of giving thanks to those who have made sacrifices to serve our country. The video we are uplifting this week showcases how one Thank You Card from a 3rd Grade student revolutionized the life of a WWII Veteran by providing meaning and value to the sacrifices he and his family made through his act of service. You can be inspired by this video here. 

Do you have a story, poem, picture, video etc. you would like us to share one one of these themes? Email 

Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Elevated Oats . With the weekday mornings being a whirlwind, here’s a tasty way to prepare oatmeal that is quick, and satisfying while offering tasty seasonal textures.

We would LOVE to learn your favorite recipe(s). Please send your recipes to 

Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. This week’s Wellness Wednesday post, Mindful Eating, submitted by Laurie Veillette, PsyD. Laurie shares an overview of what mindful eating is, along with instructions to try a mindful eating exercise. Please enjoy!

See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact

Extending our Warm Lyme Welcome

You may be aware of the energy and excitement building, and you may have already offered to be a part, as Lyme and the whole region prepare to welcome displaced Afghan families and to strengthen our community of support for everyone who lives here. CommunityCare of Lyme is helping to coordinate this effort, in partnership with KJ Dell’Antonia, Kate Semple Barta, Bill Ploog, and a growing team in Lyme, and in collaboration with organizations and individuals at Dartmouth, Hanover High School, and across the Upper Valley. 

New Hampshire has committed to welcoming at least 100 Afghans, a complicated and evolving process. In cooperation with Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord, we are creating the Lyme/Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team, helping to build a sustainable, community-based model for resettlement that allows us to share the abundance of the Upper Valley. There will be lots more to come. If you would like to help, especially if you’d like to be part of the coordinating team, please contact KJ ( or Martha (, 603-795-0603). 

SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT for Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists Friday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Can’t attend but want to help the Neighborhood support team? Please consider donating and  write in the comment “for Afghan refugees in the upper valley”. 

We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  Our phone is answered every day, usually in person. Our welcoming living room in the Lyme Center Academy is a terrific place to relax, read, visit with friends, or meet with a CCL team member. It is now open often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. Be in touch, any time. You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved.

Coming up: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

  • Mindful Movement with Guided Meditation. Co-hosted by Tracy Penfield & CCL. Conscious breathing, gentle movement (standing and/or in chair) and guided meditation. No prior experience of any kind is required. In the CCL office at the Lyme Academy Building, Wednesday, November 10 at 10:30am. $10 suggested donation. Learn more here. 
  • Silent Auction Benefit. For Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists Friday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Can’t attend but want to help the Neighborhood support team? Please consider donating and  write in the comment “for Afghan refugees in the upper valley”. 
  • Lyme Historians. Museum open Saturdays from 10AM – 1PM. 
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. We are pleased to offer free Thanksgiving turkeys, frozen and uncooked. Contact us to order one. Referrals are welcome. See Kathy Sherrieb’s listserv post from 10/28/2021 for more info.
  • Lyme Library.  Please visit the library website for current information on hours and programs. 
  • Happy Feet Clinic. CCL hosts three Thursdays a month at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Appointment required. Expert foot care with nurse Susan Hannah Rose. Call 802-296-1112 0r email to schedule a time.
  • Our Hour Friendly Gatherings, with the theme Thankful Thoughts! Zoom Meeting Tuesday, November 9 at 10:30am.  In-Person in the CCL Living Room on Wednesday, November 17, 10:30-11:30am. All are welcome! Please bring your ideas, memories, hopes, poems and stories to share! Please RSVP
  • Those Guys. Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. Watch for more information.
  • Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. Family Hike Sunday at noon. Contact for more information.

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands. Safety guidance, and hosts’ comfort continues to evolve.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Connection to resources you need now to stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
Just a chat. You name it.