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Meet Karen Norman

Gardener, quilter, and happy neighbor

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August 20th, 2014
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Karen Norman drove by Creek for years before she moved there in January.  

“I watched it go up story by story,” says Karen, who lived close by in Overland Park, Kans. “It was quite the project to watch take shape.” 

When she decided to start looking around at retirement communities, one of Karen’s major requirements was security. 

“I think the security at Tallgrass is very good—better than other places I visited,” she says. “It’s safety conscious but still welcoming.”    

No-hassle move

Karen took advantage of the complimentary Erickson Realty and Moving Services program and used real estate agents Joan and Ron Yaffe. She sold her large, two-story home in just three weeks. 

“It was just too much house for me, and the Yaffes worked very hard to sell it,” says Karen. “I’m so glad [Personal Moving Consultant] Judy Baxter suggested them.”

Karen also used C & C Relocation, the local moving company recommended by Baxter, and she enjoyed an unusually smooth move. She moved into a Pendleton-style, two-bedroom (she uses one for a sewing room), two-bath spacious apartment home on the terrace level and loves her modern kitchen and sunny patio.

“Everything is just the right size,” says Karen. “I have pots of flowers and herbs on the patio. I cook once a week for one of the grandchildren so the herbs come in handy.”  

Exercise for body and mind

Karen is a walker and enjoys the walking paths nestled among Tallgrass Creek’s 65-acre campus. She also enjoys gardening and has a space in the community’s resident gardening area. 

“I walk to my garden and work in it at least five times a week,” says Karen, who grows tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, and more. “Both are great exercise, and the produce is so good.” 

Karen also exercises in the on-site fitness center and swims in the indoor pool during winter. More recently, she joined the Tallgrass Creek Quilters, which meets on Thursday mornings. She began quilting after her 33-year career as a commercial underwriter with Farmers Insurance Group.

“My mother, sister, and grandmother were quilters,” says Karen. “I got a late start but really enjoy it.”

Karen is also a new member of the Resident Life Sub-Committee, which meets monthly and fosters communication between the residents and Tallgrass Creek staff.  

Family first

Another Tallgrass Creek plus for Karen is that her family (many live in the area) finds it easy to visit. 

“My priority is my family, and we’re together a lot,” says Karen, who has two daughters and sons-in-law, a son, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. “Everyone likes to come here, and we’ve enjoyed eating together in the [restaurant]. There are choices for everyone, and the food is very good.” 

So good that after their first family meal together in the Blue Sky Restaurant, Karen’s son-in-law commented he wanted to live at Tallgrass Creek. 

“It’s just an easy, friendly, welcoming place,” says Karen. “And my entire family feels the same way.”